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=Creator Guidelines - Create a Sim Screens=
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Have you made a new Create a Sim (CAS) screen and want to share it?  This guide will walk you through every step of what we require on MTS2.  Please make sure you read these guidelines carefully, as our standards have changed over the years, and there may be some items you weren't aware of before.
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At the end of the guidelines after full explanations of each item is a checklist, so you can make sure you've done everything you need to.
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When uploading a custom CAS screen for The Sims 2 to Mod The Sims, we have some basic requirements to ensure that your upload is good, shown well, and has the correct info and files needed for people to use it in their games. This allows both moderators to check your uploads for quality, and for downloaders to see if your item is something they want to add to their games.
  
 
==Quality==
 
==Quality==
  
The first thing moderators look for when moderating uploads is quality - simply, is the item good or not?
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*'''Lighting:''' CAS Screens should be nicely lit so that users can see their sims clearly. You don't want it too dark/dim, but you also don't want it too bright. Make sure to remove any lighting hacks before creating your CAS screens so you can be sure you're creating a CAS screen that is properly lit.
===Time and Effort===
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This is probably the hardest one to quantify, but it's something that is obvious whenever upload moderators look at an upload: have you really expended some serious time and effort on a creation?  You can't just crank out a bunch of stuff in a short amount of time and expect it to be good.  Nor can you spend a while just fiddling with something but not really trying and expect a good result either.
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Most good creators spend hours upon hours on even simple creations.  We understand that not everything has to be that difficult, but we do expect you to not just slap together something in 15 minutes and upload it and expect it to get accepted.  Really try to put some serious effort into what you create, and it will show through in the quality.
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===Uniqueness===
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No matter what style or design you choose, your CAS screen should be unique and different.  A slight tweak to the existing screens really isn't worth anyone's time to download, so, along with the concept of time and effort, you should work to create an interesting and unique overall look.
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===Lighting===
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CAS Screens should be nicely lit so that users can see their sims clearly. You don't want it too dark/dim, but you also don't want it too bright. Make sure to remove any lighting hacks before creating your CAS screens so you can be sure you're creating a CAS screen that is properly lit.
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===No Seasons!===
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This is very, very important!  If you have the Seasons expansion pack installed, you cannot make CAS screens normally!  You MUST use the [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=250555 AnyGameStarter] to create your CAS screen without Seasons!  If you do not do this, any sims in the CAS screen will turn blue and freeze.  There is no known way to remove the Seasons defect from an existing CAS screen - if you've already made one in Seasons, you will have to remake it without Seasons!
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* '''No Seasons and Pets:''' This is very, very important! If you have the Seasons expansion pack installed, you cannot make CAS screens normally! You MUST use the AnyGameStarter to create your CAS screen without Seasons! If you do not do this, any sims in the CAS screen will turn blue and freeze. It is also recommended that you create CAS screens without Pets, as CAS screens made with Pets are susceptible to having strays wander into the room.
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==Screenshots==
 
==Screenshots==
  
People want to see what they're downloading!  Your screenshots sell your upload - if people don't like the look of your screenshots, they're not going to download - and if your screenshots are too bad, you won't get your upload approved.
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'''All of the screenshot images below can be clicked for larger versions.''' You wouldn't want to upload them with as small of pics as are displaying here anyway - we're just using smaller pics so this thread loads quickly and is easy to read.
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* A picture of the sim creation screen
 
