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TS4 Skin Converter V2.3, enable CC skintones in CAS

by CmarNYC Posted 9th Dec 2020 at 10:12 PM - Updated 20th Dec 2020 at 3:15 PM by CmarNYC
141 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts, 8 Thanks Posts
With the December 2020 patch, CC skintones stopped appearing in the CAS skintone picker. This tool will update them and optionally will add tanned and burned textures to older skintones.

This tool is ONLY for skin colors that are applied in the skintone panel in CAS, NOT 'skintones' that are applied in skin details. It is also NOT for texture-only default replacements. If you see a message saying there are no tones found in the package, you're probably trying to convert one of those.

When running this tool, do NOT save the converted package over the original; that may corrupt the package and you could end up with an unusable file! Give it a new name or save it in a different location. Then remove the old package from your Mods folder and replace it with the converted one.

Pick which skintone panel you want the CC skins to appear in and this tool will convert them. It sets up the light/dark slider with standard values.

It makes fairly accurate textures for natural skin colors and makes its best guess at tan and burn colors for fantasy skins. It uses the swatch color to judge how light/dark the skin is and decide which color(s) are dominant for fantasy skins, so an accurate swatch is important.

Straight conversion is fast, but if you're adding tan and burn textures and there are more than a few skintones in the package it'll take a seriously long time to compress the files and save after converting. Your system may report the process as not responding but it should complete eventually.

This is really quick and dirty so keep copies of your original skintone packages and please report errors.

Unzip and run TS4SkinConverter.exe.

Windows only, sorry. Requires 64-bit and .NET 4.

FOR MAC USERS:

How to convert skintones manually using Sims4Studio: https://cidira.tumblr.com/post/6379...olors-for-patch

Additional Credits:
s4pi library for package and image handling.
Download: https://github.com/s4ptacle/Sims4Tools/releases/
Source: https://github.com/s4ptacle/Sims4Tools/tree/develop

Updates:

V2.3, 12/10/2020
- Switched to a better color conversion for burned skin textures, which makes the skin look redder (or greener or bluer) when burned.

V2.2, 12/10/2020
- Added the option to enable for humans.
- Changed default skintone category to Miscellaneous.

V2.1, 12/10/2020
- Added options to enable skintones for all occults. Everything else is the same so you only need this if you need skins enabled for Aliens, Vampires, or Spellcasters.
Tags: #TS4, #skin, #skintone, #convert

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors
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 4
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
TS4SkinConverter_2_3_0_0.zip | Extract folder and run TS4SkinConverter.exe

Size: 1.16 MB · Downloads: 21,030 · 11th Dec 2020
1.16 MB 21,030 11th Dec 2020
TS4SkinConverterV2.3Source.zip | Source code, not needed to use the tool

Size: 641.7 KB · Downloads: 4,010 · 11th Dec 2020
641.7 KB 4,010 11th Dec 2020
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the file(s) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
 
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Test Subject
#26 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 1:41 PM
excuse my english. it doesn't work for me on vampires
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#27 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 1:52 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by shinge
excuse my english. it doesn't work for me on vampires


It works for vampires in my game if the skintone is enabled for vampires, and I'm going to add options to enable for each of the occults for the very old skintones.

Please do not PM me with mod, tutorial, or general modding questions or problems; post them in the thread for the mod or tutorial or post them in the appropriate forum.

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Online Sims - general mods for Sims 3
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Test Subject
THANKS POST
#28 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 1:52 PM
Another unbelievable cmar modding tool. This guy makes this game playable and so easy hassle free to fix and mod.
Test Subject
#29 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 3:11 PM
So I've been trying to use this tool but once I download and unzip the file, whenever I try to start the .exe file I get a pop-up that says "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." Do you know what could be causing this? cause I can't figure it out
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#30 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 3:21 PM
Thanks for all your hard work, Cmar. This was a blessing for me as a CC creator.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#31 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 4:12 PM
Thank you for your fast and effective work Cmar! Now I can finally update my game. lol
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#32 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 4:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by KittenMix
So I've been trying to use this tool but once I download and unzip the file, whenever I try to start the .exe file I get a pop-up that says "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." Do you know what could be causing this? cause I can't figure it out


Make sure you left all the supporting files in the same folder. I'll double check it's not trying to open game files for the next version. Besides that, while it sounds like you don't have the required permissions, if you just unzipped it that doesn't make sense. The other possibility is that your antivirus is blocking it, which sometimes happens with new software the AV doesn't recognize.

Please do not PM me with mod, tutorial, or general modding questions or problems; post them in the thread for the mod or tutorial or post them in the appropriate forum.

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Online Sims - general mods for Sims 3
Offline Sims - adult mods for Sims 3 and Sims 4
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#33 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 4:39 PM
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I love this one skin cc I have but when I updated with the new stuff it wouldn't work, thank you so much!!!!
Test Subject
#34 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 6:02 PM
This is amazing, thank you so much! Forgive me if this is a silly question, I am pretty new to mods/CC. I understand the instructions about renaming instead of overriding, but what of the custom skins i have installed via the TSR CC Manager? it condenses CC into its own small little library files instead of individual packages. should i just uninstall my skins via the manager and redownload them individually?
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#35 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 6:29 PM
thank you for this - another lifesaver
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#36 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 6:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HelenaHandbasket
This is amazing, thank you so much! Forgive me if this is a silly question, I am pretty new to mods/CC. I understand the instructions about renaming instead of overriding, but what of the custom skins i have installed via the TSR CC Manager? it condenses CC into its own small little library files instead of individual packages. should i just uninstall my skins via the manager and redownload them individually?


Good question. IMO you should remove the skins with the manager. I assume it doesn't extract the original package for you so yes, you'll probably have to re download if you don't have the originals. I wouldn't risk running this tool on a combined package.

