Monthly Archives: November 2019

Making an alpha texture? Yes you can!

Among all the Bakes on Mesh hype, we have realised that over the last few years one single important thing has been forgotten when SL’s talented creators have been making new mesh clothing – alpha layers. Alpha layers are now foundational to how we wear clothing in SL, as they were a mere 5 years ago, and for some, they always have been. Alpha layers allow us to arbitrarily hide parts of our Bakes on Mesh enabled bodies (Disclaimer – the body MUST be set-up correctly in order for alpha layers to work).

In Slink’s case, this is the recently updated Redux system. Anything Redux will automatically accept alpha layers, and provided they have a blur applied to them before exporting, you can use the cool alpha mask sliders to move the edges. Alpha layers are much simpler and more versatile to use than alpha cut zone HUD’s ever were. They are fast, they require no extra scripting in the body, and require nobody to setup an auto-alpha script before they sell their items. They are not prone to glitching and won’t accidentally turn off or on parts of your body when you don’t want them to! And – almost ANYONE can make one with a few clicks and a few $L. Of course, an alpha made specifically for the clothing by the creator is ideal, but not required when we can learn how to make them ourselves! 🙂

To this end, I have made 2 tutorials for making alpha textures for use in Second Life. The first is for Photoshop, which is my image editing program of choice and I know exactly what I am doing in there.

The second is for G.I.M.P. which stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program and I have exactly 30 minutes experience in at the time of publishing this video! It is however very interesting and much improved from the last time I looked at it several years ago and I think I will try and learn it in a bit more depth. G.I.M.P has one big, big advantage over Photoshop. It is open source – which for most means absolutely free and always will be absolutely free. Definitely worth checking out if you want to get into creating! Download G.I.M.P. HERE.

I apologise for the audio quality – it’s not as good as I’d like. Clearly I need to hook up my proper mic for the next one 😀

♥ Sidd

New Extra Long Nails @ Slink

4 new styles of addon nails in the Slink store today! Get your extra, extra, EXXXXTRA long nails on! They come in Square, Ballerina, Oval and Stiletto and each set has 3 lengths from long to super extra how-does-one-use-the-bathroom long!

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Slink Addon Nails XL Ballerina

Compatible with Slink Dynamic Redux and Classic Female hands (both separate hands and bundles). Disable your built in nails via the Physique Utilities HUD or the Hands and Feet Utilities HUD before wearing these nails.

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Slink Addon Nails XL Oval

You can use any Slink or Omega nail applier, and you can select separate nails via either Utilities HUD for different polishes just as if they were always part of the hands!

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Slink Addon Nails XL Square

You will find these in the female body section, underneath the main Dynamic Hands vendor.

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