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=Guidelines for Sims 3 Objects=
 
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=Creator Guidelines - Objects and Object Recolours=
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Have you made new objects or colour options for objects, EA or custom?  This guide will walk you through every step of what we require on MTS.  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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==Definitions==
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'''Object Mesh:''' You have created or edited the 3D shape in a 3D editor such as Milkshape or Blender.
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'''Object Recolour:''' You have changed the overlay or other parts of an object's texture files - with or without editing the mesh.
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'''CASt recolour:''' Create-a-Style recolours, done in-game.  As these are easy for anyone to do in-game, we do not accept CASt recolours at MTS.
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Have you made new objects or colour options for objects, EA or custom? This guide will walk you through every step of what we require on MTS. 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.
  
 
==Quality==
 
==Quality==
  
The first thing moderators look for when moderating uploads is quality - simply, is the item well-made or not?
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*'''Recolor/Swatch''' Don't create a full clone for every new texture
  
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* '''Texture Quality:''' Your textures should have some detail to them - not just a flat single-colour bucket fill, but with highlights and shadows in the right places.  Even for flat, smooth items, you should have some detail.  The textures should fit the item and look nice.
  
===Time and Effort===
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* '''Appropriate specular/multiplier channels:''' The multiplier and specular channels will affect how the object looks in game.  Your multiplier should not have too much contrast (resulting in unpleasant heavy shadowing) and your specular should not be too bright (giving a milky glow which doesn't look right on most objects).
  
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 acceptedReally try to put some serious effort into what you create, and it will show through in the quality.
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* '''Duplication:''' Search MTS and see how many texture edits or meshes have already been done for the particular type of item you're creating - do not duplicate existing basic fixes and mesh editsWe would, however, accept the same kind of thing if your version had significantly improved features (better textures, uv mapping, etc.) than an existing item.
  
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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'''For new/modified meshes:'''
  
[[Image:Rightway.jpg|right|thumbnail|300x300px|MTS no longer accepts painting recolours that are not your own artwork or in the game's style.]]
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* '''Polygon Counts:''' Polygon counts for new meshes must be reasonable for the item.  A curvy, complex item that would be used rarely can have a higher count than a blocky/boxy item that would be used frequently. Look at EA/Maxis items similar to the type you're making to get a good idea of what a reasonable poly count is for the game. Items with excessively high poly counts for no good reason will not be accepted at MTS.
* '''Regarding Painting Recolours:''' Slapping a picture you found on some website onto a painting takes little to no effort. It can be good for a first project just to learn how to do painting recolours, but we will no longer be accepting random real-life photos, pics of celebrities, someone's art you found on deviantART or Google Image Search, etc...  It takes very little effort to make these things and they simply do not fit the style of the game whatsoever. Try making your own artwork or a friend's artwork (with permission) into paintings, or take some pics in-game of sims in interesting poses, or try something like the SimRealism stuff - something that actually matches the game style. Simlish text instead of English is not required, but greatly preferred. For examples of what we mean, see: [http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=375154 Baba Yaga's Fruit crate Labels], [http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=374934 Chapa10117's Art Cuisine].
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* '''Undistorted:''' If you have made or modified a mesh, the item's texture/UV map should be correctly scaled and not distorted.  Make your mapping so your object is versatile in Create-a-Style.
  
===Highlights and Shadows===
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* '''CAStability:''' Objects should be made as versatile as possible with the channel options, and the location of the channels should make sense.  "Fixed" or "unrecolourable" textures (that is textures which are not changeable in Create-a-Style) should be offered as an additional option, not as the only option.
  
