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UPDATE Sept. 29, 2019: Elaine's Enchanted Picture (Television)

by Sophie-David Posted 28th Nov 2007 at 9:13 AM - Updated 2nd Oct 2019 at 4:20 AM by Sophie-David : Sept. 2019 Update
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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.
This download is part of the Fairytale Creator Challenge
Title: Elaine's Enchanted Picture: The Lady of Shalott

UPDATE September 29th, 2019

1) The "Disenchant" menu option now disables autonomous television viewing, rather than disabling television use completely.

2) Fixed a bug with channel and movie selection.

UPDATE February 8th, 2019

The previous release did not permit movie viewing unless Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden was installed. This minor update allows Sim movies to be viewed if FreeTime or any later EP is available.

UPGRADE January 30th, 2019

1) The Enchanted Picture's screen is now fully recolourable.

2) The object uses more accurate and efficient meshing, with a 15% lower poly count.

3) Texturing is also improved, particularly for the default frame.

4) The Enchanted Picture includes two built-in invisible recolours, allowing it to be placed inside the basegame "SimCity at Night" painting, or other similarly sized artwork.

5) For times when autonomous television use becomes annoying, The Lady of Shalott can be "Disenchanted" to disable autonomy. By default, the Enchanted Picture is "Enchanted", which allows Sims to use the television without being told to do so.

6) While remaining basegame compatible, the Enchanted Picture now supports the television functions of all expansion packs except Pets. (In order to maintain basegame compatibility, pets cannot interact with the Enchanted Picture - but the object is otherwise fully compatible with the Pets EP.)

If you are updating from the original 2007 release, please overwrite your "SDshalott_Lady_Mesh.package" with the file from the new download. The original non-metallic frame recolour, "SDshalott_FrameNR.package", should be deleted and replaced with "sdShalott_frame_OdalisqueGoldNR.package".

The Tale

The mirror having worked its deadly curse on Elaine, "the fairy Lady of Shalott", Morgan Le Fay has repaired the glass and obsured its magic surface with a beautiful painting of the Lady herself. With care, you may again invoke its magic, so that "shadows of the world appear - winding down to Camelot". But beware you look not overly long into the "mirror clear" or you too may find "the mirror crack'd from side to side"...

- Poetic quotations from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" (1842).


Seemingly a mild mannered painting of The Lady of Shalott by Arthur Hughes (1873), when the proper spells are cast this picture becomes a magical portal onto the world... fact, an expensive wall mounted television set!

The Lady of Shalott is a nineteenth century romantic period oil painting that functions as a high-end wall mounted television. This magical object does not depreciate, it is Apartment Life/M&G height adjustable, and it is also immune to fire, lightning, repossession, snow and theft. A limitation is that when switching off the set, you may momentarily see a blank glass screen, before the picture of Elaine is restored. Apart from being unbreakable and untinkerable, the Enchanted Picture supports all television functions, including operation of the basegame video game machine.

The Lady of Shalott package contains an invisible frame recolour, allowing the screen to be placed within other picture frames, such as the basegame "SimCity at Night" wall decor (and "MoveObjects On" is not required). The package also contains an invisible screen recolour, so that when the television is "Off" it can reveal a different static picture - for example the "SimCity at Night" image.

A set of 15 frame recolours and 12 picture recolours is available here: Recolours of Elaine's Enchanted Picture (Television).

Elaine's Enchanted Picture costs §8050 and can be found in the television section of the catalogue. It has a Fun rating of 10 and a Room (Environment) rating of 10.

Recolouring Hints

The aspect ratio for the Lady of Shalott television screen is 1.80, the same as the basegame "Soma 'Wall-Eye' Large Screen Flat-Panel Television". The default recolour size for the "screen" or picture subset of the Lady of Shalott is 256x512 pixels. When configuring your source texture, I suggest first scaling its width to 512 pixels wide by 284 pixels high. Then scale the height down to 256 pixels, while ensuring that "Maintain Aspect Ratio" option (or equivalent) is disabled. This will ensure that the picture will look undistorted when displayed in The Sims 2.

