[UPDATE] High Quality Headline Effects

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Uploaded: 21st Jun 2024 at 11:52 PM
Updated: 13th Jul 2024 at 6:29 PM
There are some aspects that didn't age very gracefully in The Sims 3. One of them are headline effects so I decided to make upscaled version of the originals.

Version 2 Changes
  • replaced all previously remastered icons with higher quality ones (256x256 downscaled to 128x128, the originals were 64x64 or 30x30)
  • increased number of remastered icons from 800+ to 1200+ (now all thought bubble icons should have remastered icons, if you encounter some that look low res contact me via comments)
  • sidenote - favorite things like food, color, music icons weren't significantly enhanced because they wouldn't fit in the CAS window otherwise

This mod enhances
  • speech and thought bubbles icons
  • relationship gain/lose
  • memory icon
  • musical notes coming from radios, guitar, piano...
  • sleep effect - ZZZs (sim), VVVs (vampires), 0101s (simbots)

This mod does not enhance the speech/thought bubble itself. You need Higher Quality Default Replacements for TS3 Headline Effects (Scream, Speech, and Thought Bubbles) by xiasimla. For the best experience use both mods cause they're compatible with each other.

It affects speech/thought bubbles from all expansion packs (but you don't need all expansion packs for this mod to work)

Installation
If you had the original version of this mod, remove it
Unzip the file and put the .package file into Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Mods > Packages

This mod replaces over 1200 _IMG and IMAG files in
  • DeltaBuild0.package
  • DeltaBuild2.package
  • FullBuild0.package
  • FullBuild2.package

Tools used
  • S3PE
  • GIMP
  • Upscayl
  • ChaiNNer (4kNomos8kDAT model)
  • XnView
  • XnResize