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Total Character Makeover by Scarla
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Added: 04/05/2014 - 04:11PM
Updated: 27/05/2014 - 07:44AM

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Last updated at 7:44, 27 May 2014 Uploaded at 16:11, 4 May 2014

TOTAL CHARACTER MAKEOVER

A COMPLETE CHARACTER APPEARANCE OVERHAUL





DESCRIPTION

I think we can all agree that vanilla Skyrim characters are are not very aesthetically pleasing. It’s not just that they’re unattractive, it’s that they don’t look much like people. Thankfully we have an extremely talented modding community who have gone to great lengths to rectify this problem. Total Character Makeover is an attempt to collect this work in one cohesive, easy-to-install compilation.

I've gone through every face and body mod on the Nexus so you don't have to! I compared each individual texture in Photoshop and in the game, and mixed and matched until they looked just right.

HIGH QUALITY TEXTURES
Nothing but sharp, high-resolution textures.

A CONSISTENT LOOK
Textures for each race and gender were carefully matched to minimize seams and other visual errors, and to ensure a consistent look across all characters.
All characters should look like they belong in the same game together, whether male or female, man or mer, old or young, warrior or shopkeeper.

REALISTIC BUT ATTRACTIVE
This is the most subjective aspect of any character enhancement mod. I used vanilla as a baseline and sought to simply improve it without making any
drastic changes. The result is characters who are nice to look at, but still looked like they can swing an axe.





COMPATIBILITY


You will not need any custom armor meshes or compatibility patches to use this mod. I have intentionally kept it as a simple, all-in-one collection.

The textures should be fully compatible with UNP and Better Males if you prefer to use those mods. Just install this mod after them.

It also works fine with vanilla bodies, as it was designed with them in mind.





WHAT'S INCLUDED


FOOT AND HAND MESHES
Male and female feet have been improved, plus female hands.

EYE MESHES
Eye meshes have been fixed to prevent the invisibility/underwater glitch where eyes would disappear. I also made all female eyelashes double-sided.

COMPLETE TEXTURE SETS
Men, women, beast races, older people -- they've all been prettied up real good!

DAWNGUARD VAMPIRE AND SNOW ELF TEXTURES
I've included a new custom set of snow elf textures that matches the other male textures. Dawnguard vampire faces will also match the new textures, but will retain the unique ridges on their faces. (If you would like to make the Dawnguard vampires blend in with humans, look for the instructions in the Installation section.)

IMPROVED TEETH AND FEMALE VAMPIRE FANGS
New textures for human teeth are included, as well as tri files to add fangs to female vampires.

EYE TEXTURES FOR EVERY RACE
I have hand-picked replacements for vanilla textures from mods across the Nexus, and included new lashes and eye reflections as well.

FEMALE EYEBROWS
I also hand-picked replacements for female eyebrow textures, and included new normals for male and female brows to prevent the overly shiny brows that can occur with some ENBs.

HIGH RESOLUTION TINTMASKS
HD makeup, warpaint, dirt, freckles, and scars are all included. Requires SKSE. Look for instructions in the Installation section.

OPTIMIZED FOR PERFORMANCE
Where necessary I have added mipmaps, re-sized, and re-compressed files. This was done very carefully so as to limit quality loss.





WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED


HAIR
There are no hair textures or new hairstyles in this mod. Check the Recommended Mods section for some really great hair mods.

BEARDS AND MALE EYEBROWS
There are some great mods for these listed in the Recommended Mods section. You will have to download them separately (unless/until I can obtain permission to include them).

CHILDREN
Again, see the Recommended Mods list.

CHANGES TO INDIVIDUAL NPCS
I have not made any specific changes to individual characters (for example, changing their hairstyles or warpaint).

NEW CHARACTER CREATION OPTIONS
This mod consists purely of replacers for vanilla files. You will not see any new eye colors, eyebrows, warpaints, etc.

NUDITY
With only this mod installed, your characters will wear the default Bethesda underwear. There is an optional nude version of the body textures in the Downloads tab, but you will need to use a mod such as UNP or Better Males to remove the underwear from the body meshes.





INSTALLATION


INSTALLING THE MOD
1. Extract the contents of the zip file to your Skyrim Data folder.
2. Profit.