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* '''CASt Presets:''' Use appropriate materials for your CASt presets - e.g. a dining chair with a cushion should not be all wood. Please also try to avoid clashing or blinding colours.
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Your textures should have some detail to them - not just a flat single-colour bucket fill, but with highlights and shadows in the right places.  Even for flat, smooth items, you should have some detail. This is especially important on cloth items such as couches or bedding, but it applies to all items.
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*'''Proper shadows''': Objects should have the same number of shadows as the corresponding EA object. The shadow shapes should match the object.
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*'''Painting Recolors:''' Painting recolors should be in game style and the images used should be your own work or clearly attributed. Make sure the mesh is appropriate to the image you use: photos in photo frames, posters on poster meshes, art in painting frames/canvases.  Do pay attention to what original artists say about reusing their art/photos etc - if they say you can't use their work then please respect that artist's wishes.
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====Shadows====
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There are three kinds of shadows in TS3: sunshadows, interior dropshadows and dynamic indoor shadows - most buy objects have all three shadows.
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''Sunshadows'' are generated using the shadow LODs or you can use TSR Workshop to generate sun shadows.
 
  
''Dropshadows'' are a texture mapped onto a floor or wallshadow mesh and mapped to a shadow file.  Your object needs both these shadows to look its best in game.
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''Dynamic shadows'' are the big shadows that move relative to light sources such as lamps, windows etc.
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|For new meshes, you must list the name that your object will have in-game, the catalog location(s) in which your object(s) will appear, and the in-game price of the objects. Tip: Try to keep object prices in line with prices for similar game objects.
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===Crisp/Unpixellated Textures===
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You need to make sure, also, that your textures are crisp and clear.  There shouldn't be any blurriness or pixellation to your textures.  They should look as clear and crisp as  textures from the game (or better!).  If you're using an image for texturing (photoskinning or otherwise), make sure you're not scaling up your image - if it's a logo or design, you should have to shrink it to fit on your texture, not make it bigger. Bear in mind that "fixed" textures (that is textures which are not castable) should be offered as an additional option, and not as the only option. CAStable items are one of the main features of TS3.
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"Photoskinning" means using textures from a photograph to make an item.  While photoskinning is a common practice, doing it well takes a lot of effort.  You need to make sure you are using high-quality source images that aren't too small so that they get pixellated or blurry when you size them to your texture.  You also usually can't just copy-paste the whole thing in one go and have it look right - you will need to cut the image into pieces to make sure everything lines up properly.
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If an object is not properly UV/texture mapped so that a printed texture will work properly on it, looking stretched, distorted, repeat strangely, or are otherwise wrong/weird... then you may have to choose a different object, or a different texture.  If you're uploading a mesh, then you should make the UV map such that textures will not be distorted.
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If you are uploading a mesh you made yourself, you need to show it in at least two Create-a-Style colour options.  One of these must show a tiling pattern that makes it obvious that your UV map is not distorted.  Use a plaid or checker pattern for this - it may not be the prettiest style for the object, but it will show that it takes patterns well. See the example picture. This is also applicable to conversions from TS2 - often an object will require remapping to pattern correctly in TS3.
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Try this link for more detail on Object meshing and possible causes of distorted textures
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[[Tutorials:TS3_Meshing_FAQ#My_texture_is_Distorted]]
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Most objects have more than one part to them.  In TS3, you can colour different parts separately in Create-a-Style.  Remeshes of original TS3 items must have at least the same number of recolourable parts as the originals.  Newly made items should have a logical number of recolourable parts, depending on the item.
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Windows and doors should always have four channels
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Sofas and chairs at least two channels - usually the hard and soft materials are separate channels
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When uploading an item to MTS it is a requirement that the object is shown so that downloaders can see which channels are which; this can be done using different coloured textures, or using the colours red,green and blue and a fourth colour for the fourth channel.
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===Not Too Bright/Dark===
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In TS3 the contents of an objects Multiplier or Specular Channel will affect how the object looks in game. A high contrast on your multiplier will result in heavy shadowing, whereas a too bright specular will give your object a milky glow.
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If you're showing your object in a colour, try not to use too bright colours.  Even if you're making something you want bright lime green, you don't have to use the brightest, most saturated colour possible in the game.  You can go bright without burning out someone's retinas.  :)
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===Duplication===
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Search MTS and see just how many recolours or meshes have already been done for the particular type of item you're creating - do not duplicate existing recolours/mesh edits.  We would, however, accept the same kind of thing if your version had significantly improved features (better textures, uv mapping, etc.) than an existing item.
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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.
 
