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SummerSong86 RenMax Light-Rosy-Medium Skintone Series

by summersong86 Posted 15th Aug 2008 at 5:37 PM - Updated 12th Oct 2008 at 8:00 PM by summersong86
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.
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Just the Facts: Three skintones: Light (Lite); Medium, and Rosy.

Two facial variants that hold true for males and females: Variant E, which has a bit of shine to the cheeks, darker shading around the nose, and a slightly different nostril shape and placement. Variant K is based off of a photo of Kim Cardassian (sp?) whose nose caught my attention.

The differences between the K and E variants becomes more apparent when you add custom eyes, cosmetics and hairstyles. It's not as evident in my bare-bones models. E gives you a stronger facial character right off the bat. K works well with cosmetics and is a softer look.

Three breast sizes for the females: A cup, B cup, and C cup. This is just an illusion--no special meshes needed!

Fit, Normal and Fat morphs are customized and represented. And all morphs of the females have the A B and C cup sizes available, though on the "fat" morph an A cup still looks generous.

The breasts are "anatomically correct" per Louis/Ren's style, but the skins are NOT anatomically correct and are completely Maxis style below the waist.

Chatty Background info:
Hi, I have been a member of MTS2 for about 4 years now, maybe a little longer as a "customer" before I ever contributed. I have over the past couple of years made countless skins for my own use. I had released only a very few of them, some of them on completed sims, and once a couple of years ago I released a whole skin set that was kindly received and once a featured item here.

What I did: I took the "glow" that characterizes my own work and integrated it with the depth and darker shading of Louis' SelfMakeup#7 skintone. Some of the work was done in Adobe Photoshop back when I had it on loan (signed out the license) from a corporate art dept. Most of the rest of the work was done on Ulead PhotoImpact 8 and 12. Each program has different tools so it's impossible to describe exactly how I utilized them to get the effects I wanted. Then I took all of that, mushed and re-mushed my prototypes, took what I felt was a "final" product, and mushed and reblended it back into Maxis original skintones.

The tint or hue is not exact matching to any of the Maxis hues. I named them to suit myself, not really to match Maxis names. I did a rosy shade for the kind of rosy English skintone, and a light shade that looks good for pale blonds or goth style brunettes. Medium tone is a good all around tone and I've used it to make some Arabian looking sim ladies and mixed-race looking sims.

I currently do not have this skin in any darker tones because I started out using photos of real life models who were darker caucasian races and of the techniques I am familiar with, it is not easy to make a dark sim skin from light photos. You get all sorts of ugly artifacting. Well I do anyway--I'm still far from expert at this. I will build out a dark skintone line from a different base--it's already a work in process.

The result I think is a skintone that has moderate "shine" and looks not out of place amongst Maxis original Sims, but packs more punch. It is realistic but not scarily so. It goes well with a variety of cosmetics--not too much eyelid so you can scale the lid down or feature it more for various ethnicities depending on cosmetic choices.

I did my best to smooth out all seams and color match all body parts, because it is a pet peeve of mine when custom skins have that Frankenstein effect where you can tell where custom textures were splotched onto the Maxis base. Ewww! The only error I noticed was for elder females in the medium tone--the neck area is "piecey" but livable, I think. Elders in other shades seem fine.

My Policy: You may use my skins in whole or in part for your own creations and upload anywhere that is FREE and available to all. Please credit Ren/Louis and this thread here as well if you use this skintone:

Please note that when you export my skins to work with them in your graphics editor, the image result is severely degraded and your own work will suffer as a result. UPDATE: Please check in the discussion thread that follows for my post that includes uploads of my original Project File images! Use these so you will not have to work with degraded exported images in your own creations!
Additional Credits:
Skintone is a custom mix of my own work (my own skin sets are photoskins and handpainting mixed) and Ren/Louis Self Makeup #7 and reblended in with Maxis textures and shading.

Model Brows: Shady Perfect Brows

All Eyeliners, brow on Lite toned pale blonde model by: Anva:

Lipsticks and eyeshadows, various by Bruno:

Eyeshadow on Rosytoned model by Iced Mango, called Multi Effect Eyes.

Eyes and brutally fugly swimsuits on ALL models (males and females) and dresses by me, SummerSong86

Peggy free Hair recolor, dark blonde with brown roots recolored by me, SummerSong86
Pale blonde version recolored by Josh Morrow and found here:

Peggy Mesh is free here:

All other custom hairs by Helgasims: and are free to a good home.

Male models brows on Medium toned Male by Hysterical Paroxysm:

Blond Male model brows by Zoej:

Rosy Toned Male model brows (he's actually wearing a female brow called Femme light brown blonde ) by Anva:


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