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Brightening up BodyShop for a Spring Cleaning

by WesHowe Posted 18th Feb 2007 at 8:11 AM - Updated 27th Nov 2013 at 10:13 PM by Nysha
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This small package file redefines the lighting used in BodyShop, making viewing and modifying your creations there a lot friendlier.

By requests, this package has three versions that have increasing brightness levels, so you can pick the one you like. I also wrote some small details (a mini-tutorial) of how to edit it with SimPE to make it just like you want.

Install is simple... unzip the package file and put one of the files in your config folder (it may work in downloads, but I didn't test it there).

I have attached a screenshot of the same Sim with the old and new lighting system. The brightest file in the new set is just like the one I originally released, with the other two being more moderate brightness level enhancements.

<* Wes *>

Operating System: Windows Linux Mac OS X
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

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

Sims 2
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Size: 2.8 KB · Downloads: 50,921 · 18th Feb 2007
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#176 Old 26th Mar 2007 at 9:10 PM Last edited by dragon_tfm : 26th Mar 2007 at 10:39 PM. Reason: uh oh
Originally Posted by wes_h
I can't seem to make it not work in Seasons.

Those that have had trouble should try deleting the "groups.cache" and "cigen.package" files. Both of these will get rebuilt automatically.

Be careful when deleting files to delete just the ones I cited above. I am not responsible for operator error.

<* Wes *>

ok great then i hadnt downloaded it before seasons so i didnt know was just gonna wait for a update...finally i can see what the heck im doing woot!


there seems to be a problem for me with this..or atleast im pretty sure its caused by this...i placed it in the config folder (only put the xxb one in so far) ...but any ways when i went in to clean up some unwanted makeup in bodyshop i wasnt allowed to select some of them but some i could i dont get why..i checked again after i removed the XXB file and restarted bodyshop and there was no problem i was able to select all teh makeup i couldnt before and deleted them as planned so i guess it might now be completely functional with seasons? (i have all eps and no stuff packs if this helps you)
ill try it out again with the less bright ones and maybe they will work for me since the XXB was atad to bright anyways
just thought youd liek to know

oh and i forgot to add i had pretty recently deleted the 2 files you mentioned since i was having a problem with the game...should i delete them

EDIT 2 :
well atleast the Xb one seems to be workign just fine and its at the lighting i like alot so im good still dont know what the heck is up with teh xxb lol

check out my uploads here updated May 15, 2008
Original Poster
#177 Old 27th Mar 2007 at 6:49 AM
All three files should be the same, containing the same five lights, except for the values used on the lights themselves.
However, sometimes changes do not become immediately recognized if groups.cache or cigen.package aren't also deleted.
#178 Old 27th Mar 2007 at 11:01 PM
weird..well like i said im super happy with the XB version so i wont be fiddling with anythign just in case lol

check out my uploads here updated May 15, 2008
Field Researcher
#179 Old 2nd Apr 2007 at 4:20 AM
Fantastic! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#180 Old 13th Apr 2007 at 11:09 PM
It looks great! I can actually SEE what I'm doing now :D
Thanks so much~
Test Subject
#181 Old 25th Apr 2007 at 10:59 PM Last edited by Nokomys : 25th Apr 2007 at 11:08 PM.
Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!!!!!

This is AWESOME!!!!! I can finally see what I'm making without loading the game over and over!

Wes- You are my hero.

(PS~ I'm running all EP's and SP's and it works perfectly for me.)
Lab Assistant
#182 Old 26th Apr 2007 at 9:17 AM
Thanks so much, the lighting in Bodyshop has always annoyed me—but no more!
Field Researcher
#183 Old 30th Apr 2007 at 4:42 AM
Can't believe I'm just now seeing this. Thanks a ton! :*)

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Lab Assistant
#184 Old 13th May 2007 at 3:02 AM
I love better lighting... but just removed the highest lighting option as it has too much glare for me to see the work i am doing, I have the lightest on in now and it is good, but i am going to try the med. vs. next time i restart body shop hoping for that happy medium, ad for where this file goes. i plan to move it to config, but i use the robot and that program placed your files in downloads.. So just in case someone wants to know... they work fine in the download folder, if you have all 3 installed there you will see the brightest version.

