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Saraswati5
16th Aug 2006, 1:59 AM
Texture Clothing Recolour for The Gimp by Vashti

These tutorials normally live at http://www.sublimesims.net/ (http://www.sublimesims.net/) and are being posted here at the request of the lovely Tiggerypum!

:!: This is the second tutorial in the series, if you haven't made a clothing recolor with The Gimp before, start with the Basic Clothing Recolor Tutorial (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=182614).

1. Hi Guys, today we are going to learn how to do a texture recolour using the Gimp, which is using fabric images to completely change the texture and colour of an outfit. We are then going to use the same project to learn how to fiddle with the alpha in the next tutorial in this series.

2. How do you get the images of fabric to use? I go searching for images to use on places like Google and Yahoo.

For today I’m going to supply you with a fabric swatch that you can use if you wish to complete this tutorial. The image below is still in PNG format so that you get a better quality result when you work with it. Ok, let’s begin.

Create a folder in My Documents and call it “Texture Tutorial project” right click on the lavender swatch below and save it in that folder. This will allow you to find this swatch easily when you need it later.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355489

3.Open up Bodyshop and click Create Parts.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355452

4. Click Start New Project

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355453

5. Click Create Clothing.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355454

6. Ensure that the Female, Adult and Everyday categories are selected.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355455

7. Find the black sleeveless dress with go-go boots then click Export Selected Textures.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355456

8. The export box comes up next, which is the part of Bodyshop where you name your new project. Give your project a name you can remember, something like texture_tute, then click the tick to Accept Project Name.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355457

9. Next you come to the preview screen. It contains lots of useful information. You are able to view changes you make to the outfit in this screen. You are able to change the category an outfit is viewed under. It also tells you where Bodyshop has saved your project files. The path is likely to be My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Projects/*your filename* (in this case texture_tute). Take note of where to find your files. Keep Bodyshop open but now open The Gimp.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355458

10. Find and open up your Lavender swatch within The Gimp. If you have any questions about the Gimp file system or how to find files in the program, please consult the tutorial on how to use the Gimp on this site or the help files on The Gimp website itself.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355459

11. Next we are going to save your fabric as a Gimp pattern file. This will allow us to use this fabric in versatile ways and to use the texture to change how our project looks. In the top menus click on the menu choice File and the sub-selection Save As.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355460

12. This brings up the Save Image box. Click Browse for other folders.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355461

13. Down the left hand side of the screen you will see the different drives on your computer. Double-click on drive C.

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14. Down the middle of the screen you will see the folders that are on your C drive. Double-click on Program Files.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355487

15. Within your Program Files scroll down, find and double click on the GIMP-2.0 folder.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355464

16. Within your GIMP-2.0 folder double-click on the share folder.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355465

17.Within your share folder, double-click on the gimp folder.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355466

18. Within your gimp folder, double-click on the 2.0 folder.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355467

19. Within the 2.0 folder, double-click on the patterns folder. You have now reached the right folder We will save our pattern (.pat) file to the patterns folder. Next we need to select the right file type.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355468

20. Towards the bottom right of the save image box, you will see text that says Select File Type (By Extension). Double-click on that text. (see circled)

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355469

21. Find the GIMP pattern (pat) file and single click on it. You have now selected the right file type. Click the Save button on the bottom right of your box and save your file. Congratulations, you have now saved your first texture file in The Gimp. This texture will now appear the next time you open this program. Close The Gimp and reopen it immediately so you can access your texture.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355470

22. Remember back in step 9 we found out where our project is? Follow the path in the Bodyshop files to find your project folder, it should be My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Projects/texture_tute (or whatever you called your project). Open that folder.

In your folder you will see three BMP images

body-stdMatBaseTextureName.bmp- this file determines what colour and texture your outfit is

body-stdMatBaseTextureName_alpha.bmp- this file determines what part of the outfit will show up.

body-stdMatNormalMapTextureName.bmp- helps to determine some of the bumps and shapes of the outfit itself.

For this tutorial we only need to work with the colour and texture of the outfit and will only be working with body-stdMatBaseTextureName.bmp. Open up that file.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355471

23. It helps to take a look at the project you’re working on to try to work out how much you need to do for a project to work. When I examined the original outfit I reached the conclusion that the go-go boots are probably best to remain black; they look just fine that way. So we will only be changing the texture from the hemline upwards. I will however do a straightforward coloured filter over the boot itself and make it look a little blacker.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355472

24. Click on the menu choice Layer, chose the menu option New Layer.

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25. This brings up the new layer box. Ensure that Transparency is checked and then click OK.

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26.Up on the top left hand corner of your floating toolbar you should see the Select rectangular Regions tool (see circled). Select this tool.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355475

27. Use this tool to carefully select the area of the BMP from the hemline upwards.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355476

28. On the floating toolbar you will see the Fill With a Colour or Pattern paint-pot. Select this tool. Keep Opacity at 100 percent, Fill Mode as Normal and make sure that in the Affected Area section Fill Whole Selection is ticked.

