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27 August 2009 @ 02:35 pm
Anva blends, a whole set of skintones  

Look at that! A whole set of skins that actually match. I intended to make these to use for myself as default replacements, but I'm not really in the mood to make the defaults just yet, so I'm releasing the custom versions and the town/gen versions here, right now!

I'll be starting college next week, so I won't have as much time to make sims CC or to play the game as I have this summer,
but who knows? Maybe I won't be as busy as I'm expecting.

These skins are on an anva base, and I think I blended some other skins onto the bodies but I can't remember for sure. the face is a mix of anva, ephemera, paryun, clover, and some misc asian creator.
This is my first shot at making dark skintones from scratch, so if you have any comments on that I'd be happy to accept some constructive criticism.

edit: I think I'll re-do the darker shades and upload them in seperate set later, because I'm not really happy with them, but these will remain here..

My favorite part of these skins is the lips.. they're a blend of 3 different lipsticks and I think they came out the best.
The first four skins are very smooth in game, but the last four seem to be a bit pixelated in the face, no matter what I did. Especially the last tone, which I only included because then I'd be able to make a nice even preview with 2 rows of four...

onto the previews!
(Models are not wearing any make-up.. or clothing. Naughty bits are censored |{there are naughty bits on the females, and the males have nipples} and the uncensored images are included with the downloads.)

(Edit 11/12/2017: modified this post along with other skin posts to add what previews I had after imageshack dropped them. Also note that for most of my older skins I didn't know how to make darker skins properly and the skin shading looks flat and off.)

Download Custom versions
Download Gen/town versions

sims file share download custom
sims file share download gen/town

I've still got more projects up my sleeve, so keep checking back!
If you have any questions, comments, or requests feel free to leave them in a comment.
Have a nice day!
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Bicycle Race - Queen
bombardingsheep on August 27th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Please (don't) stop torturing my downloads folder!!!
I've been so busy with schoolwork, but I couldn't resist to sneak some downloading CC time in when I saw this update XD

How did you blend the lips, by the way? I want to learn how to modify lips on skintones. Any tips are appreciated ;)

Also, thanks for making an only-custom version. *hugs*

And the best of luck with college.
needlecream on August 28th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. Was it you who requested custom versions of my natural enayla edits? I really am working on those, it's just a large set and I'm really cramming in studying for my driver's permit test. I'm sorry, I will have them up soon.

I blend the lips by extracting the lip textures in bodyshop, then opening them up and the facefile I want to edit in my photo editing program (you can do all this in most programs, but of course photoshop is probably best, though I use my other program) select the lips using your elliptical marquee and feather the selection, then paste it onto your face file. You can create unique combinations by pasting different lips on top of each other and adjusting the opacity of the different layers, and erasing different parts of lips on top to show the textures of lips underneath. For example, I used a more chapped lip underneath a more glossy lip for this particular set, and I erased parts of the glossy lip around the edges to show off the chapped bits better.
If this is all too confusing, I can write up a proper tutorial for you with pictures?

Thank you so much for commenting! Good luck with all of your schoolwork, too! And I promise to do a custom version for all of my skins from now on.
(no subject) - bombardingsheep on August 29th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - needlecream on August 30th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
freezetomorrow on August 27th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
I think they're gorgeous, a little pixellated maybe, but not enough to detract from the pretty. If it really bothers you, you could try adding a noise filter? I've heard that helps. I'm still nabbing them all, because they're gorgeous! Congradulations on your first set. :)
needlecream on August 28th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :'D
I tried a noise filter but it still didn't help the actual images after I imported them via simPE. The files that the skins are reading from are perfectly smooth, so why they look pixelated is really a mystery to me. I hope you enjoy them, though, and don't worry if you have to delete any of the darker shades due to the pixelation.
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needlecream on August 28th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for commenting!
(Anonymous) on August 28th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Wooow you just keep on working your working your magic! I just can't believe how good you are at this. Have you been secretly practising for years?

