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Picked upload! Increased Texture Detail & Shine - TS3 Skin Replacements

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 5th Jun 2009 at 7:21 PM - Updated 16th Jun 2009 at 12:20 PM by HystericalParoxysm : Clarifying some points.
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
What do these do?

This is a set of mix-and-match packages that will allow you to independently change three main aspects of your sims' skins:
Increased shine - Applies a greater level of shine/sheen to both bodies and faces, making sims look a bit less like dead mannequins. I have tweaked it toward good appearance when in-game, on lots and in the neighborhood - the side effect of this is that the already-waxy look of sims in Create a Sim will be even greater (especially on darker sims), but the look is improved everywhere else.

Increased texturing on faces - So they're not so perfectly smooth and featureless. This is unfortunately fairly subtle, and I'm still working on a better solution for this, but (IMO) these are an improvement, even if it isn't a dramatic one. Most noticeable on the forehead. I've also tried to blend the lip texture more. Shading and highlighting are left relatively unchanged - there is a bit more highlighting on the forehead (which may look a little strange on very light sims in certain lighting), but I have added no shadows.

Greater detail body skins - Many tweaks and fiddly bits done to the skins of both genders to make them look a little more natural and nice. Please see below section for a detailed description of all these tweaks, as well as the two "flavours" each gender comes in. I have strived to make sure these tweaks look good on all body types - no easy task!

Everything's optional, so you can pick and choose what you want and what you don't.

Greater Body Detail Textures:

I have done a -lot- of tweaking to the body skins to my liking! The game uses the same textures for all body types so addition of things like washboard abs or ribs showing or the like are not really possible, but I have done a lot of editing with the constraint of different body types in mind:

For females:
  • Throat - Smoother, more feminine texture shape
  • Collarbone - Changed placement, so it is placed on the actual location of the collarbone shape on the body mesh
  • Breast Shadows - Greatly reduced the shadow beneath the breasts, making it no longer look like all sims have heavily bruised underboobs (and making breasts look much more natural for smaller-breasted sims)
  • Nipples (Optional) - Nipples option includes natural-looking nipples that scale with breast size.
  • Belly - Smoother, more contoured belly

For males:
  • Nipples - Males now have proper looking nipples, not just dots painted on with a marker
  • Body Hair (Optional) - Body Hair option includes light body hair on arms, legs, and chest

For both genders:
  • Butt textures - More lifted and shapely
  • Butt dimples - Subtle little indentations above the butt on the lower back
  • More defined bellybutton - no more tiny dot navels!
  • Fingernails - Improved shading and highlighting
  • Shoulderblades and spine - Greater range of highlight and shadow
  • Knees - More detailed textures, both on the kneecap and back of the knee

How was it done???

These skins were created using three programs:
S3pull, an unreleased beta command line tool which allows unpacking of specific file types from the game's large package files - this gave me a 4.5 gig folder full of all the game's DDS files

Photoshop CS3, with the nVidia DDS editor plugin installed, so I could open and save DDS format files.

QADPE (Quick and Dirty Package Editor), an unreleased beta tool which allowed me to default replace specific DDS files by inputting their original instance numbers and my changed files.

Neither S3Pull or QADPE are publicly released as far as I'm aware. Other tools may be available or coming soon to do the same things. I cannot share these tools as they are not my creations.

Important info!

Please actually read this stuff. I know it's just SO much fun to ask stupid questions I've already answered, but save my sanity and actually read for once? Pretty please with bacon on top?
ALL these features above work only for teen through elder. Babies, toddlers, and children are not affected and remain as they are in the vanilla game. I didn't see the point in doing the full range when I will likely release an improved version later.

These are DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS which means they override the game's textures to create these affects. There is not yet any known way to make non-default skintones.

These work for all six skin colours, for all ranges. There is no known way to make them only work for natural skins or only green skins, etc.

Some measure of pixellation is present on certain areas of the bodies, faces, and shine in-game. This appears unavoidable and part of how the game renders skintones - such pixellation is not present on my textures. The additional detail of the faces may appear slightly strange in certain lighting, but much of the time, it does look better than perfect smoothness - if you don't like the affect, you can remove whatever skintone packages you think don't look wonderful.

These may not look perfect in all lighting - the shine goes almost completely matte when in shadow outside. This is the game itself's fault, and not my doing.

Installation Instructions:

Downloading - Please read carefully! I've done this as a very optional set so you can choose exactly what you want! All parts work separately from one another, so if you want the full set, you will need to download the increased shine, both gender faces, and ONE flavour for each gender of the body textures.
If you would like the increased shine: download IncreasedSkinShine.rar

If you would like the more detailed faces: download MoreTexturedFaces-Male.rar and/or MoreTexturedFaces-Female.rar - you can get one (if you only want one gender's faces changed) or both.

If you would like the more detailed bodies (female): choose ONE (not both!) of the following files:
  • MoreDetailedBodies-Female-FullyBarbie.rar- Tweaked textures but no nipples or pubic hair.

  • MoreDetailedBodies-Female-NipplesOnly.rar - Tweaked textures, plus nipples. No pubic hair.

If you would like the more detailed bodies (male) choose ONE (not both!) of the following files:
  • MoreDetailedBodies-Male-FullyBarbie.rar - Tweaked textures (with nipples) but no body hair.

  • MoreDetailedBodies-Male-WithHair.rar - Tweaked textures (with nipples) and body hair. No pubic hair.

You can mix and match pieces - the shine is independent, faces are independent, and bodies are independent, so if you want everything, download almost all of it - just pick ONE flavour for the bodies of each gender!

Versions with pubic hair are available on the adult site.