Then make sure Pattern Fill is also selected. That will allow you to change the pattern that the program fills with. Click on the box with the selected pattern underneath the Pattern fill checkbox. You will be able to scroll through and find the Lavender fabric we imported earlier. Select that fabric.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355477

29. Flood fill the area we selected earlier with the Lavender fabric. Make sure you deselect your new flood filled area by going to the Select Menu and clicking the menu choice None.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355478

30. Create another Transparent new layer and select the area of your BMP you have not recoloured Lavender (i.e. everything below the hemline).

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355479

31. Select the paint-pot Fill With a Colour or Pattern again. This time make sure you have selected FG colour fill. Leave all the parameters (opacity 100 percent, fill mode normal, fill whole selection). About half way down your floating toolbar you will see two coloured squares on top of each other. Click the top square. This allows you to chose your foreground colour, which is the fill type we are using. Make sure that your foreground colour is black.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355480

32. Fill the area with the black colour you have selected. (the bottom half of your bmp)

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355481

33. Select the Dialogs menu and pick the menu choice Layers.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355482

34. This brings up your Layers dialog box. Ensure your top layer you have just recoloured black is selected.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355483

35. Change the Mode to Overlay on the top layer and the Opacity to 60 percent. By doing that, we are darkening the boot, but still letting the detailed shading of the boot show.

Close the Layer Dialog box and save and close your project and the Gimp. Go back to Bodyshop.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355484

36. Refresh your outfit in Bodyshop. You do that by clicking on the curved arrow in the middle of the Bodyshop preview screen (see circled) Your modified outfit should now appear on the podium.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355488

37. Write a comment line on the Tool-tip telling people you made the dress. The tool-tip becomes the text that appears when your mouse hovers over an outfit. Click to import your outfit into your game.

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355485

38. Your outfit now appears among your outfit choices in Bodyshop and the Sims 2 itself. Congratulations, you’ve just done your first texture recolour. Keep these project files because we will be using them to do some basic work with the Alpha in the next tutorial I write. But for now, I hope you enjoyed doing this tutorial as much as I enjoyed writing it;
Kind wishes from Kathleen

Ready for the next step? Learn about Changing the Alpha with Tutorial #3 (http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=183379)

http://thumbs.modthesims2.com/getimage.php?file=355486

DarkAngelWings
3rd Oct 2006, 3:09 PM
What about pics, do you do the same thing almost as you did with the Lavender? save it as a .pat?

Simguy182
4th Oct 2006, 12:15 AM
What about pics, do you do the same thing almost as you did with the Lavender? save it as a .pat?

what do you mean for "pics"? a .pat file is a pattern file so its better to only save patterns of clothing, fabric and such as .pat files. For example if you got a um.... a camouflage image pattern, you can make a .pat file from it to use it in the future.

If you mean pictures, like the picture of a rock band or the face of someone, then they really arent meant to be saved as .pat files as you dont need a pattern of a face which will flood fill a shirt when you are only going to use it as an image on some part of the shirt (e.g. the chest, the back...)

:)

joe698
7th Oct 2006, 12:25 AM
thanks vashti71 now I know how to add my own textures to the Gimp :)

Saraswati5
7th Oct 2006, 7:57 AM
:-)

It is my absolute pleasure..

DarkAngelWings
19th Oct 2006, 7:11 PM
what do you mean for "pics"? a .pat file is a pattern file so its better to only save patterns of clothing, fabric and such as .pat files. For example if you got a um.... a camouflage image pattern, you can make a .pat file from it to use it in the future.

If you mean pictures, like the picture of a rock band or the face of someone, then they really arent meant to be saved as .pat files as you dont need a pattern of a face which will flood fill a shirt when you are only going to use it as an image on some part of the shirt (e.g. the chest, the back...)

:)

I tried doing it with a anime girl on a shirt and tried uploading on this site but i got a Rejection. It said, The admin notes: textures do not meet mts2 standards.

The picture was a bmp. What texture dose it need to be?

tiggerypum
20th Oct 2006, 10:55 AM
DarkAngelWings:

This is not the ideal place place for the question, especially since you didn't even show us a picture of your submission. Anyway - post here: http://www.modthesims2.com/forumdisplay.php?f=473 for feedback and someone will let you know what your submission was rejected. You don't upload your outfit but show us the screenshots you submitted.

This tutorial doesn't quite cover everything - there's nothing about shading in it or other details.

i like this site
24th Oct 2006, 2:26 PM
What's wrong? When i go to select the lavender pattern it isn't there.

danig2002
24th Oct 2006, 9:26 PM
Oh my god! I've succeeded in doing my lavender dress and it's so nice in the game! Thanks a lot vashti71, you're a really brilliant writer!

Saraswati5
1st Nov 2006, 7:00 AM
danig I have had a long and revolting day and you just made it so much better! :-)

sara_fm
8th Nov 2006, 9:10 PM
Heyy vashti71, great tutorial. I tried using your tutrial to make a nightgown and it worked great but after exporting it, it showed up really pixelized and ugly, you couldn't even see the pattern I'd used. Do you know why I had this problem?

tiggerypum
8th Nov 2006, 11:19 PM
sara_fm - go look in the faq for 'bodyshop blurry' stuff. You're having problems with your game settings.

sara_fm
9th Nov 2006, 8:33 PM
tiggerypum, thank you for the link but I did what the FAQ said and now Bodyshop doesn't open at all. I'll click it in Start>All Programs>EA GAMES> The Sims 2 Nightlife/Open for Business and nothing will happen. If I click on Start>All Programs>EA GAMES>The Sims 2>The Sims 2 Bodyshop, I get a "The Sims 2 Bodyshop had to shut down (...)" error message. Should I replace my backuped files I made during the FAQ, like it said, and is there another solution?

