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Cherub Curly Hair (All Ages, Both Genders, True Custom!)

by HystericalParoxysm Posted 19th Jul 2009 at 6:56 PM - Updated 23rd Jul 2009 at 4:40 PM by HystericalParoxysm : Adding personal pick. :)
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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.
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Truly custom hair!

In the tradition of my TS2 hairs, I'm proud to present my TS2 Cherub hair, converted for use in TS3! It was my first TS2 hair so it seemed fitting.

This is a true custom hair and doesn't replace anything! It shows up as a new item in CAS to choose, and does not require any Store hair or anything like that to work. You can just put it in your game and play - no fuss, no muss, no needing to choose whether you like another hair better.

It works properly for sims of different body types (fat/fit/whatever) and the hair recolouring options (roots/main/highlights/tip) work properly as well, though they may not look amazing in all colour options due to the way this hair is constructed.

This hair is for all ages (toddler through elder) and both genders (male and female). Your sims may not switch properly through all ages wearing the hair due to the way it had to be made kinda separately, but you can easily take 'em to a mirror and fix that. It may not be the most feminine hairstyle but I know a lot of people like to play butch/trans/otherwise short haired girls, and it's a LOT easier to do a hair for as many sims as will have it all at once than to do the other stuff later.

May not be perfectly perfect...

I've done my best to minimize wonkyness with this hair, but TS3 hair is pretty damn complicated, and I have limited time to spend on fiddly bits. There may be some slight "over-shine" and an appearance of a bit of pixelly sparkly around the edges in CAS but that doesn't really happen in-game. Lighter colours may not look quite as amazing as darker colours. The technology and knowledge to make absolutely perfect TS3 hairs is still in development, but it's about as close as I could get.

It also doesn't look real spiffy with sideburns. Sorry 'bout that. Facial overlays to get them to match up are a giant pain in the ass.

But it -does- include all the LODs and I've tested and get no zoom crashes or anything like that like some of the initial problems others have had.

To install:

1. Download the rar file and extract the three .package files from it.

2. Install the .package files - recommended is use of the Helper Monkey!

3. Play! You shouldn't have to delete your cache files. Find the hair in Create a Sim for your new sims, or Change Appearance on a mirror for your existing ones.

Model credits:

Ethan by newone08, Raymond by TummyZa, Leah by Princess Leia, and an unreleased female sim by me. Eyes are by me, face is by Aikea Guinea.

No requests, please...

I am definitely going to do more hair for TS3... but I have limited time I can spend on creating (darn that real life and need to sleep!), and plenty of existing plans on which hairs (and what type of hairs) I want to do first.

I have permission from Nouk to convert her hairs, I have my own hairs I made for TS2, and hairs from TS2 itself all that can be done, as well as perhaps some brand new styles I might do. Which is probably enough to keep me busy for a year!

I will mainly be focusing on shorter, more "masculine" styles for a while, as guys tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to hair. Any that are female or child appropriate will work for them, too. But with so much to do, I really don't take requests, suggestions, hints, or "ooh that'd be cool!" into consideration.

Huge thanks to:

DELPHY!! For slaving over figuring out non-replacement hair and for putting together a super easy to use tool to make it!

WES!! For his awesome Q-Mesh plugins for Milkshape!

All the awesome folks who figured out the file formats and gubbins to allow this to happen.

Also thanks to Lee for in-game testing.

Polygon Counts:
Count for LOD0 (highest detail) is 3340. LOD1-LOD3 are much lower.
Hair Style: Maxis-Match
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Bin Type: Binned
Age: Toddler Child Teen Young Adult Adult Elder

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 3
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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.

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Forum Resident
#2 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 6:20 PM
Just when you thought HP couldn't be any more awesome....

This is great! Thanks!

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#3 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:02 PM
thank you thank you thank!!! this is SO great you have done this, well done and they are great looking too!

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#4 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:06 PM
he he he! It's come. Thanks!!!
Forum Resident
#5 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:06 PM
Ooooooh finally non-replace hair! Wow! And curly!! Much needed, thank you !
#6 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:08 PM
Wow!! This is great, now I can actually ADD to my game, not just replace Thanks so much and this looks awesome too :D

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Test Subject
#7 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:08 PM
Finally! I was hoping someone would make this one Sims-3-ready! Thanks so much!!! :D
#8 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:09 PM
Thanks this is awesome now hopefully creators who've already made hairs will alter theirs to be non replacements as well. I hope to see a long curly hair for females soon, I can't believe EA left out curly hair
Test Subject
#9 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:10 PM
YAY! One of my favourite sims 2 hair. Thank you so much for making it unisex!!
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:13 PM
Do you have any idea how awesome you are? Sure you do that's why you made these because you are! Thank you, for this oh so needed curly hair!
#11 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:14 PM
I think I luv you! *hugs* Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:14 PM
Thank you so much HP! I was anxiously waiting for you to upload this hair I just love it and thank you for making it for both genders,
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:15 PM
HP, you so ROCK! This was one of my favorite TS2 hairs.
#14 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:15 PM
This is amazing!!! You are amazing!!! Thank you HP!!! Can't wait to see this on some of my boys!!!

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#15 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:18 PM
Brilliant! So tired of seeing the same old stock Sims 3 hairs. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:18 PM
Absolutely gorgeous HP! This was always one of my favorite hairs for The Sims 2. THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Forum Resident
#17 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:21 PM
Thanks for all your effort converting this to Sims3! Also thank you to all who figured this out and made the tools for your work!
Test Subject
#18 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:23 PM
Yay! This is one of my favorite hairs for Sims 2 so I am thrilled to have it for Sims 3. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:25 PM

Finally we get some true custom hairstyle which is not the Peggy's plastic ones!
Test Subject
#20 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:25 PM
Finally curly hair. Can't see why EA left it out it looks beautiful on sims and curly hair is natural just like straight.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:27 PM
LOL at your "Install Instructions" page!
#22 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:30 PM
HP, I bow before thee... this was one of my fave hairs of urs from TS2, and now it's here for TS3 - absolute awesome. U are a true genius in the field of mods, conversions and just general greatness. Thank you so much

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#23 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:35 PM
Just when I decided that TS2 was better and that I wouldn't be playing 3 for a while. You go and do this. Thanks so very much. In a good way.
#24 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:37 PM
I read about the Peggy (leeching and entirely improper) fiasco today so congrats and THANKYOU to you, Delphy and Wes for working very hard and doing things the "right" way.

I can't say much more really
Test Subject
#25 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 7:40 PM
Thanks again for releasing these! I hope you can make a tutorial on how to make hair and such :D
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