Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sims 4 Studio Tutorial

 Have trouble custom content (CC) in your sims game? I've been there all too many times. The worst part is not knowing which CC in your game it is. I downloaded Sims 4 Studio to make custom content for my game. I accidentally found out that it helps me identify trouble CC in my game from wrong category (having nude selected so it shows up in the shower) to meshes missing. For me, this was easier and quicker than trying one folder at a time in my mod folder. Let's get started with the tutorial.

Program: Sims4Studio

Abbreviations:
CC = custom content
S4S = sims4studio 

Tips:
1. If the mesh is not missing then you will see it on your sim and that will speed up the process of finding it in S4S.
 
2. Skip over CC for building and buy modes.
3. When you first add new CC, go immediately in your game to check it.
4. Use the down and up arrow keys on the keyboard to go through the list faster.
5. Having CC in folders not only keeps the Mod folder organized, but makes finding issues faster.
6. If a mesh is missing then go back to the site you got your CC from and see if there's a link for a mesh. Sometimes it's easy to overlook it like I do sometimes

Tutorial

1. Download & install S4S

2. Go in your game and press C to take screenshots of your troubled CC. 

3. Exit Sims 4

4. Launch S4S (this is what you will see minus my watermark)
 

5. Click the My CC
 

6. On the left is all of your CC. Mine is arranged in folders by CC creator, but yours may look different


7. Open the first folder (or click on the first CC file you have if you don't have folders)
 

8. This is what you will see on the right side, which is what you will be editing. The only things that should be changed are: age and gender, colors, age appropriate, occult (if you want to allow aliens to wear it), and outfit type. The one I change the most is outfit type.


9. Now if a mesh is missing, this is what you will see - absolutely nothing lol.
(only having one folder in this SS was so I could find my problem file easier lol)




Sunday, August 23, 2015

Monti's Scraps ~ Sunflowers

This tutorial is of my own creation and any resemblance, or likeness, to any other tut is purely coincidental. This tutorial is for personal use only; any use for monetary gain is illegal.

Supplies:
Program: Photoshop Elements 13 (other versions may work)
Tube of choice: Individual Tube 14-1 by Melissa Dawn. You must have a license to use her tubes.
PTU Kit: ScrapMonti_IB-MelissaDawn-14-1 by Monti's Scraps at Creative Design Outlet
Plugins: Eye Candy 5
Font: Sunflower

Open:
Paper7
Frame1
Element1
Element5
Element17
Element21
Element26
 WordArt
Tube of choice

Tutorial:

Frame 1: Open

Paper7: Paste behind frame1 --> use rectanglular marquee tool --> draw a square --> ctrl+shift+i --> select the paper --> press delete

Element26: Open --> re-size 45% --> place on the left side of the frame --> duplicate --> move to the right side

Element1: Open --> re-size25% --> duplicate 4x --> place each copy in the 4 corners of the frame --> place the 2 at the bottom in front of element26

Element21: Open --> re-size 50% --> place on the left side of the frame behind element26 --> duplicate --> move to the right side

Element5: Open --> re-size 50% --> place behind frame in slightly off center

Element 17: Open --> re-size 50% --> place behind element5 to the left

Word Art: Open --> re-size 57% --> place on the top above the two sunflowers

Name:
-Photoshop Elements13
-Font of choice (mine is Sunflower so these settings work for my font. you may need to alter slightly for yours)
-layer --> layer style --> style settings
drop shadow: 30 deg angle; 6, 6, 75%; black
stroke: 2, 100, #5a2717
font color: #edb118

Add copyright and watermark

DONE

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mellie Beans ~ Medication


This tutorial is of my own creation and any resemblance, or likeness, to any other tut is purely coincidental. This tutorial is for personal use only; any use for monetary gain is illegal.

