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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
114 Comments / replies (Who?) - 21 Feedback Posts
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: 32,937 · 13th Aug 2009
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Phaenoh_ChalkRecolors.rar | Chalk recolors for both meshes

Size: 307.8 KB · Downloads: 39,325 · 13th Aug 2009
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Size: 40.6 KB · Downloads: 44,448 · 13th Aug 2009
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Size: 38.2 KB · Downloads: 47,753 · 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\
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Test Subject
#51 Old 21st Aug 2009 at 12:31 AM
Great work, thanks.
Test Subject
#52 Old 21st Aug 2009 at 11:15 AM
it so cute


.. i love hamsters ^^...
Test Subject
#53 Old 22nd Aug 2009 at 6:26 PM
Wonderful! My schoolyards looked so bleak; this is perfect!
Thank you,
Test Subject
#54 Old 22nd Aug 2009 at 9:53 PM
ahh these are so cute!
The Great AntiJen
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#55 Old 29th Aug 2009 at 7:54 PM
Those are fab - I've posted on both your's and Pixelhate's pages - fab.
Mad Poster
#56 Old 30th Aug 2009 at 5:41 AM
This is so cute! How'd I miss it...? Thanks!
Test Subject
#57 Old 5th Sep 2009 at 8:41 PM
Test Subject
#58 Old 15th Sep 2009 at 1:25 PM
These are awesome, thanks so much!
I wanted to share with everyone that I worked out a way of putting your lovely patterns on tables, walls, etc. You place them on a stackable OMSP, (one that rotates it 90 degrees if you want to put them on walls), then put that on an OMSP of the appropriate height. It looks really nice when you do things like putting cracks on a desk or table, paint splatters on an artist's couch, and chalk drawing on a child's walls. I hope people find this tip useful! ^^
Test Subject
#59 Old 15th Sep 2009 at 1:26 PM
Thanks, really fantastic.
Field Researcher
#60 Old 15th Sep 2009 at 9:22 PM
Awesome! I never thought of anything like this, but its so perfect for houses with kids!
Test Subject
#61 Old 17th Sep 2009 at 12:58 AM
are you and pixelhate like going out? i got the factory wallpapers from him for smmi's "squatter's dream"
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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Original Poster
#62 Old 17th Sep 2009 at 3:21 AM
No we aren't. We are just both good artists who wanted to work on a project together. I should think Kalimos would be jealous if he thought I was seeing Pix on the side!
Forum Resident
#63 Old 27th Sep 2009 at 7:44 AM
These are so cute! Will get a lot of use in my homes with kids and in my school. Thanks!
Test Subject
#64 Old 27th Sep 2009 at 9:29 PM
Question (prob a dumb one); Can cars drive over these since they are on a driveway?

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( . .)
We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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Original Poster
#65 Old 28th Sep 2009 at 12:45 AM
Originally Posted by macroqueen
Question (prob a dumb one); Can cars drive over these since they are on a driveway?
Not a dumb question at all, I never thought about it. I assume so as this was cloned from Echo's awesome rug that allows for placement intersection, but I don't actually know first hand. Try it and report back will you?
Test Subject
#66 Old 4th Nov 2009 at 7:06 PM
I have to say, these floor prints were awesome!!

but there was one little problem when I use it. If I put it under the shadow(like under the eaves ), it'll disappered... I'm wondering what the problem is...

Well, I love these objects, THANK YOU!! they look great!
Lab Assistant
#67 Old 2nd Dec 2009 at 8:47 PM
This is so cute and creative. Thank you!

"Passion makes no accommodation for self-preservation."
10th Dec 2009 at 1:13 AM
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#68 Old 12th Dec 2009 at 12:15 AM
Ah, the floor-version of the wall-overlay. And indeed, Pix has a hand in part of it. Look out, Phae... He's trying to corner the market in overlays, and I'm sure he's making a 'wear & tear' set for this one

Wonderful: two of my favorite creators work together and come up with this! Thank you both so much!
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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Original Poster
#69 Old 12th Dec 2009 at 5:23 AM
Um, it was actually me who approached Pix about doing these floor overlays and he and I were working on these recolors at the same time. I'm cool with him 'cornering the market' in overlays, he is an awesome texturer.
12th Dec 2009 at 7:33 PM
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#70 Old 13th Dec 2009 at 10:35 AM
Could you describe your problem in detail so we can try to provide help? ( you can't find them, you can't grab them, they're flashing, ...)

Understand Material definition-TXMT and customize the look of your objects ! This way

"The longer something exists in this world, the more wear and tear it will have."
13th Dec 2009 at 6:04 PM
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#71 Old 16th Dec 2009 at 8:44 PM
Sorry for the delay...

Understand Material definition-TXMT and customize the look of your objects ! This way

"The longer something exists in this world, the more wear and tear it will have."
21st Jan 2010 at 12:51 AM
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