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Picked upload! Snow but better! - Snow replacement mod

by Lyralei Posted 20th Oct 2019 at 4:42 PM - Updated 3rd Nov 2019 at 11:29 AM by Lyralei
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Some of you might have followed the "making" of this, but it's finally here! No more blinding snow textures or icicles, and more frost! Whee!

Now, I started this project entirely by accident. Or more like curiousity. No one seemingly had made a snow mod or replacement mod in that regard which made me more curious as to why! When I went in checking the textures, I noticed they were "Uncompressed". Meaning, that S3PE wouldn't preview the images but opening them up in a graphics editor also didn't do the job. It took a bit of research as to what could potentially make it "compressed" and funnily (And I guess supposedly because of the nature of this mod, ironically?) the skyrim community had been dealing with these sorts of textures for so long, there was so much on what to use and how to properly export it into something useful! So that's what I did

And thus, I started gathering some pictures I took previous winter but also checked out some references and what was the best method to approach this and what exactly did I want to change?

Version 1 info

An override filled with textures to make your game more frosty looking and even more realistic if you're into those sorts of things!

What's being overwritten?
  • The terrain snow textures are entirely redone.
  • Frosty windows and glass now has more detailed frost on it
  • A fix for that annoying and ugly "Grass" patches.
  • Icicles no longer need sunglasses to be looked at. Also has a new texture!
  • Roads got bumpier and more detailed (For the tech people among us, it now has a different normal map)

Since I had to edit a lot of texture files, it could happen that I overlooked something while testing and might not look good. In that case, please make sure to leave a comment and feedback and I'll try to fix it as soon as possible! Overall I didn't see anything that would potentially break/make ugly. But again, if you do I would really appreciate it!

This mod will work with 1.67/1.69! and any patch version that doesn't go as far back as seasons. This also means Seasons is required!

NOTE: This is an override mod meaning, that EA's textures are overwritten with mine. This means that if someone ever were to make their own snow texture replacement mods, it WILL conflict with this mod.

Version 2 info

Coming soon! This version will be having some script-related enhanced snowy stuff! If you're curious as to how that's going on just wanting to see occasional updates, you can always check out this thread!:

Additional Credits:
- The people on discord
- S3PE - Photoshop
- S3OC - My perfectionism

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

Built with Game Version: 1.67
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Lyralei - Snow But

Size: 12.31 MB · Downloads: 15,611 · 20th Oct 2019
12.31 MB 15,611 20th Oct 2019
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
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Lab Assistant
20th Oct 2019 at 5:07 PM
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#2 Old 21st Oct 2019 at 1:44 PM
That's so great looking comparing to EA! Especially for paths and windows! Do you has any pics to see how the snow looks half melted?
Many thanks for this mod. Vic ^_^

Here you can see more of my creations and conversions for sims 3. ;) I`ll glad to see your comments in.
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#3 Old 22nd Oct 2019 at 6:32 PM
Originally Posted by samples_87
Looks amazing! I have a fairly low end PC, how much does it affect performance?


preformance should be basically the same as EA's. Unortunately that's something I can't fix :/. Although I will be honest, I haven't seen the texture changes yet on the lowest of settings but this should if IIRC just result into a white terrain rather than a textured one, because EA made the snow's graphics act that way
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#4 Old 25th Oct 2019 at 1:36 PM
First off, thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback!

@iCad That sounds interesting! If you have a link i'm more than happy to check it out to see how to improve this mod more and more!
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 27th Oct 2019 at 1:30 AM
Can we get an version of this for ts4?
Virtual gardener
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#6 Old 27th Oct 2019 at 3:50 PM
Originally Posted by ReeceBar
Can we get an version of this for ts4?

I was looking into it myrself but I personally only know the basics of making ts4 stuff. So once I release V2 then I'm all fine for looking into it Unless anyone else wants to convert it (With my permission of course) i'm all fine with it!
#7 Old 5th Nov 2019 at 7:51 AM
This really is a vast improvement. Just to pick two things: I can actually see tyre tracks on the roads and windows actually do look frosted, rather than simply misted up. Winter looks... well, wintery. Great job!

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Test Subject
#8 Old 21st Nov 2019 at 5:04 PM
This is amazing! Having this in TS4 as well would be incredible!
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