Two blue looks for today, using items that will be available in the With Love Hunt <3. Plus some new releases and gacha sneak peeks!
And a bit about vampires, but I’ll get to that later.
But, first, let’s talk about love! The third edition of With Love Hunt starts on November 30. Get ready, 76 stores are participating and each will have a great prize for you. Each item costs $L10, but is worth at least $L400, so save some money, because the prizes will be well worth it!
Now about the vampires thing. I’ve been trying hard to keep the unpleasant part of my life away from my mind these days, so I’m reading the Twilight books (yeah, I know!). And since I didn’t see the movies – and I don’t plan to – I made two looks for Moniq the way I imagine Alice (first photo) and Rosalie (second photo). All clothing, accessories and skins are prizes in the With Love Hunt <3, so check them out!
Two events that are worth visiting: Around the World and Unhinged. They both started last week, so they should be less laggy and more shopping friendly now. I made a look using exclusive releases for these events, plus some more goodies that were waiting patiently to be blogged in my inventory.
Oh, the little wonders one finds when randomly trying stuff in their inventory! Today I discovered this pose by Diesel Works. It was a hunt prize and it’s actually a male pose, but it’s just what I needed for my photo. Actually, the whole idea of depth of field and stuff came from this pose!
Part two: I must say that if there’s one store I unconditionally love in SL, that must be Leverocci. Whenever there’s a new release, there’s me getting something. At least. And since I’m in a quest for boots in RL, I translated this in pixels too. And here’s Moniq wearing these amazing boots by Belgravia, Leverocci’s sister store. Rigged mesh, standard sizing, lots of colors, you must check them out!
Also, Exile released three new hairstyles, all of them pretty, plus the new texture hairbases! Today, Moniq is wearing a wig called “The only exception”. Well, there’s no exception here, I love all Exile hairs!
My lazy weekend is almost over, so I may as well do a blog post, right? I made this cute look to improve my mood, because this nasty cold won’t go away and tomorrow’s another Monday and another working week begins… anyway, enough with the whining, let’s have a look at today’s outfit instead!
Yeah, that thing! I’m going to start with a confession: I generally avoid taking snapshots in my studio and then adding a nice background to them because hey, too much work and I’m lazy! However, if your computer can’t handle pretty sims, which are usually laggy, or if you want to make vendors for your poses or fatpacks, there are several ways to remove your avatar from the studio background and paste it on another one. I know at least four of them and they can all be successful – after working your ass out :D
The trickiest part is the hair. That’s where the background can stick through your nicely cropped photo and sometimes removing it can be a huge pain in the ass. But I have some tips for you and you’ll see, they work just great!
Two pieces of advice, before we start:
1. work on high res photos until you’re ready to move the avatar on the new background. Some white bits will stick to the avatar edges, but they become less visible when you rescale the photo and they will be a lot easier to get rid of at that point.
2. Use contrasts: if your avatar has light hair/skin, use a black background, If you wear dark hair/skin, use a white background. If you have light skin and dark hair, use method 2 (shown below) with a green background (or any other color that is highly contrasting to your outfit).
Now I’m going to show you two ways (they may seem complicated, but they are NOT, really) that will get you here:
It’s been a while since I wanted to do some tutorials for Gimp, because there are some things related to Sl photography editing that are not similar to Photoshop. Of course, Photoshop is more user-friendly and has more features, but if you can’t afford it or are a Windows hater (both cases apply for me), Gimp is the best alternative choice.
There are plenty of tutorials for Photoshop made by SL photographers, bloggers and creators, but rather few of them for Gimp. And I hear there’s a need for them (yes, Plurk knows it all!), so I’m going to make a series of tutorials for Gimp. If there’s something you want to know, please say it in the comments.
Also, please note that I’m not an expert in photo editing – or Gimp – and that everything I know is self taught or found in non-SL tutorials. So many of you may know even more than I do about Gimp, and I’d be happy to learn more!
Today we start with the basics, such as removing the nasty grid lines, cropping, pasting and sharpening. These steps are quite different in Gimp and I use them in (almost) every photo, so I think they may be useful to most Gimp users.
Here’s the two looks that I want to show you today. After the cut you will find the steps I took to get this photo: