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Sisaly
30th Aug 2006, 5:30 PM
Sisaly’s Picture Taking Tutorial
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/LacyFlowerP2.jpg

Some of you are wondering, “How do people get their pictures so big and how do they get such good angles??” Well I’m here to help out!

First Rule of picture taking is: USE THE TAB KEY!! This enables cameraman mode. Play with it and get familiar. Once you’ve hit the tab key, the trees and lights will appear, instead of fading out if you have Hide Objects Enabled. Use the “q” key to lower the camera, and “e” to raise it. The “z” key will zoom in and the “x” will zoom out. The arrow keys will move the camera left to right and back and forth. Use the mouse to further line up the shot. When you are ready the “c” key takes the picture. Press tab again to exit the camera mode. Any questions so far??

Good, now let’s delve deeper into the mystery of awesome pictures!
Once you are in game go to the “options” menu. Click on it and find the graphics option. Now we want to set some graphics on high, others we want on low. If you are taking pictures of your sims, there is no need to have Tree Detail and others on high. If you are taking a pic of a house or part of the 'hood then you can tweak the graphics to accommodate that.

Here is how the graphics are in my game. I'd rather my game run faster than see the trees when I'm in Map Mode.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/Tutorial/OptionsMenu.jpg

Traditional CameraMode
Now there are two different ways to go from here. I’ll start with the plain ole way. You’ve got the shot lined up and you’ve hit the “c” key and have taken your picture. Now you need to find it. Go to...
My Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 3>Screenshots
For uploading please see the tutorial here (http://www.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=9712). I like to use a Camera Hack to make using the TAB key easier, cause let's face it, the 'e' key and others are too broad. I want small movements, not the HUGE range that EA gave us. :rolleyes:
So try this camera hack. (http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=345987) Be sure to read the Install instruction thoroughly.


Superior Pictures Method
For those of you that have Photoshop or Paint, this is a different, yet VASTLY better way to do your pictures!!
Using the tab key line up your shot and hit the “printscreen” key found next to the F12 key. I recommend using this program, Gadwin (http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen/), for saving your screenshots to a folder. Now I've found, like many of you that screenshots are horribly dark. Why this happens I have no idea. But I do know a solution. If you see my Graphics pic above you will notice that the Enable Fullscreen Mode box is unchecked. This means that I'm running the game in Windowed Mode. Windowed Mode doesn't take up the whole screen and allows you to easily go back and forth between other programs without closing the game. It also allows you to take screenshots with your prtscn button that aren't dark.
I'm not sure if it's just my pc/monitor but I have to Enable/Disable Fullscreen/Windowed Mode while I'm at the Main Menu, BEFORE going in-game. Otherwise I can't see the box to click to Accept Changes....

Perfect Pictures for Uploads and Contests
Now that we have the basics out of the way let’s explore ways to make your pictures even better.
I think everyone knows how I feel about the lighting on the sims in-game. The best way to get a good picture of a sim is to put them in a room with brightly colored walls and LOTS of lights. I use several overhead, several outdoor lights in a semicircle and a couple floor lamps on each side. Yes, EA really messed up.
If you are doing night time pics, make sure to use plenty of strategically placed lights. They can really make your pic stand out. Play with different kinds of lights in different positions. Now, I notice a lot of people don’t get in nice and close for their pictures. This is a HUGE mistake. You gotta get in nice and close. If the contest host(ess) asks for a headshot, you should NOT be able to see below the sim's collarbone. With body shots make sure that there is hardly any space between the top of their head and the top of the pic and same for the feet. We don’t need to see 3 inches of the sky over their head.
Professional pictures shouldn’t have plumbbobs, thought bubbles, relationship pluses or minuses, or gridlines. Have your walls up so we don’t see toilets and make sure to be in “live” mode when you take your pics. Unless you have flooring down, the gridlines show. These guidelines should also be used by CC creators. There is nothing worse than a creator that gives us a picture of the sim from waist up from far away to show us their awesome new lipstick.

