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AI Photo Editing and Second Life

Sparkle Skye - Butterfly Hair Sticks

Whether you’re a fan or not, AI photo editing isn’t going anywhere! For a long time, residents have been using photo editing apps to make their Second Life pictures look better than what’s attainable in-world by adding real hair, big smiles, and rendered bodies. Now, with AI making photo editing super easy, lots of Second Life brands are using it to help show off and sell their stuff.

Ads in Second Life are stepping up their game with AI. More and more skin ads now feature incredibly lifelike hair that surpasses what’s available in-world. It’s becoming a challenge to pinpoint where the AI effects begin or end in these ads—they’re that good at blending in. Clothing brands have showcased their apparel on 3D-generated models for a while, but nowadays, some are switching to AI-crafted models to ramp up the appeal of their clothes, although they might not look the same once you get them in-world.

Personally, I enjoy experimenting with Stable Diffusion, a generative AI photo app. These apps evolve so quickly; if you blink, you might miss an update. Models I used just a while back are no longer the best choices. AI still isn’t perfect—it can mess up hands and feet—but it’s improving rapidly.

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Seaside Sweets Shop

Seaside Sweets Shop

Hello from the charming Seaside Sweets Shop, lovingly decorated by the talented Fay Starlight. This Traditional Linden Home has been transformed into a delightful sweet shop featuring cozy decor and an abundance of complimentary treats and beverages.

I’m fond of the adorable kawaii cafes scattered throughout Bellisseria and hope that the moles will grace us with many more such quaint spots across the continent. To me, the essence of a vibrant community encompasses more than just living spaces; it includes retail establishments and perhaps even a quaint chapel.

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Senra Beta Avatars

Senra Beta Avatars
Wearing Exile – Insomnia hair

Senra is here! When I showed you the NUX Senra Avatars on me two weeks ago, I did not edit the shape or wore anything in my inventory (because I had none on the beta grid).

Second Life announced the Senra Beta Avatars are now available to everyone via the library and a starter avatar web page with options for new users. After playing around with the shape and trying on two old system skins that I didn’t delete from my inventory, I decided to just wear the included Senra Jamie skin. Don’t even try to retrofit old skins or clothing, it’ll leave you feeling deep sadness.

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Is Second Life bringing back Lifetime Accounts?

Friday
At my Linden Home

Way back in the day, when the platform was new and some of you reading this weren’t born yet, Second Life residents could purchase a Lifetime account for $159.95 (later raised to $225) that offered them 4096 sqm of free land tier along with a generous L$500 weekly stipend.

Ever since I became a Premium member in 2019 to get a Linden Home, I’ve been asking Second Life to bring back Lifetime accounts. Well, it looks like my pleas have finally been heard because Patch Linden referred to it during the SL20B Opening Ceremony! We don’t have all of the details yet, but based on Patch’s speech and the SL20B Global Sweepstakes Grand Prize being a SecondLifetime Premium Subscription, this is a clear signal that Second Life is bringing back an updated version of the Lifetime account and calling it SecondLifetime Premium.

Here’s the live stream where Patch refers to Lifetime accounts:

“…with our premium perks, we need to bottle Second Life sunshine and sell it as an anti-aging serum… hmm… lifetime… lifetime… premium… lifetime… those words just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. I think I’m having an idea, perhaps something to discuss further at my Lab Gab session with Strawberry Linden, starting Monday, June 26th at 1:30 p.m. SLT.”

Patch Linden
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Linden WelcomeHub

WelcomeHub
The WelcomeHub

Hello from the new Linden WelcomeHub! It’s opening day, so there are lots of residents here checking it out, including mentors on hand to greet and help new residents. My friend, who was volunteering as a mentor, reported that she had already helped plenty of people. The futuristic and bright atmosphere reflects the SL20B slogan — “Our Fantastic Future”.

The WelcomeHub regions also includes Linden Homes demo, Motown, Helios Casino, a Sandbox, and a few other things to showcase things you can do in Second Life.

WelcomeHub
Motown in Second Life

If you’re new to Second Life, welcome! Don’t feel pressured to go shopping, buy a mesh body, look good, own land, etc. Just focus on making friends, learning how to walk, opening packages, explore public spaces, and it’s okay to wear the free Library avatars. A lot of people swarm new residents with places to shop and help them look good, but they still leave Second Life cos they don’t have any friends or any reason to stay.

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Hair Fair 2023

Hair Fair '23
Hair from Monso & Exile at Hair Fair

Hair Fair is now open! From now until July 2nd, I encourage you to only buy and wear hair sold at Hair Fair. Some of the best hair and accessories designers have generously donated their talents & time to benefit the Wigs for Kids charity. View the view the shopping guide and let’s get shopping!

Hair Fair '23
Second Life + Stable Diffusion photo merge

My friend Sparkle made her hair accessories debut at Hair Fair. These sweet Blossom Hair Wreaths include single or double garland options and four band colors. Teleport to the Sparkle Skye booth and find a crown to go with your new hair!

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Previously in Second Life

Another SL Glow Up
My Second Life Avatar + Stable Diffusion

Welcome to another Previously in Second Life post! Here are some interesting news around the grid you may have missed:

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Juicy Fruit

Juicy Fruit

Happy Sunday! I remembered that I bought this beautiful Maitane (Pitaya) dress from Belle Epoque a while ago, and it was perfect for the coastal region of Quash – Mediterranee. The sleeves are so fluffy and big on this dress, making it a real statement piece!

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Glam Affair – Diane Skin
Before & After (with add-on makeup)
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