 
'''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.
 
 
 
====Screenshot Basics====
 
 
For instructions on:
 
 
* Taking large, clear pictures (bigger than the game will allow)
 
* Changing your in-game settings for best graphics quality
 
* Camera controls
 
 
See: [[MTS:Creator Guidelines/Screenshot Basics|Screenshot Basics]]
 
 
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. These picture guidelines are for TS2, but the principles remain the same - except that in TS3 the ingame camera gives BETTER results than print screen.
 
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====Big Enough====
 
 
Your pics should be large enough to see the detail of what you've made.  Remember, MTS 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.
 
 
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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====In-Game====
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-InGame.jpg|right|300x300px]]In order to see what your creation looks like in-game, we require in-game screenshots.  You must actually load the game and take your screenshots there.
 
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====All Items in Set====
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-ShowAll.jpg|right|300x300px]]If you are uploading a set of items with multiple colours or styles, you must include in-game screenshots of every item in the set!  You can't just upload a single in-game pic and then show the other colours it comes in, or texture swatches - you need to have actual in-game pics of everything!  It may be time-consuming to take pictures of a large set, but it gives downloaders a much better idea of what they're getting.
 
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===Angle===
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-Angle.jpg|right|300x300px]]Remember to take your screenshots at an angle that shows off what you've made.  Screenshots taken from a "sim's eye view" generally work best, while pictures taken from a high overhead or "player's eye view" tend to not show your creation very well.  Remember, you can always take multiple pictures to show your item from different angles.
 
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===Show the Whole Thing===
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-WholeThing.jpg|right|300x300px]]Make sure that your screenshots show the whole item, top to bottom, left to right.  Your item should be centered in the image, with nothing cut off the edges.
 
 
You CAN use cropped or closer pictures to show detail and/or for your thumbnail shot, but make sure you have at least one pic that shows everything.
 
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===Close Enough===
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-CloseEnough.jpg|right|300x300px]]Take your pics from close up!  Don't take your pics from across the lot or far away - this won't show what you've made.  Get nice and close, on the same level as a sim.
 
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===Enough Light===
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-EnoughLight.jpg|right|300x300px]]Don't take your pics at night or in a dark room!  Put your item in a well-lit room (make sure to turn the lights on!) or put it out in the sunlight outside.  At the same time, make sure you don't use too much light: if you put light-coloured item under a bright light, it can wash out and lose a lot of the detail of what you've made.
 
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===No Over-Photoshopping===
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-Photoshopped.jpg|right|300x300px]]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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===Try Neutral Backgrounds===
 
 
[[Image:Chairs-NeutralBackground.jpg|right|300x300px]]For best results, use a simple plain backdrop for your screenshots.  While it may be tempting to do a really complex set, what you're showing in your screenshots is what you're uploading, and something simple and plain is the best way to show off what you've made.  If you're uploading something mostly dark-coloured, make sure to use a light backdrop (and vice versa - darker backdrop for light stuff) so it doesn't get lost in the background.
 
 
This is not an absolute -requirement- and for some things like historical furniture and the like you may do better with a simple basic set that matches your theme - just make sure that what you're doing in the background doesn't detract or distract from what you're actually uploading.
 
 
Remember that your upload should showcase what -you- have made, so if you pack a room with decorations, it may not be obvious at a glance what it is you've actually created!
 
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===Detail Pics===
 
 
For an upload with special details that cannot be clearly seen from a further-away picture, it's a good idea to show detail pics.  You can get some nice close-up shots this way that really show the interesting bits.  Make sure these are in addition to (not instead of) your full pics.
 
