I’ve often found that the standard lights in the catalogue never give me the kind of light I need for the photoshoots. I like to flood the stages with light so I can see everything properly and I’ve found the perfect lighting solution in order to do that.
You Will Need:
- The Sims 3 Base Game
- The Sims 3 Showtime Expansion
- The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion
- A stage
The expansions aren’t totally necessary but the lighting from those packs do add an awful lot to your stages.
So let’s get going!
For this tutorial, I’m going to use the outdoor stage I built for the Stage Building tutorial. If you don’t have a stage already built, then I suggest you go back to the previous tutorial.
However, if you have a stage already, or are using your stage from the last tutorial, then let’s go!
Head into Buy Mode, Search by Function and go to the Stage Props category.
The first catalogue tab shows FX machines and Lighting. These lights are designed as stage lights and so are perfect for what we’re wanting for our stage. These lights are all from the Showtime expansion pack.
And the other set of lights I like to use can be found in Sort By Function – Entertainment – Parties. These are ceiling lights and can create a variety of colours and styles. These came with the Late Night expansion pack.
I usually like to use a variety of these for my stages. So have a play around and see what takes your fancy. For some of the lights (such as the ceiling ones) may need the use of the moveobjects on cheat to place them.
So once you’ve finished playing around with your lighting placements, your stage should look something like this:
However, these won’t provide enough light, should it be night time when your dancers are performing, or if you’re using an indoor stage. But there’s a very nice little trick I frequently use to provide extra light for your stages.
In Buy Mode – Sort By Function – Debug, there are some useful lights hiding. Scrolling a little way down the catalogue are a series of what appear to be blank squares:
These are ceiling area lights and actually look like this:
These are fabulous because they are completely invisible in Live Mode. So they provide plenty of light but can’t be seen. So these can be placed all over the stage to give plenty of light. There are always wall area lights that do just the same job.
So have a play with those and when you’re done your stage should look a little like this:
And to test your new lights, try switching to Night mode:
Remember the square lights will be invisible in Live Mode.
Now your stage is suitably lit, you’re going to want to play with the colours and patterns. And for that, we go into Live Mode.
Now, the lights from Showtime can have their colours, sequence and motion adjusted. So once in Live Mode, click on one of the lights.
For these, I usually set the colour to white and switch off any motion. For some of the lights, there’s an option to play around with the sequence. But have a good play and experiment with some different lighting.
Once you’re done, it should look like this:
If you’re using the ceiling gobo lights from Late Night, there are some different options. These lights create patterns on the floor, like this:
Again, you can play with the different designs, colours and motion sequences.
As an additional extra, you could use some of the FX machines to create your finale. Confetti, for example:
This pretty much wraps up the tutorial to the stage lighting. For examples of different stage lighting, have a look at the Reel Around the Sun page.
So go forth and light up the stage!