Take a deep breath. Bakes on Mesh arrived on the grid 6 months ago, so you’ve either had a chance to play around with it or you’ve completely ignored it – until now. Go back and read the Bakes on Mesh tutorial part I, by Aemeth and part II by me. Then ignore everything you’ve learned because LeLutka is doing it differently than the existing workaround.
LeLutka just released two new mesh heads, Erin and Nova, featuring a brand new HUD with tons of cool new customization features and new high-definition applier layers, so most of your existing appliers will not work. I don’t really want to get into all of the changes, but from my brief glance at the heads, I foresee massive confusion on the grid.
What’s in the package? You get all the usual Mesh Head stuff plus a lot of different alpha layers for various combinations BoM/no BoM products. It took me days to figure out that the four “Face” tattoo layers includes the head only – no body texture! I thought I was doing something wrong, but nowhere in the notecard did it indicate that this was a face/head without a body, and I still have no clue what skin matches with it. In my previous experience with BoM; if you were to wear both a mesh head and a body that’s BoM-ready, you were supposed to remove all alpha layers. Why did this change? I don’t know, and don’t care to find out cos I’m probably not going to use BoM very much, cos I’m still loving the SL EEP Viewer (I’m shooting my photos on it now). Still waiting for the EEP/BoM integration from Linden Lab!
Once I cleared up the confusion about the face tattoo, it was a breeze to put together my look. Probably because I’m familiar with system layers from ye old days and I already know how Bakes on Mesh works. I’m wearing the LeLutka Erin head with the new Glam Affair Ary skin. Everything is appliers, cos I am not using a BoM viewer. Do you have to use BoM? No. Should you? Eventually, yes. BoM is the future, but right now the growing pains are a bit messy, cos my favorite skin brands haven’t really released anything for BoM.
Are you still confused about BoM? Ask lots of questions and hope that brands release better documentation with their products, cos not everyone will simply ‘get’ it. Many of my friends resist BoM; it can be a confusing concept since the way LeLutka does BoM is not what I expected AT ALL. I thought the point of BoM is to eventually peel away all the applier layers and remove reliance on HUDs.
Have you tried the new LeLutka BoM-ready mesh heads? Let me know in the comments what you think!
What I’m Wearing:
- Glam Affair – Ary (007)
- LeLutka – Erin Mesh Head
- Truth – Eternity
- The Secret Store – Myra Comfy Sweater, Lois Fitted Pants