::EDIT::

So bodyshop finally opened, I guess it was just slow but I tried making a pyjama for my sim but when I exported, it's still pixelised.

tiggerypum
9th Nov 2006, 11:34 PM
Sara, what size graphic are you editing 1024x1024? You need to keep trying to fix your bodyshop or game settings if your stuff is blurry. Maybe put your backed up files back and try again. You will need to change the ones for the most recent ep, if I understand correctly. If you continue to have problems, please post in the thread about fixing bodyshop or start a new thread, because this problem isn't with _this tutorial's instructions_ but about your bodyshop. Thanks :)

sara_fm
10th Nov 2006, 3:39 PM
I'll do that tiggerypum, thank you for your help.

jamesrob92
2nd Dec 2006, 3:18 PM
hi vash i havent started yet and have a question

10. Find and open up your Lavender swatch within The Gimp. If you have any questions about the Gimp file system or how to find files in the program, please consult the tutorial on how to use the Gimp on this site or the help files on The Gimp website itself.

i tried searching but i cant find it.... do u have a link for that tutorial?

i just dont kno wat the lavendar swatch is and i cant find anything to help me find it.... and i dont even know what that means please help thanks!!!

tiggerypum
2nd Dec 2006, 6:33 PM
Did you follow all the directions in step 2??
Is it that you can't find the swatch or that you don't know how to open a file in gimp?

roguesheep
2nd Dec 2006, 7:33 PM
Hi...and THANK YOU *on my knees bowing to you* for the tuts...It is very helpful and easy to understand...IT is appreciated!!!!
RogueSheep

jamesrob92
2nd Dec 2006, 7:41 PM
both.. i dont know what a swatch is or where to find it....

Simguy182
3rd Dec 2006, 12:26 AM
The swatch is like the small texture Pattern Vashti provided for this tutorial (the lavender texture). Once you open it with GIMP you must follow the rest of the tutorial and save the swatch as a pattern file (.pat) on the right folder. Once done open the patterns dialogue and use the "refresh" button for the new patter to show up, or simply quit GIMP and restart it.

Once done, you should be able to find and use the pattern. It will be located in the patterns dialouge list depending on how you named it by Alphabetical order.

jamesrob92
3rd Dec 2006, 1:49 AM
im so sorry i ddnt read it fully thank u.. sorry i ddnt see the part where she said to save file

tiggerypum
3rd Dec 2006, 10:45 AM
Jamesrob, you must read tutorials and follow every last step in every piece of directions (and do it, not just read it quickly). Please, if someone points you to where the info is, you must give it your very best before saying 'I don't know'.

tropicalbabe3
31st Dec 2006, 12:53 AM
Umm, after making the new recolor of a dress or somthing, how do you get the file ready to be downloaded off of a website? What do you do?

gamergurl247
31st Dec 2006, 6:35 PM
When i do this own my own with a different texture, it doesnt show up. what can i do?

Miukulainen
16th Jan 2007, 10:47 PM
Absolutely fabulous tutor's! I am a new gimp user but you have made these tutors so easy to understand that even I am able to use them! I thank you from bottom of my heart!

:gjob:

angel_hugz
22nd Jan 2007, 2:00 PM
i still cannot find the lavender swatch!! i saved it exactly how you said but wen i close it down and bring it back up its not there! please help! thnks

tiggerypum
22nd Jan 2007, 5:03 PM
Angel, I'm not sure what to suggest. We can't lean over and look at your screen to see what's causing the confusion for you :( Maybe someone else will have a suggestion.

IsolinaBlack
23rd Jan 2007, 11:28 PM
^^;'' You gonna do some really advanced tutorials at some point? Sadly, I already now just about everything you're showing us how to do so far. xD Still, I love that you've been putting up tutorials for the newer creators. Very nice. ^^;''
I just learned how to make my own basic textures for cotton, though making it look like it was horribly knitted is easiest. xD

rockerchick32
8th Mar 2007, 6:56 AM
I'm having trouble saving my lavender to the pattern section. I followed the instructions, but then when I hit save nothing happens. So, I exit and re-open gimp and look for the pattern, but it's not there. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, or how to fix it?

steenie821
15th Mar 2007, 4:27 PM
hi
do u know how i can make band t-shirts? it would be helpful.thank you

xxheyrockstarxx
8th Apr 2007, 9:25 PM
ok,,so im having probs with saving the lavendar swatch as a .pat file.
like, i did everything you said 3 times and its not appearing as a pattern on the list
help?

xxheyrockstarxx
8th Apr 2007, 9:38 PM
oh wait i got it nevermind!!!thanks for the tutorial!!its great!

