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This page links to '''tools & tutorials for making clothing and skins''' Please add your fave tuts, remove obviated bits, and improve the usefulness of this resource!
 
This page links to '''tools & tutorials for making clothing and skins''' Please add your fave tuts, remove obviated bits, and improve the usefulness of this resource!
  
== General ==
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== Clothing texture templates ==
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* '''[http://static-secondlife-com.s3.amazonaws.com/downloads/textures/fashion/All_Fashion_Design_Templates.zip Linden body and clothing templates]''', for eyes, head, face, hair, upper and lower body, skirt; templates as PSD with instructions as PDF; 7 MB. Available under the [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Creative Commons 3.0 license].
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* '''[http://static-secondlife-com.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/CMFF_Template_Set.zip Chip Midnight's improved clothing templates]''', ZIP of 512x512 PSD files for head, upper and lower body, skirt; 10.7 MB
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* '''[http://www.robinwood.com/Catalog/Technical/SL-Tuts/SLPages/AVUVTemplates.html Robin Wood's clothing templates]'''
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* '''[http://amblabs.ath.cx/ Higher Resolution Clothing & Skin Templates]''' - By Chip Midnight. These templates are even higher-rez than the official ones. Chip Midnight is an original master of fine fashions in SL. Once you get really serious about detail, you’ll want to get these and have a deep look.  (Note: The higher resolution is just to help you with your creation work in your paint program.  They won't affect the resolution of your in-world clothing and skins.  All outfit textures in SL are baked at 512x512 when worn on the avatar, no matter what.  So, don't forget to downsize your output files to 512x512, before you upload them to SL.  Otherwise, you'll just be wasting resources.)
  
* '''[http://static.secondlife.com/downloads/textures/fashion/All_Fashion_Design_Templates.zip Linden body and clothing templates]''', for eyes, head, face, hair, upper and lower body, skirt; templates as TGA with instructions as PDF; 7 MB
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== Second Life avatar models ==
  
* '''[http://static.secondlife.com/templates/CMFF_Template_Set.zip Chip Midnight's improved clothing templates]''', ZIP of 512x512 PDF files for head, upper and lower body, skirt; 10.7 MB
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* '''[http://static-secondlife-com.s3.amazonaws.com/downloads/avatar/avatar_mesh.zip Second Life avatar meshes]''' in .obj and .cr2 format, includes assets to preview the avatar in Poser, SLCP, Photoshop Extended, etc. Available under the [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Creative Commons 3.0 license].
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** Also see '''[[Mesh/Rigging Fitted Mesh|Rigging Fitted Mesh]]''' for .ma, .fbx, .blend and .dae formats with revised skeletons.
  
* '''[http://static.secondlife.com/downloads/avatar/avatar_mesh.zip Second Life avatar meshes]''' in .obj format, includes assets to preview the avatar in Poser, SLCP, Photoshop, etc.
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* '''[http://web.archive.org/web/20120711023730/http://abbloch.com/slAvatars_OBJ_Fixed/ Improved Second Life avatar meshes for 3D texture painting]''' - By Chosen Few. These OBJ files feature cleaned up geometry and proper UV tilings, for painting textures directly onto the models, in Mudbox, Zbrush, Photoshop Extended, etc.
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**[http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=UXmvJngs avatarSLMale.mtl]
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**[http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=cRjdGhTa avatarSLFemale.mtl]
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**[http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=Qzb6WRYV avatarSLFemale.obj]
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**[http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=inBjmuGj avatarSLMale.obj]
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**[http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=GPWGFkWq changelog.txt]
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**[http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=uwAPkDe2 LICENSE.txt]
  
* '''[http://www.annotoole.com/CMFF/ Clothing & Skin Templates]''' - By Chip Midnight. These templates are even higher-rez than the official ones. Chip Midnight is an original master of fine fashions in SL. Once you get really serious about detail, you’ll want to get these and have a deep look.
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*'''[http://www.ccccybernetics.com/avatar_databank/ Avatar Databank]''' is an extended alternative avatar mesh library that includes all avatar extremes (fat, skinny, etc...). Models are in AC3D and .obj formats with .png format 1024x1024 texture templates. For the very advanced clothing and make-up designers.
  