The Cheats
Now that we are talking about plumbbobs we might as well trot out the good ole cheats.

moveObjects [on/off] the single most important cheat!!!

hideHeadlineEffects [on/off] Hides all Sim overhead effects such as thought balloons and speech balloons.

slowMotionViz [0-8] Puts the visuals of the game in slow motion. Entering a "level" value is optional. Valid values range from 0 = normal speed to 8 = slowest.

Remember that while you are moving an object or sim if you hold down the ALT button it will allow you to place it anywhere in the grid. In other words ALT is snapobjectstogrid false.

Posing
:new:Chaos Mod Painting (http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=356513)
The Overview of this animation hack is VERY long and detailed. The creator has two for download. One with just the animations and one that has everything from Floods to Fires. I'm sure the storytellers out there wept with joy when they were released, but do be careful.
Thank you MondayMorning for helping an old gal out.

Photoshopping


Softening Part 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1034411&postcount=629) Part 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1034412&postcount=630) by emaone
Night Effects (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=1056176&postcount=664) by emaone
Photoshopping Poses Part1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=690993&postcount=103) & Part 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=690995&postcount=104)

Entering a Contest
First things first. BEFORE YOU POST TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT THE RULES, ROUND OR WHATEVER, READ THE FIRST POST (INSTRUCTIONS) TWICE. 99% of the time the answers are there or in the thread itself. I see it happen over and over.
Use the "title" when you post to put in your sim's name and what round it is. Makes it easier to tell which sim it is for the judges. This is very helpful to do.
Second, don't spam the thread. Really, just don't do it.
Now, sometimes things happen and we cannot go on in a contest. Whatever the reason is ALWAYS PM the host(ess) to let them know. Or at the least, post it in the thread that you are dropping out. People who just don't post their entries and join too many contests just to drop out, get a bad reputation here, real quick.

Paying attention to the little details can set your pic apart from the rest. Use decorations that draw your eye to it...play with color and perspective. I see many people that have a beautiful sim, but the picture is boring, ie..no background decorations. If your sim is posing in a house there should be pictures on the wall and furniture. If they are outside there should be plants, fences and/or walkpaths, maybe a fountain. For plain background pics use white/light colored walls. I strongly recommend that if you want to know what a really good pic is..to look at the closed contest thread or follow a contest you are not in. Check out the top five contestants and you'll see what can help you get past the apps. round. Also, when you enter a contest, make sure your sim is right for that contest and that it's right for you. If it requires lots of dialog and you aren't the snappiest writer, skip it and try another. Above all, JUST HAVE FUN!!!
Now you can take some great pictures!!! Can’t wait to see them.

Aijux
30th Aug 2006, 5:38 PM
Screenshot Maker (http://www.zdima-iv.nm.ru/download/ScreenshotMaker.exe) is a great little program for capturing pictures. Just run it, press the Print Screen button and it'll save the picture in the folder you want as .jpg, .png or .bmp. It's a lot easier to capture pictures this way and then work with them.

Sisaly
30th Aug 2006, 5:43 PM
Thank you for the link Aijux!! I'm currently in the process of saving for Photoshop so I haven't gotten around to using that program, but I will now!! :)

EuroSand
7th Sep 2006, 9:58 AM
could anyone please tell me what you use to pose your sims other than the artistic camera?

thanks a millon because i can't for the life of me figure it out

Safyre420
7th Sep 2006, 10:00 AM
I use the Hula & More hack, it's in the Programs, mods and hacks list in the lists forum. Also before I got that hack I just used a mirror and the moveobjects cheat.

