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Saving your avatar's appearance with outfits


Jeremy Linden

 

You may save and load many different looks for your avatar by using outfits.  An outfit can include everything that makes up your avatar, including but not limited to your shape, skin, hair, clothing, and attachments.

You may access your current outfits by choosing Me > Appearance... from the top menu bar in the Second Life Viewer.  This opens the Appearance window, which allows you to browse, edit, and save outfits.

Saving an outfit

 You can easily save your current outfit by using the Appearance window:

  1. Customize your avatar's appearance to your liking.  For tips and helpful information about customizing your avatar, see Controlling your avatar's appearance.
  2. Once you've settled on a look, open the Appearance window by choosing Me > Appearance... from the top menu bar of the Second Life Viewer.
  3. Press the Save As button to save what you are currently wearing as a new outfit.
  4. Choose an appropriate name for your outfit and press the Ok button.

If you want to save changes to an existing outfit, you can click that outfit in the Outfit Gallery or My Outfits tab of the Appearance window to select it, then press the triangle next to the Save As button to reveal and click the Save option.

Re-using an item in multiple outfits

The items in an outfit are actually links to the items in your inventory rather than distinct copies.  In addition to reducing overall inventory clutter, this allows you to include no-copy clothing and attachments in many different outfits without having to purchase them more than once.

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The Outfit Gallery

For each outfit, you can select a thumbnail image to help you remember what that outfit looks like.  This can be incredibly helpful for Residents who like to maintain many different looks!  You can access the Outfit Gallery by choosing Me > Appearance... from the top menu bar of the Second Life Viewer and clicking the Outfit Gallery tab.

Every outfit in your inventory is shown in the Outfit Gallery; if you have not yet assigned a thumbnail image to an outfit, it is shown as a folder image with a clothing hanger on it.  There are three ways to assign a thumbnail image to one of your outfits:

Upload a photo

You can upload an image from your computer to be used as the thumbnail for an outfit.  The aspect ratio should be 1:1, such as a 256x256 pixel image.

  1. Open the Appearance window to the Outfit Gallery tab by choosing Me > Appearance... from the top menu bar of the Second Life Viewer.
  2. Right-click the outfit for which you'd like to upload an image and select Upload Photo (L$10).
  3. Choose an image file to upload from your computer.
  4. The file is uploaded to Second Life and automatically set as the thumbnail for your selected outfit.  You can also now access this image in the Textures folder of your Inventory window if you wish to use it again later.

Select a photo from your inventory

You can select a thumbnail image from your inventory in Second Life rather than uploading  or creating a new image.  This method is useful if you already have a good image of your outfit in your inventory and you'd like to avoid spending L$10 on uploading a new image or taking a snapshot.

  1. Open the Appearance window to the Outfit Gallery tab by choosing Me > Appearance... from the top menu bar.
  2. Right-click the outfit for which you'd like to select an image and choose Select Photo.
  3. Choose a saved texture or snapshot from the Select Photo window, which automatically opens to the Textures folder of your Second Life inventory, then click OK.
  4. The image is set as the thumbnail image for your selected outfit.

Take a snapshot

You can use the Outfit Gallery to take a specialized snapshot at the correct size and 1:1 aspect ratio for use as an outfit thumbnail.  

  1. Frame your avatar on the screen as you would like it to appear for the thumbnail image.
  2. Open the Appearance window to the Outfit Gallery tab by choosing Me > Appearance from the top menu bar.
  3. Right-click the outfit for which you'd like to take a snapshot, then choose Take a Snapshot.
  4. The Outfit Snapshot window opens, showing a preview of the snapshot image.  If you are unhappy with the way the image looks, you can re-frame the snapshot and press the Refresh button to recapture the preview.
  5. Press the Upload (L$10) button to upload your snapshot and set it as the thumbnail for your selected outfit.

For additional information and tips on using the snapshot tool in Second Life, see Taking inworld snapshots.

Wearing a saved outfit

You may either replace or add to your current outfit, depending upon both your current outfit and the outfit you'd like to wear.

Replacing your outfit

You may replace your current outfit, which means that all parts of your existing avatar are removed and replaced with the saved outfit. This is most useful when your outfit includes a complete set of body shapes, parts, and attachments that may not necessarily work with your current outfit, such as when changing from a human avatar to a creature avatar.

To completely remove your current outfit and replace it with one you have saved:

  1. Open the Appearance window by choosing Me > Appearance... from the top menu bar of the Second Life Viewer.
  2. On the Outfit Gallery or My Outfits tab of the Appearance window, right-click the name of the outfit you wish to wear and choose Wear - Replace Current Outfit to replace your current outfit.  

Adding to your outfit

You may add to your current outfit, which means that the contents of the saved outfit are added to your avatar without removing your previous outfit.  This is useful for adding specific clothing parts to your existing outfit, such as an overcoat that includes several avatar attachments.

To add an outfit to your current appearance without removing your current outfit:

  1. Open the Appearance window by choosing Me > Appearance... from the top menu bar of the Second Life Viewer.
  2. On the Outfit Gallery or My Outfits tab of the Appearance window, right-click the name of the outfit you wish to wear and choose Wear -  Add to Current Outfit.

 

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