Supplies:
Program: Photoshop Elements 13 (other versions may work; PSP X5
Tube of choice: I Hate You by Elias. You must have a license to use his tubes.
PTU Kit: Daisies and Denim by MellieBeans at Mystical Scraps
Template: Template_53_Medication
Plugins: Eye Candy 5
Font: Darleston

Open:
Template 53 Medication
Pp14
Pp 13
Pp 6
Pp 11
Pp 12
Pp 3
Pp 20
e3
e8
e13
e15
e23
e34
color palette

Tutorial:

Template 53 Medication: delete credits

Creme rectangle: pp 14 --> re-size as needed --> select the magic wand tool --> click the rectangle --> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the paper layer

Plum rectangle: pp 13 --> re-size as needed --> select the magic wand tool --> click the rectangle --> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the paper layer

Purple circle: pp 20 --> rotate 90 deg right --> re-size as needed --> select the magic wand tool --> click the circle--> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the paper layer

White oval: filter --> noise --> add noise --> 50%, uniform, monochromatic --> click okay

White circle: filter --> noise --> add noise --> 50%, uniform, monochromatic --> click okay

Raster 2: filter --> noise --> add noise --> 50%, uniform, monochromatic --> click okay

Bottom tan strip: pp 12 --> re-size as needed --> select the magic wand tool --> click the tan strip --> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the paper layer

Top purple circle: don't do anything yet

Bottom purple circle: pp 11 --> re-size as needed --> select the magic wand tool --> click the circle --> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the paper layer

Top tan strip: pp 3 --> re-size as needed --> select the magic wand tool --> click the tan strip --> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the paper layer

Tube: re-size to your liking --> duplicate --> place original layer above the creme oval--> select the magic wand tool --> click the circle --> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the tube --> enhance --> autosharpen

Duplicate tube: select the elliptical marquee tool --> select portion of the bottom of your tube --> press delete

Creme oval: pp6 --> re-size as needed --> select the magic wand tool --> click the oval--> ctrl+shift+i --> press delete on the paper layer

Tube: Place closeup of tube above large tan circle --> position to your liking --> change from normal to luminosity

Large tan circle (PSP X5): open color palette --> select the eye dropper tool --> select the yellow --> switch background/foreground --> select the light blue next to the yellow --> select the gradient tool --> set settings to your liking (i used 45 deg repeats 4) --> fill circle with gradient --> select all --> float --> effects --> alien skin 5 textures --> select weave --> apply these settings -- click okay

Eye candy 5 Impact --> glass --> apply these settings --> click okay


Middle plum circle: do the same as for the large tan circle (including the tube)

e34: re-size to your liking --> place above large tan circle --> enhance --> auto sharpen

e23: re-size to your liking --> place behind top tan strip --> enhance --> auto sharpen

e13: re-size to your liking --> place above raster 2 --> enhance --> auto sharpen

e8: re-size to your liking --> place above e13 --> duplicate twice

e8 duplicate 1: crop duplicate so part of it is behind the tube --> enhance --> auto sharpen

e8 duplicate 2: move towards the top of the template behind the tube's head --> enhance --> auto sharpen

e3: re-size to your liking --> place behind e8 --> position so part of e8 is aligned with the white lace of e3--> enhance --> auto sharpen

e15: re-size to your liking --> place above bottom dotted circle --> enhance --> auto sharpen


Name:
-Photoshop Elements13
-Font of choice (mine is Darleston so these settings work for my fonts. you may need to alter slightly for yours)
-layer --> layer style --> style settings
drop shadow: 30 deg angle; 5, 5, 75%; black
stroke: 2, 100, #cda92d
font color: #0d9f41

Add copyright and watermark

DONE

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monti's Scraps ~ Naughty Housewife


This tutorial is of my own creation and any resemblance, or likeness, to any other tut is purely coincidental. This tutorial is for personal use only; any use for monetary gain is illegal.