* '''[http://www.robinwood.com/Catalog/Technical/SL-Tuts/SLTutSet.html Second Life tutorials]''' - By [http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/User:Robin_Sojourner Robin Sojourner] AKA Robin Wood. She has a really elegant, organized approach. Check out her fantasy art as proof! She’s mentioned that she’ll be adding more to this site, so keep watching, and check out her posts on the forums too, like her fab [http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?t=77501 T-Shirt Template] — learn how to make wrinkles without photo-sourcing! Download also her [http://www.robinwood.com/Catalog/Technical/SL-Tuts/SLPages/AVUVTemplates.html UV templates].
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==Tutorials==
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* '''[http://www.robinwood.com/Catalog/Technical/SL-Tuts/SLTutSet.html Second Life tutorials]''' - By [http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/User:Robin_Sojourner Robin Sojourner] AKA Robin Wood. She has a really elegant, organized approach. Check out her fantasy art as proof! She’s mentioned that she’ll be adding more to this site, so keep watching, and check out her posts on the forums too, like her fab [http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?t=77501 T-Shirt Template] — learn how to make wrinkles without photo-sourcing!
  
 
* '''[http://leezu-tutorials.blogspot.com/ Second Life Clothing Tutorials]''' - By LeeZu Baxter. The creator of [LeeZu!] Designs, LeeZu Baxter offers step by step tutorials to assist new builders as they face the challenges of creating their own original designs.
 
* '''[http://leezu-tutorials.blogspot.com/ Second Life Clothing Tutorials]''' - By LeeZu Baxter. The creator of [LeeZu!] Designs, LeeZu Baxter offers step by step tutorials to assist new builders as they face the challenges of creating their own original designs.
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** '''[http://nicolaescher.com/tutorials/creating-a-mannequin.php Creating A Mannequin]'''
 
** '''[http://nicolaescher.com/tutorials/creating-a-mannequin.php Creating A Mannequin]'''
  
* '''[http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?t=12684 T-Shirt Tutorial]''' - By Nephilaine Protagonist, head of PixelDolls, quality in quantity for the avatar. Here she shows how to make a shirt. It’s a bit hard to read, but follow the directions and keep at it. ''Note: the tutorial is currently missing, but Nephi left a note that she's planning to rewrite it.''
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* '''[http://blog.nalates.net/2012/05/20/second-life-mesh-clothes-blender-2-6-setup-2012-tutorial/ Blender 2.63a Setup Tutorial for Mesh Clothes]''' - By Nalates Urriah May 2012. Includes information on selecting the base/default avatar for future Mesh Deformer.
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381 Page 1 – Blender Install, Base Mesh Selection]
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381&page=2 Page 2 – Details on Files and Base Avatar Meshes Available]
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381&page=3 Page 3 – Deconfuser, File to Use, Actual Mesh Differences, Easy File Fix]
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381&page=4 Page 4 –  Not So Easy Fix for Learning, Exporting Shapes from SL, What’s Needed]
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381&page=5 Page 5 – Getting Started, Customize Blender, GPU Kick-in, Load Mesh – Import OBJ, Setup Layers]
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381&page=6 Page 6 – Join Parts or Not, Remove Doubles, Parenting, Check Parenting, Start Weighting – Vertex Weight Painting]
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381&page=7 Page 7 – Weight Painting, Checking Weight Painting, ]
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** [http://blog.nalates.net/?p=7381&page=8 Page 8 – Checking the Weighting, Exporting Collada for Second Life]
  
* '''[http://forums.secondlife.com/search.php?do=finduser&u=26252 Chosen Few's SL forum posts]''' - This sci-fi expert is a texturing databank. Watching him answer questions is like a cross between classical opera and a current events talk show, without the boring parts. The often-messy structure of the SL Forums has ironically lent itself well to his clarity. Just read his posts! ''Note: the tutorial is currently unavailable''
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* '''[http://blog.nalates.net/2013/04/23/second-life-shape-export/ Second Life Shape Export]''' - 4/2013 - There are currently problems with all the OBJ export features for SL. '''''Only the XML exports produce correctly sized avatar exports.''''' All the importers for XML are, so far, retail products. This article shows how to get an OBJ export correctly sized in Blender, or any modeling program.
 
