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Mass Transit: Tiles For Well Traveled Rooms

by JaneSamborski Posted 3rd Aug 2009 at 12:29 AM - Updated 4th Aug 2009 at 6:55 AM by JaneSamborski
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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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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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Lab Assistant
#26 Old 8th Aug 2009 at 3:09 AM
These are really nice. I was really surprised at the lack of tile patterns that shipped with the game. Weird.

Thanks for these! I've got a couple of bathrooms I need to re-do, now that I don't have to settle for granite. I hate granite!!
Field Researcher
#27 Old 8th Aug 2009 at 7:02 PM
Great work! Thanks a bunch
Test Subject
#28 Old 11th Aug 2009 at 12:26 AM
I like these a lot! Thank you! <3
Test Subject
#29 Old 14th Aug 2009 at 6:47 AM
These look gorgeous! Thanks,
Lab Assistant
#30 Old 18th Aug 2009 at 8:22 PM
These are wonderful, can't wait to see them in my game.
Test Subject
#31 Old 2nd Nov 2009 at 3:30 PM
I just love your patterns! Thank you very much!
Forum Resident
#32 Old 16th Nov 2009 at 2:03 AM
I absolutely adore this set! So much variety. Thanks!
Test Subject
#33 Old 10th Dec 2009 at 2:47 AM
These are fantastic. Really wonderful. Thank you.
Test Subject
#34 Old 29th Dec 2009 at 6:09 PM
Really pretty!
Test Subject
#35 Old 6th Mar 2010 at 6:27 AM
You are so totally good at this... :D
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 14th Apr 2010 at 6:17 PM
Test Subject
#37 Old 24th Sep 2010 at 6:12 PM
just found these again after inadvertently losing them from my downloads. I'm so glad to have them back as I used them loads before. Thanks for making such a high quality item!
#38 Old 21st Jun 2011 at 1:02 PM
Thanks heaps they are all totally awesome
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 1st Jun 2012 at 8:47 PM
I seriously am very thankful for these!!
Field Researcher
#40 Old 5th Feb 2013 at 8:59 PM
I've been trying to find some diagonal tile patterns - much harder than you might imagine! I'll have to see if yours fit the bill. Can't say that I understand EA's weird tile floors that don't match any walls and have weird shadowns and such.... Why is it EA can't seem to make complete sets? (As if I'm the only one to ever ask THAT question!)
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 30th Jan 2014 at 8:29 AM
Great and love these.
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