would you mind telling us how to make tattoos
sure, i will give a tutorial.
I’m going to go into detail so this will be lengthy, sorry :/
How To Make Tattoos (Tutorial)
What you will need:
-Picture of tattoo obvi. (Pinterest is a good website for tatts)
-Some kind of editing program (Photoshop, Paint.net, Gimp) I have photoshop so thats the only one i can speak for.
^If you don’t have it already you need a dds plug in for your editing program so it can read the dds file. (DDS file is the file that is gonna have your tattoo texture on) The one for photoshop is here (for others, google it)
-Need Sims 4 Studio
- Sim body texture template to guide you on where you’re placing your tattoo. You can find one here.
1. Ok so first thing, when choosing the photo for your tattoo make sure:
-It’s clear and all of it is visible
- Pics of tatts with dark lighting is a no no.
-No pics of tattoos with the tattoo on a angle or where you can’t see all of it, less shadows the better.
-Preferably a white/Paper background (but a pic of a tattoo on skin is possible too)
2. Now Go into Sims 4 Studio:
Click on “Create CAS Standalone” In the CAS Section
At The top click where it says ‘Part Type’ and pick Tattoos
Pick any of the base game tattoos (depending on which base game tattoo you choose is where your new tattoo will be in the tattoo category in CAS)
Click Next, Save your package where ever you will remember it, and name the package file whatever you want your new tatt to be named c:
(pls know the difference between a package file and a dds file, the package file is your final file, the dds file is just your texture)
Export the texture and save as dds file, again save it where you’ll remember it.
Leave sims 4 studio open
3. Open up your editing program, in my case its photoshop.
open up the dds file you saved in photoshop.
!Make sure every time you do anything with layers, you unlock them by double clicking them or you wont be able to do shit with them xD!
we need a clean slate, so erase ‘everything’ on layer 0. it should be transparent now.
then go to channels>alpha layer 1, and with a black colored brush paint over everything. so now it should just be black. click back on layer 0.
4. Editing Tattoo Picture for alpha layer.
(i always make black and white tattoos, so this tutorial is more for b&w tattoos)
Open up the picture of your tattoo in another tab.
*if its a black and white tattoo, make the whole picture black and white (sometimes the color is off on pics of tattoos). for photoshop go to image>adjustments>black and white, press ok.
We need to get rid of the background…
If its just a white background, right click on the layer then blending options
Where you see 2 gradient looking bars, the one we will be using is the first bar labeled ‘This Layer’. This will get rid of the majority of the background if its black/white/greys. Now for mine the background is white so on the right where its white im going to more the little arrow over,(be careful when moving the arrow and check on the picture of your tattoo when doing it because it will get rid of all of it when the color gets darker if not careful) move the arrow as much you can without erasing your actual tattoo. **If their is still little tidbits of the background left also if their is things still left INSIDE the tattoo, you will have to manually erase everything with the eraser tool which can be pretentious, but you have to do what you have to do xD***
If the background is black, or darker, use the arrow on the left. It’s the same logic.
When its someones skin thats the background of the tattoo, its harder to get rid of because the skin has shadows, and in that case you will have to erase it manually :////
(this is way having a clear white background of the picture of your tattoo is so important ^^^)
Now once you have the background gone, all you should see is a transparent background with just the outline of your tattoo. Like So:
Invert the tattoo so that it is white (if its a black tattoo), you can do that on photoshop by image>adjustments>invert. (if the background turns black then go up where i was talking about getting rid of the background :’)
Now select the tattoo by select > all, or you select it by choosing the 4th icon on the side from the above picture and clicking all on it. Then choose Edit>copy.
5. Tattoo into DDS Texture
Go back to where your dds file was, then go to layer 0. Create a New Layer by going to layer>new>layer. Drag the new layer you just made underneath the other layer (layer 0) Then go to file>place….select the SIM BODY TEXTURE TEMPLATE you downloaded. Drag the corners of the body texture to fit the whole box.
Then go to Channels>Alpha Layer 1. Click one of the other boxes above, i usually choose the RED one, to see the sim body texture you just placed. Now selecting the alpha layer 1, go to edit>paste. and you should see your tattoo outline pop up (make sure you paste it on alpha layer 1.) now move it to where ever you want, (go to select>deselect to stop seeing those lines on the tattoo outline -_-) thats what the sim body texture is for to see where to place it.
After that you can delete the sim body texture you dont need it unless you are moving the tattoo somewhere else.
Now go back to layer 0, and where you placed the tattoo on the alpha layer 1, paint over that with a black brush or it wont show up!!
Before saving make sure you are selected on layer 0.
Now go to file>save as a dds file and name it whatever. When saving a box will pop up, it should be on “DXT5 ARGB 8pp”
Now go back to Sims 4 Studio
Import your newly saved dds file. Your new tattoo should appear, sometimes i have to keep going back into photoshop to get it where i want to and make adjustments.. It’s trial and error with tattoos really.
You can change the picture of the tattoo in cas and all that in s4studio before saving. then save it and just put your package file in mods folder and boom. A new tattoo.