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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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Test Subject
#51 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:11 PM
I found the original file in the disk! thank u so much!, ill try to see if the things works, =D.! im very pleased x33
Field Researcher
#52 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:15 PM
I can confirm that I am having the same problem. Only on female, greenish body tinge using both faces and the nipple sets. No shine. Max settings.
My system specs are well above mins and since you are finally seeing the problem as well I am guessing actual specs are probably not necessary. Heck my input probably isn't either but I figured all the reports you could get might be useful.
Test Subject
#53 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:18 PM Last edited by Shaitan051 : 5th Jun 2009 at 10:42 PM.
It's awsome that you did this but how did you make those perfect pics? I'm at the "very high" setting yet the head and body still don't match (tried just "high" too since you said that what you were on). The face is darker.

Edit: It's exactly what she said^
Test Subject
#54 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:20 PM
Can you possibly give a detailed install guide for Vista. I've installed using the standard guide and I can't get the content to work. I have a feeling this is because of the Resource.Cfg telling the game to look in program files for content when Vista labels the folder as Program Files x86.
Test Subject
#55 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:20 PM
You rock! I can't believe how fast these custom content files are being made!! I can't wait to get the game and use these skins.
Test Subject
#56 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:26 PM
Works like a charm... huge thanks
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#57 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:26 PM
I should -hopefullly- have a fixed version for ya'll with the green issues coming in about half an hour after I do a couple more tests. Looks like it was probably just corrupted files.

Shaitan - Probably due to the greenishness. I have everything up on ridiculously high, at 1680x1024. I love my PC.

lootable - If you look at the "it didn't work" link there's discussion there. I don't know from Vista - XP PRIEEEED!

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Test Subject
#58 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:29 PM
Thank you! I dream of a day when different body hair and tats can be placed on different Sims, but this is a hell of a start!

Works great for me too (I only installed the hairy male and nipple female)
Test Subject
#59 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:32 PM
I wanna make sure if I wish to have shine and detailed faces and non-barbie bodies for both sexes I can install all of them?
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#60 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:32 PM
For those having the green females problem...

Can you please redownload? I have uploaded new versions of both the nipples and barbie skins for females and they seem okay to me (and the independent tester I got to check) but I am eager to have this fixed. Testers of the new versions would be greatly appreciated.

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#61 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:33 PM
Sister of Ailias - Yes, you can install all of them. It's sort of a pick-and-mix thing.

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Lab Assistant
#62 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:37 PM
Thanks HP :D!!!

Btw, is there a way you can make 3D bodyshape defaults for TS3?, like the ones exenem(sp?) did with ts2, although those may belong to SexySims :p
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#63 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:40 PM
jrcaporal - Uh, eventually, maybe. Not yet.

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Test Subject
#64 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:43 PM
Sorry HP, but I'm not seeing any difference.
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#65 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:44 PM
Shaitan051 - Can you try JUST the female body files, taking everything else out? And make sure to look in CAS - sims on a lot won't update without being hit about the head repeatedly with Plan Outfit.

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
#66 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:54 PM
They all work fine for me. I created a new sim and testing all the skintones on male and female look perfect. I downloaded before you put up the fixed files so I don't know. Thank you so much for this, though, The differences are subtle but needed at the same time.
Test Subject
#67 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 10:54 PM Last edited by pkstar : 5th Jun 2009 at 10:57 PM. Reason: (Added which female skin I tested.)
Re-Tested: The problem has been fixed for me now. Thank you for all your hard work. Everything looks great!

(For the record - I am using both male and female face replacements, and body replacements, no shine. Specifically, female non-barbie was tested. This combination seems to work.)

Also, something I did once that might be messing people up:

Be sure that if you are place package files in their designated folder that you do not place them within a SUB folder. (IE, place them in 'mods' not 'mods/bodymod' or something like that.) While this seemed to work for me in the Sims2, it is not so far in Sims3. I hope that helps some people who are having errors.
Test Subject
#68 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:01 PM
can someone help me to install this? U.u I just can´t I even tried the dummy steps! TT.TT
Test Subject
#69 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:03 PM
my, my, HP! You honestly have my eternal gratitude. the game nearly just came out, and you already have mods out that multiply the "Fun" factor of the game. congratulations and thank you on what you already have out, and good luck working on future releases!
Test Subject
#70 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:05 PM
The new files work perfectly, thanks again for pure awesomeness!
Test Subject
#71 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:11 PM
Retested with new family. It works Yay.
I'm not going to have to Repeatedly Plan Outfit or replace the entire populace of town am I?
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#72 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:11 PM
Reuploaded the nipples only version - Karybdis said I had the wrong DDS files in. Quite possible considering I am the very picture of an Absent-Minded sim. These should be fixed for sure. If not, then LETS ALL DISCO DANCE.

Shaitan051 - If they still have the old skins, then yes. Alternatley, start a new town. I have someone testing how to uncache textures but no luck yet.

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“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
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Test Subject
#73 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:11 PM
Everything working fine with the new archives. :D
Very nice HP. Thanks!
Test Subject
#74 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:16 PM
Thank you so much for the work you and other modders are doing to improve our games. No more creepy plastic people! Keep up the great work.
Test Subject
#75 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:18 PM
In my game, my female sim shows up with a green body and the face is normal...I don't know what I'm doing wrong...I download only one file: Moredetailedbodies-Female, and I cannot see the difference...

Please help me..., maybe, I did something wrong...:S
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