Cher
13th Nov 2006, 8:48 PM
I have a question! My white walls never come out white after I take a picture. I have all the right lighting but they come out looking grey for some odd reason! I have the walls you have on the front page for download. Alos, I wish they had a post showing us what pose does what! Like a picture post showing us. Thats takes up most of my time searching for a pose I need. Am I making any sense here :lol: Great job with this information Sisaly! You can see you worked very hard to help dummies like me! :D

Sisaly
13th Nov 2006, 8:51 PM
I had Gunmods Lighting hack and I noticed that everything is so much darker. I uninstalled it. Also, did you make sure your sim is facing the right way? If you get in-game and put up that white wall paper and the sim is facing the right way, post a pic here so I can see. Maybe after the contest is over I'll post pics of the poses for everyone.

You're welcome Michele!

Edit: The Hula pose is in the 'dance' section of the Hula Hack.

Cher
13th Nov 2006, 9:26 PM
I did notice when I pose the sim to take a picture, it seems to come a bit lighter when their in back of the lot-house and not facing the street! When facing the street it comes darker. I will take a picture when I have time and show you what it looks like.

My friend just sent me this and I haven't really looked at it. But I think they show the poses and pictures of what their supposed to do. I don't know if she wants me to say her name out here :D But she gets the credit for the link!

http://www.sims2wiki.info/Content_List/Hacks_and_Hacked_Objects/Pictures%2C_Movies%2C_Stories%2C_and_Poses

simsample
13th Nov 2006, 11:17 PM
Hehe, thanks Michele but the people to really take credit are HystericalParoxysm and all of the contributors to that article!

supersim_SC
13th Nov 2006, 11:29 PM
I have a question. When people take their pictures I always see them in poses. How do you do the poses?

simsample
14th Nov 2006, 2:44 PM
Follow Michele D's link in her post above to find the hacks/ cheats needed for these poses.

Sisaly
14th Nov 2006, 4:13 PM
That's a great article(s). Thank you very much for posting that link Michele!!
And thank you to HystericalParoxysm for the time and effort put into the Sims2 wiki. :clap: :thumb:



Oh, the sun will fall from different angles on different lots. I haven't figured out the rhyme or reason to it, but don't assume, always check. I thought it was always the 'west' side but I've had it come from all four different directions.

redwing_SC
24th Nov 2006, 4:59 AM
So do white, grey... every background color is going to leave a little margin of the color you chose around your subject. It takes a little extra time and effort to take it off but it sure makes a difference.

What tools do you use to remove the margin of color? Or better yet, what types of tools...some of us have PhotoShop, others have PaintNet, etc.

EuroSand
24th Nov 2006, 5:42 AM
What tools do you use to remove the margin of color? Or better yet, what types of tools...some of us have PhotoShop, others have PaintNet, etc.

the image editing software I use is Macromedia Fireworks. and the tool I use to remove the color border is called "polygon lasso tool".
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l234/EuroSand/tutorial/1.jpg

I'm not sure of what this tool is called in other image editing programs, but i'm sure you guys have a tool that functions the same way (please feel free to add the names of your tools :))

here's how i do it. I'll take one of my previous contest entries as an example. (Sisaly's seen this one, she was/is a judge for the Miss Fantasy Vogue contest Xei is in)

here's a random picture of Xei on a dark blue plain background.

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l234/EuroSand/tutorial/badass2.jpg

I load it in Fireworks and this is what I get: the same image ready for me to edit.

Ok, what most of us do when we have a picture like that is we take the wand tool and select the solid color and cut it out...

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l234/EuroSand/tutorial/2.jpg

leaving us with something like this:

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l234/EuroSand/tutorial/3.jpg

See the really annoying band of blue that's around her... doesn't look so nice with that, and if I were planning to move her to a different background it would look sloppy. So what I do is I get the polygon lasso tool into action and select portions of that color edge and cut them out.

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l234/EuroSand/tutorial/4.jpg

You have to be careful when doing this and for newbies... lol it'll want to make you pull your hair out! (I know that when I was learning how to do this it made me want to do exactly that)... but it's worth it guys, I promise.

Here's a zoomed in look at a portion with the color edge removed looks like compared to another part of her body that still has the color edge.

