Category Archives: SLink New Releases

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!

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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.

 

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!

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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 @ Uber Summer Lovin’

Slink is a guest of the lovely Sissy Pessoa of Baiastice at this month’s round of UBER. The theme is Summer Lovin’ so while shivering in the Australian winter, I made this sexy little strappy Bikini for you!

Athena is available now in 16 colours and 6 multipack extra patterns to match with Baiastices’s Olympia gladiator heels which Sissy has also released this month. She is made exclusively for the Slink Physique Original and Hourglass bodies, and their Petite Augments.

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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! 😉

 

Slink @ Shoetopia 2017

I am excited to be participating again in this round of Shoetopia, this time as a sponsor alongside some great SL cobblers! Shoes are my first love, before body parts, before hair, before anything else, there were always shoes. Making these was like immersing myself in a warm, scented bath, comfortable and soothing and something I really should be doing more often!

For this round, I present the Bond Girls – Tatiana, Natalya and Xenia!

Slink - Tatiana - Fatpack (1)

Tatiana is a sweet, sexy kitten heel style with a strappy flair around the ankle. She is perfect for these late summer and autumn days when the air is still warm with a hint of freshness. Or, for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, as the days are starting to really heat up, Tatiana is perfect for keeping cool in comfort and style!

Slink - Natalya - Fatpack

Natalya is your quintessential “boardroom to bedroom” style of heel. High enough to be extremely sexy, not too high to wear all day. Natalya is as at home in a power suit as she is in a little black dress. In perfect suede with a metal accent on the heel, Natalya is a very versatile style for every woman.Xenia - Fatpack Options

Xenia is the primadonna of shoes. She is all flair and flounce and definitely not in the “sensible shoe” category. At a height not for the faint of heart, with a bold decorative t-bar, Xenia is a real head turner.

We at Slink have spent the last few weeks re-imagining our HUD, and have come up with a very neat system that gives us a lot of versatility, and in turn gives you a lot of versatility! Each of these beauties in the single colour variant comes with a HUD that allows you to select your sole and metal options where they apply, and the Multipack variant comes with a HUD that allows you to select all sorts of options! You can mix and match to your hearts content with the Multipacks.

Here is a little video I made of the HUD in action!

All three of these ladies will be available in the upcoming round of Shoetopia, starting on September 25th and running through to October the 9th. Taxi 

Dynamic for Men – now available at Slink!

Guys, it’s your turn! The Slink Dynamic Hands for men are now available in the Slink Mainstore! Don’t forget, if you previously bought the static mesh hands, you are entitled to an update to the Bento Enabled hands! More information below.. read on!

Dynamic hands vendor MALE

About the Dynamic Hands for Men!

This release is for the guys! The new Slink Dynamic Hands – Male are now available for purchase in the Slink Mainstore!!

As with the female hands, for people who already own the Slink Avatar Enhancement Mesh Hands, these are an UPDATE!! Details about the update are below.

These hands are made to be similar to the popular Avatar Enhancement static pose hands, but with the added benefit of being able to animate them! They work with all of your Slink and Omega skin, clothing and nail appliers, and they now respond to the glossy, environment and mask sliders on the Physique body Utilities HUD.

The Stiletto nails option is now its own addon (included with the hands!). This lets me offer 3 different nail lengths for that style as well as the original.

The nicest thing about animated hands is that they will work with animations from Slink, or anyone who makes animations for the updated skeleton. You will need an updated viewer to see these hands properly.

Also available in the store now is the second set of base static poses. This set is representative of the original static set for men that we have had available for the last couple of years. The extra nice thing about these new hands is that you can now wear any of the available pose HUDs and they will work, on both male and female Dynamic Hands!

Update details – or who gets what?

  • If you previously purchased the Multipack of the Slink Avatar Enhancement female mesh hands, you will receive the new Dynamic Hands, the included idle animations, which give your hands a subtle lifelike movement, the Stiletto Nails addon and HUD, and the complete pose HUD (set 2), containing the 15 poses from the original AvEnhance Male hands.
  • If you purchased the smaller packs 1, 2 or 3, you will receive the hands, the Stiletto Nails addon and HUD, the idle animations and a pose HUD loaded with the 5 poses from the pack you already own.
  • If you purchased one or more of the single hand sets, you will receive the Dynamic hands, the Stiletto Nails addon and HUD, and a pose HUD loaded with the single poses from the pack you already own. You will be able to purchase the idle animations separately in the store. If you purchased more than one base static pose previously, you will be able to add the extra poses to one single copy of the pose HUD. Instructions for doing this are in the pack 🙂  You will also be able to purchase the full static pose HUD sets in the Slink store!

You can now go to Slink, hit up the redelivery terminal and get your updated hands by simply requesting another copy of your hands purchases. The new hands are inside!

If your purchase is not in the redelivery terminal, contact Slink Resident inworld to fix it. 🙂

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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