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Idola3

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 24th Dec 2013 at 2:55 PM - Updated 24th Dec 2013 at 6:52 PM by HystericalParoxysm
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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.
Idola3:

This skintone is an attempt at approximating my "Idolatry" skintones for Sims 2 - detailed without being photorealistic, simmish without being dull, complex without being overly-shiny.

This works for teen, young adult, and adult only as those are the only age groups I ever play. If you would like them for other age groups, feel free to convert. This is currently a non-default only. Due to the way this skin is made, it's not ideal as a default.

The tone ramp goes from lighter-than-EA-default in a very pale tone to quite dark, and varies somewhat between tones, from olive to pinkish, more saturated and less saturated, so you can get a wide range of tones with a single addition to your custom skintones. The tone ramp is labelled "HP Idola3" and the skintone "spot" shows up teal, so you should be able to find it easily.

Sims in the screenshots are shown completely without makeup, though this skin is meant to be used with S-Club's 3D eyelashes (there is an overlay included that mostly removes the EA eyelashes). Screenshots are completely unedited (except for necessary blurring of nipples/genitals/buttcrack, rotating images, and a little bit of resizing) - no filtering or actions applied whatsoever. What you see is exactly as they look in my game.


Important Info - MUST READ!

This skintone is made with 2x size (2048x2048) face and body textures. It is made to be used with an HQ mod to allow for higher texture rendering. If you have a weak computer, please don't download this - it probably won't make your graphics card explode, but it's not good for it, and it won't look as pretty as my screenshots.


Strongly recommended:

The screenshots are shown with certain mods which are intended for use with this skintone. If you download the skin but do not get all of these additional items, the skin will not look the same in your game as in mine.
  • AWT's HQ Mod - I use the maximum settings.
  • Buhudain's You Are Real - Adds realism to the normal map. If you get nothing else recommended here, get this!
  • Bloom's Sexy Feet - Feet shown are these, and textures are painted to match. Toes may look odd if you use Maxis block-feet instead.
  • S-Club Eyelash Remover - Removes the EA 3D eyelashes so that you can use the S-Club ones instead. My skin includes an alpha modification to mostly remove the eyelashes on its own, but to remove them entirely you need this mod.


Anatomically correct?

The version uploaded here includes nipples for both genders, but no genital textures. If you would like the fully anatomically correct version (including penis and vulva textures), you can download them from My Simblr (Tumblr).


Credits/Thanks:

Parts of this skintone use modified textures by ILTS, Nika V, Joedy76/Buffybot, IN3S, Buhudain, Kurasoberina, and Ladyfrontbum. Massive thanks to all of those creators for their beautiful work!

Also, big thanks to k2m1too, spladoum, and linuslover30 for testing, and of course, to CmarNYC for the fabulous Skininator.
Skin Type: Human Realistic
Skin Flags: Nipples

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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HP-Skin-Idola3-v1-Barbie-NonDefault.7z

Size: 6.37 MB · Downloads: 55,804 · 24th Dec 2013
6.37 MB 55,804 24th Dec 2013
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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.


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24th Dec 2013 at 3:15 PM
This message has been deleted by nanatoana. Reason: Stupid--didn't look close enough. Sorry HP
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#2 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 3:17 PM
nanatoana - The version with genital details will be.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

