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What you need to start skinning

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:31 pm    Post subject: What you need to start skinning Reply with quote

A skin in the Sims consists of 3 basic files working together:a bmp, a skn, and a cmx. The bmp is a picture of the flesh and clothing and covers the skn. The skn is the skeleton making the sim 3D. The cmx tells which bmp and skn can go together. The cmx and skn together are known as a mesh. Most skinners make changes to the bmp.

What you need to start skinning:
1. A graphics editing program, preferably something that allow you to use layers to change the bmps:
GIMP - Free
Paint Shop Pro - PSP - a popular pay program
Adobe Photoshop - another pay program

Graphics Programs - Tool Equivalents for the Big Three (Paintshop Pro, Photoshop, Gimp)

2. Skin Doctor - By Dr Pixel Skin Doctor is a free must have file manager for all your skin files. With this program you can extract meshes and bmps from the game itself.

3. A way to see the skins in a simulated game environment:
BodyWarp - Free- BodyWarp is an easy-to-use basic mesh-altering program. It allows you to see what a skin will look like and also makes cmx and UV maps from just the skn file.
SimPose - Free- SimPose-ium lets you display Sims and pose them in any desired position. You can get very close and see from any angle.
SimShow - Tools -Free- SimShow lets you preview and then import new Skins for your Sims into your game.
The Sims Make-A-Celebrity and Make-A-Date - Tools -Free- Shows you what skins you already have installed in you game and what they look like. Celebrity shows a wider range of skins than Date does.

If you want to do more than just change bmps:
MilkShape - -Pay- MilkShape is the only program that allows you to majorly modify meshes or make new ones.

LithUnwrap - - Free - tool for mapping and editing the UV coordinates

Paladin's Place - Sims1/Programs has a variety of other useful programs for free:
SimWardrobe, SimMetamorphoser, and CMX Maker

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Japanese site shows what the extracted Maxis meshes for heads and skins look like, including NPC skins, career skins, pets and the costume trunk. It's not complete - it seems to stop at Unleashed/Superstar, but it's still a useful site if you're wondering what hidden skins look like.

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." Dreams, however, are a different matter - you should have a whole stable full of those.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for that link, Ruth, that is really useful!!

For Mac-Users, if you have a way to run OS9 on your Mac, there's a version of SimShow available. It was never updated for OSX, though.

PSP, Adobe and The Gimp are all available for Mac.

I have not yet found a program that lets you take a mesh out of a .far file - both FarOut and T-Far garble the insides of the cmx and skn files.

Also, a word of warning: SkinDoctor by Dr. Pixel is a *must avoid* program for anyone who plays on a Mac.
I have tried to fix my skins using SkinDoctor on a PC three times, but every time I put the skin folder back in my Mac game it crashed. Putting the old files back in instantly cured the crashing problems, even though SkinDoctor had found at least 30 'errors' in that skin folder!!


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