BTW I love your username!

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Offline Sims - adult mods for Sims 3 and Sims 4
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#37 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 6:58 PM
V2.1 uploaded. The only change is that you can enable skins for all the occults now.

@wild_guy - I've looked for the splotchiness and it seems to be gone, or at least it's almost invisible to my aging eyes. :D

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Test Subject
THANKS POST
#38 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 7:09 PM
This ap is great! Works great. being able to add add occult would be perfect!
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#39 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 8:06 PM
Thank you for this program! I appreciate your work! I want to ask a question first, does this application also update the cc skin for natural tanning in sulani?
Test Subject
#40 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 8:07 PM
So...I tried this tool but my skintones still don't show up in CAS. I ticked all options but they just won't appear.

Am I doing something wrong?
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#41 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 8:29 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by PlayStar201
So...I tried this tool but my skintones still don't show up in CAS. I ticked all options but they just won't appear.

Am I doing something wrong?


Please upload the original and converted packages and I'll take a look!

Please do not PM me with mod, tutorial, or general modding questions or problems; post them in the thread for the mod or tutorial or post them in the appropriate forum.

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Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#42 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 8:31 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalilacuderan
Thank you for this program! I appreciate your work! I want to ask a question first, does this application also update the cc skin for natural tanning in sulani?


Yes, if you check the option to add tan and burn textures.

Please do not PM me with mod, tutorial, or general modding questions or problems; post them in the thread for the mod or tutorial or post them in the appropriate forum.

Visit my blogs for other Sims content:
Online Sims - general mods for Sims 3
Offline Sims - adult mods for Sims 3 and Sims 4
Test Subject
#43 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 9:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CmarNYC
Make sure you left all the supporting files in the same folder. I'll double check it's not trying to open game files for the next version. Besides that, while it sounds like you don't have the required permissions, if you just unzipped it that doesn't make sense. The other possibility is that your antivirus is blocking it, which sometimes happens with new software the AV doesn't recognize.

It seems my antivirus was blocking it, sorry bout that it's all working fine now! Thank you!
Field Researcher
#44 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 9:51 PM
Thank you so much! I think I may owe you my first born child!
Test Subject
#45 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 9:54 PM
I'm having a similar problem to Playstar201, but it's only happening with some skins. Some show up completely, some only show up on occults and some don't show up at all. I've ticked everything on all the skins.
Hope it's chill that I've attached the skins I'm having issues with (ones with ED in name are converted). The NotEgain skin only shows up on occults and the PYXIS skin doesn't show up at all.
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip Skins.zip (16.71 MB, 18 downloads)
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#46 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 10:44 PM
Cmar, you are incredible.
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#47 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 11:18 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phibbs
I'm having a similar problem to Playstar201, but it's only happening with some skins. Some show up completely, some only show up on occults and some don't show up at all. I've ticked everything on all the skins.
Hope it's chill that I've attached the skins I'm having issues with (ones with ED in name are converted). The NotEgain skin only shows up on occults and the PYXIS skin doesn't show up at all.


Thanks! I think the problem with the NotEgain is that it's a very old skintone made before there were any occults and there was no tag necessary to enable for humans. I've added the option to add the tag to enable for humans in V2.2.

The PYXIS skin shows up fine for me for all types. Are you sure you put in the right package?

Please do not PM me with mod, tutorial, or general modding questions or problems; post them in the thread for the mod or tutorial or post them in the appropriate forum.

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Lab Assistant
#48 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 11:26 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CmarNYC
@wild_guy - I've looked for the splotchiness and it seems to be gone, or at least it's almost invisible to my aging eyes. :D

Well, overlays still give some small artifacts but at first sight they seem the same that I saw after converting with v.1.2, quite not critical for me.
I made some experiments and looks like I found much more critical problem.
So I have 2 packages of CC skin tones, the first is initial that made before tan was implemented in the game and the second one is the same but converted with 1.2 version to add tan and burn textures.
I converted both using version 2.0 and compared tanned and burned result of the same tone and it seems v.2.0 create incorrect tan and burn textures. While the tanned texture is not very different from version 1.2, the burned texture is completely incorrect.
Tan settings were enabled in both cases althought as I saw creating tan textures is just skipped if they already exist (info just in case).
Here is the screenshots of the results, please, take a look:
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip Desktop.zip (5.19 MB, 7 downloads)
Ms. Byte
Original Poster
#49 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 11:44 PM Last edited by CmarNYC : 10th Dec 2020 at 11:55 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by wild_guy
Well, overlays still give some small artifacts but at first sight they seem the same that I saw after converting with v.1.2, quite not critical for me.
I made some experiments and looks like I found much more critical problem.
So I have 2 packages of CC skin tones, the first is initial that made before tan was implemented in the game and the second one is the same but converted with 1.2 version to add tan and burn textures.
I converted both using version 2.0 and compared tanned and burned result of the same tone and it seems v.2.0 create incorrect tan and burn textures. While the tanned texture is not very different from version 1.2, the burned texture is completely incorrect.
Tan settings were enabled in both cases althought as I saw creating tan textures is just skipped if they already exist (info just in case).
Here is the screenshots of the results, please, take a look:


You mean that the burned texture isn't as red? Yes, I mistakenly used an older version of the color transformation. I'll fix it.

Please do not PM me with mod, tutorial, or general modding questions or problems; post them in the thread for the mod or tutorial or post them in the appropriate forum.

Visit my blogs for other Sims content:
Online Sims - general mods for Sims 3
Offline Sims - adult mods for Sims 3 and Sims 4
Test Subject
#50 Old 10th Dec 2020 at 11:57 PM
*sighs* thank you for this now for the not so fun part of trying to update 400 files one by one lol
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