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What is Alpha CC?

I'm sorry if this sounds like a dumb question but I see it mentioned everywhere, yet I don't know what it is.
I'm fairly new to CC and mods (yet I play the series for 13 years, can you imagine :lol: ) so I don't know all the terms yet.
I searched it on the forums and google yet no results in explaining what they are. (Or I just might've missed it...)
I do know what Maxis Match is, it's with colours I believe. So is Alpha with non-maxis colours? Or am I wrong?

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  • caralina1324caralina1324 Posts: 51 Member
    Alpha CC from what I know is the really realistic CC that looks like it should be in sims 3 and not sims 4. Not many people like it because of that and many people now just stick with the style of Maxis Match because it fits the aesthetic of the game.
  • simply_Casimply_Ca Posts: 51 Member
    The Sims Resource is a good place to realize what alpha is and Maxis Match is more on tumblr on the ts4mm tag. Happy Simming :)
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  • Nikole1111Nikole1111 Posts: 36 Member
    Alpha is a more realistic look while Maxis Match fits the style of the game. The way I easily distinguish the two is Alpha is used to get sexier looking sims while Maxis Match helps achieve cutesie sims.
  • TehCrazySimmerTehCrazySimmer Posts: 22 New Member
    Alpha cc is the cc that looks very relistic looking, or like ts3.
  • voodoocursedcatvoodoocursedcat Posts: 11 New Member
    alpha cc looks realistic and maxis match is like the 'normal' stuff in the game
  • LillianTheLlamaLillianTheLlama Posts: 7 New Member
    Anyone have the link? I'M FRIGGIN DESPERATE!
  • ctthomasctthomas Posts: 136 Member
    This is a good comparison

  • FinnadoraFinnadora Posts: 87 Member
    > @ctthomas said:
    > This is a good comparison

    That's actually super helpful, I'm also new to CC and the sims so I knew some preferred the most realistic while others preferred the one that matches the game better but I didn't realize there were specific names.
  • CatsLuvCamiCatsLuvCami Posts: 104 Member
    > @Toreshinbo said:
    > I'm sorry if this sounds like a dumb question but I see it mentioned everywhere, yet I don't know what it is.
    > I'm fairly new to CC and mods (yet I play the series for 13 years, can you imagine :lol: ) so I don't know all the terms yet.
    > I searched it on the forums and google yet no results in explaining what they are. (Or I just might've missed it...)
    > I do know what Maxis Match is, it's with colours I believe. So is Alpha with non-maxis colours? Or am I wrong?

    I have the same issue, thanks for asking!! Now I know :)
    i come here to play video games and tell bad jokes...does anyone actually read these?
  • JennaDeee123JennaDeee123 Posts: 7 New Member
    Do you guys have any Alpha CC cites in mind?
  • gustavowizardgustavowizard Posts: 551 Member
    edited July 2019
    on the comunity of sims CC they call hairs alpha (realistic) or maxis-match (game style);

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    i prefer alpha anyday and all my Sims that i play with have alpha hairs

  • gustavowizardgustavowizard Posts: 551 Member
    Do you guys have any Alpha CC cites in mind?

    just google image what you want.. much more easier than look from site to site and find each one of them.. this way you natually find them and favorite one by one, in less time.
  • whimreaperwhimreaper Posts: 339 Member
    I recently did a video on this! If you like, my channel is "whimreaper" on YouTube.

    Alpha CC is designed to look more realistic. It often consists of several categories of skin details and accessories to achieve a really put-together aesthetic. For example, alpha cc shows individual hair strands, has realistic eye overlays, and features categories that are not a part of the game algorithm (like painted nails and separate jackets).
    Maxis Match CC is designed to fit into the game graphics to blend seamlessly with the surroundings. This means the content looks like it was made to belong in the Sims 4 (AKA Maxis made) and cannot always be distinguished from game content. This content tends to stick to the major clothes/skin detail/accessory groups that the base game offers and its main purpose is to provide some variety to players looking for more content whilst fitting in with the other objects in the game.

    I hope this helped :) You can see me give examples in my video (just search my channel, and it should be on there)
  • grasperk104grasperk104 Posts: 2 New Member
    I hate the term "alpha cc" since it evolved to meaning non maxis-matched cc. However, it's already set in stone - drives me nuts, but I get why it came to being called this.

    Alpha refers to the alpha channels that's used, in this case to create hair (like in the sims 3) - these channels are used to determine which part of a texture is transparent or not (can be done in Photoshop). This is also how a lot of games make trees/grass. Have you ever played a game where when you turn to a certain angle the grass or some tree leaves disappear and reappear when you change your angle again - as if they have no width to them? That's flat textures using alpha channels.

    Alpha doesn't mean realistic - a table or couch that has a realistic texture isn't alpha, it has nothing to do with alpha channels.

    I know this term is stuck now and it most likely won't change, but hopefully some people can learn more about it. I'm sure there's a few cc creators/3D artists who cringe when they hear this term.
  • NewToSimsPCNewToSimsPC Posts: 3 New Member
    Where can you find alpha CC? Can somebody give me a link where you can find loads of good alpha CC because when I type it in google nothing comes up for some reason. Can you request a website for CC. Also I’m new at this 😅😅😅

    Thank you 🙃🙃
  • NewToSimsPCNewToSimsPC Posts: 3 New Member
    Also I don’t know how to make a conversation in this website. So I just used the closest conversation to ask a question. Sorry 😊😊
  • Bananas_45Bananas_45 Posts: 5,863 Member
    Also I don’t know how to make a conversation in this website. So I just used the closest conversation to ask a question. Sorry 😊😊

    Here is some information about being a new member that may be helpful to you, including why you can't start posts:
    https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/934205/small-change-for-new-members
  • Bananas_45Bananas_45 Posts: 5,863 Member
    Where can you find alpha CC? Can somebody give me a link where you can find loads of good alpha CC because when I type it in google nothing comes up for some reason. Can you request a website for CC. Also I’m new at this 😅😅😅

    Thank you 🙃🙃

    The Sims Resource is probably the biggest site for that kind of CC:
    https://www.thesimsresource.com/

    also, try YouTube, there are lots of CC videos there
  • NewToSimsPCNewToSimsPC Posts: 3 New Member
    Thank you so much for both things ❤️❤️😁😁
  • uwuhxneybeesuwuhxneybees Posts: 2 New Member
    Alpha CC is realistic looking, but maxis match cc is supposed to look like the original game without cc
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