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* A picture of the family screen
===Screenshot Basics===
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For instructions on:
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* Taking large, clear pictures (bigger than the game will allow)
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* Changing your in-game settings for best graphics quality
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* Camera controls
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See: [[MTS2:Creator Guidelines/Screenshot Basics|Screenshot Basics]]
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You need to make sure you have nice big, clear pictures that show off what you've made.  They can't be too blurry or pixellated, and you need to know how to use the game's camera controls properly, so make sure you review the information on that link thoroughly before continuing.
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===Big Enough===
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Your pics should be large enough to see the detail of what you've made.  Remember, MTS2 allows images up to 1280x1024 pixels and 195 kilobytes so you should be able to upload nice big pictures.  See the information above under "Screenshot Basics" for info on taking larger pics than the game will normally allow.
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And please don't take smaller pics and just make them larger in your graphics program - this just gives you a blurry pic that's bigger in dimensions with no additional detail.
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===Required Pics===
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These pictures are required for all CAS Screen uploads.  Please make sure to take your pics with your CAS working as an actual CAS - that is, don't take pics while you're creating it, as they won't be of the right angles.
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====Sim Creation Part====
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[[Image:CAS-SimPart.jpg|right|300x300px]]You need to include at least one picture of the sim creation part, zoomed out fully.  You can do this with a sim, or without a sim.
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====Family Part====
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[[Image:CAS-FamilyPart.jpg|right|300x300px]]You also need to include at least one picture of the family screen, zoomed out fully.  You will need to create a sim (or pet) in order to get to this screen to take the screenshot.
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===No Over-Photoshopping===
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While it can be tempting to get artistic with your screenshots in Photoshop, please don't.  Screenshots need to be just as things look in the game, with no extra filtering such as contrast, sharpen, blur, saturation, etc.  Also, please don't too crazy when it comes to adding text - make sure your text is in blank areas of the picture or covers an absolute minimum of your creation.  Remember, you're showing off what you've made for the game, not your skill in Photoshopping your pics.
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===Inline/Attached Screenshots===
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Please do not post more than 4 inline screenshots (images that appear in the text of the thread). Having a lot of images that have to load on the thread makes browsing downloads very slow and can make the thread jump around as they keep loading.
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You may host your inline screenshots elsewhere like Photobucket.com - however, these screenshots hosted elsewhere must be additional screenshots, and you must make sure to actually attach your required screenshots to the thread itself.  If your Photobucket account runs out of bandwidth or you delete the pics, people still need to be able to get the required screenshots on your thread.
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You can attach up to 8 screenshots to the thread itself, with the 4 additional inline screenshots hosted elsewhere (or attached) for a total of 12 possible screenshots.  This should be plenty to show what you've made, even for fairly large sets.  Remember, you can always collage several different images together into one image if you have a bunch of stuff to show off, or want to show multiple angles of an outfit, or the like.
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===No Pay Content===
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'''Do not use pay content in your screenshots!  Do not use pay hair in your screenshots!'''
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You MUST use free or Maxis hair in your screenshots!  MTS2 promotes and supports free content, and using pay content in screenshots is basically like free advertisement for paysites.  This includes pay content you found elsewhere for free - if it was pay originally, it's still promoting pay content.
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As of 21 July 2007, MTS2 no longer allows the use of pay content in screenshots.  This includes (but is not limited to) hairstyles. You must use free or Maxis hairstyles on your models! Do not use pay or donation hairstyles on your models when uploading here. For more information, please see the [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=240944 Site News article] on the subject.  MTS2 has an extensive collection of free hairstyles in our Downloads section, and you can look in the [[Hair Gallery|Sims2Wiki Hair Gallery]] for more free hairstyles. You'll be able to find something you like.
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==Adult Content/Nudity==
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MTS2 is not an adult site.  We do have an adult site affiliated with MTS2, [http://www.sexysims2.com Sexy Sims 2] where adult content may be uploaded.  But because MTS2 is a PG-13 site, no adult content may be uploaded to MTS2 itself.
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Content with swear/curse words or sexually suggestive themes may not be uploaded to MTS2.  Please upload these items to the adult site instead.
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Items relating to illegal drugs do not belong on MTS2. You -may- post items relating to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as alcohol and tobacco on MTS2, but items related to illegal drugs should go on our adult site.
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For more information and a further list of items we do not allow on MTS2, see: [[MTS2:Uploads_NOT_allowed_on_MTS2|Uploads Not Allowed on MTS2]].
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==Right Info/Right Files==