Bexstarz864
10th Apr 2007, 10:26 AM
hi,

i cant get the bottom part of the toolbar i was hoping you could help me?
(The bit thats right under the 2 black and white boxes and the gradients, patterns and brushes) i have tried alot of things like preferences but maybe i wasn't looking right. just to let you know i did have it untill now.
thanx hope you can help!

Bexstarz864
10th Apr 2007, 1:41 PM
rockerchick, i had the same problem the reason was that i didnt name it so before you save, at the top there is a space to name it.
hope that helps!

kathy
13th Apr 2007, 6:30 AM
:up: nice work..but igot one problem i found sum nice fabrics and i want to know why are they coming out with sum white line is it because the picture is small cant you pleace help thanks............... :help:

Sherrypeck19825
16th May 2007, 10:48 PM
Hi! I don't have GIMP nor will my comp LET ME download gimp. So, I use PAINT. Do you know how to fix this dress: http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/sim_detail.php?asset_id=952342&asset_type=sim&user_id=3590113 using PAINT? If you do, can you sign my guest book on thesims2.ea.com and tell me how??? THX so much!

tiggerypum
17th May 2007, 3:59 AM
Sherry, you can't change the SHAPE of the mesh by changing the alpha. And no, I'm not going to post on another site to help you. In the future- go to the main area (not a tutorial you're not using) and post a new topic and ask for help that way.

You must start by recoloring a short dress that has the shape you want in bodyshop. You can cut away the neckline (if it has a smooth neckline transition - like the little base game sundress does) - but in general you can only use alphas to change things that are skintight.

Obsession90
31st May 2007, 11:01 PM
Thank you for the tutorials it has been extremely helpful to me and very easy to understand

auren82
4th Jun 2007, 8:44 AM
I've tried downloading several different fabric swatches (including the one provided above). I followed all your directions to a "T" (and even did them again to double check myself). When I go to look for my fabrics to use them in the fabric fill they aren't there. I've tried restarting GIMP. I tried refreshing the fabric list. When I refresh the list I get a failure notice saying that the fabric "has no width". What do I do?

SuicidesGrace
7th Jun 2007, 11:39 PM
Greetings,
I love these tutorials I have been looking for tutorials like this for along while. Anywho, I have a tinsy problem I was following along with this tutorial and and when i went to go reopen the swatch I was presented with this message:Failed to load 'C:\Program Files\Gimp-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\patterns\lavenderswatch': Image has zero width. Am I missing something?

kalynn06
8th Jun 2007, 7:31 PM
Greetings,
I love these tutorials I have been looking for tutorials like this for along while. Anywho, I have a tinsy problem I was following along with this tutorial and and when i went to go reopen the swatch I was presented with this message:Failed to load 'C:\Program Files\Gimp-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\patterns\lavenderswatch': Image has zero width. Am I missing something?

I don't think so. I've seen this error before, and when I went into my patterns folder I found the file had been saved as no type. It was not a pat, not a bmp, not anything, though the program won't actually let you save a picture like this. From the message above, it seems that this is also what happened for you with this file as the message shows the file as having no extension.

I've found few references to this problem when searching and I just deleted the file and then tried again. I have never had the problem repeat.
I suspect that since most of the hard core users tend to use the Linux version that it might be a windows problem, but this is merely speculation.

I would suggest deleting the file, and trying again, following the directions Vashti gives. If you keep having the problem you could try asking at one of the following places. Even if you never have the problem again, they're invaluable resources for anyone using Gimp :)

The official Gimp Site (http://www.gimp.org/)
Gimp Users Group (http://gug.sunsite.dk/)
Gimp Talk (http://www.gimptalk.com/)

Good Luck!

kalynn

ETA: auren, I just noticed you seem to be having a bigger version of the same problem. I've had it once but not multiple times with different files. I'd definitely suggest posting a question in one of the forums above where real Gimp experts hang out.

wrenners
22nd Jun 2007, 6:15 PM
Thank you again, I love learning new things and this is deffinatly helpful to me! :) I want so badly to change so many outfits and I just love these tutorials!

Amitri
27th Jun 2007, 1:15 PM
Wonderful tutorial but I have a question. After recolouring an outfit I can see the shape of it but after laying new texture not. So how can I add other things (for example shadding or hightlights) if I don't see anything except two squares with my new patterns from GIMP? Big thanks for all topics about skinning and any kind of help:)

kalynn06
27th Jun 2007, 3:01 PM
Wonderful tutorial but I have a question. After recolouring an outfit I can see the shape of it but after laying new texture not. So how can I add other things (for example shadding or hightlights) if I don't see anything except two squares with my new patterns from GIMP? Big thanks for all topics about skinning and any kind of help:)

For an in depth look at this try: http://forums.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=39235 . It's not a Gimp specific tutorial, but the idea is the same. For suggestions on doing this with Gimp try:http://www.getphpbb.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=176&mforum=ssaussiehideout a mini tutorial by Simguy which was mentioned in another thread and seems like it might help get you started.

I started writing a Gimp shading tutorial but just never got around to finishing it. In general, the methods are exactly the same as with Photoshop or anything else, the trick is just being able to translate into Gimp :)

Fridayskull13
2nd Aug 2007, 9:08 PM
My C drive isn't working so I just used a pattern they had for you and it turned out pretty good!

