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Finally! Desert Plants for TS3! - Macarossi's Desert Landscape Set converted to TS3

by porkypine Posted 24th Feb 2011 at 6:41 PM - Updated 25th Feb 2011 at 6:26 PM by porkypine : Ready for Moderation Queue - These should go under build plants
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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.
What did you say? TS3 needs more desert plants?? ... Well, I agree with you!

Macarossi's Desert Landscape Set converted to TS3



I LOVE Macarossi's garden plants and have been waiting for a TS3 version which has not appeared. Since Macarossi has a liberal policy of basically 'anything if it's on MTS'. I took on the task of converting her entire Desert Landscape collection to TS3 format (cuz I am a greedy porky and want it for my TS3 gardens) It was a big job (Mainly because I am a mesh masher, not a texture goddess )

CREDITS:
Thank you Macarossi for making a beautiful TS2 collection and for having a generous creator policy. Here is a link to the TS2 originals - Macarossi's original TS2 Desert Landscape collection

I want to thank Cmomoney, Cocomama and Orangemittens for their help while I was learning how to do the conversions. Ellacharmed for her detailed tutorial and the creators of all the tools to take apart TS3 packages because I sure couldn't do it without their tool expertise - Peter & Inge for S3PE & s3oc, Wes for MODL decompiler and Milkshape plugins. oh! And I am finally learning how to use Photoshop! I think by mesh 5 I finally learned how to make an alpha quickly. lol (Remember, porky flunked finger painting in kindergarten. )

Because I have converted Macarossi's entire 'Desert Landscape' collection for TS3, I've arranged the presentation pages differently, according to how you'd find them in the game. You can get complete RAR's of the main plant groupings right here on this intro page, but if you want to 'pick and choose' individual plants, look at the comments section.

Macarossi said, "This is a collection of plants typically found in desert regions: cacti, succulents, Pachypodiums (Thick foot). The only plant that doesn't fit here is (maybe) Jack in the Pulpit. Some of the plants, especially some of the cacti, are intentionally oversized."

These are all outdoor plants and can be found in the BUILD section under the corresponding icons. They are all base game compatible - cloned from the ivy ball topiary.




SET of 8 Flowering plants
* Arisaema Candidissimus $55 - 1036 polys
* Beavertail Cactus $120 - 1344 polys
* Brighamsia Insignis - $130 - 1194 polys
* Desert Rose (Adenium Obesum) $150 - 1194 polys
* Disocactus on a tree stump $300 - 1141 polys
* Echinopsis Candicans cactus $110 - 1258 polys
* Flowering Cacti $55 - 1191 polys
* Guzmania - $210 - 1168 polys


Set of 7 Non-flowering shrubs
* Agave $55 - 550 polys
* Arisaema - (shading issues) $45 - 1160 polys
* Cacti and Stones - $210 - 1276 polys
* Cacti Round - $48 - 1120 polys
* Pachypodium Namaquanum $110 - 1244 polys
* Succulent Aeonium - Aeonium Arboreum $65 - 1255 polys
* Zamia - $85 - 1120 polys

SET of 2 Trees -
* Dragon Tree - $425- 2892 polys
* Flowering Madagascar Palm - $525 - 2303 polys

Set of 7 Terrain Paints -
* Desert 1
* Desert Sand 1
* Desert Sand 2
* Desert Sand 3
* Desert Slabs
* Desert Stones
* Desert Stones 2

NOTE: THIS SET IS NOT RECOLORABLE or CAStable

Please note: This is a conversion of TS2 textures and meshes. While I have done my best to stay true to the originals there is a little bit of 'fudging' on a few of the texture edges, mainly because TS2 uses floating PNG textures and TS3 uses alpha edits and channels - (so please - all botanists out there- don't hate me, m'kay? ) There were slight differences between the leaf and flower shapes on the plants that had more than one color variation. Rather than clutter your bin with almost the same item but in a different flower color/bark pattern, I just modified the leaf edges a little and packaged them as 1 plant in 2 or 3 variations.

Since desert plants are rare in the Sims3 world, these rare plants are a bit spendy.

And! Most importantly, I encourage you to learn how to do these conversions yourself! I've made a tutorial that shows you every step I used to do this conversion. Get it on the wiki - Start to Finish TS2 to TS3 Object Conversion Tutorial

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Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
porkypine--SET-TS3-conversion-Macarossi-TerrainPaints.rar | Description: Set of 7 Terrain paints from the Desert Landscape collection 3.71 MB 16,154 24th Feb 2011
porkypine-SET-TS3-conversion-Macarossi-FloweringDesertLandscape.rar | Description: Set of 8 flowering plants from the Desert Landscape collection 2.53 MB 17,782 24th Feb 2011
porkypine-SET-TS3-conversion-Macarossi-non-flowering-DesertLandscape-.rar | Description: Set of 7 non-flowering plants from the Desert Landscape collection 1.81 MB 16,878 24th Feb 2011
porkypine-SET-TS3-conversion-Macarossi-DesertTrees.rar | Description: Set - 2 trees from the Desert Landscape collection 665.6 KB 16,584 24th Feb 2011
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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Tags: #Desert, #cactus, #agave, #dragon tree, #palm madagascar, #succulents, #outside

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Get Macarossi's original Sims 2 version of the Desert Landscape set here! - http://www.modthesims.info/d/279227