Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Chucks for Second Life®

If you're a resident of SL™, you need something to put a bit of bounce into your steps. Spring is just around the corner; get ready with a delightful new pair of gingham chucks from Robin!

These beautifully made chucks come in 7 fresh colors, and are perfect for those bright spring days. They all have tiny hearts on both the laces and the lining, and the bumper stripes match the gingham to give your feet a beautifully coordinated look. Notice that the fabric doesn't "pinch" anywhere, and the stitching is perfect! These are shoes that you'll be proud to wear.

Transfer only, so they are perfect for gift giving.

Touch them to activate the low-lag resize script, so you can easily get a perfect fit. (There's only a single script in each shoe, 2 scripts total, and you can remove them after you have used them, if you want to, and reduce your script load even farther!)

Included with the shoes are base shoes, so they'll fit your feet more easily, and a V2 Compatible Alpha Layer (courtesy of Marianne McCann) so that there's no chance of "peak through."

Just L$150 per pair. Available in black, blue, green, yellow, red, pink and purple.

Come try on a demo at Kick the Can Kid's store or at Robin (Sojourner) Wood's AV Store. You can buy them at either one, or get several of the colors on the Marketplace.

See you there!

Note: these are virtual shoes for the on-line world of Second Life, and not real shoes that you can get to put on your actual feet. I'm sorry. :(

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Worktable for Second Life®

Are you a Creator in SL™? Tired of a drab, dull, boring workroom? Spruce it up with a new worktable from Robin, for only 2 prims!

It's a shabby chic table, in the Arts and Crafts style. The bottom part is a single sculpty prim, with four sturdy legs and a shelf that's perfect for storing the things you need to keep rezzed in world. The top work surface is a normal prim, so it never looks like a sphere, never vanishes as part of the rezzing process, and has no bounding box issues at all.

Touch it, and the top changes from chipped paint to a handy builder's grid for working on. Touch it again, and it reverts to the chipped paint for off hours (or to use as a display in your store!)

At its default size it's 2.5m x 5m, which makes a nice, generous working surface for small to medium sized objects.

But if that's not the size you like, you can change it, since the table is copy/mod. You can also change the rest, of course, and keep a copy for backup.

Available in Blue (shown,) Cream, or Green. $L150, Copy/Mod/NO Transfer.

On sale now at the SL Marketplace at Robin's Store in Bay City and at the Home and Garden Store in Livingtree. Come take a look!

New Photoshop Tutorial - Brushes 4 - Textures

The "code in by dose" has finally receded enough that I can talk normally, so I made a new Photoshop tutorial! This time, it's about using textures on brushes.

Find out how to make it look like you're drawing with chalk or crayon on a textured surface. Learn what happens when you "Texture Each Tip." Discover what the Depth slider does, and how to make it look the way you want it to. Find out why some of the Modes seem to hid the texture completely, and how to get them to show it!

Textures are fun, and flexible, and can add a lot of realism to painting in PS. Your painting doesn't have to look unrealistically smooth, and you don't need to add noise to break it up. All you have to do is put a little texture in it!

Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I've Started Making Furniture for Second Life®

If you're a resident of SL™, you might be interested to know that I've started to make furniture! My first set is available now!

It's an Art Deco conversation/reading corner, with two chairs, an occasional table with a vase of plumeria, a fashion magazine, and a pulp murder mystery, and an oval rug.

The chairs have been totally remapped, so that the stunning vintage Art Deco fabric isn't distorted anywhere. There are two comfortable pillows, one with a plain yellow case, and one in green damask that echos the pattern on the chairs. Each has seven poses for adults, and 10 for kids and smaller avatars, in the chair cushions. These range from poses for conversations, to reading, to meditation. (Kids get more because of the relatively larger chair size compared to their bodies.) In addition there are four poses in the arms, for perching. Because there are poses in both cushion and arm, 2 avatars can use the chair at the same time! Each chair has six prims total, including the shadow prims below them.

The table is an original sculpt, based on a gorgeous asymmetrical Art Deco table found in RL. It has maple curves that repeat the curves in the chair upholstery, balanced with chrome pillars and a black glass top. It was all made in modo, and shadows, highlights, and reflections have been baked in for an amazingly realistic feel. All of it comes to only 5 prims, including the shadow.

On the table is an original stepped and twisted vase, once again modeled from a RL Art Deco vase, with a lovely sunset glaze. It's filled with Arctic Greenhouse plumeria in soft shades of yellow. The vase with flowers adds up to 12 prims.

Also on the table is a copy of Vague magazine (because you need humor) and a pulp mystery titled Murder in Bay City. Touch the book, and you'll get a readable copy that is an original sculpt as well. You can even read the open pages, if you can figure out where to look for them! (The resolution doesn't allow you to read them from the book, but they are ... somewhere.) Each book is a single prim.

Finally, it's all pulled together and complemented with an oval rug, also a single original sculpt with no alpha, that reprises the design in the green pillows, bordered with the sunset colors from the vase.

Total prim count for the whole set, including the wearable book, comes to just 33. Transfer only.

You can see the set, and buy individual pieces, at Robin's store in world or buy it from the Second Life Marketplace. The whole set is L$550 for a limited time. Prices on individual pieces vary, and range from L$200 for a chair to L$50 for the rug. Come take a look! You'll be glad you did.