The frame is also recolourable. The built-in default frame includes metallic reflections, and the included recolour is a non-reflective version of the same frame. This beautiful frame is an authentic 3D conversion of the one containing La Grande Odalisque by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, currently hanging in the Louvre. For the sides and front edges, the Odalisque frame is supplemented by textures from Young Women of Sparta by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The back of the picture frame is adapted from the back of the basegame "In the Beginning" painting.

Terms of Use

You may include the items from this project in uploaded lots, whether for free or pay. It is nice but not necessary to provide a credit and link to this page.

Translation Credit

Mihura was kind enough to translate the picture's story and custom menus into French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Texture Credits

- Arthur Hughes artwork is in the public domain, available at the Wikimedia Commons: The Lady of Shalott,

- the textures for the picture frame are also from Wikimedia Commons: a combination of the frames for La Grande Odalisque and the Young Women of Sparta.

Additional Credits

- Jfade's Compressorizer for minimizing file size
- GIMP 2 and Microsoft Paint for graphics editing, file conversion, processing, sizing and titling
- Corel WEB.PhotoPaint, for the initial picture frame colouring
- Milkshape 3D and Ultimate Unwrap3D Pro, for 3D modeling
- Numenor's BaseGameStarter Pro, so handy speeding up the development process
- SimPE and PJSE, which together make it all possible

Polygon Counts:
78 faces, 153 vertices

      Antique: Antique or Historical
      Fantasy: Fantasy styled things
      Living: Living Room

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Size: 246.2 KB · Downloads: 486 · 30th Sep 2019
246.2 KB 486 30th Sep 2019
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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\
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  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
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Original Poster
#26 Old 6th Dec 2007 at 9:11 PM
Originally Posted by crimsonbutterfly
Finally, I was wondering why anyone hadn't done something like this.
Having wrestled with this project for over a month now I can see why! I do have a working recolourable version on my computer now - with a workaround that supports the video game system - but there are several other things I want to tidy up and test before posting.

Originally Posted by crimsonbutterfly
I was settling for recolors I made of the wall tv. Thank so much.
You are welcome!
Lab Assistant
#27 Old 13th Mar 2008 at 10:14 AM
Works beautifully. I have had this for months now and I've found so many uses for it.
Original Poster
#28 Old 13th Mar 2008 at 9:19 PM
Thank you yorkiemum, I am delighted you have found it useful, and appreciate you getting back to me after having it in your game for a while.

I have since been doing extensive work on a closely related project which will allow me to substantially upgrade this one. I will be sure to let you know when Elaine's Enchanted Picture is updated.
#29 Old 30th Mar 2008 at 2:06 AM
this is one of the downloads that just makes a medieval/fantasy hood work. All the beautiful dresses in the world can't create a good hood without the right furniture, and my Sims sometimes have the annoying habit of wishing for cars and tvs no matter how 12th century their surroundings are. Very stubborn! So, many thanks from me and my entertainment-starved Sims.
Original Poster
#30 Old 30th Mar 2008 at 3:54 AM
Thank you alchemist. Yes, its challenging to try and keep everything in period. This painting would be out of place in a peasant's home, but even the peasants were invited to the great halls (community lots?) sometimes.

I was quite excited to discover hexameter's recent NPC vehicle replacement series, and neighbourhood vehicle replacements too. They go a long way towards period authenticity.
Test Subject
#31 Old 30th Jun 2008 at 4:12 PM
This is REALLY great! I really love this poem, and missed having TV's in ancient homes. And noe I can! Thanks!

"So don't let me go it alone" - Josh Groban (Never Let Go)

"He felt the pain in the music
and stood up from the p iano,
but when he saw the moon
emergin from a cloud,
death also seemed sweeter to him." - Josh Groban (Caruso)
Original Poster
#32 Old 7th Jul 2008 at 5:42 PM
Thank you JGfan.

