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How to Use Create A Sim

Updated on August 23, 2017

Learn to Make a Sim in The Sims 3

If you want to make a sim in The Sims 3, you might want to know how Create a Sim differs from the previous versions of the game. In the beginning, EA was full of talk about how much The Sims 3 differed from The Sims 2, and about the added functionality of the Create a Sim engine.

The most important thing that you need to know about Create a Sim for The Sims 3 is that it is very different from the Sim Creation Engine in The Sims 2. You do, indeed, have many customization options that weren't available to you with the previous version, and the power to make unique sims is in your hands.

This guide will help you to create a truly unique sim for your game that is unlike any other sim and will guide you through the various customization options for your sims. Please note that this guide does not cover Create a Style in detail.

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Introduction to The Sims

A little bit about The Sims legacy

In February of 2000, Will Wright introduced the world to The Sims. The game would go on to become one of the most successful game franchises in history and has continued with a presumed release date for The Sims 4 some time in 2014. For those who have been playing The Sims from the very beginning, this announcement is unsurprising but exciting. For new players, it's easy to wonder what the excitement is really all about.

For those who have been playing The Sims from the very beginning, the progression of one game to the next and the coming release of The Sims 4 makes perfect sense. We've watched the game progress from the beginning, when there were only a few elements to game play (house-building, need-meeting and basic relationships) to the introduction of aging and generational play to the amazing ability to move from place to place in the world without a loading screen.

Now, in The Sims 3, players have multiple dimensions to the game play that weren't available when the game first came out. This page discusses one of those elements; Making a Sim as Unique as the one to the right. The sim shown here is representative of me, one that I was able to make look very similar to my real self due to improved ability to customize sims in The Sims 3.

If you want to be able to make sims that are this unique, the following tutorial should be helpful to you. If you have any questions about how to make the program work for you (that aren't answered on this page) please take the time to comment here and I will do my best to answer all comments in a timely fashion. Please be aware, however, that I have a lot going on and don't always have time to load into the game in order to troubleshoot. If you are having serious problems, please visit the Official Sims 3 Forum or the Carl's Sims 3 Guide Forums.

For those who have been playing The Sims 3 for a while now, there's plenty of opportunities to leave feedback on this page about what you think of the game and how much you enjoy it. If you prefer The Sims 2, you can say that too! New players would love to hear from you, I'm sure, as your thoughts on the game effect other people's eagerness to play it. Your opinions matter, so take a moment to express them!

But not everyone has been playing The Sims 3 for a while now, so if you haven't yet purchased your copy of The Sims 3 you can purchase it on Amazon by clicking the link below. If you're a fan of The Sims, I believe you truly will not be disappointed by the most recent addition to the franchise. Even for those who were holdouts for The Sims 2 should be aware that recent expansion packs have made The Sims 3 all the more amazing. If you haven't purchased your copy, then you should...

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The following downloads should all be free. Sometimes things change and sites will go to a "donation" service or begin to ask for money for their downloads. I might not always catch them. If you find a site that has gone pay, please take a moment to send me a message and let me know. Sims 3 downloads must be free in order to comply with the EA terms of service. These free downloads are legal. Paid downloads are a copyright violation! To those of you copyright gurus, this might sound rather odd. However, please bear in mind that when someone asks you to pay for content created using the Sims (2 or 3) platform, they are using the program created by someone else. The solution is that these may only be offered for free.

If you can support any of these sites financially and there is a donation option (which does not require you to donate to get something in return), you can help to prevent copyright theft by donating to the sites directly instead of paying for the downloads. These creators work hard!

All of these downloads are mostly clothing and hair, rather than complete sims.

Loading Create a Sim in The Sims 3 - Getting Started with Making Your Sim

If you don't know how to enter Create-A-Sim, please see my Newbies Guide to The Sims 3. That guide will show you how to get to Create-A-Sim so that you can get started.

When you first load Create-A-Sim, you will notice that there is a pre-created sim standing in front of a mirror. This sim is, essentially, your canvas -- the blank slate with which you may begin. If you prefer, you can choose a different sim by either clicking on the "randomize button" (the upper circled button) or on the "select sim" button (the lower circled button).

This first screen that you see (to the left) is where you will enter the essential details for your sim. Choose the gender of your sim (I'm making a female sim -- the symbol on the left is the female symbol, the symbol on the right is the male symbol) and choose an age for you sim. Ages in Create-A-Sim range from toddler to elder (toddler, child, teen, young adult, adult and elder). All households must include at minimum a young adult in order to be saved, so take that into consideration!

Editing the Basics of Your Sim in The Sims 3 - The Sims 3 gives you incredible flexibility to edit the basics!

The skin color and tone, and body modifiers may also be changed (on a sliding scale). The image above shows the drop-down that allows you to choose the color of the skin (easy enough to miss if you aren't looking for it).

