I have no experience linking to stuff that is already in the game...
But for now what you could do is use the resource finder and then pick the biggest texture that comes up. Extract that. Make a normal and an alpha texture out of it.
Extract the hair project (the one that shows up with the wrong texture) in Bodyshop, replace the textures with the new textures you have. See how it looks in Bodyshop.
However this will be a new recolor and not as nifty as actually linking to the textures already available in the game.
If you only want to change Mortimer you best look him up with the neighborhoodbrowser in SimPE and change the instance id of his hair(change it to 0x4C204A06)
Replace him with this file to see if it works(back up first!!)
The big versions of the hair textures are found in Sims08, and you need the one ending with a "0" (e.g., amhairsixty-brown0_lifo). I'm not sure what filename you're looking for, but if it's in the game, that's the folder it'll be in.
To direct the game to those textures (without having to extract the textures), you need to do a few things with your recolour. First, delete the TXTR files. You don't need them if you're using the repository method (that's what this is called). Then go to your TXMT file and where it says "stdMatBaseTextureName" there will be a long string after it (something like ##0x5f1baf27!hair~stdMatBaseTextureName). Replace that long string with the texture name you found previously (e.g., amhairsixty-brown0_lifo).
Of course, you'll have to do this for each hair colour... but I can't remember how you keep them straight (it's been ages since I made hair this way). You could try downloading either of my kids' hats and having a look at what I did with the recolour packages; I used this linking method, to keep the file sizes small.
And if that doesn't work, there might be a tutorial out there. Try searching for "repository method" or "repository technique".
Replace that long string with the texture name you found previously (e.g., amhairsixty-brown0_lifo).
You're exactly right, except in this example I think you'd use "amhairsixty-brown" as the texture name, leaving off the "0_lifo". The game should automatically look for which version of that texture it needs (it'll use 0_lifo when you're zoomed in close, the smaller textures when you're zoomed out far... or something like that).
There's a tutorial on repository linking clothing here. It's the same concept as hair, but with hair you've gotta do it for each mesh group, each age, and each colour. So it's a lot more tedious.
If you're testing it in-game, make sure your "sim/object detail" setting is on high. The game won't show most custom meshes if it's set to low quality. You were looking in-game right? Not at a family's loading screen? Those loading screens use the low quality settings.
Can't think of another reason why the same mesh in the same Downloads folder should stop showing up.
It shouldn't be too difficult to tweak a mesh like that to make it fit. I'm also not sure that using any mesh beginning with "U" would be that helpful, anyway. What age is it intended for? The packages beginning with "U" are most useful when it comes to textures, which are all the same, no matter what age they're for. Meshes require a perfect fit with the head for each age... which is something a one-size-fits-all mesh wouldn't provide.
PolterGeist44, did you ever get this mesh to work in your game?
That hairstyle was originally for children-elders (Alexander, Mortimer and some teens in beta neighborhoods were using it)
Only the tmhairpeak mesh is still in the simsXX.package files in (what appears to be) its original form.
The cmhairpeak mesh was apparently destroyed.
Amhairpeak (also usable for elders) was changed into a different hair.
The umhairpeak textures were modified to fit the hair above. (which explains why it won't fit the teen mesh the way it currently is)
8th Jun 2012 at 11:24 PM
Last edited by JustPassingBy : 8th Jun 2012 at 11:49 PM.
So... is there anyone here with the right skills willing to help us with this one?
I'm close to ragequit on this as the only way i get this thing to show up is by replacing resources in the SimsXX.package files >
Originally Posted by fanseelamb
In fact you may be able to use that "elvis" hair as a starting point to build your new mesh from.
I think using the teen mesh as a starting point to recreate the adult and child meshes instead of FrontalWave is a better idea, but it's far beyond mine and PolterGeist44's skills... And it still needs new universal textures...