Wez
26th Sep 2007, 7:32 PM
Thanks so much, this is great! x

sockshotholly
28th Sep 2007, 5:24 PM
I have a slight problem - I saved the texture (part 11-21) but it didn't show up when I restarted GIMP. Help!!???!!!??

silverwolf_6677
2nd Oct 2007, 6:29 PM
yay! i did it :)

.::.piggy.::.
23rd Oct 2007, 11:14 AM
I saw in the guide that you had 3 layers,one with the bottom part black and the top part checkered black and white.The problem is,(I know about the other steps)when I opened my 'Layers' menu,there were only 2 layers!!Can you tell me how you got the third layer,namely 'New Layer#1'?Also,when I refreshed my outfit at the Body Shop,the effect was the same,but the boots had turned lighter!!Please help.Thanks. :help:

The_Unnamed_Sim
27th Oct 2007, 4:04 AM
Ooh I can't wait till my order for TS2 Comes in! I've been reading on a bunch of Sims 2 Stuff that interests me and.... even though I'm good at games I usually stink when it comes to "Technical" stuff like this :P However with a tutorials like this I may not have to worry :) anyway (even though I haven't tried it yet)
Thanks Much and I'll tell you how it goes :anime:

Oh and by the way...... :gjob:

wolfgal
10th Nov 2007, 2:28 AM
Thank you for a wonderful explain how to do it. HEY YOU MUST BE A GOOD TEACHER SMILE!!!

SportySmuf
19th Nov 2007, 11:58 AM
just wanted to say thank you - again :) it´s working sooooo great!! and i found some really cool textures on the net!

marianag_
7th Dec 2007, 6:12 PM
THIS IS SOO HELPFUL! I really understood everything, it was all very well explained!
THANK YOUU ^^

Purplerainfreak
7th Dec 2007, 9:53 PM
I havn't done anything like this before but its cool! I only have one problem and it is probably down to my own stupidity lol but every time i try and do this texture my dress just comes up as a darker black, not lavender. I read back through the whole tutorial and tried to do it again but it isn't working. Maybe I've missed something but can you please help? Thank you :help:

tiggerypum
7th Dec 2007, 11:14 PM
Purplerainfreak it's really hard to guess based on your description. When you do the tutorial, make sure that every step of the way the stuff you're looking at looks just like the pictures. If it doesn't - take a screenshot (printscreen), paste it into a program, scale it down a bit, and post it here with manage attachments (in advanced mode) and maybe someone can figure out what's going on.

Purplerainfreak
12th Dec 2007, 10:31 PM
ok will do. thank you :D

Bradhadair2437
31st Dec 2007, 8:36 AM
thanks so much for the tut! but i have a quick question... after saying the texture as a gimp pattern do i need to keep the original file (its in my pictures folder) ???

kalynn06
1st Jan 2008, 12:26 PM
after saying the texture as a gimp pattern do i need to keep the original file (its in my pictures folder) ???

No need to keep it. If you have the pattern saved and working as a Gimp pattern, you can go ahead and delete the one in the pictures folder.

Bradhadair2437
1st Jan 2008, 2:39 PM
awesome. more space i can use. btw thank very much for answering me (esp so soon)
I have another question to pose to anybody who can help. i followed the gimp tuts and my underlying textures and details just turn to black (ie on this tut the boots)
no matter what i do.

kalynn06
3rd Jan 2008, 3:07 AM
awesome. more space i can use. btw thank very much for answering me (esp so soon)
I have another question to pose to anybody who can help. i followed the gimp tuts and my underlying textures and details just turn to black (ie on this tut the boots)
no matter what i do.

There are only a few reasons I can think of for that to be happening. You'd see this if you put the black on the background/texture layer or if you left the blend mode set to normal (it should be set to overlay) on the new layer or if the opacity was set too high. If you've checked all of those you could try to post more details about what you're doing and seeing, preferably with pictures, to help get a handle on what's going on.

ariesmoon
3rd Jan 2008, 5:57 PM
this second one was so easy now that i've got the hang of it. i was a little confused tho at the end with not doing anything with the lavender layer like we did in the first tut. is it because its a pattern rather than a color? in the first one we had to go to hard light. but this time we ignored that layer and only worked with the boot layer.

Bradhadair2437
5th Jan 2008, 2:47 PM
could this be a problem.... when i save a box comes up saying " your image should be exported before it can be saved as BMP for the following reasons: BMP plug-in can't handle layers
-flatten image
-merge visible layers
(the export conversion won't modilfy your original image)

the the buttons are
help
ignore
export
cancel


?????

