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Picked upload! "Trompe-l'oeil" Painting-TV *UPD 06oct2008*

by Numenor Posted 5th Oct 2008 at 10:43 PM - Updated 21st Oct 2008 at 12:17 AM by Numenor
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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.
by Numenor

06 OCT 2008 - BUGFIX: Price is no longer zero; now it costs §9000.

It's a painting!... No, it's a TV!... No, look, it's a painting!
It's the fabulous "Trompe-l'oeil" Painting-TV!!!

Some homes are just too luxury, or too classic, to allow placing a prosaic modern TV in your living room. But, on the other hand, just looking at paintings doesn't give much fun...
The perfect solution is the "Trompe-l'oeil" Painting-TV: it looks like a perfect copy of a painting (classic or modern, you choose), until you use your remote control to reveal the state-of-the-art plasma TV hidden under the canvas. Your guests will have a wonderful surprise when this painting suddenly turns into a hi-tech TV! Countless "Ohhh", "Aaah" and "Wow" guaranteed!

This is quite an old project, dating back to May 2007, that I never finished... until today The main problem (that I soved only recently) was forcing the television to display a custom texture for the "screen off" state, instead of the default dark grey used for all the other TVs.
For those who don't know and are curious about it, "Trompe-l'śil" is French, and literally means "trick the eye"; in architecture, the "trompe-l'oeil" technique is quite a different thing than this object but nevertheless this object is supposed to trick the eye!

Use this object as a standard wall-mounted TV; you can watch normal channels, movies (FT only) and weather forecasts (SSN only), and of course you can also work out in front of it. The Painting-TV uses the very same Maxis code, so there isn't anything special from this point of view. But when you turn it off, it reverts back to its "painting" appearance!
While buying it from the catalog (in the "TV & Computers" section), you can choose between two styles: a slim and linear modern frame with a city night view; or a baroque golden frame with the famous "Etoile" portrait by Degas.
NOTE: though the meshes of the two alternative frames are different, there is only one TV in the catalog; the two styles are selected by choosing a recolour.

This TV is compatible with any game, from the base game to Apartment Life. You will find in the pie menu all the functions related to the EPs that you have installed, including watching movies (if you have Freetime) and weather forecasts (if you have Seasons).

As usual, my objects are a little particular .
The object contains two different meshes for the frame, but only one is displayed at a time. This is achieved by means of special textures that "hide" the unwanted mesh using a transparent Alpha channel.
In order to create a recolour for the frame, load the TV in Object Workshop and select the frame (classic or modern) that you want to create a recolour for. Depending on your choice, the resulting recolour package will contain a texture where the left part or the right part is transparent: just ignore the transparent part and recolour the visible part.

All the meshes have been derived from original Maxis meshes. The "City Landscape" painting is by Maxis, the "Etoile" painting is by Degas.
the internal code, and in particular the ability to use a custom "screen off" texture, is by me. DO NOT CLONE - DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE.

Poly Count: 868 faces, 789 vertices.

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Numenor_Painting-TV.rar 357.2 KB 14,808 5th Oct 2008
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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#2 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 10:47 PM Last edited by JLonier : 6th Oct 2008 at 8:13 PM. Reason: Removing bits that are against forum rules
Eminence Grise
#3 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 10:50 PM
brilliant Perfect for putting over the fireplace.
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:07 PM Last edited by simsample : 6th Oct 2008 at 9:53 PM. Reason: I was here before all of you!
Thanks very much!
As always:an exclusive, smart object.
Test Subject
#5 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:11 PM
This is a fantastic tv/painting/fantastatvpainting. Thank you for creating and sharing this!
Forum Resident
#6 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:23 PM
Yessss! Now my luxurious witches and wizards can watch "TV" without me bitching about how unrealistic it is. Numenor, you're a genius -- I can only imagine all the work that went into this. Thanks so much, this is great for Victorian-era houses and whatnot.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:27 PM

It makes me wonder of the possibilities... the paintings in the HarryPotter movies
Test Subject
#8 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:27 PM
Awesome, now my historical sims won't get bored!
Top Secret Researcher
#9 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:28 PM
What a wonderful and surprising creation.
Its just a great addition to any Sim's homes.
May I say your talent is so creative and so appreciative.
Thank You
Field Researcher
#10 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:28 PM
Wow this is such a great idea!! you are very very clever, thank you so much for all the hard work and for sharing your creations.
#11 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:42 PM
This is FAB! I love stuff thats a little out of the ordinary
Eminence Grise
#12 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:47 PM
Just one comment -- now that I've used it cost is $0, which means it doesn't satisfy sims' wants to buy an expensive TV. Any chance of changing that?

Also... it can't be moved up and down using the AL keys. No idea if THAT'S changeable or not, but it would be awesome
#13 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:50 PM
Thank you! I rarely ever place a TV in one of my victorian homes or castles because I don't think they go with the look I want to accomplish, but this is perfect.

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#14 Old 5th Oct 2008 at 11:51 PM
Will your talent Ever stop amazing me ?!?!...I think NOT!! ...Too Cool a must have fo rsure and thanks for sharing :D

"Inspiration,It comes not when you want it.But when you least expect it to!"
#15 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 1:18 AM
Thanks loads -- I hate the look of a TV and don't have one in my real living room, but my simmies do like it so!

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -- Gandhi
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 1:59 AM
Oh wow! T'is AMZAZING! Thanks so much

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Lab Assistant
#17 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 2:23 AM
What a wonderful, versatile idea! Thank you so much for sharing!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 2:23 AM
This is awesome, it matches the painting from AL, don't you think?

Thank you for this "piece of art" :p

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Forum Resident
#19 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 2:25 AM
Thank you so much! I have, in the past, used Sgooby's Expensive TV with the fancy frame, but, like you said, the screen was just a big blank whole in the wall when off. I guess this solves that problem. Thanks for sharing!
Test Subject
#20 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 3:20 AM
Wow - very very cool. Thank you!
Test Subject
#21 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 3:26 AM
Excellent work yet again, Numenor! Finally my castles, mansions, vampire dens, etc. won't have to look retrofitted with modern technology!
Field Researcher
#22 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 4:01 AM
I love this, wish I had in RL. Thanks
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 4:19 AM
This is great for my mansions, you always give us what EA does not. I bow down to you in your awsomeness!!
Field Researcher
#24 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 4:36 AM
You are a mod god! Thanks for creating yet another wonderful thing for our games,
esp thanks for sharing it with us! This actually made me sqeeeeeee!

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Mad Poster
#25 Old 6th Oct 2008 at 5:39 AM
ah, c'est tres beaux. Merci, monseiur.

Or, thanks! This rocks!

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