Tutorial: how to recategorize your CC

Hello, hello! It’s me again. Have you missed me? Of course not, I’ve recently been posting like crazy, but I have too much free time and I guess that’s the result (and the fact that I write chapters like a crazy person). And no, it’s not an early bonus. So what is it?

Today I’ve been thinking about my bonus and how frustrated I got because some of the stuff I downloaded and needed wasn’t available for teens. I also thought about how AmyQueen in her last chapter needed her character to wear a bra and jeans at the same time. And I thought about how I had a solution. And then I realized that not everyone probably knows as much as I do, so I decided I’d share it just in case.

Have you ever come across a hair that you were frustrated of because it wasn’t unlocked for the naked category and your pretty Sim was taking a shower in those freaking EA pigtails? Or maybe you wanted your Sim to wear a bra and panties as their everyday clothing? Then this may be just for you.

I will show you this thing with 4 different types of CC – a hair, a clothing, an accessory and a make-up.

You will need:

  • s3pe – without it the magic is not available to you
  • Sims 3 Pack Multi Extracter (because of this amazing tool I have everything in my game – except houses, downloaded Sims, patterns and Store – in packages and it made my CC easy to manage and easy to list hence my huge CC list is not difficult to get a hold of. I just have a folder in my Downloads folder called CC and there I save every piece of CC from TSR and let the tool make its magic, I copy the name of the CC to the new package file and it goes to the right folder in my Packages) required only if your CC is a sims3pack and not a package

Let’s begin with a hair.

When you download s3pe it automatically is a preferred program to open your packages, so double click on a package (once you converted it if it’s a sims3pack) to open.

It will look like this.

Then find a tag called CASP. It’s practically always on top.

On the bottom you wil have a button called Grid. Click on it.

A new window will pop up. You are interested either in a clothing category or age category. Let’s look at the AgeGender first.

So click on AgeGender, then on Age and there you have it. This hair is available for young adults, adults and elders, all of which have the same face size. Don’t try to make it available for other age groups, because it will look weird. But if your hair is not available for teens for example, here is where you can set the value to true and there you have it.

Now let’s scroll down to the clothing category.

And here the possibilities are almost endless. It depends on what bothers you. Now, some categories you’d better not touch for obvious reasons, but you know, have some fun. For example you may not want other people in town to use your hair – so set valid for random to false.

When you’re done click on commit, then click on the ‘X’ and then this pops up:

And then click ‘yes’ and you’re done. That’s how I do this, although you can probably just simply save, haha.

And let’s move on to a clothing.

So when it comes to the clothing you do everything the same way, but some restrictions have to be mentioned. Do not recategorize teen clothing for adults or adult clothing for teens since they have different bodies and you will have a mutant Sim. And on [12] there is an outerwear category. I’ve found that on some older clothing this is called Unknown12, just so you know.

Let’s move on to the accessory.

As you can see, this is a bag that’s for some reason available only for YA-Elder and I wanted it for a teen for my bonus, so I fixed it. 😀

Now make-up.

As you can see this lipstick is not available for teens, which you can fix as well. For make-up I use nose masks and eyelashes that I always need and I’ve found that they are not all available for outerwear, which I had to fix and now it’s a pleasure to run my game as I have it fixed. This used to make for some funny situations.

There should be a nosemask here and as I set the make up for every clothing category, my game gave the Sim pie all over the face. You can also end up with some stage make-up, so if you use nose masks like me, it will definitely come in handy for you.

And that’s all, y’all! Hopefully, you can make use of this little tutorial. See you for the bonus tomorrow!

