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Patternable/ Recolorable Decorative Plates and Custom Patterns

by BabaYaga Posted 24th Sep 2009 at 12:25 AM - Updated 1st Mar 2010 at 5:46 AM by BabaYaga : uploaded wrong file, duh
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

The first part of my offering today consists of two types of decorative plate, each in two sizes for your cluttering needs.

The wall plate comes in large and small sizes and, as the name implies, hangs on the wall. Fittingly, then, it can be found in the wall art section of the catalog. Small size is $40, large is $50.

Next, the standing plate. The standing plate comes with a stand. This is because plates cannot stand on their own.

Like the wall plate, the standing plate also comes in two sizes which, interestingly, can also be described as large and small. Goes on tabletops, counters and anywhere else clutter can usually be found. In the catalog under decorative- miscellaneous. Costs $45 and $55, because stands aren't free, you know.

All of the plates can be recolored in Create-A-Style with any of the patterns you have, like any other recolorable object. (The stands are not recolorable.) They have reasonably accurate shadows, and are a little bit shiny. You may notice that the plates in the screenshots have non-repeated, very plate-like designs on them, which brings me to...

the second part of my upload: I have made a fair number of special custom patterns specifically designed for these meshes:

As far as the game knows, they are perfectly ordinary patterns. The only thing different about them is that they are designed so they fit these particular objects in a satisfyingly plate-like way.

The trade-off is that the patterns aren't useful for anything else. (That's why I've included them in this post, rather than making a separate entry for them in the patterns section of the site.) You can, of course, apply them to anything in the game that will take a pattern, but I wouldn't, unless you really want a sofa with big plates all over it.

The patterns even show up in the Create-a-Style catalog with a little teeny plate in the thumbnail, so you know which ones they are and can thus avoid the plates-all-over-your-sofa thing. (You may take this for granted, but figuring out how to do it caused me some psychic pain, so I insist on pointing it out)

I've made several colorways of most patterns, except the group of two-color patterns labeled blue-and-white plates, which are only included in, yes, blue and white. You can download each group of patterns separately, or get all of them at once. Screenshot thumbnails are included in the zips so you can easily pick just the ones you want.

The plate with the woman's profile comes in a left-facing and a right-facing version, but I only included a thumbnail pic for the right-facing version, because of my deep and abiding confidence in your ability to figure out what the left-facing version looks like. Also laziness. But just in case, here's a pic of them together as a set:

I think that's everything. Enjoy!

EDIT: as HeyBubbe noticed, the sunflower plate patterns were missing, so I added them, both in their own file and in the zip with all the other patterns.


Thanks to Killc*a for pointing out that there was a problem with the small standing plate-- l seem to have inadvertently uploaded the wrong version of the file. Fixed now. Hopefully that's all for the problems. Gah!


Mesh files have now been updated for compatibility with WA and with patch 1.7.9. Please re-download fixed versions.

Update 2-28-20: Small standing plate had the wrong shadow. Will I never learn the perils of disorganization?

I've upploaded the correct version-- please re-download the fixed version! Thank you to groovilicious for letting me know about the problem.

Polygon Counts:
plate with stand, both sizes: 486 polys
wall plate, both sizes: 264 polys

Additional Credits:
s3pe, s3oc, milkshape, s3objtool, plus extra thanks to WesHowe for general ongoing helpfulness

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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#51 Old 25th Sep 2009 at 5:23 PM
Thanks so much for these gorgeous plates! Not only have you made my game more enjoyable but you have made my life easier! Thanks for the little plate icon you worked so hard on and the thumbnail pic in the file!
Test Subject
#52 Old 26th Sep 2009 at 4:52 AM
"The standing plate comes with a stand. This is because plates cannot stand on their own."

That had me literally laughing out loud.

Lab Assistant
#53 Old 26th Sep 2009 at 3:23 PM
Aaaah, Delft plates... One thing I DO like from my nation.
Lab Assistant
#54 Old 26th Sep 2009 at 4:03 PM
These are just wicked, many thanks for your hard work!
#55 Old 1st Oct 2009 at 7:24 AM
Thank you, these are very beautiful!
Top Secret Researcher
#56 Old 5th Oct 2009 at 4:51 AM
These are great.
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 6th Oct 2009 at 4:16 AM
thank you
Test Subject
#58 Old 7th Oct 2009 at 2:15 AM
The first blue and white plate, is EXACTLY what I need for my real-life home C: My mom has put several plates up, that look VERY close to that.
Test Subject
#59 Old 20th Oct 2009 at 5:50 AM
Awesome plates. Awesomer description :-) Thanks for the beautiful knick-knacks, and the smile and the chuckle :-)
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 11th Nov 2009 at 4:48 AM Last edited by centime : 12th Nov 2009 at 12:02 AM.
Absolutely gorgeous plates! It is wonderful to have the option of wall or stand, large or small, and your patterns are all so beautiful.

I also appreciate very much the plate symbol on the pattern icons. With so many patterns to choose from it would be very easy to end up with a big-plate couch or some other plate-y object.

These lovely plates will improve my game so much. Many, many thanks for all your hard work and psychic pain. Both are appreciated very much.


EDIT: I found that certain of the plate patterns will actually do quite nicely for smaller objects, like pillows for instance:

Just thought you might like to see how lovely the pillows turned out with your gorgeous pattern. The pretty little couch is by Shino and Kansas City Rose (KCR) at TSR, from the Sweet Living set, here:
Lab Assistant
#61 Old 4th Dec 2009 at 12:14 PM
I'm redownloading my .packages - being very strict to the number of files (don't want any lag and it seems for some mysterious reason for a dumb user that my PC can't handle more than 2 dozens of .packages) - and I got back the spiral lillies and the profile patterns. Reading your description again... "you can avoid the having-plates-all-over-your-sofa thing", I felt like writing... I kinda like the plates all over my sofas. *g

These 2 mentioned patterns look great in cushions! Great work!
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 8th Dec 2009 at 2:52 AM
I'm in awe... thanks!
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 15th Feb 2010 at 4:43 PM
I just think these are incredibly clever, thank you!
(And I'm just betting that some of these patterns will look good on some of the Create-A-Style paintings that have come out! I'm excited to try it all anyway!) Thanks again!
Test Subject
#64 Old 8th Apr 2010 at 1:36 PM
They're all beautiful pieces, thank you!
Lab Assistant
#65 Old 6th Aug 2010 at 7:56 AM
Wow these are pretty!
Test Subject
#66 Old 15th Aug 2010 at 12:44 PM
The patterns also make for a beautiful wallpaper border and cloth for clothing.

I love, love, love your work! <3
Test Subject
#67 Old 6th Nov 2010 at 11:13 AM
Clutter is so delightful and this one in particular is my favorite! Thanks
Lab Assistant
#68 Old 20th Nov 2010 at 6:16 PM
These are awesome! They're so versatile and cute. Your description was a really entertaining read, too. I like the part about your deep and abiding faith in our ability to imagine a left facing plate--and then you went and uploaded a pic anyway.
#69 Old 15th Jun 2011 at 7:10 PM
Great job, thank you!
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