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Natural Beauty: Idolatry of Flesh Skintones - UPDATED 03-Mar-07

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 22nd Feb 2007 at 11:47 AM - Updated 19th Oct 2013 at 10:20 AM by HystericalParoxysm : Adding a known issues heading.
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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.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Idolatry of Flesh:

At long last, I am extremely pleased to give you my "ultimate" skintone pack. Ranging from a rich, deep, dark chocolate to a pale, rosy light, this skintone is designed to look good on sims of all ethnicities and facial types - pretty on pretty sims, but not too pretty on ugly sims.

Updated 03-Mar-07: Please redownload the Skintones RAR. I have updated all of the textures on the toddler bodies so the hands are fixed and an error in the infant faces. I have left the filenames identical and they are the same files, just with textures updated in SimPE, so if you are already using these on your sims, you should be able to download the new ones, overwrite the existing files, and continue merrily without having to change skintones. See the "Defaults?" section for info on the new defaults.

(You may click any of the inline pics for a larger version.)

It features an extremely detailed texture, with lots of shading and highlight, but no gloss or shine. I have worked toward realisim with my texturing, to create a highly interesting skin that is not intended to be photorealistic or over-realistic... Distinctive, but still versatile enough to work as a default replacement, if you so choose.

Every part of the body is detailed, with nice feet, knees, hands (both backs and palms), elbows, arms, butts, backs, bellies, chests, and tummies. There is no push-up effect - these are natural boobies. The shading is highly appropriate for the default body shapes but will likely adapt to most interesting body shapes without looking too odd.

This skintone works for all ages, and changes for fat states - the version pictured is the normal/fit version.

There is no makeup used on any of the sims in the previews, and the brows are not part of the skintone, so you can add whatever eyebrows you like.

This skintone also works genetically - if a light and dark sim wearing these skins have children, their offspring can be medium or tan.

These are completely barbie, with the same anatomical features as Maxis skins (nipples on children and males, no other details on anyone). An anatomically-correct version is planned and will be posted on my personal site quite soon - within the next few days most likely, and I will do a default version of that (since I want it for myself) which will also be there. I will change this message to let you know when it's up.

My Texturing:

Almost all of the texturing for this skintone has been done starting with some great source pics, then painstakingly adjusted, manipulated, and blended, combined with a LOT of handpainting, to create the texture you see here - it has taken me well over 200 hours of work to create this skintone, so for those who might ask me "how'd you do it?" the answer is having great source pics to start with... but mainly TIME, TIME, AND MORE TIME!!!

Please do not nitpick my texturing. The choice of the shading and highlighting and the lack of shine is entirely intentional, and I have created the skin I have always wanted to create. I am not entirely happy with it, and I wish it were a bit more dazzling somehow, but if you don't like it or it's not your style, tough. Go download one of the 500 other skins that make your sims look like buttered hams if you like that kind of thing.

Yes, there are imperfections here and there, and there may be a slight seam or two, but I will hunt you down and eat your children if you nitpick and nag me about them. There are lots of shiny skins out there, and lots of matte ones, and lots of realistic ones - and all of them have a seam or imperfection here and there. I created the blend of styles that I have always wanted for my game. Your mileage may vary.

HUGE thanks to all of the above creators, not only for their beautiful original creations, but also for their policies/permission that allowed me to use bits of their textures.

The other texturing is based on high-quality source pics I own the rights to... and countless hours with my Wacom tablet, scribbling away in Photoshop.


Updated 03-Mar-07: I have re-added a default package to the thread. I know I said I wasn't gonna, but, well, I got Seasons and I wanted to play some of the default families, but with my skins. Jason Greenman is a total hottie with my skin and eye defaults, hehe.

These defaults are made with a mixed method: partial material definitions, partial image replacement as standard. I have tested them and aging works just fine - you shouldn't have any issues with these. They are also now one file rather than 4.

The original skins are REQUIRED to use the defaults! You must download both the Skintones and Defaults RARs if you want to use these as your defaults. Remember to remove any existing defaults (including my old busted 4-file defaults if you still have them) before using mine.

