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#51 Old 9th May 2016 at 9:58 PM
Hey, just wanted to let you guys know I'm working on a hand edited UI combining the green and default UI colors to make a Sims 2-esque UI coloration mod! I'll upload pics when I have worked out some of the kinks with my current build of the mod.
Instructor
#52 Old 16th May 2016 at 5:23 PM
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Originally Posted by parrot999
Hey, just wanted to let you guys know I'm working on a hand edited UI combining the green and default UI colors to make a Sims 2-esque UI coloration mod! I'll upload pics when I have worked out some of the kinks with my current build of the mod.


Hopefully, I can find the motivation to make the pink UI I've been dying for.

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Mad Poster
#53 Old 16th May 2016 at 5:40 PM
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Originally Posted by BritannicStepanova
Hopefully, I can find the motivation to make the pink UI I've been dying for.

There's a pink UI already though, right? I'd love to see a more neutral color. Something that's generic but not boring.

Hypocrisy is only okay if I do it.
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Instructor
#54 Old 17th May 2016 at 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Grijze Pilion
There's a pink UI already though, right? I'd love to see a more neutral color. Something that's generic but not boring.


Oooh really? After playing Sims 3 for so long, the old blue UI gets... annoying.. I'll check for the pink one.

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

Get rid of that gnome in your pictures and eat some new cereal!

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Theorist
#55 Old 17th May 2016 at 4:06 PM
Looking forward to the grey UI upload! Great stuff!

#BlairWitchPetition
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Mad Poster
#56 Old 17th May 2016 at 7:11 PM
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Originally Posted by BritannicStepanova
Oooh really? After playing Sims 3 for so long, the old blue UI gets... annoying.. I'll check for the pink one.

Click me!

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Instructor
#57 Old 26th May 2016 at 1:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Grijze Pilion


Looks amazing! It looks like it has a rainbow look to it in-game.

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

Get rid of that gnome in your pictures and eat some new cereal!

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Mad Poster
#58 Old 26th May 2016 at 2:29 PM
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Originally Posted by BritannicStepanova
Looks amazing! It looks like it has a rainbow look to it in-game.

It might have given my eyes diabetes, but I do think it needs more sparkles. And honestly, looking at it now I'm missing unicorns. Pink fluffy ones that look like sugar candy, I find they go great with my Sweet Treats.

Seriously though, that recolour gives me a headache if I look at it for longer than 3 seconds. Everything about it makes me wish I didn't have to be burdened with the taste (rather, the lack thereof) of my fellow human beings.

Hypocrisy is only okay if I do it.
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Instructor
#59 Old 26th May 2016 at 5:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Grijze Pilion
It might have given my eyes diabetes, but I do think it needs more sparkles. And honestly, looking at it now I'm missing unicorns. Pink fluffy ones that look like sugar candy, I find they go great with my Sweet Treats.

Seriously though, that recolour gives me a headache if I look at it for longer than 3 seconds. Everything about it makes me wish I didn't have to be burdened with the taste (rather, the lack thereof) of my fellow human beings.


I'm pretty girly, you'd cringe at all the pink in my game.

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

Get rid of that gnome in your pictures and eat some new cereal!

My Website/Blog, Princess Pretty Sims!
My Tumblr
Mad Poster
#60 Old 26th May 2016 at 8:31 PM
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Originally Posted by BritannicStepanova
I'm pretty girly, you'd cringe at all the pink in my game.

You'd probably cringe at the boringness of my game. I'm very boring. I used to share screenshots of my boring Simming all the time but I got permabanned off the The Sims subreddit for being too much of a grumpy old man*. I wish I could have my own MTS thread to share screenshots on...I have hundreds of them sitting in an Imgur account.

* I think that's the reason. They never really elaborated on it. Either way, it sucks balls. When I take screenshots and spend way too long touching them up, I expect a Reddit audience....

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Lab Assistant
#61 Old 29th May 2016 at 12:37 PM
Well, I tried. I thought making a Black/Grey color scheme would be the easiest to start with, but even that was a pain. I had to edit all the files by hand, which was tedious and made it especially annoying when editing certain files didn't produce any of the changes I expected.

Opening Screen. It only looks so dark because of the screenshot type, it looks quite a bit brighter in-game


Some progress was made, but you can start to see how difficult this is. Half successfully changed, half still blue. And all the icons unchanged too.


Loading screen. Need to do something about the text color.


Again, incomplete work.


The CAS loading screen came out alright though


I'm assuming this is a problem with the cache; it starts blue but changes to black after you mouse over it.





Notice that annoying tear in the interface, an unfortunately frequent issue.



IMO, Live Mode is where it looked the best. Just need a new text color and it looks pretty decent



Unfortunately, some of the panels in the other tabs are incomplete...mostly black, but the side panels are blue



Build/Buy was much more frustrating. Full of inconsistencies, which is the big issue with doing everything manually.



And there were still some files I couldn't find...



So that's where I got with this. I might consider doing some more once I get access to a batch editor, but for now I'm not too excited about doing much else. I considered just cutting out most of it and uploading it as a mode for Live Mode only, but then I couldn't track down the last remaining panels. It's harder than it looks... but! If you have patience, there's no reason you can't use one of the given mods to create any of the basic color schemes you want. It might not be good enough quality to upload, but for personal use something like this would be good enough. Or pretty close to it, at least.
Theorist
#62 Old 29th May 2016 at 1:51 PM
It's a good attempt 👍🏻

#BlairWitchPetition
TS3 NEEDS: TENNIS COURTS > BUSES > PIGS/SHEEP
Can't find stuff in build and buy mode? http://www.nexusmods.com/thesims3/mods/1/?
Mad Poster
#63 Old 29th May 2016 at 3:07 PM
Looking good, I'd definitely use this with a little more work. I do wonder what controls the font colour...either way, I think a very light grey should work best.

