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Kaia Sachin

Shadows and white areas on mesh heads

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When I try out skins on various mesh heads they do not look like the creator's photo. When viewed in Midday lighting, there are white areas under the eyes, on the nose, above the mouth and on the chin, dark shadows under the eyes, etc. that makes it look less realistic and less warm toned than the photo. Is there any way to fix this? I am not sure what I may be doing wrong. I am using the provided shape.

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Β Β  At the midday WL, the sun's light comes from above you. The vendor's picture is most likely shot in a studio setting with a 3-point lighting setup.

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Β Β  A bit like this:

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3 minutes ago, Kaia Sachin said:

Thank you so much! But then everyone else will still see me looking like that lolΒ 

Β Β  You can never really control how other people perceive your avatar in SL. Your avatar might look excellent in your viewer, with your settings and your WL and advanced lighting model - of you're unlucky, to others you might just look something like this:

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lol very true. I appreciate everyone's help and feedback!

2 hours ago, Eva Knoller said:

From my experience a lot of people do not use midday as their default. I never do.Β 

Do most people use special windlights? I have been in SL for almost 10 years and only use sunset and midday lol. Still so much to learn!

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I use "Nam's Optimum Skin and Prim" almost all the time. It's one of the defaults in Firestorm but if you don't have it you can make something similar in the Environment Settings menu by altering the Sun/Moon light (turn it way down dark) and Ambient Light (turn it way up high). This will eliminate those ugly shadows on all avatars, not just your own.

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1 hour ago, Kaia Sachin said:

lol very true. I appreciate everyone's help and feedback!

Do most people use special windlights? I have been in SL for almost 10 years and only use sunset and midday lol. Still so much to learn!

Like Matty I use Nam’s Optimum, or another one Β I am blanking onΒ right now,Β as my defaults. For photos I play around with all of them until IΒ find one that matches the mood I’m going for.

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