At the moment, with the new and oh so delightful Mesh hitting the grid, there really needs to be more customer awareness happening. Read up on it, there is much on the wiki, check out blogs by people that provide info on the subject…and read information provided by the creators when supplied. Have an up to date viewer for one thing, and especially do not try and express your distaste for it, by using other viewers as the reason. Did you know that legally not one store has to provide customer service to you at all if you use a Third Party Viewer? Linden Labs themselves wont, so it is pretty much the kindness of creators that they have been so willing to do so in the past.
Last night Whimsy and I went to Hogwarts, actually we went all over the place, but decided to stop in on the marketplace that has all of SL a quiver. Anya OhMai has the most adorable Pygmy Puff collectible Gacha items there, I didn’t include mine in the pic, because I am scared they are like gremlins and I haven’t read the rules yet.
While we were there, we ran into a few people, one of which was Mystic, who also has a blog in which you can read more about joining the school if that is your thing. She was really lovely to talk to *waves* and to her friend with the evil like Whimsy red hair lol.
Hi, Tutorial time here, and even though I did this once a long time ago now for a magazine; I realised it never actually made it to my blog. Now with Mesh being a huge addition to the grid, one thing that is going to come into play a lot more often are alpha layers. I have already noticed that some are not exactly fitted to the exact shape of the mesh, which is not really surprising. So I have taken the time to show you how you can make your own, and then possibly open up the possibilities of more clothing for yourself… because you will know that if a demo doesn’t fit exactly, but you can make your own alpha, you can whip one up first, try the demo again and VOILA a 10L upload could make you incredibly happy.
First thing to do is to get the avatar templates that are used for the real avatar body. They are located HERE , the better option are the Chip Midnight ones as they have clearer detail.
The first thing you do is open up the upper and lower body templates in your PS or Gimp program. Then save the upper and lower as as jpeg,png or targa, it doesn’t matter which, and it will not change the template.
Once you have done that bring both into SL.
Once you have them uploaded make a new folder in your clothing or body parts folder. Name it Template Layers. Then right click inside of it and choose New Clothes > New Shirt , then New Clothes > New Pants and then wear them so you look like you are wearing a white catsuit.
Go into edit on the pants layer, and drag the template texture you uploaded to the texture panel on the pants, and save. Then do the same to the shirt layer. Once you have saved both you will see that every designer you have ever bought an item from deserves a round of applause, because this thing is seriously insane to work on.
Then once that rezzes, you can wear the mesh and see where the alpha needs to be for you.
Now go back to your PS or Gimp and get the upper clothing layer template. You can turn off every layer that you don’t need, and leave the one that makes the most sense to you. Then the rest of this is going to make more sense to you by how you feel the most comfortable with your tools. Some can use eraser, some just outline and delete, some will be all fancy, but the overall idea is, what you want to be alpha on your body, needs to be alpha on the template. Make sure you also check the back of your body, to see if the mesh is higher or lower than you need.
I used the lasso tool to draw a little bit inside of the line I need, and then cut out the entire portion of the shirt I want alpha, then once I have done front and back I filled the rest with black. Saved as a png and uploaded into SL .
Then in the same folder I made a new alpha mask layer, named it tube top, then wear it, and you will see that you are popping right out of your mesh. Go into edit on the alpha layer and add your new alpha texture.
Honestly since I have been lucky enough to have some sneak peaks at Mesh prior to today, the one thing that stood out the most was the bending knees, and the dresses that fold with your body. Since 2007 and sculpts being used more and more, as much as they have always been awesome, one thing started changing, we stopped sitting and everyone was always standing.
When it was just prim skirts with flexi they created the easy sitting scripts, that were more work than helpful to be honest, but you could never really get those things to do much for sculpts. When pants legs were made more and more by full sculpts also, you would sit and your lower portion would go one way, and your upper would stick out making it look like you had broken yourself in someway.
This hair had definitely broken through any limits I put on myself regarding flower hair. Always I have been a little eeek about hair with accessories built in, because I like the without option, as well as thinking it can tend to limit the hair wear. But this new Kendal style is just beautiful. The soft locks, the beachy length and soft waves. Then you have the flower not only the ones in the hair, but also the one that is a mouth attachment and totally looks the type you would get in a salad these days, and on top of ALL that, you get a hud that changes the flower and stamen texture into at least a dozen colours…SOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL.
One of the excellent items available in the Platinum Hunt that is still on, is the My Padded Room by aDORKable. I actually watched this become what it is, and the 7 wonderful poses really work well for any kind of photography. The room is modify which really helps with the kind of layout you might want to create. This would also be incredible for machinema as well as photo ops, or seriously you kind of find yourself just in there chillin and wondering ‘what next?”.
So we know I loves me some hat hair, but hair that fits well under hats with minimal effort at all are all win. The new LeLutka hair Decent does just that, with its tucked behind the ears look it was perfect for this wonderful hat that is part of the Platinum Hunt that just started yesterday.
Over 100 stores with various items all over the grid, all you have to do is find the very tiffany’s like little blue box. If you want to find the slurls to the stores you just need to click the link below the poster, and not only will you get slurls but hints as to their locations as well. Or you can join the group and get up to the minute help. All the Platinum Hunt items are marked at an insanely low 10L per, so do not miss out on the incredible effort these designers have put in.
When I was younger, my Mum always tried to encourage me to not buy junky trend items, but to buy classic staples that would never go out of fashion. Of course being a teen means not listening, but even though I do still have a box full of crappy very plasticy jewelry and other crapolla, I do also have an incredible amount of classic items.
The second of the sister skins for LeLutka hit the grid today. Hadley is a younger sister to the previous Flutter line, her button nose and pouty lips shouldn’t fool you though, she is all stature and focus. Something about the overall Hadley look had me thinking athlete as soon as I saw her.