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House Numbers

by iCad Posted 18th May 2011 at 8:37 PM
30 Comments / replies (Who?) - 10 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
This is a new mesh recolour, and means that you will need to download the particular mesh itself in order for this to show up in your game. See the Meshes Needed section or read the text for more information.
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As an "OMG, I have 100,000 downloads!" thank-you gift kind of thing, I wanted to upload a house numbering project that was new and repositoried and so had a bunch of different colors/patterns and styles and sizes and stuff without being excessively cumbersome. I wanted to, really! But...I have to figure out how to do it first. And unfortunately the first tutorials I looked at utterly confounded me with SimPE stuff that I didn't remotely understand. might take me until I have 300,000 downloads to create them, but I am determined to do so. However, I didn't want this occasion to go unmarked, so...I figured this was better than nothing. So, thank you all for downloading my stuff 100,000 times. I truly can't believe it. When I first decided to upload stuff, I thought I'd get maybe a thousand downloads, but...not. Honestly, I am humbled and honored that people like the stuff I make.

But enough of that! Onward! Since I can't even create, much less upload, the project that I want to make yet, we do this instead: I use these house numbers often, and I wanted more of them. (I knew I had over 700 fonts on my computer for a reason...) I now have hundreds of recolors of those suckers. So I thought I'd toss these basic-but-nice brass ones up here.

Now, this could potentially put 60 recolors of these numbers into your Downloads folder. Even though they are very small-in-size files (Between 4KB and 11KB each), unless you're flipping insane like me, you probably don't want all 60 of them. So, I uploaded each style that I picked out separately. Pick and choose amongst them as you will. Here are in-game pics of all the individual numbers, so you know in advance what each numeral in a given set looks like:

And here are Poor Richard style numbers on a house, so that you can get an idea of the relative size of the numbers.
All of the styles are the same size, so you could conceivably mix and match them, if you don't like the look of all the numbers in a single set. They're fairly large in size, larger than real-life numbers would be, but if they were smaller you wouldn't be able to see them unless you zoomed in really close. Also, unlike the original numbers, these have a tweensy bit of shadow on them, just enough to make them stand out better if you put them on a similarly-colored or heavily-patterned wall. To make multi-digit house numbers or to, say, stick 'em on a column instead of a wall, use "move objects on" and turn off grid-snapping. And if you have Apartment Life, these are also shiftable, so you can move individual numbers up and down, too, like I did in the pic above. You can also stick 'em on fenceposts or taller wall-type fences that way.

For these to work, you will need the mesh. The mesh isn't included in any of the downloads. So, follow the linky above or on the Download tab if you don't already have the original numbers in your game. (If you don't want to keep all of the original numbers, the mesh file is the silver 0 of the original set; its file name is simply "numbers." All the others in the original download are recolors, as are these, and obviously you don't have to have all the original recolors for these new ones to work.) They can be hard to spot in the Buy Mode catalog, but they are in Decorative/Miscellaneous. You will see a thumbnail of the original silver 0, and they cost $10, so it should be toward the front of the catalog in that section unless you have a buttload of cheap stuff already in there.

And that be it! Now go forth, brave young Simmer, and number thy houses!

PS: Like I said, I have a lot more of these lurking in my Downloads folder. I've made them in all sorts of colors and patterns, from basic to quite freaky (Tie-dye house numbers, anyone?) So, if you might have a request-y kind of thing, I may have already made it in some way. So just ask. Seriously. I don't usually bite, but if I do, rest assured that I've had my rabies shot.
Tags: #house numbers, #gold, #brass

Style: Contemporary
Room: Outdoor
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

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iCad_BrassHouseNumbers_AleWenches.rar | The numbers 0 through 9 in the Ale & Wenches font.

Size: 77.8 KB · Downloads: 4,380 · 18th May 2011
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iCad_BrassHouseNumbers_Schoolbook.rar | The numbers 0 through 9 in the Schoolbook font.

Size: 71.6 KB · Downloads: 7,021 · 18th May 2011
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iCad_BrassHouseNumbers_Ruritania.rar | The numbers 0 through 9 in the Ruritania font.

Size: 83.0 KB · Downloads: 5,718 · 18th May 2011
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iCad_BrassHouseNumbers_PoorRichard.rar | The numbers 0 through 9 in the Poor Richard font.

Size: 73.7 KB · Downloads: 6,143 · 18th May 2011
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iCad_BrassHouseNumbers_Forte.rar | The numbers 0 through 9 in the Forte font.

Size: 78.9 KB · Downloads: 4,720 · 18th May 2011
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iCad_BrassHouseNumbers_BigSky.rar | The numbers 0 through 9 in the Big Sky font.

