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#1 Old 2nd Jul 2016 at 4:45 PM Last edited by Greenplumbbob : 5th May 2017 at 12:08 PM. Reason: Fixing images
Default Tutorial: How to make a default replacement!

What is a default replacement?
It’s been around here since the sims 2, and maybe even the sims 1! It’s very hard not to know what it is, but if you have no idea what a default replacement is, well it’s a mesh or a texture that replaces the in-game textures or mesh. Which means the original texture and/or mesh will be replaced by your own mesh and/or textures!

What can you do with Default replacements?
Tons of things! Lemme give you a list with inspiration and ideas:
  • Graves and their displays (like how your sim died)
  • EA’s snow footprints
  • Those annoying signs on these annoying protesting boards (Small idea, put you sim on it if you like.)
  • Skins default replacements
  • Hair default replacements
  • Balloons icons when your sim is talking.
  • Change the ZZZ into something else.
  • Book covers
  • Makeup replacement
  • Sim’s body (WARNING this won’t change the shape of other EA clothing, only the nude mesh)
  • Snowflakes!
  • The moon! I mean you can get all crazy and add a guy on the moon.
  • Make the Lighthouse purple, or any colour, give it bricks? Get crazy!
  • DUCKS!
  • Cloud default replacements
  • Ice-cream car!
  • Ice-cream!
  • FOOD
  • Revamp the entire game!

Yes there is more, but I probably gave you the best idea ever! But, first you need to figure out how to do it. You’re at the right place! Now grab some cookies and let’s start the tutorial

What will we learn in this tutorial?
So you probably might have seen texture replacement tutorials, but this tutorials will teach you: Mesh replacement and texture replacement!

What do I need?

What this tutorial won’t teach you
  • How to mesh
  • How to work in Photoshop or Gimp

But I will point you to great tutorials for any required knowledge for this tutorial

Let’s go to: \Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\GameData\Shared\Packages
Tip: Most people will suggest making a backup of this folder, in case things get corrupted, but because I don’t have much space, I’m taking this risk of having my game re-installed if I do accidentally corrupt things. So it’s not my fault if things got corrupted, I warned you!

I found the interesting game files in Deltabuild2. I’m going to edit the drumsticks from Late night. Make sure you have a _IMG or _IMAG file!

You want to click on it, right click on the file and choose ‘EXPORT’. So we keep certain data we need. Or choose ‘save as DDS’. And import the data manually. We’ll come back to that.

Optional but recommended! if you choose to ‘save as DDS’. Click on Details…

Click ‘Copy RK’ and then ‘Ok’

Open up your notepad or something alike and ‘Paste’ it. Just in case you lost it after copying something else.
Let’s open up our GIMP and Photoshop and let’s edit that texure!
Note, if you don’t have your DDS plugin installed, do it now. Else you won’t be able to edit it!

It’s tiny I know, but let’s edit it! You can make it into like a Candy stick, give it dots, make it green… or Purple!

So this is my edit.

If you opened the DDs like you were suppose to do, you can just save it after editing. Or, if you like to, save as. But make sure you save it as a DXT1 in this case! If your texture has a transparent background (Click me for example! ) Then you want to save it as a DXT5!

Let’s open up S3PE! And click File>New

Recourse > Import > From file, then select your edited DDs file
TIP! if you saved it as ‘save as’ Expand the ‘Exported files (S3_*.*) To ‘All files’

The Instance here is the important thing here. If this one is incorrect, the game won’t see it as a ‘default replacement’ but just a lost texture. So usually the correct Instance is next to the name. So in this case the correct Instance is: 0x1A97FF90308F767A (usually they’re all uppercase)

Else, go back to your notepad, copy the text, and click ‘Paste RK’ (or just to be sure)

Then, click ‘OK’

Double check you Instances and you’re done! the _KEY file only appears if one file has a name, which it in this case does. I would use the same name as in the game files, before things go wrong.

Save it, put it in your Override folder and there you go!

Congrats! you made your first default replacement! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

[header] Mesh replacement![/header]
For this we need the texture replacement too, since it’s part of our edit. But I’m going to revamp the sims 3′s base game Rubber ducky!

