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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?) - 8 Feedback Posts, 16 Thanks 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
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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: 32,938 · 13th Aug 2009
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Phaenoh_ChalkRecolors.rar | Chalk recolors for both meshes

Size: 307.8 KB · Downloads: 39,326 · 13th Aug 2009
307.8 KB 39,326 13th Aug 2009

Size: 40.6 KB · Downloads: 44,449 · 13th Aug 2009
40.6 KB 44,449 13th Aug 2009

Size: 38.2 KB · Downloads: 47,754 · 13th Aug 2009
38.2 KB 47,754 13th Aug 2009
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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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#76 Old 21st Jan 2010 at 5:54 PM
In reference to the question of cars driving over these, I thought you`d like to know that I`ve recently placed one in the STREET using MoveObjects On, and the carpool had no trouble arriving.

Erm, I *think* it was one of these. At least it was a "rug" that looked like a hop-scotch area. The description said it was based on Echo`s 3x4 rug. ::shrug:: Anyway, even if it isn`t one of these, it indicates that these should work that way, as they *are* both "rugs".

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Lab Assistant
#77 Old 10th Apr 2010 at 4:04 AM
wow - what a fantastic idea and the results look so good! Thank you so much! I can't wait to draw all over the driveway!! =)
Test Subject
#78 Old 30th May 2010 at 6:22 AM
aww.... this is so cute... love it <3 thanks so much
Test Subject
#79 Old 23rd Jun 2010 at 5:03 PM
Default :d

thanks im really enjoying this
Test Subject
#80 Old 2nd Aug 2010 at 2:25 AM
This isn't easy to say but...


Well.. okay. It wasn't THAT Hard.
Lab Assistant
#81 Old 7th Sep 2010 at 12:49 AM
Absolutely brilliant! What a creative and unique addition to my game.

Thank you so much for these.

Test Subject
#82 Old 9th Oct 2010 at 9:48 PM
They look really cute! But I can't find them on my game and I have enabled custom content. Where do I get the??
Test Subject
#83 Old 27th Mar 2011 at 10:09 PM
Thank you so much! I used these in a story I'm doing on livejournal that involved an elementary school and people were giddy at the sight of these. I pointed them over here to you, to download them.

So talented!
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Original Poster
#84 Old 28th Mar 2011 at 12:17 AM
Can I get a link to your story? I love seeing my work in action!
Test Subject
#85 Old 6th May 2011 at 9:46 PM
Thank you!
Test Subject
#86 Old 12th May 2011 at 10:47 PM
What a really imaginative idea. Great work!
Test Subject
#87 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 5:20 PM
Woot! So cool!Thank You! Im Your Fan!
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19th Jun 2011 at 5:21 PM
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Test Subject
#88 Old 19th Jun 2011 at 9:16 PM
Nice idea.
Test Subject
#89 Old 8th Aug 2011 at 6:56 PM
I love this, my gardens look really boring and empty but this adds so much life to my lots! Thanks!
#90 Old 21st Aug 2011 at 4:51 PM
YAY!!! I've been wanting something like this!! THANK YOU!! :D
Test Subject
#91 Old 13th Nov 2011 at 2:10 AM
Test Subject
#92 Old 22nd Dec 2011 at 2:15 PM
Thank you for creating this :-)
Test Subject
#93 Old 14th Jan 2012 at 9:56 PM
This is beautiful and amazing. I can't wait to use it.

I aslo wanted to ask a question-how did you get your kids to blow bubbles and jump rope, etc? I've looked on this site, and haven't found anything, and I'm pretty sure they don't do it naturally in-game. I would love to have something like that in my game.
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Original Poster
#94 Old 15th Jan 2012 at 12:48 AM
Just click on them, they have that function. I can't remember what EP it came with though, prolly FT.
Field Researcher
#95 Old 9th Feb 2012 at 9:03 AM
Thankyou so much for sharing this! <3
Test Subject
#96 Old 7th Apr 2012 at 8:28 PM
Thanks, it's so cute, and it really brightens up the pavement for sim kids. They were so forgotten before mods...
#97 Old 13th Sep 2012 at 7:51 AM
I'm a little slow replying. But I must say I really love this! Great work!
Test Subject
#98 Old 20th Sep 2012 at 9:13 PM
This is so perfect, it's unbelievable!
Test Subject
#99 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 3:49 AM
It's cute and make a house with kids look funnier an more alive
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