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Picked upload! Snow but better! - Snow replacement mod

by Lyralei Posted 20th Oct 2019 at 4:42 PM - Updated 3rd Nov 2019 at 11:29 AM by Lyralei
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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.
Some of you might have followed the "making" of this, but it's finally here! No more blinding snow textures or icicles, and more frost! Whee!

Now, I started this project entirely by accident. Or more like curiousity. No one seemingly had made a snow mod or replacement mod in that regard which made me more curious as to why! When I went in checking the textures, I noticed they were "Uncompressed". Meaning, that S3PE wouldn't preview the images but opening them up in a graphics editor also didn't do the job. It took a bit of research as to what could potentially make it "compressed" and funnily (And I guess supposedly because of the nature of this mod, ironically?) the skyrim community had been dealing with these sorts of textures for so long, there was so much on what to use and how to properly export it into something useful! So that's what I did

And thus, I started gathering some pictures I took previous winter but also checked out some references and what was the best method to approach this and what exactly did I want to change?

Version 1 info

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An override filled with textures to make your game more frosty looking and even more realistic if you're into those sorts of things!


What's being overwritten?
  • The terrain snow textures are entirely redone.
  • Frosty windows and glass now has more detailed frost on it
  • A fix for that annoying and ugly "Grass" patches.
  • Icicles no longer need sunglasses to be looked at. Also has a new texture!
  • Roads got bumpier and more detailed (For the tech people among us, it now has a different normal map)

Since I had to edit a lot of texture files, it could happen that I overlooked something while testing and might not look good. In that case, please make sure to leave a comment and feedback and I'll try to fix it as soon as possible! Overall I didn't see anything that would potentially break/make ugly. But again, if you do I would really appreciate it!

This mod will work with 1.67/1.69! and any patch version that doesn't go as far back as seasons. This also means Seasons is required!

NOTE: This is an override mod meaning, that EA's textures are overwritten with mine. This means that if someone ever were to make their own snow texture replacement mods, it WILL conflict with this mod.

Version 2 info

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Coming soon! This version will be having some script-related enhanced snowy stuff! If you're curious as to how that's going on just wanting to see occasional updates, you can always check out this thread!: http://modthesims.info/showthread.p...993#post5581993


Additional Credits:
- The people on discord
- S3PE - Photoshop
- S3OC - My perfectionism

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

Seasons
Built with Game Version: 1.67
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Lyralei - Snow But Better.zip

Size: 12.31 MB · Downloads: 15,755 · 20th Oct 2019
12.31 MB 15,755 20th Oct 2019
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
 
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Lab Assistant
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Test Subject
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#2 Old 20th Oct 2019 at 5:21 PM
Can't wait to test this out.
Lab Assistant
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#3 Old 20th Oct 2019 at 5:25 PM
I was following your mod thread on MTS and your mod update on Tumblr - this is super exciting! I'm secretly hoping your version reduces the lagfest that EA snow generates. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us, so appreciated.
Mad Poster
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#4 Old 20th Oct 2019 at 5:41 PM
Looks great!
Test Subject
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#5 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 8:56 AM
I love it! Thank you!
Inventor
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#6 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 9:17 AM
It's so pretty in game! I love it, Thank you!
Lab Assistant
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#7 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 9:52 AM
You're awesome. Thank you so much for fixing the grass patch!
Mad Poster
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#8 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 10:04 AM
Excellent work, congrats! I cannot wait to see this mod in action in my wintry saves!
Forum Resident
#9 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 1:44 PM
That's so great looking comparing to EA! Especially for paths and windows! Do you has any pics to see how the snow looks half melted?
Many thanks for this mod. Vic ^_^

Here you can see more of my creations and conversions for sims 3. ;) I`ll glad to see your comments in.
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#10 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 7:09 PM
This looks great! I'm putting in my game. Maybe now I can actually stand to have snow! I couldn't stand playing with EA's snow, so usually just turn off the snow.
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#11 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 7:49 PM
Looks amazing! I have a fairly low end PC, how much does it affect performance?
Top Secret Researcher
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#12 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 11:55 PM
So much more realistic and yet still simmy- thank you!!
Alchemist
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#13 Old 22nd Oct 2019 at 6:19 PM
It looks good in game. Thanks a lot!
Virtual gardener
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#14 Old 22nd Oct 2019 at 6:32 PM
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Originally Posted by samples_87
Looks amazing! I have a fairly low end PC, how much does it affect performance?


Hiya!

preformance should be basically the same as EA's. Unortunately that's something I can't fix :/. Although I will be honest, I haven't seen the texture changes yet on the lowest of settings but this should if IIRC just result into a white terrain rather than a textured one, because EA made the snow's graphics act that way
Undead Molten Llama
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#15 Old 22nd Oct 2019 at 11:03 PM
I just wanted to pop in and say that I love how this looks in-game. I don't play TS3 all that often, but I put this in just to check it out and I love it. I love that it's less-bright than the EA snow, which just looked unrealistic to me and, being photosensitive, it sort of hurt my eyes, too.

I don't know if you're planning to replace the falling snowflakes, but if you are, there's a cute replacement for TS2 that makes the falling flakes look like actual snowflakes. I was thinking maybe you could lift the textures from that, but I can't seem find a link right now. :\ I'll come back and edit this when I dig it up...
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#16 Old 25th Oct 2019 at 1:36 PM
First off, thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback!

@iCad That sounds interesting! If you have a link i'm more than happy to check it out to see how to improve this mod more and more!
Lab Assistant
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#17 Old 25th Oct 2019 at 8:18 PM
Your's snow, ice stuff is very, very beautiful. Thank you!!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 27th Oct 2019 at 1:30 AM
Can we get an version of this for ts4?
Virtual gardener
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#19 Old 27th Oct 2019 at 3:50 PM
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Can we get an version of this for ts4?


I was looking into it myrself but I personally only know the basics of making ts4 stuff. So once I release V2 then I'm all fine for looking into it Unless anyone else wants to convert it (With my permission of course) i'm all fine with it!
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#20 Old 27th Oct 2019 at 7:30 PM
Awesome job!
Scholar
#21 Old 5th Nov 2019 at 7:51 AM
This really is a vast improvement. Just to pick two things: I can actually see tyre tracks on the roads and windows actually do look frosted, rather than simply misted up. Winter looks... well, wintery. Great job!

Simblr: Elyndaworld *** Wordpress: Tales of Nantrelor
Field Researcher
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#22 Old 6th Nov 2019 at 11:23 AM
Looks amazing, can't wait to try!
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#23 Old 21st Nov 2019 at 7:25 AM
Oh wow, what an achievement! Nothing quite like finding out that mods previously thought impossible actually ARE possible. Thank you for sharing.

Do you know if the world textures (not the terrain paints, but the CAW grass and such that you can't edit ingame) could be replaced in a similar manner? One thing that constantly turns me from a few of the TS3 worlds is the bright green grass. What I wouldn't give to replace it. If you think the process would be similar, would you be able to point me in the direction of the tools you used? I'm acquainted with Skyrim modding but not so much with textures!
Test Subject
#24 Old 21st Nov 2019 at 5:04 PM
This is amazing! Having this in TS4 as well would be incredible!
Test Subject
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#25 Old 22nd Nov 2019 at 6:29 AM
Now this is what this community is about, making things better! this is not good, this is the best out there from this year or so!
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