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Brightening up BodyShop for a Spring Cleaning

by WesHowe Posted 18th Feb 2007 at 8:11 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 10:13 PM by Nysha
245 Comments / replies (Who?) - 23 Feedback Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This small package file redefines the lighting used in BodyShop, making viewing and modifying your creations there a lot friendlier.

By requests, this package has three versions that have increasing brightness levels, so you can pick the one you like. I also wrote some small details (a mini-tutorial) of how to edit it with SimPE to make it just like you want.

Install is simple... unzip the package file and put one of the files in your config folder (it may work in downloads, but I didn't test it there).

I have attached a screenshot of the same Sim with the old and new lighting system. The brightest file in the new set is just like the one I originally released, with the other two being more moderate brightness level enhancements.

<* Wes *>

Operating System: Windows Linux Mac OS X
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
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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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Size: 2.8 KB · Downloads: 50,928 · 18th Feb 2007
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#2 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 8:18 AM
Oh wow Wes thats great. Funny enough i didn't even take notice of the bad lighting :P, maybe thats because i'm never in bodyshop, thanks a bunch.

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18th Feb 2007 at 8:41 AM
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#3 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 8:43 AM
How cool! Thanks. Sorry I posted under the other account.

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#4 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 8:56 AM Last edited by IgnorantBliss : 18th Feb 2007 at 9:35 AM. Reason: converted to Thanks post
That's amazing! I've tested and enjoyed a lot! Thanks really for such great addition
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#5 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 8:56 AM
Thanks so much, this is great! Now you can actually see how well your creation looks in BS.

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#6 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:02 AM
I always thought the lighting in BS was total bs, so thanks.

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#7 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:03 AM Last edited by IgnorantBliss : 18th Feb 2007 at 9:35 AM. Reason: converted to Thanks post
Awsome! I Want This Featured!

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#8 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:05 AM
Thanks wes, I hope it uses the same lighting as in game lighting, so checking ingame looks wouldn't be so time consuming ^^

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#9 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:09 AM
This is a Godsend, thank you so much!
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#10 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:11 AM
Wow, that's a nifty idea! I always did think that Bodyshop was a little bit dark.

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#11 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:18 AM
Oh wow. This looks great, Wes. Thanks so much! :D
Test Subject
#12 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:19 AM
Thanks so much!!! Wow!!
Field Researcher
#13 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:25 AM
This is amazing!

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#14 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:32 AM Last edited by fanseelamb : 18th Feb 2007 at 9:41 PM. Reason: that's feedback... yes... converted to feedback post :)
Dear god, that's wonderful. I'd always heard the BS lighting was hard-coded and unchangable. I can't believe no one has done it before! Thank you!!

ETA: BTW, it does work fine in Downloads.
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:51 AM
How cool! I'm looking forward to trying configuring the body shop lights myself, now!
It looks like it makes things infinitely better-looking in Body Shop. Can't wait to use it! :D
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 9:52 AM Last edited by fanseelamb : 18th Feb 2007 at 9:43 PM. Reason: converted to "feedback" post
I can't thank you enough! I didn't use to use BS because of the lighting. Now I can see what I make!

EDIT: It works in the Downloads folder too.

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#17 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 10:33 AM Last edited by fanseelamb : 18th Feb 2007 at 9:32 PM. Reason: converting to "thanks" post
I was one of the simmers who beta tested BS before they released the game and we complained already then that the light is BS was too bad. I was so fustrated when Maxis didn't fix that. It's so much extra work to have to start your game over and over again to see what your creations really look like. Thank you very very much for this fix Wes!

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Test Subject
#18 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 10:35 AM
You are a GOD!
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#19 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 10:48 AM
THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!!! I never made my sims in BS just because of the bad lighting, you could never see the correct colors of anything there. This is really awesome!!!!!!! It works great!!
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#20 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 10:50 AM Last edited by The T : 18th Feb 2007 at 12:13 PM.
Thanks, I really appreciate this. Now I can see my creation in BS.

Mine is Thai Edition. The light seems like what I got in CAS!

Shot from CAS!

Shots from BS --I really like them
Full shot from BS.

Closeup shot from BS.

Now I see BS in a whole new light and I do not need to open CAS! to check for detail again.

#21 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 10:55 AM
This is really useful ! Thank you x
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 11:20 AM
And wes_h said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
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#23 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 11:24 AM
Oh, my. Do you know how long this has been on my wish list?
You're now, officially, my hero!

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18th Feb 2007 at 11:29 AM Last edited by fanseelamb : 18th Feb 2007 at 9:39 PM. Reason: please use the "post thanks" button for this type of post
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#24 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 12:38 PM
A zillion thanks!!! Always had problems because of the lighting, but never thought it could be fixed, so thanks :D:D
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