Boost up your S3OC!

I’m going to use the search tool to make things easier for myself. (Tools > Search)

Write in the search bar for what you want to edit (in this case RubberDucky) I usually check everything (See yellow mark under the search bar)
And then click Clone fix

Note FOR DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS ALWAYS UNCHECK THE ‘Renumber/rename internally’! you can choose for ‘Deep clone’ but isn’t necessarily.

Click start, give the package an unique name!
Let’s use TSRW For easily edit your package!

So I quickly edited this duck in Blender, as you can see:

(In the meantime I also edited the texture.)

Let’s boost up TSRW!

Click ‘New Import

Click browse and click the S3OC exported package.
NOTE If you have no idea how object creating with TSRW works check this tutorial out first before going further with the tutorial! Click me!

Import your WSO file.

If needed, add the textures!
(If you have no idea how to open the Material editor, go to the ‘mesh’ tag, click on ‘material’ in Group0 or 1 and click the button with the 3 dots! then click on the Diffuse map and click ‘edit’ (if needed, add the specular map as well)

Click ‘EDIT > project contents and from there you can export it as a package! ( DON’T REPLACE IT WITH THE S3OC EXPORTED PACKAGE! Give it an unique name as well!)

Open up your TSRW version and the S3OC version of the package.
So I made my texture file about 256x256, while EA’s is 32x32. So in case you were wondering if you can use bigger texture files, yes you can!

Let’s export our files in the TSRW file! Export the texture like in the texture replacement. ‘Click on the file > Export> save it.
Click on the MODL/MLODs and export these as a .model! And save them in your project folder

In your S3OC exported package, Click on the _IMG or MODL/MLOD file, then click ‘details’.

Click ‘Copy RK and then Ok
Boost up any text editor, like Notepad

Paste it on the Notepad! 0x00b2d882 stands for _IMG. You can write behind it if it’s a _IMG or MODL or MLOD!
Do the same progress with the MODL and MLOD!

Note Make sure you have all the instances of the exported files from our TSRW package. Make sure you did the ‘copy RK’ from our S3OC package! so you have the right instances pasted on your notepad,. Else it won’t replace!

Open up a new fresh S3PE! File>new

Recourse > Import > from file. Import your _img (.dds) file and your MLOD/MODL(.model)!
TIP! If you experience in the preview window of S3PE, when importing your .model, something like ‘can’t read’ or any error at all. Please try exporting it as a S3ASC from your TSRW package instead and try reimporting it in your fresh package.

This screen pops up every time you import a file. Give it the correct name by copying the instances you just saved. In this case, it’s the IMG file, so copy it from your notepad and click Paste RK.
Do the same with the other files you import.

Now we’re going to check if the resource inside the MLOD/MODL are correct. (repeat this progress to all MLOD files you have if you have more than one.)

Click the MODL file and click Grid.

Compare all recourses in there with the files inside the package. In this case we only have the _IMG file we need to compare if they are correct, but if you have MLOD files, then, check those too!

But what if they aren’t the same as in the package?

Here is what you want to do (We also need the references from the notepad for this we saved before):

Click on the 3 dots button in the ‘Resources line (TGI blocks)

Copy the instance from your Notepad and click ‘Paste RK’ see if the changes are made and do the same progress with any other files if needed.
Click’save’, then Commit.
Save your package name it something like ‘my default mesh replacement’ or something better. and try it out in game!

Congrats you made a default mesh replacement!

My mesh turns up brown/ has not the texture it needs to/ has old texture!’

Scroll back to the ‘Compare all resources in there…’ and follow the instructions again. If that doesn’t work, message me
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#2 Old 8th Jul 2016 at 6:35 PM
In case someone was wondering where to get the rubber ducky, you can find it here: http://greenplumbboblover.tumblr.co...lacement-rubber
#3 Old 8th Jul 2016 at 6:58 PM
Very nice tutorial! Thank you!

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#4 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 8:35 PM
This'll prove super useful. Can't remember what I wanted to use it for, but I know I do! Hartstikke bedankt.

