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Hi all, I'm having an issue here that I'm hoping someone has seen before and knows a fix for. I've got a Catwa Daniel head on a Signature Gianni body using a Birth skin on both.  Everything looks great, no visible issues at all until i applied a Letis Evolution tattoo which goes up the back of the neck and now the seam between head and body is very obvious.

I've done a few web searches and tried everything i can think of but no love.  Anyone seen this before and/or know how I can resolve it?  Thanks in advance.

 

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Catwa CSR here. If you're wearing the SL Neck (may also be called 'New Neck' depending on when you last updated) version of the Gianni body then try the Default Neck version. I can see a tiny hairline gap at your nape which indicates you may be wearing the SL/New Neck version of the body. SL/New neck is only for head brand ranges such as Lelutka's Evolution and Catwa's upcoming HDPRO, which have the new 'universal' neck fit.

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Hi Skell, thanks for responding.  I follow your blog, great stuff and one of the places I checked before posting here.  

I was wearing the SL Neck (Gianni v5.0) but unfortunately switching to the Default Neck looks more noticable to me.  I tried clearing the head & body layers and reapplying, same result.  Everything I'm wearing is BOM but for one alpha to hide my system eyes.

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Then it could be an issue with the applier. If you've made the switch to Bakes on Mesh, try the tattoo layer version of it. It looks as if the applier doesn't meet correctly at the nape. It's difficult to see whether those little 'white dots' are missing pieces of texture or a tiny sliver of a gap between head and body (which shouldn't be there at all). Do you notice them at that location when you're not wearing the tattoo (on either version of the body)? If not, then it's definitely the tattoo, and I would recommend looking into making the switch to BoM - assuming your skin creator has BoM versions available via redelivery - and trying the BoM tattoo version.

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No dots visible without the tattoo, but whether i add via the tattoo Catwa/Signature HUDs or add the BoM version of the entire tattoo it looks the same as in my first screenshot regardless of which neck I'm wearing (those lines may have just been a glitch on my end, not using the best computer right now).  

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2 hours ago, ShaleEdgerton said:

No dots visible without the tattoo, but whether i add via the tattoo Catwa/Signature HUDs or add the BoM version of the entire tattoo it looks the same as in my first screenshot regardless of which neck I'm wearing (those lines may have just been a glitch on my end, not using the best computer right now).  

If the dots disappear when you remove the tattoo, it means that the tattoo-maker has not made the tattoo correctly, and they have left some empty non-black pixels where the head and upper body templates meet.

If you know how to use a graphics program such as Photoshop or GIMP, you could make a tiny black tattoo to wear over the one you bought, to cover up the faulty area.

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Apologies if I wasn't clear in my last response, the dots don't appear now at all.  Likely an issue with my attempting to view from a laptop instead of my gaming machine.  Unfortunately the distortion is still there after applying using both methods mentioned above.  The store had a model on which the tattoo looked as it should, I'm going to swing by there in a bit and see if I can determine what he's wearing (I'm guessing both Signature head and body, but I want to confirm).  Thanks for the suggestion though, Lewis.

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Here's another thought - are you testing this/taking the photos at high altitude? This can sometimes cause slight distortion in the mesh, and can cause gaps to appear where they shouldn't. Legacy bodies are the worst for this but it's possible to happen with any body.

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1 hour ago, Lewis Luminos said:

Here's another thought - are you testing this/taking the photos at high altitude? This can sometimes cause slight distortion in the mesh, and can cause gaps to appear where they shouldn't. Legacy bodies are the worst for this but it's possible to happen with any body.

I've read that too, and I wish it were that easy.  Sadly, that's not the case

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Just to provide an update, upon further review from my better machine the issue appears to be, at least in part, with the tattoo itself as there is a visible break across the shoulder line I hadn't noticed before.  The issue with the break at the neck may be separate from this, but I've reached out to the creator for assistance.  Also, the in-store model showing the tattoo seamlessly is wearing a Signature Gianni body (default neck) with an [AK Deluxe] Head Clay Bento V.1.8 {Creator} [neck]. 

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Final update here, the creator at Letis Tattoo was extremely helpful, she sent me a new asymmetric tattoo and a day later sent a new fixed version of the one I purchased originally which looks amazing.  Since I bought it in-game instead of on the Marketplace (so can't leave a proper review), I wanted to give her the props she earned.  Thanks again to everyone here who jumped in to help.

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