Second Life Photo Filters


I updated my Second Life Official viewer today, and noticed that filters are now available for SL pics!! How long has this been a feature? All of the filters are pretty basic, and can easily be done with a single click using any online image editor, if you’re not savvy with Photoshop. I’m impressed that SL has this feature, especially for my friends that don’t like to edit their photos, or don’t know how.

What do you think about the new SL filters? Let me know in the comments!NEW SL Filters!

Select filters from the drop down menuNEW SL Filters!Raw image from SL (Autocontrast filter)

What I’m Wearing:

Pink Fuel Skin
Truth – Grande 2
Truth – Lilith Headband
Katat0nik – (Sheen/Average) Heart Playgirl Dress

Know your Mesh Lashes

Mon Cheri

I love lashes, my avatar feels naked without them! I won’t go anywhere without my prim/mesh lashes, so I’m always looking for new ones to add to my collection. Mon Cheri just released the new Falsies lashes that includes a fantastic HUD to change between 3 styles, and different textures style such as Solid, Dipped, Glitter, Natural, or even plain White, so you can tint them any color you want!

Mon Cheri

I think that these lashes are really nice, and easy to fit, but they’re also very full & long. When I wear these, I will probably not wear the lower lashes, and just wear the top lashes + some more subtle lower lashes. The Mon Cheri lash pack includes a top prim, bottom prim, plus top+bottom prim.

Mesh Lashes

A lot of people don’t know the difference between their mesh lashes, cos I see the same questions being asked over and over again. The most popular one is, “Why are my lashes clumpy?” Because you’re wearing mesh Individual Prim Lashes or Sculpted Prim Lashes (these are the only two styles that will clump). There’s probably a fix to this, but not if you like to have your graphics set to Ultra & with shadows turned on.

A Guide to Lashes:

Mesh Individual Prim Lashes = Individual lashes, no alpha glitching, will clump from far away.

Mesh Alpha Texture Lashes = Single prim with alpha texture applied, does NOT clump, has alpha glitch with the default lash (darn bug that LL fixes, and breaks with each viewer update).

Other lash styles:

Prim Alpha Lashes = What we all have. They’re just regular prims with alpha texture applied. I love these though, cos the lashes are so fine & pretty!

Sculpted Prim Lashes = Similar to Mesh Individual Lashes

Texture Lashes = tattoo layer

Mesh Alpha Texture Lashes

Mesh Alpha Texture Lashes are great! I love my S@R ones, but I usually pair it with something else on the top lashes to make it fuller. To have really great lashes, you should wear the lash alpha to get rid of the default SL lashes AND add a black eyeliner, this will fill in any gaps and create a nice smooth line where the prim meets your eyelid.

Do you have any other tips to add to this? What are YOUR favorite lash brands or lash styles?

How to make poses in Second Life, part 2 / mirror

This is How to make poses in Second Life, part 2! I will show you guys a super easy way to mirror poses in DAZ Studio (version 4.6). Big thanks to Melanie, who showed me how to do this last year!

How to make poses in Second Life, part 2 / mirror

How to Mirror Poses in Daz Studio

1. Select the figure in the Scene Tab.
(You can also select the figure simply by clicking on the SL avatar in the main window. I usually click on the Pelvis to select.)

2. Click on the ‘Active Tab’ options button on the Parameters Tab. This button is in the upper right corner of the tab.

In the menu that appears, choose “Symmetry.”

In the Symmetry Dialogue Menu, choose the following settings:

Nodes: Selected
Propagation: Recursive
Direction: Swap Left and Right
Trunk Nodes: Mirror Y|Z Rotations
Left Node: left;l
Right Node: right;r

Transforms: Rotation: check x, y, z
Translation: Check x, y, z
Scale: Check all

3. Press ‘Accept’ on the bottom


Instructions modified from the How to do Mirror Symmetry DAZ3D tutorial to work for SL.

Read Part 1 – How to make poses in Second Life

How to make poses in Second Life, part 2 / mirror

I made two poses and mirrored them for fun! Maybe some day I’ll package these tutorial poses and put them on MP!

What I’m Wearing:

Pink Fuel – Harley (Peach)
Truth Hair – Rocky
Ricielli – (S) Asymmetrical Shorts /purple
Ricielli – (S) Braided Belt
Ricielli – (S) Satin Top /white
Ricielli – The Birkin Bag (R HAND) /wine
Sax Sheperd Designs – Frills (Ione) Necklace (Hang)
ELEGANZA by Steffen Garcia (White)

Editing Shape w/o the Light & Pose

Editing Shape w/o the Light & Pose

It use to drive me insane when I tried to edit my shape, and the glaring bright light made it impossible to see my avatar’s features! I also was not a fan of the ‘edit’ pose, cos I prefer to use my own poses — even when I’m editing jewelry or clothes. A few years ago, I think SL introduced a feature in the official viewer (and maybe TPVs too), to  uncheck going into the automatic position for appearance and build/edit. I’ll show you guys how!

I had assumed that many people already knew about this lil’ feature, but I asked my friends and some of them didn’t know.

I’m using the official SL viewer, with the Starlight skin, so the instructions are for this viewer only, but it’s probably similar in TPVs.

To get rid of the edit pose:

Go to Preferences -> Move/View/Display tab -> Move/View tab -> find Automatic position for: Build/Edit and Appearance, uncheck Appearance.

I have Build/Edit unchecked too, but just the Appearance controls Editing Shape.

Now let’s talk about the bright light! I actually accidentally discovered this, when I asked my friend if she had the light and she said yes, since I haven’t seen it myself in years. What I discovered was that, with low graphic settings, you will get the light when editing appearance, cos “Advanced Lighting Model” is disabled/unchecked.

To get rid of the light:

Go to Preferences -> Graphics tab -> make sure your graphics Quality is higher than Low, Advanced Lighting Model should be checked. That’s it. It’s usually on  by default, if your graphics quality is Medium to High.

Since the introduction of mesh clothing, I like to stand on my pose stand, change my outfits, and adjust my shape to fit the clothes without going into the editing pose! It’s sooooo useful, I hope this helps you guys too!

Happy Editing!

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