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Stairs Overlay

by xmathyx Posted 25th Sep 2018 at 8:32 PM - Updated 26th Sep 2018 at 11:53 AM by xmathyx : Added price, changed the RCs files (I've uploaded the wrong file at first, oops !)
19 Comments / replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts, 13 Thanks Posts
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.
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This is a brand new mesh : 4 tiles wide, 2 stories. Cloned from Catherine TCJD's Wallpaper Overlay .

You can choose between a basic version categorized as Deco/Misc (it should be base game compatible), or a MG version categorized as Build/Architecture (requires M&G). Choose only one version of the mesh or they will conflict ! Price : 0$, because you already paid for your walls, right ?

This is far from perfect. Here are the issues (I think they are minor but it might bother you if you're really picky about details).

There are two gaps : one at both sides. As you can see on the pictures, depending on the camera rotation you can see a 1pixel line transparency at the start and at the end of the overlay. I was unable to fix this because that's my very first mesh but I won't mind if someone tries to make it better. Just tell me and i'll give a link to your better version !

Something else : they don’t fit perfectly with mouldings/panels painted on the wall like the ones I make and use for the previews. There is a few pixels that are higher than the walls, but this is not supposed to happen if you use the same mouldings on Catherine's mesh, like the ones from shastakiss. I haven't tested with hers but I firstly tried to make this overlay on Catherine's mesh and there were no shift (however, I've deleted these files since, sorry).

Also, the colors might be different as you can see on the pictures too. I believe this is because of how the game handles the lightnings : walls and objects don’t light the same way (or am I wrong ?), and the overlay is 4 tiles wide and 2 stories height so I suppose the game picks a lightning from one point and applies it to the entire mesh. Nothing I can do about it with my own knowledge.

Otherwise, it works fine and you get exactly what you see on the pictures.

Have fun !

Note : By the way, if I had the skills, I would probably have made a mesh slaved to Catherine's that repeat the texture 4 times and distort it instead of this overlay, so no other recolors would have been necessary, but... Yeah I have a lot of ideas, but not the knowledge If someone wants to help with that, I'm asking for help here.

Polygon Counts:
Faces: 2
Vertex: 4

Additional Credits:
Catherine TCJD for the mesh I cloned
shastakiss for the Curiona mouldings
Artemida for the panels
The creators of SimPE, the ones or Milkshape, the ones of the Meshtool, the ones of the UV mapper, the ones of Photoshop, all the people that made any meshing tutorial out there, every simmer who told me they loved the idea of this overlay and motivated me to finish it.

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

Sims 2
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xmathyx_stairsoverlay Curiona RCs.rar

Size: 1.21 MB · Downloads: 4,988 · 25th Sep 2018
1.21 MB 4,988 25th Sep 2018
xmathyx_stairsoverlayMESH_MG.rar

Size: 49.5 KB · Downloads: 5,330 · 25th Sep 2018
49.5 KB 5,330 25th Sep 2018
xmathyx_stairsoverlayMESH.rar

Size: 49.5 KB · Downloads: 4,432 · 25th Sep 2018
49.5 KB 4,432 25th Sep 2018
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Test Subject
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#2 Old 25th Sep 2018 at 9:31 PM
Gorgeous! I never knew how much I needed this in my game! Thanks so much :-)
Mad Poster
#3 Old 25th Sep 2018 at 10:51 PM
Hallelujah! These are lovely
(Just to be clear - Numenor did all the work on this mesh - I just adjusted it a bit)

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Link Ninja
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#4 Old 25th Sep 2018 at 11:53 PM
Yeah this is one of those things you never knew you were missing or could ever want but it so is! Thanks!

I didn't even know this was a thing!
Instructor
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#5 Old 26th Sep 2018 at 12:03 AM
Well, Charmful and SpashleyLvr10 both basically said what i wanted to say... Sooo... I dunno what to say now, except cool and thanks!

Ah! There should be a special Misc. category labeled, "Shit You Never Knew You Needed Til You Saw It Here!" and this should be prominently featured!