Known Issues:

If your sims have white scalps with writing, black bodies, but normal faces, then you downloaded the defaults only - you must also download the non-defaults and install all of them for the defaults to work. They are dependent defaults, meaning the default package references the non-defaults.

Just get the non-default normal skintones and your sims will show up properly with the defaults you already have.

Anatomically Correct?

These versions do not include any additional details on females - they are Barbie skins the same as Maxis. I have provided these to offer a "safe" skin that anyone can use. However, for my own use, I prefer a more anatomically correct skintone. Therefore, I have made a version that includes the right details on the females.

You may download that version (and a default replacement package for it) here:
Anatomically correct skintones
Anatomically correct defaults (dependent defaults, you need the regular anatomically correct skintones too).


You may edit for tattoos, scars, recolours, celebrity skins, or using parts as a base for your own skintone, and share your edits with sim uploads or on their own - as long as you provide a little link and credit to me for what you've used, as I have done for those who have contributed to this skin.

If you would like to edit this skin... PLEASE use my original bmp files! I have uploaded them as a modder's resource here. They are big files but totally worth it!! If you make a new project from the ones already compressed by Body Shop, your textures will degrade even further. You will get much better results much easier by using my originals.

Use on your sim uploads with a little link and credit. Use however in pics, movies, stories, etc., with no credit needed. Please don't reupload otherwise or claim as your own. Also, paysites are bad. No paysite anything for my skin, kthx.

Picture Credits:

Hair (all free!):
Eyes (by me):
  • Dark Male is Corvus
  • Medium Female is Claudia
  • Light Female is Rebecca (not yet released).
  • Pale Female is linuslover30's Selar Stareck with some slight tweaking.
  • All others are nameless random sims I don't feel like sharing, some heavily modified from other peoples' sims.

If there are any other items shown that you are wondering about, please PM me to ask about them and I will check for you and add the links to this thread. Please do not comment just to ask where I got something - that's rude.

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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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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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Admin of Randomness
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#2 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:00 PM
OMG! And just in time for my screenshots!

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Lab Assistant
#3 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:07 PM
Wow these look really great! Thanks for making them, I can't wait to get them ingame to try them out

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Knitting fiend
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#4 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:09 PM Last edited by JLonier : 25th Feb 2007 at 9:39 PM. Reason: Edit
I really, really like the dark ones. I have a very hard time finding dark skins that aren't too red, too light, or too highlighted on the face.

EDIT: Just noticed the details you put on simmie hands tonight. Thank you for giving our sims more normal looking fingers!
Test Subject
#5 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:10 PM
These are magnificent! It's very refreshing to see some very well done skins minus all the shiny! Very nice job!
Addicted to Capuccino!
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#6 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:12 PM
Great Skintones!Thanks a lot!

Sorry I can't take requests anymore!
And I will probably never convert my creations for TS2 to TS3.
Test Subject
#7 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:24 PM
These are just beautiful! Exactly the sort of thing I've been looking for. Thankyou so much.
Greatest Dad Ever
#8 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:40 PM
These are incredible !!!!!

Although to the point of the nipples ..Why are there nipples on ONLY children and males is that not an extremely sexest way of thinking ? All people were created equal and there is no shame in showing a womans nipple as opposed to a males nipple ..And for most "thinking" people showing a womans nipple and a guys nipple are the exact same thing ....I think if your not going to have female skins with nipples then you should eliminate nipples all together from ALL skins ....

Just my thoughts dont take it personal but i am tired of this females are different than males crap that has been going on forever even though woman want to be treated the same as men in this world but when it comes to their bodies ..

And unfortunatly even though these are incredible i will not download, I will download the other set with all persons having nipples if you ever decide to get them done ...
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Original Poster
#9 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:52 PM
tigmomx4, in my game I use skins with nipples for everyone, and hair, and everyone's anatomically correct, so... while I appreciate where you're coming from, I'm not, err, trying to be a nipple fascist here or nothin'... It's not a personal moral choice or anything, it's intended to just make a "barbie" skintone as many people want that, and because I wanted a "won't offend any parents, same detail as Maxis" version for upload for MTS2. I will be doing a nippled version for my site (probably including a bit of hair for elsewhere, too) but I chose to leave them off this version as I couldn't display them in the screenshots anyway.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

