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Picked upload! Increased Texture Detail & Shine - TS3 Skin Replacements

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 5th Jun 2009 at 8:21 PM - Updated 16th Jun 2009 at 1:20 PM by HystericalParoxysm : Clarifying some points.
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
What do these do?

This is a set of mix-and-match packages that will allow you to independently change three main aspects of your sims' skins:
Increased shine - Applies a greater level of shine/sheen to both bodies and faces, making sims look a bit less like dead mannequins. I have tweaked it toward good appearance when in-game, on lots and in the neighborhood - the side effect of this is that the already-waxy look of sims in Create a Sim will be even greater (especially on darker sims), but the look is improved everywhere else.

Increased texturing on faces - So they're not so perfectly smooth and featureless. This is unfortunately fairly subtle, and I'm still working on a better solution for this, but (IMO) these are an improvement, even if it isn't a dramatic one. Most noticeable on the forehead. I've also tried to blend the lip texture more. Shading and highlighting are left relatively unchanged - there is a bit more highlighting on the forehead (which may look a little strange on very light sims in certain lighting), but I have added no shadows.

Greater detail body skins - Many tweaks and fiddly bits done to the skins of both genders to make them look a little more natural and nice. Please see below section for a detailed description of all these tweaks, as well as the two "flavours" each gender comes in. I have strived to make sure these tweaks look good on all body types - no easy task!

Everything's optional, so you can pick and choose what you want and what you don't.

Greater Body Detail Textures:

I have done a -lot- of tweaking to the body skins to my liking! The game uses the same textures for all body types so addition of things like washboard abs or ribs showing or the like are not really possible, but I have done a lot of editing with the constraint of different body types in mind:

For females:
  • Throat - Smoother, more feminine texture shape
  • Collarbone - Changed placement, so it is placed on the actual location of the collarbone shape on the body mesh
  • Breast Shadows - Greatly reduced the shadow beneath the breasts, making it no longer look like all sims have heavily bruised underboobs (and making breasts look much more natural for smaller-breasted sims)
  • Nipples (Optional) - Nipples option includes natural-looking nipples that scale with breast size.
  • Belly - Smoother, more contoured belly

For males:
  • Nipples - Males now have proper looking nipples, not just dots painted on with a marker
  • Body Hair (Optional) - Body Hair option includes light body hair on arms, legs, and chest

For both genders:
  • Butt textures - More lifted and shapely
  • Butt dimples - Subtle little indentations above the butt on the lower back
  • More defined bellybutton - no more tiny dot navels!
  • Fingernails - Improved shading and highlighting
  • Shoulderblades and spine - Greater range of highlight and shadow
  • Knees - More detailed textures, both on the kneecap and back of the knee

How was it done???

These skins were created using three programs:
S3pull, an unreleased beta command line tool which allows unpacking of specific file types from the game's large package files - this gave me a 4.5 gig folder full of all the game's DDS files

Photoshop CS3, with the nVidia DDS editor plugin installed, so I could open and save DDS format files.

QADPE (Quick and Dirty Package Editor), an unreleased beta tool which allowed me to default replace specific DDS files by inputting their original instance numbers and my changed files.

Neither S3Pull or QADPE are publicly released as far as I'm aware. Other tools may be available or coming soon to do the same things. I cannot share these tools as they are not my creations.

Important info!

Please actually read this stuff. I know it's just SO much fun to ask stupid questions I've already answered, but save my sanity and actually read for once? Pretty please with bacon on top?
ALL these features above work only for teen through elder. Babies, toddlers, and children are not affected and remain as they are in the vanilla game. I didn't see the point in doing the full range when I will likely release an improved version later.

These are DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS which means they override the game's textures to create these affects. There is not yet any known way to make non-default skintones.

These work for all six skin colours, for all ranges. There is no known way to make them only work for natural skins or only green skins, etc.

