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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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New Male Head, Ears and a gift @ Slink!

It’s been so long since I’ve been able to release NEW things that I hardly know what to do with myself!

This week we have a new man at Slink – Finn. A gorgeous chap with a strong nose and brooding brows.

Slink Finn Poster

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I have also created a new set of ear augments especially for Visage. They are cute little round ears that stick out from your head more than the default ears do, and they have little round lobes! Both male and female compatible versions are available in the same pack.

Slink Round Ear Poster

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I have also put out a little Halloween freebie this year as well 🙂 Monster teeth and ears! Simply wear with your Visage head and they will line up and act as if they were meant to be there… always… Available now for $0L for everyone!

TAXI TO SLINK MAINSTORE

A little update of Redux

The Slink Redux Body system will now accept materials appliers from any Slink compatible layer applier. Previously it was restricted to skin appliers only but opening up the materials from other layers gives even more options for customisation than before. You can wear your slinky shiny catsuit system layer with it’s custom materials applier for even more shine. Appliers for things like wet skin effects that are set to the tattoo layer that can now be used on the Redux system.

There are no separate layers on Redux so whichever materials applier you use is the one you will see.

This update is now in the servers so visit a redelivery terminal and request a new copy of your purchases!

Please ensure you have Advanced Lighting on, or you will not be able to see these effects on your body.

Note – this system ONLY affects materials, not textures. Redux does not require texture appliers, it uses system layers for textures.

WetLook

GLOSSARY:

  • Bakes on Mesh – A checkbox applied to mesh objects that allows them to display the merged texture worn on the system avatar. Hides the system avatar when enabled
  • Slink Redux – The Slink brand to indicate the Bakes on Mesh compatible version of the Slink Physique, Avatar Enhancement and Visage body parts.
  • Texture – the file that shows the colour of your mesh object ie: the skin you can see in the image above. A Bakes on Mesh object uses System Layers (skins, tattoos, undershirt, underpants, socks, pants, shirts etc) to display textures.
  • Materials – special texture files that display non colour information – ie: the shiny droplets you can see in the image above. These are commonly referred to as Shine/Sheen/Bump/Normal/Materials and are applied to the body using an applier HUD.
  • Applier HUD – an object made from prims and scripts that is programmed to send a Unique ID number from itself to a script listening in the body, via a mouse click/button press. This tells the body what item to display and where. Not necessary for Redux, unless you want to change nail polish, or add materials to your body.

 

Slink Redux Body complexity questions

Avatar complexity is a hot topic in SL circles at the moment, with Bakes on Mesh giving us the opportunity to drastically reduce our complexity by removing scripts, applier textures and onion layers from our mesh body bits! Here at Slink, the rendering cost of our bodies is an important issue, as the lower we can make it, the more our customers can do with their avatars without worrying about pushing their complexity way up simply by wearing our body bits. Higher complexity avatars make SL more challenging for everyone.

To that end, we work very hard to optimise, reduce and rethink when we have the opportunity to, and Bakes on Mesh gave us that chance. This is why we didn’t simply add a Bakes on Mesh flag to our existing body parts, and instead spent a very long time making sure this version was as streamlined and efficient as possible, without compromising on the actual look, functionality and usability of the system. It is also why we won’t be adding alpha cuts back into the Redux system and instead ask wearers to use alpha layers.

I would like to present the avatar complexity cost as calculated by the Second Life Official viewer for all of the Slink Redux body updates. I also put on one of our new heads for good measure!

BASIC SYSTEM AVATAR

System

1: The system body. I am wearing a couple of HUDs but no body attachments. Base complexity is 2000

SLINK REDUX ORIGINAL BODY

Orig

2: The Slink Redux ORIGINAL Physique body. This body alone adds 2608 complexity to the base 2000.

SLINK REDUX ORIGINAL BUNDLE

Orig Bundle

3: The Slink Redux ORIGINAL Physique BUNDLE. This bundle includes 5 sets of feet and hands, plus animations, and adds 4270 to the base 2000 complexity

SLINK REDUX HOURGLASS BODY

HG

4: The Slink Redux HOURGLASS Physique body. This body alone adds 2862 complexity to the base 2000.