I recommend that new simmers spend some time playing with these basic modifiers. You can choose from six different skin tones (including three different flesh tones, blue, green and red). Additionally, you can change the tone of the skin color from very light to very dark (but you cannot achieve true black using these modifiers).

Next, you can chose your sim's body type. No longer are you restricted to simply fit (thin) or fat. Instead, you can make your sim a unique body type from (very) skinny to (very) fat. Most people range somewhere between these two extremes, just to give you a sense of your flexibility.

I recommend going slowly with this, moving in small increments and tweaking, unless you aren't particular about your sim. The combinations between body weight and muscle mass are virtually endless.

If you think that it's great the flexibility that you have with your sim's body shape, you're going to love what comes next!

My Sim Before Editing

My Sim Before Editing
My Sim Before Editing

Your Sim's Hair - You can do a LOT with your coiffe in The Sims 3!

The image above is zoomed in on our sim's face. As you can see, I have chosen the "hair" button (the second from the top on the left). This will allow me to choose a hair style for my sim from a list of images, with or without accessories.

The Sims 3 has a limited number of hair styles with the base game. Additional expansion packs do add more styles, but the difference isn't significant. If you want more, you are going to need to be willing to shell out some cash at The Sims 3 Store.

I'm not going to change the hair style right away. Instead, I'm going to work with the color.

Below the styles, you will see several options for hair colors, including two shades of blonde, two shades of Auburn (auburn and strawberry blonde), red, brown, black and gray. You can choose one of these colors for your sim, and any one of them will look great!

I am going to try to create my own (unusual color) hair in The Sims 3 in order to illustrate just how flexible Create a Sim is in this game.

The image size is about to shrink considerably so that I can fit them into the screen. Please click on the thumbnail in order to see a full-sized version of the image for detail.

The first thing that I'm going to do is to click the paint brush in the lower right of the menu. I have circled it in red in the image above.

The Sims 3 Color Palette

When you click on the paintbrush button, you will see an image that looks like this. You may click on it to see a larger image that will make it easier to see the pictures.

The first thing that you will notice is that you have six hues of seven colors shown on the main tab. It's eyecatching, and in this case it can be a tiny bit distracting. If you're like I was in the beginning, you are probably wondering where the purple hair that our sim started with came from. I will get to that in just a moment.

For now I want you to note the upper part of the panel shown at right. You see a large square block that has your sim's hair color displayed within it, and then to the right of that, four circles of varying sizes. Those circles, in order, are roots, highlights, base and tips.

When you click on one of these circles, you will be able to adjust the color for that particular "layer" of the hair. In the picture, "base" is selected. I recommend starting with the base hair color in order to get an idea of where you're starting out and where you can go from there. The main color of your own hair is what we would consider the "base" in The Sims 3. Keep that in mind when styling, and you'll do fine. You can see that each layer is varying shades of brown. I'll be changing that.

Editing Your Sim's Hair Color Using the Pre-Set Colors

This is where the real magic happens: The Sims 3 allows you to be very specific in how you change the color of your sim's hair. I'm going to try to walk you through this step by step. The first few times I did this, it seemed cumbersome and complicated. I would like to spare you that.

The first thing that I'm going to do here is to show you the pre-set colors palette. I would like to do this in several steps so that you can see the way that the changes take effect. If you click on the image to the right, you will see both color palette and sim.

In my case, I've chosen to leave the base color alone: there was a reason that I chose this color for my sim's hair. Instead I'm going to select the top circle: roots. (You should be able to see, in the enlarged image, that there is a white circle around the "roots" selection.)

I have chosen to make my sim's roots a dark red because I like that effect (and have used it before on Sims).

A note on roots, however: Roots should be a very similar shade to that of your base color. In this case, I chose a dark red with a dark brown. The overall affect is a good blend. The root color shouldn't match the base color for best effect, however.

Skipping over the base color (the big brown circle), I'm moving down to the highlight color. Notice that even in the EA created option that this is a lighter color than the rest of the hair. The highlights give more definition and depth to your sim's hair color. Think about if you decide to dye your hair: Do you want a flat color or something with some depth?

It's the same way for your sim: she will look more natural if there is some definition to her hair color. The highlight color that you choose should be some variation on the shade that you've chosen for the base color of your sim's hair, or you can use this to put what amounts to streaks of white or blonde through your sim's hair. The idea is to produce a natural look by getting the colors to blend together without giving a flat appearance.

I have chosen a reddish-brown color on light side. When you choose your color it should blend well with the base color of your sim's hair unless you are going for a more extreme look. Similar shades are your best options, and for your highlights, choosing one that is slightly lighter than your base color is advised.

