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Discussion in 'Signature and Avatar Help' started by Guest, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    In an effort to keep the sticky threads limited in this forum, I have compiled a listing of all the various information on how to use Simpose, where to get Skins & Meshes, and the various Signature Maker threads here.

    As needed, I will update this listing. If you see something that hasn't been updated, please just send me a nudge and I'll get it taken care of.

    Thanks!

    AutumnKiss
    Forum Moderator
    TSO Stratics
     
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <p align="center"><font color="#800000" size="5">Simpose

    </font><a
    href="http://boards.stratics.com/php-bin/sims/showflat.php?Cat=&amp;Number=165614&amp;page=0&amp;view=collapsed&amp;sb=5&amp;o=&amp;fpart=1&amp;vc=1&amp;what2=postlist&amp;selv=&amp;vwhich=">By:
    Jessica McPherson</a>
    </p>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>Basic Questions</u></font></p>

    <blockquote>


    What is Simpose?</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Simpose is a sophisticated program that enables you
    to create a custom sim that poses in various ways. It
    lets you mix and match with different combinations of
    skins and bodies.
    [/list]


    Why do people use Simpose?</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Simpose is mainly used as a modeling program for
    websites with custom heads and outfits so they can
    have their sims pose the outfit and/or head.
    [*]A new wave of popularity is the use of it in
    signatures. The banners that define you, or whatever
    you are trying to define using pictures or words.
    [/list]
    </blockquote>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>Getting started</u></font></p>

    <blockquote>


    Where can I download Simpose? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]At http://www.simpose.com
    [/list]


    Where can I download skins and heads for Simpose? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]Various sites. Look at The Sims™ fansites.
    These sites include, but are not limited to:

    <ul>
    [*]http://www.aroundthesims.com
    [*]http://www.simfreaks.com
    (paysite).
    [/list]

    [/list]


    What about if I want my head from TSO? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]You can download an extractor. http://www.watto.org/extract/download.html
    has an extractor that can extract the .far files and
    make them usable in Simpose. ***You will only get
    the Texture and not the Mesh***

    [/list]
    <ul>
    [*]You can get these textures from The Sims
    Online™ or The Sims™.
    [/list]


    What's a texture? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]It's the layer of skin, eyes, hair, nose, nails,
    dress, etc that wraps around the mesh. You will be
    able to identify it easily by seeing if it opens up
    to a picture of a flattened face or body, or if it
    ends in .bmp.
    [/list]
    <ul>
    [*]They also start with a specified code. Examples are,
    but are not limited to: B001, b006, etc.
    [/list]


    What's a mesh?</p>
    <ul>
    [*]It's the outline or the "clay" model of the
    body or head. These files are not openable.
    [/list]
    <ul>
    [*]The always begin with x-skin and end in .skn.
    [/list]
    </blockquote>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>Putting the Files In</u></font></p>

    <blockquote>


    How do I know what folder is which gender? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]Letter key: B=Boy; G=Girl; F=Female; and M=Male.
    [/list]
    <ul>
    [*]Other: P=Prop(s). Props are little accessories such
    as jewely and hats.
    [/list]


    Which folders are for textures and which are for meshes? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]Texture folders:<ul>
    [*]TexB; TexF; TexG; TexM; and TexP.
    [/list]

    [/list]
    <ul>
    [*]Mesh folders: <ul>
    [*]ObjB; ObjF; ObjG; Obj; and ObjM.
    [/list]

    [/list]


    How can I tell which files go into the hands folder?</p>
    <ul>
    [*]For texture they will start as either HFLO, HFRO,
    HMLO, or HMRO.
    [/list]
    <ul>
    [*]For mesh they will end in either HAND-HANDFL(R).skn,
    or HAND-HANDML(R).skn.
    [/list]


    For the bodies?</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Ends in PELVIS-BODY.skn.
    [/list]


    What about the heads? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]Ends in HEAD-HEAD.skn.
    [/list]


    And the body and head textures? </p>
    <ul>
    [*]They will have the unique beginning code (B008;
    example) and matches the unique code in the middle of
    the mesh codes (Example: xskin - b008fafit_01-PELVIS-BODY.skn.

