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This one took me a while.

So I LOVE plantsims. Like, a lot. But I've never really, really liked any of the plantsim SKINS that have been available-- they don't look like plant-people to me, usually. Too green, too even, too deliberately decorated-looking, not natural enough. Not like something that changes you and seeps out over your skin and makes you into something else.

However, there's one skin that has ALWAYS looked like plant-people to me, and I wish I had more occasion to use it-- and that's the I Am A Tree skintone by Chibi Sylph right here, at Parsimonious. It looks wonderfully dryad-like, with details that look like they could actually have GROWN there. I love it to pieces.

I could've done the smart thing and just slapped the Tree textures into a Plantsim default and called it good. But I? Am more ambitious than I am smart. I said to myself, I said, "How hard could it be to erase everything that wasn't bark and leaves, so a Sim's original skintone shows through?"

How hard indeed. Photoshop kicked my ass on this one. Let this be a lesson to you-- ALWAYS find a UV map. Even if you don't think you need one. It's probably not the limb you think is screwing you up that's actually screwing you up.

I've rambled enough!

It's just a little growth.

Yes, there is a unique toddler skin. Yay for plantbabies! Pistil (the momma) is wearing PEAU, but I have no idea what skintone Bud has... but you can tell it wasn't meant for sexy feet. That seam is on HIS skintone, not mine. The joys of geneticized skins.

I'm not sure how much I like the toddler skin, honestly, but this is less a case of 'yay, it's finished!' than 'I am DONE with this now.'

Still a bit of seaming on the legs, but I think that's in the bark textures, not my edits. I tried to keep the fade nice and even.

Works on a WIDE range of skintones-- the plantsims in these photos are wearing three shades of RenSim's PEAU, one shade of Pooklet's Compulsion (the guy with jump rope, here. He wanted pie, now he has to work it off), Bloom's Bigger Rounder Pregnancy Belly Dark, which is the darkest dark skintone I have ever found, and...

... the palest skintone in my collection that still looks human, a Mousyblue skin with Allen ABQ's hairy chest overlay (on the men, at least) by JMT Mom... and that is a MOUTHFUL. I still really like how it looks, though. Elm has this nymph-statue thing going on.

This is the only skintone I find iffy out of my testers... but it's, um, grown on me the more I played with him. Maybe it just suits Thorn, but for the record-- if you use a lot of ruddy or orangy-toned skins, you may not be delighted with this default.

The good ones are either gay or taken. Or both. Although why Manzanita wants him to call her, I have no idea.

Stamen is the one that got her in that condition.

I just like to make them run around nearly naked.

They don't mind it, either. (Also, nice shot of a male back. Oak is quite the looker-- I have no idea how I didn't get more pics of him, since he kept making sexyfaces at the camera. Perhaps he makes for a poor example.)

Okay, more textdumping.

These are DEFAULT REPLACEMENTS. That means, like Immortals, there can be only one. Make sure you remove any other plantsim defaults you may have in your downloads folder before installing this one. And since these are plantsim default replacements, SEASONS is indeed required. (If you just want the spiffy leaves, go download I Am A Tree. It's awesome.)

These have been compressorized. They are also Sexy-Feet compatible (to a degree-- there's some seaming, but there's some seaming on Maxis feet in the same area, and I finally just said "It's good enough! Screw it!" Men's feet look better than women's, in my opinion), but still look fine with Maxis block feet. If you use Marvine's feet, you're on your own-- I've never seen them OR their UV map.

Technically, these are barbie... but only as much as your Sims are barbie. Breasts and crotches are not covered by bark or leaves, so if you have hair or details in those areas, you won't lose them to plantsimism.

Toddlers are unisex, adult males and females have unique textures on their bodies AND faces, elders use the adult textures. Wilt states have unique coloring, too. (It came out that way by accident at first and I liked it so much I kept it.)

YES, there IS a wilt state included. No, I don't have any pics, because no matter what I did I couldn't get my plantsims to wilt... not even dragging their needs down into the red. (They hate that.) I think this may be due to the No Leafy Plantsim Hair hack, but I have no idea. Kate tested it and found the wilt state good, so... I dunno. It doesn't bother me as much as it should for my own game, because I'm pretty kind to my plantsims.

Even when I make them live outside.

CREDIT must go to Chibi Sylph, for making such a great skintone for me to cut up, erase, fade, and abuse, to Kate at Parsimonious for giving me permission to share these, and to Enayla, because Kate said to credit her. (Because Parsimonious uses her skins as bases, actually.)

