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UNI Concrete Stairs Recolored

by iCad Posted 17th Mar 2011 at 2:31 AM
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

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I have a thing, as you might be able to tell if you look at my downloads, for plaster/stucco-textured walls. And I do find myself using the Maxis stuccos quite a lot on exteriors because for once I think that EAxis's colors and textures are fairly nice across the board. And unless I'm sticking wood decks on the building in question, I also use, inside and out, the concrete stairs that came with Uni because they are close in texture. Or at least I started using them once I discovered that the wonderful and marvelous HugeLunatic had made them recolorable.

Because she did that, I wasted no time in slapping slightly-tweaked versions of all of the Maxis stuccos that I had onto those concrete stairs. I belive the original, complementary walls are all base game, so you should have them. I think. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong and I'll edit this appropriately...) But whatever he case: Woo! Stairs that match walls. Or, more accurately, that complement them; as near as I can tell, horizontal building elements like floors and stair steps aren't lit the same as vertical elements, like walls and columns, in the game. So even though the PNG files used to create these stairs (and the matching floors shown in the pics, which you will find in a separate upload) are exactly the same color as the wall PNGs, they don't show as exactly the same color in the game. But they do complement them very nicely. Like so:
(Note: These are small pics meant to show all the colors in comparison to the walls; for closer-up texture details, see the below pics and a few more attached ones.)

Of course, it then frustrated me that I was stuck with black railings... So what the heck! I recolored those, too! I made a white version and a rusty-coppery version that was appropriate for desert/Southwest-style usage, at least...and then I made new fences to match. So what I ended up with was 48 stair recolors, because I, at least, have 16 different Maxis stucco walls. (Well, actually, I have two more: Paste and Way Off White...but they are not actually "stucco." They have no discernable texture at all and as far as my aged eyes can tell are exactly the same as the paint versions of those colors. Plus, they are very close in color to walls with *gasp* actual stucco texture, so I didn't bother with them.) With three railing colors for each stair color, that makes 48 recolors in all. Hooray!

Here are two big pics of the two new rail/fence colors, both to show the rail colors as well as more texture details of the steps. The 16 step colors for each rail color are all exactly the same as the black-rail version above, of course.

To make this a bit easier on you, so that you can be more selective if you want to be, I'm offering these in three separate downloads. There's one download for the black rail version, one for the white, and one for the copper. For the latter two, the matching fences that I made are also included in the rar file so that you'll have them if you want to use them. (They are recolors of the Balustrade Minimaal, on new GUIDs, so they won't overwrite either the original black or the original red one, but they will add two new fences to your Build catalog.) Of course if you don't already have HugeLunatic's override that makes these stairs recolorable in your game, it won't do you one bit of good to download a bunch of recolors, now will it? So go get that, if you don't already have it.

Now, do be aware that if you download more than one version of these, when you go to recolor your steps, the railing color doesn't show in the little preview thumbnail, so you won't be able to tell which one is which until you click. But here's a hint: They appear in the recolor popup window alphabetically by file name from right to left. So if you download all three rail versions and don't change the file names, when you go to recolor your steps you'll see three thumbnails of each color. The right-most one will be the black rail version of that color, the middle one will be the copper rail version, and the left-most one will be the white rail version.

Also note that the Adventurous White and Shadow Grey colors don't look all that different from each other when used outside. (Color-wise, that is; they have very different textures if you look closely enough.) However, they do look quite different from each other when used indoors, which I do on occasion in modern and desert/Mediterranean-style buildings. The same holds true for the Cobalt and Calming Blue colors and the Fawn and the Putty colors. If the color similarity bugs you...Blame EA. They made the colors, not me. I included all of them in order to be OCD/completist. All the files are clearly named, though, so feel free to delete, as you will.

Of course, to be really OCD/completist, you need matching floors, too, in order to create matching concrete/cement walkways and such, such as I've shown in the pics. But I've obviously got you covered there, too. Look for them in a separate upload, which will hopefully, Mods willing, appear at the same time as this one...

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ConcStairsRC_MaxisStuccos_WhiteRails.rar | 16 stair recolors, with white railings, plus a matching white fence.

Size: 552.4 KB · Downloads: 10,869 · 17th Mar 2011
552.4 KB 10,869 17th Mar 2011
ConcStairsRC_MaxisStuccos_CopperRails.rar | 16 stair recolors, with copper railings, plus a matching copper fence.

Size: 544.1 KB · Downloads: 9,358 · 17th Mar 2011
544.1 KB 9,358 17th Mar 2011
ConcStairsRC_MaxisStuccos_BlackRails.rar | 16 stair recolors, with original black railings

Size: 544.4 KB · Downloads: 10,974 · 17th Mar 2011
544.4 KB 10,974 17th Mar 2011
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Test Subject
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#2 Old 17th Mar 2011 at 3:18 AM
Thanks for these!! I use those stairs loads so these will definitely come in handy! :-)
Scholar
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#3 Old 17th Mar 2011 at 4:24 AM
I have a question: have you done the Pigue Pen gates to match the Balustrade Minimaal? (and thanks, thanks!)