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===Inline/Attached Screenshots===
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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===
 
 
'''Do not use pay content in your screenshots!  Do not use pay hair in your screenshots!'''
 
 
You MUST use free or Maxis hair in your screenshots!  MTS 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.
 
 
It is strongly recommended for object recolours that you do neutral backgrounds - just show off what you've made and nothing more.  This will eliminate any possibility that you may inadvertently include pay items in your screenshots.
 
 
As of 21 July 2007, MTS 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.  MTS has an extensive collection of free hairstyles in our Downloads section, and you can look in the [[TS3 Hair Gallery]] for more free hairstyles. You'll be able to find something you like.
 
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==Adult Content/Nudity==
 
 
MTS is not an adult site.  We do have an adult site affiliated with MTS, [http://www.sexysims2.com Sexy Sims 2] where adult content may be uploaded.  But because MTS is a PG-13 site, no adult content may be uploaded to MTS itself.
 
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===Other Adult Content===
 
 
Content with swear/curse words or sexually suggestive themes may not be uploaded to MTS.  Please upload these items to the adult site instead.
 
 
Items relating to illegal drugs do not belong on MTS. You -may- post items relating to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as alcohol and tobacco on MTS, but items related to illegal drugs should go on our adult site.
 
 
For more information and a further list of items we do not allow on MTS, see: [[MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Uploads_NOT_allowed_on_MTS2|Uploads Not Allowed on MTS]].
 
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==Right Info/Right Files==
 
 
Once you have your creation made and screenshots taken, you need to make sure you have all the fiddly bits in order.
 
 
 
===Right Files===
 
 
On MTS the preferred format is .package files. MTS does not accept sims3packs in object uploads.
 
 
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===ZIP or RAR===
 
 
You will need to put your .package file(s) into a RAR or ZIP (or 7z) file to upload here. Please see [[MTS: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.
 
 
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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===Upload in Sets===
 
 
If you have created several items in a set, or similar items in the same sort of theme 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.
 
 
If you are doing a huge set, you can always break the set up into pieces, posting more screenshots along with the downloads as comments in the thread, as is done [http://www.modthesims2.com/download.php?t=301758 here].  To do that, create a new thread in the [http://www.modthesims.info/fd.php?f=492 Creator Issues Forum] and arrange your thread there, using the first post as an introduction, and attach your uploads and images to subsequent posts in the thread.  When you're done, PM a moderator to have it moved to the upload queue.  For more information, read the message that displays when you go to post in Creator Issues.
 
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===Meshes===
 
 
'''Poly Counts:'''  If your creation does include a custom mesh, then you should identify the number of polygons it has.  You can list the counts seoarately for each LOD - don't just add them together!
 
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Certain meshes are included with expansion packs, and your creation will not work for users who do not own that expansion pack. You need to be sure of which expansion packs are necessary for the items you have recoloured. If users don't have the EP, your stuff won't work!
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* '''CASt Presets:''' It's a nice idea to show any special presets you have made and we do require that objects have at least one preset that makes sense. For example: when it's a sofa pillow, preset shouldn't be wood + masonry ;)
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If you are editing EA items, you MUST include the in-game name of the item.  If you are editing a set of EA items, you need to name all the items you are editing.  It may also be helpful to include a screenshot of the original item(s) so people can tell at a glance which thing(s) they'll be looking for.
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Wherever possible try to avoid making full clones of objects if it is a minor edit. You can reference the OBJD of the original objects to make default replacements. If uploading default replacements please provide an alternative no default version as well.
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Please post your items in the appropriate forum.  If you have made a full living room set with mixed items such as a sofa, chair, curtains and table, then it would go in Buy Mode - By Room - Living.  If you have just created a single item like a sofa, please put it in Buy Mode - By Function - Comfort.
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===Permission/Credit===
 