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#3 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 3:36 PM
OMG, I felt like a pixie doll when i compared this skin to mine 0.0 i love you HP <3
Interstellar Traveler
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#4 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 3:50 PM
Well done, HP!
Instructor
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#5 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 4:11 PM
Thankyouthankyouthankyou! Ohmigawd my computer may explode, but thank you!
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#6 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 5:40 PM
I love you! This looks so amazing! Thank you, thank you!!
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#7 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 6:50 PM
Woohoo! I like very much! Thank you. :)
Scholar
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#8 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 7:11 PM
So well-done and realistic, really amazing
Instructor
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#9 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 8:30 PM
Thanks HP! Will use this for sure
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#10 Old 24th Dec 2013 at 10:50 PM
This is amazing - the attention to detail, - just wow!
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#11 Old 25th Dec 2013 at 5:04 AM
These are gorgeous! Thank you so much!
(((Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, HystericalParoxysm)))
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#12 Old 25th Dec 2013 at 5:35 PM
HystericalParoxysm, why you are so great? I love it!
Tartan McBadgerface
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#13 Old 26th Dec 2013 at 12:55 PM
Yay! I loved your TS2 skins so I'm adding this to my game straight away :) Thank you <3
Field Researcher
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#14 Old 26th Dec 2013 at 1:29 PM
Thank you for the beautiful skin tones and elegantly smooth musculature. I'm looking forward to seeing them in-game.
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#15 Old 26th Dec 2013 at 8:36 PM
Not that i understand much of sims 3,but WOW!!!
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#16 Old 29th Dec 2013 at 1:30 AM
Superb!
Love it! They are way more realistic looking, and the darker skin tones are absolutely goregerous compared to the in game's pre-defaults; as well as the pale. Now I finally feel like tuning my sims in more contrasted and vibrant color tones. Thanks a lot. Moreover : My biased love for these relocates back to your sims2 precursors, actually..
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#17 Old 30th Dec 2013 at 5:12 PM
This is the first HQ skin I've ever installed. I don't know if it's that or your skin specifically, but everything looks amazing now.
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#18 Old 30th Dec 2013 at 5:57 PM
I love the variety of skin tones! So beautiful :)
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#19 Old 31st Dec 2013 at 3:54 PM
i'm so excited right now - I loved these skins for TS2. Thank you!!
Instructor
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#20 Old 1st Jan 2014 at 1:58 AM
Beautiful artistry! My computer would probably asplode' but hey, a girl can appreciate. BTW, pic 5: intentional impending tush squeeze? ;)
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#21 Old 2nd Jan 2014 at 7:11 PM
Absolutely beautiful skin! The attention to detail is amazing! Well done
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#22 Old 3rd Jan 2014 at 5:19 PM
I am confused. When downloading Buhu's You Are Real skins - what exactly is it that I should be downloading in an effort to make it more real? Also, can you explain for me - I've not been in the community for about two years and now I'm back so forgive me - the difference of using the HQ mod?
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#23 Old 4th Jan 2014 at 5:42 AM
Got the A-C version.. Thanks for all that you do!
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#24 Old 4th Jan 2014 at 7:42 AM
alverdine - Yes! I was just using random poses but those two lined themselves up like that and I just had to leave it. And possibly to make them a couple in my game now.

ollyoxenfree- I can try to explain. You Are Real (which I'll call YRL) modifies the bump mapping for the skin, so when you zoom in close, you'll see what looks like an actual texture to the skin - not just painted on texture but actual ever so slight bumpy texture. It's most obvious in areas like the lines of the lips, fingernails, and toenails - males also have a lot of nice detailing on their hands and arms, and it adds a slight nipple bump to both genders (which I've matched in placement on my skin). It's only noticeable in extreme close-up, and even then, it's subtle. I've added some of the texturing of YRL to my skins directly, both so it matches closely and to increase the effect, but to really get the full thing you need YRL too. You can download the default replacement versions there - both male and female, and it's up to you if you want the 18+ version or not (they will match the anatomical versions of my skins, if you get those).

The HQ mod... well... the way the game renders sim textures is to collage them together into a single image, reducing the size of each individual texture element in the process. It improves rendering to do it this way rather than separate textures, but it also reduces the quality of the textures. You can see this most dramatically on sim bodies and clothing - you'll get pixellated bits, or patches of odd pixel colours, especially on dark skin (due to a rendering quirk, all issues are more obvious/worse on dark skin). What the HQ mod does is increase the size of that collaged-together texture file, so each texture element is larger, and thus clearer in-game. It says it's not meant for normal gameplay, but... well, I do use it with normal gameplay and on the highest setting, but I have a very strong computer.

Does that make sense? If not, lemme know I can throw more words at you.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
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#25 Old 4th Jan 2014 at 2:29 PM
This is absolutely incredible! I've yet to find a skin better suited to my (and, I'm sure, everyone's) sim needs! Is there any chance you would consider making a default version?
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