Some measure of pixellation is present on certain areas of the bodies, faces, and shine in-game. This appears unavoidable and part of how the game renders skintones - such pixellation is not present on my textures. The additional detail of the faces may appear slightly strange in certain lighting, but much of the time, it does look better than perfect smoothness - if you don't like the affect, you can remove whatever skintone packages you think don't look wonderful.

These may not look perfect in all lighting - the shine goes almost completely matte when in shadow outside. This is the game itself's fault, and not my doing.

Installation Instructions:

Downloading - Please read carefully! I've done this as a very optional set so you can choose exactly what you want! All parts work separately from one another, so if you want the full set, you will need to download the increased shine, both gender faces, and ONE flavour for each gender of the body textures.
If you would like the increased shine: download IncreasedSkinShine.rar

If you would like the more detailed faces: download MoreTexturedFaces-Male.rar and/or MoreTexturedFaces-Female.rar - you can get one (if you only want one gender's faces changed) or both.

If you would like the more detailed bodies (female): choose ONE (not both!) of the following files:
  • MoreDetailedBodies-Female-FullyBarbie.rar- Tweaked textures but no nipples or pubic hair.

  • MoreDetailedBodies-Female-NipplesOnly.rar - Tweaked textures, plus nipples. No pubic hair.

If you would like the more detailed bodies (male) choose ONE (not both!) of the following files:
  • MoreDetailedBodies-Male-FullyBarbie.rar - Tweaked textures (with nipples) but no body hair.

  • MoreDetailedBodies-Male-WithHair.rar - Tweaked textures (with nipples) and body hair. No pubic hair.

You can mix and match pieces - the shine is independent, faces are independent, and bodies are independent, so if you want everything, download almost all of it - just pick ONE flavour for the bodies of each gender!

Versions with pubic hair are available on the adult site.

Extract the contents of the rar files you have chosen to download. Then, follow these instructions to get them working in your game.

For existing sims:
Unlike TS2, default skins will not automatically update on existing sims! To force the game to reload, try deleting your cache files. Look in My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\ and delete the file called simCompositorCache.package. This should reload your skintones.

They don't work!!!

Well, actually, yes, they do... Please make sure you have read the install instructions above - both how to get them in your game, and regarding existing sims.

If they're still not working, there's a thread with suggestions and discussion on TS3 custom packages where you may find helpful info, and can ask questions.

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Delphy for QADPE, and to the other tool creators/file format hackers for figuring out all the internal gubbins.
Skin Type: Human
Skin Flags: Barbie Nipples Default

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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
IncreasedSkinShine.rar 3.78 MB 221,463 5th Jun 2009
MoreTexturedFaces-Female.rar 1.38 MB 187,564 5th Jun 2009
MoreTexturedFaces-Male.rar 1.37 MB 164,732 5th Jun 2009
MoreDetailedBodies-Female-FullyBarbie.rar 535.3 KB 134,952 5th Jun 2009
MoreDetailedBodies-Female-NipplesOnly.rar 619.7 KB 187,930 5th Jun 2009
MoreDetailedBodies-Male-FullyBarbie.rar 633.5 KB 111,079 5th Jun 2009
MoreDetailedBodies-Male-WithHair.rar 821.3 KB 136,455 5th Jun 2009
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. Install to your game!

Need more information?
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Lab Assistant
#676 Old 1st Dec 2012 at 4:16 AM
i haven't tried this skin yet, but do some of the pics (especially the up-close face pics) have noise in them? just curious if that is just noise or how the skin actually looks
Test Subject
#677 Old 5th Dec 2012 at 1:59 AM
Someone needs to call EA and hire people like you in the modding community. Then you can get paid to make EA Sims games better! YEAH BUDDY
Test Subject
#678 Old 17th Jan 2013 at 11:40 PM
What a convoluted mess.
Test Subject
#679 Old 23rd Feb 2013 at 11:13 PM
This is amazing! I love it so much! But I have one question though. If I download the nipples only pack for female sims does it only change the nipples? Or do I get the same skin like I do in the fully barbie version? Because the fully barbie is without nipples right? Thank you so much again!
Test Subject
#680 Old 17th Mar 2013 at 1:42 AM
I have a question. Do I need to install both Light and Dark version or just one of them? And what do they both do? Thanks.
Test Subject
#681 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 10:21 PM
Yeah, what is the difference? I put them both in and they are fine, but what is the difference? Is one for black people?

