How to Make Custom Hair Colors for Sims on the Sims 2

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Since it was first released in 2004, "The Sims 2" has given players the opportunity to create and destroy the lives of virtual people and their families. The game is also notable for its built-in program, The Sims 2 Body Shop, which enables players to create custom parts and accessories, such as clothing and custom eye, skin and hair color. Do not make changes to any files other than those suggested to avoid deleting other game parts and accessories.

  • Open Body Shop, which is prepackaged along with "The Sims 2," and select "Create Parts." Select "Start New Project" and then "Create Genetics." Select the icon of the head to open hair samples.

  • Click on the desired hairstyle to use as your template. Click on "Import" and name the file. The file is now saved in the "Sims 2" project folder. In this folder, you will see several files. Those that begin with "a" are for adult hair, "t" for teen hair, and "e" for elder hair. Each of these files must be edited in order for Sims in those three life stages to have the custom hair.

  • Open the first "texture" file that begins with the letter "a" in a graphics editing program. Click on a color from your paint palette. If the hair template you chose was blond, black, red or brown, it will appear that way in your graphics editing program. Paint over that hair color and save. Click on "Refresh Preview Sim" in Body Shop to see how your work appears. If you are satisfied, edit the texture files that begin with "e" and "t" also.

  • Click "Import Textures" at the bottom of the Project Panel in Body Shop to export your custom hair color to "The Sims 2."

Tips & Warnings

  • Edit the "alpha" hairstyle files in order to increase or decrease the length of the hair. The area that is painted white is what will show up on your Sim. If you paint this black, it will give the Sim a haircut.

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