SLINK REDUX HOURGLASS BUNDLE

HG Bundle

5: The Slink Redux HOURGLASS Physique BUNDLE. This bundle includes 5 sets of feet and hands, plus animations, and adds 4398 to the base 2000 complexity

SLINK REDUX HOURGLASS BODY PLUS HANDS

HG Body hands

6: The Slink Redux HOURGLASS body plus left and right dynamic hands attachments. This adds more mesh geometry, more faces and more scripts. This set adds 5732 to the base 2000 complexity

SLINK REDUX HOURGLASS BODY PLUS HANDS & FEET

hg body hands and feet

7: The Slink Redux HOURGLASS body plus left and right dynamic hands attachments and the deluxe feet attachment. This adds even more mesh geometry, more faces and yet more scripts. This set adds 7702 to the base 2000 complexity

SLINK REDUX HOURGLASS BODY PLUS HANDS, FEET AND HEAD

head HG hands feet

7: The Slink Redux HOURGLASS body plus left and right dynamic hands attachments and the deluxe feet attachment PLUS one of the new Slink Visage heads – Amelia. This full set adds 10351 to the base 2000 complexity

SLINK REDUX HOURGLASS BUNDLE PLUS HEAD

Head HG Bundle

8: The ideal Slink body and head setup. Slink Redux HOURGLASS bundle, Slink Redux Amelia head. This full setup adds 7047 to the base 2000 complexity.

Final thoughts

The maximum complexity from a complete Slink body system including separate body, hands and feet, body and head is just over 12k.

Adding more layers to Redux does not affect complexity, which is the whole point of Bakes on Mesh. The new layer texture is baked into the layers underneath it, and then sent to the mesh body part so that the SL client can see it as one single texture.  Slink Redux (without materials) will always be rendering 3 1024 textures as head, torso and legs, as opposed to potentially upwards of 20 textures if all 4 layers are on and displaying 1024 textures on the previous version – the Physique Classic. With Redux, you can wear up to 60 or more layers without increasing your complexity by even a single digit.

If you have questions about this please feel free to message me inworld @ Siddean Munro, and I will be happy to answer them!

 

Updated and New Heads @ Slink

I am pleased to finally announce new heads @ Slink this week! These are the first heads we have released in 4 years, due to various technical limitations and other things needing our focus, but the recent Bakes on Mesh release in Second Life has significantly increased our available time for new content! So here they are, the first in what will hopefully be many, of the Slink Visage Redux Range. More details about these heads will follow the pictures below.

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Slink Emma Poster

First up we have Emma. Emma is an update to the original Emma released a few years ago. She is fully Bento ready and uses Bakes on Mesh for skins and makeup. If you previously purchased Emma, you will find this update in the redelivery terminals.

Slink Becky Poster

Next up is cute little Becky. Like Emma, she is an update to the previous version of Becky, and also available in the redelivery terminals.

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Slink Jacquie Poster

Sweet Jacquie is new to the Visage range. She is a soft, youthful face with a slightly melancholy lilt about her eyes. Of course she is fully Bento animated and you can adjust her shape with your face sliders. She uses Bakes on Mesh for her textures.

Slink Amelia Poster

Gorgeous Amelia is up next. She is a more angular face with strong cheekbones and square jaw. Again, Amelia is fully Bento and Bakes on Mesh compatible.

Slink Ashlynn Poster

Last but not least in the female faces is Ashlynn. Ashlynn has a beautiful aquiline nose and strong jaw. She is probably my favourite of all the ladies!

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Slink Anderson Poster

And not to leave out the men, we have Anderson. You could cut glass with those cheekbones!

Hud Snapshot

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All Slink Visage heads are fully seamless with Slink Physique bodies. Just wear and go! Full working demos are available! Please try before you buy 🙂

The Visage Utilities HUD has been redesigned along the same theme as the Physique Utilities HUD for the Redux system. On the HUD you will find options for eyelashes, tinting panels for lashes, HD Lipgloss, skin and specular, as well as our animation system.

The animations include an idle that can run all the time in the background, a series of static poses for photography purposes, and a series of chat emotes. You can see what the chat emotes are and how they work by clicking the ? next to “emotes on” to bring up the emotes help panel.

Each pack comes with skins, brows and shapes for you to get started with.

These heads do not come with mesh eyes. You can use your system eyes, or use your own mesh eyes if you choose.

You must remove your full head alpha layer in order to see the Visage Redux heads properly.

Please note – these heads do NOT use appliers for skin, only system layers. Materials (bump and shine) are still handled by appliers and both Slink and Omega appliers will work for this. If using Omega, wear the included Omega Bridge and install the Slink Omega kit from the Omega marketplace store.

 

Slink @ Skin Fair 2018

Big update for you today! Lots of things have been happening at Slink while we’ve been so quiet 🙂 We have been working hard to release an update to the Physique Female bodies, as well as the Physique Female HUD. Alongside this, we have a cool new body augment exclusively at Skin Fair 2018!