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Once you have your creation made and screenshots taken, you need to make sure you have all the fiddly bits in order.
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===Right Files===
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Your CAS screen will be a .package file.  You will have put it in your Downloads folder to test it - but you should know that as you made it in the first place!
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Please also do not include any thumbs.db files (Windows thumbnail database files, which can cause folders to crash if they become corrupted) or DS_Store files (Mac system file, also not needed).
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===Right Files===
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Please do not rename your CAS screens.  Regular CAS screens will be called CAS!.package and young adult/university CAS screens will be called YACAS!.package - please leave these filenames as they are.  Users should only have one CAS screen of each type in at a time, and leaving the names as they should be makes it easier to find them should they wish to remove them later.
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You will need to put your CAS screen .package file into a RAR or ZIP file to upload here. Please see [[MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/RAR_or_ZIP_Your_Custom_Content|here]] for instructions on doing so.  Please do not include both a ZIP and RAR with the same contents - just choose one.
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Please do not double-compress your files - you should not have a ZIP inside a ZIP or a RAR inside a RAR.  This does not compress the files any more and just makes an extra step for downloaders.
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If you have created several similar CAS screens at the same time, please upload these together in a single set, all on one thread (instead of all separately, one by one, on different threads).  This is easier for everyone: on our upload moderators, as they only have one thread to review rather than several... on you, as submitting a single thread is much quicker and easier than several... and on downloaders, as they can get everything they want all in one place rather than having to hunt around.
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'''It is strongly recommended you do not use custom content for your CAS screens!'''
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Though CAS screens are technically lots, you cannot package them up with their needed custom content in-game the same way you do lots.  Thus, if you use any custom content for your CAS screens, you must create a "shopping list" for all custom content used in your CAS screen, and downloaders must follow each link and download the content you used separately.  This is a hassle for everyone involved - you, downloaders, and the moderators.
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If you DO use custom content, you must provide a link and credit for every single item you used in the CAS screen, and make it clear exactly what users need to get - i.e. name the particular items used if the link is to a whole set.  If you cannot provide a direct link due to the site using frames or Flash, you must provide detailed instructions on how to get to the proper page.  Please also make sure to put a clear heading in bold above the list of required content so users know that they will need to get that content separately.
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<blockquote>''Right Way:''<br><br>
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* Couch from Adele's [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=287185 Persianesque Living Room] (Persianesque Loveseat)
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* Candles from Buggybooz's [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=293859 Candid by Candlelight] (5 Candlesticks)
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* Pictures on shelf are Holy Simoly's [http://holysimoly.com/index.cfm?go=home.objects&C=9B4F157E-65BC-8AAB-7537EEA045BEAB9E&S=F9A694F4-65BF-DC98-E155E30DEF43F44B&pagestartrow=9 'Wall of Memories' Picture Shelf] (Mesh and light wood version from recolour pack needed)
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* Mirror from Reflexsims's [http://www.reflexsims.de/ Lamar Bedroom Set] (Downloads - Bedroom - Page 3 - Lamar Bedroom... You only need the mirror)<br><br>
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===Expansion/Stuff Packs Required?===
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If you use items from expansion packs or stuff packs in your CAS screen, users will need those EPs/SPs for those items to show up.  They should still be able to use your CAS without the EPs/SPs - it's just that the items you used won't show up properly.  So it's up to you to know which EPs/SPs the items you used are from, and to mark those EPs/SPs as required on your upload.
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* [http://cep.modthesims2.com/ The CEP Documentation] - Download the Manual Installation file.  Look in the "CEP_Documentation" folder, and you'll see files with object lists in XLS (Excel spreadsheet) and PDF (Adobe Reader) format.
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You'll need to write up a little basic description of what your upload is... you don't have to get too fancy, but you do need to write something to get people interested.  For instance, "This CAS screen is designed to look like a cute, gender-neutral kids' bedroom."  Something like, "This is my first upload... I don't know what to put here..." really doesn't make it sound like you've put any effort into it - and will reflect poorly on your creation.  You don't have to write a novel, just something that makes it sound like it's worth taking a closer look at.
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This is a checklist of everything gone over above so you can be sure you've done everything you need to do to ensure your submission is correct. This is just for your own use - checking these boxes doesn't actually -do- anything, just is an easy way to keep yourself organized.
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Time and Effort</b> - You have spent a substantial amount of time and put a good deal of effort into creating your CAS screen.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Uniqueness</b> - Your CAS screen represents a unique, interesting overall look.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Lighting</b> - Your CAS screen is well-lit... neither too bright or too dark.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>No Seasons</b> - You have either created your CAS screen using the [http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=250555 AnyGameStarter], or you do not have the Seasons EP installed.</input><br />
 
