Last month I released a standard second life shape directly to my marketplace store. The only reason I did that is because people kept asking about my shape and so I thought I would experiment and see what I could come up with. I didn’t expect to, but I sold quite a few of them. […]
I thought I would start a little selection of posts on how to pretty up your shape! I have been meaning to do this for *ages*.
Why this post?
Because there are some people may not be aware of the little tricks of the trade that can be used to achieve a *softer* look. Incidentally, this post is by no means intended to suggest that we all need to look pretty! You can look however you want to look. Most peeps have a unique look despite wearing similar skins. However, if you want to create a cuter face then these posts are for you!
Besides, who doesn’t peer at other avatars, and try to glean the real life personality behind the avatar. Afterall, isn’t that what it’s all about? Reflecting a little of you? Which is why refining a shape remains a popular way of acquiring your very own look.
I have been playing with shapes since I first trod in SL . And I found nothing beats modifying a shape and ending up with a face you love…:D
You can start at the SL evolutionary fuggy SL stage by creating a“Default Shape”. (Only for the brave )
So to begin with I started off with a new shape as follows:
a. Right Click your Avatar and go to “Edit Outfit”
b. Select “Body Parts”
c. On your current shape, Right Click and select “Create New Shape”. You may wish to Rename it.
The default shape is sadly very unappealing. And no amount of great skin, great hair, or a nice outfit would ever succeed in making this shape attractive!
You get something like this:
Default Shape (We will call her “Jane”)
If you find this default shape a little too scary and don’t want to go through the initial smoothing out and tidying up phase, I created a set of Jane Starter Shapes (see below). This pack contains the 5 common Standard Sizes (created for wearing with Mesh clothing).
I have taken the default shape and removed all the rather unsavoury aspects ie the too- huge-eyes, the wide mouth, disproportionate straight up-and-down boyish-shape, huge feet, even huger hands, large nose and quite honestly, what I consider to be a rather butch face!
So you can skip this part and get the Starter Pack below. (NB If you cannot afford the $ 99 – IM in World and I will send it to you for free. Especially if you are new to SL!).
Jane Shape Starter Pack. Find the pack here::.:Fudge:.: These are COPY/MODIFY/NO TRANSFER.
If you followed the last post you may have seen that I am giving a few little hints on how to pretty up your shape! These are simple little adjustments which can *either* be on your usual shape or if you want a look similar to the one below, then feel free to start off with the Jane Starter Shape Pack!
The Jane Starter Shape Pack contains a pack of 5 Standard Sizes Shapes. I started the collection from scratch and simply smoothed out all the unappealing features you get in the default shape. So you begin with a face that only needs a few minor changes to look awesome! These are great starter shapes which you can personalise in varying degrees depending on the look you want to achieve
One if the key features where there has been slight *overemphasis* (in my view anyway) are the feline shape eyes. The super slanted eye shape can look haughty and rather diva-ish which suits some people. But if you want softer eyes then try the simple tricks outlined below.
Firstly,PLEASE invest in a great set of eyes! Really, nowadays, you do not need to wander around SL wearing dull, bland, noobie looking eyes. There are some fantastic eyes out there, including Mesh Eyes which are often HUD controlled to allow you to adjust size, pupils and whites of eyes etc. A decent set of eyes can look startlingly realistic and very beautiful.
Consider getting eyes from any of the following:
Mayfly, Poetic Colors, IKON Eyes, Skinnery, Insufferable Dastard, Buzzeri, A.S.S, Dead Apples etc. These are just a few you can try. I appreciate many of you will already be familiar with these brands so please forgive me if I am stating the bleedin’ obvious.
Feline Eyes Hmmm……bit “harsh” aren’t they?
Soft Slanted Eyes: Cute….. <3<3
Soft Round Eyes: Adorable….. <3<3<3
To get the Soft Slanted Eyes or Soft Rounded Eyes:
1. Right Click your Avatar and Click on “Appearance”, then “Edit Shape”
2. Locate your “Eyes” Tab and reduce a couple of notches your Eye Size , increase the Eye Opening, and reduce the Outer Eye Corner. You can adjust these 2-3 digits at a time on your Jane Starter Shape to achieve the looks above. It is as easy as that!
This is a little quick tut on how you to *cutie-fy* your lip shape! Sooo easy!
Firstly, please refer to the Pretty-up Your Shape! and Pretty-ing Your Eye Shape post which provides some tips on how to soften you look, starting with the Eyes. If you need a starter shape, you can purchase Jane Starter Shapes. This is a collection of 5 Standard Size Shapes which come modifiable and make it easier to achieve the final lip shape below.
Whatever lips shape you prefer, I find less is definately more! (Obviously if you want your lips to look surgically enhanced with full on attitude then by all means max out on your lip shape in terms of width, fullness and size. As you know..in SL anything goes! )
But I wanted to show you what a huge difference little changes can make to your look.
Compare and Contrast:
Below is an example of a biggish pout!
BIG lips:Hard not to notice these……
A side profile to avoid:Sheesh..
Really…you do not need to max out on lips fat to get a big pout! Try reducing the fat and plumping up on the fullness instead (see how to below)
Pretty lips:<3 >3
Cute Lips: What a difference a little shrinkage makes!
How to get the look above:
You can either twiddle your own shape or use Jane Starter Shape which needs less tweaking. Soo..
1. Right Click your avatar and tap “Appearance” and “Edit Shape” . Use your Camera Controls and Object View to zoom in very close to your face.
2. Once you are zoomed, Locate the “Mouth” parameter in the options tabs (just below your avatar decripton..)
2. Select “Lips” and reduce the Lip Width to around 6 – 10. ) Depending on the skin you are wearing (some skins require a wider mouth!).
3. Increase “Lip Fullness”to say 30ish but reduce “Lip thickness” to say, no more than 65. You can play with these two parameters till you find your perfect pout!
4.Also consider moving your “Lip Position” up to maybe around 35ish..again adjust this until you find the effect you like.
5. Once you are happy don’t forget to rename your new shape before saving!
Other options: Depending on your style you can play with the lip ratio, mouth corners and lip cleft to get the effect you want. Always keep Shift at 50 unless you want a lopsided look!
That’s it! Simple little tips but I hope they were helpful.
I was a bit bored last night and so made this cute shape for my:.:Fudge:.: Group (no association to the famous Natalie btw <33) I just happen to love this word. In the UK it means “lots” ..as in “I had oodles of fun today!” or “I love you oodles!”
Anyway, OODLES Shape is available to purchase on Marketlace (Modify Version). Or if you are a bit skinto you can join the:.:Fudge:.: Group for $ 50 to get the no modify version.
This outfit is called Pitch by The Plastik! I blogged part of it yesturday and oh my…you really can have fun with the collection. Lots of goodies in the pack. Was on FLF – may still be available if you hurry.
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