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-Floor Overlays- Add Character to Your Lots! (Sidewalk Chalk!)

by Phaenoh Posted 13th Aug 2009 at 1:53 AM - Updated 11th Sep 2012 at 11:53 PM by Phaenoh
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
For a couple of months now Lee has been wanting me to make her some transparent floor overlays so she can make her floors dirtier. Dirt isn't my specialty so I approached Pixelhate about doing this as a joint project with me. Happily Pix agreed. He has done some AMAZING recolors, (be sure to check out his thread) and I did the mesh. Yes, it's a rather simple mesh but it was not as easily made as it looks. We kept running into outdoor shadow issues, then clickability problems and odd repository remnants from the object we cloned from (thank you Echo for your wonderful rug!)

I've created some sidewalk drawings for your sim kids to claim as their own as well as some leaves and some animated marching ants!

These wonderful little overlays are even visible from the neighborhood!

Now, you might have some slight difficulties at first figuring out how to pick these overlays back up or use the recolor tool on them. They are ONLY clickable in the center. See the mesh picture included at the bottom. This was done so you can still direct sims to 'Walk To' over the texture in case you completely cover your room with them. This isn't too likely with my recolors, but it is with Pixelhates'. The clickable space is large enough that once you know where it is, it's not that finicky. I didn't have any trouble with them and hopefully you won't either, now that you know about this silly little caveat.

The meshes have the textures with our names on them. DO NOT DELETE the mesh! It won't work without that one! All other packages can be deleted as you like with no consequence.

Change in policy for these meshes only: YES you may include the mesh in your lot upload! I usually do not allow this in case I want to update the mesh, but I'm pretty sure that this one is good and done. Have at it! Recolor to your heart's content, but still do not include the mesh with your recolor upload.


P.S. I love reading your comments and make sure you check out Pixelhate's recolors, they are wicked sweet!

Polygon Counts:
Both meshes:
Vertices: 8, Facecount: 4

Additional Credits:
Leesester, Q, and the rest of #create who kept me going on this project.
Echo and Lethe who made the predecessors of these floor overlays.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Phaenoh_NatureRecolors.rar | Leaves and Marching Ants

Size: 156.7 KB · Downloads: 32,941 · 13th Aug 2009
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Phaenoh_ChalkRecolors.rar | Chalk recolors for both meshes

Size: 307.8 KB · Downloads: 39,329 · 13th Aug 2009
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Size: 40.6 KB · Downloads: 44,454 · 13th Aug 2009
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Size: 38.2 KB · Downloads: 47,758 · 13th Aug 2009
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Mostly Harmless
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#2 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 1:56 AM
These are so cute Phae! Great job! :D

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#3 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 1:57 AM
I love this mesh! Thank you.
#4 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 2:02 AM
These are amazing Phae!

Really, thank you so much for making these! It made me remember so many things, and how fun it was to draw with chalk on my driveway,lol. Thank you for amazingly executing the feeling of when I was younger, fantastic work!

#5 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 2:02 AM
These are really cute!


Test Subject
#6 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 2:13 AM
Now i'm going to make my driveways get dirty. Great job and thanks!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 2:16 AM
These are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work...
Test Subject
#8 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 2:55 AM
Fantastic idea, and amazing work! They look great in-game, I'm addicted already. These are perfect for familes; brings lots of memories back for me of chalking up the pavement with my little sister. Thanks so much Phaenoh
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#9 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 3:30 AM
oh ya, the nasty outdoor shadow... Thanks a bunch you two!

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#10 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 3:55 AM
The wait is over, yay! The chalk, it looks just like chalk! How did you do that? Chalk paintbrush? I must add the ants to sim picnics and barbecues...

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#11 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 4:36 AM
This is awesome! They really look like kiddy drawings I've seen over (and made) over the years Also interested in how you made them look like chalk =D

Thank you and great job~+
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#12 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 5:32 AM
Cat, chalk brush and fast drawings with my tablet. Thanks everyone for your kind comments!
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#13 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 6:14 AM
They are the cutest little thing EVER Phae! They were a wonderful idea, and you got to work with pix, too! Awesome combo :D

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#14 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 7:21 AM
Love it! Thank you so much, to both of you. =)
#15 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 8:23 AM
Thank you Phae, it was a real pleasure, your cute and kawaï recolours are so refreshing !!

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#16 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 8:53 AM
I love floor overlays. Thank you for creating this mesh!

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#17 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 10:08 AM
These are so damn awesome phae!!! love them

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#18 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 10:59 AM
Wow, these are wicked sweet!!! Well done, fantastic job.
Test Subject
#19 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 11:06 AM
This is so great! I have a huge family of sims (7 kids, 2 adults) and I wanted to make the place look child freindly, you know! Thanks soooooooo much!
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#20 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 11:38 AM
Absolutely brilliant!! Both you and Pixelhate did such a wonderful job with this great idea. Thank you!!
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 12:20 PM
Awesome! I love them! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 1:16 PM
Nice cute touch, I can see this being used in lots that are apartments! Hehehe Phae I see you relaxing under that tree, dreaming up your next idea eh? :P
#23 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 2:26 PM
Really great touch for apartments and I love that they are viewable in hood view!

You guys did an awesome job! Thank You!
Test Subject
#24 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 2:54 PM
I admire you all CC creators! Making something like this takes so much time and effort and of course - a lot of imagination and talent!
I clicked thanks!
I'll be sure to check these right now in my game!
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#25 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 3:28 PM
Phae!! I LOVE YOU!
Fantastic work! Thank you sooo much!

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