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1 minute ago, Kyrah Abattoir said:

I'm more thinking about them just releasing a free update, "body X, BOM/light version, use the one you prefer!" with no mesh slices or onion skins.

So much more efficient in the draw call department.

Having a one-piece BoM body provided in addition to an non-BoM body in the same update would definitely be the best compromise in my opinion.

However that still creates a fairly significant issue.  Mesh clothing creators probably will not support both variants.  Mesh clothing creators usually make their items so that they stop on the seam of an alpha cut rather than in the middle of one for obvious reasons.  However there will be no such need for BoM mesh clothing to do this and currently the creator has to stay limited to the existing alpha cuts to stay compatible or provide two versions of the item.  Sadly, I predict that support for the non-BoM version will get dropped very quickly by the mesh clothing creators with increased flexibility of alpha cuts being a primary reason.

It is still desirable to have both though because it enables older clothing to be used whilst still being supported with updates.
This is especially so for people who bought their mesh body after the BoM change-over but who may still wish to buy older clothing.

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14 minutes ago, Gabriele Graves said:

MeshMesh  clothing creators probably will not support both variants.   Mesh clothing creators usually make their items so that they s t op on the seam of an alpha cut rather than in the middle of on e for obvious reasons. 

This is actually not very true.

From my experience, most mesh clothing either needs no sections to be hidden, or all of them (in cases of leggings, full-length pants, closed jackets, etc).

Whenever I run into clothing that does hide sections, the clothing doesn't stop on alpha seams. Only the sections that are totally covered by the clothes are hidden, anything halfway stays visible and this makes perfect sense, since you don't want holes to show up.

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Granted it may not be true in all cases but it is very common for female clothing items such as tops, skirts and dresses and for calf and thigh length boots as a small selective sample.

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Current alpha cuts can still be left in place as well as having BOM. Use the BOM alpha texture or if you wish set an alpha cut to transparent use a HUD.

Mesh designers don't actually have to remove the alpha HUD. All they have to do is just remove the Onion layers.

No need for it with BOM.

Although they might need an  extra layer for different materials that BOM cant handle. 

But my understanding is LL is looking at adding normal and specular maps to BOM at some future point.

 

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I thought that keeping the current alpha cuts would only work if the body was not all one-piece and that on a one-piece body the HUD approach would not work because there is no API for wearing a BoM alpha wearable?  Has this changed?

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32 minutes ago, Jolney Cheri said:

Current alpha cuts can still be left in place as well as having BOM. Use the BOM alpha texture or if you wish set an alpha cut to transparent use a HUD.

Mesh designers don't actually have to remove the alpha HUD. All they have to do is just remove the Onion layers.

No need for it with BOM.

Although they might need an  extra layer for different materials that BOM cant handle. 

But my understanding is LL is looking at adding normal and specular maps to BOM at some future point.

 

The reason alpha cuts on meshs are even needed is because otherwise it's impossible to hide a portion of a mesh avatar the same way you would with alpha layers on the classic avatar.

Using BoM with alpha mask would be a lot more flexible in this regard, and cost a lot less to render on screen.

My understanding is that BoM doesn't require scripts/appliers, all you need is for the content creator to provide their skins/makeup parts using the old classic avatar clothing layers, simply wearing them will cause the BoM texture on your mesh body to update with the new composition.

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Considering how many layers one can use with BoM, I don't foresee it really being an issue to combine standard alphas to get the desired result when wearing a piece of mesh clothing that doesn't have a provided alpha for the item. I remember back with standardized sizes, before mesh bodies, that you could buy sets of prepackaged alphas to use with your system body. Those are a viable choice once again with BoM. 

For those with even the smallest amount of experience with Gimp or Photoshop, creating a custom alpha is a fast and easy process. 

Like my momma always said, "Where there's a will, there's a way." 

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55 minutes ago, Kyrah Abattoir said:

The reason alpha cuts on meshs are even needed is because otherwise it's impossible to hide a portion of a mesh avatar the same way you would with alpha layers on the classic avatar.