Supplies:
Program: Photoshop Elements 9 (other versions may work) and PSP X5
Tube of choice: Housewife by Tony Tzanoukakis. You must have a license to use his tubes.
PTU Kit: Clean As A Whistle by Monti's Scraps
Font: Darleston
Mask: Mask of choice  
Plugin: Xero - Vintage ~ can download HERE or HERE

Open:
Paper 2
Dryer
FabricSoftner
FloorCleaner
LaundryBasketFull
Mop
Towels-Yellow
Washer
Window
Bucket
ClothesLine
WashingPowder
WindowCleaner

Tutorial:
New image --> 596 x 650 --> transparent

Paper 2: open --> paste--> apply mask

Dryer: re-size by 42% place towards the left --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

Washer: re-size by 42% place on the right side of the dyer --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

LaundryBasketFull: re-size by 36% --> place on right side in front of washer --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow


Bucket: re-size 20% --> move to right side of the dryer --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

FloorCleaner: re-size 19% --> move to the left & behind the bucket --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

Mop: rotate about 20 degrees to the left --> re-size 45% --> move to the far right of the dryer by the edge --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

Tube: place in the center of the washer and dryer --> add drop shadow

WindowCleaner: re-size 20% --> place on top of the dryer on the left side --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

FabricSoftner: re-size 20% --> place on top of the dryer --> position behind the windowcleaner --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

Towels-Yellow: re-size 21% --> place on top of the washer to the left side --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

WashingPowder: re-size 18% -->  place on top of the washer --> position to the right behind towels-yellow --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

Window: re-size 85% -->  place behind washer & dryer --> position in the center --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

ClothesLine: re-size 47% -->  place behind window --> position in the center --> enhance --> autosharpen --> add drop shadow

Name:
-Photoshop Elements 9
-Font of choice (mine is Darleston so these settings work for my fonts. you may need to alter slightly for yours)
-layer --> layer style --> style settings
drop shadow: 0 deg angle; 4, 4, 75%; black
stroke: 2, 100, #fdd75b (yellow)

Add copyright and watermark

DONE


Friday, May 8, 2015

Mellie Beans ~ Mardi Gras

 
  This tutorial is of my own creation and any resemblance, or likeness, to any other tut is purely coincidental. This tutorial is for personal use only; any use for monetary gain is illegal.

Supplies:
Program: Photoshop Elements 9 (other versions may work)
Tube of choice: Mask by VeryMany. You must have a license to use her tubes.
PTU Kit: Mardi Gras by MellieBeans at Heartbeatz Creationz or MusicalScraps

Open:
e35
pp09
e02
e04
e27
tube of choice

Tutorial:

e35: re-save in a different location and file name to avoid saving over the original frame

pp09: re-size to fit inside e35 (the frame)

e04: re-size 85% --> place above the e35 layer in the center --> use selection tool around the edges to delete any excess --> add drop shadow

e02: re-size 93% --> move to the right side above e04 layer --> duplicate --> move to the left --> merge two layers --> use selection tool around the edges to delete any excess --> add drop shadow
e27: rotate 112 deg left --> re-size 95% --> place above the e04 layer --> move to the center
tube of choice: re-size to your choice --> place in the center --> duplicate --> crop top layer so it looks like the head is over the frame and behind e02 --> crop bottom layer so there's no excess below the frame


Name:
-Photoshop Elements 9
-Font of choice (mine is Great Vibes so these settings work for my fonts. you may need to alter slightly for yours)
-layer --> layer style --> style settings
drop shadow: 30 deg angle; 5, 5, 75%; black
stroke: 2, 100, #cda92d
font color: #0d9f41

Add copyright and watermark

DONE
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Monti's Scraps ~ Coffee Addict


This tutorial is of my own creation and any resemblance, or likeness, to any other tut is purely coincidental. This tutorial is for personal use only; any use for monetary gain is illegal.