  
If you are not starting completely from scratch or editing Maxis items, you MUST give credit for what you use made by other people.  This means if you use someone else's mesh, textures, alphas, or bump maps (in whole or in part) you must credit them.  You can't just edit whatever you like.  In addition, you'll need to check the original creator's policies to make sure they allow you to do so - if they say you can't, or they don't say one way or the other, you will have to ask permission and wait for a "yes" reply before you post your work.  If they say "no" or don't reply, you can't post it!
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==Files==
  
Make sure that you post a credit and a link back to the original creator, and if you got permission, you need to mention it! (i.e. "Thanks to Soandso from http://www.randomsimsite.com for giving me permission to edit their original textures.")  We know many creators require permission but can't know you've gotten it if you don't say so.
 
  
You can and will be warned for stealing content if you use someone else's work without permission/credit, so if you don't remember where you got something or can't get permission, go the safe route and make it yourself or find something you can edit.
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===Good Title===
 
  
You'll need a good title for your upload - something descriptive... like, "10 Recolours of the Mission Furniture" or "Dark Wood Bedroom Set" is good.  Something non-descriptive like, "My First Upload!" is not.
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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 is an edit of the Mission furniture without the silly wooden armrest which makes this lovely set more versatile and suitable for any Arts & Crafts or Mission style home." 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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* '''Object Mesh:'''You have created or edited the 3D shape in a 3D editor such as Milkshape or Blender.
  
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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* '''Object Recolor:''' You have changed the overlay or other parts of an object's texture files - with or without editing the mesh.  
  
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* '''CAST Recolor:''' Recolours of existing objects, done in-game using the Create-a-Style tool to change the colours/patterns applied. ''We do not accept CAST recolours at MTS.''
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===Quality===
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* Start to finish making an Object: [http://www.den.simlogical.com/denforum/index.php?topic=830.0, Object creating tutorial ]
  
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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 what you have made.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Painting Recolours</b> - If you are uploading painting recolours, they are not just pics you've found somewhere, but in the game's style, or your own artwork.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Highlights and Shadows</b> - Your textures are not just a flat bucket fill, but have shading and highlighting.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Photoskinning</b> - If you have used a picture or image to create your graphics, it is a high quality image which works well on your recolour and isn't just straight copy-pasted.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Crisp/Unpixellated</b> - All textures look crisp and clear, with no blurriness or pixellation.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Undistorted</b> - Your textures are not stretched, distorted, repeating strangely, or made to look weird by the object you're recolouring.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Materials</b> - All the parts you have meshed or coloured are appropriately coloured - there's not fabric spilling over onto the couch frame, etc.</input><br />
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===Screenshots===
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* For more information on setting up proper multipliers and speculars, see: [[Tutorials:TS3_Meshing_FAQ#My_mesh_is_shiny|TS3 Meshing FAQ: My Mesh is Shiny!]]
  
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* For more info on why textures may be distorted, see: [[Tutorials:TS3_Meshing_FAQ#My_texture_is_Distorted|TS3 Meshing FAQ: My Texture is Distorted!]]
<input type="checkbox"><b>Big Enough</b> - Your screenshots are large enough to clearly see what you have made - limits are 1280x1024 pixels and 195 kbs.</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 />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>All Items in Set</b> - If you are uploading a multi-item set, you have in-game screenshots of every item in the set - not just texture swatches.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Angle</b> - Your pictures show what you have made from a "sim's eye view" and not a strange high angle. </input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Show the Whole Thing</b> - Your screenshots show the entirety of what you have made and you haven't cropped off the sides</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Close Enough</b> - You've shown your creation nice and close, so it fills pretty much the whole picture and can be clearly seen.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Enough Light</b> - Screenshots taken outside are taken during daytime - or screenshots taken inside have the lights on, and enough of them so your creation is clearly visible.</input><br />
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<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 />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Try Neutral Backgrounds</b> - The backgrounds in your shots are neutral, or do not detract from the appearance of the content you've created.</input><br />
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Detail Pics</b> - If your textures have interesting details, you've zoomed in nice and close to show off those details with additional screenshots.</input><br />
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<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 />
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<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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* For more information on creating proper shadows, see: [[Tutorials:TS3_Meshing_FAQ#Shadows|TS3 Meshing FAQ: Shadows]]
  
