OH my god! It’s so cold today. In RL I’m wearing what I think of as my ‘penniless writer’ outfit. It comprises pink fluffy slipper boots, socks, blue and black thermal leggings, a Ramones T-shirt, blue sweater, grey heavy-weight cardigan, a pink woolly hat and some fingerless gloves. Yuh, sexy.
I want to talk to you about Bakes on Mesh. This is not a ‘how to’ post per se, but it is going to help you if you’ve not yet embraced BoM. I hope!
If you are a pre 2011 avatar (that’s a loose timeline, but I hope roughly correct) you will remember wearing system clothes on your system body. We all came with the standard body we were ‘born’ with and adapted it using different skins and shapes. We then added clothing that was a layer laid over the top of our body skin, sometimes with prims or flexi-prims added for realism. So we’d put on a pair of skin tight trousers and add trouser bottom prims to make them look like they had cuffs. Or a belt. Or a dress with a flarey skirt – you get the idea I think.
There were various layers you could utilise – tattoo, underwear, top/pants, jacket.
If you were ‘born’ into the mesh era, you won’t recall any of that but will think that clothes always had a shape independent of your avatar but would fit onto your body. Originally mesh used to come in sizes and you had to choose the one that best fitted your avatar and alpha out the bits that stuck out (ah fitted mesh, boy was that a good day!).
Of course now we have mesh so well fitted to our mesh bodies that it’s almost like real life – so why would you want to go back to layers on your body? Right?
Well, no, and I’ve not finished yet either.
You can get appliers for your mesh body and head, such as tattoos and skins, make-ups and hair bases. All fabulous innovations but often restricted to the amount you can apply via your mesh body or head’s HUD. Saving such items can be a challenging task and knowing what they are when you see a tiny thumbnail in your HUD is another brain-ache.
How many times have you thought ‘Oh that lipstick – that great lipstick – what was it called? Who made it? Where the HELL did I put it?’ Yeah… me too.
Mesh heads for me meant that I almost gave up on using make-up entirely. I’d get my ‘base face’ on and that was mostly it. I found Catwa slightly more forgiving of playing with make-ups as there were a lot of save slots, but with using the Genus head now, I’m finding making changes undesirable. (No, I’m not a fan of the Genus head HUD… although the head itself is wonderful).
Another great innovation Linden Labs gave us ‘back in the day’ was the ability to save our outfits and name them whatever we wished. I tend to use descriptive words and so it works as an ‘aide memoire’ when trying to remember what I wore on a certain occasion, or an outfit saved for an occasion in the future.
However, because of mesh bodies, heads, HUDs etc. it’s not possible to see what make-ups, hairbases or tattoos you wore for that outfit in the outfit saved list. Unless you painstakingly add all the relevant HUDs to your screen before saving the outfit (done that a few times!).
As a blogger, it’s very important to be able to credit designers whose products you have used in a picture and ‘invisible’ items (as I came to think of them) often get left out.
I bring you back around to Bakes on Mesh now. Although many might be intimidated by the idea of setting up BoM on their body and head, I would urge you to do so. I’m not going to do a full ‘how to’ because so many already have and to great effect. Virtual Bloke has done a great ‘BoM for Dummies’ post which (while long) will answer the majority of questions you might have about how to actually get it working with your own setup.
The main point I will make is that you can only use BoM if you have the ability to apply your skin as a bake. That means that the skin you use must be available as a layer rather than an applier and your head and body must be either BoM ready or have a relay HUD. You can get the Omega relay HUD for your head and body on the Second Life Marketplace.
Then – OH BUT THEN – you can begin to simply right click and add make-up layers, tattoo layers, tights, socks, hairbases and – in my opinion best of all – you can save your outfit and see exactly what you were wearing.
And best of best of all, you can wear up to 62 layers!!! Yeah… oh the detail. As JuicyBomb pointed out, there will be many options available to both make-up designers and us users… the ability to add sheen or sparkle to an existing look, for example. Layering daytime looks to evening looks etc.
It took me a little patience (waiting for my body parts and skin to be updated) and then only about ten minutes to get set up inworld and now I’m free. I can add, view, remove, all without having to lug a HUD around! Join me ❤
Have you tried BoM yet? Let me know what you think in the comments, or feel free to ask questions – I’ll do my best to help xx
What ARE you wearing?
KoKoLoReS have a treat for you! A gift hair with wee tiny horns to make it perfect. They announce it thusly:
“It’s Hocus Pocus time again! From Oct 25th – Nov 9th, you can try to charm the Grumpy Ghoul – one time each day, by saying hocus pocus in local chat – try to be convincing!
If you are, he’ll give you the Sybylla hair for free, if not, you’ll have to try again next day – or buy the hair for 50L if you can’t wait.
Sybylla is an unrigged, resizable style and comes with little glittery horns growing right out of your head. There are four texture options for the horns, and they are tintable, too, like the hair is. Sybylla comes with 182 texture options.
Have fun and Happy Halloween!”
Aww, bless lovely Sisch, that sounds a fun game. Go get your freebie (or 24 hours of purgatory).
The Addams Cecilia lingerie refers to itself as a nightdress which is a misnomer, it’s a lace bodysuit, with an optional flower bra (not shown). It’s one of three lingerie releases sent out yesterday to bloggers and so I will no doubt be showing you more from that pack over the course of the next week.