For almost 11 yrs now I have been a content creator for virtual worlds, when I began in #Secondlife February 2006, I tried photoshop, but just could not get my head around it, then I found paint.net even with that it took me a while to learn about layers & I was always aware that there was only so much that I could do with the program, even with the plugins for brushes & effects. I knew that if I could just use #photoshop then my textures, therefore my designs, would be so much better. I did try Gimp as i heard that was very like photoshop, but I would open it up see the 3 windows & quickly close it again. I have tried photoshop a few times over the years & have never felt as comfortable with it as i do using paint.net. However I think all that is about to change with the PS Cs6. I don’t know why but suddenly its beginning to make sense to me. I am comfortable with the interface though its a lot harder than the one I am used to with #paint.net, I don’t feel as overwhelmed by it as I once did. There are 1000’s of tuts on youtube on how to do things & I can hardly wait to begin designing my very 1st item of clothing with this wonderful program. I love all of the brushes I have found Free & installed. I love playing about with them all & seeing the wonderful effects I can use on my textures. For years I have gone with ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ now its ‘Your never too old to learn’ I put it all down to my faith in LOA which has literally changed my life since I became a deliberate creator of my own reality. There is Nothing I cannot be, or do, or have!
Welcome to the Bargain Hunters 48 Hour Monthly Sale List for AUGUST, you will find listed here all the Merchants participating in this months sale.
Happy Shopping 🙂
SALE starts at midnight last day of this month and runs for 48 HOURS until midnight on 2ND OF THE MONTH.
1. Sophia Fashion
2. Chrisje Tattoos, jeans & art
3. Jewelry by Timeless Designs
4. Timeless Textures Main Store
5. Ro!Act Designs
6, Hues – art gallery
7. Button Moon
8. Rose Petal Creations
9. Miyoko Cruiz
10. EBDesign for Builders & Creators
11. EBDesign for Consumers
12. Wind River Homes & Furniture
13. Teal’s Garden Shop – Outdoor Decor
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This concludes our sale for this month, List for next months sale will be sent out at the end of this month.
Thank you for taking part in the sale we hope you picked up some great bargains….. stayed turned for our next Sale List , tell you friends to join the group so they get the sale list and grab themselves a bargain.
Mesh is completely new for me, I had worn it in SL, but didn’t really know that much about it. Now I am learning super fast! lol. There is so much that goes into it, I don’t just mean the creating, its all the rigging & weighting you have to learn. I began a few months back learning Blender… boy is that an experience! I am comfortable with the interface now & I keep a handy list around for reference. I made a couple of simple skirts, which I had thought were correct they were nothing special, but I had created them. I uploaded these to Inworldz when Mesh was activated & although they moved with my Avatar it was clear that they did not deform as they were supposed to do with the deformer having been added to the IWv2 Viewer. I tried several ways, I didn’t even know if I was uploading them correctly. Then I came across some free meshes, I uploaded a few, still the same they just were not deforming. A friend then took a look at them & uploaded them to see what was going on… apparently they were old files & the rigging was off slightly & that was why they did not deform.
Luckily I was able to open them in Blender 2.67 & I began to re rig them, following the tutorials I had been using to learn how to make mesh clothing. I uploaded the newly rigged files & hey presto… they worked with the deformer… hurray! I thought, but oh… why are they distorting the new textures I had made, they hadn’t done that before… and here is where I quickly had to learn all about weighting.. until I get that right I wouldn’t even begin to release them.
It is a trial & error which is how I learnt to do all I can do anyway.
Right now I am trying out different ways to weight the mesh so that they move perfectly on the avatar without breaking or distorting my textures. Texturing them is really quite simple, a lot easier than texturing a sculptie I have found. I am enjoying learning this new skill, I just had not realised how much work was involved… no wonder they charge so much for Mesh content in SL. It certainly makes you appreciate the expense once you know exactly what is involved behind every item of mesh clothing.
There is good Mesh & bad mesh & I want to only make good Mesh, so Watch this space 😉
Teal Etzel will be closing the doors on The Old Mill Gallery tomorrow, after being here 3yrs. If you have not visited yet, this is your last chance to see a truly beautiful Region. The pics simply do not do it justice 😉
Good News is, she will be returning in the Autumn!
I came across these 2 Videos today, made by 2 of the Founders… Ele & Tranq. I have never seen them before, maybe I blinked & missed them? Maybe you did too so here they are. Proof that having over 15k prims or upto 40k prims on your Region.. there is no lag.
Not sure who uploaded this next one, but its deffo Tranq in the vid 😉
Both were done over 2yrs ago I think, but things have improved so much more since then, so if your having issues with lag… check your connection 1st 😉
Since getting my new lappy I haven’t come across any lag at all, but on my old one I found it laggy in Regions that used a lot of Sculpties.
Although I do seem to feel a bit laggy these days on the IW Viewer 1.48 the Beta viewer is fine for me, which is odd
Remember that in Inworldz you can get upto 45k prims on a Region can you just imagine what you could do with all those prims? and Mega prims at that! 128 x 128
A Region costs just $75 per Month with no set up fees, presently
A Mainland Region costs just $60 per Month with no set up fees, presently
You just gotta Love Inworldz! Just find an empty space & hit buy 😉
As the debate over Freebies on IDI goes on, I thought I would introduce my own Freebie station.
I had a corner on my region that I hadn’t done anything much with, so I have now turned that into Freebie Station. Any Resident is free to come along & take up a vendor or 2, place your Freebie box within & paste your logo/poster on the front, then set the vendor to copy or contents before setting for sale again.
The shop is just a box shop, nothing fancy.
There is a group Join & Info there along with a LM Giver which you can take a copy of to place at your own business