Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Mary Janes in Second Life®

If you're a female SL™ Resident, and you like flats, you're going to love these new Mary Janes with classic grosgrain ribbon bows on the toe top!

These are Robin's original sculpt; it's been copied, but never equaled. (And no one has even tried to copy the sumptuous polished leather texture.) Now it comes with a gorgeous bow, also an original sculpt, to make it even dressier.

Touch the knot on the bow to get a series of menus that let you choose from among 25 colors for the bow, and either silver tone or brass for the buckle.

Touch anywhere else on the shoe to get a very low-lag resize script that lets you easily get a perfect fit.

The shoe also comes with a Base shoe, so that your foot will look great in it, and an Alpha Layer (V2 compatible client needed) that will hide any part of your foot not covered by the shoe. No more poke outs!

There are eight colors of shoe; Black Licorice, Chocolate (rich brown), Chocolate Cherry (oxblood), Red Licorice, Navy, Forest Green, Cotton Candy (pink), and White Sugar. The bow colors range from soft to bright, dark to light, and include a range of warm and cool colors, as well as white, gray, and black.

Come try on a demo at Kick the Can (upstairs, right in front of the railing for now) or see them on the SL Marketplace (link goes to the Black Licorice.)

In other news, I'm also working on furniture in SL, just for fun. It'll be in Tompta's Cabin, on the corner of Livingtree, when it's finished. (I'll post a link then, although you're more than welcome to go and explore it now!) Right now, I'm working on a bed that has lots of sleeping, sitting, talking, and reading poses, (and no sex) for single people and kids! I hope you'll like it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Photoshop Tutorial - Brushes 3 - Scattering

The holidays are over, and I'm getting back to what passes for my normal life. So, since it's Tuesday, there's a new tutorial.

We're continuing the series about brushes in Photoshop CS4 that we started before the break.

First, I show you how to adjust the parameters for the Wacom stylus, to get maximum responsivity for the way your hand is working when you make the adjustments. Since this can change from day to day, it's not a bad idea to check this every day, or at least every time that the brush doesn't seem to be behaving the way you expect it to.

Then we go on to explore the various Scattering parameters. You'll learn what the Count is, how enabling Both Axes affects the Scattering, what Count Jitter does, and how the various Controls work to control the scatter and count jitter.

Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

New Chucks for Second Life®

Now that the Winter Holidays are over, residents of SL™ are gearing up for Valentine's Day! So I've made some new Chucks sneakers, to put a bit of spring in our steps! They were designed for the holiday, but you can wear them any time, of course.

They all have pink hearts on the laces, and they come in Candy Hearts (shown), Gingham Pink, Hearts & Roses, Simple Hearts, and Vintage Rose designs.

As always, they've been made so that the fabric isn't distorted on the uppers, for a beautiful shoe!

There's an alpha layer (courtesy of Marianne McCann) for V2 compatible browsers, so you don't have to worry about your feet peeking through the shoe, and a very low lag resize script in one prim from each shoe, so you can easily get a perfect fit. L$150, Transfer only. (They make great gifts!)

Come take a look and try the free demos now at Kick the Can Kid's Store and at The Robin Wood AV Store on Livingtree.

You can also get them at the Second Life Marketplace. (Link is to the Candy Hearts pair, but you'll be able to find the rest once you're there.)

There will be more gingham-lace-hearts-and-flowers designs; but now it's time for me to start working on the next Brushes tutorial, which will be up on Tuesday, with any luck at all!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Argyle Socks in SL™!

It's been a busy couple of months, and I'm afraid that I haven't found time to blog very much. But I have gotten a fair amount done, and now that "Santa Season" is over, I should have more time to tell everyone what I'm doing!

During November and December I made several new kinds of foot ware for Residents of Second Life®, so if you spend time in-world (as we say) don't forget to check out the store! The Gift Box will be up for another few days, so if you haven't stopped and grabbed yours, you might want to do that! It's out at Livingtree center, and a few other places on the island until Jan. 6.

Most recently, I've been making Argyle Socks. I figured I was making all these shoes, I really should make some socks to go with them!

Made with remapped UVs, which were then burned onto the SL UVs, so there are no seams! No seams on the sides, no seams on the foot, no seams around the ankle (although it is a bit rough, because of the way the Avatar is made, this isn't noticable from normal viewing distances.)

There are a dozen different color packs, with 5 sock lengths in each pack. So you can choose to wear short socks, knee socks, over knee, thigh high, or tights! Each one also comes on both the Tattoo layer (for people using V2 compatible viewers) and the sock layer, for maximum layering versatility.

You can buy one pack (that's five pair, remember) for $L125, or you can get the fat pack with all 12 pair for $1250. That's 12 pair for the price of 10! Come and see them at the Robin Wood AV Store on Livingtree, at Kick the Can kid's store (on the second floor, near the shoes) or get the Fat Pack from the Marketplace. You'll love them!

Next up, I'm going to make some solid colors, on the off chance that you have something that won't look simply stunning with argyle, and some Mary Janes with color-changing bows. Should be great!