35 thoughts on “Tutorial: how to recategorize your CC”

  1. Wow, thank you so much for this!! I do have some outfits that need recategorizing, so this is truly useful! 😀 And good that you mentioned the bit about ages, it reminded me of the time I had downloaded some broken cc, and Athe monster toddler effect was spreading in my game, lol!
    Thank you again, I’m sure this will be very useful to a lot of people 🙂

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    1. Yes, I thought that it would be a life saver for a lot of people. I found out about converting packages and this when talking to my friend on TS3 official site. She creates poses and does hair retextures now and offered to teach me, but I am not so sure if I want another addiction (she taught Bee, by the way). When I reinstalled my game and created Maddie, I had very little CC, only packages and only base game and it was my first purely packaged CC game. Now it still is like this with the exception of my photo studio and some other things that can’t be packaged. I believe every avid simmer has had to deal with bad CC at some point. Everything on the Exchange looked so great we just couldn’t resist! Anyway, I’ve recently got into merging because I had heard about it a lot and so I merged all my mods and my 4 skins, but I can’t merge much more because I want perfect control and knowledge of what I have and how to list it on my CC list. But s3pe and multi extracter are my best friends just like NRaas mods.

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  2. Ahh I struggled to find something that could double as a bra for everyday since I needed those jeans, lol. This would’ve come in so handy XD Thanks for the level of detail you put in as well as the screenshots! I’ll definitely consult this should I come into a similar problem again in the future 🙂 ❤ ~

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    1. Yes, I thought that I could help you if only I knew. I’ve acquired so much information about TS3 and editing that I sometimes feel like such a pro, lol. I loved the fact that I also could help Deonree in some things when she struggled.
      Yes, I know I find it hard to picture some things when the tutorial doesn’t include photos, so I added some and uploaded them to TinyPic so they don’t count to my media storage.
      I am glad I could help ableit a tad too late. 😁 ♥

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  3. Wow, this is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!
    The Multi Extractor is so handy! I despise sims3packs, so I was happy when I found it and almost never had to use that damn Launcher to install cc again.
    And haha, one of your sentences at the start made me realise something- the ugly hair in the shower. I used to get quite annoyed at that but my Sims never take showers any more thanks to cheating. They literally do nothing but wait to be put in the next pose lmao 😬

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    1. I’m glad you liked it.
      I love Multi Extractor. And my computer hates launcher and it takes so much time to install something plus you have a chance that it may crush. So…I don’t like it at all. And I don’t like having to use that damn Origin ever since the last patch. There is a way to avoid it, but I can’t because I have some of my games only there because of broken CDs and Season was purchased through Origin. Hate you for this, EA!
      Mine do not either, because I don’t play these days. I live on static needs. But I sometimes have to take shower shots, haha. When I want my game to go on I just unpause and wait, haha.

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  4. Thank you so much for the tutorial. It has been a long time since I re-categorized my CC. This serves as a reminder to myself. Plus, your tutorial looks easier to follow than the one I used originally. I’m sticking with you from now on!! 🙂

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    1. Really, I found my answers on the internet 2 years ago or so and this has never been difficult for me. I’m glad you found it easy to follow. Sometimes I’m not sure if I should make tutorials when I have it hard expressing myself, lol.

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      1. I’m glad they are 🙂 I usually use s3pe when I download a bunch of things, convert them and then want to identify them by the thunbnail and change the random names of the converted packages. It’s sometimes tedious and that’s partly why I don’t have many CCs in my game and use the same old ones over and over again. I have been trying to decide on a default skin recently and it’s so hard.

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  5. This is super great 😀 really need to recategorise some of my stuff. Like, I seem to remember that there are sweaters and t-shirt in bathing suits and stuff like that. This’ll come in super handy 🙂
    Just in case you didn’t know though – you can use mastercontroller to for example set accessories available for all ages/genders. It’s maybe a bit much when you just want one thing for teens but neat if you can’t be bothered to close the game and edit files 😀 sorry if you already know :3

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    1. Glad you found it helpful. Oh, I didn’t know, but I don’t like messing with CAS settings in MC, because it doesn’t seem to remember and I have to fix it each time 😛 I didn’t have to close the game, as I was in the process of downloading CC, I made sure those were unlocked for teens.

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      1. You at least have to change it for each save, which is a little annoying. My CAS is just so slow if I don’t show hats/accessories/clothes in compressed mode. Hell, it’s kind of slow even if I do. I also like being able to hide i.e. stuff from Into the Future that I don’t use so much 🙂

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      2. I don’t have ITF so at least there’s that. I hate the fact that I have to set up so many things in Woohooer and SP and that you have to overcome so many restricttions for teen woohoo, lol.