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Instructor
#64 Old 29th May 2016 at 6:00 PM
If you can't find all the files, I'd suggest downloading this one and editing those files instead of looking for all the files.

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

Get rid of that gnome in your pictures and eat some new cereal!

My Website/Blog, Princess Pretty Sims!
My Tumblr
Mad Poster
#65 Old 29th May 2016 at 6:39 PM
Good plan. But I do recommend seriously turning the saturation down on your monitor if you're going to be working with those files for longer than 5 minutes.

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Top Secret Researcher
#66 Old 29th May 2016 at 11:01 PM
That pink UI looks like a match made in heaven for Katy Perry Sweat Treats.
Instructor
#67 Old 30th May 2016 at 2:52 AM Last edited by BritannicStepanova : 30th May 2016 at 4:25 AM.
I'm seriously in love with it! Almost every thing for my sim is in pink. I think my sim hates it. xD

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

Get rid of that gnome in your pictures and eat some new cereal!

My Website/Blog, Princess Pretty Sims!
My Tumblr
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Lab Assistant
#68 Old 2nd Jun 2016 at 1:25 PM
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Originally Posted by BritannicStepanova
If you can't find all the files, I'd suggest downloading this one and editing those files instead of looking for all the files.


Well, there's the rub. Piggybacking off this person's hard work was my approach and somehow I still couldn't get this thing to work out without becoming a giant headache. As far as the text goes, I believe dino posted a way to change it in Post 15, but I haven't given it a crack.
#69 Old 3rd Jun 2016 at 7:09 PM Last edited by BloodyScholastic : 4th Jun 2016 at 5:35 AM.
@Spamaccount I am looking forward for your recolor work, have been waiting this UI recolor mod from long time ago. The black recolor is cool, although you need to adjust the font color to match with the black background. Experiment with other color, for example, white. White font is best to be contrast to the black background and easy on eyes. I do not recommend blue colored font because blue color is too clashed with dark colored background.

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Test Subject
#70 Old 4th Jul 2016 at 3:07 AM
How hard would it be to do a complete UI overhaul? I am also sick of the blue.
Mad Poster
#71 Old 5th Jul 2016 at 1:00 PM Last edited by GrijzePilion : 7th Jul 2016 at 6:39 PM.
I'd totally fancy having somewhat of a flat look to the whole game. That's definitely possible to do...it just takes a shit ton of time. Same goes for the layout. So theoretically speaking, it's possible to make a TS4 skin for the TS3 UI. But who has the time for that? It'd take weeks. The big problem with redesigning the UI is, many elements (especially buttons) are duplicated all over the place. If you were to redesign something you'd need to copy and paste it into many dozens - maybe even hundreds - of other files.

Edit:
@jje1000 @dino_rex @BritannicStepanova Proof-of-concept main menu redesign. It looks stupid now, but if I were to redo every element on this screen I bet it would look pretty sweet. Of course, it would also help if I were consistent with my shading and colour usage, and if I were to read up more on flat design. I know there's like rules and stuff. Only thing photoshopped is the text colour and the check mark on the play button.

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Test Subject
Original Poster
#72 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 6:11 PM
Gray UI for Testing
Sorry been gone so long! Reinstalled TS3 recently and came up with a gray UI for testing as I promised ages ago. This is a complete overhaul. Please test if you get a chance and report issues before I submit for upload. Thanks!




Instructions:
- Download zip file. Unzip to your usual ...Mods/Packages folder.
- Any other custom layout files (more mole options in CAS), should go in the ...Mods/Overrides folder (assuming you're using the MTS framework file)

Known issues:
- *still haven't figured out how to change the blue spinny cursor!
- *making everything shades of gray means the color contrast is an issue, especially with text
- **the glow on the store advertisement on the neighborhood launch menu is still blue
- **in the lists in dialogues, mousing over the alternate lighter colors does not change color
- **the '...' menu items are hard to read when moused over
- I don't have Into the Future or Island Paradise, so can't test them, but the image files should still be in the packages, so hopefully they work

* items I may not be able to fix
** items I'd prefer not to fix, unless they're annoying, as the time/effort involved may exceed the benefit

PS - I love that people are making other recolors!! Feel free to ask me q's about the files/process I've used.
Screenshots
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: zip GrayUI.zip (41.76 MB, 260 downloads) - View custom content
Test Subject
Original Poster
#73 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 6:52 PM
Ok, the difficult to read light gray text is bothering me. (Because of the way I simplified the layout colors, it's not super easy, since darkening the text makes the main game menu colors super dark). I'm working on a fix...
Instructor
#74 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 6:54 PM Last edited by BritannicStepanova : 12th Jul 2016 at 7:35 PM.
They grey looks awesome! Though, to me, it looks too bright. Nice work!
Also, I think the Sweet Dreams recolor changes the blue loading thing. I'll have to check.

@GrijzePilion Can I ask where you got the background in your concept art? I'll try to recreate it.

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

Get rid of that gnome in your pictures and eat some new cereal!

My Website/Blog, Princess Pretty Sims!
My Tumblr
Test Subject
Original Poster
#75 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 7:23 PM
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Originally Posted by BritannicStepanova
They grey looks awesome! Though, to me, it looks too bright. Nice work!
Also, I think the Sweet Dreams recolor changes the blue loading thing. I'll have to check.


Wow, that would be great if someone figured it out for Sweet Dreams. I really want to know how to fix that!
Which part is too bright? The text? Or the layout in general?
Thanks for the reply
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