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<input type="checkbox"><b>In-Game</b> - Your screenshots are taken from within the game, and are not just pictures of your textures.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Required Pics</b> - You have included at least one picture of the sim creation part, and at least one picture of the family part.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>No Over-Photoshopping</b> - Your screenshots show the item as it appears in-game, with no additional filters applied which change the look of the image, and any added text does not cover your creation.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Inline/Attached Screenshots</b> - Your inline screenshots are no more than 800x600 pixels, you don't have more than 4 of them, your required screenshots are actually attached to the thread, and you don't have more than 8 screenshots attached.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>No Pay Content</b> - You do not have any pay content in your screenshots, and any sims in your pics are wearing free or Maxis hair.  No other content in your screenshots is pay.</input><br />
 
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[[Category:MTS2 Creator Guidelines]]
 
[[Category:MTS2 Creator Guidelines]]

Latest revision as of 11:48, 24 February 2014

Contents

[edit] CAS Screens

When uploading a custom CAS screen for The Sims 2 to Mod The Sims, we have some basic requirements to ensure that your upload is good, shown well, and has the correct info and files needed for people to use it in their games. This allows both moderators to check your uploads for quality, and for downloaders to see if your item is something they want to add to their games.

[edit] Quality

  • Lighting: CAS Screens should be nicely lit so that users can see their sims clearly. You don't want it too dark/dim, but you also don't want it too bright. Make sure to remove any lighting hacks before creating your CAS screens so you can be sure you're creating a CAS screen that is properly lit.
  • No Seasons and Pets: This is very, very important! If you have the Seasons expansion pack installed, you cannot make CAS screens normally! You MUST use the AnyGameStarter to create your CAS screen without Seasons! If you do not do this, any sims in the CAS screen will turn blue and freeze. It is also recommended that you create CAS screens without Pets, as CAS screens made with Pets are susceptible to having strays wander into the room.


[edit] Screenshots

You must include at least the following:
  • A picture of the sim creation screen
  • A picture of the family screen

Keep the following in mind for your screenshots, especially the required ones:

