Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tools of the trade

Even with mesh shifting the bulk of creative work out of world, I still spend a significant amount of time in-world, just getting things "productified" - textured, named, boxed, with pretty pictures and what-not. It's tedious work, but there's some nifty scripted tools around that make the whole process a lot more bearable. My three favorites after the cut!


1. [Decoy] Scripts: Texture & Rename Tool
rezzes, retextures and renames items, turning 5 base meshes into a little army of boots. Or dresses. Or whatever else invades your build plattform on a regular basis. I used to do this mostly by hand, with a few helper scripts hacked together, but this tool really streamlines the process. Super easy to set up as well.

Pro-tip: save the config notecard, the untextured meshes and the textures together in a folder in your inventory. That way, if you have to retexture the mesh again because there was a little mistake somewhere, everything's in the same place and easy to find.
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Decoy-Scripts-Texture-Rename-Tool-For-Creators/4791513

2. FURWARE peek - Store and share camera positions
This is a HUD to save and restore camera positions. I use it to take snapshot series of products, to have everything shot from the same angle & distance, etc. for easier processing in PS. There's also a feature for sharing camera positions with other people, but since I work alone, I don't use that. So, a very handy HUD, and I find the interface to be well thought out and easy to use.

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/FURWARE-peek-Store-and-share-camera-positions/141380

3. AnyPose Expression HUD
Easy to use HUD to set eye position. No more awkwardly setting eye position by alt-camming invisible prims. And it's free!

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/AnyPose-Expression/2613652


Image credits:

Skin - Glam affair - Renee Dreary Soul 01 BL
Makeup - Schadenfreude - Face Skull
Eyes - Dead Apples - Nebula eyes, fantasy nightfall
Hair - Wasabi Pills - Erika mesh hair
Jewelry - lassitude & ennui Macabre jewelry for World Goth Fair (available soon!)

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