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Fox234Link to postposted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 3:14 am

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Like title says how do I change the skin tone of an already made sim? I have a sim using a custom skin and I wanna change it to another custom skin. I hate using SimPE, not because its a bad program but because it scares the living crap out of me. Software tweaks and I don't agree so i'm affraid i'll give TS2 a total meltdown. I'd rather turn to a group of ppl who know how do do it than fiddle around and run the chance of breaking something.

Btw I do like SimPE for simple things. Solved my problem with a few teens absolutely refuseing to go steady.
Fox234Link to postposted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:28 pm

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Come on. Someones gotta know how to change skin tones with SimPE.
mysticd077Link to postposted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:53 pm

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you use the sim surgery... yet i found none of my custom skins show up.. only maxis original that include the alien, zombie and manequin skin.
Fox234Link to postposted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:11 am

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Awww well that doesn't help me. :( Thx anyways.
ViallynorLink to postposted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:09 am

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Greets,

I'm adding here because this is exactly what I am trying to figure out how to do...

So far it doesn't appear to work at all (even with default textures.)

Anyway, are there tutorials for SimPE Surgery? I've checked all the existing tutorials, and can find nothing on Sim Surgery.

So, how about a run down on how this is supposed to work, so that we that want to can :)
ShayshayLink to postposted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:48 am

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I was looking for the same info. I just downloaded some custom skins but i can't put them on my existing simmies =/
vaygirlLink to postposted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:41 am

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Okay, this'll be long but I hope it helps someone. You can use sim surgery to change skin tones. Before you try to change the skins, I should tell you that if any of them are skins that you made yourself in bodyshop, you have to add your Saved Sims folder to SimPE. Or at least I did. It took me a day to figure that out. I couldn't find any posts about it. Before I added it, I got an error every time I tried to use Sim Surgery w/ one of my homemade skins. To add your own bodyshop-made stuff to SimPe, just go to the menu up top and choose Extras/Preferences. Then click on File Tables. You want to click on the add link down at the bottom. Then just navigate to your saved sims folder. It should be: My Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2/Saved Sims. While you're in the File Tables, make sure your downloads folder is also in there. If you don't see it, just click add downloads folder, on the bottom right. It should add it. Then restart SimPe.

Now to change the skin, first you have to go into the Neighborhood Browser, under Tools/Neighborhood (up top!). Make sure you Create backup for whatever neighborhood you're changing. Then you don't have to be worried if you mess something up. I backup every time I make any kind of change. Once it's done backing up(it may take a while), you can click open and open the neighborhood.
Once your neighborhood is loaded, you should find Sim Surgery under the same menu (Tools/Neighborhood). Click it and you'll see a window with all the simmies in your neighborhood loaded up on the left. Find the simmie you want to change and click the USE link under the Patient Sim. Then find the sim with the skin you'd like to change them into and click the USE link under the Archetype Sim. If you don't have a sim in your neighborhood with a skin that you want to use, skip that step and just click the skintone only checkbox at the bottom. There should be a bunch of pics of your skins. Click on the skin you want to use for your "Patient" and click the surgery button. If you used a sim archetype, click the skintone only checkbox and click on *From Archetype with the Sims pic who has the skin you covet! Then click Surgery. You should be brought to the Sims Description Editor. You can check to see if your changes were made by going to the More tab on the Sims Description Editor and choosing open clothing. If it asks you to save the changes you've made, say yes! You'll see a list of all the skins that character has. Look for the ones that are Category=Skin and check to see that it's the skin you wanted. If you want to just check to see if it worked in-game instead, just close down SimPE, saving if it prompts you to, and load up your game.

It took me a while to figure this out. If it helps, I'm glad! :D I'm in no way affiliated with SimPE, so if it doesn't work, I don't know what to tell ya. Just keep trial and erroring like I did and make sure you make a backup copy of your neighborhood every time you make a change that seems to have worked. If anything gets screwy, go back to the Neighborhood Browser and pick the neighborhood and go into the Backup browser to find your unscrewy neighborhood!
QwigglesLink to postposted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:05 am
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I followed all the steps you said but it didn't work for me. I have the most recent version of SimPe. When you say add the Saved Sims to the File Tables, you mean the whole folder, right? I did that and even clicked add Downloads folder but I still didn't see my custom skin tones.
Then I tried using the Archetype Sim but when I click Surgery, it gave me the unhandled exception error. Not sure what I did wrong.
SuzySteamboatLink to postposted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 4:56 pm

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I hope someone involved with SimPE can answer my questions :D I'm obsessed with realistic sims and have been using SimPE's sim surgery tool to change the skins of my in-game sims to realistic skins. The problem is, like the person above me, I can't get all of my custom skins to show up. I added the project folder to file tables, and then I even went and made new packages out of the skins I wanted to use by exporting them and importing them again. Still, only a very small handful of skins show up for me to use. I have maybe 3 custom skins that are showing up out of over a dozen. How can I get ALL of my custom skins to show up for use?

Also, using archetype sim for a skin doesn't work and just crashes the application as well.

Can someone please help me?
silvertreedrakeLink to postposted: Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:22 pm

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A huge Thanks! :D to the Sims Surgery developers and Vaygirl's directions. I had a family with my first custom skins, and there was a problem with the Young Adult face. I used Sims Surgery, adding my downloads and Saved Sims folder and switched all their skins. I did get one error message, but pressed on, and it was fine after that. The only quibble was that the skin icons are so small that it was hard to tell which one I wanted.

As for my young adult face problem, maybe someone could help:

When I export the files in Bodyshop, no filenames appear for Young Adult skins. When I re-import the modified files, the faces of the young adults show up with some sort of default skintone, which looks weird. It's certainly not even using the adult face I'd just modified. Any suggestions or help would be deeply appreciated, as I've been wanting to make a skin with Celtic tattoos, but wouldn't want to share it with this face problem.
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