  • Size: 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall is a good size for the smallest pic you would want to upload. Your images can be up to 2560x1440 pixels, and 800 kb, so you have lots of space to work with!
  • Lighting: For most things, it's best to take pictures in an interior room with good lighting. For lots, pictures should be taken during a nice sunny day, for floorplans, take the pictures with the lights ON.
  • Clarity: Neither blurry, nor pixellated/crunchy. Do not size up small pictures to make a large one as this will blur them, and make sure not to use too much compression/too low quality when saving your images.
  • Distance: Take your pictures so that your creation fills the screen without anything cut off at top or bottom - neither zoomed in too close, nor zoomed out too far.
  • Distortion: If you resize your images, retain the aspect ratio so they don't get stretched or squashed. Take care when zooming in and out with the camera that you do not create a fisheye effect on your pictures.
  • Photoshopping: Do not apply filters like sharpen, contrast, etc. to the required pictures, as downloaders want to see what your creation will look like in their game, not your skills at using Photoshop.
  • Attached: All required images must be attached directly to the MTS upload, not just inserted using the img tag, so that even if the pics get deleted from your Photobucket (or other host), the upload on MTS is still complete.
  • Show all items: For most areas, if you are uploading a set, you must take all the required pics for each item in the set. If there is an exception, it will be noted.
  • Picture limit: You may upload up to 100 pictures for a single upload thread, so feel free to add some additional pictures just to show off your work to its best. Of course, keep it reasonable - nobody needs 50 pics to show off one sim or hair.
  • Inline pictures: Inline pictures are those that use the [img] tag to show up in with the description text. So that it doesn't take too long to load, please keep this to no more than 4 pictures done inline, unless you put them inside an [infobutton] tag. To do this, see our guide on post formatting.


[edit] Information

Title & Description
Give your upload a descriptive title and write a text description for your upload, describing what you're uploading. Your title and description must be in English or provide an English translation. If you are not a native English speaker, using Google Translate is okay. You can also ask for help writing your description in the Creator Feedback Forum.
Required Information
The following information is required for your CAS Screen:
  • No Seasons: Because of the issue of sims freezing in CAS screens made with Seasons installed, you must state somewhere in the text of your post, "I have used AnyGameStarter to create this CAS screen without Seasons" OR "I do not have Seasons installed."
  • Custom Content: If you use custom content in your CAS screen, you must provide a link and credit for every single item used in the CAS screen - this means you must put what the thing is, the creator's name, and a working link to where the content can be found (For example: "Arch by HugeLunatic: http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=437197)
Expansions Required?

If you use items from expansion packs or stuff packs in your CAS screen, users will need those EPs/SPs for those items to show up. They should still be able to use your CAS without the EPs/SPs - it's just that the items you used won't show up properly. So it's up to you to know which EPs/SPs the items you used are from, and to mark those EPs/SPs as required on your upload.

[edit] Files

Zip, Rar, or 7z
To upload your file(s) to MTS, you will need to compress them into an archive file, which makes them smaller and allows you to include many files in one download. The archive file formats we currently accept are .zip, .rar, and .7z.

For instructions on compressing your files into an archive, please see: Creator Guidelines: Creating Archive Files.

  • Do not include multiple archives with the same contents - that is, please don't put your files in both a .zip as well as a .rar because some people only want .zip files. Choose one format.
  • Do not double-compress your files... a .rar file inside another .rar file (or any other archive inside another) doesn't compress it anymore, and it makes it so we can't see the contents without downloading, and also just makes an extra step for the people downloading.
  • The file size limit on MTS is 50 mb. If you exceed this limit you will need to split your archives. This should probably never come up except for large worlds for The Sims 3, or huge sets of smaller items.


File Types
Upload your CAS screen as a .package file.


[edit] Other

  • If your upload is rejected or marked as changes required and you're not sure why, ask in Creator Issues.
  • If you're not sure whether your major is ready for uploading, use the Creator Feedback Forum to get feedback on it.
Uploads not allowed on MTS
These items are not allowed on MTS in any category.
Pay/Pirated Content

Everything required or recommended for an upload must be freely available, without having to pay.

