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Sims 3 Hidden Stencils Unlocked + Fixed!

by simsi45 Posted 10th Mar 2021 at 6:31 PM - Updated 29th Mar 2021 at 8:35 PM by simsi45
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Hi all, here is yet again another mod that attempts to fix EA's sloppy mistakes.

So, in case you aren't aware there are many items in the game that should have more stencil options included. Now it seems like the folks over at The Sims team got "juiced" (i have no other explanation) and they just linked these objects to completely different unrelated textures, hell, some don't even have them enabled to begin with! What's even funnier is that these textures are ALREADY WITHIN your game files, taking space for absolutely no reason!

This is an issue that has been happening since base game and no attempts were ever made to fix these items. After searching through different forums and by digging in the game files I decided to track down as many affected items as I could find and fix them myself, as the very few fixes I could find online were either outdated, broken or scattered in pieces everywhere.

[There are also a lot of store items affected by this issue. I'm hoping I can get them fixed too in the future]

Ok that's cool but what even are stencils?
Stencils are essentially different textures that cannot be recolored, that add additional "details" to an object.

  • In order for the correct thumbnails to regenerate, you need to DELETE the ObjectThumbnails.package file, found in your Documents/Electronic Arts/TheSims3/Thumbnails folder
  • Most stencils WILL NOT affect already placed items, you will need to recolor them again.
  • Removing the mod, will NOT remove any unlocked stencils from your saved items as they are already in your game files.
  • In some systems placing the mod in a sub-folder instead of your main Mods folder will result in some stencils not showing up. I don't know what or why but if you don't see some stencils try moving your mod in the main Packages folder


Below is a list of every item that has been altered by the mod. Note that ANY mod that alters the OBJD resource of the specified items will conflict with my mod (this mainly means recategorizer mods etc.):

I also included some FIXES for the items shown below.
The 2 plants had some weird white edges on their leaves because their supposed 3rd cast channel was disabled, so I enabled it back.
The country counter's stencil alpha layer was "washed up" so I fixed it to match the rest of the set.


Inside the .rar file there are different package files, each associated with their own packs. Simply pick and choose the ones you have and place them in your Mods/Package folder.

The mod will conflict with ANY other mod that alters the OBJD resource of the listed items. (usually these are recategorizer mods)

Additional Credits:
EA/Maxis SimPE

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.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
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Test Subject
#26 Old 30th Mar 2021 at 8:52 AM
Sorry, I was unclear. The BG counters work just as they should with this mod. I was just curious about when you were creating this mod, where did you find the files? The 7

Or did you create these yourself?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#27 Old 30th Mar 2021 at 4:40 PM
@gigagiga Oh you mean the country ones? I did make these myself yes, they replace the original textures. It was a simple edit on the alpha layer to make them appear sharper like they were intended.
Test Subject
#28 Old 4th Apr 2021 at 10:30 AM
Thank you so much! I've always wanted a blank version of that Late Night mirror. Love you for making this mod!!
Test Subject
#29 Old 19th Apr 2021 at 4:57 PM
I know in my game before I use this mod, I had the 3 options for the Generations, Retro-Tastic TV. For me it was already in game before this mod. I believe I also had the Pets Bow Wow Wowzer different color bed. I can't confirm on other things in this mod.

I have mine installed in the Package folder. I am also on Windows 10 Steam version of the game, but run the game outside of Steam, through The Sims exe.
Test Subject
#30 Old 19th Apr 2021 at 5:29 PM
My Bad, I see what the mod does, it adds those small tiny pattern variations on the same object. It took me a minute to see the differences, once I pulled out mod and did comparisons. Thanks for mod.
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 28th May 2021 at 11:44 AM
Oh my god, I can't believe there's still so much more to discover in this game in 2021. Thank you!
Test Subject
#32 Old 29th Jul 2021 at 5:54 PM
Thanks you so much! Does anyone know if it is possible to make this mod work with other mods that make the same vanilla objects shiftable? (mods in question: and
Test Subject
#33 Old 2nd Sep 2021 at 2:18 PM Last edited by Blumusita : 8th Sep 2021 at 8:41 PM.
Hello! Thanks for the mod!!
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