THANKS must go to Aquilegia and a totally different Kate at Garden of Shadows, who provided advice, feedback, testing, and constructive criticism. Thus, they rock. (Quaxi rocks, too, because without SimPE we'd all be stuck with Maxis defaults.)

If you're wondering where I got all my cool nature-y stuff, um. Lots of places! Objects in photos are larger than they appear are mostly extracted Castaway Stories stuff from MATY. I know there's a rowan tree by Numenor in a few backgrounds, and if you don't already have Marvine's waterfall shower, hie thee hence to MTS and download that puppy. It's ridiculously beautiful. And it comes with rocks! Everybody needs rocks.

Hair is mostly from Garden of Shadows, I think, except for Bud the Plantbaby, who wound up with funky Maxis hair... and hairdos at all are made possible by Poifectly Poiple's No More Leafy Plantsim Hair hack at Mod the Sims. Nobody is wearing any makeup. Leafy bikinis are by Astiees and came with her Naturally Idealized skins over on MTS, which I heartily recommend cos they're pretty, Elm's CS-with-sexy-feet loincloth thingy is by Bloom, which I think I found at InsimAdult. Plantsim-looking shorts are by Kittylynn74 at MTS. She also has a bikini that I like a lot, but it covered up the underbust detail.

This time, I did not and probably won't upload my PSDs, mostly because I have SO MANY of them due to multiple trial-and-error sessions.

If you want to repost this somewhere, please credit me (normally I don't care much but this ate almost a week of my brain), Chibi Sylphe, and Enayla, and link to Parsimonious, kay? No paysites, donation files, TSR, or The Exchange, because there are too many cooks stirring this soup and I'm sure at least ONE of those is against SOMEBODY's policies.

Oh, put that shocked look away, I didn't forget.


Date: 2010-04-27 07:23 am (UTC)
drankmywar: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drankmywar
These are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Date: 2010-05-07 12:40 am (UTC)
whimsical_krikkiter: (Sam Tyler - BAMF)
From: [personal profile] whimsical_krikkiter
Why am I only seeing this today? I haven't been very happy with any of the other defaults I've found. But this is perfect. Thank you!

Date: 2010-05-08 12:17 am (UTC)
whimsical_krikkiter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] whimsical_krikkiter
Wow, I'm even more unobservant than I thought. Fail, self, fail. Oh well, better late than never.

Date: 2010-09-04 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I love it! Always hated the bright green plantsims.
Also, could you upload the lot? Pleeeaaase?

Date: 2010-09-06 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Do you know where you got thefemale leaf outfits?

Date: 2010-09-10 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh, I have these. I guess I should have bothered to read the post. Thanks!

Not sure I get it...

Date: 2011-03-27 05:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Let me make sure I understand....This skintone is like a uh...overlay(but a skin)...that allows the original skintone to show through and the bark and leaves show on whatever tone your sim had before they became a plantsim....is that right?

Re: Not sure I get it...

Date: 2011-03-27 05:34 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So if I had it as the skintone for my Ideal what would they get...I'm a bit confused. :(

Elm's Outfit

Date: 2011-03-27 05:46 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Was just wondering where Elm's outfit came from. It's not one of the outfits you referenced. I know people have a lot of clothes so if you've no idea at this point I understand. Thanks!

Date: 2013-03-07 05:04 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The 'I Am A Tree' skin is no longer available on Parsimonious. Just flat out gone, and I can't download it via the Wayback Machine because wherever it was hosted wasn't archived alongside it. Do you still have it to repost somewhere? I liked that skin, and I've been making a lot of elf/dryad/feral sims lately.
I only play with Pleasantview so save time loading, so I have a caste of Upper Class (Goth, Pleasant, Dreamer, Broke, etc.), Normal Sims (Burb, Gavigan, Newton, most CAS families) and Weirdos (Supernaturals and other oddities) and castes can't intermarry or their household become Black Sheep of their branch, its own caste. I had never done much with Plantsims even though my Weirdos often garden a lot because the skin was so unappealing and the lack of hair choice sucked a lot of creativity out of it. Thanks to you, I think I may finally learn to love Plantsims. Also this light mod I can't recommend enough; 2,000 simoleons my butt! http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=376976

Date: 2016-11-10 11:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nathanialroyale
Years later but OMG thank you for that link! My plantsims in my medieval/fantasy game were driving me INSANE! Yaaay!

Thank you!

Date: 2017-02-23 11:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raindrop_drinkwater
I just wanted to say thank you for creating these plantsim defaults. They look wonderful! I've tested them on a few random sims, and I suspect I'll soon get to see them "properly" on one of my nature-loving regulars (Mercutio Monty is getting an apple tree as a graduation gift!)

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