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#1 Old 10th Mar 2006 at 10:08 PM Last edited by leesester : 9th Feb 2012 at 8:42 PM.
Default Faylen's Recoloring Tutorial Part 4: Working Around the Mesh
This is, essentially, part four in my series. If you know how to recolor, recolor selectively, and add textures, here's where we start to have fun. By coloring or texturing on your basic mesh shape, you open up brand new clothing possibilities for your sims.
(Note: This is a repost of the original tutorial, with both the viewable version, and the zipped Microsoft Word version for you to print out in the comfort of your own home. Merging threads just wasn't working for me.)

(Additional note: I have added a .rar package with .bmp images of the body UV maps for all ages to help you with drawing. To extract the UV maps for a specific outfit, see HystericalParoxysm's wonderful tutorial here )

Here we have a truly hideous outfit.
Has anyone actually used this in game? It’s all the way at the end. However. . .we are not bound by anything except the general shape. In Body Shop, select this ugly thing and load it as a project. In Photoshop, open up the texture.bmp file, and fill it with a solid color so we can see what we really have.

I chose white to make it easier for you to see the actual shape of the garment. This is the shape of the mesh, and the only thing you’re constrained by in your design. Turn it around a bit in body shop. Hit F3 to change the camera and click and hold the left mouse button to change your
viewing angle, right mouse button to change to zoom.

Here’s a side view.

And. . .here’s the back.

The first thing I want to do is change this from a stodgy old mock turtleneck into a see-through lacy top. This is the part I want to modify. . .but not here, in the alpha file!! I’m going to skip a couple of steps here. I have a picture of some lace that I copied and pasted onto itself in a new window in Photoshop until it was big enough to scale down to proper sim-size (as shown in my last tutorial, Adding Texture). Now I have taken my texture.bmp file, desaturated it, selected the whole thing and copied and pasted it onto the alpha file. I then used the polygonal lasso to select only the turtleneck section. I apply a mask, revealing only the selection.

Now I have the section I want to change in the alpha positioned to correspond with the same space in the texture file. I take my lace picture, desaturate it, fiddle with the brightness and contrast, then sharpen the image so it makes a nice black and white texture to go into the alpha. Remember, anything that’s white will show, anything that’s black won’t, so all those black areas will be skin showing through. I do the same thing at the back neckline of the outfit.

Now, you can see at the back, the pattern inserted into the alpha file has created a pattern of opacity and transparency. I went into the texture file and filled the turtleneck area with a solid red to show what happens when you add color! If I were really being a stickler here, I would fix that stretched area at the back neckline, but right now I’m figuring that the best fix for that is. . .long hair.

Now, I took another fabric texture and filled in the jacket in the texture file. I changed the opacity so I could see the original lines of the outfit, used burn and dodge to highlight lapel and pocket edges, and create a new line – princess seams and a straight zip front. This is looking better already!

Now it’s just a matter of recoloring the pants and shoes, and we have something completely different!

As you can see, you don’t necessarily have to change a mesh to change the outfit, and this kind of artistic license will also teach you how to use the tools of your image editing software.

Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip Working Around the (1.67 MB, 2585 downloads)
File Type: rar UVmaps.rar (419.3 KB, 1831 downloads)
#2 Old 31st Mar 2006 at 5:18 AM
Thank you so much great tutorial, and a great help to me, thank you for sharing
love all your tutorials, and I THANK YOU for all of them in advance
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#3 Old 24th Apr 2006 at 1:34 AM
wonderful toutorial

i have a sims2 fansite.. it feel free to have a look... there is a chat section as well.
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#4 Old 25th Apr 2006 at 8:22 AM
Very nice tutorial. Where did you get the lace pattern? Wait... I bet my question has already been asked and answered.

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#5 Old 25th Apr 2006 at 3:44 PM
I got a problem
my stuff are not show up in the game
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#6 Old 27th Apr 2006 at 3:22 AM
If you finish up by importing to the game, your stuff will show up. Did you read through all the tutorials before this one?

"Living well is the best revenge. . ." George Bernard Shaw
16th May 2006 at 7:04 AM
Default A question about nude meshes...
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#7 Old 5th Jun 2006 at 7:08 PM
Great tutorials. (all 4) I learned everything I ever need to know about modding sim clothes, all in 3 hours.

P.S. Does anyone happen to know why some clothes export a third texture, called "normal" instead of "base", and why others only have the base texture and the alpha?
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#8 Old 5th Jun 2006 at 9:18 PM
That is the bump map. It creates an additional 3D effect, and isn't used in all the clothes. On some of them, it creates the texture of the fabric - enhancing the rib knit of a sweater, making lapels stick out more, etc. If you have a bump map and the shape it creates is incompatible with the shape you want to end up with, just fill it 100% with grey.

"Living well is the best revenge. . ." George Bernard Shaw
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#9 Old 9th Jun 2006 at 5:32 AM
Ah. Thank you.
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#10 Old 16th Jun 2006 at 5:59 AM
Default Thank you!
You asked at one point for us to show you what we've done following your tutorials. This is my very first clothing recoloring ever. Far from perfect, yes, but without your tutorials, it would have been a lot worse! The top and bottom seem to not perfectly match to me. I had to do them seperatly as I didn't see a whole outfit like this. That's one area I need work...

Constructive critique appreciated. It'll help me learn.

