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Download: A pre-final version of recolours of Psychosims Neighbourhood Sky 
8th-May-2011 10:06 pm
In that faraway land
where my spirit flies
To my island girl
under these ancient skies

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Last year, psychosim made this wonderful globe object to place in a neighbourhood; instant sky!
The effect was amazing and I wanted more options, so I set to work on recolours. Unfortunately, due to my perfectionism, slow pace, and some unforeseen circumstances (such as a computer crash) they still aren’t finished, even though I posted about them before with great enthusiasm. Because I won’t be able to work on these recolours until August and several people have expressed their interest in them, I decided to share my latest version.

I had just made a batch of recolours with different textures, which is what you will get. They all have horizons, too. The project is still ‘in development’ as it were, so nothing is perfect - but it’s better than nothing!

The sky textures were not made by me (except for one); I just slapped them on, really. But in an effort to simulate more realism, I added a little grassy “horizon” bit at the bottom. As I’m still developing this I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. I’m not happy with the terrible pixelation happening there, but due to the gigantic nature of this object, some stretching is to be expected if you don’t want to end up with gigantic filesizes!

*** Things to try out ***
  • The objects show up in the "landmark" directory in the decoration catalogue in the neighbourhood view.
  • You do not need Psychosims object to use this - unlike regular objects, recolours of neighbourhood decorations are made by cloning the original. This also means they all show up in the catalogue separately.
  • You place the object by placing a little grabbable square on one of the corners of your terrain and rotating the globe with > and < to wrap it around the terrain square. See also Psychosims post.
  • The level of the horizon is adjustable! As it depends on the height of the terrain where you placed the grabbable square, you can edit that if you have AL or MG installed. By enabling the modifyneighborhoodterrain cheat, you can select the terrain square that the grabbable object is on, and move it up and down with [ and ]. I think you get the best effect if the square is about water level, or lower.

*** Things to watch out for ***

  • These files are not compressorized, and because of the large textures that adds up to 1,40 MB per recolour. Please feed them to the compressorizer yourself if this is your preference – I don’t have access to it right now.
  • They are not visible from a lot, as the object is too gigantic! Use the original lot atmosphere inside a lot. (I'll get round to putting these recolours on the lot object some day, or keep an eye out for curiousb who might do just that.)
  • In fact, it's so huge that parts of it may disappear if the "free"camera is positioned too far from the centre, so watch out when taking pictures.
  • All of them have a grass horizon all around the globe. I do plan on making a sea version as well for island ‘hoods, but that’s for a later time, sorry. (Pretty coastlines or detailed textures such as Criquette had would be really cool, but I’m afraid they are quite impossible without a gigantic texture!)
  • One of the recolours (#0, Cumulus Clouds, see swatch) has a horizon that’s higher than the rest; this is adjustable with the terrain cheat, but be careful you won't behead any tall hills!

*** Things to be thankful for ***
  • Psychosim, for creating the neighbourhood object which I cloned
  • Chris997, for creating the original lot atmosphere (which Psychosim enlarged) and for some of the textures I used
  • Danicast, for creating recolours of the lot atmosphere of which I used one texture
  • Blender Architecture, for providing wonderful textures
  • Nepheris, for reviving the project, for testing these recolours, and for the beautiful pictures in this post! (see more here)

*** Things to look forward to ***

  • Please tell me what you like and don't like about these recolours! I'm still in the trying-everything-out-to-see-what-looks-best phase. Especially the height of the horizon. Should it be higher or lower than it is now? Is it practical to use?

  • There are also many things I would like to add/edit, including:
    * starry night skies
    * completely overcast or stormy clouds
    * white winter skies for when it snows
    * romantic sunsets
    * apocalyptic skies (any preferences?)
    * a better horizon (any suggestions?)
    * alpha-edits
    Although the success of all this will be determined by what pictures I can find and my limited texturing skills, feel free to leave suggestions!


Please enjoy this! And if you do, please post pretty neighbourhood pictures! :D

I’ll be off now to ace my exams. See you in June!

And with the wave of her hand
and her sparkling eye
My island girl
bid me goodbye

For another dream
in another time
For another life
under another sky

8th-May-2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you sooooo much!!! I've already taken a picture with one in my game... it's just so much better now!