needlecream on August 28th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Nope, I just started this summer, I swear. xD
Thank you so much for commenting and please enjoy! There are more sets to come, I promise.
amberindia on August 28th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'll check them out today. Your Tan and ethnic colors look very warm and hot. Men will do good with 6-pack abs as in ephemera's skintone, but to be honest your guys look pretty hot "fans self". Good Job. Have a great day!!! Thanks for the goodies.
needlecream on August 29th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Thank you for the feedback! I hope you enjoy them, and as I keep saying the darker skins are a bit pixelated and have some coloring issues, so delete them if you'd like.
ghen on August 28th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
needlecream on August 29th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you for commenting!
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needlecream on August 29th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
thank you! Have fun with them!
(Anonymous) on August 28th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
These are soooo beautiful ^^ Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful work =)
needlecream on August 29th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for commenting! And I promise I'll have more downloads soon!
(Anonymous) on August 29th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
The first skintones are very well done, but the darker ones seem a bit... washed out. The highlights on them are blueish/greenish, which I think is a bit strange. Did you make the darker skintones by using brightness/contrast? I think that causes the colors to be a bit wonky.
needlecream on August 29th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
I made them using the different color sliders on an adjustment layer in photoshop, so it shouldn't have done that but yes, you are right. I'm going to make another set of dark skintones to replace the ones in this set, and hopefully fix that Issue, I think I may have an idea of why that happened.
Thank you for the feedback, it's greatly appreciated.
(no subject) - freezetomorrow on August 30th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
amberindia on August 29th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
First of all I wish to say that I enjoyed your work thoroughly. Your color selection was great, however, there was one small mistake with the adult male scalp, wherein all of them have a different scalp instead of their own, I say that because all the other ages like teen male, elder male work fine. The female section has no problem. Your Alien blend looks awesome in game (that doesn't seem to have any problem with adult male scalp). Please don't take this in the wrong sense, am I not your friend? Thanks and best wishes for your college.

Please check this out, it has the scalp of teen and adult male http://www.mediafire.com/file/jtizmjyrzk5/PLS-C.zip

needlecream on August 29th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's awful, I'm so sorry, I don't have any problems like that in my game. Maybe try changing the color of the hair? Sometimes that fixes the issue. Are you having the same problem in-game or only in CAS?
I don't know if you're familiar with skin blending, but I don't know what the issue could be because in each package there is only one hair alpha (which is the "scalp" of the head), and all of the ages use the same one, so I don't understand why this is happening to the adult males but not the other ages. I will check this out later, and again, I am very sorry.
Thank you for letting me know!
(Anonymous) on September 1st, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, these are beautiful! And now that I understand how these custom skins work in game (heh) I am super excited to add more. I squee a little bit each time a townie generates or a baby is born with such beautiful skin. My most recent one was born with very pale skin and black hair. I can't tell you how much I love this look. :)

needlecream on September 2nd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy you're enjoying them.
(Anonymous) on September 2nd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
AHEM, iamfastbecomingalurkerofyourpage.whaaa??
None the less, these are still pretty fricken amazingg! c:
needlecream on September 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have the re-done dark skins finished, too, so I'll be uploading them soon.
(Anonymous) on September 5th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I love your skins, they are really beautiful in-game. I have all of your natural skins, and they are the only ones I use.

Thank you so much and please continue creating! :)

-Moiryn (GOS)
needlecream on September 6th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for such a kind message! It makes me so so happy to know you're enjoying them, thank you for making my day!
eefje00704 on October 11th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
NC, I just realized I had totally forgotten to put these in my game, they were still in a folder on my desktop. So I checked them out in bodyshop, and I'm having the scalp problem too. The scalps all have a (very) different colour from the rest. At first I thought it was something conflicting, but even with just these skins in my downloads folder, the problem remains the same. Do you happen to have any idea what to do about this? I really really want to use these skins!
eefje00704 on October 11th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh and it's just the adult male scalps, but with all the skin colours, including the alien.
(no subject) - needlecream on October 11th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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6akalaka1 on October 17th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Pretty, as usual :) Thankies!
needlecream on October 17th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
*blush* aww, gee, thanks!