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Liberate your sims! A Clear Portrait UI edit

by Spamaccount Posted 12th Sep 2017 at 9:43 PM - Updated 13th Sep 2017 at 2:52 AM by Spamaccount
6 Comments / replies (Who?) - 1 Feedback Posts, 5 Thanks Posts
If you've been playing TS3 since the beginning, or even if you started playing with only the earlier expansions, you'll remember that back in the day our sims used to always have a nice, clear portrait window. But towards the end of the game's run, EA decided that that portrait space was prime UI real estate and forced our poor sims to carry the weight of the seasons and the moon on their shoulders. First, Supernatural added the Lunar Cycle on the right of the menu, and then Seasons used the space on the left to display the current season. With this mod, both of these changes have been rolled back, allowing you to take a good luck at your sims unobstructed!

Of course, while those icons may have been a bit intrusive, they served a useful purpose, letting you know when the season would end and how soon it was until the full moon. Luckily, this mod leaves the information behind the icons intact; you can still hover your cursor the same spots as always to check the current season and lunar phase information. You just don't have to put with the images cluttering your sim's headshot anymore.





Does this conflict with anything?
Unfortunately, this is a UI mod. The Moon phase images are all stored in their own file, so unless you have a mod that directly changes the UI moons (not the ones in the sky, just the version that appears next to your sim), that function of the mod should always work.
However, the seasons icons are all stored in the same file as other parts of the UI; this means that there's going to be a conflict if you have another UI mod, like the Sweet Dreams UI recolor, in your game.

An example with a UI mod I'm working on now:

In this example, the color-changing UI mod loads first ('Black UI' comes before 'Clear World' and they are stored in the same folder, so 'Black UI' loads first); as you can see, the Lunar replacement works as intended, but the Seasons icon being used are the ones provided by the UI mod that loads first. You can tell because there is still a small trace of the old Summer icon visible in this shot, since the icon wasn't removed perfectly in this particular UI. Note that that flaw isn't present in the version you'll be downloading.
If you're interested, I've also provided a screenshot of what happens when this mod loads BEFORE another UI mod. It doesn't look good at all, and I highly recommend that if you do intend to use this with a non-default UI that you make sure this mod loads after the other one. Simply putting in 'z' in front of the name and placing it in the same folder as your other UI mod should do the trick.

Other instructions:
You need either the Seasons or Supernatural expansions for this mod to do anything. If you have only one of those, that should be fine.

There are two versions available. The first version clears the portrait at any time, removing all Seasons and Lunar Phase icons. I personally ignore the Lunar Cycle completely, but I thought other people might enjoy some parts of it. With that in mind, there is a second version that removes the icons for every season, and removes the icons for all the Lunar Phases except the Full Moon and the New Moon (i.e the only two that actually have some gameplay effect). Use only one, of course.


Additional Credits:
Special thanks to dino_rex for guiding me and the community in making UI modifications
Tags: #UI, #Icons, #Remove, #Seasons, #Lunar, #Moon, #Clear, #Portrait, #Panel

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Supernatural Seasons
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Clear Portrait.zip 376.7 KB 172 12th Sep 2017
Clear Portrait - New and Full Moon.zip 385.2 KB 143 12th Sep 2017
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
Test Subject
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#2 Old 17th Sep 2017 at 3:31 AM
Where can i find the black UI?
Test Subject
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#3 Old 19th Sep 2017 at 1:07 AM
I too am trying to find this black UI all i found was a grey one online x.x
Lab Assistant
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#4 Old 20th Sep 2017 at 8:36 PM
I like having the moon and weather UI there, but I have friends who don't, so thanks for making this! ^_^
so excited for the black UI, iwantiwantiwantiwant
Test Subject
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#5 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 9:45 PM
Spamaccount I'm going to have to thank you full heartedly for this mod because it's something I wanted since supernatural came out. For me personally the UI moon icon was a completely ridiculous add on when we already had multiple ways to check the lunar cycle. The UI Moon icon also rendered the Moon Dial object completely useless, and simply looking up at the sky is a option.

Thanks again for the mod Spamaccount. This is going to make remembering to check for a full moon for my sims late night outings a little more interesting.
Lab Assistant
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#6 Old 23rd Sep 2017 at 2:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Dj Tiff
Spamaccount I'm going to have to thank you full heartedly for this mod because it's something I wanted since supernatural came out. For me personally the UI moon icon was a completely ridiculous add on when we already had multiple ways to check the lunar cycle. The UI Moon icon also rendered the Moon Dial object completely useless, and simply looking up at the sky is a option.

Thanks again for the mod Spamaccount. This is going to make remembering to check for a full moon for my sims late night outings a little more interesting.

You're welcome! Glad you like it!

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Originally Posted by michaell17
Where can i find the black UI?

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Originally Posted by ragefire
I too am trying to find this black UI all i found was a grey one online x.x

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Originally Posted by Mayor-Of-Mustard
I like having the moon and weather UI there, but I have friends who don't, so thanks for making this! ^_^
so excited for the black UI, iwantiwantiwantiwant

It's coming soon, guys. I have been working on it on and off for a while and it's in a pretty nice state now, but there a few rough spots that need to be cleaned up before I can release it. I'm hoping it can be out before the end of October at the latest, but tracking down and adjusting every little rogue icon takes time. Soon though!
Test Subject
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#7 Old 27th Sep 2017 at 8:41 PM
Smart idea :) Thanks for sharing with us!