Size: 69.3 KB · Downloads: 5,452 · 18th May 2011
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Size: 77.8 KB · Downloads: 5,601 · 18th May 2011
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 18th May 2011 at 8:44 PM
Super cool idea iCad...... thanks a bunch.
#3 Old 18th May 2011 at 8:46 PM
Beautiful recolors as always, iCad and congrats on 100,000 downloads!
Mad Poster
#4 Old 18th May 2011 at 10:12 PM
I must be flippin' insane because I downloaded all of them! Squee!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 19th May 2011 at 5:16 AM
Simply fabulous! I will be using these a lot. Congrats on getting 100,000 downloads
Field Researcher
#6 Old 19th May 2011 at 7:44 PM
Love these. And btw, thank YOU for sharing your wonderful creations with us.
Test Subject
#7 Old 20th May 2011 at 9:50 AM
Congrats on the 100,000 downloads. I would love to have them in black & white. You are a very talented creator.
Top Secret Researcher
#8 Old 20th May 2011 at 4:04 PM
What a great idea, downloading right now!

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Test Subject
#9 Old 20th May 2011 at 7:34 PM
How wonderful Thanks for sharing these, they will be so useful

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Field Researcher
#10 Old 21st May 2011 at 4:56 PM
(congrats ) great house numbers ! It would be good in silver too
Test Subject
#11 Old 22nd May 2011 at 3:46 AM
Fantastic as always! You never fail to amaze me, iCad. My downloads folder hates you :-)
Test Subject
#12 Old 22nd May 2011 at 6:22 AM
thank you this is absolutely brilliant i love it.
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#13 Old 29th May 2011 at 5:50 PM
House numbers! How nifty! How did I miss these before? My Downloads folder groans, but my houses will be v. happy.

And congrats on the 100,000 downloads! (I know the "ZOMG how did that happen?!" feeling; when I first started uploading things here, I thought that maybe a handful of people would be interested, if I were lucky...)
Test Subject
#14 Old 31st May 2011 at 3:54 PM
Gorgeous recolours! Thanks a bunch. I especially love the Ruritania font!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 21st Jun 2011 at 4:09 AM
Wouldn't these, in reality, need Apartment Life for it's sliding features?
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 25th Jul 2011 at 1:21 PM
Great! Thank you very much!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 26th Jul 2011 at 5:05 AM
Yes, I agree. What a nifty idea. I've built houses before, but I've never used numbers. Now, I think I'm going to. You've done such a nice job on these. Hey, like others have suggested...would it be possible to do these in silver and white?

If you can, that would be great. If you can't, that's ok too. Thanks for sharing these with all of us!
Test Subject
#18 Old 22nd Aug 2011 at 8:19 PM
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errm where exactly are these iv'e looked in outside and can't find them anywhere. Iv'e also looked in the decorative section. I was really lucking forward to have number on my houses to make them the better and more real! Can you tell me exactly where the find them if i can't would it cause problems to download it again? thanks x :D
Test Subject
#19 Old 11th Sep 2011 at 12:29 PM
I love these. Thank you!
Field Researcher
#20 Old 20th Nov 2011 at 5:07 AM
Awesome job on the numbers! I can't wait to try them out! Thanks!
Test Subject
#21 Old 18th Jan 2012 at 12:28 AM
I love your designs! Do you offer tutorials in CAD?
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#22 Old 19th Jan 2012 at 12:41 AM
Originally Posted by tbucknor
I love your designs! Do you offer tutorials in CAD?

Tutorials in CAD? Well, no. Such a thing would be highly dependent on what CAD program is being used and there are so many, from less-expensive stripped-down ones that cost $100 to full-on professional engineering/rendering software like AutoCAD or ArchiCAD that cost $1500 or so. I use a middle-of-the-road one, myself, made by Punch Software. (This one, specifically, although I don't have the latest version.) I always wanted to be an architect, but I suck at math/physics so...yeah, there went that dream. So, when such a thing became available, I bought semi-professional CAD software, and I...uh, pretend. It's a fun little hobby. And sometimes I build something in CAD and then build it again in the game, if I think it'll work within the game's limitations. I build much better in CAD than I do in the game. Because CAD is hella easier, actually!

...One of these days, I'm going to import that software's stone and stucco and roofs and...uh, everything else into the game.

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Lab Assistant
#23 Old 1st Apr 2012 at 7:38 PM
Great idea! I must get it.
Test Subject
#24 Old 1st Apr 2012 at 7:38 PM
These are amazing ...could you convert them for TS3? I am dying for these in my Sims 3 Hotel

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Test Subject
#25 Old 4th Apr 2012 at 9:21 PM
These are pretty amazing! I was just wondering, now I hope that I don't sound retarded (read retarded?) but, you stated in your post that you can shift the numbers up and down. Well, I have no clue how to do that? You also mentioned using the snapping cheat, but I thought it could only move things side to side and such.
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