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Test Subject
#10 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:58 PM
First of all, I love these. I can't imagine the extent of the work and effort you've put into these, but I've been experimenting myself with skintones recently, and I feel your pain. It's NOT easy. The last thing you need when your back is hurting from sitting in front of the computer for hours is somebody whining over too small boobs or too little shine. I, personally think these are great; they're realistic yet you've managed to retain a "maxis feel". Excellent work!
Greatest Dad Ever
22nd Feb 2007 at 1:01 PM
This message has been deleted by tiggerypum. Reason: pick someplace else to rant against maxis' choices
Forum Resident
#11 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:03 PM
YAY!!!! You finally released them, I cannot wait to try these masterpieces' out in game!
Mad Poster
#12 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:03 PM
They look gorgeous!!! Love them for not shining and I'll downlod them, but I'm really looking forward to the naughty bits version. Thank you for sharing.
Test Subject
#13 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:12 PM
They are so beautiful!!! I can't wait for the anatomical version.
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:16 PM
they are wonderful!! thank you so much!
Top Secret Researcher
#15 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:20 PM
I can't wait to see in game HP.Personally i love all kind of skintones both realistic and non realistic it always depends on the sim you want to create.The fact that yours combine both is great, and i don't really care about nipples,either a skintone has them or not it's a freaking game .

Being on of those that read a text from start to the end i gotta say that i understand what you say and often it makes me sad and sometimes a tiny break it's good, but i suggest that you uninstall oblivion from your computer cause we dont want you to get addicted to it and lose you ;-)



You will find my older and newest creations here
Field Researcher
#16 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:21 PM
Beautiful work. It's great to have more skintones that aren't uber-shiny and glossy. Thank you so much.
#17 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:25 PM
Excellent work! Like everone else said, they are not too shiney, and still have that mix of realism and maxis-feel.

Call me Paco!
Rhymes with Taco

I'm currently taking requests until August 12th.
#18 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:25 PM
They're lovely, dear. Have you figured out how to overcome the issues many people (myself included) have had with default replacements made the shortcut way, then?
#19 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:30 PM
Beautiful, Hp! I'll download them, but I'll replace them with the anatomically correct one when they're out. I agree with tigmomx4 about nipples for male and females, but I know it's not creator's fault if society has this strange view about the human body.
Thanks for sharing!
#20 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 1:41 PM
I am amazed at your detailedness. Okay, that's a new word, I think, but it fits! I'm really looking forward to your non-barbie version, as I am an adult and can handle it. =) Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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Test Subject
#21 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 2:00 PM
Hm, why are everybody so eager to see the "adult" version? It's not like we see our sims naked very often anyways. Ok maybe it's wiser not to bring up this subject.

Well there's not a lot for you to give if you're giving in
And there's not a lot for you to feel if you're not feeling it
You bring it up and bring it in and we'll get you fixed up in no time
Top Secret Researcher
#22 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 2:06 PM
*click download Idolatry-of-Flesh_Skintones.rar*
*click download Idolatry-of-Flesh_DefaultReplacements.rar*
*click iTunes to play some songs while waiting for the file to download*
*do the funky, happy dance*
*runs around nekkid*
*returns to the thread since he seems to forgot to do something*
*click Post Thanks *
Test Subject
#23 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 2:16 PM
Personally I like realism... just because. I don't remove the censor blur to drool over naked sims, or get anatomically correct skins for that reason either. I just find it silly with this barbie doll stuff. *shrugs*

On topic, the skins! I love that they're not shiny, too many people make glossy skins that look nice on females (kinda), but ridiculous on males. These are smooth-looking and purty. <3
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 2:17 PM
well i like the skintones you made. they are very diff somehow. mm the faces are what are different and they seem gorgous to me. the shine factor is gone. shiny ham haha. im not sure about the bodies. i have to see that in the game. im not the expert on skintones body at least. but i think they look great. and the faces came out nice!
Miss Bona Fiscalia
#25 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 2:40 PM
yay, you finished them! I know how long and hard you've worked on these, HP. They're absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for everything you put into this project and for sharing them with us.

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"Nothin' but the rain."

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