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Forum Resident
#185 Old 1st Jun 2007 at 7:02 PM
#186 Old 7th Jun 2007 at 5:33 PM
Awsome. =] I've been wanting to download this for ages but never got round to it. (I download too much over the download bill *blushes*) But anyway, i'm glad that you made this, i too, thought that this couldn't be fixed and was actually embedded into the game but, it's obliviously not. After me ranting on all I want to say is thanks! =]
Lab Assistant
#187 Old 13th Jun 2007 at 8:30 AM
Just wanted to say thanks. I can't believe I waited so long to install this. I'm so happy!!

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Test Subject
#188 Old 17th Jun 2007 at 7:55 AM
Thanks so much! It drove me crazy that I couldn't *really* see what I was doing in BS. I might actually start to use it now.
Lab Assistant
#189 Old 27th Jun 2007 at 4:13 AM
Brilliant; I can't believe Maxis made it so dark to begin with... It's amazing that you figured out how to fix it. Thanks a lot!
Lab Assistant
#190 Old 3rd Aug 2007 at 2:50 AM
I never realized those were just inner bevels on those supposed shelves in BS. Thank you, very much I used the second one and it's perfect.
Test Subject
#191 Old 23rd Aug 2007 at 9:42 PM
I seriously doubt I will ever be able to thank you enough, BRILLIANT!
Lab Assistant
#192 Old 12th Oct 2007 at 6:49 PM
i love this fanq

Alastair :)
Lab Assistant
#193 Old 9th Nov 2007 at 3:36 AM
I love you. Is that allowed?
Cheekbones were a pain to edit until this mod. :D

I basically just like to play uglacies.
Field Researcher
#194 Old 14th Nov 2007 at 11:40 PM
Cool, thanks! I spend A LOT of time in bodyshop, so this is perfect! :D:D:D
Forum Resident
#195 Old 16th Dec 2007 at 4:34 AM Last edited by tiggerypum : 16th Dec 2007 at 6:22 AM. Reason: thanks post
THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! THANKS! I can't believe I didn't see this until now, you truely are a master this will be so useful to see the actual final product rather than the sim in dark lighting! THANKS THANKS THANKS!

I no longer make sims, if you wish to contact me through this site it is highly unlikely that you will receive a reply.
Test Subject
1st Feb 2008 at 1:12 AM
This message has been deleted by millahnna. Reason: dble post sry
Test Subject
#196 Old 1st Feb 2008 at 1:13 AM
On the off chance anyone else runs into this problem, a warning from a simmer who is now likely done with the game. In Wes_h's post upthread when he warms to not delete any files other than the ones he names, he seriously means it.

So I popped one of these files into config to test it. Didn't seem to be working, so I closed body shop to try it in my downloads folder which worked brilliantly. Closed body shop but it hung for some strange reason (which happens to me a lot and always has, no big deal killed the process in task manager like I always do). This left some .tmp file in my main Sims directory in "My Documents" which I deleted just like I always do (error logs from Body Shop show up here sometimes when it crashes). I reloaded Body shop to make sure everything was fine and it was far from it. My entire downloads folder was wiped out when I deleted that temp file. Tmp file was still in recycle bin but restoring it did nothing.

I now have the option of redownloading all of my hacks (approx 200), default replacement files (I wouldn't even know where to start), custom skins, clothes, etc. or I can give up on Maxis's buggy code. I think I like the latter option.

Again, just a warning for anyone else who tests this and notices weird files in their Sims folder. Be VERY VERY careful what you delete.

For whatever it's worth, this is a great mod.
Lab Assistant
#197 Old 1st Feb 2008 at 3:36 PM
I've gotta tell ya, this is the one of the most useful items! I've been using it for quite a while now and it has worked out just great! Thank you sooooo much!

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Test Subject
#198 Old 18th Feb 2008 at 9:13 PM
It sure made Bodyshop much brighter
Thank YOU!!
Lab Assistant
#199 Old 13th Apr 2008 at 2:45 PM
You are my hero! You have no idea how irritating the lack of light was for me! I had to squint and zoom and such. Thank you so much!

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