    [/list]
    </blockquote>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>How to mix and match the
    head textures and meshes</u></font></p>

    <blockquote>


    You must put your desired texture into the correct texture
    folder and then ONLY put the mesh file of the desired
    hair/head mesh into the correct mesh folder. </p>


    For all of you people who get PMs by other people asking
    how to work Simpose I have created a chart to help. </p>
    </blockquote>

    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>

    <blockquote>
    <p align="left">Filter will turn on and off the
    ability to freely mix and match Body/Head Meshes with
    Body/Head textures.
    </p>
    </blockquote>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>



    <blockquote>Use the body one (one menu for mesh and one for texture) to
    find your desired body.</blockquote> </p>



    Extractor</p>


    Hands</p>


    <blockquote>First go up top to Props/Hands and select either Change
    Left/Right hand.</blockquote></p>

    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>

    <blockquote>


    After you do that use the drop down menu for hand textures
    to select which you want. </p>


    HFLOmed is the one you want.</p>



    If you need help with it go check out KChan's post.</blockquote></p>

    <p align="left">Please no redistribution of this without my
    permission. Thank you.</p>
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <p align="center"><font color="#800000" size="5">A
    tutorial for Simpose 8 &amp; 9

    </font><font size="3">By: Justin Davis</font></p>

    <p align="center"><font size="1">Contents:
    Creating/loading/Saving Libraries; Loading/Saving Poses

    Pose Library: A group of related poses in a file ending in .psl
    </font></p>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>SimPose 8</u></font> <font
    size="1">(**Note** You can only have one pose library loaded at a
    time)</font></p>

    <blockquote>


    Applying a pose to your sim</p>
    <blockquote>


    First you must load the pose library before you can
    apply a pose to your sim</p>


    <font color="#0000FF">Loading the Pose Library</font></p>
    <blockquote>


    Click Static>Load Pose Library, select
    the pose library from the pose folder and click OK.</p>
    </blockquote>


    <font color="#0000FF">Applying the pose</font></p>
    <blockquote>


    Make sure you have the correct sim selected by
    clicking the Character tab, and select the
    correct sim from the "Characters visible +
    control" drop-down menu. Click Static>Select
    Pose
    , and select the pose. If you choose to, you
    may apply the pose to specific joints of the sim. To
    do this click add in the "Apply Pose
    to" section and select the specific joints you
    would like to apply to this pose. When selecting more
    then one joint, hold down the CTRL key on
    your keyboard and select all the desired joints, and
    click OK. If you would like to just apply
    the pose to all joints, simply select "ALL"
    in the drop down menu, click OK.</p>
    </blockquote>


    <font color="#0000FF">Saving Your Poses</font></p>
    <blockquote>


    If you have not done so you need to create a new
    pose library.</p>
    <blockquote>


    Creating a pose library:</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Click Static>New Pose Library.
    [*]Click Static>Save Pose Library As.
    [*]Type in a general name for the pose
    library (remember this will contain a
    group of your related poses, this is not
    saving your created pose).
    [*]Click OK.
    [/list]


    Saving a pose:</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Before saving poses, make sure you load
    the desired pose library by following the
    steps in the Loading Pose Library
    section.
    [*]After posing the sim click Static>Save
    Pose to Library

    [*]Click Add in the "Select
    Pose" section and give the pose a
    name.
    [*]Click OK. If you choose to you
    may add comments about the specific pose
    you are saving. Click OK.
    Continue posing and saving your poses the
    same way.
    [/list]


    If you are done adding poses to this pose
    library then click Static>Save As Pose
    Library
    select the pose library that you
    created earlier and click OK. </p>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>SimPose 9</u></font> <font
    size="1">**Note** You can load more then one Pose Library;
    however, only 4 Libraries can be loaded at a time, once you
    exceed this a promter will appear saying 'The maximum number of
    libraries have been loaded Replace " " ' click OK
    and it will replace the pose in the " " with the newly
    loaded pose library.</font></p>

    <blockquote>


    Applying a pose to your sim</p>
    <blockquote>


    First you must load the pose library before you can
    apply a pose to your sim</p>


    <font color="#0000FF">Loading the Pose Library</font></p>
    <ul>
    [*]Click Static>Load Pose Library
    [*]Select the pose library from the pose folder and
    click OK
    [*]Click Static>Choose Pose Library,
    select the pose library, and click OK.
    [/list]