I regret that it is unlikely that I will ever upgrade this object as I had planned. I actually put an incredible amount of work in developing a technology that would allow for this object to be completely recolourable, and was succesful in doing so. However, I did not actually implement these discoveries in a finished form suitable for uploading because I kept adding additional features. At this point I have lost all interest in developing for the Sims, so sorry to say, but as this object is now, is likely as it will stay.
#33 Old 17th Nov 2008 at 1:15 AM
Would you be willing to upload the updated version it its current form, so someone else can take over development, and finish it?

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Original Poster
#34 Old 17th Nov 2008 at 10:04 PM
No GOD, that wouldn't work well because the coding got quite complex, especially after adding some extra features to the object that relate to its function as a painting. The effort taken for someone else to sort it out would be better spent in just starting from scratch. And if I were to help someone in trying to figure out the object as it exists on my hard drive I may as well put the time into finishing it myself.

Actually I would not rule out me returning to Sim 2 projects but likely not to until late next year. There are more significant calls on my time and attention right now.
#35 Old 18th Nov 2008 at 2:32 AM
Ah well, no harm in asking. Thank you for taking time to reply. I`ve got the current version, and I guess that it will just have to suffice for now.

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Forum Resident
#36 Old 21st Feb 2010 at 12:23 AM

Thank you.
Test Subject
#37 Old 6th May 2010 at 5:07 AM
This is awesome! Thanks for creating and sharing, it's great to have finally found something to replace a TV in an old-fashioned just doesn't feel quite right to have a Victorian or Art Nouveau house with a plasma TV!
Original Poster
#38 Old 6th May 2010 at 3:20 PM
You're welcome!

I do hope to return to this project and release a fully recolourable version.
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 2nd Dec 2010 at 5:46 PM
I'm late in finding this but I'm so glad I did. It's just the thing for my castle. Now the occupants can finally have a TV. Their kids kept going to friends' houses just to keep up with the latest! Thanks so much!!
Original Poster
#40 Old 2nd Dec 2010 at 7:17 PM
Originally Posted by twerplina
I'm late in finding this but I'm so glad I did. It's just the thing for my castle. Now the occupants can finally have a TV. Their kids kept going to friends' houses just to keep up with the latest! Thanks so much!!

You're welcome - I'm glad you are finding it useful.

I would also suggest the "Insane Sorcerer Crystal Ball TV by wintermuteai1" which is no longer available at MTS separately, but may be found as part of the custom content in most of StephSim's Gwyrch lot series.
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 5th Dec 2010 at 7:59 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. I have looked at but haven't downloaded her lots (which I really like) because I don't have all the EPs necessary for them. But I can at least look to see which might have the TV you mentioned and download it to get the TV
Field Researcher
#42 Old 9th Nov 2011 at 3:43 PM
Thank you for creating this. I still play Sims 2 often and this is just what I need in my themed hoods.
Original Poster
#43 Old 9th Nov 2011 at 6:58 PM
You're welcome, starry.
Test Subject
#44 Old 21st Nov 2011 at 3:39 AM
I love the description! I acutally have the John William Waterhouse painting of the Lady of Shalott on the wall. ^^
Original Poster
#45 Old 21st Nov 2011 at 6:36 PM
Sounds neat! We have Rossetti prints on our walls.
Test Subject
#46 Old 14th May 2016 at 4:28 PM
Thank You
Lab Assistant
#47 Old 4th Dec 2016 at 5:08 AM
Love it!
Original Poster
#48 Old 6th Dec 2016 at 12:35 AM
You're welcome, mrslott369 and salamanderer.
Original Poster
#49 Old 30th Sep 2019 at 2:09 AM
UPDATE September 29th, 2019

1) The "Disenchant" menu option now disables autonomous television viewing, rather than disabling television use completely.

2) Fixed a bug with channel and movie selection.
Mad Poster
#50 Old 8th Mar 2020 at 6:21 AM
Thanks!I'd love this for my BACC service center or an apartment lot.
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