Using BoM with alpha mask would be a lot more flexible in this regard, and cost a lot less to render on screen.

My understanding is that BoM doesn't require scripts/appliers, all you need is for the content creator to provide their skins/makeup parts using the old classic avatar clothing layers, simply wearing them will cause the BoM texture on your mesh body to update with the new composition.

Your right the idea of BOM is to remove the onion layers  and you don't need Alpha cuts or a HUD. With that the rendering costs come down.

But if some people want to use the HUD there is no reason why they cant.

That's all i am saying.

You have the Omega Applier that allows you to wear BOM textures on existing avatars.

Not everyone will be running to update their avatar for whatever reason.

Me i don't have alpha cuts on my avatar or onion layers, I Created my avatar for BOM. For now while BOM isn't officially released all i do is when i buy a new piece of clothing i create my own alpha for my skin texture (as i have a full perm skin texture). and then put it in with the folder of that item of clothing.

This is because i don't want to create an onion layered avatar.

As i made my avi for me i can wait for BOM to be released.

 

 

 

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I'm really hoping that creators will do a plain BoM body with no onion layers, and provide a separate onion layer for applier clothing that can be attached when needed.

As one who much prefers applier stockings to mesh stockings, I really want that separate layer so the toe area of my stockings and socks fit properly. There's no way I want to have my socks wrap around my toes as though it's my skin rather than a sock. I also use tank tops under many of my mesh shirts that have too low a v-cut and prefer that the fabric of the tank not mold to the skin between the breasts so again, I need an onion layer to accomplish my desired look.

I am really excited and looking forward to BoM, though I have to admit that many in my circle of friends have grave misgivings about how well the feature is going to be accepted, especially with the problem related to using their thousands of appliers that simply will not work with BoM. 

 

 

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I think that Mesh Creators will look at the issue very carefully:)

the one thing i would say it needs to be in two parts and only used  if you need it.

Say you get the mesh avatar and then a separate mesh layer. (for the clothing items you want to wear).

This way the avatar isn't wearing an onion layer when it doesn't need to.

For optimization.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Blush Bravin said:

Considering how many layers one can use with BoM, I don't foresee it really being an issue to combine standard alphas to get the desired result when wearing a piece of mesh clothing that doesn't have a provided alpha for the item. I remember back with standardized sizes, before mesh bodies, that you could buy sets of prepackaged alphas to use with your system body. Those are a viable choice once again with BoM. 

For those with even the smallest amount of experience with Gimp or Photoshop, creating a custom alpha is a fast and easy process. 

Like my momma always said, "Where there's a will, there's a way." 

Also, in order for a mesh body to use alphas it has to be set to alpha masking, and with a mesh the cutoff for the masking can be set per face from 0 to 255. If you use a gradient texture for the alpha wearable you can do things like having a skirt alpha that can go from ankle-length to mini-skirt length or anywhere in between by adjusting the cutoff.

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On 2/6/2019 at 5:23 AM, Fionalein said:

So you volunteer to paint the alphas for all the clothes? How noble!

Sounds like a business opportunity to me. :)

If a custom mesh body designer doesn't want to go through the effort of making their updated BoM bodies compatible with existing clothes by releasing alphas of all the individual parts of their onion skinned bodies then I can see someone making a nice business of selling alpha fat packs for those bodies.

It would probably take a day or two for a custom mesh body designer to create the alpha textures and upload them to SL if they don't already have them.   Most likely they already have them in one form or another.  If they already do have them it take a day at most to organize them and upload them.

My guess is most clothing designers will make their most current creations compatible with BoM by releasing an alpha update.  For clothing designers it take about 5 or 10 minutes to create an alpha for each of their clothes.

