Sims 2 Pet Upload Guidelines
When uploading a pet 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 pet|
| Your pet must be "packaged" (placed correctly in a .sims2pack file) to upload to MTS. This needs to be a .sims2pack of just the pet itself
Step 1: Pets born in-game: To package a pet that was born in a litter in-game, load the lot with the pet you want on it, then have a sim pick up the phone and call the pet registry to register your breed. It will be saved so that you can access that pet as a breed in Create-a-Pet. You can now proceed to step 3.
Step 2: Pets created in Create-a-Pet: If your pet was created directly in Create-a-Pet, click the "Save Breed" button on the Choose a Breed panel.
Step 3: Package the pet: After you have saved your pet's breed, click the "Package Pet to a File" button on the right of the Choose a Breed panel. Your pet will be saved to your My Documents\EA Games\Sims 2\Packaged Sims folder in a Sims2Pack format.
|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.|
|When uploading your pet, you'll be asked to tick which expansion packs (EPs) and stuff packs (SPs) are required for your pet. For all pets, this should be Pets only.|
|Credits and links for custom content|
| You are responsible for providing accurate descriptions, links, and credits for all pieces of custom content included with or pictured on your pet. This is to give credit to the creators for their hard work, and to make sure downloaders can get anything that isn't included by downloading it separately.
Crediting and Linking: You will need to provide credit and link to any items of custom content shown on or included with your pets. In most cases pets use no custom content. If your pet is shown with custom content such as default replacement eyes, please provide a link and credit such as "Eyes by awasegg - http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=220538".
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.