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<input type="checkbox"><b>Right Files</b> - Your files are .package files - not a .sims3pack.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>ZIP or RAR</b> - You have compressed your files into a zip or rar archive (but not both).</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Upload in Sets</b> - If you have created a set or several similar/related items, you have uploaded them all together in one thread, rather than on separate threads.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Meshes Needed/Included</b> - You have checked to see if any meshes are needed, and if they are, you have either included them in accordance with the creator's policies (along with any needed readme) or linked to where the mesh can be found, with sufficient instructions so downloaders know which one to get.  If you have included the mesh, you have stated that you have, and you have also provided a link and credit to the creator in the text of your post. </input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Expansion/Stuff Packs Required</b> - You know which expansions or stuff packs are required for your content, and have marked only the required one(s) as required.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>In-Game Names Included</b> - You have included the in-game names and catalogue locations of the items so people can find your recolours.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Permission/Credit</b> - If you editing someone else's creation, you have checked their policies to see if you can, and gotten permission (and stated you have permission) if needed.  You have also provided credit and a link to the original creator in your post.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Good Title</b> - You have given your creation a good, descriptive title.</input><br />
 
<input type="checkbox"><b>Good Description</b> - You have given your creation a nice description that makes people want to download it.</input><br />
 
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Latest revision as of 08:23, 23 April 2018

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[edit] Guidelines for Sims 3 Objects

Have you made new objects or colour options for objects, EA or custom? This guide will walk you through every step of what we require on MTS. 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.

[edit] Quality

  • Recolor/Swatch Don't create a full clone for every new texture
  • Texture Quality: Your textures should have some detail to them - not just a flat single-colour bucket fill, but with highlights and shadows in the right places. Even for flat, smooth items, you should have some detail. The textures should fit the item and look nice.
  • Appropriate specular/multiplier channels: The multiplier and specular channels will affect how the object looks in game. Your multiplier should not have too much contrast (resulting in unpleasant heavy shadowing) and your specular should not be too bright (giving a milky glow which doesn't look right on most objects).
  • Duplication: Search MTS and see how many texture edits or meshes have already been done for the particular type of item you're creating - do not duplicate existing basic fixes and mesh edits. We would, however, accept the same kind of thing if your version had significantly improved features (better textures, uv mapping, etc.) than an existing item.

For new/modified meshes:

  • Polygon Counts: Polygon counts for new meshes must be reasonable for the item. A curvy, complex item that would be used rarely can have a higher count than a blocky/boxy item that would be used frequently. Look at EA/Maxis items similar to the type you're making to get a good idea of what a reasonable poly count is for the game. Items with excessively high poly counts for no good reason will not be accepted at MTS.
  • Undistorted: If you have made or modified a mesh, the item's texture/UV map should be correctly scaled and not distorted. Make your mapping so your object is versatile in Create-a-Style.
  • CAStability: Objects should be made as versatile as possible with the channel options, and the location of the channels should make sense. "Fixed" or "unrecolourable" textures (that is textures which are not changeable in Create-a-Style) should be offered as an additional option, not as the only option.
  • CASt Presets: Use appropriate materials for your CASt presets - e.g. a dining chair with a cushion should not be all wood. Please also try to avoid clashing or blinding colours.
  • Proper shadows: Objects should have the same number of shadows as the corresponding EA object. The shadow shapes should match the object.
  • Painting Recolors: Painting recolors should be in game style and the images used should be your own work or clearly attributed. Make sure the mesh is appropriate to the image you use: photos in photo frames, posters on poster meshes, art in painting frames/canvases. Do pay attention to what original artists say about reusing their art/photos etc - if they say you can't use their work then please respect that artist's wishes.

