You can get to both your exports and downloads folder by going to my documents.. electronic arts.. The Sims 3 and there they both should be.Tutorial: How to share your pattern on the exchange
Step 1. In create a pattern once you are finished and ready to upload go to the menu button and click Export.
Step 2. A window will pop up and you have to name your pattern, choose it’s category from the drop down menu and add a description.
Step 3. Once your happy with all the information you’ve given just click the tick.
Step 4. Start your game so the entry window opens and click on Uploads. Your pattern should be there, just click the white box next to it and then click the upload at the bottom of the screen.
Step 5. Once uploaded you will see an icon that looks like a page with the top right edge turned over and a swooping green arrow under it. This means it’s been successful and your pattern is now on the exchange.
If it has not worked you will see a red stop sign icon. I have often had this problem myself, I usually find that if I go back into CAP and save the pattern again using the same name it will work on the second attempt.Tutorial: how to get a pattern you’ve created into your own game.
Step 1. Follow the actions above for exporting up to step 3, when you have finished that step your pattern file will be in the exports folder.
Step 2. Now start your game, click on uploads, select one file and click “show file” at the bottom of the page. This will open your exports folder.
Step 3 . Click select all from the edit menu and press Ctrl C which will copy the items, or use the right hand click menu.
Step 4. Now open my documents.. electronic arts.. the Sims 3.. and downloads and once there press Ctrl V to paste your selected files.
Step 5. Now go back to your game loading screen and click on downloads, all files should be there now.
Step 6. Select the content you want and click on the Install button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 7. Your installer will now pop up and if you have chosen quite a few files it will warn you it might take a while and ask if you want to continue.. I have had no problems from multiple installs so I always click yes. You can do them one by one if you prefer.
Now when you use the create a style tool on any object from build and buy modes you can select your pattern and it will be ready in the CAS screen if you want to colour your clothes with your style.
An Alternative way is to locate the Electronic Arts folder in "my documents", open this and then open The Sims 3. Here you have both the Exports folder and the Downloads folder. You can open the Exports folder and copy the files then go backwards to the sims 3 folder, open downloads, paste in the files, exit and start your game. the files will be ready and waiting to be installed.
I hope this has helped you. Please bear in mind this is only how I do things, it may not be the right way or the best way but it’s my way.
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