    <font color="#0000FF">Applying the pose</font></p>
    <ul>
    [*]Make sure you have the correct sim selected by
    clicking the Character tab, and select
    the correct sim from the "Characters visible
    + control" drop-down menu.
    [*]Click Static>Select Pose, and select
    the pose. If you choose to, you may apply the
    pose to specific joints of the sim. To do this
    click add in the "Apply Pose
    to" section and select the specific joints
    you would like to apply to this pose. When
    selecting more then one joint, hold down the CTRL
    key on your keyboard and select all the desired
    joints, and click OK. If you would like
    to just apply the pose to all joints, simply
    select "ALL" in the drop down menu,
    click OK.
    [/list]
    <blockquote>


    <font size="1">**Note** When applying a pose to a
    sim, a prompt may appear saying "The displayed
    static pose has changed Save change to pose
    library?" Simply click no as you do not want to
    save over the current pose as yours maybe slightly
    differnt then the saved pose ex. direction,
    elevation, zoom, etc.</font></p>
    </blockquote>


    <font color="#0000FF">Saving Your Poses</font></p>
    <blockquote>


    If you have not done so you need to create a new
    pose library.</p>
    <blockquote>


    Creating a pose library:</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Click Static>New Pose Library
    [*]Type in a general name for the pose
    library (remember this will contain a
    group of your related poses, this is not
    saving your created pose)
    [*]Click OK
    [/list]


    Saving a pose:</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Before saving poses, make sure you load
    the desired pose library by following the
    steps in the Loading Pose Library
    section
    [*]After posing the sim click Static>Save
    Pose to Library

    [*]Click Add in the "Select
    Pose" section and give the pose a
    name
    [*]Click OK. If you choose to you
    may add comments about the specific pose
    you are saving. Click OK.
    Continue posing and saving your poses the
    same way.
    [/list]


    If you are done adding poses to this pose
    library then click Static>Save As Pose
    Library
    select the pose library that you
    created earlier and click OK.</p>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>

    <p align="center"><font color="#800000" size="4">Helpful
    Links For the Eager Skin/Mesh Maker
    </font>

    By JustinDavis</p>



    Here are some links that can help you:</p>



    Sims Skin Tutorial</p>

    <blockquote>


    http://compsimgames.about.com/gi/dy...Dskin%2D01.html</p>
    </blockquote>



    Customizing for the Sims</p>

    <blockquote>


    http://www.mallofthesims.com/resour...s.php?item=skin</p>
    </blockquote>



    General Mesh Tutorial</p>

    <blockquote>


    http://compsimgames.about.com/cs/th...a/makeskins.htm</p>
    </blockquote>



    Milkshape 3D (Mesh Creator Program With Help Download)</p>

    <blockquote>


    http://www.swissquake.ch/chumbalum-soft/</p>
    </blockquote>



    Bodywarp (Mesh Helper Program)</p>

    <blockquote>


    http://www.simprograms.com/index.shtml</p>


    http://www.thesimsresource.com/programs.php</p>
    </blockquote>


    Here
    is a link that contains links to many pages with skins and
    meshes.</p>



    Feel free to post any questions or comments.</p>
     
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <p align="center"><font color="#800000" size="5">How to
    Add Backgrounds
    </font>

    By Asilwen Evenstar</p>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>Paintshop</u></font></p>

    <blockquote>

    First, find a picture of anything you want as the background
    (google image search is brilliant :p). Just copy and paste your
    image you want as the background into paint shop. I chose this
    one to do:</p>

    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>



    Now, pose your sim however you want in simpose, screenshot it,
    and open it in paint shop. This is mine:</p>

    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>



    Then, take the Selection Tool:</p>

    <blockquote>
    <blockquote>


    [​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>



    and outline the picture of your sim and copy it (ctrl c):</p>

    <blockquote>
    <blockquote>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>



    Then, right click on your background image with the regular
    arrow tool, and select, paste, and "paste as new
    layer". Then, after you've pasted it, take the wand tool,
    set the selection thingy at around 2, if it's white.. depends on
    how much you want it selecting.</p>

