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Testers Wanted: Transparent Floor Tile Set

by RGiles Posted 24th Dec 2004 at 2:08 PM - Updated 15th Mar 2007 at 10:55 PM by MTS2Staff
178 Comments / replies (Who?) - 24 Feedback Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
After some amount of fudging around I came up with some transparent floor tiles that are Homecrafters Plus compatible. I made clear, red, blue and green versions. You'll find that the clear ones are the least strange looking in the game because when shadows fall on partially transparent tiles, the shadowed part becomes completely transparent... meaning any color that was in the tile disappears. Please let me know if you have any trouble with these.

The 5th item in the zip file as a frost-covered partially transparent tile. I thought some of you might like it. However it DOES break compatibility with Homecrafters Plus. If you do not remove this tile from your downloads before you try to create or edit a floor tile in HCP, the program will crash. I'm still trying to correct this and of course I'll share any improvement I can make with you. But I thought some might like it for Christmas. It does look pretty cool in the game.

As far as I can tell so far, reflectivity and shine do not work on floor tiles at all. Applying the regular mirror reflection material to floor tiles gives a very freaky effect... it reflects your ground cover material, and the reflection moves as the camera does. It gives the effect of an extremely-well camoflaged house and makes me nauseous. I did not include it in this package. There are new setting for reflectivity in wall packages, though, so I'll keep experimenting.

EDIT: If you put any of these directly on the ground level, you'll get blue-tinted bright colors and bright blue shadows. It's ugly. They are meant to be placed at least on a foundation.



EDIT by MTS2 Staff: If you are interested in these transparent tiles, you might want to check the "Double-Sided" (i.e. visible from underneath, too) transparent tiles - downloadable from Post #126 - that also don't crash HomeCrafter.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Test Subject
#126 Old 30th May 2006 at 12:59 PM
Thanks for these floors I need them to build a French house, and they are really great

Kim :P
#127 Old 31st May 2006 at 10:21 PM
I will definately use these floors in my game just as much as I used and enjoyed Caro's transparent floors in Sims 1.
Grazi, for sharing all of your amazing creations with the rest of us!
Test Subject
#128 Old 5th Jun 2006 at 2:47 PM
Test Subject
#129 Old 18th Jun 2006 at 3:58 PM
I didn't read the other Repliesm now (there are too many)
in danger to say something that already is posted: could you make glassy ones? I read that you're experimenting with reflection... could you make a grounding where you see through, your Sims and objects reflect inside and (that I think should be the hardest thing) where the shadow of your Sims and the objects goes through the floor as light does?
And if you can, please make such a sort of walls as well!
Mad Poster
#130 Old 27th Jun 2006 at 9:21 AM Last edited by niol : 22nd Mar 2007 at 6:42 PM.
2-sided/Doubly-sided version of Rgiles' transparent tiles as an addition to this thread
Hi all,

This's a doubly-sided version of Rgiles' transparent tiles as an addition to this thread.
Users can choose which version to use.

What I did:
1. I altered a setting to make them doubly-sided.
2. I re-sorted or altered the frost tile settings. Back to the days, such sorting wasn't easily done or considered necessary due to insufficient amount of knowledge about that. I did this just as an improvement hopefully.

1. this set are doubly-sided, and that means these tiles can be ceiling tiles as well. They're "bottomful".:D
2. the frost tile has been fixed to be HCP-friendly at least true in the base game configuration. UNI and NL with HCP are reported working well.

1. similar file sizes
2. same guid IDs

1. use either set due to the same guid ID.

How to choose:
1. the doubly-sided version will take about twice amount of system resources the singly-sided version needs to run, so users with not much system resources may try the singly-sided one first to see the hardware can afford that first before trying the doubly-sided version.
2. the singly-sided version will remain for users with fewer system resources.

Distribution Issues:
May read this post

Problems, trouble-shooting or how to do doubly-sided tiles?
May read this thread.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar niol_2sided_RGiles_transparent_tiles-20060627.rar (71.7 KB, 4786 downloads)
Test Subject
#131 Old 6th Aug 2006 at 9:17 PM
Permission to load house that uses Transparent tiles
May I load my house that has your transparent tiles?
Credit will be given.
Lab Assistant
#132 Old 12th Aug 2006 at 12:48 AM
Wow! These are amazing! Congratulations! 5 Stars, Thanks and Downloaded. Bang.