Supplies:
Program: Photoshop Elements 9 (other versions may work) and PSP X5
Tube of choice: Girl With Coffee by VeryMany. You must have a license to use her tubes.
PTU Kit: Coffee Addict by Monti's Scraps
Font: Great Vibes; Grad
Template: Template_96_Coffee from Dangerously Delicious Designz
Mask: Mask of choice 

Open:
Template 96
Cafeteria
Clock-Purple
CoffeeBeans-CupFill
CoffeeBeans-Scattered
CreamJug-Brown
CupAndSaucer-Purple
IcedCoffee
Mug-Green
SugarBowl-Cream
Teaspoon1

Paper 2
Paper 6
Paper 7
Paper 9
Paper 10
Paper 12
Paper 13
Paper 15

Tutorial:

Template 96: delete info, wording, wording white with d/s, pink frames, black frames, white frames bgs, right and left pink squares, and right and left white squares

Paper 13: open --> paste over left white triangle on template--> re-size paper --> magic wand tool --> select --> ctrl+shift+I --> delete

Paper 9: open --> paste over blue white triangle --> re-size paper --> magic wand tool --> select --> ctrl+shift+I --> delete

Paper 12: open --> paste over blue strip --> re-size paper --> magic wand tool --> select --> ctrl+shift+I --> delete

Paper 7: open --> paste over right white triangle --> re-size paper --> magic wand tool --> select --> ctrl+shift+I --> delete 

Paper 6: open --> paste over right blue triangle --> re-size paper --> magic wand tool --> select --> ctrl+shift+I --> delete

Paper 2: open --> paste over blue circle --> re-size paper --> magic wand tool --> select --> ctrl+shift+I --> delete

Paper 10: open --> paste over black rectangle --> re-size paper --> magic wand tool --> select --> ctrl+shift+I --> delete 

Paper 15: open --> paste behind all template layers --> place mask

CoffeeBeans-Scattered: re-size 89% --> place above the layers of the template in the center

CoffeeBeans-CupFill: re-size 85% --> place above CoffeeBeans-Scattered layer --> move towards bottom portion of the scattered beans --> duplicate x7 --> hide 5 of the duplicate layers

1st duplicate: rotate 20 deg to the right --> place above the first cupfill and to the left slightly
2nd: rotate 20 deg to the right --> place above 1st duplicate and to the left more
3rd: rotate 17 deg to the left --> place above 2nd duplicate and to the right
4th: move  to the upper left above the CoffeeBeans-Scattered layer
5th: move directly above the 2nd
6th: move above the 5th and down some
7th: move above the CoffeeBeans-Scattered to the upper right

Clock-Purple: re-size 50% --> place above the CoffeeBeans-Scattered and CoffeeBeans-CupFill plus the duplicates --> move to the left side in front of the left white triangle

Mug-Green: flip horizontal --> re-size 38% --> place above the Clock-Purple layer to the left --> using a font of your choice (similar to mine) type Coffee Addict separately --> add your style settings as you wish for your text

IcedCoffee: re-size 42% --> place above the blue strip layer --> move to the right and center

Cafeteria: re-size 33% -> place above the IcedCoffee element --> move to the right

CreamJug-Brown: re-size 52% --> place above the Cafeteria element --> move to the left while slightly overlapping the two

Tube of choice: re-size to your liking --> place in the center

SugarBowl-Cream: re-size 50% --> place above the Mug-Green element --> move towards the bottom of the mug

CupAndSaucer-Purple: re-size 30% --> place above the SugarBowl-Cream element --> move to the right

Teaspoon1: rotate --> flip horizontal --> re-size 50% --> place above all layers --> move between the SugarBowl-Cream element and the CupAndSaucer-Purple element

Add drop shadow to your liking (I used PSP X5)

Name:
-Photoshop Elements 9
-Font of choice (mine is Great Vibes so these settings work for my fonts. you may need to alter slightly for yours)
-layer --> layer style --> style settings
drop shadow: 30 deg angle; 4, 4, 75%; black
stroke: 2, 100, black

Add copyright and watermark

DONE