I’ve been so excited about the latest SLink Avatar Enhancement Updates! Sasy wrote a detailed and amazing post about them, you should really read it! I’ll just write about the hands (cos Pink Fuel didn’t release feet appliers yet *pokes Mochi*), and the fabulous third-party Nails HUDs!
As you can see from the picture above, default SL hands are terrible and lumpy. There’s nothing elegant about those default fingers! I actually didn’t mind them too much, since I the hands were usually seen from afar in my pics. I was just too lazy to Photoshop the seams in my SLink hands (previous version), so I wore them occasionally but not daily.
My biggest gripe with the SLink hands (previous version) was that sometimes when I got a close match from the front, the backside didn’t match “perfectly” due to lighting or something else. I also wasn’t a big fan of the alpha sheath, cos there’s something glitchy about it in SL, they often end up being slightly brighter than the rest of the hand. I’ve noticed this alpha sheath problem with some shoes too — have you??
Anyway, this Avatar Enhancement Update eliminates the need to have the extra wrist attachment/sheath and now it matches perfect under every lighting condition, and from any angle! The only thing that didn’t really work for me, was a slight invisible gap, noticeable in some angles but not always. Mochi said she noticed it too, so we’re not sure how to fix it, but hopefully Siddean will come up with a solution for this. I’ve also noticed that the appliers have slightly lower texture resolution than the original SLink hands, but I can live with that since it’s an improvement over SL hands!
I’ve never worn mesh breasts, so I’ve never played with appliers until now. I didn’t realize that it’s really just ONE CLICK! The Pink Fuel HUD has just one button — click to apply, done! SLink also includes a HUD to change nails style and turn it off (when would anyone use this?) and a few basic nail options. If those are not enough for you, check out these third-party nails HUDs from Orc Inc. by Nicole Twigvald and Flair by Sasy Scarborough:
I had so much fun playing with the nails HUDs, I definitely think this will become a new addiction. Lots of people have already released appliers and nails, check out the full list here.
Have you tried these hands? I waited for Pink Fuel to release the appliers before I wore ’em. Are you waiting for “your” skin to be released? If your favorite skin doesn’t have appliers, ask the designer to release some, or you can just do it the other way (via tinting) but it’s not as fun, or easy!
My biggest tip for wearing these hands, is to increase your hand size a few points! My default hand size is 20, but I chose to increase it to 23 cos these hands are a slimmer than SL hands, so if you increase your hand size, it’ll fit better with your SL body size.
Note* I did not touch up the wrist area in this post. If you see that it doesn’t fit perfectly, that’s just the way it is. I’m wearing the Small size. Try a demo before purchasing, of course!
What I’m Wearing:
Pink Fuel – Sora (Peach)
flowey – eternal love (tattoo)
Exile – Stay the Night (Fairytale)
SLink – Mesh Hands (av)
Hucci – Taiz Tube Top (S) Moonglow
Mon Tissu – Bloomsbury Trousers (S) Teal