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Paint From Reference Anywhere

by scumbumbo Posted 19th Dec 2017 at 3:38 AM - Updated 14th Nov 2018 at 9:57 AM by scumbumbo : Updated for Nov 13, 2018 game patch
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Updated 11-14-2018 --- The mod has been updated to work with the 1.47.49 game patch (November 13, 2018). Overriding the Python code to generate a photo into a Sim's inventory is no longer necessary as EA made the same change (presumably to support the new sketchpad), so that's one less "override" to worry about and the script portion of the mod now only requires one script in the ts4script file.

An optional add-on has been uploaded, the PFRA_Converter script will allow you to change all Paintings From Reference created using this mod to Base Game Paintings From Reference. This would allow you to remove the mod without losing the paintings, or it should allow the paintings to be shared on the gallery.
  1. Save your game, just like a person with a normal IQ, before any batch updates.
  2. Ctrl-Shift-C to open a cheat command window.
  3. Type the command pfra.convertall to convert all paintings on the lot.
  4. The paintings must be displayed on a wall, they cannot be in an inventory.
  5. Save the game using Save As to a new slot, so you don't overwrite your save from Step One.

Description

This adds the ability for all three of the base game cameras to stage a Paint From Reference painting. These cameras, the Barely Better, Appreciably Average and Crystal Clear Digital Camera, are available for purchase in Activities and Skills / Creative from build-buy mode and have been available in the base game since the November 7, 2017 game patch.

A blank canvas will be created in the Sim's inventory after taking the photo and this canvas can then be placed on any standard easel and resumed to complete the painting. No easel is required on the lot where the photos are taken, so your Sim can just travel home once they've prepared the canvases they need and start painting in the comfort or squalor of their own home.

Usage Details and Notes

The screenshots in the mod description demonstrate the process of using this new feature, but here are some notes of community interest.
  • The camera quality, or Sim's photography skill, do not affect the outcome of the painting. So unless your Sim is interested in doing photography as well, simply purchase the cheapest camera available (Barely Better Digital, 85 simoleons).
  • The Sim's painting skill affects the outcome of the painting normally, and a minimum painting skill is required in order to use the Paint From Reference.
  • The final painting is compatible with the Set Filters on Paintings by Reference mod.
  • Any downloaded custom content cameras or easels should work fine with this mod as long as they utilize the standard object tuning from the base game. If they are tuned differently then they should continue to work as they did but will not benefit from this mod.
  • This mod does not alter or change the ability for Sim's to use an easel to Paint From Reference in the ordinary fashion.
  • Known Bugs (nothing Major, but Noteworthy!):
    • If you cancel the photo capture with the "X" in the upper corner of the camera view then the canvas will still be created, however it will be truly blank. You can place that blank canvas on an easel, but the Sim will simply paint white on white. There's no accounting for artistic taste though, so that blank painting could still end up being a masterpiece worth thousands (or suitable for proudly framing and displaying)!
    • There appears to be a bug in the user interface for the game which causes the photo data to sometimes come out of sync with the photos and paintings in the game. A user of the Set Filters mod noticed a similar issue when using that mod, so I believe the issue is within the base game itself, particularly as that mod does not alter the actual photo taking process at all. What I have noticed in my testing of this mod is that sometimes after cancelling a photo as mentioned in the previous bug, outdated image data can be applied to the next image taken. In this mod I've only seen it change the thumbnail which can appear on the canvas in the Sim's inventory, but the actual painting has always seemed to be correct. Your results may vary though, and so it is best to never use that "X" to cancel a paint by reference process. It is better to take the photo and then through the canvas away without painting it.
  • The script used in the mod is written to be very resilient. It's not future proof, but it should be future safe -- allowing your game to continue running until you can update or remove the mod.
    • If an error is noticed by the mod during startup it will log an exception and not add the Paint From Reference to the digital cameras, but the game should continue to load and paint from reference continue to work at easels.
    • If an error is noticed by the mod while taking a photo, it will log an exception and restore the overriden script from the game. The game will continue to run, and photography and paint from reference at an easel will again function normally.

Installation Instructions and Compatibility

To install, unzip the two files contained in the download file into your game's mod folder. It can be placed in a sub-folder if desired. It uses a script, so the mod cannot be installed more than one sub-folder deep.

This mod was written and tested on Windows for The Sims 4 version 1.47.49 (November 13, 2018). It should be compatible with any of the stuff or game packs and other mods.

This mod uses the ts4script file format for the script portion of the mod and cannot be installed automatically with a mod manager (until a mod manager is updated to support these files). To install the mod manually, extract both the package and ts4script files from the download into your mods folder.

Script mods must be enabled in your game options for this mod to work properly.

