Monday, January 30, 2012

2014 1stHELP: Appearance in Second Life, summary

Appearance in Second Life, summary
How to set your appearance in Second Life

The instructions here are for Viewer 3.x.   The details and illustrations may not apply to other viewers.

Quick Fixes
My business outfit

  • Outfit:  avatar body, clothes, attachments, everything
  • Avatar: (1)  a body as you see it, possibly including clothing and attachments 
  • Avatar: (2) your identity, including name and what you see on the screen as you.
  • Object: you can wear as attachment (may look like clothing, hair, etc>)
  • Skin: Texture you can wear that looks like skin 
  • Clothes: Things you can wear that look like clothes
  • Box: containing clothing. You rez it, click to open, and copy the contents to your inventory.
  • Open boxes, use the contents
  • Your things, your Lindens, your inventory
  • Wear: command to the system ( right-click on the item name in inventory) to put something on your avatar
  • Attach: command to the system  ( right-click on the item name in inventory)  to link an object to a selected point on your avatar,
Distinction: Outfit, Avatar
Avatar is used with several different meanings as noted above.  Outfit is sometimes used for clearer reference to a body as you see it,  possibly including clothing and attachments.

Right-click on your avatar menu
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Changing things
Three ways to change your appearance. 
  • Put on a new outfit or avatar
  • Edit the appearance of the outfit you are wearing
  • Change attachments on the outfit you are wearing
These are different things. Don't confuse them or they will confuse you.
Changing outfits is the easiest way to change your appearance.
This is also the easiest way deal with an avatar-outfit that rezzes incompletely or as a white cloud.  
Get other outfits
You can find many other outfits--free and for sale.  Most will be called avatars, the legacy term.  You will need to handle them in a legacy way:

  • When you get an avatar, it will probably be in a box.  Don't wear the box.
  • Rez the box,, click to open it, copy the contents to your inventory.  
  • Your new clothes will probably, go into your clothes folder, not your outfit folder
  • It will be a subfolder with the name of the avatar-outfit 
  • The subfolder will hold all the clothes and body parts needed for the avatar-outfit.
  • You put it on by dragging it from your inventory onto your avatar-outfit.
A few places to find outfits, free and for sale.
Right-click on your avatar: menu: Edit my outfit 
This option lets you select body parts and attachments. Here you can also modify body parts like skin color.

Right-click on your avatar: menu: Edit my shape
Use this to change your body shape: Be shorter, taller, thinner, fatter,etc
You will get a window with various controls on your body and body parts. Try moving the controls and see what they do to your appearance.
To save your current outfit
You save an outfit you want to keep by a click on the Save As button on the outfit window.  Be sure to use a name you can recognize later. 

Fancy appearance has its costs.  Avatar draw weight and lag
Problems My avatar doesn't look right
You can wear any object you own full perm
Wear objects/edit them 
Linden help:  Knowledge Base--Editing your appearance
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