Mini-Tutorial - Making accessories wearable at all times
OK, I gathered this information from vaious threads (mostly by the very learned PinHead) and thought it might help if someone made a quick 'mini tutorial' (as I keep getting lots of pm's asking me how to do it)
I am assuming that you are following the usual method of accessory making (and your colour package is still in the Saved Sims folder created by Bodyshop during the cloning stage)....
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7th Mar 2006 at 1:36 AM
I have a question..
IF you download SimPE will it maybe give you a virus or something similar to a virus? I am just wondering because I have been thinking about getting SimPE
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Simmy, I'm trying my best to be polite - but first of all you should be asking questions specific this tutorial in this specific thread.... so a general SimPE question is not really applicable.
Secondly, I can't imagine *what you are thinking*. I mean do you really think that this site with the thousands of creators and members would be promoting or USING some virus laden software to modify our games?
That said, you can break things in your game with Simpe, it is a tool that will let you change anything.... so be sure to backup your neighborhood, downloads, and any other files you might touch before using it. And then follow the directions given carefully.
Can this same method be used to make an accessory usable by other ages and genders? If not, how would you go about doing that? If I'm posting this in the wrong place, please point me in the right direction.
FennShysa, in order to make accessories usable by other ages and genders (for instance, to make an accessory that's currently available for adult females work for teen males), you have to create a whole new mesh file for the other ages and genders, change the mesh's positioning, etc., which would require you have preexisting knowledge in meshing, assigning vertices to the proper bones, etc.... If you've never done any meshing before, I suggest you start the basic body meshing tutorials available here, and then work your way up to doing accessories (which is generally more complex).
Not in and of itself, because you will need to make new meshes that fit the heads/bodies of the other ages/genders. Your best bet (in terms of tutorials) is to learn how to modify a body mesh using Unimesh as a start. Do the Unimesh one, as that also works for accessories. Once you've gotten those steps down, you'll still need to learn about bone assignments and how to find the parts of an accessory, but that will all build on what you learn in the body meshing - as you'll need to build a new mesh file just like for the body, and most of the other steps.
Using my very limited knowledge I took a pair of wings that was only usable for adult males and changed the gender value in the mesh overlay so that they appeared for adult females. They looked fine, seemed attached in the right place. The only problem was that the male version was no longer available. What I'm really needing is simply a way to make both versions available at the same time. I've looked at other wings and things that are available for both genders and tried to model what I've done after that, but I'm evidently missing something because I always get one or the other to show up, but not both.
Oops, never mind. I feel stupid now. Been working on it for the last few hours using a tutorial for converting clothes from one gender to the other I found elsewhere here on MTS2. It's easily done with bodyshop and simpe. Probably wouldn't work well for converting over to teens or children. But from male adult to female adult it seemed to work great.
For that particular accessory, which doesn't actually 'fit' onto the body, it was certainly worth a try. Might even work for teens, I have no idea how large the wings are. If they use an alpha and they attach at the right spot, you could do a teens only recolor and then adjust the size of the wings in the recolor. Might be worth a shot. Depends if they sit on the right spot on the back - as the assignment is probably a spine one, they might.
I'm planning on trying for teens and elders, just haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm pretty sure it won't have any problems for elders. Teens might look funny though. Thought about trying it out for children for a laugh.
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