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simalary44
18th Aug 2015, 11:04 PM
Introduction

This is a quick tutorial on how to create paintings (or recolor paintings) that semi-match TS4's painting styles.

What you need:

The Sims 4 (Duh)
The Sims 4 Studio
Photoshop (CS5 or above, I am using CC 2015)


Steps

1. Using S4S, find the painting you want to recolor.

http://s7.postimg.org/70jvb0rzf/find_picture.png

2. Export the texture and open it in Photoshop.

http://s7.postimg.org/8ebi6br8r/in_photoshop.png

3. Open another image you want to put into the frame.

http://s7.postimg.org/so8tlgsdn/other_image.png

4. Press Control + U and up the saturation around 25 - 40, press 'OK'.

http://s7.postimg.org/p61vm6xt7/up_saturation.png

5. Open some filters. (Before CS6, check in 'Filter' > 'Distort' > 'Glass'. In CS6 and above, use 'Filter' > 'Filter Gallery...')

6. In 'Brush Strokes', select 'Crosshatch'. Tune the settings to somewhere similar to these.

http://s7.postimg.org/g3def5y23/brush_strokes_crosshatch.png

7. In the lower right, click the New Layer button. Then, go to 'Distort' and 'Glass'. Use similar settings as below.

http://s7.postimg.org/75soht5m3/glass_now.png

8. Add another Gallery layer, and lastly do 'Texture', then 'Texturizer'. Follow the settings I've used.

http://s7.postimg.org/jlpebjyy3/last_texture.png

9. Copy that photo and fit it to your original frame photo.

http://s7.postimg.org/5o2694ujv/replace_original.png

10. Save as DXT5. (Match the settings in my window.)

http://s7.postimg.org/md8o25xgr/save_dds.png

11. Import the texture in S4S, and move the package to your Mods folder.

12. Test in game.

http://s15.postimg.org/zelnizqrv/comparison_done.png


Hope this tutorial helped you guys create TS4 style paintings! :)

Sim

plasticbox
6th Sep 2015, 2:26 PM
Can you perhaps edit your thread title to include “Photoshop”? That would be useful so people know right away what it’s about. Thanks!

simalary44
13th Sep 2015, 2:18 AM
Can you perhaps edit your thread title to include “Photoshop”? That would be useful so people know right away what it’s about. Thanks!

@plasticbox updated. :)

Esmeralda
13th Sep 2015, 11:05 AM
Nice tutorial, just a quick note: It isn't necessary to have Photoshop CS5 or above, I have CS2 and it can do what's described here. Older versions back to at least Photoshop 6, which is my oldest PC version, can do it except that pre-CS versions don't have the 'Filter Gallery', filters are chosen from the Filter menu instead.

Also, paintings for TS4 are DXT1 format, not DXT5. It may also be helpful to give a link to the DDS plugin ( https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-texture-tools-adobe-photoshop )

plasticbox
13th Sep 2015, 12:41 PM
Ah thanks, for the DXT5 thing in particular =)

One could also link to Aorta for those who run PS under OS X (since that NVidia plugin is Windows-only): http://sourceforge.net/projects/aorta/

plasticbox
25th Feb 2016, 2:09 PM
@simalary44 can you attach your screenshots to this thread please? They all seem to be AWOL.

EmilitaRabbit
15th Mar 2018, 3:59 AM
I know this is three years later, but GIMP does not have a distort glass filter. Gimp users have to do some major work in order to do a glass effect. I am thinking gimp users may not "have" to do this step. Since most frames in TS4 game with a "glassie look glare". Am I right?
GIMP has a very handy "oilify" filter under artistic. It mimics the texture of the paintings in Sims 4 very well. I'd agree though that a glass effect would be totally optional, especially since paintings frequently aren't displayed behind glass.