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Mass Transit: Tiles For Well Traveled Rooms

by JaneSamborski Posted 3rd Aug 2009 at 1:29 AM - Updated 4th Aug 2009 at 7:55 AM by JaneSamborski
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
EA's tiles are another thing you can add to the list of things I wasn't satisfied with in TS3. Happily, I did something about it.

Each of these patterns was intended as either a floor or a wall, so they may look a little silly in the screens. In a perfect world, these would acctualy be floors and walls. Sadly, I don't think anyone knows how to do that yet. The bonus is, of course, that sometimes one of these patterns will look really good on something unexpected.

Custom Speculars!

Each pattern has lovely, shiny, custom specular! This means the patterns reflect light on the faces of the tiles, but not in the grout. Some are super shiny, others are more matte. This helps with the illusion of depth and general prettiness. The effect is more apparent in dark colors and when you are moving the camera around.

The Highlight Layer:

Each of these patterns will appear to have one more recolorable channel than it really needs. This is the highlight, which is also tied to the grout color.

Known Issues:

TS3 seems to have some problems processing thin diagonal lines. The resulting 'crunchiness' is most apparent in the DiagonalTwoToneMatte tiles. It's not in my textures, and I can't fix it. I like them anyway.

Credit Where Credit is Due:

The GlassSubway set is based on phoenix_phaerie's gorgeous TS2 metro subway tiles.

DiagonalAndOctigonal, Ceramic Subway, and DiagonalTwoToneMatte, are based on TS2 walls and floors from dimsim78's Victorian Tile and Gourmet Kitchen Sets.

HexTiles are based on salix's hexagonal tiles over at GOS

The last two, DiagonalTwoToneGlass and SquareCeramicAndGlass, I hand painted.

As usual file names and thumbnails of each pattern are in the screen shots, so you can chuck what you don't want.

Additional Credits:
To Delphy - Without the update to the pattern packager, these would not have been possible.

In-Game Category: Tile and Mosaic

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 3
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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Eminence Grise
#2 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 1:42 AM
Beautiful work Keep it up! Especially like the tiny hex tiles.
Test Subject
#3 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 1:52 AM
These are beautiful! I love these thank you so much!
#4 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 2:06 AM
I just love the Subway ones, Awesome job thanks
Field Researcher
#5 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 2:11 AM
These are very nice and much needed. I love the hex and square ones. Thanks!
Test Subject
#6 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 2:19 AM
These are wonderful! I love it. Keep up the good work.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#7 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 2:38 AM Last edited by JaneSamborski : 3rd Aug 2009 at 3:00 AM.
For everyone who likes the hex tiles and has a GOS account: you should pop over there and tell salix how great they are. Most of the hard work is hers, I just added some multi-color options.
Test Subject
#8 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 2:46 AM
These are beyond perfect. Thank you for making these.
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 2:56 AM
ROFL! One of those matches my real life bathroom tile! Hehe! I'm so downloading, they look amazing!
Forum Resident
#10 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 3:33 AM
I had the same problem with not enough tiles and bricks...thank you for fixing it!
Coffee, anyone?
retired moderator
#11 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 4:08 AM
I was really missing dimsim's tiles and here they are! Plus, you did an excellent job on your own patterns. Lovely, just lovely.

I'm worried that my latest Salvation Army donation will result in homeless people looking like sluts from the 90s.
Forum Resident
#12 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 5:32 AM
These were my favourite tiles in TS2, thank you SO much for this!
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 5:51 AM
I love tile. These are great thank you.

Lab Assistant
#14 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 6:17 AM
I love these =D I was wondering when someone would make these for the sims 3
Top Secret Researcher
#15 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 9:27 AM
These are, FANTASTIC! Thank you.
Field Researcher
#16 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 11:47 AM
I was waiting for something like this. There is a lack of good tiles in game, and I like my houses "overtiled".
Top Secret Researcher
#17 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 12:28 PM
really nicely done! thanks!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 12:29 PM
Field Researcher
#19 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 1:40 PM
So great !! ^__^ Thanks a lot !
Field Researcher
#20 Old 3rd Aug 2009 at 10:22 PM
Thanks thanks and double thanks.
#22 Old 4th Aug 2009 at 2:50 AM
Love these! The diagonal and octagonal were sorely needed. Thanks a lot!
Field Researcher
#23 Old 4th Aug 2009 at 6:10 AM
Thanks ever so much! I've been desperately seeking some new tiles§
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 4th Aug 2009 at 11:27 PM
Wonderful! Thank you.
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 7th Aug 2009 at 2:39 AM
This is a blessing! The tiles were an absolute MUST-HAVE for every bathroom I had in TS2, and they were gorgeous in my living room as well. I'm so glad to have them for TS3 now. Thank you!
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