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l234/EuroSand/tutorial/5.jpg

looks better doesn't it? ok now when doing this (especially the first time) try doing it peice by peice in sections until you get it done. When you have more practice with the "section" technique you can upgrade to doing it all in a whim to save time. Practice makes perfect, try and try until you get it right! :) I know it's tedious and annoying, but it really makes a difference in your pictures =)

hope this mini tutorial helped someone. And thanks Sisaly (again!) for this greal tutorial =)

StephKat716
24th Nov 2006, 6:03 AM
So do white, grey... every background color is going to leave a little margin of the color you chose around your subject. It takes a little extra time and effort to take it off but it sure makes a difference.

Yea, I know how to do that, but there are certain colors that don't do it as annoyingly as some. For instance white and light grey leave a much less noticeable line on a light skintone than dark blue or red does. So the question really is, how does one really know which color will leave the most unnoticeable line.

EuroSand
24th Nov 2006, 6:33 AM
Yea, I know how to do that, but there are certain colors that don't do it as annoyingly as some. For instance white and light grey leave a much less noticeable line on a light skintone than dark blue or red does. So the question really is, how does one really know which color will leave the most unnoticeable line.

well if you take a picture of your sim ingame with a white/grey background and plan to photoshop her or him onto a dark background... that will obviously stick out like a sore thumb. You've got to be careful when selecting your ingame background colors and the background you're planning to use later on.

Charmy_SC
24th Nov 2006, 4:22 PM
I can't afford that program, but in PS Elements, I use the Magnetic Lasso tool, or the magic wand tool on a solid background, other times i just trace with the eraser myself on my wacom tablet..

Sisaly
1st Dec 2006, 1:46 AM
If you use the magic wand, but before you delete the background, right click....there willbe options like deselect. Click on feather and set it to 1 or 2. This will soften the effect of the tool. I used that in this pic.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/MonaPhotoshoot.png

StephKat716
4th Dec 2006, 3:27 AM
Thats a GREAT tip, Sisaly. Thanks!


Hey, dunno if anyone has mentioned this. But if you absolutely MUST be in Build or Buy Mode in order to take a pic (like taking a day time pic at night and vice versa) you can click the design tool (I believe it looks like keys.) As long as you don't hover over any objects in game (they'll become seethrough) you get rid of the gridlines. :)

DreDo_SC
4th Dec 2006, 11:09 PM
I think i should make my own version of a tutorial for Photoshopping poses, here are some of mine:


CLICK THE IMAGE FOR A LARGER VIEW, it's way better...
http://img234.imageshack.us/img234/1060/magbeachposescenesmallte1.png (http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/6196/magbeachposesceneyu9.png)

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1923/skittlestastetherainbowop2.png (http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/5678/skittlestastetherainbowdq6.png)

Sisaly
4th Dec 2006, 11:14 PM
WHOEVER wants to do it would be great.

Awesome examples Fire and Dre. I just started doing that, so I feel less qualified than others.

Sisaly
11th Dec 2006, 9:11 PM
Basic Photoshop Posing

You need to know layers to be able to PS poses. This is for Photoshop 7. But I think most everything I use is in Elements.

First thing you need to do is decide how you want the finished pose to look. Since I have these two poses already done, I’ll show them as an example. Once you know what the finished pose will look like, you need to figure out which animations you need. In this first example I used “plead” and ‘checkself out’.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/MonaPhotoshoot.png

I did the plead pose first, and using slowmotion timed it just right. Make sure the background is not the same color as the sim or the clothes. I lined up my shot. This is where Gunmod’s Camera Hack becomes integral. Without it you cannot get close enough to the ground for some shots. Make sure to save your camera angle by hitting ctrl-4 or 5...up to 9. Then when I did the second pose. I just had to hit four and my camera was in the same position. All I had to was hit the “e” key to raise the camera into the right position.
Now that I have the pics, I can do the Photoshopping. Make sure you have HISTORY and LAYERS open. If they aren’t go to WINDOWS on the top row next to HELP. Open history and layers.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/Layer1.jpg


