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Tutorial: Installing My Skins

Some people have been having trouble installing my skins so I thought I would make this quick guide on how to install them.

This assumes you have installed the framework needed in order to use .package files. You can find Delphy’s framework installer tool here.

Default Skins:

  • Download the default skins you want (either the naughty ones or the nice ones)
  • If they are .rar files you need to extract them using winrar or something similar. Once extracted you will have files that are .package files. Extract them somewhere you will be able to find them, such as the desktop. If the files are already in .package format then you don’t need to do anything to them as they are ready for use.
  • Put the skin .package files into your packages directory. For the basegame and older patches this is the Program Files > Electronic Arts > Sims 3 > Mods > Packages directory. If you have installed helper monkey you just have to double click on them and they will be put in the correct directory. For later patches (after 1.12) and ambitions the packages directory is now located in My Documents > Electronic Arts > Sims 3 > Mods > Packages. Your resource file should also be put into the Mod directory if you are using this method.
  • Go to your My Documents > Electronic Arts > Sims 3 folder and delete the simCompositorCache.package* file, don’t worry – once you run the game it will ‘respawn’ .
  • Run the game. Your new default skins should be working in CAS.

Non-Default Skins:

  • Install Rez Delnava’s UI Mod – this will allow you to use non-default skins.
  • Download my non-default skins.
  • Follow step 2 above in the default skin section.
  • Follow step 3 above in the default skin section.
  • Load up the game and your non-defaults should be working. If they aren’t, delete the cache file as I explained above in step 4.

I think that’s everything. If I’ve forgotten something let me know.

Just remember the highlander rule when dealing with default skins – there can be only one. So if you decide you want to use mine but have been using someone elses then you need to remove those ones before you use mine. To do that you just have to remove their package files from your mods>packages directory before running the game with mine in there.

You can use a combination of default skins. You can use my faces and someone else’s bodies. However keep in mind the skintones may not blend properly and you might end up with an obvious line at the neck.

You can have as many non-default skins installed as you want.

<3

* If you are worried about deleting the cache file, don’t be. I’ve deleted mine about fifty gazillion times. It’s just a file that stores information to do with your sims, such as the default skin they are wearing etc. It saves the game having to gather all that info every single time you load it up. When you delete it you are just forcing the game to go have a look and see what skins you are using.

So you can understand now that if you don’t delete the cache file your game will just boot up thinking you are using your old default skins and load them up in cas instead of your new ones. Which will suck, because it means you will have to shut the game down and go delete the cache file ;)

Once the file is deleted and the game is booted, if you watch the file folder, you can see that the simcompositorcache file comes right back again.

70 comments to Tutorial: Installing My Skins

  • ron

    excuse me, Lady? Is there a way to install non-default skin without using UI Mod you mention up there? Coz i try search it at modthesims, but, I can’t see the file. It says I don’t have permission to see that. Sorry if my english bad.

  • John

    I can not find the UI Mod only one that changes the topical not the skin, but non default skins are showing. The question I have is how do you install your faces so they show in the game?

  • Rianne

    I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this before, but since I read you haven’t played in a while I thought I’d mention that EA made the UI mod pretty obsolete with one of the patches.

    Now you can just scroll and you’ll see all the non default skintones you’ve got downloaded :)
    Pretty awesome! Oi, and since I’m here I just wanted to say that I love all your skins, they’re wonderful, thank you for your hard work! :D

  • Sennina

    Great job and easy to understand but there is a problem..The link to dl the UI MOD is not working :/ Says that I’m forbidden or sth! Can you help?

  • LoveMonkey69

    Where do the non default faces show up in the game?

  • you can also download anach’s Mods !! it includes Ui mod
    http://www.mediafire.com/?2c7y9u0mwlt1wtk

  • That’s pretty awesome, rianne. Will be nice when I can get back into the game!

  • Hutz

    I have tried a bunch of the UI mods, and can’t seem to get the non-default skins to come up. Really looking forward to trying them! Wonderful work!

  • Aldo

    I cant find the “mod” thingy..

  • Ruth

    I downloaded naughty versions of default skins, placed them in My Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Mods/Packages and deleted simcompositorcache file (which re-appeared after next launch) but nothing happened…

    Did i do something wrong?

  • Kyubi

    UI mod link not working nor any of the skins.

  • Stefan

    Hi Lady
    I have a question i downloaded your nice default skin for mann and women and put them in the package fold.

    but when i run the game ther ist still this censore thing on them -.- did i do somthing wrong?

    pls help

  • Ry

    Okay. These are not working for me. I’ve actually installed the Male & Female versions of the Naughty Skins(Default). I’ve unzipped them into .package files. I then copied the .package files into Program Files > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Mods > Packages

    Once that was done, I went over to My Documents > EA > The Sims 3 and deleted simCompositorCache.package

    Then I started the game, and nothing. I’m not sure why this would happen. I do have another mod installed directly into my Sims 3 folder which allows the default “Barbie Doll” nude appearance, however, it is just something you select as a top/bottom in clothes. I don’t think it’s a default skin modifier. Is that the reason it is not working? Please help… I love your skins.

  • Ry

    Oh by the way…(sorry for the double post) I have every expansion up to Pets.

  • Santiago

    PLEASE HELP ME :( I DON’T UNDERSTAND, I MADE THE STEPS FOR DEFAULT SKINS BUT IT STILL APPEAR WITH MOSAIC, I DON’T HAVE IDEA ABOUT THESE, I’M TOTAL NEWB :( PLEASE HELP ME! I WANT THAT MY SIMS APPEAR NUDE WHEN TAKE A SHOWER AND THE NIPPLE OF MY FEMALE SIM APPEAR AND THE PENIS FOR MY MALE SIM APPEAR TO, PLEASE! SOMEONE CAN EXPLAIN ME! STEP FOR STEP? :( PLEASEEE

  • RRR

    will this work even if i don’t have the no mosaic patch?

  • loki

    Why don’t the genitals work on your skins? Help!

  • Ellen

    Hi, I dont even know what the hell but when I try to follow the instructions, like going into Sims 3 > Mods etc. I dont actually have the folder Mods in my Sims 3 folder…. Sorry to bother you, and your website is incredible! i just wish I could actually download some of the things here! :D thanks

  • why mine once removed “simCompositorCache.package” arise again after playing the sims 3,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, please understanding

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