How to Create Custom Wall Art in "The Sims 3"

By Alec Preble

Updated September 22, 2017

The "Sims 3" game is available for PC, Wii, Xbox and PlayStation 3. The object of the game is to create a Sims family, move into a home and control their every move. They must be kept healthy and happy, and they need to work to pay the bills. You can also build skills and buy new objects. The game is pre-loaded with wall art, but your Sims can make their own if they learn how to paint. You can also create custom artwork with Sims object-editing software.

Have Your Sim Create Artwork

Click the "Shop" icon and purchase an easel.

Click on the easel and choose "Paint" from the options list.

Keep painting until the picture is finished. This may take several sessions, but your mood will increase along with your painting skill. When your Sim stops painting before you give him another command, or goes to the easel and then leaves, the painting is finished.

Click on the painting, choose "Hang" and deposit the painting on an empty spot on the wall.

Use Third-Party Software to Edit Objects

Download and install object editor software from the official Sims website (, which will allow you to create your own objects from scratch or edit objects already present in the Sims Shop.

Look through the Sims shop for a piece of art you would like to modify. Open the software and choose the .iff file for that object from the Sims object file directory. The software will automatically detect the directory.

Click "Upload File" and choose a photograph or other image document from your computer. Drag the photograph to the frame, then click on a corner and drag the photo to the appropriate size.

Click "Save," rename the file and save it to the same file directory as the original object.

Open your Sims game, click "Shop" and purchase the picture. Move it to the spot on the wall where you would like to hang it and click the mouse button to hang it.