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      3. I really liked ITF right when I got it, but the more I’ve played, the less I care for it. It’s a really pointless pack. It has like two or three items I use, but most is hideous. I could have skipped it without regret.
        Yeah, I have to set up MC and SP every time I do a new game as well. Not to mention Register and Traffic (’cause screw tourists and ice cream vans)… And in my photo shooting saves there’s also Relativity… man, I probably spend ages in Nraas menues 😛

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      4. Yes, I kind of regret not having UL, though. That’s why I had to come up with so many ideas for my Sims’ education, it’s pretty ridiculous.
        I forget about Traffic all the time and I usually reset or delete the creepy ice-cream truck when it’s stuck in front of my house (I remember it was visible from the window when I was going through so many emotions connected with the rape scenes; obviously I got rid of it as soon as possible). Me too, but I can’t play without my mods.

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      5. Ah, yeah, I have all expansions and UL is one of the good ones, for sure 🙂 Don’t have a single stuff pack, though. I had all the stuff for ts2 but with 3 there were just too many, so I got none 😛
        That icecream truck is SO annoying :/ I often forget about Traffic, too, until I look up and there’s a stupid ice cream van parked across from my secret criminal hideout. Grrr!
        I couldn’t play without them either. Like, literally, without Overwatch, the game would lag so bad I couldn’t play xD

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      6. I have all EPs except UL and ITF. I can’t imagine getting them now, though. I used to have UL borrowed from my friend, but after reinstalling the game I lost it and I somehow can live with it. I got used to. I have all the SPs except 70s, 80s, 90s, Diesel and Movie stuff. I kind of regret having the Katy Perry one, but I made use of it when I portrayed Grace as the crazy cat lady 😛
        I know how it feels! Btw, I changed my game’s language to English two days ago and I realized I have to get used to another order of options in MC and it kinda annoys me that they are in alphabetical order and not in the same place and I have to think where the option I want is, for example I only change clothing by MC, otherwise it takes too much time.

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      7. I’m strangely okay without all the stuff packs – especially the Katy Perry one haha! I don’t know what they were thinking with that XD at least you found a use for it, though.
        Oh no, that kind of thing is the worst when you’re operating on muscle memory! I hope you get used to it quickly. I always use the stylist option as well. Both for the simmies I control, but also when people around town wear ugly elf hats and stuff 😛

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      8. Haha, I don’t know either, and I especially don’t know why I wanted it in the first place- probably thought I wanted all the SPs, LOL. I remember Kymber made use of it with Marty and her job and the ‘sweet’ outfit. I thought it was really wise!
        Yes, I didn’t even read the options after some time, I just clicked the place where I remembered it to be. Also some other options are in another place, so that’s what I found to be the most annoying when having my game in English, the rest is practically the same. I always use the CAS option and this is where I get the makeup, hair and stuff. I also mentioned the clothing, because I don’t rely on EA’s change outfit option and use the MC one instead (for example when I want my Sim in sleepwear), which works when you have your game paused. Also it normally takes ages before your Sim decides to mercifully change their clothing like you ordered it.

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    1. I didn’t know either, but now I can’t live without them. So when the skin you’re using has a sucky nose texture and doesn’t emphasize it like you’d like it to, then you edit it like make-up so that it suits your sim’s skin tone. It comes in really handy because my Sims seem to have such tiny noses (Emmie, Sam, Hannah) and it helps me to make them look better without messing things up in CAS – after all it’s only a make-up I can take off.

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      1. Okay, maybe I’ll try one out and see how it looks. I honestly can’t tell if my simmies’ noses are emphasised or not :p

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    1. I would like to thank you for your awesome default replacements list on your blog. I can’t live without the You Are Real now ❤ And I'm glad I could help, it probably would come in handy for all those medieval stuff you have in your game.

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      1. Oh no worries! 🙂 Glad you found the list useful. I love You Are Real too. It’s one of those beautiful pieces of cc that just slots right in to your game and lets you forget about it. I don’t really think about it when I’m playing but I’m sure I’d be shocked by how different my sims would look up close without it.

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