Fortunately fixing A-Buffers is really easy. So what we are going to do, is fix this object Click to Download

When you unzip this, pop the object in the folder labelled C:\Maxis\The Sims\Downloads\Transmogrified
(If you dont have one, make one).

Step 1 - Export our Object

Open up T-mog and Export our object using "One Zoom, All Channels", and un-tick the box that says "Just change colours".

Normally we would choose All zooms to fix Far, mid and near views Personally, I normally let T-mog generate the mid and far zooms, and then just fix them later if necessary. Since we choose only 1 zoom, T-mog will export just the largest view that is the near zoom. For this exercise we're going to do just the one.

The reason why we choose all channels is that this is the only way we get the a-sprites exported. If we chose 1 channel, only the p-sprite would be exported, and the A-sprite and Z-sprite would be AUTO-GENERATED by the T-mog program. Yuck! Not a good look. (Thats how I got the object in the first place!)

TIP: When you are changing the shape on an object or fiddling with the As and Zs always export with "All Channels".

 

Step 2: Open up the a-buffer bitmaps in the paint program.

Open up your paint program, and open up the bitmap with the a at the end of its name.

Normally when youve got more than one A-buffer to do, you open them all up at the beginning. The reason why we do this is because it is easier to keep track of which ones weve done. Its generally a good idea to complete all the a-buffers in one session that way none get left out. (It can be really tedious plan a reward of some sort at the end to encourage yourself to persevere with them.)

Step 3: Select the Pixels to fix

OK, Choose the mask tool  [M] (Everything in square brackets is the keyboard shortcut for the same action)

  is the Mask Tool. Set it up with these options: Match Mode = RGB, Tolerance = 0, Feather = 0

There are at least two Methods for selecting the Pixels to fix:

1. Select all the dark grey borders by clicking on each part, while holding down the shift key. (Holding down the shift key will add each new selection to the existing selection).
2. Alternatively, select just one part, then go up to the menu and choose "Selection", "Modify", "Select Similar" this will do the same thing.

(This is useful when weve got lots of little fiddly bits.)

Step 4: Smooth that Aura away!

On the Standard menu , Choose 
"Effects", 
"Noise" 
"Edge Preserving Smooth", 
and set "Amount of Smoothing" to 30. 
Press OK to do it.
Look! We have fixed the A-buffers!

Step 5 - Save the A-Buffer

Save the fixed A-buffer [Ctrl-S] and close the window so it goes.

OK. So that was easy wasnt it?

If wed done more zooms, youd get to do the rest now by repeating steps 3-4 for each bitmap until they are all done.

Step 6 - Import our Object

The object isn't fixed until our new A-buffers are installed in the the "iff" object. To do that we need to import our changed sprites back.

Were going back into T-mog now (If you closed it down before, just open it up again). Find our object, and press the import button.

Now go look at it (view object) A whole lot better, yeah? Try clicking on the background to see how it will look on a black or white background

OK. We're done. You can go play with it now!

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