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TS3 Custom Patterns - Retropop!

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:01 AM - Updated 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:38 PM by HystericalParoxysm
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Holy crap, custom patterns!

Yes, folks, it's true - these are fully custom patterns for The Sims 3. These are not just colour-slidered versions of the ones that come with the game - they're fully separate, unique, and full of kickassitude and win.

Groovy retro patterns inspired by real retro/vintage wallpaper and fabric designs. Suitable for wallpapers, bedspreads, and really funky clothes - or whatever your heart desires! All patterns have 4 colour options and show up in Abstract.

But how did you do it?!

Magic and pancakes!

Get out those vector editors because it is tedious, time-consuming, and about as much fun as poking yourself in the eye with a sharp stick over the course of several hours. But if you're just a glutton for punishment, here's a tutorial.

Version 1

These can be considered version 1 - smaller file sizes coming soon! These are also highly experimental and may not be perfect - if they blow up your computer, eat all your gummi bears, or make a pass at your sister, well, don't be too surprised. I've used 'em myself and had others test them so they do work.

How do I use them?!

See here:

Do what it says. No whining about RARs - you should know this stuff by now!

Special thanks go to:

Delphy, for putting up with my "it doesn't work" - "no, it still doesn't work" - "now I found a bug" - "hey, it crashed" - for hours on end.

All you crazy cats who figured out the back-end gubbins. You know who you are.

Silent and Emino, for testing.
Tags: #retro, #vintage, #retropop

In-Game Category: Abstract

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

Sims 3
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TS3 Patterns - Retropop.rar

Size: 576.7 KB · Downloads: 16,929 · 3rd Jun 2009
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
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Top Secret Researcher
#2 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:05 AM
Amazing HP! You've done it again!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:07 AM
Hey, my first TS3 download. I wasnt that excited about the game but I love that you and the folks at MTS2 are always prepared to help me customize my game....a glimmer of hope!
Captain Louie
retired moderator
#4 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:09 AM
Haha, your post is full of kickasstitude and win as well as the awesome patterns!

Now streaming on at or - whichever is easier for you to type in your browser.
Field Researcher
#5 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:09 AM
Yay!!!! Hurrah for HP!
Mad Poster
#6 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:12 AM
These are kick ass! I love these heaps! THANK YOU!

This allows me to see into the minds of people! That's right, I can actually see what they're thinking!
So long as what they're thinking is exactly what I think they're thinking.
#7 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:46 AM
OMG. OMG. OMiGosh..
I still cannot believe what I saw. The last time I came here a few hours ago and there was nothing but now... I'm so speechless..
How the heck did you do that?
Just like QBuilderz said your post is full of kickasstitude! You've done it again. It's amazing!

I still have to wait for the game though but when it gets here I def will download this.
Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 2:58 AM
Awesome. I don't have the game yet, but when I get it I'm going to download these.
Test Subject
#9 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 3:08 AM
Awesome HP! Thank you so much for these downloading now!
Test Subject
#10 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 3:09 AM
These look great, thank you! Looking forward to the tutorial when you're finished, I'd definitely like to try making a couple myself.
Test Subject
#11 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 3:20 AM
Thanks for giving us hope that Custom Content is alive and well and forthcoming for the Sims 3 ! Giving these a go now !!!
Test Subject
#12 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 3:41 AM
Sweeeeeet. Thanks!
Sucks that the CC creation for this game sounds like it's going to be a pain in the ass, but serious kudos for sticking with it.

These patterns will delight and thrill my 60's hippy avocado-green and orange wearing sims. ^_~
Mad Poster
#13 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 4:53 AM
HP, forever the one to come out with something right away and shame us all with our lateness.

They look excellent. *is wishing to try them*

And so the modding begins...

"When life gives you lemons, see the lemons, feels the lemons, BE THE LEMONS!"

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3rd Jun 2009 at 4:55 AM
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Lab Assistant
#14 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 4:56 AM
*sqeals and cries* I WANT THE GAME SOOO BAD (damn economy and brokness) lol these r lovely and will def download when i FINNALY get the always you set the bar..and YOU RAWK!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 5:01 AM
I can't wait for the tutorial either!

I'd extracted a pattern to be able to edit the .png but am stumped as to getting it re-integrated into something recognized by the game *shrug*
#16 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 5:44 AM Last edited by jacciinatl : 3rd Jun 2009 at 6:49 AM.
So, I'm going to admit to dumbness, or would it be tiredness. I have the whole config folder and all that set up. However my question concerns where to place the files. Do they go in downloads, or some other folder. I ask because I have a couple of folder with similar looking files inside. Also my downloads folder is full of sim3packs. So what is an anxious simmer to do?

Meanwhile I'll be trying different folders until I hit on the right one or this post is answered.
Test Subject
#17 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 6:31 AM
So very nice to see some HP goodness on TS3 - works great of course, and looks unique as well! Thanks and I look forward to more, and to see how much goes into these with the tutorial!
#18 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 6:59 AM
Ha! I knew there would be a way to insert custom patterns. I'm going to keep an eye on the Sims 3 tutorials. Thank you for figuring it out.
#19 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 7:04 AM
First real Sims 3 CC (as far as I know). Very impressive!

And they're totally my style too, so BONUS! :}
Forum Resident
#20 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 7:17 AM
These are fabulous! Thanks, HP! Ready for that tut whenever you're ready to write it.
Mad Poster
#21 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 7:20 AM

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Top Secret Researcher
#22 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 7:25 AM
Awesome job HP!
Wiki Wizard
#23 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 7:29 AM
Wow great, i am still figuring out how you get patterns of your own in game :S lol

It's ok, we all laugh-snort occasionally!
Check out some of my other stuff here.
#24 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 7:41 AM
You clever clever girl! I can't wait to read that tutorial...
#25 Old 3rd Jun 2009 at 7:47 AM
*cries* still hasn't come out in Australia. But I shall download them as soon as I get the Sims 3 when it comes out either tomorrow or Friday (can't remember)

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