Extract the contents of the rar files you have chosen to download. Then, follow these instructions to get them working in your game.

For existing sims:
Unlike TS2, default skins will not automatically update on existing sims! To force the game to reload, try deleting your cache files. Look in My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\ and delete the file called simCompositorCache.package. This should reload your skintones.

They don't work!!!

Well, actually, yes, they do... Please make sure you have read the install instructions above - both how to get them in your game, and regarding existing sims.

If they're still not working, there's a thread with suggestions and discussion on TS3 custom packages where you may find helpful info, and can ask questions.

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Delphy for QADPE, and to the other tool creators/file format hackers for figuring out all the internal gubbins.
Skin Type: Human
Skin Flags: Barbie Nipples Default

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

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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. Install to your game!

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Field Researcher
#26 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:53 PM
All my setting are on high exept num of detailed lots and distance draw. This effect appears if I use both detailed faces and skines with nipples.
Here are some pictures:
As you can see body is colder and greenish and face is warmer and pinkish.

I have NO shine. Only faces and bodies.
Test Subject
#27 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:53 PM
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
As I said, they may look kinda weird in CAS. In lower graphics settings, I suppose they might look green (I don't know, I play things on all high) but tbh, what counts is in-game. I have tested rolling and changing sex and that works fine for me...

Unfortunately, it's also outside of CAS. And only the female skin.

Same download options: Shine, Faces, Body (nipplesonly). I have every graphic setting on high or very high.

Forum Resident
#28 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:53 PM
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#29 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:56 PM
Hrm. I have -no- idea why it would do that. It definitely doesn't look that way in my game (as you can see from the pics).

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
#30 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:02 PM
I haven't played that much of Sims3, but don't you need a de-dithering hack to actually see the nude features - I can't believe that EA left dithering out.

Imagine a world without hypothetical situations
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#31 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:07 PM
mac - Yes, you do need a hack to see that stuff. I assume if you want to see those bits and pieces, you know where to find one. The body detailing that is not covered by underwear/bathingsuit shows up at all times though.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Test Subject
#32 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:10 PM
thanks for this
Test Subject
#33 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:11 PM
I have the same problem as blackcat007, I checked in the game as well. Maybe remove the face?
Test Subject
5th Jun 2009 at 9:11 PM
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Field Researcher
#34 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:12 PM
With only body files everything is fine, but with both body and faces it glitches.
Test Subject
#35 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:12 PM
The problem persists even with nothing installed but the body. This happens with either of the versions (nipples or barbie). So it's not a combination of mods that's causing this.
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:19 PM
This is so amazing!!! Thank you so much for all you do for the Sims community!
Lab Assistant
#37 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:23 PM
I am in love (and feel so much awe). Modders like you are the only reason I play the sims! Thanks so much. They look great and I think they are a huge improvement to what we have in-game. you have made my day.
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#38 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:27 PM
Can those of you having problems please post your full system specs?

I suspect this is maybe due to particular hardware - it goes green for Delphy in his quick test, but I can't reproduce it at all. Which makes it kinda hard to fix since I can't even see it myself.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
#39 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:28 PM
Wow, you're truly amazing! It makes such a difference.
#40 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:40 PM
Hmmm.. for me I see no difference at all with these files. And yes, I,ve installed right, following the instructions...
I've tried many combinations and also just only one file - only nipples - nothing!

Field Researcher
#41 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:43 PM
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Page File: 1745MB used, 11392MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8600 GT
Display Memory: 256.0 MB
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0011.8208 (English)

Name: SB Live! Audio [9000]

After removing faces effect is only on females, before I had it on males also. It also appears only on bodies, faces are normal.
Test Subject
#42 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:45 PM
didnt work for me,i follow your intruction,and download"MoreDetailedBodies-Female-NipplesOnly.rar"my sims end up with a grey skin and her face look normal,post your mod at sexysims2,im tied of those censorship.
Test Subject
#43 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:48 PM
Originally Posted by HystericalParoxysm
Can those of you having problems please post your full system specs?

I'm also having problems. Did you need a full run, or just this? I have both, even though my full specs won't let me narrow it down to what's actually useful. My computer keeps telling me it doesn't like Everest.

I'm having mixed trouble; Definitely seeing the green-bodies problem, but I'm not sure if my faces are working.

Sorry for the trouble, hopefully having more feedback will make the problem easier to find. Thanks for the help and good luck;


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600)
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3400+, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz
Memory: 958 MB Ram
Page File: 477MB Used, 1835MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Dell Model Number: I have an emachines? :D

Name: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip Type: GeForce 7600 GS
Approx. Total Memory: 256.0 MB
Main Driver: n4_disp.dll
Version: 6.14.0010.9147

Name: C-Media USB Headphone Set
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#44 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:50 PM
Hrm, I managed to reproduce it now - I don't know how, I was using the same files as before. Further testing is happening - thank you for the reports. I will let you know how it goes - very hard to do with a wriggling infant on my lap, but so it goes.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Test Subject
#45 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:52 PM
Test Subject
#46 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:53 PM
Thanks for all your effort to fix this for us.

I have the same problem but on a mac with max settings. So pc isn't the only one affected if that helps at all.

And I only have it on my female sims. I don't know if this is the same as others.

^^I have tried it with all combinations of files and I have never had it on male sims :S

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Lab Assistant
#47 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 9:53 PM
Thank you so very much. I am so happy to see these!
Test Subject
#48 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:00 PM
so how should I put the resource thing to make this work? =o
Test Subject
#49 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:02 PM
Thank you very much. Very usefull... it's indeed a great improvement. I've never understand why ea makes so awful skins. Thaks for sharing this!
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