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Gray UI - recolor

by Helren Posted 27th Jun 2016 at 1:16 PM - Updated 26th Aug 2017 at 5:47 PM by Helren
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26 August 2017 - Added a new image to the main menu, uploaded as a new version (file name: "grayUI_v2.3.7z").
12 July 2016 - Fixed problem with selecting tabs in buy/build mode.
7 July 2016 - More fixes. NRaas mods should function properly now.
3 July 2016 - Added some more recolors and fixed reported mistakes. Reduced file size.


I was sick tired of the blue UI for Sims 3. Wanted something different to look at and at the same time neutral for when I play during the night. After a little digging I found a thread started by dino_rex on modthe sims feedback forums. Thread contains some simple tutorials on how to replace the colors of the default UI. I gave it a shot and here it is, a gray UI.

Changes to default UI

GrayUI mod changes the default blue color of Sims 3 UI. It replaces most elements with some exceptions (background of trait icons for instance).

How to install?

Method I (should work in most cases)
Like all other mods put it inside "Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages" folder.

Method II
If you have any mods replacing part of the default UI, you have to prioritize the mods load order. "grayUI_org_trait_icons.package" should be your lowest priority file. To do so create a folder inside "Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods" folder. Name if "uimod" for instance and put the mod file inside the new folder. The path should look like this: "Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\uimod
Now edit file Resource.cfg and add following lines at the end:
Priority 499
PackedFile uimod/*.package
save and close the file. Priority number must be lower then the one for Packages folder.


The mod uses just recolored, original textures. It should be compatible with any game version but I've tested it only on complete version of the game (all EPs and SPs with enormous ammount of CC).

Tools used: S3PE Photoshop


All credit goes to dino_rex who provided source files as well as short tutorials how to quickly replace colors for over 4k files. Also thanks go to mrcnlbyrk for inspiration with the new background of main menu and for providing the texture file.

Download files

Filename Size Downloads Date
grayUI_v2.3.7z | Recolor of the default ui from EA. Most elements are gray. Kept original sim trait icons. Changed the main menu background image. File version 2.3.

Size: 48.84 MB · Downloads: 3,287 · 26th Aug 2017
48.84 MB 3,287 26th Aug 2017
grayUI_org_trait_icons.7z | Recolor of the default ui from EA. Most elements are gray. Kept original sim trait icons. File version 2.2.

Size: 49.90 MB · Downloads: 3,239 · 12th Jul 2016
49.90 MB 3,239 12th Jul 2016

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Expansion/Stuff packs required:
Sims 3 World Adventures Ambitions Late Night Generations Pets Showtime Supernatural Seasons University Life Island Paradise Into the Future

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Tags: #recolor, #UI, #grayUI