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Strike a Pose! - Tutorial

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A lot of people have asked me how I my posed the Sims for my story so I thought it might be good to make a separate post about the methods I use. I discovered this technique on my own, and I’m sure others have too, but I haven’t seen any tutorials about it.

You may have noticed that the loading screens, icons, and photobooth pictures from The Sims 2 contain a lot of great facial expressions. All of these are available through Jaydee’s Photo Poses posebox, but if you use that alone, the Sims will only appear in one pose. A lot of these poses look a little weird because they were intended to be viewed cropped close to the face.

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However, there is a very simple way to overlay the expressions onto another pose.

What you’ll need:
Step 1: I pose my Sim with the first posebox, in this case the pose is “female stand-look side arm on hip”.

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Step 2: While the Sim is posed, I click on anything from Jaydee’s posebox. Here, I’ll choose the cute little smirk that is “photobooth-solo-romance-2”, which appears when a Sim takes a solo romantic picture in the Nightlife photobooth. (And thus, only available if you have Nightlife, sadly.)

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And that’s it! You can also overlay animated expressions using the Hula Mod, the Aikea's Painting of Doom, or Jaydee’s animation boxes. Below is “Reactions-EP2-sizzle” from the Hula Mod combined with the original pose.

ETA: Ndainye's Smile for the Camera has most of the same poses from the Loading Screen Box, but is set up so that the Sims will turn towards the camera. This still carries over to when it's overlayed. Even if you don't want the sim to be looking at the camera, you can just pause or use the freezer clock and move the camera to get them to look wherever you want!

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Here’s another tip: If you use this technique with the facial overlays Decorgal’s posebox, you can still use Jaydee’s box to move the Sim’s eyes. This is “facial overlay-confused” combined with “photobooth-solo-romance-2”

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You can also modify the pose with boxes that allow you to pose the parts individually.

In this picture:
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And finally, in case anyone was wondering how I did Dina’s pose in the chapter header of my story: She’s doing another pose from Decorgal’s box called “female floor-lie on stomach leg up”+“left 90”+“photobooth-solo-romance-2” and put on a 67 degrees backward OMSP

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I hope this info was of use to somebody! If you have any questions, just ask!



( 26 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
Wow! Thank you for making this tutorial. I wasn't one of the ones that asked, but I was curious.

The last one in particular blows me away, because it's a pose I was familiar with, but I totally didn't recognize it on your header and even thought to myself "Now how did she do that?"
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Nice! :D I've attempted to explain this before but your tutorial is more illustrative (I think that's the word I'm looking for!). I'm sure this will help a lot, thank you! :D
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
Yay! I like learning new techniques. I never thought of using the Loading Screen Box for its facial overlays :D Thanks for the tip!
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Oh, brilliant! Thank you.
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
this is all kinds of awesome...
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
This is a fantastic tutorial and I have the utmost respect for your patience in combining all those difference pose boxes and hacks though ;)
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
I'm incredibly lazy and disorganized in real life but almost obsessive-compulsive when it comes to the Sims. ;)
Jan. 14th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
Great tutorial! You make it look easy - even for someone as lazy as me :P

Maybe you could post this on http://community.livejournal.com/sim_scenes/ as well?
Jan. 14th, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I haven't heard of that community but I'm definitely interested!
Jan. 14th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Very nice, thanks for posting this!
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this. There are a lot of poses and techniques here I haven't tried (or heard of ) before. Hopefully it will result in me taking more interesting pictures. I was beginning to feel a little limited with what I was able to do using pose boxes and hacks. I hadn't thought of combining them before
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
WOW! I'm so glad you shared some of your tips with pictures!!! ♥♥♥ I want to go in game and take some random pictures just to mess around. :D Thank you!!
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
This is really helpful! Thanks for posting a link to it over at sim_scenes!
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! You just saved me a lot of typing. Next time someone asks me how I pose my sims I am just going to send them here! THANK YOU!
Jan. 15th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for posting this - It's a great resource for a how to on posing sims!
Jan. 15th, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I finally figured out how to use poses.
Jan. 16th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
This was extremely helpful!! :D You're awesome for doing this tutorial. ♥
Jan. 16th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
thanks you! really amazing tuto!!
Feb. 9th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say this is the first time I have seen a tutorial on combining poses that really made sense. I can't wait to try it out.

Hope you don't mind if I ask where were outfit came from?
Feb. 9th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
The skirt is a Club Crimsyn edit which I've uploaded here:

The top is a recolor of the teen Kasa top from here:

However, the mesh creator does not like people to recolor and share their work. You can get the adult version here, though:

Cool icon. Rock love!
Feb. 9th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the links!! And for the comment about my icon :)

And again I love your story...
Apr. 29th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank You
Your pictures are excellent I'm glad you wrote this tutorial. You make it simple enough for the rest of us to follow easily. Thank you.
Apr. 29th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank You
Thank you! I'm glad you found it useful!
Aug. 8th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Feb. 29th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
This is really cool! But whenever I use the angle OMSP my sims go into the floor... :P
Never mind! Fixed it. It. Looks. AWESOME. THANK YOU!!!

Edited at 2012-02-29 08:23 am (UTC)
Nov. 7th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Thank you this is very helpful!
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