Additional Credits
As always, thanks to:
  • Kuree and all the others at Sims4Group who have put together the S4PE tool
  • Scripthoge for writing the script "injector" routines

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

Sims 4
Built with Game Version: 1.47.49
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
PFRA_Converter.zip | Cheat command to convert PFRA paintings to Base Game PFR paintings

Size: 1.6 KB · Downloads: 3,270 · 14th Nov 2018
1.6 KB 3,270 14th Nov 2018
PaintFromReferenceAnywhere.zip | Paint From Reference Anywhere

Size: 14.4 KB · Downloads: 21,137 · 14th Nov 2018
14.4 KB 21,137 14th Nov 2018
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
Read the upload description for installation instructions. If nothing else is specified, do the following:
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\

Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
  • Mod still not working? Make sure you have script mods enabled
 
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Test Subject
THANKS POST
#76 Old 13th Dec 2019 at 10:09 AM
This works exceptionally well with the Digitalistic Sketchpad. It doesn't force you to put a canvas on an easel, and just finishes the work right then and there.
Also of note, it works from sitting AND relaxing poses, so you can get different angles as well. I have had a sim do a self portrait on one of those loungers, by setting a mirror in the right spot, relax on the chair, and queue Paint from Reference before canceling the relaxing.
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#77 Old 14th Dec 2019 at 9:56 PM
Latest Version should still work fine with 1.59

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THANKS POST
#78 Old 31st Dec 2019 at 11:21 AM
I'm not sure if this mod has been updated elsewhere however I just wanted to say that whether anyone ever updates it or not, it was a valuable mod and I thank you for it and ALL you have contributed to the modding community of The Sims.
Rest in Power, Scumbumbo! You have been SO appreciated!
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#79 Old 16th Jan 2020 at 10:38 PM
Latest Version should still work fine with 1.60.54

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THANKS POST
#80 Old 17th Jan 2020 at 7:06 PM
Thank you for checking on this mod LittleMsSam. Your work in keeping this great mod working is appreciated.
Test Subject
#81 Old 29th Mar 2020 at 10:35 AM
Hello. Can anyone confirm if this mod works with the February 2020 update (1.61.15)? I have the mod installed and I can see the Paint from Reference option from the camera object. After taking the shot, the Sims Inventory pops up on the right side of the screen, but I do not see the empty canvas. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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#82 Old 29th Mar 2020 at 4:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Searlan
Hello. Can anyone confirm if this mod works with the February 2020 update (1.61.15)? I have the mod installed and I can see the Paint from Reference option from the camera object. After taking the shot, the Sims Inventory pops up on the right side of the screen, but I do not see the empty canvas. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!


Try using the Version which can be downloaded here: https://scumbumbomods.com/

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#83 Old 30th Mar 2020 at 9:28 AM
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Originally Posted by LittleMsSam
Try using the Version which can be downloaded here: https://scumbumbomods.com/

Hi, thank you for the response. I downloaded the version from the link, but the blank canvas still doesn't show up in the Sim's personal inventory after using Paint By Reference from a camera. Could I be doing something wrong? I tried Paint by Reference option when the camera is also in the personal inventory and when it's outside, but neither method worked.
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#84 Old 30th Mar 2020 at 6:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Searlan
Hi, thank you for the response. I downloaded the version from the link, but the blank canvas still doesn't show up in the Sim's personal inventory after using Paint By Reference from a camera. Could I be doing something wrong? I tried Paint by Reference option when the camera is also in the personal inventory and when it's outside, but neither method worked.


I tested ingame and i get the canvas in my inventory. If you use other mods i would recommend to test this mod without any other mod/cc to check for conflicts.

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Test Subject
#85 Old 31st Mar 2020 at 1:28 AM
Thank you so much for confirming it! I got it working finally, but I'm not sure if it's just a coincidence, but I'll share what I did. The blank portrait didn't show up in one of my existing save files, so I started a new one to test on. I ran a cheat code to get to the appropriate Painting level in order for Paint by Reference to show up. Then I use a regular camera, Paint by Reference, and the blank canvas showed up in the inventory! Finally, I reloaded my old save file and the blank portrait also shows up from using the camera now! I didn't have to remove any of my current mods either.

Thanks again!
Lab Assistant
#86 Old 7th May 2020 at 5:36 PM
Any possibility of updating this to work with the newer cameras that have been introduced? I followed the link provided, and I see your update mentioned "small tuning fixes," but no mention of adding the IL Conservationist reward camera or the Moschino stuff camera.
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#87 Old 11th May 2020 at 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by BrianZ
Any possibility of updating this to work with the newer cameras that have been introduced? I followed the link provided, and I see your update mentioned "small tuning fixes," but no mention of adding the IL Conservationist reward camera or the Moschino stuff camera.


Added the Moschino Camera. The Island Living one uses the same Ressource as the Expensive Base Game one so this should already work.

Updated Version downloadable here: https://scumbumbomods.com

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THANKS POST
#88 Old 12th May 2020 at 9:19 PM
Awesome! I also picked up the Keep Instrument in Inventory mod, I've even lost guitars before because my sim left them in some obscure corner and I couldn't find them again.
Test Subject
#89 Old 13th Sep 2020 at 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by LittleMsSam
Latest Version should still work fine with 1.60.54


con 1.65.70 ya no funciona una lástima que gran perdida
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#90 Old 13th Sep 2020 at 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by elena1962
con 1.65.70 ya no funciona una lástima que gran perdida


The updated Version downloadable via https://scumbumbomods.com works fine with 1.66.139

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#91 Old 5th Jun 2021 at 8:21 AM
Might be getting this for the extra freedom. Would LOVE something that let's us just paint the screenshots we take in-game. This kinda helps that, but I have SS that would make good paintings but I don't want to go to all the extra program hassle of the current method.
Test Subject
#92 Old 18th Oct 2021 at 2:17 PM
anyone know if th updated version on the other site works?
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#93 Old 3rd Nov 2021 at 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Tsubasa1hiroge
anyone know if th updated version on the other site works?


Yes, the version on https://scumbumbomods.com should still work fine

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#94 Old 3rd Nov 2021 at 1:35 PM
Thanks for this info @LittleMsSam
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