    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>



    Switch back to the regular arrow tool:</p>

    <blockquote>
    <blockquote>


    [​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>
    </blockquote>



    Right click on the selected area you outlined with the magic
    tool, and press "cut".</p>

    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>



    And then you've got your image:</p>

    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p></blockquote>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>Photoshop</u></font></p>

    <blockquote>


    Firstly, find a background image (google image search) To
    get it into photoshop, just copy the image from the internet
    (right click the image and select copy), then go to file,
    new, and it should create a document the same size as the
    picture you copied from the internet, then you just paste it
    (ctrl v).</p>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    Then, get the screenshot of your sim from Simpose</p>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    Now, use the selection tool:</p>
    <blockquote>


    [​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>


    Outline and copy the whole picture of your screenshot
    simpose character:</p>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    Then, paste it into the window that the background is on
    (ctrl v) It pastes into a new layer! So you can move it
    around and shtuff!</p>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    The layer it pasted as:</p>
    <blockquote>


    [​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>


    Then, take the Magic Wand Tool:</p>
    <blockquote>


    [​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>


    And select the area around your simpose sim that you want
    deleted with the magic wand thingy (if your sim has white
    clothes, it's useful to set the Tolerance to a lower number
    like 2. Or, if you want more selected, a higher number like
    50):</p>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    The tolerance setting thingy:</p>
    <blockquote>


    [​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>


    Then, to delete the area around your sim, just simply
    press your backspace key:</p>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    And then that's it.. you can move the sim anywhere you
    want on the background!</p>
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>


    Also a small tip, if there's little pixels of white on
    your sim, like in the hair, just zoom in, and use the wand
    tool :)</p>
    </blockquote>



    Hope I helped a bit :) I know tutorials with pictures help me
    alot :)</p>
     
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <p align="center"><font color="#800000" size="4">Moving
    Skins and Meshes To the Appropriate Folders

    </font><font size="2">By ~HayHay~</font></p>



    Okay, so I have my new skin and mesh, but where do I put them?</p>



    Easy, just follow this step-by-step tutorial and you'll know
    where to put your new files. </p>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>The Basics:</u></font></p>

    <blockquote>


    Before you start, you'll need to know the abbreviations of
    the folders:</p>


    The Animation folder contains all the animations you have
    made. The file extension for animations is ".cfp". </p>


    Texture Folders:</p>
    <ul>
    [*]TexB = Texture Boy
    [*]TexG = Texture Girl
    [*]TexM = Texture Male -- Male Skins, Heads, and Hands
    [*]TexF = Texture Female -- Female Skins, Heads, and
    Hands
    [*]TexP = Texture Props -- Various props to add to your
    Sims. (Puppets, Glasses, etc.)
    [/list]


    Texture file extensions are always ".bmp".
    24 bit Bitmap images.
    </p>


    Mesh Folders:</p>
    <ul>
    [*]ObjB = Mesh folder for Boys
    [*]ObjG = Mesh folder for Girls
    [*]ObjM = Mesh folder for Males -- Meshes for Males
    Bodies, Heads, and Hands
    [*]ObjF = Mesh folder for Females -- Meshes for Females
    Bodies, Heads, and Hands
    [*]ObjP = Mesh folder for Props -- Meshes for props
    (Puppets, Glasses, etc.)
    [/list]


    Mesh file extensions end in ".skn".</p>


    NOTE: You will hardly use the Boys and
    Girls folders unless someone asks you to make a boy or girl
    siggy. Or unless you want to for fun.</p>
    </blockquote>



    <font color="#0000FF" size="4"><u>Putting the files in</u></font>:</p>

    <blockquote>


    To have the files work effectively, you need to put them
    in the correct files. Textures, such as the .bmp (Bitmap)
    images for heads, bodies, and hands need to go in the Texture
    folders (TexF, TexM, etc.) Meshes, such as the .skn files for
    heads, bodies, and hands need to go in the Mesh folders
    (ObjF, ObjM, etc.)</p>


    Example:</p>


    Say you have a Female Head, you will need to put it into
    the Female Heads folder:</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Take the skin/texture (.bmp) image of the head and
    move it into the Female Heads Texture Folder:
    [/list]
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>
    <ul>
    [*]Then, take the mesh (.skn) file and put it into the
    Female Heads Mesh Folder:
    [/list]
    <p align="center">[​IMG]</p>
    </blockquote>