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* '''[http://www.sluniverse.com/kb/ SLUniverse Knowledge Base]''' - By Cristiano Midnight. More than just clothing tutorials, this is a whole potpourri of SLinfo you’ll want to plunge into.
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* '''[http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?t=76703 Tattoo Creation]''' - By Amber Stonecutter. Tattoos may be likened to clothes that are harder to take off, at least offline. The magic unfolds in this thread. Amber had never made a tutorial before, and in response to Flugel inquiring, she spontaneously cooked one up — pictures and all! She even got props from Chosen and Robin.
 
* '''[http://forums.secondlife.com/showthread.php?t=76703 Tattoo Creation]''' - By Amber Stonecutter. Tattoos may be likened to clothes that are harder to take off, at least offline. The magic unfolds in this thread. Amber had never made a tutorial before, and in response to Flugel inquiring, she spontaneously cooked one up — pictures and all! She even got props from Chosen and Robin.
 
* '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2006/11/build.html Natalia's SL Diary]''' - By Natalia Zelmanov. A listing of over 30 tutorials from her blog, including clothing, hair, jewelry, particle, shoes, and techniques. Here are some highlights:
 
** '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2007/03/day-181-creating-clothes-with-gimp.html Creating Clothes with GIMP]'''
 
** '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2007/04/day-195-creating-clothes-with-photoshop.html Creating Clothes with Photoshop]'''
 
** '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2006/12/day-97-making-flexi-prim-skirts-with.html Creating Flexi Skirts]'''
 
** '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2007/04/day-209-creating-jewelry-part-1.html Creating Jewelry]'''
 
** '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2007/03/day-158-creating-attachments-with.html Creating Particle Effects]'''
 
** '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2007/01/day-129-creating-prim-hair-part-1.html Creating Prim Hair]'''
 
** '''[http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2007/01/day-101-creating-prim-shoes-part-2.html Creating Prim Shoes (Heels)]'''
 
  
 
* '''[http://seshat-czeret.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-to-make-sl-clothes-in-gimp.html How to make SL clothes in the Gimp]''' - By Seshat Czeret. The first installment of a series of SL clothing tutorials, each linked to the next. The series starts with preparation, and continues with making a simple t-shirt and adding highlights and shadows. It explains why you do each step, as well as how.
 
* '''[http://seshat-czeret.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-to-make-sl-clothes-in-gimp.html How to make SL clothes in the Gimp]''' - By Seshat Czeret. The first installment of a series of SL clothing tutorials, each linked to the next. The series starts with preparation, and continues with making a simple t-shirt and adding highlights and shadows. It explains why you do each step, as well as how.
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* '''[http://metavirtual.us/template Cassie Clowes Clothing Videos]''' - By Cassie Clowes. Read the FAQ regarding information. Video tutorials that are high quality and with clothing templates (socks, tshirts, pants, etc)
 
* '''[http://metavirtual.us/template Cassie Clowes Clothing Videos]''' - By Cassie Clowes. Read the FAQ regarding information. Video tutorials that are high quality and with clothing templates (socks, tshirts, pants, etc)
  
* '''[http://mistressofdesign.wordpress.com/ Random Rambling, Tips & Tricks]''' - By Claire Hartford. Sporadically updated blog with tutorials for clothing (and skin) creation. Of particular note is the video tutorial on the use of [http://mistressofdesign.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/multi-chan-hax-its-all-kinds-of-awesome-2/ Multi Chan Hax].
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* '''[http://mistressofdesign.wordpress.com/ Random Rambling, Tips & Tricks]''' - By Claire Hartford. Sporadically updated blog with tutorials for clothing (and skin) creation. Of particular note is the [http://mistressofdesign.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/multi-chan-hax-its-all-kinds-of-awesome-2/ video tutorial on the use of Multi Chan Hax].
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* '''[http://chimerafire.wordpress.com/sl-clothing-creation-guide/ Guide to Making Second Life Clothing]''' - By Chimera Firecaster.  Nicely presented, Chimera's site includes a number of fully illustrated, well researched, and up-to-date tutorials.  Complementing the tutorials are free packages composed of useful tools, templates and graphic files.  Also found on the site are annotated lists of SL clothing resources found elsewhere on the web.
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* '''[http://www.tdtemplates.com/basictutorial/ SL Clothes Creation: The Basics (Feb 2012)]''' - By TD Templates. An introduction for beginners providing an overview of the basics when creating SL clothing and starting your fashion store in Second Life.
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* '''[http://createmesh.com/ Create Mesh Video Tutorials for Maya]''' - Everything you need to know to make clothing for Second Life with Maya, from various modeling techniques, sizing around an avatar, rigging, and even draping cloth around your model.  The Clothing Course is about eight hours of step-by-step instruction from leading designer, [https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/User:Leviathan_Flux Leviathan Flux].  The site currently offers other courses on using Maya with basic introductory tutorials and an introduction to architecture, focusing on efficient builds, LODs, lighting, and physics.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Latest revision as of 12:01, 23 September 2016

This page links to tools & tutorials for making clothing and skins Please add your fave tuts, remove obviated bits, and improve the usefulness of this resource!

