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17th Sep 2006, 3:18 AM
I want to be able to have my sim "paint" a picture that is of any existing jpg or bmp. One that I already have on my computer. I know I've read about doing this, but I can't remember what i have to do.

17th Sep 2006, 3:24 AM
Here is a tutorial for replacing the default paintings:

17th Sep 2006, 3:52 AM
Simsample, there's something odd going on with the tutorial thread you linked. What is showing is Daysies first post in the thread rather than the actual tutorial by Saramkirk. If you click the "View all Comments/Feedback" link at the bottom, however, the tutorial shows up properly.

17th Sep 2006, 5:23 AM
Should be okay now- the post times were out of synch. Thanks for that, Drahkk!

17th Sep 2006, 3:46 PM
Thanks for your reply. But I guess what I'm trying to do is to paint a still life and substitute one of my own jpg or bmp files. I know I need to resize it and rename it, but to what? and where do I put it?

17th Sep 2006, 4:01 PM
To decorate your house with custom artwork, first your sim must have a creativity level of 5 and be able to paint a still life.

Have your sim paint and a frame will appear that you can center on whatever you want to paint. If you want to paint a picture of something outside the Sims 2 game, just press C anywhere at this time. This will pause the game.

Use Alt + Tab to exit the game, then open a picture program such as Paint and open the snapshot you just took, it will usually be in the folder: C:\My Documents\YourWindowsLoginName\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods\N001\Storytelling\Snapshot.bmp (This is for Pleasantview. Change the Neighborhood number to match the one you are playing.)

Then, you also have to open the picture you want to have in your game. If your picture is too large resize it so it will fit in the original snapshot from the game.

Copy your custom picture on to your snapshot from the game, then save the picture. Use Alt + Tab to get back to your game and your sim will start painting your own custom picture.

Using this trick you can put pictures of your friends or family, web pictures, or anything else in your Sims 2 game.

--Copied straight from gamespot strategy tips. Author unknown.

17th Sep 2006, 9:04 PM
Thanks much