I resized the pics to 650 width. I left constrain Proportions clicked. So when I typed 650 in, it automatically made the height 488. If you don’t want your sim to be that small, you can leave a bit bigger. I just want to make sure that I have the two pics the same size!
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/Resize.jpg


Now open a NEW file that is slightly bigger than your pics. It needs to be transparent. Use the MOVE tool and drag the plead pose onto the transparent layer.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/TransparentLayer.jpg

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/DragLayer.jpg

Sisaly
11th Dec 2006, 9:14 PM
Part2
Now break out the MAGIC WAND. Click on the background and then hit delete. My flooring was NOT good for PSing..it wanted to take out half of her legs when I clicked on the floor, so I used a small ERASER to go around the edge of her legs, then used the MAGIC WAND on the flooring and deleted it.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/MagicWand.jpg

Use a large eraser to get rid of the red line….it may get in the way later. Now drag the ’checkself out’ pic onto the transparent layer.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/CombineLayers.jpg


And repeat the MAGIC WAND process.Now set the opacity of the ‘checkself out’ layer to 75 and line up the bellybuttons. I smudged a little around the belly line to blend them together.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/TwoLayers.jpg

Erase what you don’t need on BOTH layers then MERGE VISIBLE.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/MergeVisible.jpg


Now all you need is the background pic. Drag the new pose onto the pic and do some finishing touches, like smudging, sharpening and such. VOILA!!
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/Background.jpg





http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/Done.jpg


For this pose I did Still Pose>Solo Portrait>Hip Shot(?). For the arm, I did “Rain”. So using the same principles as above you will be able to Photoshop almost any pose. If anyone wants to share posing combinations and the results that would be awesome!!!
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/PerfumeAd.png

Mumo_SC
12th Dec 2006, 12:05 AM
Thank you so much sisaly....But (like usual) I am having a little braindead time (again). I actually thought that to have the 2 body piece together, one would have to cut them so to have a bottom half and a top half, and then join them. Obviously reading, that is not the case, so where does it go? So sorry for a really ridiculous question, but I cant get my head around that.

Sisaly
12th Dec 2006, 12:18 AM
Well if you look at the 3rd pic with both poses, what you do is line it up using the bellybuttons. Then erase her legs on the "checkself out" pose, then click on the "plead" layer and erase the top half. It helps if the top layer is on an opacity of about 70%. So you are left with a top half and a bottom half. When they are lined up and erased, then you when you merge it becomes ONE image, instead of two. Did that help???

Cher
15th Dec 2006, 12:30 PM
I don't see the feather in my shop. I have Corel Paint shop pro photo XI. I also see something about layers but have no idea how that works! I spend hours using erase to cut the sim out from the background. And even then, I have to push and smudge to fix the out line! The magic wand doesn't work well for me. It always leaves a black background. Perhaps thats where the layers come in? Hahaha, I've had paint shops for awhile now and still can't master it! I don't think I ever will! :anime: Great looking pictures you all have out here! The rain option is the hula hack and I believe it's in reactions and more.

I put lawyers not layers! Dummy! :lol: :anime:

Sisaly
15th Dec 2006, 9:38 PM
Michele, yes, you HAVE to know layers to do this. You need to open a NEW file. I don't know how this looks in Paint, but when you open a new file there is a "transparent" option instead of white or background color. See the pics in PS Poses part 1. Then you can either, 1.) Use the 'move' tool to drag the sim pic onto the 'transparent' layer, or 2.) While clicked on your sim pic Go to Select and select 'all' or you can use the rectangle marquee tool and highlight the area of the pic you need. Then hit ctrl-c to copy. Now click on the 'transparent' layer and hit ctrl-v to paste. Now when you use the magic tool it won't be black...it will be gone. But then again, I had PSP for a month and hated it. So I really didn't use it.

