View Full Version : I need a texture from The Sims 3 for a mod for another game (is this in the right place?)

10th Apr 2010, 4:32 AM
Hey everyone! I hope this is in the right place now... Anyway, I've been making a texture hack for Super Smash Bros. Brawl based on my original character, Tina. I just have to add one more finishing touch and it's basically done. I've made her in The Sims 3 too and I'd like to use the skirt pattern that I used there.

Here's a picture of her: http://screenshot.xfire.com/s/90381266-4.jpg

I can't seem to find any tutorials on doing this, so I was wondering, since we can add patterns to the game is it also possible to rip patterns from The Sims 3, and if so, could someone please send me the DDS file for the large diamond and skull pattern? (or tell me how to get it myself?)

14th Apr 2010, 12:56 AM
You could buy the game and get it.

15th Apr 2010, 12:11 PM
I do have the game, silly. How else would I make a Sim of my character and have the screenshot on my Xfire profile? Furthermore, the whole point of this post is that I don't know how and I can't find anything that tells me how to do it, and maybe if you actually read my post you would have known. I can easily find tutorials of the reverse but they make no mention of being able to extract patterns too. Can anyone actually help me out? Please?

15th Apr 2010, 12:13 PM
I don't think it'd really be very easy to even extract the pattern and try to use it in another game. The individual parts of the pattern that you can change in Create a Style are separate and not exactly easy to combine. It'd be a lot easier to just stick that pattern on a wall or something, take a screenshot, and crop it.

15th Apr 2010, 12:26 PM
Well I already knew that about the layers and didn't really see that as an issue (if anything it makes things kinda easier) and don't the DDS files have all the layers in the one file anyway? But, really? Are they that hard to extract? *sigh* I guess after this long period of pondering I could have just either taken a snapshot or replicated it myself. Damn it, oh well. Thanks anyway...

15th Apr 2010, 12:32 PM
They're not THAT hard, but finding the right one would be a pain, and recombining them to layer properly and with the right colours would be too. I have all the textures extracted to a folder and I'm totally comfy in DDS files and Photoshop, but I'd still go the route of taking a snapshot on a flat surface in-game for this kind of thing.

15th Apr 2010, 1:33 PM
How did you extract them? I don't mind going through the pain of searching through them all if it means I can get the best result I can get on my Brawl texture.

15th Apr 2010, 2:12 PM
You can use s3pe. Look in C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\Packages - the x86 bit may not be necessary. I think they're in Fullbuild0.package. A pain to go through if you don't have a DDS thumbnail viewer for windows, but Google can probably help with that. :)

15th Apr 2010, 4:53 PM
Yeah, I think I'm starting to see what you mean about this being a huge pain. XD Wow, so many files.

Actually, after a fair bit of searching I found an XML about the game's patterns, and upon reading that I was lead to another XML with a name that fits the description of the exact pattern I'm after. However, I don't know where to go from here. There was one line in particular that caught my attention:<param default="($assetRoot)\InGame\Complates\Materials\Geometric\ArgyleDiamond\argyleSkull01Lrg_3.tga" However, I don't know where $assetRoot is, and therefore I don't know where I'm going to find that TGA file. Where do I go now?

EDIT: The DDS was in FinalBuild2.package. TAKE THAT EA! Thank you so much for your help, dude. Seriously.