12th-May-2011 11:02 am (UTC)
It looks brilliant W! Glad you like it, thanks for the lovely comment!
8th-May-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
These are gorgeous! I can't wait to plop them in my game thanks :D
13th-May-2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you like them :D Enjoy!
8th-May-2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you Nimi! Can't wait to try it out.
13th-May-2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it! :D
8th-May-2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing and for all your hard work. All of these look gorgeous and will add so much to the game. Thanks again!
13th-May-2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks for your lovely comment! Must I stress that most of the textures weren't even made by me, or admit that I did spend a lot of time getting them right and revel in your compliments? :D
9th-May-2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing! :3 These are absolutely stunning! :O <3 :D
13th-May-2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D I'm really glad you like them and hope you'll enjoy ^__^
9th-May-2011 01:58 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see what they look like in game. (I'll probably be back with an even longer comment afterwards, if I'm not just stuck staring at Neighbourhood view for a long while because it will be so pretty.)
Thank you so much for sharing. <3
13th-May-2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
:D I really hope you love them in-game and am looking forward to the possibility of another comment <3
9th-May-2011 04:12 am (UTC)
These are great! Thank you! <3
13th-May-2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I really hope you'll enjoy them ^__^
9th-May-2011 06:13 am (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL! Wow. Can't wait to pop it in my hood and snapshot the shit out of it! :D
13th-May-2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! Have fun! I am looking forward to see how it looks in your pretty neighbourhood :)
9th-May-2011 07:52 am (UTC)
Yay, thanks so much! I'll definitely come back with feedback when I've tried them out. That'll be a while, because like you, I'm busy with school too.
12th-May-2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Cool! I'm sure there will be lots of flaws to comment on, and I really appreciate your offer to give feedback!

The best of luck with school :)
9th-May-2011 08:17 am (UTC)
My goodness these are lovely!

Thank you so very much for deciding to share these with everyone ^_^
28th-May-2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aw thanks, I'm really glad you like them and I hope you enjoy :D
9th-May-2011 08:51 am (UTC)
These are just gorgeous! Definitely downloading and using :)
28th-May-2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy them in the game :)
9th-May-2011 09:56 am (UTC)
These look really beautiful - I can't wait to try them out!

I was trying myself to make something similar, but was having trouble finding suitable textures - now I don't need to bother!

I'd just like to ask though, if you would be happy for me to transfer your textures onto the small lot version as well?
9th-May-2011 09:59 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say that the anonymous comment saying how much I liked these, and asking if would you mind if I transferred the textures to the lot version, was from me - somehow I had managed to log myself out and hadn't noticed! :)

Anyway, thank you for these - they do look absolutely beautiful, even if they are not quite finished!
12th-May-2011 11:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! It means a lot coming from you! :)

I don't mind at all, please do! I would have done it myself if I hadn't still been fiddling with the textures :)
The only thing is that I don't know how well the horizon texture would work from lot view, as the ground texture changes... If the horizon doesn't look good, you can also just take the textures from the source I linked above. :) Also, a couple of the textures I used came from the original object (0, 2, 3, 4) so you can skip those!

I recall reading on GOS about your trying to prod the object into regular recolours instead of alternating 'months' (and adding your own recolours), did that ever work out?
9th-May-2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
The skies that you have already are so beautiful! And the fact that your considering making more?! -Drools-

What else can I say, but thank you so much for all your hard work.
28th-May-2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Heehee, thank you :D I really hope you enjoy them. And yes! There can never be enough pretty skies for our beloved game! Ever since I started this project I've looked at the RL sky with different eyes - I loved clouds before, but now I keep thinking of how I can transfer them into the game :D Pity I can't texture... But one can dream. And maybe I'll try to anyway. :)
9th-May-2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
These are just gorgeous! You've made them look so magical and story book-like even with the texture size issues. I am so, so excited to see your starry night sky recolours, if you decide to do them.
I haven't had a chance to use these in-game yet, but the horizon you added looks really beautiful in those photos - but perhaps extra versions without them would better suit people with different Neighbourhoods (islands, non-grass-terrains, etc.). Still, I'm basically in awe.
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