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Colorful Pictures Pack - 78 variations

by Lamare Posted 19th Apr 2014 at 4:19 PM - Updated 21st Apr 2014 at 8:49 PM by Lamare : added separate files
20 Comments / replies (Who?) - 2 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
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.
Colorful abstract stylized pictures, a bit cartoony-looking to match the game. 3 objects, 78 variations in complete set. Mostly in warm colors, from splashy and bright to calm and peaceful. I've tried to make the choice wide: something for kids, something geometrical, something floral, etc. Textures compiled of free patterns from Colorlovers (see the credits below for complete list and links).

These are recolors of game objects - compositions are from base game and the other two from University life - so they have the same polygon counts as the original EA objects.

Set contents
Object namepricecategorynumber of variationsrecolourable channelsfile format
Colorful Square Paintings100decor - paintings and posters501 - framepackage & sims3pack
Colorful Horizontal Pics200decor - paintings and posters14 + 11 - back side (or entire surface in recolorable variation)package & sims3pack
Colorful Pic Compositions300decor - paintings and posters142 - frame and matpackage & sims3pack

See attached pictures to get the idea.

Game requirements
Although 2 of 3 objects were cloned from University life, I've made my recolors base game compatible. Built with patch 1.66, should work fine if you have the same or higher. Also tested on patch 1.63 by my friends and seem to work fine too. Unfortunately, can't guarantee anything about earlier patches, the sims 3 is tricky in this matter.

No need in "moveobjects"
Easy placing close to other decor or lightings, ignoring stairs and fence (which is never really interferes) without cheats. Because it's annoying sometimes how the game reacts on a painting under a balustrade, for example. Though use consideration and keep the distance reasonable

Horizontal painting has fully recolorable variation. Find plaid preset and apply any desired pattern to it to make your own painting.
Known weirdness about it. Since I just took off an overlay (top layer) of painting to let you to recolor it in Create-A-Style, you may notice that pattern will cover not only front but all the object including back side (normally back side is something like wood or paper). Not quite an issue, because nobody sees back side when painting is hanging on a wall, but I thought I'd say.

Here's the list of original patterns.

Additional Credits:
Creators of TSR Workshop, Photoshop, PhotoScape. MTS for hosting my creations. Special thanks to Dara_Savelly for testing, advice and moral support in "why-don't-that-stupid-icons-work" moments. Ameowls - for testing.

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

This is a multi-part download:

For the whole set download "Colorful_Pictures_Pack.rar". If you want only one or two objects, download separate files for them by names.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Colorful_Square_Pics.rar | only Square pics

Size: 2.74 MB · Downloads: 2,384 · 19th Apr 2014
2.74 MB 2,384 19th Apr 2014
Colorful_Pic_Compositions.rar | only Compositions

Size: 591.5 KB · Downloads: 2,391 · 19th Apr 2014
591.5 KB 2,391 19th Apr 2014
Colorful_Horizontal_Pics.rar | only Horizontal pics

Size: 2.26 MB · Downloads: 2,843 · 19th Apr 2014
2.26 MB 2,843 19th Apr 2014
Colorful_Pictures_Pack.rar | ALL 3 objects

Size: 5.38 MB · Downloads: 11,212 · 19th Apr 2014
5.38 MB 11,212 19th Apr 2014
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.

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Test Subject
#2 Old 19th Apr 2014 at 4:37 PM
I'm a sucker for pictures, and these are gorgeous. Thank you
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 19th Apr 2014 at 9:41 PM
I love that these are "in one" objects. Thanks for giving us variety without cluttering up the catalog.
Field Researcher
#4 Old 20th Apr 2014 at 1:39 AM
Gorgeous work! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#5 Old 20th Apr 2014 at 2:07 AM
Really Nice! Thank you!!
Test Subject
#6 Old 20th Apr 2014 at 4:25 AM
Also a sucker for pictures, and these are really beautiful!
Test Subject
#7 Old 21st Apr 2014 at 6:55 PM
these are fantastic pictures, great job!
#8 Old 8th May 2014 at 10:04 PM
These are simply wonderful, I can't believe this isn't a Top Item.
Test Subject
#9 Old 9th May 2014 at 11:09 AM
That was really really appreciated! Thank you!
Test Subject
#10 Old 10th Jun 2014 at 10:17 PM Last edited by helmine : 10th Jun 2014 at 10:39 PM.
I'm glad you all like the pictures... they were lifted without permission from I'm glad the artists were credited at the bottom of the page, and colourlovers mentioned, but sure wish we were consulted first. These designs are not clipart. They are not in the public domain. They are under a creative commons license, and are copyrighted to their respective creators.

Credit must be given to eighteyed. (that is my handle on Colourlovers)
Commercial use is not allowed.
Derivative works are allowed, but must be shared with this license.

Here are the homepages of two of my pieces:*
This is the black and white recolorable template.
just a girl
Original Poster
#11 Old 11th Jun 2014 at 2:52 PM
@ helmine, I'm sorry, if I broke rules, but didn't I do what the license say, did I? All credits are carefully given with links to creators pages (including yours), this is derivative work and it is not commercial. Did I miss any other policies and conditions?
Anyway, I didn't mean any harm and definitely didn't want to upset anyone. Just spread the beauty into masses. Really, I assumed, If derivative works are allowed then they are allowed. So if I did miss something - feel free to open my eyes. I'm listening to your suggestions. Post here or send me a PM, as you wish.
Test Subject
16th Jun 2014 at 3:15 AM
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Forum Resident
#12 Old 8th Aug 2014 at 11:34 AM
awesome set!
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 12th Aug 2014 at 7:35 AM
This is a really nice collection, thank you for your work!
Test Subject
#14 Old 11th Oct 2014 at 4:49 AM
it´s beauty
Test Subject
#15 Old 23rd Oct 2014 at 9:22 AM
thank you <3 I do enjoying your creations OuO
Test Subject
#16 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 8:45 PM
Thank you for all the options I have now to decorate my sims' walls with! There are so many!
Test Subject
#17 Old 13th Mar 2015 at 12:29 AM
Oman!Thanks You For This Mod Man,Yo For The Love Humankind And Peaceful.
Test Subject
#18 Old 27th Jun 2015 at 4:03 PM
Thank you! I have always believed that the Sims should be about choices, and you have just given me more!
Test Subject
#19 Old 28th Dec 2015 at 7:31 PM
These are wonderful!
Test Subject
#20 Old 10th Jan 2016 at 3:13 AM
well done