First, make a folder somewhere you can easily find it. I always use my desktop. Call the folder ‘Sofa Recolour’ or something that can identify it.
Download SimPE, then open it up:
Click ‘Object Workshop’ at the top of the window, or from the ‘Window/Object Workshop’ from the top menu:
Select ‘Seating’, then ‘Sofas’:
Select the ‘Coming Up Roses’ Loveseat, then click ‘Next’:
Make sure ‘Recolor’ is selected, then click ‘Start’:
Save your file to the folder you created earlier. Call it whatever you like:
Select the fabric you want to re-colour, then click ‘OK’:
In the Resource Tree, select ‘Texture Image’, then click ‘Plugin View’ at the bottom of the window:
Click the ‘Export’ button and save the image to the same folder you created at the start:
Launch Gimp and open up the image you just exported:
The simplest way to re-colour any item is to use the ‘Hue-Saturation’ tool:
Use the sliders to adjust the colour until you are happy, then click ‘File/Save’ to overwrite the image.
Go back to SimPE and right-click on the texture image and select ‘Build DXT’:
Click ‘Open Image’ to select the overwritten one you edited. Make sure ‘DTX1Format’ is selected, and ‘Sharpen’ is set to ‘None’, then click ‘Done’, then ‘Commit’:
You may need to wait a while for the new colour to show up.
Click ‘File/Save As…’ and save to your Sims 2 downloads folder, giving it a name you can identify later.
Go ahead and fire up your game to check your new re-colour:
Once you are happy, why don’t you upload your new re-colours here for others to enjoy!
This tutorial has covered basic re-colouring only, for newbies. You can also use different textures (patterns), but we’ll cover that in a different tutorial. I hope you found this easy to follow. All feedback is appreciated.