Sims 3: Customizing the Painting Mod

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Customizing my painting mod to get your Sims painting images you want to see is easy. For reals. I will show you.

Things you will need:
1. The painting mod, obviously.
2. The gallery of images (422MB), so you know what you're replacing.
3. A graphics editing program, such as Gimp or Photoshop. Maybe Paint Shop Pro, I dunno. I use Photoshop, myself.
4. The file format the images are in is called DDS (as opposed to JPG or GIF, which is what most people are used to), so you will need plug-ins so that your computer and graphics program know how to use it. Get the DDS Utilities. Here are the plug-ins for Gimp and Photoshop.
5. The Sims 3 Package Editor, s3pe.

Step 1: Pick it
Open the gallery. Look through it. See Twilight fanart. Feel betrayed. Maybe vomit a little. Decide to do something about it.








Step 2: Export it
Open s3pe. In s3pe, open the mod. Find the instance number for the image you want to replace.

You will need to export the image to a DDS file. Go to Resource > Export > To file...


Step 3: Edit it
Pin-up Peach by pluckylump
Open the DDS file that you exported in your chosen graphics program. Replace Mr. Cullen with something you like better.

Save the file, again, as a DDS, with the same filename as the original. Be sure, when saving, the drop-down box says:
DXTS     ARGB    8 bpp | inerpolated alpha






Step 4: Import it
In s3pe, go to Resource > Import > From file... and, duh, import your new pic. As long as it has the same filename, it'll automatically replace the old one. Save the mod. And you're done.

Alternatively
If you see an image you don't like, or a bunch of them, or simply want to reduce the filesize of the mod, just delete the file in s3pe. Highlight the file like, like in step 2, and press the Delete button on your keyboard. Save the file and, bam, it's gone. Your Sim will go back to painting the [ugly] original painting.

Note
You can also export/import multiple files at once. Feel free to export all 1,580 images, edit them all, and re-import them. Go on. I dare you.

Sharing Policy
And also feel free to share your edits of this mod. Just please give me credit for the work I did. And the work you did. Just because.

36 comments:

Krystan said...

Thank you so much! I can't wait to get started.

Krystan said...

I have one question. For the paintings marked as brilliant or masterpiece, is there any way to know which trait they go with?

Plum said...

Hmm... It doesn't look like you can tell by the filenames.

Here! I uploaded all of the DDS files for Brilliant/Masterpiece, sorted by personality trait. That means you can skip the first and second step and just edit and import these if you want. ;)

Krystan said...

Thanks.

Jessica said...

I wish I was playing Sims 3 so I can put these in the game. They rock!

Alpha Za said...

I'm going to download Sims 3 now!

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Surczak said...

This is AMAZING. Thank you! ;*

Dvana said...

Reviving an ancient thread here. Having to use gimp (oh, photoshop, how I miss you) and I don't get your lovely dialog. When I try to save the image with dxt5 compression, it comes out semitransparent. Saving it with no compression in RGB8 results in fine images, but I'm not certain how to verify that they're working. Do you happen to know if compression is vital, and if so, the proper compression settings for GIMP? Thanks.

Plum said...

I don't think I'm getting email notifications for this entry for some reason... Sorry for the late reply, Dvana. I don't know anything about anything, to be honest. I'm just a monkey that copies what others have told me. All I now about how to set the compressions I learned from other CC creation tutorials.

Mullberry said...

Is there any way I can just copy and paste? Instead of having to do all this hoo-hah, like replacing and yadda yadda?

Plum said...

Copy and paste what, exactly?

Khat said...

I'm just a little confused. Is the one trait supposed to be gloomy or grumpy? Because the main gallery lists it as being gloomy, but you've used grumpy as well.

Plum said...

Ah, I see. I forgot to note that gloomy and grumpy are the same... I think the trait is selectable in the game as "grumpy," but the files are named "gloomy." Or vice versa, but they're for the same trait.

Mullberry said...

The pictures. Is there a file I can just put them in? Do I have to use Gimp and do all that, even if I don't want to get rid of any of the photos? I'm sorry. I'm probably just confused, because I can't grasp what to do, exactly. D:

Khat said...

Ah, k, thanks. EA's usual ability to mix things up at work, apparently. lol

Anonymous said...

The pictures must be resized, converted to DDS format, and imported into the .package file WITH the correct file name. There's no folder where you can just drop an image file and it'll show up in your game. -Plum, too lazy to log in

Anonymous said...

Hey plum would you be able to do something simillar with the draft table that came with ambitions?

Anonymous said...

I haven't had time to play Sims in way too long. If you want to do it yourself, though, it's honestly really easy. -Plum (too lazy to log in)

Anonymous said...

I am trying to add my own in. But the only gimp I can find is 2.8 and the add on I can't find. When I try opening your mod in pe I get an error message.

Plum said...

The DDS addon for Gimp is linked at the top of the post, and it says it's for 2.x, so it should work with Gimp 2.8. I don't really know anything about Gimp though, sorry. http://registry.gimp.org/node/70

Anonymous said...

It tells me gimp 2.0 is missing from my computer when I try. And this is what I get when I try to open the mod in pe http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc409/rhett9/seww.png

Anonymous said...

gimp says this http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc409/rhett9/this.png

Plum said...

Like I said, I don't know anything about Gimp, but if you type "libgimp-2.0-0.dll" into Google it looks like there are solutions available.

Anonymous said...

link off

Anonymous said...

Can you pretty please reupload the gallery of images Plum? :D
The link doesn't work anymore...

Heather said...

Is there a way to tell what skill level a painting requires?

Riffy Divine said...

Doesn't seem to work anymore

Anonymous said...

This is just filled with anime and girly pictures.... I wont be putting this in my game for the simple fact is there are no classical paintings and lack of themes. Like I said its all japan, girly, cupcakes, sushi, girls, and colourful cartoons...

sari said...

s3pe for Mac?

TheBlackDemon16 said...
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TheBlackDemon16 said...

Stupid Question: Where is the "gallery"? How do I get to it to go through the paintings?

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Ellen Tsang said...
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Ellen Tsang said...

Thanks so much love! If anyone is having trouble downloading the gallery, go to this page and download the 3 separate parts (at bottom of page): http://thegrownupsarelying.blogspot.ca/2010/10/sims-3-artistry-redux-replacements-for.html?showComment=1441481213271#c65327942247263013

小歪 Valerie said...

Dear Plum, thanks for the amazing mods and tutorial!
Now my sims can paint my own pictures. I used GIMP and DDS plugins!

For anyone who can't modify, I would like to share my success story here, feel free to drop by. Thank you.

https://wawa-licious.blogspot.my/2017/12/sims-3-my-sims-painting-own-picture.html

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