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Recolors for BibloFile and CinderBook books (and bookcase recolours too)

by plasticbox Posted 7th May 2008 at 1:14 PM - Updated 12th Oct 2009 at 4:31 AM by plasticbox
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

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Three Four recolours for the books in two of the cheap bookcases, with more detail and in less horrible colours and much less ugly in general than the blurry disaster that comes with the game. They're also more logical, because now at least some of the books that sims can pull out of the bookcase are *in* the bookcase in the first place.

1. Book recolours

The actual book texture is the same for both bookcases, only differently mapped: it's four sets of books, made avaliable for two bookcases each, so you're not going to miss anything no matter which bookcase you use.

The book sets are roughly themed -- one has more cookbooks, one has more tacky pink novels, and one has a bit of everything -- but not so much so that you couldn't put them next to each other.

Some of the front and back sides (wild mix from the first three sets -- there are 72 front/back sides all in all):

Update, 2008-05-07: I just added another one, in-game screnshot in post #12 -- here are a few of the front/backsides:

The first three sets I've also tweaked a little bit more, hence why I replaced the entire download.

I used some in-game icons and screenshots for this (thanks very much to SaraMK and Richief for digging up the icons ), everything else is by myself. I know that the mapping is a little bit off in some places, but there's only so much I can do .. it seems like the UV map is off in the first place (blame Maxis not me); I made it so that the texture fits where it's most prominent and is off in less visible places (for an example, see the two versions of the girl-with-blonde-guy book pictured above, it appears twice in the bookcase -- the larger version fits, on the smaller one the cover is cut off a little on the left side).

The book recolours are twice the original resolution because I think they're worth it. I don't notice a performance difference on my lame old computer. Your mileage may vary.

2. Bookcase recolours

I've also thrown in seven recolours for the BiblioFile bookcase in simple solid colours (white, light and dark grey, light blue, light yellow, orange, and a very red red -- only the white one is pictured below but they're the exact same colours as the retro stuff I made, except for the red). The book and bookcase recolours are independent from each other (so you won't accidentially delete books when you think you're deleting a case).

The bookcase recolours are very lightweight, only 4k each.

You can use this for whatever you like; please link back to this thread when you upload it anywhere. Please respect that I don't do requests.
Style: Contemporary
Room: Living Bedroom Study
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

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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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 7th May 2008 at 9:09 PM
Terrific! I've always wanted more book recolors!
#3 Old 7th May 2008 at 9:13 PM
Ooh, these are very nice!! Thank you so much, plasticbox! *big hugs*
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 7th May 2008 at 9:15 PM
Thank you! this looks way better and make my library more realisitic Thanks for sharing!
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#5 Old 7th May 2008 at 9:21 PM
Oh my gosh plasticbox, they're so cute! And crisp! And Simlish! And ....eeee!!

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#6 Old 7th May 2008 at 9:22 PM
Yay for books pulled out being in the bookcase. Yay for Simlish and sharp images! Thank you.

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Test Subject
#7 Old 7th May 2008 at 9:56 PM
what an awesome idea, can't wait to see it in game.
thank you!
#8 Old 7th May 2008 at 10:15 PM
Now my Sims want to read books (before your release they prefered to watch tv ). Thank you

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#9 Old 7th May 2008 at 10:26 PM
I...I just love you.
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#10 Old 7th May 2008 at 10:41 PM
i love the harry potter-esque 'lightning' book cover. everything looks should be proud thanks for sharing it!

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#11 Old 7th May 2008 at 11:48 PM
Oooh! Books! Simlish! Cute!!

Thanks, plasticbox.
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#12 Old 7th May 2008 at 11:54 PM Last edited by plasticbox : 8th May 2008 at 12:19 AM.
I've just updated the OP with a 4th retexture and also tweaked the other ones a little bit more (nothing major, just a few pixels here and there. This mesh is driving me nuts -- everything that fits on one side comes off on the other side and vice versa. And wtf is up with the err .. tops warped around the outside of the covers in the upper row?).

The new texture is probably best suited for very single-minded fortune sims, or perhaps for an office environment. Screenshot below =) you'll need to redownload the whole thing if you want only that, I've included it in the zips.

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#13 Old 8th May 2008 at 12:26 AM
more book recolours were so much needed! thanks a lot!
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#14 Old 8th May 2008 at 12:32 AM
Oh Yay! *Throws Confetti* This is so, so..erm, fabulous. Thank you for making an item that I always cringed at into something I will look forward to using. And Simlish...can't get enough of that in my game either.

*grabs the loot and runs away giggling*

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Lab Assistant
#15 Old 8th May 2008 at 12:50 AM
you ROck! i love it. now my sims can have a bookcase like mine...cause thats what it looks like. (how'd you know?)

thank you bunches. i feel a new film/literature sim coming on!

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Lab Assistant
#16 Old 8th May 2008 at 1:14 AM
Wonderful, I always thought the old books were washed out and dull too. These are a great alternative. I only wish I could use them for all my bookcases!
#17 Old 8th May 2008 at 1:30 AM
Its a gorgeous work.Finally beautiful books with new textures.You have spoiled us.This creation is greatly appreciated.Thanks so much for sharing it.Big hugs.
Test Subject
#18 Old 8th May 2008 at 3:42 AM
Thank you for such a detailed set! Finally I don't have to look at those fug books anymore ^__^
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#19 Old 8th May 2008 at 3:46 AM
Thank you! Amazing!
Test Subject
#20 Old 8th May 2008 at 3:55 AM
This is fantastic - do you happen to know of any book-recoloring tutorials?
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 8th May 2008 at 5:06 AM
This is awesome!!! Thank you so much for making this!
#22 Old 8th May 2008 at 5:43 AM
This is soooo fantabulous! This is so wonderful, thank you sooooo much! This makes me want to play the game, just to see how wonderful!!

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Test Subject
#23 Old 8th May 2008 at 7:41 AM
most excellent dude, thanks v much :D

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#24 Old 8th May 2008 at 7:43 AM
Wow, these are awesome. Thanks bunches!
#25 Old 8th May 2008 at 8:18 AM
Great! Looks like it was meant to look. Why doesn´t an ingenius creation like this replace all the imperfection of how it was before?
Thank you very much!
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