Bradhadair2437
5th Jan 2008, 2:48 PM
and how would i take pics of what i doing to show you?

kalynn06
6th Jan 2008, 12:36 AM
The box is perfectly normal. Clicking export always gives me perfectly normal textures. As to pictures, you can click Pint Screen to take screen shots and then crop them in Gimp for size and attach them by clicking "manage attachments" at the bottom of the reply screen and selecting the picture you want to attach.

simslover0607
20th Jan 2008, 6:46 PM
I did everything right but when i get to the part about filling the top part with the lavender pattern, how do i exactly fill the top part

simslover0607
20th Jan 2008, 6:58 PM
could this be a problem.... when i save a box comes up saying " your image should be exported before it can be saved as BMP for the following reasons: BMP plug-in can't handle layers
-flatten image
-merge visible layers
(the export conversion won't modilfy your original image)

the the buttons are
help
ignore
export
cancel


????? I had that same problem but then i tried it again and this time i clicked ignore and the went back to the body shop and it worked but it was one solid color not the way it was before.

Jennixst29
2nd Feb 2008, 11:53 PM
Thank you so much Vashti, I just made my lavender dress and it looks great! I'm all excited about dress making now, lol. I'm curious.. is this why some designers create white texture patterns with their dresses, to make it easier for crewators?

Jennixst29
2nd Feb 2008, 11:53 PM
Thank you so much Vashti, I just made my lavender dress and it looks great! I'm all excited about dress making now, lol. I'm curious.. is this why some designers create white texture patterns with their dresses, to make it easier for creators?

SimsHead
13th Feb 2008, 10:24 PM
I had that same problem but then i tried it again and this time i clicked ignore and the went back to the body shop and it worked but it was one solid color not the way it was before.
i have the same problem too is this why my creations turn up blurry every time i make something i used to just click ignore then someone told me to click export so i did and it still comes up blurry i also tried that tutorial thing to get rid of the blurriness and that still doesn't work

tiggerypum
14th Feb 2008, 6:47 AM
Well SimsHead - you posted this same problem in 2 different places, and it has nothing to do with the tutorial - as you know, because you posted that 'suddenly' they are blurry.

Please go ask for help in the main area, make your own thread, and describe the problem in full. For instance, have you recently installed a new ep, what size graphic are you editing, and so on. Or go give another look at the info on site about blurry clothing:

http://www.modthesims2.com/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Blurry_Body_Shop_Projects

SimsHead
15th Feb 2008, 4:03 AM
I've had the EP on here for a while i tried the link you gave me before I found it on my own did what it said and the same thing still happens do i need a new graphic program or something. I can take snapshots of what my clothes turn out like and I can post them up would that help you try and solve my problem.

beakergirl
16th Feb 2008, 9:51 AM
Thank you so much for posting this, this is the most user friendly tutruial Ive ever come across.

MissKeeper
23rd Feb 2008, 11:41 AM
Thank you so much for writing this tutor! It's great!

terecis516
18th Mar 2008, 5:39 AM
omg I so loved it! i didn't think it was going to be this easy! thanks so much!

DBarrera95350
19th Mar 2008, 9:24 PM
yay i did it! thank you for making this so easy to use!

Saraswati5
21st Mar 2008, 12:14 AM
:-) Dominique, that's fantastic! And Courtney and I are going to have two more tutes ready not long after you finish Tute 3 :-)

stylishy
3rd Apr 2008, 3:26 AM
Thank you sooooo much! I had a problem with attaching the lavender pattern to the top of the dress so I tried something different and it worked and the outfit looks just like yours so thanks!

Coquelicot27
9th Apr 2008, 1:44 AM
It is such a pleasure to learn with you. I will try thid lavender dress. You are a very good teacher. Thank you so much.

Liviaa
16th Apr 2008, 4:08 PM
Thank you so much! I've been puzzling for an AGE.

alylovesu2
30th Apr 2008, 6:08 PM
This is awesome! I've been wanting to try recolouring for a while, but I was afraid to do it. These tutorials make it all so easy! You're going to be tired of hearing this, but thank you so much for making these tutorials. :up:

Kat531
28th May 2008, 1:07 PM
When I first used GIMP, I had no idea how easy it was! I messed around with the textures, and now have a lovely collection of dresses XD One quick question: do you have to use GIMP, or can you use any program? Ive got paint.NET, so would that be ok to use?

.xXx.KiSs.xXx.
30th May 2008, 11:59 AM
Ehh... When I Try And Save The Lavender Material It Saves As BPM And When I Try To Change It, Iy Won't Work. I'm Really Confused Now And It Doesn't Really Help That My Laptop Is Vista. Why Can'y Vista Be Simple? Anyway, Can Someone Help Me?

Soz About The Caps In Every Word, It's A Habbit.

SarrahX

sleepingbeauty
17th Jul 2008, 2:17 PM
Hi I'm a new user of this site and I was able to follow easily recoloring part of the tutorial. But I've been having trouble on this part. First when I try to save the lavender switch to gimp patterns it doesn't come up in the pattern fill tab. So I downloaded another fabric pattern but it would only fill up the whole screen with that pattern in checkers. Then I tried to use another pattern that was already there but when I drew the line and tried to bucket fill in Gimp wouldn't let me, above or below the line. I've read all the post on this thread but I still couldn't find anything to help me so... I'm looking for anyother advice.

Thanks. Besides those problems the tutorials were awesome.

