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DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS for the easel paintings.

by saramkirk Posted 7th Aug 2005 at 11:56 PM - Updated 7th Aug 2005 at 11:59 PM by saramkirk
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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 custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Are you tired of seeing that horrible bright pink painting? How about that dreadful clown painting? Or even the tulip?

Personally, I couldn't stand them. So, I have extracted the files, and now each of us can REPLACE those ugly paintings with something we like better. All you need is SimPE and a paint program.

You do not have to replace all the paintings. If you hate only one but like all the others, you can just replace that one.

Q. But we can already paint out own pictures in the game.
A. True, you can select "Paint Still Life" and have the sim paint whatever you want. However, to do this you must alt-tab out of the game, create a picture, and then go back into the game. Also, only sims with 5+ points of Creativity can do it. And it doesn't help with autonomous painting. My files get rid of the ugly paintings.

Q. Your replacement paintings are UGLIER than the ones in the game!
A. Yes, probably. Even I won't be using these in my game. I plan to use some art by my favorite artists.
I had to be sure that any picture I used in this set was free/public domain, so that I wouldn't get into legal problems over copyrighted works.
The idea here is that YOU will create YOUR OWN set of paintings that YOU like. Everyone has different tastes, so it would be silly or me to spend a lot of time locating/creating the artwork.

How do I create my own paintings?

1. Choose the painting you want to replace in the game. Use the pictures in this post as a guide.

2. Open the file in SimPE. http://sims.ambertation.de/

3. Click the Plugin tab in the middle of the screen. If you have the latest version of SimPE, you don't have to do this, because you are automatically in the correct view.

4. From the list at the top-right, select the line called "Texture Image." A picture will show up.

5. Right-click on the picture and choose "Export."

6. Save the picture where you will find it easily. Do NOT change the filename.

7. Open your favorite paint program. Don't open the picture you extracted; you don't need it.

8. You must create a picture that is the correct proportion for the painting in the game. The proportion is 256x442 pixels. That's 256 width, 442 height. Your picture can be bigger than that as long as the proportion is exactly the same. It should not be smaller or else your painting will be fuzzy after you resize it in step 9.

9. Next, resize the picture so that it becomes a perfect square, 256x256 pixels. Yes, it will become distorted, but that's okay! It will be perfect in the game.

10. Save your new picture with the same filename as the one you extracted in SimPE. It must be saved as PNG (.png) file.

11. Go back into SimPE.

12. Right-click the picture again and choose "Import." Find your new picture and double-click on it. You will see that your new picture replaces the one that was in the file before.

13. Click the button on the lower-right side that says "Commit."

14. From the top menu choose File and Save your file without changing the filename.

15. Put the file into your Downloads folder.

IMPORTANT!
For obvious reasons, you can only have ONE replacement painting for each of the 12 paintings in the game. So be sure you don't accidentally create two files for the same painting.

I'm attaching three images. Take a look at the two that show 12 different paintings. One of them shows the default paintings that are in the game.

From left to right they are called: lovelyelf, clownromance, desertsunset, house, llama, moon, sappyvalley, tiger, tulip, wannabepicasso, redwoods, orangeandapple.

You will notice that my replacement files have those names in the filename (e.g. REPLACE_painting_tiger.package)

The other image shows the paintings that I used to replace the default ones. They are shown in the exact same order as the default ones. So the first one (paint splatter) is lovelyelf, the second one (hearts) is clownromance, and so on.

PERMISSIONS
You have my permission to do whatever you like with this set. I welcome anyone to use my files to create a matched set of paintings (such as a flower theme) and make it available for download. Just be sure to explain that the files replace the defaults, so that people don't accidentally download more than one set.

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 2
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REPLACE_painting.zip

Size: 541.2 KB · Downloads: 7,305 · 7th Aug 2005
541.2 KB 7,305 7th Aug 2005
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
4. CEP Required: The CEP is necessary for this download to work. Make sure that you have the newest version of the CEP installed. Get it here: The Official CEP Download.


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The Quiet One
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#2 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 12:16 AM
thanks Sara! finally something new for the easel. i was getting tired of painting all these in triplicate. thanks for the variety. :D
Guest
#3 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 12:26 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Test Subject
#4 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 12:36 AM
Very nice, better then those other plain jane paintings.
Deviant Savant
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#5 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 12:46 AM
Been meaning to work on this.. thanks for saving me the trouble They look great.
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 12:56 AM
Ok, I've got a question. If you replace a painting in the game, and a sim paints it, and then you hang it on the wall, and then go replace that painting with something differant, does the one you already hung on the wall still stay the same as it was when you hung it on the wall?