You can see the white circle around the color on the right side. It's indistinct with such a small image (and I had to remove the larger-sized images) but the color I chose is in the far right column, the second row down. You have the same color in your game if you need to use the game itself for reference!

The last thing that needs to be edited for the hair of your sim is the tips. This is the final, tiny circle on your palette. You should see it circled in white in the picture to the right. It's a bit difficult to see, and I apologize for having had to delete the larger sized images!

In my opinion, you have a lot of flexibility in this area. If you imagine that your sim dyes her hair, the color could be lighter than the rest of her hair. It might be darker because it doesn't get any sunlight on it. This is one very variable part of designing your sim. Maybe you like the "I dipped my tips in ink" look. Whatever you want to do, this is an area for experimentation.

I've chosen a red color similar to the color on my sim's roots. Both colors look quite purple in the image below, but when I originally created the sim, the color was more red than it is purple. If you're looking for a natural look, you should obviously choose all of your colors from the black, yellow, orange, brown, grey and white ranges. This will give you a natural look that the purple in my image below lacks.

Experiment with your shades in the main variation of how to put together your sim's hair and see what you can come up with. There is another way to do your sim's hair that allows you a bit more room to explore the different colors of the spectrum.

The Total Effect: Front and Back

The Total Effect: Front and Back
The Total Effect: Front and Back

A Variation (only in The Sims 3)

The Sims 3 offers several ways to "decorate" your sim!

You may not need this pointed out to you: there are two tabs on your palette. The first allows you to choose colors based on a pre-determined palette created by EA. The other allows you to use the sliders that should be familiar to simmers. You can see an example image to the right.

This color wheel allows you to be very specific in how you choose the colors for your Sim's hair.

This is also how you get the funky hair colors, because the color wheel allows you to choose any color of the rainbow. If you want your sim to have bright green hair, you can do it using this tab.

This part is relatively easy, and you shouldn't require much of a walk through. Use the sliders to adjust the shade of the hair you chose on the previous tab, or use the color wheel to choose a completely different color. In my example to the right, my sim has bright red roots (and eyebrows!), pink highlights and blue tips. You can do anything that you want!

If you're looking to have a lot of fun and learn about the functions that are included as part of both Create a Sim and Create a Style then this is a good place to get started with experimenting with what you can do. The possibilities with this tool are almost limitless with the way that you can change up the way that your sim looks. This is what the creators were talking about when they said that you had more flexibility with creating unique sims.

Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Also VERY adjustable in The Sims 3 -- Without Custom Content!

While you have the hair folder open, you should see that there are two tabs for a female sim (or three if it is a male sim): The first is for the hair and the second is for eyebrows and eyelashes. If you are creating a male sim, the third is for facial hair (I will get to that in a moment).

You have a lot of options here -- far more options with The Sims 3 than with The Sims 2.

I recommend first skipping over the different eyebrow style options and choosing the color of the eyebrows. In most cases, you will find that the root color is the automatically selected option, but you can change eyebrow color just as flexibly as you can the hair color: by clicking on the paintbrush button. It works the same except for the fact that eyebrows are only one color.

You will also see that you have several options for eyebrow styles. Generally speaking, I come back to this option after I have constructed the face for my sim, so that the eyebrows go with the face instead of me building the face around the eyebrows. I have also set my sim's hair to be back away from he face so that I can see what I am doing in the steps below. This is especially important when editing ears and earrings.

The eyebrow options are adjustable later on.

Eyelash length can be adjusted using the slider on the bottom. You can go from very short to very long, as you please.

Click on the thumbnail to see the entire screenshot, including the current sim.

Facial Hair in the Sims 3

Only available for male sims

If your sim is a male, you will have three tabs instead of two. The third tab will be for facial hair.

Facial hair works the same way that eyebrows do. You can choose to either match the root color of your sim's hair, to adjust the color of the beard manually using the colors offered, or by clicking on the paintbrush button in order to use the color wheel or the pre-sets.

You can also choose the shape of your sim's facial hair, or to have no facial hair at all.

As with the eyebrows, if your sim has a natural root color, I recommend matching the roots of your sim's hair in order to keep the entire look consistent and natural.

If you wish to make your sim appear to dye his hair, then you may wish to change the color of the facial hair. I do not recommend using an extraordinary color like pink or purple for facial hair unless you're looking to be extreme or are trying to create a Capitol character from The Hunger Games. In almost any other situation it's going to look gaudy and weird. There are enough weird-looking sims populating the world as it is!

Remember that if you don't like your facial hair you can return to Create a Sim from live mode using a mirror. From there you can remove it! You can also set facial hair to appear with only certain outfits.

Editing Your Sim's Face in The Sims 3

You have a ton of options with The Sims 3!