Cher
15th Dec 2006, 10:35 PM
Michele, yes, you HAVE to know layers to do this. You need to open a NEW file. I don't know how this looks in Paint, but when you open a new file there is a "transparent" option instead of white or background color. See the pics in PS Poses part 1. Then you can either, 1.) Use the 'move' tool to drag the sim pic onto the 'transparent' layer, or 2.) While clicked on your sim pic Go to Select and select 'all' or you can use the rectangle marquee tool and highlight the area of the pic you need. Then hit ctrl-c to copy. Now click on the 'transparent' layer and hit ctrl-v to paste. Now when you use the magic tool it won't be black...it will be gone. But then again, I had PSP for a month and hated it. So I really didn't use it.

Okay, I know how to open a new file. That much I do know :lol: I'm going to copy and paste this in wordpad and try it later. I want to do this because it takes too much time using erase! Thank you and I will let you know :)

buffster
19th Feb 2007, 2:22 AM
this is going to sound really lame, but how do I "flatten" my image. I was trying charmys warming technique, but im not sure how to flatten.

EuroSand
19th Feb 2007, 2:28 AM
this is going to sound really lame, but how do I "flatten" my image. I was trying charmys warming technique, but im not sure how to flatten.

Maybe she means converting your picture to jpg format? Lol, don't listen to me (Fireworks user!)

I'll let Charmy answer that :) I'm interested myself :)

Sisaly
19th Feb 2007, 2:30 AM
Click on 'Layers' at the top. Then you have the option to merge or flatten...either will work. I save as psd before I flatten so I can always change things if need be. :)

summer_wine
10th Apr 2007, 1:36 AM
guys i have a problem that i wish you could help me with. i've never noticed this before with my pics. i don't know if i was just too stupid to notice or my pc graphics are messing with me. anyway, i brought pics to help out. i don't want you guys to worry about "imagining" it.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q190/faking_it_album/prob1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q190/faking_it_album/prob2.jpg

thanks guys. i need to make an entry for a contest and i hate the blurring because it makes my pic blurry. <insert sad face here>

JessicaMcPherson
10th Apr 2007, 1:49 AM
I have just taken a small sized smudge brush and gone over the jagged edges.

I have noticed that the gaussian blur with any sort of light makes it hard on the eyes and really takes the quality away from the picture as a whole. I only suggest using guassian blur for backgrounds when you want to make the foreground stand out more.

Urbanique
10th Apr 2007, 11:26 PM
Well, there are several ways to do this. Here's how I would go about doing it...

The mirror reflection
I would build the set with the mirror (reflections on) and have a wall behind the sim a solid color background that doesn't match any color on the sim. Have the sim pose so that it and the wall are visible in the mirror.

Once you have the perfect shot, use a tool to erase that solid color background in the mirror. If you're a PS user, the background eraser or magic eraser will work well. Once that part is transparent, create a layer below that layer with whatever background you would like to show in the mirror - (understand what I mean)?

The sim standing in front of the mirror
I'd pose this sim in front of a solid color wall and then cut the sim out of the image. After that, paste the image on the first part.

To get that wind/light, you just need a brush. I recomment going to DeviantArt (http://deviantart.com) and searching for a "wind brush." The brush looks like it's been added with an effect like overlay or lighten.

Ta-da! That's about it. You might have to play with it a little more to get it the way you want.


I hope that is a decent explanation. I'm not too good at explaining things lol. You can PM if you need me to clarify things.

Urbanique
12th Apr 2007, 2:57 AM
Instead of speeding to night time or changing settings:

I always take pictures in a 4-wall room with a few lights and no windows.

Depending on your personal preferences, you can use different lights to get the lighting just the way you want.

Sisaly
5th Aug 2009, 5:47 PM
Delphy has kindly unlocked my thread for me. :bunny: :lovestruc

In the next couple hours I'm going to update the OP for TS3.