-gE
>=)
Meet Me In My Next Life
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#6 Old 26th Sep 2018 at 1:34 AM
Question Please from what I see in your pictures do that mean your Stairs Overlay will only work with the wallpaper shown ? Or will this work with any Maxis wallpapers not just the ones you are showing ?
Or will it even work with Customs wallpaper ?
Scholar
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#7 Old 26th Sep 2018 at 5:03 AM
Okay, just when I thought I had all the essential CC I needed...I see this. How has this never been done before? The difference is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing :D
Lab Assistant
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#8 Old 26th Sep 2018 at 9:33 AM Last edited by xmathyx : 26th Sep 2018 at 10:39 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simonut
Question Please from what I see in your pictures do that mean your Stairs Overlay will only work with the wallpaper shown ? Or will this work with any Maxis wallpapers not just the ones you are showing ?
Or will it even work with Customs wallpaper ?


The mesh will work for any kind of mouldings as long as there is a recolor made for it (as shown in the tutorial linked). I only share the recolors pictured. If you want other mouldings for the overlay, you should recolor it yourself or wait for someone to do it

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By the way, if I had the skills, I would probably have made a mesh slaved to Catherine's that repeat the texture and distort it instead of this overlay, so no other recolors would have been necessary, but... Yeah I have a lot of ideas, but not the knowledge

I share my CC here !
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 27th Sep 2018 at 11:29 AM
OMFG. I never realised how much this bothered me until I saw this!! Can you please do the same for The Sims 3????
Like please?!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#10 Old 27th Sep 2018 at 2:25 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpearsInstrumentals
OMFG. I never realised how much this bothered me until I saw this!! Can you please do the same for The Sims 3????
Like please?!


Hi ! No, I don't do TS3.
But there are many TS3 creators out there, Ask them. It's not a copyrighted idea :P

I share my CC here !
Field Researcher
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#11 Old 28th Sep 2018 at 7:34 PM
Absolutely brilliant. It was such an obviously needed fix, that I never even saw it 'til you opened my eyes. Thank you.
Top Secret Researcher
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#12 Old 12th Oct 2018 at 4:37 AM
Ahhhhhhh I'm screaming, I agree with everybody else, how has this not been done until now?! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
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#13 Old 1st Jan 2019 at 4:42 AM
I would love to see this in TS4
Scholar
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#14 Old 4th Jan 2019 at 3:59 PM
Is there any chance to put windows in this wall?
Test Subject
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#15 Old 11th Jan 2019 at 7:27 PM
Who knew, what a nice touch. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#16 Old 12th Jan 2019 at 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Victor_tor
Is there any chance to put windows in this wall?


If you place your window first and then use the moveobjects on cheat to place the overlay, yes !

I share my CC here !
Test Subject
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#17 Old 19th Jan 2019 at 11:45 PM
Don't have the Sims 2 just life stories and sims 4 and of course the sims on googleplay and sims freeplay. -- (I like to build). Anyways, how would I install this for life stories?
Lastly, thanks for the mod.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#18 Old 27th Jan 2019 at 1:07 AM
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Originally Posted by norvell84
Don't have the Sims 2 just life stories and sims 4 and of course the sims on googleplay and sims freeplay. -- (I like to build). Anyways, how would I install this for life stories?
Lastly, thanks for the mod.


I don't know, I don't play that game.

I share my CC here !
Test Subject
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#19 Old 15th Feb 2020 at 10:09 PM
ah so nice, I use to have a similar mod but lost it through the years this will be very useful , thank you :D
Test Subject
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#20 Old 15th Dec 2020 at 6:06 PM
Thank you. This is awesome!
xmathyx also recommends you check the following:

If you want more Curiona recolors, you can grab some here (it includes the ones from this upload at MTS but a few more with the ceiling moulding too : however I'm pretty sure they are useless cause I don't see any configuration were they'll look good, that's why I haven't shared them here).

I don't plan on making other trims/mouldings/panels, but I've made a Photoshop tutorial to easily transform a straight moulding to the right angle for that mesh. You can read it here : please feel free to make new ones if you want to ! It should be easy to extract Catherine's PNG files from her own overlay and turn them to working stairsline with that tutorial.