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HOW TO PHOTOSHOOT: THE BASICS

So, you want to know how to make photoshoots? To be honest, it's something that you just have to get used to- it's all about trial and error. In this "tutorial" I have included some Photoshop tips (I haven't used Paint Shop Pro in a while, but it should be the same), links to find helpful hacks and mods, and other tutorials that would probably explain this stuff better than me, lol.

Tip #1: When doing themes, it's best to plan it ahead of time. It's easier when you have an idea of what to do before you go into the game. If it's a little difficult to think of anything: find inspiration in other photoshoots, listen to music, or ask others for help. When I was doing the 'Bette Davis Eyes' photoshoot for Top Sim Model Cycle 2 (still my favorite photoshoot), I listened to that song constantly before and during the photoshoot. When you're doing the 'omg look at my new sim!' casual photoshoot, you don't have to plan anything out :P
Tip #2: Tab is your friend! You will get clearer pictures this way. You use the Z key to zoom in, the X to move out, the Q to move up, and the E to move down (I'll double check the keys later, I didn't write them down). Use the Print Screen key when you take pictures also. Your pics will have more detail if you use that instead of the Maxis camera.
Tip #2a: I use GunMod's Camera Mode (which has more of a range than default cameras), and you can find the link here: http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=97642
Tip #3: Just experiment with different angles, and be sure to take a lot of pics. You can always delete what you don't like.

Part I: Lighting
In my game I use GunMod's Radiance Lighting from Mod The Sims 2 (link is here so it's more dramatic than default lighting.

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Tip #4: When using GunMod's Radiance Lighting, lighting is important. To have the most effect, I use a closed room with no windows and doors for outside lighting to come in. I like to use two to three lights, one above, in front, and behind the sim. Play around with them to get a setting you like.

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The lighting's strongest when your sim is very close to it (do be careful, as it can get too strong)...

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...and weaker as the sim is farther away. It's a little too dim as I took away one of the lamps to prove a point.

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Tip #5: The green and blue neon floor lamps are cool-colored, so they add a nice soft lighting. Plus, since they're straight they can be hidden behind the sim :)

Part II: Posing
Tip #6: BoolProp is very helpful (though I don't use it often). You can find the cheats on the Sims 2 LJ community since I can barely remember them myself.
Tip #6a: I use animation hacks. I have Squinge's Hula & More hack (found here: http://www.insimenator.net/showthread.php?t=9544), Shakin's Model Animation Changer (found here: //shaklin.net/) and Aikea Guinea's animation paintings (found here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/msmvzf).
Tip #7: Experiment with every animation. You can get great shots from the most random animations like..

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...finding out you're being cheated on...

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...falling from the sky..

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...meeting with the matchmaker....

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....rejecting a vampire bite...

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...and some created ones.

Part III: Photoshop
Tip #8: Always sharpen before you size down the picture. You do lose some quality when you don't.

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If you can't tell, neither will anyone else. (P.S. You can tell in the difference in the eyelashes)

Some of the pictures I used more photoshop on (the being cheated on, and the falling out of the sky one), but don't edit all of the pic- you want to enhance it, not make it so blurry you can't tell if it's a sim or a doll. I just blurred around the lips, sharpened the whites of the eyes, and colored in the eyelashes. A little work goes a long way.

For more Photoshop tips, check out Sisaly's (found here: http://forums.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=24516) and applesoveroranges' (found here: http://forums.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=26632) guides. They're pretty good, and simple enough to follow.

If you want more advice, just comment here and I'll edit this post to add more.
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