MTS2:Creator Guidelines/Lots and Houses
Sims 2 Lot Upload Guidelines
When uploading a lot 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.
|Packaging your lot|
|Once you have finished building your lot in the game you will need to save it, and then exit the lot to return to the neighborhood view to package it to a file.
1) To package the lot, simply click on the lot from Neighborhood view, and click the * button as indicated in the screen shot below. This is also the perfect time to make note of the lot size and price
2) Then select "Package lot to a file" and click the check mark
3) You'll get a confirmation screen telling you the name of the file, and where it has been saved.
|Custom content in the sims2pack|
Sims: Only upload lots which have never had sims on them. Lots which have had sims on them at any time before the lot was packaged (even if you have moved the family out) should not be shared, since downloading such lots may cause save corruption. If you want to play-test your lot before uploading, create a copy of the lot and play-test on the copy.
The image is demonstrating using a sim in a sims2pack but the same works for lots - uncheck the unwanted content (in our example two unwanted meshes are being removed) and then click Save As and save a new sims2pack file with a new name.
Never save over your original sims2pack file - there's a bug in Clean Installer with that and you'll just end up with a corrupt file.
Using a Mac? On Vista and it won't run? Your options are, unfortunately, pretty limited:
If you are in this situation, we're sorry, but we cannot risk people's games just to allow people to freely upload randomly-CC-filled lots.
|Crediting your custom content|
You may include items of the following types with your upload:
Items You Cannot Credit/Link: All items included with your upload must be properly credited. If you don't know where something came from, use something else.
|Items that cannot be included|
Hacks: A lot with a hack or multiple hacks in the Sims2pack file will not be accepted.
CEP Files: A lot with CEP files included in the Sims3pack file will not be accepted.
Careers: A lot with a career or multiple careers in the Sims2pack file will not be accepted.
Sims: A lot that contains Sims in the file will not be accepted. You must move your sims out before packaging the lot.
Redundant Recolours: If when you scan you lot with Clean Installer it contains unused recolours, please remove them from the Sims2pack file.
|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.
|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.|
Every item used on your lot - included or not - must have a link and credit to the creator, and if the item is not included, your link must go directly to the place where the item can be downloaded (not just the main site or the creator's profile). This should look something like: "Wood Pattern 3 by Armiel: http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=511126" - what the item is, the creator's name, and a direct link to where the item can be downloaded.
If you haven't used any CC, then obviously there is no list to make - adding a note like "No CC" is not compulsory, but nice to have.
When it comes to required Expansion Packs, all of the Packs that you have installed when building the lot will be required. For Stuff Packs, only the ones that are essential to the look of the lot (for example, you used a certain chair for a certain SP all over the house) are required. The only exceptions are that University Life is treated as a Stuff pack by the game, and Mansions and Gardens is treated as an Expansion Pack.
The only way people can see your lot before downloading and checking it out in game is from the screenshots you take for your upload. Taking clear, large screenshots (as a rough guide you should aim for at least 600 pixels on the smaller side) will encourage people to look at and download your lot.
|You'll need to include at least:|
If your lot is a makeover of a pre-built Maxis lot, we also need comparison pictures from the original unmodified version:
Keep the following in mind for your screenshots, especially the required ones:
Please remember, for your required pictures:
|Nice to have, but not mandatory:|
Take some time to just play around with the camera. It can take a while to get used to the camera controls, and even once you are experienced in their use, it may be challenging to get the shot you want with the constraints on the controls.
If you haven't taken many sim pictures before, here is a list of camera controls:
Using Print Screen: If you have enough RAM to run Photoshop or another graphics editing program at the same time as TS2/TS3, you may want to take screenshots yourself, without the use of a program to store them for you.
To do that, simply press the Print Screen or PrntScn key on your keyboard - it's usually off toward the right, over the arrow keys, above Insert and Delete. This will copy your current screen to your Windows clipboard, as if you had selected and copied it as an image.
Then open any graphics editing program, create a new document the size of your monitor's resolution, and paste into that document. Your screenshot should appear in the document.
There are many programs available, free and pay, that will take screenshots for you by using a hotkey, and save them to a folder - just like The Sims 2 with the C key, but with options for much better quality settings.
A quick Google search for 'free screenshot program' will also bring up many other options, which may have other features that are of interest to you.
Many simmers struggle with getting their images to be clear, crisp and under the maximum file size while keeping the image size larger than 800px by 600px. After getting your images from the in game camera or using a print screen program you will need to resize them and compress them into a jpeg image. Many graphics programs have a built in optimizing feature. Here are a few common ones:
|Uploads not allowed on MTS|
| These items are not allowed on MTS in any category.