Post by orangemittens on Dec 30, 2014 12:44:30 GMT -5
This tutorial will show you how to add a new swatch to a hair.package. It can be used to add a new one to a hair you have created or one that someone else created. Please note that if you use this tutorial to add a swatch to someone else's hair it will not create a whole new .package. Instead it will simply add a swatch to the existing one. This means that it will overwrite the original when you place it in your mods folder. For this reason it is recommended that you do this for your own personal use only and, if you must share a .package like this, that you gain permission from the original creator before you share it.
What you will need
Sims 4 Studio
A 2D editor capable of managing .dds images. Photoshop, GIMP, and Paint.net are popular choices. Photoshop and GIMP both require a plugin in order to work correctly with .dds images.
1. Open Sims 4 Studio and enter your creator name if you have not already done so.
2. Click the My Projects button.
3. A navigation box will appear. Browse to where you have saved the hair you wish to add a swatch to and select it.
4. Click the Open button.
5. Click the Add Swatch button.
6. You will see a white square appear at the end of the other colored squares in the Swatch thumbnails box.
7. Click the Export Texture button. A box will pop up that allows you to navigate to where you want to save the texture. Name the image and save it.
8. Open the image you just saved in your 2D editor. It will look something like the image below. Note that the hair texture only occupies a small part of the large image.
It is located in the upper left corner. When you recolor a hair you must be sure that your new hair texture is located in the exact same place.
9. Paste the texture you want to use as a new layer. I am using a texture I found at Jennisims Hair - Textures for this tutorial. You can see that this square is larger than the area covered
by the hair texture on the image. It will need to be positioned so that only part of it is on the image so that it does not sit on any part of the image that doesn't already have hair texture
10. The image on right shows what the image should look like after you have positioned the new texture over the old one.
11. Once the image is how you want it save it as a .dds DXT5 (Interpolated Alpha).
12. Make sure you have a check mark in the Generate Mip Maps box.
13. Return to Sims 4 Studio and click the Import Texture box. Navigate to where you saved your new hair texture and select it.
14. When Sims 4 Studio imports your new texture you will see your new hair texture show up on the model.
15. Click inside the first Swatch Thumbnail Color box.
16. The color picker box will appear. Use that to select a color for your swatch thumbnail. Note that the swatch thumbnail color will not affect the hair's color. It only affects the thumbnail
you see in the catalog.
17. Click Save and place the .package in your Mods folder. Check it in the game.
You can add more swatches and import new textures for them before saving. You don't have to add only one at a time. Also you can reopen the .package and add more swatches later if you like. Please post any questions about the tutorial in this thread.