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Featured upload! Buy Set - DIY

by armiel Posted 9th Feb 2012 at 1:41 PM - Updated 10th Feb 2012 at 12:30 PM by armiel
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
"It was suppose to be a simple, small set." - Certain Finn
"EA makes some objects modular - I take word modular to whole new dimensions. " - Certain Finn again
"It looks quite cool, but I'll still prefer Skylanders." - Certain Finn's kid



Buy Set - DIY

I did it again, a simple small plan for a set turned into something huge. This is my Buy Set (part one I hope) and I have made it so that you could have more choices on decorating your simmies homes.

The idea was simple - a modular kitchen with some pieces that would go together and be rearrangeable - but you know me, can I keep it small and simple, no. ^^

This set has counters, doors, drawers, cupboards and cabinets, and some various bits, for you to create unique and interesting rooms. All of the pieces are made to go together, so you'll have "endless" choices. Please read the post carefully, I'll try to explain what this is all about.

The counter, cupboards and cabinets are "host" objects, with slots for the rest of the pieces. So when you compile the item the way you want it to look, you can then move it around freely - all objects placed on the host will stay put. There are slots in the front corners for doors and drawers, and then there are slots in the middle for shelving, dividers, and clutter. The framed doors and drawers also have slots for the glasses/planes, and for handles of course.


OBJECT INFORMATION

This is a big set, that consist of 119 object files + one master texture file, making the total number of files in the set 120! Most of the objects are repo-linked to the master texture file armiel_DIY_Buy Set_Textures.package, to keep the file sizes small.

Two of the files are sims3packs and have their own textures within their files, they are the DIY Counter Top and the DIY Counter Island. The objects are made as sims3packs due to how making them as package files in TSRW breaks the textures in the corner pieces and any pieces placed after those. Thank you to the mods who allowed me to upload them as sims3packs, as while I can make objects, making modulars in S3OC/S3PE combo is too much for my head.

Below are the detailed informations about object names, prices, recolourable channels, polycounts, number of slots, number of presets, and catalog location. A word of warning! It's a big list.



DOWNLOAD, INSTALL, USE!

Here are the instructions on what to download, how to install, and most importantly, how to use the set!

What to download?
I have tried to make this as easy as it's possible for you. All of the files come in one rar, thanks to the repository method which allows us to keep filesizes small.

Contents of the file:
armiel Buy Set - DIY -folder containing subfolders for object types, and the texture file.
The two sims3packs

How to install?
Download the file
Extract the sims3packs to Downloads-folder and install them via the Launcher (If you don't know how, read here)
Extract the folder containing the package-files to Packages-folder (If you don't know how, read here)

Note about the sims3packs: As explained above, I made those two items sims3packs on purpose. You can try extracting them to packages if you feel you don't want to install/use sims3packs, BUT - making them package-files may (and most likely will) break the corners and cause the textures to act oddly. Using CC Magic by grathes causes the same issue, as it fiddles the sims3packs. You can use it, but prepare yourself for some ugly corners and islands (You can cast them back to normal)

Note about the texture file:Do not in any circumstances delete the texture file (unless you want to get rid of whole set of course). If you delete it, you can't CAST the objects, at all. Are warned.

Note about the rest of the files:You can safely delete any file you do not wish to use from the folder.

How to use?
I have both written instructions, and a video, for you. It's a bit long, and has a staggering Finn blabbing on it, but it should still show you how you can use the set. See the video here: LINKY
If you prefer written instructions, click the button below.


You can see the closeup pictures of the objects, and read a bit more of the various uses, in comments.


CREDITS AND THANKS

Once again I have a huge list of people and programs I am thankful to - without them this set would not exist! So, not in any special order...

Thank you to
My kid, Leefish (Leesester), Inge, Jaguwar, Heaven, Missroxor, PharaohHound, Whiterider, HystericalParoxysm, #create and #supersekritchannel in general, the developers of the tools

Tools that made this possible
Dashboard, Photoshop, Paint.Net, TSRW, S3PE/S3OC, TT3, Milkshape 3D, UVMapper, Lithunwrap


ADDITIONAL POLICY JUST FOR THIS SET
You may include the sims3packs to lots you upload to THIS site. Do not include my files to any lot you upload to other site, especially the Exchange and TSR.


Final thoughts
Please enjoy this set, and have fun exploring its possibilities. I did hours and hours of testing, and could not run to a boring moment where I would have used all the options the set has. I have attached few pics below, they are just few choices of what you can do with the set.

/me shuffles off to plan part 2.
Please do not ask what and when - You'll see if and when it's up.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
armiel_Buy Set - DIY.rar | Description: The sims3packs (two of them, put them to Downloads-folder and install in launcher), and a folder containing the rest of the files (put the folder to your Packages-folder) 2.48 MB 107,851 9th Feb 2012
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
 
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#76 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by armiel
I am not sure if extracting them to packages will break them completely, but I'm quite sure it breaks the textures. If you saw the video, on the spot where I place the islands the texture borks for a second before setting nicely - if they were package files the borkiness would stay - But. There is a work around that too - you need to open the objects in CASt after placing, and select the first presets. But remember, you need to do this for all the pieces placed after the corner, including that too, and they will bork again if you move them to new location. Is why I made them sims3packs in the first place - too much fiddle to fix them every time you place/move them.


ah ok fair enough - well it looks like that's the only way I'm gonna get them to install to my game so I'll live with it this set is too good to ignore just because my game is trying not to like it :P

thanks for your quick replies btw
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#77 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 10:13 AM
Amazing work as always! I can't thank you enough for your work and creativity. I hope that anyone who downloads and uses this set appreciates the time and effort you put into it. Thank you again!
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#78 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 11:18 AM Last edited by Sandranym : 10th Feb 2012 at 11:45 AM.
This is ... I'm missing words ... perfect ... wonderful ... no idea. Such a great thing!