I am not going to go through every individual type of modifier in The Sims 3 in this tutorial. If I were to do so, it would take forever for me to demonstrate sim creation to you, and I don't think that you need me to go that far for you to "get" it.

I will be taking you through adjusting the basic facial structure of your sim, as well as discussing details and makeup.

The image to the right shows the panel that you will see when you click on the "looks" button. This is the third button down on the line, right after "hair."

You are presented with a series of faces for you to choose from. You can choose to change the facial shape of your sim or to leave it the way that it is. I'm going to be changing the shape of my Sim's face.

You can see the choice that I made "in action" by clicking on the thumbnail to see the sim.

Choose any face shape that you like. The modifiers allow you to make a lot of changes to virtually everything, as you are about to see.

More Sims 3 Resources - Check these out!

When I first started this guide, I intended for it to get a lot bigger than it has. There are several reasons I wasn't able to go further, not the least of which is that I'm just not as experienced as many others. There are many much better creators and simmers out there who have superior knowledge to that which I possess. I'll be directing you toward those sites that I feel are a good start for you to get more information about the game and to help you with the more complex elements of creation that I am not skilled enough to help you to get through (such as serious building and using Create a Style).

Modifying Your Sim's Face in The Sims 3

The Sims 3 allows very unique sims!

No two sims need be alike in The Sims 3, and this is where it really begins to come together for those simmers who enjoy making major changes to the structure of their sims.

You should be able to see in the thumbnail where the white circle is around the selection. If you cannot, please enlarge the image by clicking on it so that you can better see. It is the "button" to the right, in order to get to the modifiers.

Here you can see that you have several different areas of the face that you can modify. Right now "global" is selected. You can also modify the ears, the cheeks, the jaw and the chin.

I am not going to show you everything that these modifiers do because again, that would take several lenses in order for me to do so. I recommend that you play with the sliders and view your sim both head-on and in profile to see what is changing with each tweak that you make.

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Adding the Topical Details

You don't need custom content any more!

While your choices for topical details are few in The Sims 3, you have more options than you did in The Sims 2 (without custom content).

This option is the tab second from the bottom. Here you can add freckles or beauty marks.

As with the other options, I advise looking at these personally. I've viewed pictures of the freckles and beauty marks and you cannot do them justice in an image: you need to see them in your game and the way that they look on your sim.

Try all four of them: they can be used in any of the various available combinations or alone.

My favorites are always the freckles; I think that they make a very cute effect on a sim!

Putting on Her Face

Adding makeup to your sim

Makeup in The Sims 3 is as flexible as the hair is!

You have several options for makeup, all of which allow you to choose your own colors: eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, lipstick and costume makeup.

The eyeshadow options are shown in the image to the right. You can choose from one of the five colors that are provided for you, or, using the paintbrush button, you can choose a color of your own. You will have an entirely new palette to work with (shown below) so that you can adjust the color of your sim's makeup as you please. You also still have the color wheel available to you.

One of the two blush options and one of the three lipstick options involve three colors combined for a complete look: you can choose all three colors to make up your sim!

Experience tells me that it is easier in the Sims 3 create a sim to stick with the colors that they provide for you, because they are reasonably natural and you can wind up tearing your hair out working on creating your own looks if you aren't particularly patient (and I'm not!). The choice is yours, of course. If you are more patient or creative than I, give it a go!

My Sim After Editing

My Sim After Editing
My Sim After Editing

The Well-Dressed Sim - Clothing your Sim in The Sims 3

The Sims 3 Create a Sim: Clothing your Sim
The Sims 3 Create a Sim: Clothing your Sim

As you can see above, my sim changed completely from the sim that I started with. I don't know whether or not she's "pretty" but she is certainly very "unique!" You can be quite assured that there is no other sim floating around who is quite like her, and that is the essence of using create-a-sim with all of your new and improved options: You can make a sim who is as unique as you are!

The next step is to change your sim's clothes.

You will notice almost immediately (particularly if you have only the base game -- I have purchased the Worlds of Adventure expansion pack at this point) that there aren't very many clothing choices (particularly for male sims). Each style will be shown on its own row, with different color variations for that style shown in the row (you may need to scroll to see all of the options).

This may take a few tries to get used to because it is a new way of displaying the clothing styles with The Sims 3.

Your sim has five different outfits that will need to be put together: Everyday, Formal, Pajamas, Activewear and Swimwear. Each of these outfits has four separate elements or you can choose the "outfit" option instead of separate tops and bottoms.

I will walk you through putting together an everyday outfit for our sim, because things in The Sims 3 can get pretty exciting!

Create a Sim in Sims 3: An Everyday Outfit
Create a Sim in Sims 3: An Everyday Outfit

Dressing Things Up

Making your Sim look her best!

I'm going to walk you through creating an everyday outfit for your sim. The other outfit options I will leave up to you. They work exactly the same as the everyday outfit.