If you have any questions or requests for photoshop help, post it here.

I also welcome other people tips and tricks. Several minds are better than one. :deal:

Sisaly
5th Aug 2009, 8:08 PM
Alrighy then, I've updated the OP to reflect TS3. It's amazing how many cheats I was able to get rid of.

Kindly take a read through it and let me know if I messed up or left something out. I look forward to more CC as they make doing contests a blast and right now the Contests forum is.......ummmmm.....dead.
I'm also going to post some of my favorite pics that I did for contests so you all can see what fun it was. There were some contests that had over 75 applicants and only 20 would advance to the next round. Competition was fierce but friendly.
I really miss those days.


I placed second.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/LacyBanner.jpg


An outtake, I realized it wasn't very Bond like as we were doing a James Bond theme.http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/PerfumeAd.png

Can't remember the name of this one, but I won.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/MadScientist.jpg

Awesome Halloween Party. I think my caption for her was..."How can she (hiccough) drink with that thing (hiccough) on her fashe?"
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/MarionParty.jpg

Queen Elizabeth...for one of the rounds we had to become someone famous.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h200/sisaly/ElizabethHead3copy.jpg

Audrey
14th Aug 2009, 10:12 AM
Hi Sisaly, thanks for the heads up on your tutorial. Just reading through the top bit. I get so frustrated when tabing back and forth between camera mode, the camera slips and I have to reset the bloody camera again. You said:

While you are in camera mode and you have your shot lined up perfectly, but need to change something, hit ctrl-4, or 5, or 6. This will save your camera angle so you don't have to line up your shot all over again. When you re-enter camera mode hit just 4,and the camera will pop back to the position you saved.

I cannot get that to work.

Are you working in photoshop? I am using Paint, and anything that is on Windows. My question is how do you resize in those programmes without pixelating the picture. I want to post bigger pics to show the sims but can't figure out how to do it.

Sisaly
14th Aug 2009, 10:23 AM
You know, I actually haven't tried the ctrl 4 thing with this game yet. I'll be very sad if you're right and it doesn't work. :(

I use photoshop and find that whether I take an ingame pic with the camera or a screenie, either one is more than large enough for the forum.

Never try to make a picture BIGGER in those type of programs. That is what Adobe Illustrator is for. Just crop and resize to a smaller size. That is really all you need to do with the size of the pics. They will be too big anyway (in their original size) for the size limit here.

Will test the camera angle save tomorrow. :|

1ove
26th Aug 2009, 1:57 PM
Thanks for this! It will come in handy.

Sisaly
30th Aug 2009, 12:37 AM
No problem 1ove!

Anyone that reads this and has suggestions or posing hacks or whatever PLEASE post it here. I welcome help. ;)

1ove
31st Aug 2009, 9:40 AM
guys i have a problem that i wish you could help me with. i've never noticed this before with my pics. i don't know if i was just too stupid to notice or my pc graphics are messing with me. anyway, i brought pics to help out. i don't want you guys to worry about "imagining" it.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q190/faking_it_album/prob1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q190/faking_it_album/prob2.jpg

thanks guys. i need to make an entry for a contest and i hate the blurring because it makes my pic blurry. <insert sad face here>

You have to go to "Graphics Options" and set the bar to "High" on "Smooth Edges". If it still doesn't work, you need a new graphics card. You haven't logged in since July, but I didn't notice this until now.

SolidGoldFunk84
1st Nov 2009, 7:48 AM
I have nothing for the Sims 3 but I was wondering if you would mind if I posted something here for GIMP users as well. Also, HERE (http://www.digitalperversion.net/gardenofshadows/index.php?topic=1082.0) is a list of pose boxes for TS2.

LadyAwesome
21st May 2010, 12:33 PM
Thanks so much Im glad I walked into this when I am just learning. I am gunning for the current contest, I just need to get my head around it hahaha!!