"Stirred sheep and whirreled peas don't mix. In order to mix these two things you would have to puree the sheep." -JoJo
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#7 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 1:06 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahmird2
Ok, I've got a question. If you replace a painting in the game, and a sim paints it, and then you hang it on the wall, and then go replace that painting with something differant, does the one you already hung on the wall still stay the same as it was when you hung it on the wall?


Good question. I don't know.

When sims paint still life or portraits, the painting gets saved within the lot file. However, with default Maxis paintings I would suspect it would not do that, so, I think, the painting would get replaced.

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Test Subject
#8 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 1:16 AM
I didn't understand one thing - if I download your pictures, do I have to use SimPE to put them in the game or do I just put them in my Downloads folder?
Lab Assistant
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#9 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 1:26 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Milja
I didn't understand one thing - if I download your pictures, do I have to use SimPE to put them in the game or do I just put them in my Downloads folder?


If you want to use the paintings shown in my post, then all you do is put them in your Downloads folder.

If you want to create your own paintings, then you need SimPE.

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Demon Sheep
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#10 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 1:36 AM
This is awesome, thank you sara!!
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 1:46 AM Last edited by kittkatt : 29th Aug 2005 at 9:42 PM.
Are you a mind reader??? Because I didn't expect this to come up on a search WOW!!!! I'm doing this!

One question. Is there anyway at all that we could make our own paintings without replacing them like cloning? Or would the name be wrong? Because then we could have twice as many pictures even though some are crummy lol
Test Subject
#12 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 1:56 AM
Thanks a lot.

I was searching, and searching, and searching again how to replace these pictures, and then, you appear.

I thing you'll be the hero of the day (perhaps of the week.) :thumb: :banana:
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 2:06 AM
ok whree do i find the painting that i what to changei got SimPE
Test Subject
#14 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 2:16 AM Last edited by CountessCrazy : 22nd Oct 2005 at 4:08 AM.
I did it and it replaces all the pics with the new pic. I had one on the wall and one finished on the easel and one partly painted on the easel and they all changed

You just download that file she has and use it and it will replace the paintings in the game
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 2:26 AM
Thank you so much for this! Those in game paintings were starting to get at me :gonemad: lol

I will probably use a few of your designs, and make some of my own....time to experiment with the old Paint Shop Pro!

I love having something new to do for the game.

Once again thank you

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Guest
#16 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 2:36 AM
WOWY! I really like them! They're way better than those (like you said)horrible Maxis paintings! Except, don't you think that the first painting is a bit hard for first tryers? Anyhoo thanx again!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 2:46 AM
*tagging for future reference* Loverly. Much thanks.

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Guest
#18 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 2:56 AM
I love it! You're right! The normal Maxis paintings are horrible! I hate it when they always make those silly tulips, or the giraffes! Thanx!

~Usagi Tsukino~
Test Subject
#19 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 3:06 AM
i'm confused about one thing, where do i find the file to open it in simPE? i've been playing with the buttons in SimPE for a while now and can't find the files. help please, and thank you
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Field Researcher
#20 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 3:26 AM
Fantastic!!!!!!!
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 3:36 AM
If you installed SimPE correctly (associate with the *.package file extension box checked) you would simply double click this file that IS this download and select texture image in the upper left hand box of SimPE - then in the upper right-hand box select one of the listings until, at the bottom of the SimPE interface, you see an image that looks like the one in the screenshot. Then you would right-click the image itself, select export, choose a format compatible with your paint program (*.bmp or *.jpg for windows paint). Leave SimPE open and go edit the image you just exported. When you're finished editing save it, close the paint program, go back to SimPE, right click the image again, choose import, select the file you just exported, click the update all sizes button (if available), click commit, ->file > save... you're done.

"Stirred sheep and whirreled peas don't mix. In order to mix these two things you would have to puree the sheep." -JoJo
Test Subject
#22 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 3:46 AM
thank you i had played around and figured out how to do it a while ago, although it didn't work on a couple, i'm assuming i may have not hit commit. thank you for answering my post
Field Researcher
#23 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 3:56 AM
Thanks Sara! I just tried it and it works beautifully. Finally no more scary clowns!

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Test Subject
#24 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 4:06 AM
Default skill level's
Does anyone know what skill level's go with which paintings? Use the old pic's as reference please? Like what skill level do you start painting mountains and rivers instead of cartoon cats?
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 8th Aug 2005 at 4:16 AM
Does anyone know why Daysies' post shows up instead of SaraMK's post with the download files until I hit "Show comments"?

Thanks so much for sharing this with us, SaraMK.
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