I am not personally a fan of the complete outfits in The Sims 3, so I'm going to skip over them. If you find one that you like, feel free to use it instead of putting an outfit together from scratch.

The first part of the outfit is the top. You will find quite a number of options for your sim (fewer if your sim is a male). The tops come in various lengths, layers, styles and colors and as you'll find out later, are customizable.

I have chosen a long shirt layered with a jacket over the top. I like the red and will probably not change it. I think this is a good style for my sim.

Create a Sim in Sims 3: An Everyday Outfit
Create a Sim in Sims 3: An Everyday Outfit

The next item that we can change is the bottoms. The jeans aren't bad, but I want to try something just a little bit different for my sim (again, to make her wholly unique). I like the pants that are shown in the picture. I'm not sure about the black (I might like them to match the gray shirt) but I can work with that later on. This color is the closest to what I want, so that's what I've chosen.

I'm not especially happy with the bottom offerings in The Sims 2. The variety is oddly very slim and I suspect that the effort is to get us shopping at the Sims 3 store (on the EA site). If you've seen my other lenses, you might get an idea of the reasons why I'm not fond of the super short skirts and shorts that are offered in The Sims 3. I also don't like the look of the super-tight tapered jeans, which leaves me with some very serious limitations.

There are more options available with the Worlds of Adventure expansion pack and available at The Sims 3 store.

Create a Sim in Sims 3: An Everyday Outfit --The Shoes
Create a Sim in Sims 3: An Everyday Outfit --The Shoes

If we skip over the complete outfits (which we don't need if we've chosen a top and bottom), the next item that we get to choose is the shoes. This is new in The Sims 3 -- previously bottoms or outfits came with shoes already attached. The Sims 3 makes things really, truly customizable.

There are a lot of choices for shoes (more for women than for men). I don't like the Converse-style shoes that my sim is currently wearing, so I am changing them to a pair of wedge heels that look nice with the pants.

In this case, the sim is wearing socks (they are under accessories). If I wanted to put her in sandals, I would first have to remove the socks. We're about to move on to accessories.

Create a Sim in Sims 3: Accessories
Create a Sim in Sims 3: Accessories

Things really get interesting when you begin to add accessories in The Sims 3. First of all, you can add more than one different kind of accessory, and remove them at will (though once you're in the game you'll have to use a wardrobe to do it).

You can choose glasses, earrings, bracelets/watches, gloves, rings and socks. Use whatever combination you wish.

I decided to change to a pair of silver hoop earrings and to add a bracelet. I left the socks in place since they are invisible under the shoes.

At this point, my sim's appearance is finished. Now all I have to do is choose traits for my sim in order to determine her personality, give her a name, save and upload her. Then I'll be done.

Before I go on to that point, I want to show you one last thing.

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Create a Sim in Sims 3: Create a Style
Create a Sim in Sims 3: Create a Style

Create a Style (New in The Sims 3!)

What makes The Sims 3 REALLY great!

If you look on your panel when creating your sim's outfit, you will see at the bottom right that there is a small button with a palette image on it. If you click this button you will enter Create a Style.

This is the stuff that Sims creator's dreams are made of. You can change anything about your sim's clothing to suit your personal taste. I could give my sim here leather pants, or make them cowhide (with the fur and all). Instead, as planned, I tried to change them to gray. I hated it, and switched back to black.

Bear in mind when doing this that the shape of the clothing won't change, but the texture and the coloring of it will. In this way you can change the look of an item that you already like. If you want to have completely new clothing, you'll need to consider downloading some Sims 3 outfits using some of the links in the list located above.

I'm not going to go into detail about Create a Style here, because there isn't enough room (as though this lens isn't long enough). Look for a future lens on the subject of using Create a Style!

Finishing Touches - Giving your sim a personality

Create a Sim in Sims 3: Giving your Sim Personality
Create a Sim in Sims 3: Giving your Sim Personality

In The Sims 2, personality was fairly simple: You were able to choose various 'degrees' of different personality traits and then sign an 'aspiration' which influenced the kinds of things that your sim wanted and feared.

The Sims 3 is entirely different, the first game in The Sims franchise to have a system as flexible as this. Your sim will not only appear unique, but she will also have a very unique personality based on the traits that you give her.

Above you will see the trait panel next to the sim. I don't have enough space in this lens to discuss all of the available traits with you. Look for a future lens that outlines the traits.

You can assign five. If you started with a sim from the bin (like I did), your sim will already have a set of personality traits loaded. Click on the ... button to change your sim's traits. Double-click to remove them from the upper list and double click on the lower list to move them to your sim.

Once you have chosen traits, several options for lifetime wishes will appear based on your chosen traits. You may choose one of these lifetime wishes for your sim to achieve. They work similarly to Lifetime Wants in The Sims 2, but you can only have one per lifetime.

