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In which I unload upon this journal everything useful I've accumulated but not really warranting a thread or post of its own.

Policy.

Maxis match eyebrows - default and custom.

When I decided to run a very Maxis match game, I had a big problem when it came to face content. Eyebrows were one of the worst--I had lots of nice brows, but they were all a touch too non-Maxis to satisfy me--and two of the three choices of Maxis default brows offended my aesthetic sense.



I altered the 'bushy' and 'tweezed' brows using some of the 'combed' alpha and some of the BV witch doctor brows alpha and textures. Instead of thick caterpillar brows, now they've got some definition, but still fit the aesthetic.

Download Improved Maxis Default Brows

[livejournal.com profile] strange_tomato made an alternate default using Oepu's brows as the tweezed option and my bushy brow edit, giving the defaults a smooth, consistent look across types.



I also did the same with all of my favourite brows.

Download Brows Made Maxis Match


Default Replacement Eyeshadows.



These are pretty much straight copypasta of the textures from the wonderful Simple Life. I matched the shadows as well as I could to the thumbnails, but there isn't much colour variation--the variation is mostly in the shadow shape where there are two otherwise similar colours. Somehow, I managed to seperate out enough different shades of gray to go with all the gray of the defaults. WTF, EA?

I didn't replace the swirl or cat's eye shadow for lack of any ideas of what to put there. I'll make a file to replace those once I've figured it out. I'll also make an eyeliner replacement when I can find two eyeliners universal enough that I like.

OFB and Basegame replacements are in two seperate files in the archive.

Download Default eyeshadows using SLU textures


Sentate tops for teens.



As requested on Garden of Shadows.
Download Sentate Rolled Sleeve Thermal and Rolled Sleeve Raglan for teens


And finally two things I couldn't be bothered to make previews for--

Club Crimsyn costume makeup made into default replacement costume makeup

... Because I might as well while I was at it. Club Crimsyn's costume makeup comes as layerable blush, but these are facemasks. Did some minor editing to remove eyelids from some or to tweak alphas so they could work on more skins, and major editing of one. Tried to make them all wings-themed, but failed. C'est la vie.

Contains both Basegame and OFB replacements. Replaces all but the aging line masks.


Delicious Skintone match Louis Elf Ears (w/ fixed mesh)

Because I needed them for making the Elven hair preview. I knew I'd want them all eventually, so I just made the lot--and fixed the mesh while I was at it, since it takes about a minute to do. It'll no longer flash blue.


Now to dig through the stuff packs I arrrquired for meshes to chop to bits.

Date: 2009-10-02 04:20 am (UTC)
simlish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] simlish

I can't believe no one had left you a comment so far, if only to squeal (and I hate that word!) at the gems you've got here!

Those eyebrows are just what I was looking for! I used to have the Rensim ones as default replacements, but I went back to the Maxis ones because I never liked the colors very much (especially the blond one, they looked invisible on dark skintones) plus they didn't match my Maxis-Matchy characters. Now I can have them back! Among some other nice ones like those HP ones!

Your default are also amazing. I already tried them out with my Legacy sim and they look very nice.

I wasn't sure about the costume makeup at first, because I thought that characters like the Veronaville sims wouldn't look the same, but now that I peeked at the Summedream's in my Megahood, you did a nice job replacing them. They are different, sure, but they still somehow match the original ones. I like them very much!

And your eyeshadows are just what I was looking for! I've had your lipsticks for a while, so I love having matchy eyeshadow too.

Please excuse this long "fangirly" comment, but I just wanted to thank you for your lovely work. I'm gonna "pimp it" in my Livejournal as soon as it's back .

Thanks!

Date: 2009-11-11 02:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] strange_tomato
I can't believe I'm only just finding these! I've been thinking of doing something very similar to this myself. I've always disliked the thick texture of the bushy and tweezed Maxis eyebrows, but I've preferred them to the textures of most cc eyebrows (and ended up using the brushed brows for just about every sim in my game as a result). I really love these replacements.

I also appreciate your new versions of those cc brows. It's always nice to have options. Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-11 10:14 pm (UTC)
strange_tomato: (Default)
From: [personal profile] strange_tomato
It's very appreciated. ^_^

I hope you don't mind that I've made a an edit of your default replacement set, which replaces the tweezed version with one that's the same shape as the Maxis version (by Oepu, from Maxis Dreams). Your policy suggested that you'd be cool with it as long as I gave credit (and I did), but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

I'm going to use your eyeshadow replacements in my game too, and I'm sure to get lots of use out of these eyebrows. Thank you so much!

Date: 2009-11-11 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] strange_tomato
Yeah, your policy seemed pretty clear in that regard, but I thought it'd be nice to let you know. Thanks for being so cool about it. I'm also all about the "share and share alike (as long as it's not pay)" policy for my own handful of cc.

I just posted my edit for others to download on my journal. You can find it right here. I'd love it if you linked to it. I've directed people back to your original in my post.

Is there a non-default version of your tweezed brows? I made the default edit to keep the characters in my sim story looking consistent, but I'd love to have it as an option as well.

Date: 2009-11-11 11:21 pm (UTC)
strange_tomato: (Default)
From: [personal profile] strange_tomato
Does the texture quality go down much when you work from pre-existing cc that way? I've heard other people mention it before, but I've never noticed it. I guess every little bit of processing would take away from the quality, even if it's not so noticeable to the naked eye (and some people have a better eye for it than others).

Don't worry about making a non-default version for me. I did consider doing one on my own, when I get around to it, though I tend to get easily distracted from my cc plans. RL hasn't been allowing me too much time for sim activities lately either, so I completely understand where you're coming from.

Thanks again for the great cc! ^_^

Amaryssobellus

Date: 2010-02-04 02:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you so much for making these wonderful custom content, especially the defaults and the maxis match eyebrows. :D

Date: 2010-10-01 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] rockabilly_autopsy
I needed some default replace eyebrows. Most I've found were too thin and curvy, too girly. Thanks!

Date: 2011-05-27 12:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] russianspidercat
I love the eyebrows <3

A (possibly dumb) question! :)

Date: 2012-09-01 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] salbab
Hello and THANK YOU, for all these lovely creations. (Among others I adore the eyebrooows ~ ♥___♥) So my question - as a maxis-match lover I couldn't help noticing the hairstyle on the teen girl, on the 'Sentate tops for teens' girl wearing a yellow shirt. Is this hair from an expansion- or a stuff pack, or is it from the internet (looks to me very maxis-matchy)? Thanks in advance. :) Your creations never cease to amaze me.

Re: A (possibly dumb) question! :)

Date: 2012-09-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] salbab
THANK YOU THANK YOU. I'm so grabbing that for my game! Keep up the good work! :)

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