+ What graphics programs do I need for patterns and textures?
See also: What programs do I need for meshing and 3D modelling?
For patterns, you simply need a graphics program that supports PNG format as a minimum. In order to make 4-colour patterns, or to make textures for meshes, your program will need to support the DDS format and be able to work with alpha channels (see also: What is an alpha?).
GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program (DDS and alpha support)
Paint.net (has native support for DDS - needs a Paint.net alpha plugin to import greyscale alphas but this works perfectly)
Adobe Photoshop Elements (Photoshop DDS plugins work, but alpha channel support limited to black and white)
Corel Paintshop Pro/Photo (DDS plugins are increasingly hard to come by; alphas have limited support)
Adobe Photoshop (DDS and full alpha support (including greyscale)
Note: although top-end programs are often out of reach (and unnecessary) for most people, it is often possible to acquire an older edition (for example: CS2) for around the same price of one of the mid-range programs at places like eBay. Given that most older editions also support alpha channels and DDS formats fully, this can be worth considering.
For more information on working with object textures, see: Object Creation Part 2: Object Textures
What programs do I need for meshing and 3D modelling?
How do I create a Sims 3 pattern?
TSR Worskhop 2.0
- Resource Understanding RGBA Stencil Masks for Patterns
- Resource What has changed in Sims 3 creating?
- Resource How do I create a Sims 3 object?
- Resource What programs do I need for creating content?
- Resource What programs do I need for meshing and 3D modelling?