Add a barrette to your Sims hair. Bear with me, these tutorials were written in 2004, when Sims 2 first arrived! There are ways to make much more realistic looking stuff now, and hopefully I will soon have a chance to work on a new tutorial for this! But for now, these are great for the super easy beginner level!
How To Make Blue Hair, Streaks and barrettes!
Ok, in Body Shop go to Create Parts and than click on Load a Saved Project. We just made blue child’s hair, and did nothing to edit the others (unless you really took my advice and styled the toddler and elder hair) so we will now add a nice barrette to the teen’s hair. So in the load saved project panel click on the name of the file that you called the blue child’s hair (BlueHair. When it loads, on the bottom on the screen there will be an “x” and a little folder with an arrow popping out of it. This will open the file up for previewing and editing!
Now make sure you have opened your graphics editing program. Do you remember where your hair files were stored? (If not, return to the previous page and find out!). Since we will be doing the teen’s hair this time, we will need to open all of the files that start with “t” (But remember we will NOT open the files that end with _alpha!). You should end up with 5 files open.
Again, to demonstrate I am going to color each file a different color, so we can see what file is what part of the hair. I’ve used white, neon green, bright yellow, red and a turquoise blue to separate the layers.
As you can see the white “top” of the hair is the dominate part. Since I just want to focus on adding the barrette, I’m going to skip the coloring instructions, since you can find them on the first page of this tutorial. Just take what you learned in that tutorial and apply it here, in any color you would like. And it doesn’t have to be wild either. You can change it to black, red, etc. Whatever you want. Try messing with the Brightness and Contrast too, which can also be found in the image tab.
Ok, once you have the color you like you can minimize all the files except one, tfhair_Casual1~hairalpha9. This is the file I colored in all white in the above picture. We’re going to place the barrette on this layer, on the site of the hair that is shorter. (Our right, the model’s left).
Now, we must find an image of a barrette. When I use barrettes, I do a Google Search for barrettes. You can use any other search engine or even a picture of one of your own. Just as long as you find a nice clear photo. Through google I ended up on HairBoutique.com, and found a nice simple barrette. I’m using a simple barrette, just for the purpose of it being easy to use and work with for this tutorial. You can use any barrette you like. Here is the barrette I will be using:
Now the actual photo from the barrette site had two barrettes in it, as well as a white background, which made it simple to get one barrette singled out. I cropped the photo down until I all I saw was one barrette. Then I used my magic wand tool (if you used the previous tutorials you should know what this is already) to select the white background. Than, I pressed CTRL + SHIFT + I ( Select –> Inverse) this with select the inverse of your current selection. So instead of the white around the barrette being selected, now the entire barrette is selected. I then copied the selection (CTRL + C) and opened a new document (CTRL + N) and pasted (CTRL + V) it in the new document. (In PhotoShop the dimensions of the selection should automatically be filled in by the program when you have a selection on your clipboard to fit the selection. If not, and it seems too small, make sure you type in a size large enough for your barrette). Also, if your barrette has a multicolored background, or other “troubled” areas, it will take a while for you to single the barrette out perfectly. Don’t get discouraged though. The harder work you do, usually the better the results. For now, though as you are learning stick to something simple. You will also run into trouble when you choose barrettes like the one to the left. You will have to remember to erase everything in the middle, because we want to see the hair, not the clip.
Ok, I took the file we are going to be using to put the barrette on and broke it up into several different colored pieces, as you can see here:
Now I refreshed my model in Body Shop to see where I needed to place the barrette. As you can see from the image below the neon green area is where it should be placed.
Ok, good. Now that we know where the barrette will go in the file, we can make our barrette a bit smaller.
Right click on the top of the file, where you see the file name. A menu will drop down. Select Image Size from that menu. The Image Size window will appear. Make sure the sizing of the image is in pixels, and that on the very bottom of the page all three boxes are checked. You will not need the Document Size part at all.
Ok, now our hair files are all actually 512×512 pixels in size. So, obviously if your barrette is near that size it’s WAY too big. Now depending on how big you want your barrette to be, or the style, your resizing number will differ. For now, I’m going to resize mine to 75 pixels, because my barrette is fairly small. If you think this is too small for yours adjust the number appropriately. We will be doing more resizing in a moment. Now, copy that entire barrette (CTRL + C) and pop your hair file back open. Make sure you have the correct one up!! Remember how I boxed different colors in the example above so we could see where our hair is that the barrette is to go on? Ok, it was neon green. So that was the neon green box at the bottom left of the file. Paste the barrette into the file (it will prolly end up somewhere near the center. Click on the barrette and drag it to that little section of hair. You should end up with it looking like what is below on your actual file. Save it (remember to make sure it saves as a .bmp!) and refresh it in Body Shop. It should look like the bottom right photo:
In my opinion that isn’t a good angle, and it’s too flat. So let’s move it around a bit until we find the right angle and then we’ll give it “life”. To move the barrette at an angle and adjust the size will we have to use the transform property. Press CTRL + T. Also, make sure on your layers panel that the barrette layer is highlighted (ignore the section crossed out with red, that’s for my demo purposes!):
You will be able to “transform” your selection when it looks like this:
Now how you move it, and resize it is up to you. You will have to use the mouse to pull and move it yourself until you get something that is up to your satisfaction. Make sure you keep saving and checking in Body Shop as you go along, until you get what you were trying for! I’ve gotten mine into a position I like:
Ok. Now, when you are content with where you stick your barrette, you can continue on to the next part, which is giving the barrette some life!
Right now the barrette looks awfully flat, and kinda just flows with the way the hair is going, so let’s try and make it look like it is a separate entity from the hair. First, we will apply a drop shadow. Double click on your layers panel near where the file name is (alternatively you can press this button: ). A new box will pop up with various option. Click on the “Drop Shadow” text. To the right of the text options will appear. What you will need to do is play with each thing there until you get a believable shadow. Tips on doing this are choosing a color close to your original hair color, but a few shades darker, make the shadow distance a bit smaller, as well as shrinking the spread and size. Here is what I changed my options to:
Next, we are going to add a little bevel to the barrette, to give it more depth. Choose the Bevel and Emboss text and now, mess with those options. Make sure you continuously check how it is looking in Body Shop so you can see it as it will look on your Sim! Make sure you change the Shadow Mode color to match your barrette color, only in a darker shade. Next choose the Contour option that is directly below the Bevel option. Click on the box with the lines in it. A new box will appear. Change it to match what I have (if you are using the same barrette as me) or mess with it until it fits correctly with your barrette!
Ok, if you made it so far take a sigh of relief. One more easy part, and than we should be done!
Now choose “Satin” from the styles menu. This you will be all on your own for, chose whatever color and options that fit your barrette. If you don’t like any of it, feel free not to use it at all.
For those of you who are using barrettes that have designs on them, or other things you may need to sharpen to be able to see the style on your model sim. Goto Filters –> Sharpen. Sharpen until you have the desired effect. And that is pretty much it! Now for different barrettes you will need different layer styles. And it will definitely look better on different hair styles.
Now, one last thing to do, to completely be finished. The same graphic that before let you “Export” will now say “Import” when hovered over. Click it, and it will send your finished product into your game, and into Body Shop so you can create Sims and upload them to the Exchange (or package them for your own site!). You will be sent then into the same screen you started at, the main hair genetics screen. At the very end you will see a little asterik looking graphic. Click on it. If you have no other custom hair it will be the only thing there. If not they go in alphabetical order by file name, so it should be quite near the beginning. Also, make sure you have the teen Sim clicked, or else you won’t see the appropriate style. Let’s check out this Sim: