Replies: 9 (Who?), Viewed: 15076 times.
Test Subject
Original Poster
#1 Old 8th Oct 2006 at 3:17 PM
Default Eyelashes?
How do you make custom eyelashes in The Sims 2?
I hope this question is answerable.
Thanks already!
world renowned whogivesafuckologist
retired moderator
#2 Old 8th Oct 2006 at 3:36 PM
Well, if you wanted to start with a photo (as many artists do) and you're using Photoshop... if it were me, I would use the same technique that I use to make custom eyebrows, described here:

The techniques used to make eyelashes (or any makeup texturing) are pretty much the same as with clothing: your texture is the "paint" you apply to the sim's body, and the alpha tells the game how much "paint" to apply in certain places - where the alpha is white, it lays down solid texture. Where the alpha is black, there is no texture, and where the alpha is grey, it puts down texture at the same rate - 50% grey is 50% texture.

Take a look at some good custom eyelashes to see how their textures and alphas are done. I recommend Helaene, Barcelonista, and RenSim if you want to look at high-quality textures by well-known artists whose work is very much of the cool glamourous sim style right now, or whoever makes lashes you like. Select their items in Body Shop, and make projects of them to look at the alpha and texture separately. Examine how they have laid out the alpha and texture, the way the two interact, and how it applies to the sim's face to get a better understanding of what a good finished eyelash is going to look like. Don't use their textures - that would be stealing... but just look and learn, like a student of a great painter, examining the brush strokes on his teacher's masterpiece.

And then... just -play-. Tweak your alpha, tweak your textures, reload and see how it looks. Make sure you use a real sim skintone (and switch to several to make sure it looks good on different skintones) instead of the Body Shop mannequin while you do this. Making really good custom makeup takes a lot of time and effort, and many MANY reloads of your textures in Body Shop till you get something you like. Stick with it, experiment, learn from the greats, and you'll get it.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Not actually evil.
#3 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 6:34 AM Last edited by CatOfEvilGenius : 17th Jan 2008 at 4:57 AM.
Actually, I could really use a picture that shows which part of the image maps to eyelashes, that's all. Thanks.

EDIT: Nevermind, HP answered this in another post about the grey mouth bug. It's the center of the eyes in the face (not the upper left eye image). That gets mapped to the eyelashes and the inside of the mouth. So I assume custom eyelashes would be part of makeup, like eyeshadow, because you can't change the actual eyelashes without changing the inside of the mouth too.
#4 Old 5th May 2008 at 5:03 AM
Thanks for the tips!

(Quote) ~ "If it isn't one thing, it's going to be another. It is usually one thing. Oh man, is it a mother" (The Mother of All Things) - PB
Field Researcher
#5 Old 6th May 2008 at 8:09 AM
Also, it is possible to make 3d eyelashes; they would be a accesory

The Sim Supply!

Call me PD :)
world renowned whogivesafuckologist
retired moderator
#6 Old 6th May 2008 at 11:46 AM
pokedude - Yes, but as it's -not- possible to assign accessory meshes to the facial animation bones, you would not be able to make them fit all sims (as sims may have different locations for their eyes due to adjusting them with Body Shop sliders) nor is it possible to make it so the eyelashes move when the sim animates - so it'd look strange during blinking and suchlike.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
Panquecas, panquecas e mais panquecas.
Test Subject
27th May 2008 at 2:49 AM
This message has been deleted by TheGreatJaneway.
Test Subject
#7 Old 12th Aug 2008 at 4:23 PM
Thanks for another great tutorial, HP!

Studying: take the S-T-U off and it’s just dying.
Field Researcher
#8 Old 19th Dec 2008 at 2:54 PM
I believe you can draw brows and eyelashes by hand though. That's how I figured to do it. My first set of lashes were drawn, scanned, inverted and adjusted to fit over the eyes. I'm going to try it this way though. Maybe it's easier. Thanks!
Test Subject
#9 Old 16th Jan 2009 at 5:30 PM
If you are going to 'draw' your own eyebrows I would recommend this set of eye brow/lash brushes for Photoshop from Nagel. I've used a lot of Nagel's brushes for custom textures in Poser, but they would work equally well here.

Test Subject
#10 Old 26th Jul 2009 at 10:56 AM
This will come in handy (:
Thanks for the tips :D
Back to top