    Here are some sites to get you started:



    Sim Skins

    Around the Sims<a
    href="http://www.7deadlysims.com/">

    7 Deadly Sims</a></p>




    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.</p>



    I hope that helps.</p>
     
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    <p align="center"><font color="#800000" size="5">Sites
    for Skins and Meshes
    </font></p>



    Please note: This compilation of information began with
    Katrina Italiano, and was contributed to by many other folks. If
    you have other sites that are not listed here, please feel free
    to add them!</p>

    <blockquote>


    http://mesh.thesimsinfo.com
    - Of course! Site done by some of our own siggy makers.

    http://www.simfriends.org/~simplyluffly/
    - Clothing made by custom design.

    http://www.thesimsresource.com/index.php
    - Pay site, but they do have great free stuff too.

    http://www.different-worlds.net/SIMS/

    http://www4.big.or.jp/~sss-net/corry/english/
    - Not just Sims but anime as well, including Final Fantasy

    http://www.simfreaks.com/

    http://home.comcast.net/~simsherry/simpose.html
    - Poses here as well.

    http://www.simskins.net/main.html
    - Pay site ($5 for 2 months access) with some freebies.

    http://www.aroundthesims.com/index.html

    http://simsdungeon.tripod.com/frames.html
    - Also has poses.

    http://www.simsrevolutions.com/index.html

    http://stylissimode.fateback.com/poseset.htm
    - Poses.

    http://www.livin-it-up.net/

    http://www.hairfish.com/mermaidcove/html/skins.html

    http://www.megspace.com/computers/simnerds/skins1.html

    http://www.simaccents.com/SP/abubot_hats.htm
    - Props, hats, and more.

    http://bloodysims.fateback.com/
    - Site with full list of NPCs.

    http://www.sultryearth.net
    - Clothing

    http://www.simsrevolutions.com/


    http://www.cheapfrills.org/simsis/


    http://www.geocities.com/opheliajosie/

    http://www.nighttimesims.no/


    http://www.missiesworld.de/


    http://www.sweetnothingssalon.com/


    http://www.different-worlds.net/SIMS/

    http://www.sim-o-rama.de/


    http://www.simaccents.com/


    http://www.aroundthesims.com/


    http://www.simfreaks.com/home.shtml


    http://shannanisims.shannanigan.com/

    http://www.oddsim.com/home.html


    http://www.7deadlysims.com/


    http://www.mj-holmes.com/Simarillion.htm

    http://www.thesimsresource.com/


    http://koralutesims.net/


    http://www.hostultra.com/~salvatore/

    http://www.picklesims.com/Skins/skins.htm


    http://www.castlesimtannia.com/


    http://www.bealltool.com/romansims/vestamentum/index.htm


    http://www.allaboutskins.com/


    http://moonsims.asi.org/simsdiva/simsdiva.html


    http://www.kiwai.se/001Sims/index.php

    http://beyondbelle.fateback.com/index.htm


    http://hem.passagen.se/sheree/getskintight.htm
    - Very large Pose pack</p>
    </blockquote>



    Image Hosting:</p>

    <blockquote>


    http://www.imageshack.us/index.php

    http://photobucket.com/</p>
    </blockquote>
     
  7. Deproit_JP

    Deproit_JP Guest

    I think it is pretty hard to make your own siggy
     
  8. It is hard to make a signature. Even if you have a lot of experience, being happy with the final look can be the hard part.

    In making them as a beginner, you need a lot of practice. I will have been making them for 3 years in the Spring of this year, so it does take a long time to be really experienced in making them unless you have a prior history in graphic design.
     
  9. Hi. Thanks for the tutorials and list of sites, but I only have one question now. I want to make an old skool Sim -- nothing fancy! Where can I find the same heads and bodies used in TSO?
     
  10. kimberly187

    kimberly187 Guest

    As needed, I will update this listing. If you see something that hasn't been updated, please just send me a nudge and I'll get it taken care of.
     
  11. CaptRex

    CaptRex Guest

    It's not user friendly.. Pretty long... :popcorn: