This search is a little different from the others. Less about a particular topic that might be useful to your writing, I figured I’d compile some resources on writing that dreaded first chapter.
Every author, every story, is different. These are more like “guidelines” than rules, but they might help you better explore the beginning of your work. If you have more resources to add, please feel free to send me an ask or simply reblog with your recommendations. Thanks for sharing!
So I’ve been wanting to do this for a while because I had my own share of problems with my ingame graphics also screenshooting so I tried to gather up some tips that can help improve your photo/ingame quality a bit at least :) Most of these tips will help to make your pictures become clearer and sharper but remember your pics quality will always depend on your Graphic Card before anything else .
1. Adjust your ingame Graphic Settings
Make sure you set your ‘Sim Details’ and ‘Lighting’ to ‘highest’.
Tick‘Umcompressed Sim Texture’.
Untick‘Post Processing Effects’
Laptop mode is optional but I usually untick it.
2. Adjust your Graphic Card Settings
Right click on your Desktop and select ‘Graphic properties’.
Set your bar to highest Quality in the 3D tab option. ( Every graphic card is different but usually they allow users to configure quality and settings.)
3. Download HQ ingame mods
Mods can greatly improve game quality. This mod by @brntwaffles is the best mod for that. It does help a lot. Follow their instructions for installing and screenshooting. Download.
4. Download Photoshop Plug-ins
For those who use PS for photo editing, I recommend the following plugins. They do help in improving photo quality/resolution.
Hey sweethearts! As you know, I’m over here trying to think of new ways to both support the community and also keep me going til I find some work.
I was wondering if anyone who plays TS4 would be interested in a personalised piece of jewelry for their sims?
It would be a donation of £1 ($1.33) per package file, and this would be a personal edit of jewelry for your sims, just to bring a bit of originality and uniqueness to your games. I have many fonts and will be happy to download a font that you like. I’ve mainly done necklaces, but would be happy to do things like earrings too!
If you are interested, then please send me an ask (not on anonymous) and we can go forward from there :)
And if you’re not interested, still please spread the word so others who might be can see this.
Just a simple tutorial on how to create “open” doors in TS4.
1. Decide where you want your door, and build an arch. It can be 1 tile wide, 2 tiles wide, short, tall, rectangular, round, it’s up to you. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m using Trabeated Entry Frame.
2. Activate MOO (bb.moveobjects) and delete the wall(s) the arch is built into, as well as 1 piece of wall on each side. If you do not use MOO during this step, deleting the walls with the arch will also delete the arch, and you need it as a guide.
3. Now build 2 diagonal walls (going two different directions) somewhere in the room(s). It doesn’t matter where you build them, as long as they’re not outside the boundaries of the room(s). Building them outside will make your doors change direction when you move them in the next steps, because they’ll try to snap to the outer walls.
4. Choose your doors and place them on the diagonal walls. I’m using Kablammo Superdoor here.
5. Make sure your doors are in correct positions. Right now, my left door isn’t facing the right way. To fix that, grab the door and press “<” or “>” on the keyboard.
6. Now grab your doors and move them to the edges of your arch. Try not to move them too close to any of the room walls, because your door will snap to it/them and change direction. If it does, simply place your door back onto the diagonal wall and try again.
7. Finally, remove the diagonal walls and rebuild the missing wall parts next to/on the arch.
It’s that time again! Asagao Academy is looking for two voice actors to provide small vocal clips for Hana and Mai. The audition period begins now and will end September 15, 2015. Click below for more info!
I thought I would go in depth about some of the mods I use and how they make my game-play smoother/easier. Without these I’d be totally lost (or just really, really annoyed). I also want to make sure when I share sims, you can get them looking exactly the same.
I’ll add more as I go along, but for now you can find this in my resources section for quick reference
Like the post says, the EA eye textures are simply flipped causing the catch lights to look ‘off’. This fixes that issue. If you’ve ever used my contacts and thought 'huh, mine look a little different’, this is why!
This locks your sim into a pose while in CAS, making it easier to create them without their pesky ability to move. There are a few options to choose from. I find the dead eyes a little creepy but it’s super useful (Jonha’s original description: ’Sims will not greet you, sims will not smile, sims will not breathe, sims will not blink, sims will not move at all.’ Cute!)
This eliminates that annoying camera drift you get when moving the tabbed camera, so you don’t have to sit there pressing a combination of the left and right arrow keys attempting to centre on a sim. Yay!
Integration Module & Cheats (same page^) - You’ll have to read the page for more information, because these are capable of way more than what I use them for, which is mainly to enable layerable makeup, edit sims in CAS, add sims to a lot, etc.
Portrait Panel - Increases the number of sims’ portraits you can have on the left side of the screen, so you can keep track of them (shout out to my amazing followers who helped me with this one)
This has probably already been done before but for those people who have asked me for tips based on how I’ve taken pictures, hopefully this will help. This can be useful for those of you who want to just bookmark this for future reference as well. :)
Here’s some tips and tricks:
I use the program FRAPS to take screenshots of my game then I take them into Photoshop for editing/refining.
One of the biggest tips I tell people is make sure to have adequate and good lighting! I tend to use these lights when I’m setting up a room for picture taking.
I press F10 to remove the user interface (pressing it again will bring it back). Occasionally I’ll use the cheat hideHeadlineEffects on/off which shows or hides talk/thought balloons above Sim heads if they get in the way.
Pressing TAB allows you to enter camera mode which helps in taking photos, then while in camera mode holding SHIFT + A or SHIFT + D changes the angle of your photo as well. Pretty useful for some creative shots. └ Note: If you’re having trouble maneuvering the camera angle in the way that you’d like, check out these camera mods by aikea-guinea (camera mode) and buhudain (live mode).
Also, if you’re a fan of the HQ mod there’s multiple out. I use the one by Dachssims but S-Club and aWT also carries one. └ Note: Remember to remove the HQ mod if you aren’t running a higher end computer that can take it. You’re pushing the limit of your graphics card while using HQ mods and that is at the risk of overexerting it. If you know your computer can’t handle it, don’t play your game with the HQ mod in but rather only for photoshoots.
If you’re not a fan of “glowing white objects” in your game, check out this tutorial by simified to learn how you can easily remove them.