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Multi-purpose post! SF Design’s November freebie, dollarbie capris, plus a shoe-colouring tutorial

Phew! Talk about cramming stuff into one post! OK, let’s begin with the clothing first.

SF Design has a new freebie out for November: the snuggly-warm Cable Knit Sweater and Scarf in a lovely autumnal green. There is a free version in both the ladies and gents sections of the store, so boys don’t forget to pick up one for yourself!

Mar has teamed that sweater with a great dollarbie bargain from SL Marketplace: Double F’s Capris and Capri Shorts in Midnight. You’ll get two lengths in the pack: classic capris, and shorts.

Finally, Mar’s shoes are from the free Monochrome Classic Pumps set, by Plausible Body. She’s actually wearing the white pair here, but has used a nifty little freeware program to help her colour-match them exactly to the SF Design sweater. Hop behind the cut to see how to do that!

Once you’ve unpacked the pumps set, you’ll have several further boxes to unpack. The ones you want are labelled Grey +90. These are actually white. They contain options for both the old SL viewer (which requires invisiprims) and the new Viewer 2 (which uses an alpha layer).

Put the shoes on and wear whatever it is you want to match them to. Then head to this website and download the free little GetColor! program (I’m afraid it’s a Windows-only program, but I’m pretty sure there’s a freeware colourpicker for Mac out there somewhere). Once you’ve installed it, open it up and tab back to Second Life (GetColor! will remain on top of whatever screen you have open, until you actually close it). Although the program screencap there says ‘XP’ I’ve successfully used it on XP, Vista and Windows 7, so it should run on whichever of those operating systems you use.

Click and hold the little eyedropper icon (circled in red), and drag it onto a piece of the clothing you want to match. As you move it around, you’ll notice the big block of colour will change. Once you have a colour you like, let go of the mouse button.

Edit your shoes. If you’re wearing the Viewer 2 shoes then you’ll be able to edit both shoe and heel at the same time. If you’re using the old viewer shoes with invisiprims, then you’ll need to Edit Linked Parts and move those invisiprims out of the way so you can reach the heel. Don’t move them too far; just enough that you can access the heel! (Once you’ve coloured the heel, select each invisiprim individually, make sure you have the Position radio button checked instead of the Texture button, then hit CTRL+Z to push the invisiprim back where it originally was.) Click the Select Texture radio button and click both the shoe and the heel.

Click the Texture tab on the edit window, and then click the Color box. In the top three values (Red, Green, Blue) enter the numbers (circled in red) from your GetColor! window in the order that they appear there:

Click the Select button on the shoes’ colour picker, and hey presto! Your shoes will now match your clothing :)

November 13, 2010 - Posted by | dollarbies, freebies, second life, shoes, tutorials

3 Comments »

  1. Another way to match the shoes inworld is Advanced > IU > Show color under cursor. You get the 3 numbers to put in the texture color box then. I find it hard to tweak the colors when an object is selected in edit, so I click and hold on one of the position arrows which removes the selection highlighting and allows me to see the color I’ve applied. The benefit of GetColor is of course that you can have the program sitting on top of the sweater and can then get a more exact match. BTW I’m getting the capris now. :-)

    Comment by AK | November 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Yep, that’s another way, although I find with that one I need a pen and paper handy (or at least to be in a static pose) to write down the numbers, because the second I let go of the mouse the colour changes. Also, with GetColor! you can see a big block of whatever colour you’ve picked, whereas with the SL viewer’s version you can’t see it until you apply the colour.

      They’re great capris. I was so happy to find those, as everyone needs good capris :)

      Comment by Mar | November 13, 2010 | Reply

      • I got a pair of shoes from a new store, and the skin hud is a nightmare IMO…it just consists of a ball that you have to color in. This GetColor! program is helping me get RGB numbers that I can work with.

        Comment by AK | November 19, 2010


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