I will explain more about lifetime wishes in a separate thread as well. I apologize that I can't fit all of this into one lens!

Create a Sim in Sims 3: Final Details
Create a Sim in Sims 3: Final Details

The Final Touches

Little details that aren't important, but add dimension

There are some final details that you can add to your sim. These don't affect your sim's appearance or personality in any tangible way, but are fun, and do influence the types of things that your sim may talk about when "getting to know" another sim.

Access these details by going to the heart tab on the personality panel.

The first row will show you three items: favorite food, favorite music and favorite color. Clicking on one of these will allow you to change them.

I haven't noticed how favorite food or favorite color influence anything, but favorite music does influence the music that a sim will choose to listen to.

Below the "favorites" you can change your sim's voice. This is new with The Sims 3 and I like it because it allows me to pick my sim out of a crowd by listening.

For the voice, you edit it two ways. First you choose the voice quality. Just choose which of the three circles sound best to you. Then you choose the voice's pitch. Your sim can have a deep voice or a high pitched voice: it's your preference in Create-A-Sim.

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Purchase The Sims 3

I highly recommend this game!

If you don't already have a copy of The Sims 3, and are reading this lens in the hopes of getting an idea of what the game is all about, or how it stacks up against The Sims 2, then you may want to read my Review of The Sims 3.

I love this game. I think that it adds a lot of dimension to the previous games in the series, but more than that, it is a new game entirely. Whether you are already familiar with The Sims or not, you have just as much of a chance of enjoying this game as someone who has played every game from the very beginning.

The Sims is getting ready to celebrate its ten-year anniversary, so why don't you jump on the bandwagon and get involved, too?

If you don't already own a copy of The Sims 3, what are you waiting for?

If you'd love to play The Sims 3 and enjoy the customization options for Create a Sim then please go to Amazon andBuy it now! You can purchase any of the versions of the game there, along with the expansion packs. I believe you should get started with The Sims 3 before The Sims 4 is released!

If you need any additional help with Create a Sim, please don't hesitate to let me know how I can help you. I also appreciate and read every comment or suggestion that comes my way, so feel free to leave them! Thanks!

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      CalobrenaOmai 5 years ago

      I really like the Sims 3 because of the graphics and the expansive world; no limitation of travel. Some don't like the Sims 3 but I rather enjoy it. Really wish there was a way to create clothing from scratch using something sponsored by the company but I guess that might not happen.

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      anonymous 5 years ago


      I say the sims 3 is wayyyyy better than the sims 2. I have enjoyed the sims 2 before, but since they upgraded the sims, I'm literally obssessed with the sims 3 on pc. I love it and recomed to all sims lovers....

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I always like this game. Thanks for the info :)

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      Everyday-Miracles 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have to agree with you on the hair for men. It's pretty bad. But I have had a much easier time customizing my sims in The Sims 3 than I have had with The Sims 2. I suppose that everybody has their own preferences, and I am *not* a great designer, of anything in this game!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I find there is actually LESS customization when it comes to the sims 3 as opposed to the sims 2. In 2 I could make micro adjustments, but it seems like I have very little flexibility as far as those little face sliders go. The pre selected options all look awful and I always spend an age just trying to make my sim even look presentable and not like some kind of messed up uncanny valley experiment. The hairstyles for men are awful, and you have maybe 10 to choose from in the original game and about 5 of them look stupid. I haven't tried expansions yet but I hope they give you more to choose from. Don't get me started on the limited outfits.

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      Everyday-Miracles 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Linda they should be in your sim bin. When you start a new neighborhood, click on "move in family" the same way that you would start any game, and then choose the sim that you're looking for from the bin.

      The only reason they wouldn't be there is if you delete them!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please help..........I know there's a way I just can't find it. I need to know how to access the sims I've ALREADY order to use them again............

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      StephenJackson2 5 years ago

      Very helpful lens for anyone who wants to create the best sims, well done :)

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Very comprehensive lens. I love the Sims!

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Very comprehensive lens. I love the Sims!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Fantastic guide.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey, um just a question and it REALLY is bugging me, wen i did randomise and a really pretty sim came up i work on her face until it looked even better, but then i relised that her body looks SO retarded, her boobs point upwards and all the clothes make her look silleh, what cani do to fix it, btw I used the slide but it does nothing.. any ideas?

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      biggking lm 6 years ago

      thanks for the help!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      lame i can even make my own sim wen i typed it


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      djeby 6 years ago

      Great tips. Frankly i really like sims 3 better than the previous versions.

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      mantele11 6 years ago

      Great lens, love it. Thumbs up!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very cool lens. I like the Sims, thumbs up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      for when uploading how do you get the photo to ciome up as the cover ?