Dj Music
26th Jul 2008, 8:47 PM
Hi I'm a new user of this site and I was able to follow easily recoloring part of the tutorial. But I've been having trouble on this part. First when I try to save the lavender switch to gimp patterns it doesn't come up in the pattern fill tab. So I downloaded another fabric pattern but it would only fill up the whole screen with that pattern in checkers. Then I tried to use another pattern that was already there but when I drew the line and tried to bucket fill in Gimp wouldn't let me, above or below the line. I've read all the post on this thread but I still couldn't find anything to help me so... I'm looking for anyother advice.

Thanks. Besides those problems the tutorials were awesome.

First of all, Let me welcome you to the site! :)

Now, You say you save it. Did you save it by going into C:/ -> Program Files -> Gimp 2.0 -> share -> patterns? Also, Make sure you saved the file as a .pat file. Also, You have to re-start Gimp for your pattern to appear.

Hope some of these suggestions helps you!

~Dj :king:

stu0017
6th Aug 2008, 1:25 AM
I have almost the same trouble as Bradhadair2437 had when saving his/her file. What I did was I tried making a bikini, adding this red lace I copied from google to it by selecting a section then, edit:paste into.
So I did this over and over. When I try to save it says:

Your image should be exported before it can be saved as BMP for the following reasons:

BMP plug-in can't handle layer offsets, size or opacity
Merge Visible Layers

The export conversion won't modify your original image.

help ignore export cancel


I ended up clicking export. When I go back to Sims2 BodyShop I get this message:

The custom content could not be imported. Please make sure the files are in the proper location and in the correct format.

I have no clue what to do, please help if able to.

jlmonty16
21st Aug 2008, 11:21 PM
hello! i am trying to do this and i have followed your instructions to the T about saving the swatch as a GIMP pattern. However, it doesn't show in the patterns folder and when I click "Reset Patterns" it says Warning: Failed to load data:

Failed to load image 'C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\patterns\lavenderswatch': Image has zero width

Warning: Failed to load data:

Failed to load image 'C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\patterns\lavenderswatch.bmp': Image has zero width

Will I have to reinstall the GIMP? I followed your tutorial on that exactly as well. :) I would appreciate any help! Thanks

EDIT: I followed your instructions with another swatch and it still did not work. It could not reset the patterns and I recieved the same message as I did above.

lauratje86
29th Sep 2008, 3:30 AM
Your tutorials are awesome! I had never used GIMP before (until about 4 hours ago) and now I have a bunch of pretty dresses and other outfits! :-) Thank you so much!

maegan662
24th Oct 2008, 3:37 AM
These tuts are absolutely wonderful and easy to follow. I just finishe the recolour and the texture. Now on to the alpha! Man I'll be making stuff my big bbw sims in no time lol. :bunny: :lovestruc

gummyybearr
31st Dec 2008, 9:02 PM
IM having trouble because i dont have a C:) Drive . Is that the only way u can save the pattern ?

gummyybearr
1st Jan 2009, 12:29 AM
Im having trouble by saving a GIMP pattern I dont have a C: Drive , is there any other way i can save it as a GIMP Pattern?

Oh, and thank u for the great tutorials !

pandi8bear
2nd Jan 2009, 10:11 PM
:( so i got the wrong gimp progam and i looked for version 2.6.9 but it wasent on the website u gave me. Where can i find it?

pandi8bear
2nd Jan 2009, 10:22 PM
When I first used GIMP, I had no idea how easy it was! I messed around with the textures, and now have a lovely collection of dresses XD One quick question: do you have to use GIMP, or can you use any program? Ive got paint.NET, so would that be ok to use?

Paint.Net is a little different, you dont have as many opitions but it is very easy to use. there is a tutioral but its a little hard to fallow,
this is wt i do
first you open up your clothing texture, then go to adjustments, and choose Hue/ Saturtion and then just move the arrows to choose your color. its really simple.

but if you want to change only parts of it you choose your rectangle option and make a rectangle around the part you want to change. hold down control to choose more then 1 spot to change. then you go up to adjustments and hue/saturtion and thenn mess around with the colors.

thats pretty much all you can do. i messed aroung with all the other opitions and theres not much you can do. i prefer gimp but paint.net still works.


hope my imformation helped you :bunny: :report: ;) :mod:

ghostbell8
12th Jan 2009, 10:17 PM
it kinda works for me i guess i didn't do the right dress well i was black then i clicked refresh the boot stayed black and the dress changed to greenish blusish...

kriskty
11th Feb 2009, 9:38 PM
Very Helpful. Thanks.

JAKINCOL
3rd Apr 2009, 4:45 PM
Hi, first I was trying to use Gimp and follow the photoshop directions...THEN... I found the Gimp Tutorials!! Awesome site... and you have made the Tutorials very easy to follow!! You are all amazing and thank you!!! I was introduced to the Sims 2 Deluxe about a year ago. I am finding out so many things that I didn't have a clue about... I love learing how to make my own creations...want to learn as much as I can...and be ready for Sims 3 in June!!(smiling) You have made learning fun and easy...Thank you so very much!!

