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Picked upload! Diagonal Easel Mod

by gdayars Posted 30th Jul 2017 at 7:40 PM - Updated 3rd Aug 2017 at 12:44 AM by gdayars
24 Comments / replies (Who?) - 7 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Haven't you ever wished your Sims could use that easel diagonally? Ever since University, things have been allowed to be turned at a 45 degree angle, but those silly sims... they say they can't use it although it looks so nice and pretty there in the corner.

So now with this simple global fix, your Sims now learn how to turn themselves and their paint brushes 45 degrees as well.

This fix takes ONE expansion pack. While the wiki states that the allow45degreeangle cheat is in University, Nightlife, Open for Business, and Pets only, testing with just base game and Bon Voyage resulted in the easel being able to be turned, so obviously the cheat was included with all packs from Uni onward. So essentially if you can turn your easel 45 degrees, you can use this global mod. Because base game itself doesn't allow for diagonal turning, it doesn't help base game, but the coding doesn't hurt base game either, so if you inadvertently download it, it won't do any harm (yes that was tested too, we even tried a diagonal easel, and the sim could paint, but the canvas didn't turn so it was quite a funny sight to behold).

I am also including a custom easel that is just a simple modded clone of the regular easel, that will work diagonally in case you don't want to put the global mod into your downloads folder for some reason. It however takes everything. It was made with Ultimate Collection so most likely will require every pack.

The global mod itself, was tested in Uni plus base game, Nightlife plus base game, All packs, and Bon Voyage plus base game. However, the bhav changed is the same from Base Game onward.

The custom easel mesh is a direct clone of the EA easel so is the same poly count:1199

As far as mod conflicts go, this mod will conflict with any mod that affects this bhav: Paint - Move To Easel
I actually know of no mod that does that. But in case one exists, or comes into existence, they will conflict.

I am also including a tutorial that Gummi made for me, to show you how to change any custom easels you have, that aren't affected by the global mod so that you can fix them yourself if you so wish.

The global mod is the gdayars_easelfunctionaldiagonaluniglobal file

The custom easel is the gdadiagonaleaselUC file

The tutorial is the Tutorial-FixingCustomEasels file

One known issue, although it is minor, with this mod, is that they stand very slightly further away from the easel than they do when painting normally. This cannot be helped (at least by me) as they are actually using the same slots as before, it is just because they are positioned diagonally instead of straight on. The sims still paint, still sell their paintings, still continue paintings etc. they just are one step further back, appearance wise.

A big thank you to Gummi, Jo, Karen, and Maxon for helping, and testing with this project.

Further clarification: The easel doesn't automatically turn 45 degrees There seems to be some confusion. If your game has the 45 degree angle cheat, you can use it to turn the easel. All my mod does, is make them be able to use it after it is turned by you, the user They don't stomp their feet, they can actually approach it and use it, if you have turned it yourself.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2

This is a multi-part download:

Global Mod only requires base game plus an expansion pack.

Custom Easel requires everything.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
gdayars_easelfunctionaldiagonaluniglobal.zip | Description: global mod for all expansion packs 383 Bytes 1,948 30th Jul 2017
gdadiagonaleaselUC.zip | Description: modded version of in game easel made custom that works diagonally without global mod all packs required 273.4 KB 564 30th Jul 2017
Tutorial-FixingCustomEasels.zip 2.00 MB 471 30th Jul 2017
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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Constant Contestant
staff: senior moderator THANKS POST
#2 Old 30th Jul 2017 at 7:41 PM
This is so,so, useful, thank you so much
Field Researcher
#3 Old 30th Jul 2017 at 7:48 PM
This is fabulous! I hate giving up floor space to an easel that refuses to be turned!
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 30th Jul 2017 at 8:04 PM
Thank you for taking time and effort to work on this!

Have you by any chance tested your mod together with Painting Preferences - Custom AnoeskaB Easels? Any info on compatibility/possible conflicts?
Turquoise Dragon
staff: senior moderator
Original Poster
#5 Old 30th Jul 2017 at 8:08 PM
Some of the AnoeskaB easels it makes diagonal, and some it doesn't. It doesn't adversely affect them (yes Jo had me look at them) if you wish to fix them, then you can follow the tutorial
Top Secret Researcher
#6 Old 30th Jul 2017 at 9:31 PM
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 30th Jul 2017 at 10:54 PM
This is as life changing as the rotatable garage door mod! *sobs* Darren Dreamer, this is for you!!
#8 Old 31st Jul 2017 at 1:24 AM
Awesome! I remember having an apartment with a balcony where I wanted to do this. And was so disappointed my sim couldn't use the easel until I put it back straight on. Thank you for including the tutorial as well!
#9 Old 31st Jul 2017 at 2:04 AM
Wonderful idea! Love it!
#10 Old 31st Jul 2017 at 9:31 AM
It's exciting to know that you have figured out how to make this happen, and have given us options. Great job! I've always used Anoeska's object rotator to achieve the 45 degree angle for the easel (as well as other objects).
Mad Poster
#11 Old 31st Jul 2017 at 4:47 PM
Thank you very much. I grabbed both the global and the tutorial..because we never know.
Test Subject
#12 Old 31st Jul 2017 at 8:59 PM
What a space saver this is. Thanks a lot.
Field Researcher
#13 Old 1st Aug 2017 at 2:47 AM
Thank you <3 Totally awesome!!
Field Researcher
#14 Old 1st Aug 2017 at 4:34 AM
This is brilliant. Thank you.
Field Researcher
#15 Old 1st Aug 2017 at 6:23 AM
I like it! Could you make it for other objects too?
It seems that chessboard, tables and chairs work not togehter in diagonal position. Or made I something wrong?
Beds and hot tubes work, but the animation looks silly.
If you could fix it, this would be very nice.
Forum Resident
#16 Old 1st Aug 2017 at 10:52 AM
Thank you
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 1st Aug 2017 at 11:18 PM
Thank you! I was always disappointed that my sims couldn't use that easel at an angle, and now they can! They will all be very happy and grateful to you.
Forum Resident
#18 Old 2nd Aug 2017 at 7:31 PM
Thank you for this! Will be nice to have more natural looking placement options.
#19 Old 3rd Aug 2017 at 12:24 AM
I can't get t to work...does the cheat have to be on?
Turquoise Dragon
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Original Poster
#20 Old 3rd Aug 2017 at 12:29 AM Last edited by gdayars : 3rd Aug 2017 at 12:41 AM.
you have to turn it manually. to the 45 degree angle

Once it is turned, they can use it.

Just to clarify, the easel itself isn't turned automatically, you still have to turn it yourself. This mod just makes it usable after it is turned.

and yes it requires the cheat to turn it. if you turn the easel 45 degrees, they can use it.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 3rd Aug 2017 at 9:19 AM
This is really amazing and thank you for the tutorial!
Forum Resident
#22 Old 3rd Aug 2017 at 8:09 PM
Perfect! Just what my Sims needed!
#23 Old 5th Mar 2018 at 12:56 AM
Thank you! This is great!
Field Researcher
#24 Old 23rd Mar 2018 at 12:27 AM
This is a useful mod - thanks! You mention that the Sim stands an extra step away when diagonal vs straight. Do they actually touch the canvas with their brush? Or do they paint the air in front of the canvas?
Turquoise Dragon
staff: senior moderator
Original Poster
#25 Old 26th Mar 2018 at 12:37 AM
They actually stand a wee bit away from it. It is the same slot as when they are standing in front of it when it isn't diagonal, they are just turned slightly differently so it is more apparent.