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17 minutes ago, Cathy Foil said:

Sounds like a business opportunity to me. :)

If a custom mesh body designer doesn't want to go through the effort of making their updated BoM bodies compatible with existing clothes by releasing alphas of all the individual parts of their onion skinned bodies then I can see someone making a nice business of selling alpha fat packs for those bodies.

It would probably take a day or two for a custom mesh body designer to create the alpha textures and upload them to SL if they don't already have them.   Most likely they already have them in one form or another.  If they already do have them it take a day at most to organize them and upload them.

My guess is most clothing designers will make their most current creations compatible with BoM by releasing an alpha update.  For clothing designers it take about 5 or 10 minutes to create an alpha for each of their clothes.

Funny enough this has already been a thing before.

I have a few folders of "alpha masks" made by generous creators to help SL users with their clothes.

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On 2/7/2019 at 10:34 PM, Kyrah Abattoir said:

Funny enough this has already been a thing before.

I have a few folders of "alpha masks" made by generous creators to help SL users with their clothes.

If we discuss what I think we discuss, all the mesh clothes made before mesh bodies, are still on the Marketplace with the alpha layers. Getting the free demos will give you the free alpha layer. They are not marked "demo".

I don't know how much an issue this will be. Many alpha cuts are rather similar, and it is an open question: How much of my old inventory will I use? How much work is it to get alpha layers for my favorites, do I need alpha layers for the minidress from 2012? Am I still using mesh clothes from the start of the mesh era?

Is using the alpha cut HUD for a mesh body so high cost to render?

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2 hours ago, Marianne Little said:

Is using the alpha cut HUD for a mesh body so high cost to render?

It's not that the HUD is so high cost, though it's not cheap, and there's really no reason to wear it when not in use. The real issue is that the body has to be cut up into smaller chunks in order to get all the cuts. 

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5 hours ago, Blush Bravin said:

It's not that the HUD is so high cost, though it's not cheap, and there's really no reason to wear it when not in use. The real issue is that the body has to be cut up into smaller chunks in order to get all the cuts. 

So each cut is adding to the cost? I see. Still, with the modern mesh weighted so well against bodies (at least female bodies), I think general alpha layers can be added to fix most issues.

In my experience, the times I had to use alpha cuts with the existing HUD, it is mainly around the waist, the butt and the legs. It is probably because the designer want a thinner waist or shape the butt and legs a bit different from the mesh body. Thin straps over the shoulders and hips (like a bikini) can not use cuts anyway. Deep cut cleavages has to fit well and not hide more than the nipples, because looking in from the side or top down will show the "gaps" created by alpha cuts.

Alpha layers for covering big areas like breasts down to hips, or pants, etc, should be pretty straightforward to make, or use existing.

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11 minutes ago, Marianne Little said:

So each cut is adding to the cost? I see. Still, with the modern mesh weighted so well against bodies (at least female bodies), I think general alpha layers can be added to fix most issues.

In my experience, the times I had to use alpha cuts with the existing HUD, it is mainly around the waist, the butt and the legs. It is probably because the designer want a thinner waist or shape the butt and legs a bit different from the mesh body. Thin straps over the shoulders and hips (like a bikini) can not use cuts anyway. Deep cut cleavages has to fit well and not hide more than the nipples, because looking in from the side or top down will show the "gaps" created by alpha cuts.

Alpha layers for covering big areas like breasts down to hips, or pants, etc, should be pretty straightforward to make, or use existing.

Nowadays, you can buy mesh clothing that fits so well, you really don't need alpha cuts that much. And yes, it's not going to be difficult at all to get alphas to use with BoM. You can find them even now on the MP. There are quite a few already there from pre-fitted mesh days. Also, I'm pretty sure once BoM is widely available, there will be more creators who take the opportunity to put out generic alpha packs.

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8 hours ago, Marianne Little said:

So each cut is adding to the cost? I see. Still, with the modern mesh weighted so well against bodies (at least female bodies), I think general alpha layers can be added to fix most issues.

From a rendering standpoint, each separate cut is a unique mesh.

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