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#5 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 8:49 PM
Originally Posted by GrijzePilion
This'll prove super useful. Can't remember what I wanted to use it for, but I know I do! Hartstikke bedankt.

I'll make a additional tutorial if, what I encountered, your model disappears. It's likely not to happen, but if a mesh like the rubber ducky is share in different ways (interactions, bath time, etc.) there is a really easy way to fix that. In fact, i'm working on that right now. I also thought it was a great idea to create a tutorial like this since... well I couldn't really find anything that wouldn't confuse the easy parts or was that well explained.
Blij dat ik er iemand mee kon helpen! ^-^
#6 Old 26th Jul 2016 at 12:11 PM
Super awesome, bookmarked for later! Thanks a lot!
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#7 Old 2nd May 2017 at 11:33 PM
Question about default replacements?
Does anyone know where to find a tutorial on how to make a set of "default replaement" textures for the "wall tool"?

Reason = I found something like that set in the following link, but I want to make my own that looks like "Lathe and Plaster" (as in, the kind some people see either during renovations or in older homes/older attics): http://aminovas-downloads.tumblr.co...ed-of-ugly-gray

Also, here are a few pictures of what I'm talking about:

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#8 Old 4th May 2017 at 5:53 AM
Hmmm I would actually check the instances (like explained in the tutorial), or take the package as a reference. So Basically when you use the package as a ref, you first rename the package, then open it, and then you want to follow the 'how to make a texture default replacement' from my tutorial ^-^

Hope that helps!
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#9 Old 21st Jun 2017 at 5:40 AM
So, could this method be used to replace a standard police car with a hover police car? Like, could I copy the IMG, MLOD/MODL, resource keys from the hoverpolice car form ITF, paste them into the default, and end up with a futuristic police car? How would it be different from this: http://modthesims.info/showthread.p...628#post5220628 . Is there a way to preserve the hover sounds and whatnot? I'm really new to all of this, so sorry if its a dumb question. My goal would be to go in and replace all the service vehicles with their futuristic counterparts and then make a (togglable?) mod that can add futuristic content to Lunar Lakes (maybe with a clothing/vehicle blacklist so npcs make futuristic choices in clothing/vehicles).
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#10 Old 21st Jun 2017 at 11:37 AM
Well, it depends on if you really wanna get rid of the police car forever, then I'd replace the IMG, MLOD/MODL and in this case, the RIG, VPXY and the FTPL too, since those are the ones who are actually linking the hovering effect (Like the blue futuristic hovering effect ). Else it would be a... well flying car.

Though I would use the tutorial you linked first since that would be a much easier alternative and use this one as an emergency-ish tutorial if things aren't working out I'd also recommend making a new thread instead of necromancing a 2 years old mod discussion (speaking of the Replacing default cars in The Sims 3 of course, not this one )
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#11 Old 13th Aug 2017 at 5:36 PM
Originally Posted by Greenplumbbob
I'll make a additional tutorial if, what I encountered, your model disappears. It's likely not to happen, but if a mesh like the rubber ducky is share in different ways (interactions, bath time, etc.) there is a really easy way to fix that. In fact, i'm working on that right now. I also thought it was a great idea to create a tutorial like this since... well I couldn't really find anything that wouldn't confuse the easy parts or was that well explained.
Blij dat ik er iemand mee kon helpen! ^-^

Hello Greenplumbbob!

This tutorial is amazing! It's super clear and easy to read, and allows me to do exactly what I've been wanting to for ages. But, I've found the exact problem you mention here (my mesh disappears when my sims interact with it). Did you ever end up writing that followup tutorial? Is it really an easy fix?

Thanks so much. You're amazing!
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#12 Old 14th Aug 2017 at 11:36 AM
Oh right! To be really honest, I totally forgot to do that due to things that were going on around in my personal life. I remember doing the most unnecessary thing to get it to work while really it has something to do with TGI data... Probably sounds really difficult, but it really is just copy pasting some numbers. You could however, check this thread out while I'm off trying to create a tutorial for it

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