DAWNGUARD VAMPIRES FACES
If you prefer the Dawnguard vampires to look more like other humans (no conspiciuous ridges on their faces), here’s what you need to do:

1. Go into the Data folder and go to textures/actors/character/female
2. Delete femaleheadvampire_msn.dds
3. Copy femalehead_msn.dds and rename it to femaleheadvampire_msn.dds
4. Go to textures/actors/character/male
5. Delete maleheadvampire_msn.dds
6. Copy malehead_msn.dds and rename it to malehead_msn.dds

SKSE MAKEUP TWEAK
In order to get the most out of the high resolution tintmasks in this mod, you will need to do the following:

1. Download and install the latest version of SKSE.
2. Go into your Skyrim Data folder and check for an SKSE folder with a file named SKSE.ini. If the file does not exist, you will need to create it.
3. Open up Notepad (or another basic text editor) and type in the following:
[Display]
iTintTextureResolution=1024
4. Save the file as SKSE.ini. Be sure the “Save as type” line is set to “All” so you don't accidentally save it as a .txt file.

Alternatively, you can go download an already-made version of the file here. That download also includes the memory patch settings for the SKSE Alpha Build (which I recommend using, if you aren't yet).

HIGH RESOLUTION MAKEUP FOR NPCS
In the Downloads tab, you will find a large optional download for FaceGenData. This download will apply the high resolution tintmasks and the corrected eye meshes to all vanilla and DLC NPCs. It makes NPCs look a lot better at the cost of some performance. Without it, NPCs will still use the pixelated vanilla makeup, dirt, and warpaint textures.

If you want to apply high resolution tintmasks to NPCs from other mods, you will need to use the NPC Editor tool to export their FaceGenData. The Creation Kit produces files that are the same size as vanilla, which defeats the purpose.





CREDITS

These amazing mod authors created the assets included in this compilation, and also granted permission to use them. Please visit their pages to toss them a kudos and say Thank You!

(Some of the mod pages in this list contain nude screenshots. I've labeled them "NSFW.")

AIPEX8: (profile)
Better Vampire Fangs and Eyes (female fangs)

BELLAGAIL: (profile)
Better Females by Bella (eye makeup tintmasks)

CHRIS57: (profile)
Better Males (NSFW) (male body textures)

GEONOX: (profile)
High Res Face Maps for Men (male face textures)

HHALEYY: (profile)
Invisibility and Underwater Eyes Mesh Fix (eye meshes)

HELLOSANTA: (profile)
SG Female Eyebrows (female eyebrow textures)
SG Female Textures Renewal (NSFW) (female textures)

LOGRAAM: (profile)
The Eyes of Beauty (human and elf eye textures)

MAGICNAKOR: (profile)
Better Male Feet (male foot mesh)

MRTROUBLEMAKER: (profile)
Better Hand Mesh (female hand mesh)

NAO4288: (profile)
Female Facial Animation (tutorial for double-sided eyelashes)

NAVETSEA: (profile)
Female Face Retexture (lip tintmasks)

NEVENBRIDGE81: (profile)
Natural Eyes (khajiit eyes and eye normal maps)

NUSKA: (profile)
Character Mod Resource Pack (human female face normal maps)
Ethereal Elven Overhaul (elf face normal maps)

PHYGIT: (profile)
FemFeet (female foot mesh)

XENIUS: (profile)
Better Beast Races (argonian and khajiit textures)
High Quality Eyes (argonian and dark elf eyes)
XCE Brows (eyebrow normal maps)
XCE Dawnguard (vampire face normal maps)
XCE High Resolution Scars (scar textures)
XCE Warpaint and Dirt (warpaint and dirt tintmasks)

ZZJAY: (profile)
Smile in HD (human teeth texture)
Women of Skyrim (NSFW) (female textures)





RECOMMENDED MODS


(Some of the mod pages in this list contain nude screenshots. I've labeled them "NSFW.")

HAIR:
AOF Believable Hair
More Realistic Hair
Superior Lore-Friendly Hair (Rough Version shown in my screenshots)
ApachiiSkyHair
ApachiiSkyHair Natural Retexture

BEARDS:
Beards (shown in my screenshots)

EYEBROWS:
Brows (shown in my screenshots - male only)
True Brows

BEAST RACES:
Coverkhajiits
Forgotten Argonian Roots

SMOOTHER MALE SKIN:
Fine Face Textures for Men
Smooth Male Body (NSFW)

MORE MUSCULAR WOMEN:
Fitness Body (NSFW)
Sporty Sexy Map (NSFW)

FEMALE TEXTURES FOR CBBE:
Women of Skyrim (NSFW) (my compilation uses the UNP version of these textures)

LESS SHINY/GLOWY SKIN FOR ENB USERS:
Dry Skin
No More Ugly Bronze Shine

CHILDREN:
Children of Skyrim Eye Colours
New Children

OLDER PEOPLE:
Consistent Older People

UTILITIES:
RaceMenu
ShowRaceMenu Precache Killer

MY OTHER MODS:
Aurora Village
Embershard Cottage
Hearthfire Chimneys for Skyrim





THANK YOU!


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