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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: 50,927 · 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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Test Subject
#201 Old 27th Apr 2008 at 6:37 PM
This is fab! Thanks a bunch, Wes.
Field Researcher
#202 Old 11th May 2008 at 4:19 AM
Thank you! I get so tired of squinting or moving my monitor closer that it actually keeps me from making more sims sometimes. I didn't even think of looking for this, but I'm glad I spend a few minutes skimming over the featured downloads .^_^. Congrats, by the way; it's definately deserved!

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Test Subject
#203 Old 18th Aug 2008 at 9:47 PM
Just what I was looking for, thank you very much!
Test Subject
#204 Old 5th Sep 2008 at 12:32 AM
This is a creation worthy of the "lotto 649 happy dance". O_____O
* does the happy dance *

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Test Subject
#205 Old 16th Sep 2008 at 9:08 PM
I thought it was just me! Thanks so much!
Test Subject
#206 Old 26th Sep 2008 at 12:23 AM
Um, I really need this but I only have WinRAR can someone post a rar version?
Field Researcher
#207 Old 15th Nov 2008 at 2:08 PM
Whew! I'm sooo glad I found this again! I had to do some major cleaning myself: my Downloads folder was so clogged full of empty files and rubbish that I ended up deleting 3 Gigs of stuff off my PC. I also accidently deleted this Life Saver as well. I simply cannot live without this modification. again, thanks!

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#208 Old 25th Dec 2008 at 11:26 PM
WinRAR can handle zip-files too, Kamaria.
That's a great idea. Very useful for us clothing creators.
Test Subject
#209 Old 7th Jan 2009 at 7:39 AM
I love this. Thank you so much. it has come in handy so many times!
Lab Assistant
#210 Old 4th Feb 2009 at 1:50 AM
Thank you. this was really useful. I've been experimenting with editing faces skin tones. It's nice to see what I'm doing for a change. I might try and tinker with the lighting levels just a wee bit. but this is a million years better than the defaults. Thanks Again
Test Subject
#211 Old 10th Feb 2009 at 10:37 PM
Thank you so much! This is exactly what Ive been looking for!
Test Subject
#212 Old 24th Feb 2009 at 1:56 PM
does it fuck up the game? otherwise it would be like a dream come true
#213 Old 18th Mar 2009 at 10:07 PM
My sims shall worship you as a God! This is fabulous! Thank you so much.
#214 Old 11th Apr 2009 at 10:14 AM
This is great!! I made this sim in bodyshop and it was perfect, then I went into it in-game and it was COMPLETELY different looking! My bodyshops even darker than the before picture!
#215 Old 20th Apr 2009 at 7:38 PM
this is good but i'ts just too bright can you help me get rid of it
Test Subject
#216 Old 23rd Apr 2009 at 11:37 PM Last edited by BlackKhaosMetamorph : 24th Apr 2009 at 4:27 PM. Reason: Correcting the thing about towels
I don't think you know how much you've made it easier for me to create(actually you probably do, but still :] ) I tried this out last night and it's amazingly better! I can actually see the colors of the towels in the background. can't thank you enough, you definitely deserve all the thanks you get :]

Thank you for sharing!

Edit: I just realized, they aren't towels they're shirts! I couldn't see that before ha!

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Test Subject
#217 Old 10th May 2009 at 1:49 AM
Absofreakinlutely AMAZING. Thanks so much for sharing with the rest of us!
Test Subject
#218 Old 11th Jun 2009 at 6:55 PM
Thanks for this! My Body Shop looks SOOOO much better now! XD
Test Subject
#219 Old 22nd Jul 2009 at 7:46 PM
Woohoooo! finally i can stop re-adjusting my monitor and graphics program settings! hehe!
Test Subject
#220 Old 25th Jul 2009 at 8:07 PM
Thanks. It always anoyed me that the lighting was bad. Now thanks to your creation, it wiil be a more enjoyable experience.
Lab Assistant
#221 Old 28th Jul 2009 at 1:15 AM
I also noticed the bad lighting, unfortunately, with more light, it glares off the sims and makes it hard to see detail, especially when they're wearing white clothing, or have fair skin. I think it might be a better solution to change just the lighting in the background, maybe.
Test Subject
#222 Old 25th Aug 2009 at 12:50 AM
You rock!! =D Now I can ACTUALLY know how things are gonna look in the game! ^^
Test Subject
#223 Old 31st Aug 2009 at 12:18 PM
Test Subject
#224 Old 13th Nov 2009 at 2:40 AM Last edited by MissMousey : 13th Nov 2009 at 3:09 AM. Reason: Added screens, more feedback now, clarification
First, I need to thank you so much (so much that I actually had to post)!

I have begun to use Body Shop to create Sims (instead of using the horribly limited in-game builder). At first, I thought my skin tones* were too dark, but then I began to notice how dark they looked compared to screen shots once my Sims were in game.

It dawned on me that Body Shop was the culprit with its lighting.
The XXB file did the trick.

Look at this:

Before the fix, his skin looked fine - tan, but not too light. Problem was, this was my normal skin!

Once I added the brightest file - whoops! He's too light.

Ah! Much better. Flame thanks you too!

*My skin tones being skin tones and various additions I've collected from various MTS2 and XMSims artists. You guys are great!
Test Subject
#225 Old 26th Dec 2009 at 3:45 AM
this is perfect!!!! i've always hated working in bodyshop and those hideous lights. now i can finally SEE what the heck i'm doing...
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