Clothing texture templates

  • Linden body and clothing templates, for eyes, head, face, hair, upper and lower body, skirt; templates as PSD with instructions as PDF; 7 MB. Available under the Creative Commons 3.0 license.
  • Chip Midnight's improved clothing templates, ZIP of 512x512 PSD files for head, upper and lower body, skirt; 10.7 MB
  • Robin Wood's clothing templates
  • Higher Resolution Clothing & Skin Templates - By Chip Midnight. These templates are even higher-rez than the official ones. Chip Midnight is an original master of fine fashions in SL. Once you get really serious about detail, you’ll want to get these and have a deep look. (Note: The higher resolution is just to help you with your creation work in your paint program. They won't affect the resolution of your in-world clothing and skins. All outfit textures in SL are baked at 512x512 when worn on the avatar, no matter what. So, don't forget to downsize your output files to 512x512, before you upload them to SL. Otherwise, you'll just be wasting resources.)

Second Life avatar models

  • Avatar Databank is an extended alternative avatar mesh library that includes all avatar extremes (fat, skinny, etc...). Models are in AC3D and .obj formats with .png format 1024x1024 texture templates. For the very advanced clothing and make-up designers.

Tutorials

  • Second Life tutorials - By Robin Sojourner AKA Robin Wood. She has a really elegant, organized approach. Check out her fantasy art as proof! She’s mentioned that she’ll be adding more to this site, so keep watching, and check out her posts on the forums too, like her fab T-Shirt Template — learn how to make wrinkles without photo-sourcing!
  • Second Life Clothing Tutorials - By LeeZu Baxter. The creator of [LeeZu!] Designs, LeeZu Baxter offers step by step tutorials to assist new builders as they face the challenges of creating their own original designs.
  • Second Life Clothing Tutorials - By Minmo Dreadlow. A Simple tutorial on how to create a t-shirt using photoshop, or turn your own clothing into secondife clothes with photoshop. Offers several free shirt fabrics as well.
  • Second Life Shape Export - 4/2013 - There are currently problems with all the OBJ export features for SL. Only the XML exports produce correctly sized avatar exports. All the importers for XML are, so far, retail products. This article shows how to get an OBJ export correctly sized in Blender, or any modeling program.
  • Tattoo Creation - By Amber Stonecutter. Tattoos may be likened to clothes that are harder to take off, at least offline. The magic unfolds in this thread. Amber had never made a tutorial before, and in response to Flugel inquiring, she spontaneously cooked one up — pictures and all! She even got props from Chosen and Robin.
  • How to make SL clothes in the Gimp - By Seshat Czeret. The first installment of a series of SL clothing tutorials, each linked to the next. The series starts with preparation, and continues with making a simple t-shirt and adding highlights and shadows. It explains why you do each step, as well as how.
Also see The Theory of Second Life Skin and Clothing. This is useful regardless of which image program you use.
  • Cassie Clowes Clothing Videos - By Cassie Clowes. Read the FAQ regarding information. Video tutorials that are high quality and with clothing templates (socks, tshirts, pants, etc)
  • Guide to Making Second Life Clothing - By Chimera Firecaster. Nicely presented, Chimera's site includes a number of fully illustrated, well researched, and up-to-date tutorials. Complementing the tutorials are free packages composed of useful tools, templates and graphic files. Also found on the site are annotated lists of SL clothing resources found elsewhere on the web.
  • Create Mesh Video Tutorials for Maya - Everything you need to know to make clothing for Second Life with Maya, from various modeling techniques, sizing around an avatar, rigging, and even draping cloth around your model. The Clothing Course is about eight hours of step-by-step instruction from leading designer, Leviathan Flux. The site currently offers other courses on using Maya with basic introductory tutorials and an introduction to architecture, focusing on efficient builds, LODs, lighting, and physics.

See also