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Fun and Useful Lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like your guide. It's a longer version of mine.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Well, I've always wanted to know how The Sims look like ; now I know... and will probably get the game; I'll thus get back here for more info in the near future!

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      simona55 6 years ago

      Thank you for the download links, I haven't played this in a while, very useful! Nice article!


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: @Autumn mist105 In game, select your teen then click on a mirror in the house. Select 'Change Appearance'. It will then load a create-a-sim screen where you can change the sim's hairstyle and makeup. To change her clothing and shoes, click on a dresser and select 'Plan Outfit.'

      Hopefully this is clear! You'll find there are not very many good female hairstyles that come with the game so you may need to download some from the Sims 3 store.

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      Blue screen in CAS is almost always a graphics issue. You might also get red water. If it's not your graphics card and you have custom content, remove ALL of your custom content and add it back in one item at a time to find out whether or not that was part of the problem.

      If the game is brand new and you're still having problems, I don't have the answer. Check out technical support on the official forum and see what answers they can provide you with. There's no reason the game shouldn't run on a Mac. I'm on a mini and do just fine.

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      alltoglory 6 years ago

      Playing the Sims 3 is a part of my daily routine. Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very helpful, but I do have a question. After you create a sim (the sims 3) is there any way you can "redo" it, as in, I created a sim, and she was a child, then, she aged up to a teen, and was ugly:( she was beautiful before, but now, she has a mowhawk:( if there is any way to change he appearance at this point, please tell me, or pm me on, my username is valerie911

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Everyday-Miracles: But I have a macbook so what should I do? And what is a graphics card? I'm not really sure where or what that is :L

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well I have a mac and it still doesn't work

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      All you can do is upgrade your graphics card. This is a problem with an incomparable graphics card, I'm afraid. I play on a Mac and feel that it is *much* better on a Mac, but this isn't affordable for everybody. Mac has excellent graphics cards shipping with the computer.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I get that too do you know what it is because i haven't installed anything onto my game i just got it today.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My sims 3 doesn't work because in create-a-sim i can't see the people only blue shapes and hair. On the game playing I can't see their hair. What should I do?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: You've installed a sim that has custom content skintone that you do not.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: You've installed a sim that has custom content skintone that you do not.

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      Karen 7 years ago from U.S.

      I haven't played Sim City for years, and then only for a short time. This makes me want to get back into it again. It sounds fascinating!

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      mattseefood lm 7 years ago

      I just love the SIMS! Nice guide for newbies :)

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      TheNinthWave 7 years ago

      What an awesome lens! Very informative! Favorited, and liked!

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      UKGhostwriter 7 years ago

      brilliant!, I was addicted to Sim City when it was on floppy discs!!

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      ghosthost 7 years ago

      @Everyday-Miracles: thanks, now i know where to but the dressers

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      Everyday-Miracles 7 years ago

      @anonymous: If you are in The Sims 3, you can find the dressers under storage in the buy mode menu. Purchase the dresser in buy mode, then click it to get more outfits for your sim.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The instuctions says that the sim needs dresser to creating sim to store clothes in. Where do I find dresser?

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      Another great Sims lens Blessed by SquidAngel

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      Jen 7 years ago from Canada

      I played the earlier Sims versions and stopped by to check out all the details for Sims 3. It looks like they gave everyone a lot more reason to hang out in the create a sim section. This is a great tutorial on using the Sims 3.

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      Ecosimon LM 7 years ago

      I really like this part of playing the Sims 3, you can create all sorts of weird and strange looking families with it. Thanks for the tutorial very informative.

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      Everyday-Miracles 7 years ago

      @anonymous: it's been a while since i played, since I was having computer problems that were preventing me from doing so (crashes in the game, etc). However, unless I am sorely mistaken, the X will take you back to the edit family screen. If it's going to scrap the family, I think that it will give you a warning.

      The alternative option is to move the family into a household, then go back to CAS and make the final member of the household and add them into it. You just won't be able to edit the relationships.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just finished creating my whole family of sims but i forgot to add a member. I am still in the "Edit relationships" page. I only have two options, the "X" or the "CheckMark" i know the checkmark takes me to the neighborhood. But where does the "X" take me? If i choose that do i lose my whole unsaved family? or do i go back into the "Create A Sims"

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      Everyday-Miracles 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Susie! I still wouldn't say that I'm an expert with this feature of the game since I still can't replicate human faces like some people can, but then again I don't have any custom content installed that changes the textures.

      I'm now playing on a Mac, so that will also be an interesting adventure.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have never played around with Sims, but you sure know your stuff about the topic. This sounds like something that my daughter would enjoy, so I'm going to email her the link.

      Very concise!