First – the new release!

Slink - Petite Pack Augment

This Augment is specially designed for the less endowed among us. It reduces the overall size of the breasts on the Physique bodies, and allows them to be reduced to almost flat, should that be what you desire! There is one that is perfectly compatible with Physique Original, and one that is perfectly compatible with Physique Hourglass. When you wear one of these augments with your body, it will cause the chest of your body to disappear, and then it will act as if it was always there, listening to the commands of the Physique female HUD, and all existing and new appliers for both Slink and Omega. (you will have to wear your Omega HUD to activate it)

When the augment is detached, the body goes back to it’s regular state.

The Petite Augment is available at Skin Fair 2018. It will be available at Slink once Skin Fair ends.

Now onto the update:

The Petite augment required an update to the Physique female bodies, to allow it to do what it needs to do, so you need to ensure that you are wearing Original 3.05 or higher, Hourglass 2.05 or higher, and the Physique Utilities HUD 4.0 or higher.
Wearing the petite augment with earlier versions of the body and HUD will result in errors and it won’t work properly.

You can get the updates from the redelivery terminals in the store.

What has been updated today?

  • Slink Physique Hourglass and Original Body
    • Fixed a glitch on the left arm tattoo layer
    • Tweaked a few seams here and there.
    • Updated the scripts inside to make compatible with Petite Augment
    • Updated the Physique Utilities HUD to:
      •  Add a tab to control your hands and feet including the Deluxe feet and Dynamic Hands. So now you can do all that from one HUD rather than wearing the Hands and Feet Utilities HUD along with your Physique HUD.
      • Reorganise the tabs so they are put away above your screen, rather than to the left of the screen. This means you can put the red S anywhere at the top of your screen instead of just at the top left corner
      • Reset the default glossiness setting to 75 instead of 51 when applying the skin sheen. The effect is still subtle, but hopefully a little less subtle than before 🙂
HUD Hands and Feet

The new Hands and Feet control tab on the Physique HUD

 

  • Slink Avatar Enhancement Single and Deluxe Feet
    • Fixed a glitch on the tattoo layer of the Pointe feet
    • Updated the scripts to allow the feet and ankles to be individually turned off and on – applies to both Deluxe and Single feet
    • Updated the Hands and Feet Utilities HUD to include buttons to toggle on and off Hands, and Feet.

What’s next for Slink?

In our hurry to get the update done for skin fair, a few things were pushed down in our to-do lists. The next things on the list are updating the creator kits for these new augments, and updating the Mens Physique HUD to integrate the Hands and Feet control.

As for what happens after that? Don’t lose your heads! 😉

 

The Slink Texture Studio – for Creators!

I have just released the Slink Texture Studio. This will help creators to test their applier textures before they are even uploaded! You can pick the Studio up by grabbing a personal HUD (FREE) from the Slink Mainstore, or free from the vendor you see below, or if you have previously been approved for a Skinmakers or Clothiers (includes tattoos and nails) applier kit, you can simply request a redelivery at the redelivery terminal and the Texture Studio is included within those bags! The studio includes 2 female and one male toolkit, and all the bits you need to test out your textures. It also assists you to create your Slink Applier HUD data notecards! Enjoy 🙂

Texture Studio for Creators

A video tutorial for using the Studio can be found here: https://youtu.be/PL_rE-WcG5Y  The video does contain Barbie doll nudity, so view at your own discretion.

Update – Slink Physique hotfixes!

We had a great response to our update just before Christmas, and some wonderful feedback, thank you very much to those that got back to us with comments!

BODY UPDATES

This was an epic project that we undertook over several months of pretty intense work, and, as with anything on this scale, there are bound to be a few little issues that don’t come up until it’s released to the wild, and people start using it for real. That said, this release went very smoothly, with very few issues, and because we don’t like to leave these things too long, we have today released an update with a couple of fixes and a couple of changes based on the feedback we received!

It is currently in the redelivery terminals, and you can get your update right now! Here is what has changed!

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  • updated a script to prevent a potential crash when using the Slink Personal applier HUDs
  • Added some help panels to the HUD layout to assist with screen positioning.
  • Moved HUD to top left attachment point to assist with screen positioning. Editing handles should also be over the S icon, rather than offscreen.
  • [female bodies only] Added a magnification section to the Alpha tab to assist with selecting the smaller areas in the chest and back
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the skin layer not to ignore alpha channels in skin textures, resulting in lighting and texture layer glitches
  • [female original body only] Fixed an issue that was causing the tattoo and stocking layers on the lower legs to clip with the skin layer

CREATORS KIT UPDATES!

