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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
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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: 32,954 · 13th Aug 2009
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Phaenoh_ChalkRecolors.rar | Chalk recolors for both meshes

Size: 307.8 KB · Downloads: 39,346 · 13th Aug 2009
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Size: 40.6 KB · Downloads: 44,473 · 13th Aug 2009
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Size: 38.2 KB · Downloads: 47,778 · 13th Aug 2009
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#26 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 5:30 PM
hurrah - something I REALLY wanted for such a long time.

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#27 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 6:07 PM
These are awesome! Thank you BOTH!

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Lab Assistant
#28 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 6:24 PM
Oh, these are SO adorable! My little Simmies will be so happy when they get home from school and can unleash their artistic... uh, draw on the sidewalk... uh, totally trash the walkways of Sim City! Gee, thanks - I can see the lawsuits now...

Seriously, though - Thank You, they look great!
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 6:44 PM
This is adorable! It's just what the driveways have been missing! Who didn't grow up with chalk drawings all over the place? Awesome, Phae! Love your work!
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#30 Old 13th Aug 2009 at 7:12 PM
What a wonderful idea! You and Pixelhate both did an awesome job!! I forsesee an explosion of chalk-painted (and dirty, for that matter) pavements in my neighbourhoods in the very near future. THANK YOU!!!
Field Researcher
#31 Old 14th Aug 2009 at 12:12 AM
Wonderful!!!! I love what you 2 did. I know I will use this a lot
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Test Subject
#32 Old 14th Aug 2009 at 11:20 AM
Thanx Phae they are realy good
#33 Old 14th Aug 2009 at 3:13 PM
This is the coolest thing to be added to the game in a long time. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
#34 Old 14th Aug 2009 at 5:18 PM
This is wonderful. Thank you both!
Test Subject
#35 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 12:28 AM
These are really really cute in the game. I never would have thought of it but they add to the game a lot when there are children. Thank you.
Test Subject
#37 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 6:11 PM
i lovee itt so muchh!<3

Br!ttn! Dan!elle :)

Test Subject
#38 Old 15th Aug 2009 at 6:43 PM
These are wonderful, I love them! Just one question - where do I find them in the game? Are they in build under floors, or in buy?

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Test Subject
#39 Old 16th Aug 2009 at 12:33 AM
Thanks so much for these, they're perfect! Now my sims' sidewalks can look just like the one in front of my actual house! :-D
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#40 Old 16th Aug 2009 at 6:06 PM
They are in Deco > Misc, just like the section they are in here on the site.
Test Subject
#41 Old 16th Aug 2009 at 10:33 PM
i downloaded it but under which category is it cuzi cant find them
Test Subject
#42 Old 17th Aug 2009 at 2:44 AM
Thx, my wall overlays were overpowering my floor overlays so that's gonna go a long way into rectifying that.
Space Pony
#43 Old 18th Aug 2009 at 12:17 PM
AWESOME !! Thank you both so much - you rock !!

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#44 Old 18th Aug 2009 at 5:40 PM
It looks really nice.
I just wonder whether the children can actually jump play with them or is it just to walk to? What other options are available with this except for Walk To?

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#45 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 2:18 AM
Actually, *no* options exist for this. If you try to click on it during Live Mode you will get nothing, that's why we made the clickable mesh smaller so you could still click the ground below it and get that option.
#46 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 7:18 PM
Phaenoh, would that issue go away if you cloned from a rug? Rugs have the usual "go here" etc. of bare floors, ya know.

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#47 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 8:21 PM
I cloned from Echo's rug, it is far less buggy than maxis rugs so we didn't even consider it.
#48 Old 19th Aug 2009 at 9:05 PM
Hmm, EA rugs are buggy? I dinna know that.

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