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      Everyday-Miracles 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I would take out everything in the whole downloads folder and add it back in piece by piece. I'm a very manual kind of person when it comes to custom content because that makes it so much easier to get rid of the stuff you don't want.

      Go to your documents, Electronic Arts, The Sims 3 and then the Downloads folder. Remove *all* of it and then put items back in one by one until you've isolated the offenders. I would also let the creators know that there's a problem. They probably don't know.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Each time my Sim gives birth, they are dressed in custom content that I have in my game, but the clothes are supposed to be for adults. This causes them to appear deformed or not at all. I tried deleting the offending clothes from Create a Sim, but have been unable to do so. Do you have any suggestions, without having to delete the content from my game entirely?

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      Everyday-Miracles 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I've never heard of this glitch before. Do you have all the patches installed? I'm not running with Ambitions (yet) so I don't know what additional problems the new expansion pack causes within the game, either. An all-black sim is usually the result of a union with the Grim Reaper, before that became impossible with a new game update (too bad!). Have you asked on the Sims 3 forums?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a glitch, it turns my sim person black when I create it, everything but the hair and eyes. I've looked at the options, but I don't know what to do. Can you help me?

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      @Paula Atwell: THANK YOU Paula! I cannot tell you how relieved I was to see the blessing (and the boost it gave this lens). This lens plummeted in lensrank in the two days I couldn't get onto Squidoo!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This is an amazing Sims tutorial. So thorough. Blessed by me. :)

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Oops, also lensrolling to my Tired Profile Cartoon Portrait lens. :D

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Oh boy, sounds like this could be a new addiction... :D Well done "Create A Sim" user's guide. Lensrolling to my Facebook lens.

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      Great information for The Sim 3 users.

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      Very informative. Great lens.

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      My daughter loves Sims and can't wait to upgrade to Sims 3.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 8 years ago

      Angel wings are hovering near, granting you a blessing ... here.

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      Penny Pincher G 8 years ago

      wow! informative lens. I do want a sims but can't now :(

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      @MomwithAHook LM: It's rated Teen and I stand by their rating in that case. Depending on the maturity level of the teen, it may be a game to avoid, or even a game that can be handled by younger children.

      I would say that in general it's a lot LESS mature than its predecessor, but there are definitely some themes to watch for. If you like, I can try to find you some stories based on game themes to look at. The biggest issue that I have with the game is the sexuality in it.

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      Sara Duggan 8 years ago from California

      awesome lens. Looks very detailed and like something my sons would enjoy. What is the age group for this game? Rating?

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      lakern26 lm 8 years ago

      This is a very well-written and detailed guide. It's great that you've shared your knowledge with others who aren't as experienced!

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Very helpful information to anyone who plays the game. :)

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      Sue Mah 8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      My daughter is a Sims fan so I have watched her play the game. Great tutorial!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      well written tutorial here!

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      Carolan Ross 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      ! thorough description of this amazing technology, never knew about it. 5*s!

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      noxid25 8 years ago

      Great lens! Love the pics and the detail in your turtorial - 5 stars!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Like the way you explained all of this and with photos. I was addicted to Sims at one time.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Great lens! very well written!

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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      Excellent lens! I have no knowledge at all about Create-a-Sim 3 (or any other video games)! But this is a well-done lens and very helpful. Blessed by an angel.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very, very thorough and well done!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      I haven't played The Sims in years and I am amazed at how much they have changed. It sounds like so much more fun now that you can create unique characters.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Wow. I have to admit I don't know much about Sims but if I needed to create a Sim I would definitely come to your page!

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      @gjesline: That's what I thought :)

      it's the reason that I went into some detail in the other lens about how to get there -- you kind of have to work around it to get into it and it is easy enough to miss. Glad you made it!

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      gjesline 8 years ago

      Thanks EverydayMiracles..^^ I already solved my problem.. :) I'll just disregard my sims 3 create- a- sim cd because it was already built in with Sims 3 cd.. xD Thanks for big help.. :)

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      gjesline 8 years ago

      Thanks EverydayMiracles.. :)

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      @gjesline: Create-a-Sim is accessed through the game interface, not through a separate program (like body shop in The Sims 2). Try what I've suggested here: and then if you still are having problems with it, let me know and I will try to figure out the problem.

      My game came on a single DVD, so I'm not sure about two separate CDs. I didn't even know that there was a trial/partial version of the game.

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      gjesline 8 years ago

      what will i do to combine my sims 3 to sims 3 create a sim?.. i have this 2 cds but i can't save my create- sim because it says available only for full version.. hope you can help me, regarding this problem.. thanks.. :)

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice job, EveryDayMiracle !!!

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      what an amazing amount of detail went into this lens. I have never even heard of this game and I believe I could set up my sims. Very excellent quality pictures too. Step by step. I really loved it.


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