  • No uploads requiring pay content: We do not host content (for example, recolours of a pay hair or object mesh) that absolutely require pay content to function in-game.
  • No optional pay, pirated, or stolen content: Even for optional or recommended content not absolutely required for the creation to work (for example, hair on a sim or a couch on a lot), this means:
    • No content you must pay for. This means you cannot use items that are pay, donation, subscriber only, "special gift", etc. type content, anything accessible only when you pay money or subscribe.
    • No content from sites that are repositories of unmodified content when it is still available from the original creator, whether these items are pay or free (no Booty or Simscave, torrents, sites full of stolen content or similar, but the Graveyard and sites that offer recolours or modifications with the mesh are okay).
    • No EA content simply converted to base game use with no other changes.
    • No pirated EA Store content. EA Store content, linked to the legitimate EA Store, is okay though. TS2 store content may be included, with proper credit, since the store is no longer available.
Other content not allowed
  • Items that belong on the adult site: No content posted on MTS can have visible nudity, sexual content, or adult content, and instead must be posted on our adult site, Sexy Sims. This means on MTS, you may not post:
    • Content that contains nudity, which we define as exposing the female nipples, or the butt crack/genitals of either gender, including semi-transparent stuff like a sheer bra. Items that are merely "sexy" like skimpy miniskirts or string bikinis are fine on MTS. Transsexual/transgender items are also not considered adult content unless they contain nudity.
    • Skintones containing genital details - female nipples are okay on MTS but see below regarding screenshots.
    • Images of skintones with uncensored female nipples. Please blur or cover the nipples, butt crack, and genital area when taking screenshots of your skintones.
    • Fine art uploads containing visible nudity.
    • Items with specifically sexual content (sex toys, sexual poses).
    • Items containing swear/curse words
    • Items relating to illegal drugs. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are okay on MTS though.
  • Sexualized children: We do not allow any sexy/sexualized content for baby, toddler, or child sims in any way - no breasts whatsoever on child sims, no "sexy" outfits, etc. If you want to make preteens, make a less developed body for teen sims. Sexualized child content is not allowed at our adult site either.
  • Offensive content: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, bigoted, hateful or otherwise offensive content will not be allowed. Again, also not allowed at our adult site.
  • Gore/violence: We do not allow uploads which feature prominent, graphic violence and/or gore. Examples of things we do not allow would include items centred around mass shootings, images showing explicit violent imagery, cannibalism, and infanticide. Limited violence and gore may be featured if not the dominant focus of the upload, and not excessively graphic. Think a PG-13 movie. If uncertain whether your upload crosses this line, we suggest making a thread in the Creator Issues forum asking for feedback from a moderator before uploading.
  • EXE installers: Creators are not allowed to post exe (or other executable) files for any area of the site but Modding Tools. If your content needs to be installed to a certain directory, you can compress your files and leave the directory structure intact, so you can tell people to just install to Program Files, for instance, and the files will go where they need to. Executable installers can easily hold viruses, and are generally not needed for installing most content.
  • Preorder bonus content: Certain items were only available if you preordered certain expansions or stuff packs from certain retailers. It's unfortunate if someone missed out on getting them, but they can't be redistributed here as EA has made it clear that they do not allow it.
  • Unmodified EP/SP/Store content: While it is common practice to modify and use bits and pieces of game content to create custom content, extracting content from an expansion, stuff pack, or Store item and uploading it unmodified is not allowed on this site. You are welcome to upload significantly modified versions of expansion, stuff pack, or Store content, but you can't just be ripping it and changing one tiny thing (or nothing) just so people who didn't purchase it can still use it.
  • Stolen/reuploaded content: This should go without saying, but do not upload content made by others and claim it as your own, in whole or in part. Don't upload the work of someone else without their permission... if they wanted to share it at MTS, they can easily upload it here themselves.
  • Uncredited content/violating permissions: If any part of what you have uploaded (mesh, textures, alphas, bump maps, coding, etc.) comes from somebody else's work, you MUST provide a link and credit in the text of your post, for the original author. State what you've used of theirs, the author's name, and give a link back to them. You must check the author's policies to see if you can use their content in the way you want, and you may not violate any policies stated. If there are no policies or they don't disallow your type of usage, or the site is permanently offline, then you can assume it's okay. Please see here for more details: Updates and Remixes of Creations.
  • Redirects: If you want to move a creation to another site, please remove your upload from MTS, don't just edit the text to point to a different site.
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