Thanks for the tuts!
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#11 Old 17th Jun 2006 at 5:11 PM
Faylen, I have now read all four of your tutorials you have written for us about recolouring. Before I read any of your work, I was too scared to even try to recolour but I must say that your guides are so clear and concise that even an old fool like me can have a go. I'm thinking you must be a teacher of some kind. Thanks a bunch.
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#12 Old 20th Jun 2006 at 1:30 PM
TexasDawn, that's lovely, especially for a first effort. Don't get discouraged or put yourself down - the more you do, the more you learn, and the better you get.

There are a lot more tutorials here that will enhance your skinning abilities. There are tools galore in the programs you already have, and you might find that some process-oriented rather than goal-oriented playing around will be really fun and helpful. You can do a lot of playing without breaking anything, so go for it.

sims2hohner, actually. . .yes, I am. Heh.

"Living well is the best revenge. . ." George Bernard Shaw
15th Jul 2006 at 2:08 PM
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#13 Old 20th Jul 2006 at 11:50 PM
Default some of my Creations, good and bad!
I've been following these tutorials and i must admit am having troubles with this ol mesh thing...sure ill work it out someday...

anyhow since texas dawn put up some of her things up i thought i might do to!!!!

Take that as a warning.....

the stripy thing is my attempt so far at this tutorial.....just about manages to get a necklace on there which you might just be able to see....thus is my geatest achievement to date.....

the vest and shorts i was pleased with cause i played with it before going on to the second tutorial and the skirt turned out surprisingly well considering i used a really weird texture (note lovely gold belt buckle and shoe details!!!!) but god only knows what happened with the last one! I had loads of problems with the layers (im using ver 9 if anyone knows an easy way around it all.... )

but yeah, what do people think? should i play at it or just give in now?????? hehehehe
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#14 Old 24th Jul 2006 at 4:24 AM
Do you think PhotoShop Album or PhotoImpression4 might work with this?
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#15 Old 24th Jul 2006 at 4:03 PM
I'm not familiar with either of those, but the key questions as to whether or not they'd work are 1. do they handle layers, and 2. can they save .bmp format files?

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#16 Old 25th Jul 2006 at 1:53 AM
Would the free PhotoShop downloads be safe?
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#17 Old 25th Jul 2006 at 2:45 AM
Photoshop is a commercial program. You could probably buy an OLD version of photoshop (say photoshop 5 or 7) for a good price on ebay or such.

'Free Photoshop' meaning some site offering warez - well, safe? You tell me, they're pirates. No one here will ever tell you to go get pirated software.

If you check the FAQ for the area, there are links for and gimp, both of which are FREE image editing programs, simply free, no illegal activity involved. This site currently has some tutorials for which cover the same things as some of Faylen's tutorials... keep looking around.

"Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn

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26th Jul 2006 at 6:42 PM
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#18 Old 19th Oct 2006 at 1:28 AM
I am having troble with this one...and I seem to be the only one ^^; (everyother tutorial was great!)
At the part where you said "The first thing I want to do is change this from a stodgy old mock turtleneck into a see-through lacy top. This is the part I want to modify. . .but not here, in the alpha file!! I’m going to skip a couple of steps here. I ..."

when you said about skipping, I wish you didn't. I need those steps, ^^ and I can't fined the other tutorial, since this is a re-post.
Can you give me the link to the tutorial? or those steps?
Seiaku~ (p.s. sorry about my english spelling!)

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#19 Old 31st Dec 2006 at 5:15 PM
Thank you! I would be so lost without your tutorials.
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#20 Old 2nd Jan 2007 at 1:03 PM
Default Hi
What did you use for the jacket? I didn't find anything except photos of real fabrics. If you used a photo of the real fabric, what did you do to it first? Because when I use them they have ugly lines between them. I can fix them with other pictures but these are very hard. Thank you very much for tutorials!
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#21 Old 3rd Jan 2007 at 5:23 PM
Thank you SO much Faylen - I have trouble downloading - stuff just doesnt show up in my game, even if I follow a downloading tutorial!!
So it was my lucky day when I decided to follow your tutorials! I am now recolouring everything and love it!
Thank you again and keep doing tutorials for those of us that need a little extra help!

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#22 Old 15th Jan 2007 at 6:26 PM
Hi, I really want to learn how to make clothes for the sims, but I don't understand how to work with Adobe Photoshop.. So I don't get any further... can you please tell me how to do this? Thank you!!
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#23 Old 5th Mar 2007 at 3:18 AM Last edited by purplerainsim : 6th Mar 2007 at 11:13 AM.
Well I have done the first 3 tutorials I have had some good creations which i will share and bad ones which i will also share. The last one is the one that is really giving me trouble. I was trying to add lace to the outfit. as you can see there are gaps ,and on the back there is some color showing up from when i was trying to change the tunic color.I followed the instructions but i must have missed a couple steps. The pants where me playing around with filters and thought it was pretty funny.

Edit: How do I get rid of seams or lines down the side of an outfit?
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#24 Old 28th Mar 2007 at 9:22 AM
Oooh, people are sharing!

Well, I have problems with finding fabrics and laces online that I can utilise, but then again - I've been at this for what? A few hours? I will figure it out.

This is what I made using the first couple of tutorials... three recolours of one of the sims2cri maternity dresses that I didn't think much of before (and I know the red one isn't optimal yet either) and a set where I'm particular proud of the picture on the sweater.

One shouldn't think that finding and recoloring a picture would be so hard - and add to that bits that SHOULD have been invisible yet somehow kept becoming visible and black (because I'm a moron) and having to warp and rewarp and...... I know, I'm not the sharpest knife, but hey, it worked out ^^
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#25 Old 28th Mar 2007 at 6:42 PM
Hello, I just wanted to say that I think mizzkitty's creations look very groovy!

Don't bake the way I do, you'll end up with no mixture.
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