See my art here.
Field Researcher
#133 Old 6th Oct 2006 at 3:31 PM
Excellent! Thank you very much.
Forum Resident
#134 Old 6th Nov 2006 at 2:16 PM

To all, of the very talented MTS-2 creative types - my sincere thanks for taking the time to create/upload/share...
Test Subject
#135 Old 1st Jan 2007 at 2:36 PM
Originally Posted by snazza
These are the best floors ever!

i agree
Field Researcher
#136 Old 8th Jan 2007 at 8:56 PM
Very good tiles Giles. I would also share some transparent floors with all of you on a future.
Lab Assistant
#137 Old 7th Feb 2007 at 1:25 AM
This is very cool, it goes ESPECIALLY well with Numenor's seamless wall-windows!
Which will be my first upload... *cackles*
"Glass House"

Being different is what makes you yourself.
Being the same makes you a clone.
Official Webbie
#138 Old 14th Feb 2007 at 1:58 PM
Awesome job man! This is perfect... Thanks!!! :D
#139 Old 17th Mar 2007 at 8:52 PM
Thanks these are awesome, I built a house that is entirly Greenhouse walls in the hopes of watching my one sim turn into a plant sim. So for half of the second floor these tiles look great and really give that greenhouse effect. The other half of the house is open so trees can grow through to the second floor. Thanks alot.
Lab Assistant
#140 Old 22nd Mar 2007 at 5:45 PM
Hi, I'm Salix Tree from Parsimonious.
(I couldn't send you a private message, your mailbox is full!)
I recently made a house which uses your transparent floor tiles. The floor looks really cool!
I'd like your permission please, to be allowed to include your floor in my lot, to be available for dowloads on Parsimonious. Credit is always given.
... waiting eagerly for your reply.


The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.
Mad Poster
#141 Old 22nd Mar 2007 at 6:26 PM
to link and give credits back to Rgiles or to make your own...
it says RGiles hasn't been active for almost 20 months, and I kinda assume he's not back any sooner...

It's been a very long time of practice to link back to this thread and give credits back to Rgiles for his transparent tiles in cases of lot uploads...

So, I'd assume one can carry on this common practice for Rgiles' tiles...

Yet, if still worrisome, one can always learn how to make transparent tiles for one's own purpose.
1. RGiles's Tutorial: Transparency in Floor Tiles (Updated 16 Apr)
2. Frillen's Tutorial: Transparent Floor tiles
3. Modding - Floor Tile: Settings for 2-sided/doubly-sided, animated, caustic pool-tile, and/or pool-surface-tile tiles (20070106 Update)

Good Lucks...
Lab Assistant
#142 Old 28th Mar 2007 at 6:57 PM
The reason for the blue tint on these floor tiles on ground, is because the sims 2 3D world's background is blue, as a sky. The floor, being on the ground, acts as a kind of window to this background. This is why it is blue when on the ground.

Anyway, good job! Downloading now
Lab Assistant
#143 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 6:16 PM
very good! i see this floor in a house and i love it! now i can get it without the big enormous house! but thi house was beautifull and wonderfull and all that, but is is enormous and big!
#144 Old 17th May 2007 at 6:59 PM
Thank you -_-
Test Subject
#145 Old 21st Jun 2007 at 2:03 AM

I FOUND IT! It is under mirrors... And you put it over any floor tile. It is reflective but not to the point of a mirror. But is mainly used for screenshots as it slows down the game considerably. Apparently it needs an expansion pack but I am not sure. Hope this helps some of your simmers.
#146 Old 22nd Jun 2007 at 6:09 PM
Great! Thank you!

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4th Sep 2007 at 12:59 AM
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#147 Old 16th Mar 2008 at 11:07 AM
Oh! gorgeous creation! These floors will make my house so modern. Thanks!

Test Subject
#148 Old 29th Jul 2008 at 7:56 PM
Hi! It's great! I love it! Thank you.

I have one question.
Can I include it in my paid houses?
Please answer here or send me a message.
Here is my e-mail: [email protected]

(Sorry for my bad English)
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