Getting my Head around PS cs6 #InWorldz

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!

Rosa 😉

Can’t be sloppy with Appliers! #InWorldz

So I have been learning all about using appliers these past few weeks. I found the E-VOLVE ones very easy to use, but when it came down to the more complicated Mesh Body, Sapphira… the one & only in InWorldz, I believe. Well I needed a bit of help from the Creator & it took me a while to understand how to use them correctly. Now though its plain sailing… apart from, I have learnt that I need to be more accurate with my layer textures, I have always been a bit sloppy, you know leaving things long & using the system to shorten lengths etc Now its a whole new ball game, my recent designs have pristine layer textures, coz ya just can’t alter them once they are on the Mesh body 😉

I have found renewed inspiration for my designs too, I find myself designing for the Mesh body, I have always loved layers, now I simply adore them. All of my new designs have been created for use with the appliers. It takes a lot more time though, bagging everything up before you can release them. I have loads of new designs waiting, which just need bagging before they can be released.

Life as a creator in any world is not an easy one, but it is so enjoyable

Rosa 😉

You can find all of my latest designs on my Blog or just go shop for them at inIw Marketplace

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New Laptop #InWorldz

So this morning, when I logged on to my laptop, everything froze. There had been an update while I slept, how I do not know because I had feature turned off… no updates unless I allow them. With a frozen screen all I could do was reboot… Nothing… reboot again…. nothing. This had happened before, when the laptop was about 11 mths old & then it had to go back to samsung to be repaired, free as it was still under warrenty. 3yrs later & it has happened again, but I wasn’t ready! I mean I knew I was going to have to replace it sometime soon, but not TODAY I was NOT ready for this TODAY. I had not backed up my HD, so EVERYTHING… all of my Mesh, my clothing designs, my new posters I spent hours creating last night for my new release… All GONE! I could have cried.

So now I have a new laptop, this time I went back with HP, got the pavilion with Nvidia Geforce. You can’t beat a HP, none of my other laptops ever let me down, or locked me out so i couldn’t save stuffs, they just wore out after quite a few years.

So now i have my shiney new laptop & was finally able to download the IWv3 Viewer

Graphics inworld are Superb!

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Venice Project Progress #InWorldz

It has been a few Months now since I began working on this project, creating the textures has been challenging, but so rewarding too. This is where I am today

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I am at the stage where I can no longer go from the maps, I have to just improvise. Perhaps had I used all 4 sims for this project I might have been able to do it more justice, but I have used 2 sims & you just cannot fit it all in on 2 sims lol

I wanted to create a scenic place for shopping & entertainment & I think I have achieved that so far. I am not looking to make money from it, my store rental prices start from just 7 izzies per week. I will be offering residential rentals too, once I complete the work. I have 2 styles of Houses I have built for residential. The Palace style & the canal Style…

The Palace House is large & will be furnished

The canal House is roomy but much smaller than the Palace House

So that is where I am so far… still a way to go yet, but it is coming along nicely 😉

The 2×2 Deal #InWorldz

Last Month I took advantage of the Free Month & purchased a Region of my own again, in anticipation of the New 2×2 Deal that is expected to start up next week.

I have so many plans for the other 3 regions that will join mine when the deal starts up & I have been preparing builds ready for when I have the other 3 regions.

This is my Region ~ Rose Petal Island It holds all of my Creations so is like a Mega Store 😉

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This is the Deal

Four 256×256 meter regions arranged in a square. Each of the four regions would hold a maximum of 12,000 prims for a total of 48,000 prims allowed in a 2×2 area. If you have a region with less than 12k prims you can add the deal.

Today also saw the launch of the much talked about Premium Accounts or InWorldz Plus Membership

Get your own little plot with roughly 1,400 prims at $5.95 USD, with 500I’z per month spending monies, unlimited use of the Plus Sandbox and more!

Don’t need a parcel? That’s fine too! You’ll get all the perks of being a plus member including merchant discounts and access to the premium sandbox, plus 1500I’z at the beginning of each month!

I think that current Region owners will become plus members automatically, but don’t quote me on that one 😉

Meshing around in Inworldz

Mesh has finally come to Inworldz!

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 😉

Happy Meshing!
Rosa 😉

Out & About shopping in Inworldz!

I have been getting around the grid since having my new laptop, which is awesome I have to say :p

Here are a few places recently Visited…

Clare Island home of Posh Togs!

Clare Island home of Posh Togs!

LovELY Design Region

LovELY Design Region

LovELY Design Region

LovELY Design Region

Trafalgar Square at Planet London

Trafalgar Square at Planet London

Builders mecca Region

Builders mecca Region

Lots of Creators can be found, if you just look… Some I have never heard of before.

Clare Island ~ Eirinn Home of Posh togs & a few other Creators… Matahari style I am waiting on a store there myself as its so cute! Love the shops!

Lovely Design have some wonderful Period Furniture & at good prices too, not over the top as i have seen in other places. Its also the home of Twisted Thorn Textures... lots of textures here if your looking, again at good prices.

Trafalgar Square at Planet London has always been a fave of mine, it does really feel like London! I came across a few new merchants here I had not heard of before & I purchased some nice clothes too 😉
.:The BEO toggery:. & ULTRAJE Fashion. I think both are by the same Creator as one is called Pamela Easton & the other Pamella Easton.
Blushed Creations ~ Llola Lane Designs ~ Elonde & Pulchitrude & of course, Sade Trafalgar Lingerie

Builders Mecca You can find lots of sculpties, textures, scripts, animations, prims, anything you need for your builds
I picked up a nice gift from Katy’s Creations

More to come as I travel
Rosa 😉