Cobalt's the prettiest but the coral and the seabreeze and the honeypot are the ones that actually show up in houses, I think. Oh, and the brick, in stairs.
Test Subject
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#4 Old 17th Mar 2011 at 4:32 AM
These are amazing. The first good recolors of the stairs that I've seen.
Instructor
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#5 Old 17th Mar 2011 at 3:14 PM
Yay! They're up! You have no idea how much I needed this. And white railing! Even more reason to party. Thank you very much. :D
Scholar
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#6 Old 17th Mar 2011 at 4:29 PM
Yay they're here Thank you thank you!
Undead Molten Llama
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#7 Old 17th Mar 2011 at 8:41 PM
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Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
I have a question: have you done the Pigue Pen gates to match the Balustrade Minimaal? (and thanks, thanks!)

Cobalt's the prettiest but the coral and the seabreeze and the honeypot are the ones that actually show up in houses, I think. Oh, and the brick, in stairs.


I have not done any gates yet, although they are in my project queue...along with everything else, since my life's goal is to make the whole freakin' build catalog match. *laughs* Honestly, I personally never use the Balustrade Minimaal as an actual fence, only as porch/balcony/decorative roof railings. For those, the gate is not needed. But I'll put them on the list in addition to the wood gates that I need to recolor. Thanks for the reminder!

For everyone else, I'm very happy whenever someone else gets use out of something that I make, so thanks for downloading/commenting. :D
Lab Assistant
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#8 Old 17th Mar 2011 at 9:57 PM
Thank you! Yes I will get good use! I have already made three houses since you uploaded your floors and I've used them in every one of them, esp. outdoors. They are perfect for porches and patios. The steps will make it perfect.
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#9 Old 18th Mar 2011 at 1:40 AM
Very nice! Thank you for sharing...
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#10 Old 18th Mar 2011 at 3:39 AM
Ooooh, pretties!
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I've been waiting for these! ...and with railing options too - sweeeet! Now I just NEED those floors. *pokes hopefully at queue*
Thank you sooo much for these - from both me and my simmies.

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#11 Old 18th Mar 2011 at 5:39 AM
Ahh! Building is going to be so much less frustrating now, thank you - I can't wait! :D
Bowties are cool.
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#12 Old 18th Mar 2011 at 11:45 AM
The colors look lovely! Thank you for sharing :D
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#13 Old 20th Apr 2011 at 3:16 PM
They were worth the wait, iCad - thank you very much.
Test Subject
#14 Old 25th Apr 2011 at 7:09 PM
Help Please the fences show red in the catalog and in game have deleted and retried several times no success. But LOVE the items and will continue to use them.
Mad Poster
#15 Old 1st May 2011 at 3:50 AM
I must be doing something wrong here. The railing recolors show up, but not the stair recolors (I do have the CEP).
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#16 Old 2nd May 2011 at 8:19 PM
@Latonya Pratt: I'm not entirely sure what you mean? That fence does come in red from the base game. The download should add a white and a copper fence if you downloaded both. They should show as separate items in your fence catalog. Maybe PM me if you're still having problems?

@AlexandraSpears: How recolorable steps work is that you place a stretch of the regular grey steps, add railing if you want them (They'll be black), and then you use the design tool to click on each individual step to recolor it. At that point, the window with the recolors pops up and you choose from there. Is that what you did and it didn't work, or...?
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#17 Old 2nd May 2011 at 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by iCad
@AlexandraSpears: How recolorable steps work is that you place a stretch of the regular grey steps, add railing if you want them (They'll be black), and then you use the design tool to click on each individual step to recolor it. At that point, the window with the recolors pops up and you choose from there. Is that what you did and it didn't work, or...?


Oh, so THAT'S what's meant by "recolorable"!

I'd expected to click on the stairs and have a choice of colors, you know, like furniture.

Learn something new every day! I never thought to try the design tool!
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#18 Old 4th May 2011 at 8:27 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexandraSpears
Oh, so THAT'S what's meant by "recolorable"!

I'd expected to click on the stairs and have a choice of colors, you know, like furniture.

Learn something new every day! I never thought to try the design tool!


Yep, that's how they work. It's different from everything else. I hope it works for you. It really does open up a whole new world.

I can only guess that since the modular stairs were ever meant by Maxis to be recolorable, the overrides that various smart folks created work by sort of turning each individual step into a separate object. At least, that's what makes sense, given that you have to recolor each individually, not the whole run. But that's only speculation on my part.
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#19 Old 4th Feb 2012 at 3:47 AM
I'll reinstall UNI just to try these stairs. Love the new choice of railings. Too cool!
Test Subject
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#20 Old 4th Apr 2012 at 9:21 PM
Aha! Was just coming to ask why my stairs weren't showing up, thanks for the usage lesson on recolorable objects!

PS: Initially, I was just looking for white stairs with railings (I'm an OCD matchy-matchy person too...) but this is SOOOO much better! Thank you so much for your work and I look forward to checking back to see what else you've got for us!
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#21 Old 11th Sep 2013 at 11:36 AM
Glad you posted this, There's a shortage of mod concrete stair recolors.
Guest
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#22 Old 30th Jun 2015 at 6:46 PM
Thank you so much.
Test Subject
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#23 Old 26th Jul 2015 at 2:21 AM
Thank you soooo much. You don't know how much looking at the stairs in my game before was throwing me off. I appreciate this so much!
Lab Assistant
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#24 Old 5th Jan 2016 at 5:38 PM
tell me. how can I use your stairs with the """Open Underneath"""?
Mad Poster
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#25 Old 24th Jun 2017 at 2:37 PM Last edited by gazania : 24th Jun 2017 at 3:04 PM.
I tried adding "agree" to Lonelyeco until I realized there is no "agree" button here. There are lovely colors of the wooden stairs, but not nearly as much for the concrete ones ... not even years after you posted this. So thank you!
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