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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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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:
Skin Flags:
      Barbie: 100% Barbie
      Nipples: Female Nipples
      Default: Default Replacement

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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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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#2 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:31 PM
Huge improvement already! Many many thanks for the speedy mods x
Test Subject
#3 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:32 PM
Thanks for a ton for this! Great work.
Test Subject
#4 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:37 PM
Absolutely incredible. Thanks you for all the hard work! (And in only 4 days... yeeeesh thats quick!)
Test Subject
#5 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:37 PM
Can't wait to go home (from work... oops) and try these!! Thank you!
Test Subject
#6 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:45 PM
Could you make one with slight leg and arm hair, but no chest hair?
That would be great! :D
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:47 PM Last edited by RoyalRaspberry : 5th Jun 2009 at 7:48 PM. Reason: Hit the wrong button. :X
Ooooo, so much prettier! Thank you so much!!
#8 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:54 PM
Great work, I'm amazed that this was made so quickly! I noticed yesterday how dead sims look when they're outside during night hours, it scared me a bit.
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:56 PM
Thank you!! I was very disappointed in the skins that came with the game!
Field Researcher
#10 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:02 PM
Thank you so much for these! They look great! I simply cannot stand the way the default TS3 sims look. This will help me enjoy the game!
#11 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:09 PM
The real reason that Sims 2 (and I hope Sims 3) have been so successful is due to the superb work done by modders to give us the game that EA should have given us. Many, many thanks for your continued creativity!

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#12 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:11 PM
Huzzah! I don't even have the game yet, but this nudges me a bit further forward towards buying the thing.
Field Researcher
#13 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:17 PM
Absolutely fantastic! You can come eat my pasta anytime if you keep doing this kinda work. I really, like so many others, was not happy with the overall look of the skins in TS3. This should help immensely and I cant wait to see your improved versions!
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#14 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:20 PM
*hugs and holds on* Gawd, but I love you!

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Test Subject
#15 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:24 PM
Simply amazing how quick you are providing the first mods!
Test Subject
#16 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:29 PM
So upon downloading Sims 3 for the very first time, we should download these files as well, before ever actually starting the game, for the best success, correct?

I haven't gotten Sims 3 yet, but I'm more excited about it now that these new skins are available.
Test Subject
#17 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:32 PM
The light skin looked a little green in the CAS. I didn't look in the game. But hey, Thank you!!
Field Researcher
#18 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:32 PM
When creating a sim, his skin is normal, after that if I try to reroll or change sex his head stays normal, but body gains slightly greenish tint. If I add another sim to family he is again normal, untill I reroll or change sex. I installed detailed faces and bodies with nippples for both sexes, no shine.
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#19 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:35 PM
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...

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#20 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:35 PM
I just wanted to add to the list of admiration:

Thanks a TON. This will make me enjoy my game a lot more, and really you've created nice works of art in the first week of the game's launch. I envy you. I thank you,again haha.

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#21 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:36 PM
First thing i did when i saw this was lol at the blurring then i thought, be normal! And they look really natural, much better than the matt skin the normally have! thanks

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#22 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:42 PM
Hey, thanks for the upload, but im kinda dummy, and i replaced the resource data that i downloaded with the original resource data that the game bought, and i give click and all to play but my game wont start? any help pleasE?
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#23 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:45 PM
First of all, thanks for this. They look really nice. I feel sort of like an idiot for asking, but you only download one of the options, right (or, one for male and one for female)? Like, you can't have both the Barbie skins and the more textured faces?
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#24 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:46 PM
AlexiaAshford - Well, now you're boned. You shouldn't have replaced that one. Maybe there's an original on the game disk?

cateyedsnake - The body skins are separate from the faces. If you want the faces, download the face files. If you want the bodies, download one of the body types for each gender. If you want both, get both, just not more than one for each gender of the body files.

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#25 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 8:49 PM
Thanks for the quick answer.
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