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Picked upload! Set Filters on Paintings by Reference v4

by scumbumbo Posted 13th Nov 2017 at 5:37 AM - Updated 18th Apr 2019 at 12:08 AM by scumbumbo : Updated for 04/16/2019 game patch
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

This mod now requires the XML Injector
Please be sure you have at least version 2 of that mod library installed,
without it this mod will not function!

Updated April 17, 2019 --- Version 4 of the mod has been updated to support the latest game patch 1.51.75 (April 16, 2019).

As always, be sure to remove the old version when you update the mod!


Ok, I hate the blobby paintings in the game produced by the Paint By Reference action at an easel and I know I'm not the only one that feels that way. I played around with a way to make the painting by reference not use that effect years ago to no avail. I turned my thoughts to the problem again today and realized that when paint by reference stores its images in the save game (in the clientDB.package file) it also stores a copy of the original image. A bit more playing around revealed the blobby painting is just a filter effect, similar to the ones used on the photography skill in the game.

So I figured, why not make the Set Filter command available to paintings, maybe that would clear that effect and to my surprise it really was that easy.

This simple little mod adds that Set Filter menu to all sim-created paintings. It won't do anything on a regular crafted painting, but when used on a paint by reference one it allows you to set any of the available filters quickly and easily. It will even work on a painting by reference that was created before installing the mod and the change will persist even if the mod is removed.

I also added a new interaction to allow setting the filter back to the "Painting" style should you end up deciding you liked that better.

Installation Instructions and Compatibility
  • This is a simple packaged XML mod, so just unzip the file into your mods folder.
  • Starting with version 4 of this mod, it now requires the XML Injector to be installed.
  • Note that removing the mod will not restore the blobby painting effect, if you decide you don't want that you will need to set the painting filter back on prior to removal.
  • This mod was written and tested for The Sims 4 version 1.51.75 (April 16, 2019).
  • No EA game XML is overridden by this mod, all changes are done by the XML Injector and will not conflict with other mods.
[*]The mod adds new interactions to set the filters on the paintings. These should not conflict with others mods:
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_8854517F0EAF49C0 (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Plain_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_8A8BC4AE8CEAFA5D (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Oversaturated_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_8E448FB99327DB98 (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Paint_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_AB7C62E2EC4533ED (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Warm_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_BF18D900080A9701 (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Undersaturated_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_C612969BD536A0EA (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Sepia_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_CCF1F14D403E1E1E (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Vignette_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_D2A8188053D7540B (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_WhiteVignette_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_D699E0E722DF5ABD (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Cool_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_E46AF55556B0DF44 (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Bright_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_EEBBF003B5860AB0 (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_BlackWhite_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_EF5CDE60C1E3CC28 (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Dark_BG)
  • S4_E882D22F_00000000_F8AA350509CD4ADC (Scumbumbo_immediateSI_Photos_SetFilter_Invert_BG)
Additional Credits
  • Kuree and all the others at Sims4Group who have put together the S4PE tool

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

Sims 4
Built with Game Version: 1.51.75
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Description: Enable Set Filter Menu on Paintings by Reference 13.5 KB 17,818 17th Apr 2019
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:
1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
Read the upload description for installation instructions. If nothing else is specified, do the following:
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\

Need more information?
  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
  • Mod still not working? Make sure you have script mods enabled
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Test Subject
#76 Old 15th Nov 2018 at 3:55 AM
Originally Posted by Daffpanr
Thankyou very much for this great mod! Since the patch though, my sims can’t use the new Sketchpad item when this mod is in my mods folder. They can use the sketch pad when the mod isn’t in my mods folder. I am not sure if you are finding the same thing occurring in your game also.

This also happened in my game. The interaction canceled itself out when I directed my sim to draw something on the sketchpad.
Original Poster
#77 Old 15th Nov 2018 at 4:13 AM
Originally Posted by Cheekykinz34
This also happened in my game. The interaction canceled itself out when I directed my sim to draw something on the sketchpad.

Will check on that, thanks. I had noticed this in my game but wasn't sure what had broken it yet.

Should be an easy fix.
Original Poster
#78 Old 15th Nov 2018 at 4:32 AM
Version 3 fixes the mod that so the Sketchpad works again. I'm not sure how I failed to realize this was probably the mod which I had messed up the sketchpad with, should have been obvious since it worked before I installed this to test to see if it would work with the finalized paintings from the sketchpad. When it did work with the painting I made from a sketchpad I forgot all about it.

All I can say is it's been a long couple of days
#79 Old 16th Nov 2018 at 1:51 AM
I thank you very much for taking so much time from your life and enjoyment to check your mods. They are amazing, because you are amazing.
Many thanks for your generosity!!!!
Test Subject
#80 Old 18th Nov 2018 at 4:20 PM
Also just wanted to share my thanks and appreciation! I use this mod SO MUCH and was relieved when I realized there was an update to fix this issue. Thanks again for providing this for free and for updating it for us!
Test Subject
#81 Old 26th Jan 2019 at 10:43 PM
I'm not that big a fan of the painting filter myself -- looking forward to using this with my more artistic Sims when they paint portraits.
Lab Assistant
10th Mar 2019 at 3:24 PM
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#82 Old 21st Mar 2019 at 4:05 AM
Thank you!
Original Poster
#83 Old 17th Apr 2019 at 11:54 PM
I've updated this for yesterday's game patch. As the change required additional changes to the base-game object XML, I have instead opted to make this mod require the XML Injector. This removes the need to override any of the game's XML so it will not conflict with other mods.

The XML Injector (version 2 or higher) may be found here on Mod The Sims:
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