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Tattooinator, a tool for creation of custom tattoos - update 8/28/13

by CmarNYC Posted 10th Jul 2010 at 12:43 PM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 2:58 PM by Nysha
188 Comments / replies (Who?) - 24 Feedback Posts
This started as a quickie tool to package tattoos for the game, but several people requested a previewer so after lots of hard work here it is.

Tattooinator takes your name for your tattoo, a 512 x 512 DDS file with the image, your CAS preset colors, and your sort order for CAS (high to low) and creates a package for the game. Tattoo images show up in the game somewhat differently than in an image editing program or a viewer, but the previewer will show you how your tattoo will look with each of your presets.







Compatibility
Windows only, sorry. Under Windows 7 you may occasionally have weird delays browsing for files. This appears to be a limitation of the platform I use for my programs.

You must have your game patched up to version TS3 1.12 / WA 2.7 / HELS 3.3 and up, or have Ambitions installed, to see CAS tattoos in your game.

Installation
Extract Tattooinator. exe and Salflibc.dll, put them in the same folder, and run Tattooinator.

Tutorial
A tutorial using GIMP is here: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=411332

A huge thanks goes to TwinHerder for patiently explaining layers and color blending and providing the equations that make the previewer work, not to mention kicking my butt to attempt it in the first place.

Another big thanks to Bordew5 for creating the icon I've built into version 2 and up.

Troubleshooting
Tattooinator randomly freezes when browsing for a file! - This is a known problem under Windows 7, and seems to be a glitch in the platform I use to program. Wait half a minute or so and it should start working again.

I don't see my tattoo in CAS! - Most likely either you don't have Ambitions or the 1.12 (minimum) patch installed, or your game is not correctly set up for custom content. Please, if you post here with this problem tell me whether other custom content works in your game and whether you have Ambitions and/or the patch. If you don't I just have to waste everyone's time asking.

Additional Credits:
The folks at the Wiki
PL Jones for S3PE Echo for Postal

*** Update 8/13/2010 ***

I assumed custom tattoos just don't work without Ambitions, and you know what they say about people who assume. They do in fact work with just the patch, and Tattooinator V1.1 fixes a compatibility problem and will package tattoos that work with TS3 1.12 and up / WA 2.7 and up / HELS 3.3 and up, and Ambitions.

*** Update 1/22/2011 ***

Version 2.0 of Tattooinator is uploaded. Changes/new features:
  • Convert function - takes an image and converts it to a format suitable for a tattoo
  • Will accept up to a 1024 x 1024 image as long as it's square
  • A very nifty icon created by Bordew5.

I've done a tutorial for the convert function which is in the Create/CAS Parts forum: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=432168

*** Update 5/30/2011 ***

Version 2.1 of Tattooinator is uploaded. The ability to select the genders and ages that the tattoo is valid for and will appear in CAS for has been added.

*** Update 9/8/2012 *** Version 2.11 uploaded.
This is an update only to the underlying platform - salflib.dll. It improves file selection performance when running on Windows 7 so that you should be able to select significantly more files before it freezes for a minute or so.

*** Update 8/28/2013 *** Version 2.2 uploaded.
Another update only to the underlying platform, for compatibility with Windows 8. You must replace both Tattooinator.exe and salflibc.dll.
Tags: #Tattoo, #Tattoos, #Ambitions

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

TS3 Base Game

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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.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
 
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 12:50 PM
Very very nice! A lot of people or going to have fun with this one
Theorist
#3 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 12:51 PM
i am going to have fun with this, definitely. a million thanks.
Test Subject
#4 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 2:01 PM
Thanks so much! I have been waiting for this!
Test Subject
#5 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 2:24 PM
Thank you so much, this will be so helpful !!
Mad Poster
#6 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 2:59 PM
Fantastic, thank you!
Top Secret Researcher
#7 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 4:11 PM
Wonderful setup. I can't wait to use this...muwahahaha!
Banned
#8 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 4:20 PM
Very nice. Useful since the default tattoos are for 5 year olds...

Thx.
Scholar
#9 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 4:28 PM
Cool tool. Thanks!
Field Researcher
#10 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 5:32 PM
Great job, Cmar!
Test Subject
#11 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 6:43 PM
I'm having trouble with the previewer. I don't see my picture, I see complete black. Know why?
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#12 Old 10th Jul 2010 at 8:09 PM
Thanks, everyone.

HayleyKat: Most likely it's your alpha channel, which overlays black on your tattoo wherever it's not transparent. Try erasing it (just the alpha) to background.

Tattoos are a little tricky; the images show up in the game differently from how they look in an editor or most viewers. I did a short tutorial using GIMP here: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=411332
Lab Assistant
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Eminence Grise
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#13 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 12:07 AM
Great tool, very nicely done tut too! Thanks!
Test Subject
#14 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 12:38 AM
I LOVE YOU! I WANT YOUR BABIES!

Well, maybe not your babies.. But still! You are awesome

Thankyou ^^

The girl that doesn't make sense.
Test Subject
#15 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 2:44 AM
CmarNYC: I'm using photoshop with the nvidia plugin to save in .dds and I don't know what you mean by that. I have channels and under that it says RBG, Red, Blue, and Green...
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 3:04 AM
Darn, someone beat me to the "I wanna have your baby" thing. It still applies, though. <3
Test Subject
#17 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 5:55 AM
This is a great tool!

Could someone make a tutorial with photoshop? I'm so lost on how to do this. :\
Field Researcher
#18 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 9:47 AM Last edited by XJonasX : 11th Jul 2010 at 11:01 AM.
OK, I'm going to try your tool today, going to check out what it can do






So, your tool works very handy, I like it a lot! But the problem with this tattoo system is that you are limited to where on the body you want to put the design... and that limits the greatness of the system... Well done on this tool though!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 11:15 AM
thank you ! that's great !
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#20 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 2:00 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HayleyKat
CmarNYC: I'm using photoshop with the nvidia plugin to save in .dds and I don't know what you mean by that. I have channels and under that it says RBG, Red, Blue, and Green...


Sounds like you don't have an alpha channel at all, and maybe in Photoshop that makes the tattoo completely opaque (completely black).

I don't use Photoshop and can't help you. There are plenty of tutorials on Photoshop out there which should explain how to use the alpha channel. If that doesn't help, you can post your question in the CAS parts creation forum and someone there can answer it, or you can try using GIMP instead.
Test Subject
#21 Old 11th Jul 2010 at 2:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CmarNYC
Thanks, everyone.

HayleyKat: Most likely it's your alpha channel, which overlays black on your tattoo wherever it's not transparent. Try erasing it (just the alpha) to background.

Tattoos are a little tricky; the images show up in the game differently from how they look in an editor or most viewers. I did a short tutorial using GIMP here: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=411332


When I came to nr 6, the checkerboard didn't show up.
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#22 Old 12th Jul 2010 at 12:43 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lizzie88
When I came to nr 6, the checkerboard didn't show up.


Please post tutorial questions in the tutorial thread, and give more information - did you follow the steps exactly, can you provide screenshots, etc.
Instructor
#23 Old 13th Jul 2010 at 1:18 AM
Very nice tool! I'm running it on Vista just fine. Thanks!
Test Subject
#24 Old 14th Jul 2010 at 8:01 AM
great but maybe im need a tutorial.. haha..
=D
Test Subject
#25 Old 14th Jul 2010 at 4:34 PM
Could use a tutorial for this.
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