Anyway, I like, nice subtle difference from the maxis skins, without looking blatantly different. Some over-detailed skins just don't look right sometimes.
Test Subject
#682 Old 27th Mar 2013 at 8:47 PM
Yes, there's 2 different base skins, one for light and one for dark skinned sims. I'm guessing that approach has something to do with preventing contrast problems.
Test Subject
#683 Old 30th Jun 2013 at 8:45 AM
Mine isn't working
Test Subject
#684 Old 9th Jul 2013 at 6:24 AM
So it's not compatible w/ 1.55 patch ??
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Original Poster
#685 Old 9th Jul 2013 at 9:11 AM
As it is merely a texture replacement, it's still working fine. I use the body textures and shine myself.

my simblr (sometimes nsfw)

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Test Subject
#686 Old 10th Jul 2013 at 7:43 AM
I may be missing it, but I've read the instructions over a few times and about 8 of the comment pages and didn't see it, but what is the difference between the face files? I know you're only supposed to have one body file at a time for each gender, is it the same for faces? If so, what is the differences between AM, YM, and EM faces?

I apologize if this has been covered and I just missed it.
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Original Poster
#687 Old 10th Jul 2013 at 9:37 AM
These were done way back in the eearrrrrlly days of TS3 modding, before there was any S3PE and whatnot. So putting everything together in one file was difficult. Basically, you can choose which ones you want to use - if you want only the male faces replaced and you want female faces from another set (and they offer those separately) then just get all the ones with M in the name. Or get 'em all, if you want all the faces replaced. AM = adult male, YM = young adult male, EM = elder male. Personally, I don't like the faces on these much anymore and use other ones by other creators, but with these bodies.
Test Subject
#688 Old 10th Jul 2013 at 10:01 AM
Oohh, I see. Alright, thank you very much! Not sure how it didn't register to me that they were adult, young, and elder.
Test Subject
#689 Old 18th Aug 2013 at 6:49 PM
Thanks my Sims look much better now. I appreciate your work.
Test Subject
#690 Old 17th Nov 2013 at 9:19 PM
Gonna give it TRY thanks!
Test Subject
#691 Old 1st Dec 2013 at 2:32 AM
Excuse me if I'm being dumb, but this is actual nudity, correct? And not just textured "sex-less" bodies?
Test Subject
#692 Old 14th Dec 2013 at 4:37 PM
nice mod :D
Test Subject
#693 Old 17th Dec 2013 at 3:48 PM
Excellent work, I especially like the shiny mod. Any chance you can upload the four sims used to take the screenshots?
Test Subject
#694 Old 9th Jan 2014 at 12:04 AM Last edited by cupinjer : 9th Jan 2014 at 12:20 AM.
Hello, thank you for this mod now my model has nipples! Although, how do i make my sim walk around naked, without him or her having to go to the shower? I need it to take sexy photos.

UPDATE: Got my fix, thank you!
Test Subject
#695 Old 26th Jan 2014 at 8:06 PM
It totally working
Test Subject
#696 Old 27th Feb 2014 at 8:06 AM
I have not tested this yet, but I am sure it is going to work.
#697 Old 12th Mar 2014 at 3:07 PM
Test Subject
#698 Old 7th Apr 2014 at 1:37 PM
thank you
#699 Old 18th May 2014 at 8:44 AM
#700 Old 3rd Jun 2014 at 3:56 AM
Hope this works...Thanks for the option tho.
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