We have put updated creator kit bags into the redelivery terminals, adding a few logos here and updating a couple of notecards there but most importantly, we have added 2 new features:

If you previously have a resellers kit/shoe sellers kit, the auto hide and foot switcher scripts will be in those kits when using redelivery to resend yourself those kits.

Auto Alpha scripts for creators, so you can make your own mesh creations turn off parts of the Slink bodies when worn

and

Foot switcher scripts for shoe creators! You can now put one simple script in your shoes to tell the Deluxe feet which height foot they should be!! Your customers don’t need to worry about switching via the Deluxe HUD, the feet will automatically set themselves correctly 🙂 (Only for the Slink Avatar Enhancement Deluxe Feet)

For current approved mesh creators, you can request the above as a mesh creators add on kit. Please contact Slink Resident to get your name added to the system! New approvals will receive it when their kits are sent.

(Texture tester mannequins and new 3d files will be coming in the new year!)

New feet, and a big body parts update at Slink!

PLEASE NOTE: All of the single feet are available in the store, and FREE updates to V3 for the seamless ankles, redesigned easy to use Single Set Hands and Feet HUD, built in ankle locker and PHYS size buttons are in the Redelivery terminals.

Both female bodies (Original and Hourglass) have also been updated for free, as have all of the female single hands and all 4 hand packs.

You can get your updates from the redelivery terminals, or contact Slink Resident.

And now…. What is NEW in this release?

  • Warning: Long post, lots of pictures!! Heaps of information!

Today I am releasing the newest sets of feet in the Slink Female Avatar Enhancement range.
Slink Mainstore Teleport

These new feet are Kitten, for all your vintage needs, and Pointe for the dancers among us.

WHY NOW?􀀂

The last time Slink released feet was nearly 3 years ago, with the release of the High style at Shoetopia. For a long time, the feet have only been available as 3 separate purchases, due to the fact that they were released at very different times.

WHY THESE 2 STYLES?

I have had many requests for both of these styles over the last few years. Slink customers wanted a set of feet that was a height between the Flat and the Mid feet, and I’ve often been asked for the Pointe feet for dancers, roleplayers, and photography.

WHAT IS THE DELUXE PACK?

In the new DELUXE PACK, we have combined all 5 sets of feet (3 original and 2 new) into one attachment, and created a HUD for easy selection of the feet style that you need with the click of a button. You can mix and match, and turn them off as needed!

The Deluxe Pack is not an update, it is a new product, available now for the first time.

Feet Deluxe Ven small

 

WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT ALREADY OWN FEET?􀀃

We want everyone who already owns one or more pairs of the single feet to be rewarded for their support, but unfortunately our technology doesn’t realistically allow us to extend a loyalty discount exclusively to current feet owners…

So, we have decided to release the single Kitten and Pointe feet at the usual price of $675L each, but for the first 2 weeks after release (3rd April to 16th April) the Deluxe Pack of all 5 feet with improved HUD will be priced at just $1350L, which is equal to just 2 of the single feet! Think of it as buying the Pointe and Kitten styles, and getting the original 3 styles and the very cool Deluxe HUD features as a bonus!

Slink Hands and Feet Utils HUD Feet Tab Guide

After the special offer period, the price of the pack will be increased. This pack will never be this price again, so get in and get it while it’s hot!!

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What else is in this update?

  • All of the female feet have been updated to have a seamless join with the Female Physique original and Hourglass bodies.
  • There is now a built in ankle lock in the Utilities HUD, so no one has any excuse for broken ankles!!
  • The Hands and Feet Utilities HUD has been made over, hands and feet are now on separate tabs for ease of use, and there is a handy infographic included.

Slink Hands and Feet Utils HUD Hands Tab Guide

  • There is now a PHYS button on the hands and feet tabs, which will activate the ankle and wrist best suited for your Physique Original and Hourglass bodies.
  • Because of this, both of the bodies also needed to be updated at the same time. You will find them in the re-delivery terminal. If you want truly seamless ankles, you must update your Physique body.
  • All of the (female) hands, feet and bodies have had a very small update to the latest Omega Script.

Female Hands Large

  • The Ballet Slipper style Margot has had a little facelift, and now works with all 5 styles of feet! Margot cleverly listens to the Deluxe feet HUD, to change when you change your feet, and there is also a Mini HUD available for those with single feet, that allows you to match your Margot to your style of feet with the click of a button! It’s pretty cool 🙂 If you previously bought Margot, you will find the update in the redelivery terminal!

 

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