[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.
Name, Catalog Location, Price
For new meshes, you must list the name that your object will have in-game, the catalog location(s) in which your object(s) will appear, and the in-game price of the objects. Tip: Try to keep object prices in line with prices for similar game objects.
Polygon counts
If your creation does include a custom mesh, then identify the number of polygons it has and list the counts separately for each LOD - don't just add them together!
Expansion Packs or Stuff Packs required?
Particular items may be added with expansion or stuff packs, and depending on how your creation is made and the item you based it on, your creation may not work for users who do not own that expansion/stuff pack. You need to be sure of which packs are necessary for the items you have made. If users don't have the EP, your stuff may not work! If you are unsure of whether or not your creation will require an expansion or stuff pack, you can ask about it in the appropriate Create forum (under the Create menu on MTS) before uploading.

Make sure you only mark the EPs/SPs required that your upload actually needs! Don't just mark them all! For specifics, please read: MTS2:Creator_Guidelines/Compatibility

Patch required?
Certain coding is changed with patch versions, which may render previously-working items broken. You may also need a certain patch and later to use certain features. This is especially applicable to modded objects that have extra scripting, but may also apply to features added in later patches such as additional sliders in Create-a-Sim, new build tools, or other features.

If a particular patch level is required for your creation, make sure to state it in the text of your post! Even just indicating that you always run your game updated and will only be creating items that work with the latest-released patches is enough - at least people know then that they need to be updated too.

Not Quite Perfect?

Let the people know if there are unavoidable issues or weirdness with your upload that downloaders should be aware of. Nobody's perfect, but you need to let your downloaders know if there is something odd to watch out for.


[edit] Screenshots

Screenshots
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Take some nice big (600 pixels or more on the smallest side is a good size to aim for), clear pictures of your objects. Your pictures should be taken in-game and should show the quality requirements are met.
  • CASt Presets: It's a nice idea to show any special presets you have made and we do require that objects have at least one preset that makes sense. For example: when it's a sofa pillow, preset shouldn't be wood + masonry ;)
  • Show mapping and channels: You will need pictures of each and every object, showing it in multiple colours (to show how the channels work) and at least one picture per item with a tiling pattern that makes it obvious that your UV map is not distorted. Use a plaid or checker pattern for this - it may not be the prettiest style for the object, but it will show that it takes patterns well. This is also applicable to conversions from TS2 - often an object will require remapping to pattern correctly in TS3. The picture to the right is a good example of how to do your channel and tiling pictures.

Please remember, for your required pictures:

  • No photoshopping: Do not apply filters like sharpen, contrast, etc. to the required pictures, as downloaders want to see what your object(s) will look like in their game, not your skills at using Photoshop.

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] 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
You may upload your creation(s) as sims3pack files or package files within your rar/zip/7z file(s). You may also offer downloaders both types so they can choose which they prefer.


[edit] Other

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.
  • 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.
  • Converted game content: You can freely modify sims game meshes and textures for use in any sims game, and EA doesn't seem to mind conversions of sims game/store content. However, you may not use meshes and textures from any other game to make Sims content to upload without permission from the original creator - i.e. the company that made the game you're taking pieces from.
  • 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.
Definitions

Objects are some of the most popular items to make for the Sims game and can be defined as new objects or recolors.

  • Object Mesh:You have created or edited the 3D shape in a 3D editor such as Milkshape or Blender.
  • Object Recolor: You have changed the overlay or other parts of an object's texture files - with or without editing the mesh.
  • CAST Recolor: Recolours of existing objects, done in-game using the Create-a-Style tool to change the colours/patterns applied. We do not accept CAST recolours at MTS.
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