The only thing I need now is a fitting dresser or a modded shelf or something like this, so that my bedrooms will look perfect.
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#79 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Sandranym
The only thing I need now is a fitting dresser or a modded shelf or something like this, so that my bedrooms will look perfect.
Don't be so hasty
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#80 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 12:26 PM
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Thank you so much, It's beyond wonderful.
Love all your creations.
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#81 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 3:39 PM
Wow! I never have to download a counter or a shelf again. Thank you!
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#82 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 4:31 PM
So awesome!
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#83 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 5:09 PM
Omg... what's going on here... about 80 comments so far... Well, what could I say that hasn't been said already? Hm.... nope, can't think of anything new so I'll just do the same "happy dance" as I usually do when I spot new stuff from you. You're my hero - I love your creations. Thank you for making them and for sharing with us!

/me does happy dance
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#84 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 10:15 PM
Eeee, it's finished!! I love all the different pics, they really show all the different things you can do with the set, can't wait to get it in game!
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#85 Old 10th Feb 2012 at 10:39 PM Last edited by Mia200 : 11th Feb 2012 at 12:27 AM.
;_; it's not working right for me. Maybe i'm doing something wrong >.< I'm gonna rewatch the video to be sure, then I will see if it changes the problem, if not then I will go into details. I love this set, it's just...blah, wish it would co-operate with me.

EDIT:
It would seem that what happens is when I try to place anything in a second layer on the counters it won't snap in correctly. In the picture provided you can see I'm trying to place in a drawer. That's as far over as the item will go. It goes perfectly if it's the bottom item in the counter, but then, like before, I can't place anything else on top of it. A little help, here?
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-...reenshot-16.jpg
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#86 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 12:01 AM
Simply fantastic! Thank you very much.
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#87 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 12:08 AM
Wonderful.
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#88 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 12:56 AM
Do these work on Mac for some reason when i add the packages in my mods folder my game says unable to start. I really love these and want to use this is there something i can do?
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#89 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 2:43 AM
Amazing! Thanks so much!
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#90 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 4:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Mia200
It would seem that what happens is when I try to place anything in a second layer on the counters it won't snap in correctly. In the picture provided you can see I'm trying to place in a drawer. That's as far over as the item will go. It goes perfectly if it's the bottom item in the counter, but then, like before, I can't place anything else on top of it. A little help, here?
You need a Shelf Counter Divider instead of Shelf Counter Inside to place the drawer on second layer. On video, I did this with the last counter piece.

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Originally Posted by diana9676
Do these work on Mac for some reason when i add the packages in my mods folder my game says unable to start.
I'm sorry, I don't have a MAC so I have no idea. The files are however very regular files, so they should work in any OS that can run Sims. Maybe some other MAC user would comment on whether they work for them.
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#91 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 5:40 AM
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Originally Posted by armiel
You need a Shelf Counter Divider instead of Shelf Counter Inside to place the drawer on second layer. On video, I did this with the last counter piece.


Thank you, thank you! I'm an idiot and missed that completely! <3
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#92 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 6:30 AM
Sim...ply stunning Armiel, thank you so much. I watched your video as well and it is great, you really went the extra mile for us all.

You are brilliant, thank you.
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#93 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 7:34 AM
Should I move all the folders to the "Mods" or the contents only?
Anyone answer please...
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#94 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 8:32 AM
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Originally Posted by pawjipaw
Should I move all the folders to the "Mods" or the contents only?
Anyone answer please...
I don't think I can say it any more clearly. As the post says:

How to install?
Download the file
Extract the sims3packs to Downloads-folder and install them via the Launcher (If you don't know how, read here)
Extract the folder containing the package-files to Packages-folder (If you don't know how, read here)

Quick conclusion: Put the folder in your Packages-folder.
Instructor
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#95 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 8:33 PM
fantabulous. Thank you for sharing. I was just looking for some modern objects and build items for a modern house I am thinking about making.
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#96 Old 11th Feb 2012 at 9:42 PM
Building a new world, can't wait to incorporate these in it - thanks so much!
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#97 Old 12th Feb 2012 at 12:00 AM
When I saw this, I couldn't stop saying WOW. Amazing set! Thanksyou :D
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#98 Old 12th Feb 2012 at 12:04 AM
My counter tops wont snap together when I want to make it go in a different direction like you did in the vid @1:22. Help?
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#99 Old 12th Feb 2012 at 4:19 AM
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Originally Posted by cjf
My counter tops wont snap together when I want to make it go in a different direction like you did in the vid @1:22. Help?
My only guess would be that you're turning the piece the wrong way when making the corner. Make sure that you have the softened curvier side of counter facing the same way in all pieces. Also, counter and island do not make a corner together - you need to use just one type to make the corner. If it's something else, I don't have the slightest idea.
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#100 Old 12th Feb 2012 at 7:23 AM
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Originally Posted by armiel
I don't think I can say it any more clearly. As the post says:

How to install?
Download the file
Extract the sims3packs to Downloads-folder and install them via the Launcher (If you don't know how, read here)
Extract the folder containing the package-files to Packages-folder (If you don't know how, read here)

Quick conclusion: Put the folder in your Packages-folder.

Okay, let's pretend I haven't asked the question. Now my problem is, I have put all the folders in the Packages-folder, yet I couldn't find the objects in the game. I only found the sim3pack objects. Help.
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