Simmiller
6th Apr 2009, 11:21 PM
Even though I've had to come back time and again, your tutorial works for me perfectly. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

:lovestruc

Rachness
13th Apr 2009, 12:28 AM
Hey, I'm currently doing the texture thingy, and it's going good. However, when i saved the texture in Patterns, It become a .BMP, rather thana .PAT like you said.
Will this affect it negatively?
-Thanks..
And your tutorials are awesome. ^_^

JAKINCOL
14th Apr 2009, 6:49 PM
I did great when following your directions using your texture swatch. I have went on the internet as you suggested and found some of my own, but having a problem...
well, I can't seem to get a pic into this post. Tried using photobucket but isn't working.
Anyway, the swatch I am using shows a white border around all four sides, so when I fill the pattern to recolour... it looks like many squares all fitting together. What am I doing wrong? Or is it suppose to look like this and then we just soften the borders with the blur tool? I don't really think so... Please help.
Thanks,
JAKINCOL
(figured out how to get the pic into the post... :rofl: )

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k14/jak80227/ScreenshotB-1.jpg

cherryblossom12321
10th May 2009, 9:04 PM
This is a great Tut. The only problem I'm having when doing this is the whole thing wants to turn black. No purple at all. I followed everything word for word... or at least I thought I did. I'm new to this whole recoloring thing, so it may just be a rookie mistake. LOL! Thanks anywho for this.

Dj Music
10th May 2009, 9:25 PM
This is a great Tut. The only problem I'm having when doing this is the whole thing wants to turn black. No purple at all. I followed everything word for word... or at least I thought I did. I'm new to this whole recoloring thing, so it may just be a rookie mistake. LOL! Thanks anywho for this.

Did you make sure to change the ''Fill'' icon from FG Colour Fill to Pattern Fill?

cherryblossom12321
12th May 2009, 4:34 PM
Did you make sure to change the ''Fill'' icon from FG Colour Fill to Pattern Fill?

Yes... the pattern goes over the part it's suppose to. After that, I did what this explained. I selected choice none... and then went on with the other half like this told. I picked FG color fill and filled the bottom half with black. Then I saved it and closed the program. When I refreshed... it all went black. LOL! I'll keep on trying, though until I get it. Thanks so much.

kagome1303
17th Jun 2009, 7:31 AM
for some reason I can't get any new patterens to show up. i saved it in the gimp patterns folor and I made sure the file was /pat and I hit save, I restarted gimp. but nothing shows up, just the same default patterns

amk222228
10th Jul 2009, 12:05 AM
It says that I have the lavender pattern saved in the pattern folder,but it doesnt show up in the list of patterns. I don't know if anyone still reads this but if they do, could someone please help

amk222228
10th Jul 2009, 12:08 AM
nm i closed it and when i opened it up it was there btw it is a fantastic tutorial :)

QTValeria
26th Aug 2009, 11:20 PM
great tutorial, but i wanted to make a zebra print as a pattern, but i could never find it, is there a size necessity for it to become a pattern.?

Pearl2442
1st Jan 2010, 6:26 PM
Ok so I was doing good until I had to do the black part because it won't let me put the color on. Help?

telefen
11th Jan 2010, 4:11 PM
This is a very good tutorial as I've done it 6 months ago, and now that i read it again it makes more sense. looking forward for more of your beautifull tutorials. Thank you very much for sharing and helping.

Kierynn
2nd Feb 2010, 7:26 AM
That was really, very well explained. Thankyou! It helped me alot :)

ValkyrieCane
29th Mar 2010, 12:48 PM
Thankyou ever so much!

Have created My First Ever recolour and am very happy with it, the quality is perfect.

I can now give something back to the MTS2 Community after so long of trying!!

Mimbras
14th Jul 2010, 1:55 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I discovered body shop like a month ago and I just try to work with it a day ago! And now I know it !!! =)

UsernameNotAvailable
21st Nov 2011, 5:20 AM
my lavender swatch isnt coming up in the patterns folder, and i've tried the steps up to there twice! what's wrong?

fakepeeps7
21st Nov 2011, 8:39 PM
my lavender swatch isnt coming up in the patterns folder, and i've tried the steps up to there twice! what's wrong?

Maybe you saved the swatch somewhere else.

UsernameNotAvailable
26th Nov 2011, 8:02 AM
I found it! Turns out the problem was that I didn't close and reopen GIMP. I just opened a new project, then closed the old one.

However, now I have three lavender swatches. *smiles*

I haven't figured out how to delete the extra two yet, because for some reason my computer won't let me.

I'm sure I will though.

Thanks for your help!

destinychaser
24th Dec 2012, 8:32 PM
You make amazing tutorials! I went crazy trying to make...well...anything with other tutorials I found from just about everywhere. I created my first re-textured dress within fifteen minutes! Thank you soooo much!

Z-Cat
25th Dec 2015, 8:31 AM
it kinda works for me i guess i didn't do the right dress well i was black then i clicked refresh the boot stayed black and the dress changed to greenish blusish...

This worked for me. I don't remember where I learned it--somewhere non-sims-related--but it does the job:

When you export your bmp file, a small dialog box will come up with three buttons at the bottom: Help, Export and Cancel.

Don't click export yet!
Click "advanced options."
Then, under 24 bits, select R8 G8 B8.
Now click the export button.
Go to Body Shop and refresh the image. It should display normally.