Gabriele Graves

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  1. It doesn't matter to me what people are out there, as far as I am concerned they can be anything they want in here. That is the freaking point. I live by the mantra: "What happens in SL, stay...." well you know the rest.
  2. They may have set their AFK/Busy message to look like the message you get when they are offline too.
  3. I totally agree, I mean it can possibly only take minutes to create the classic versions and pop them in the box. If it were me, I would be as inclusive as possible where it didn't place a great burden to do so.
  4. I have to say, I am loving seeing all the peeps pictures *hugs thread*
  5. After about 6 years of living in the shadow of the massive quakes that hit us here in NZ, I can honestly say that I am over china. The main takeaway I learned was always use what you love as often as you can because tomorrow it can all be gone in an instant. Of course, when I say gone, I mean still there...on the floor, everywhere in billions of tiny pieces. *sighs*
  6. Hi Zena, Welcome back! A big wave to Aeble too! and...A welcome to Zennessa too, I saw those eyes peeking in 👀
  7. That is very good colour matching and I think it probably it comes down to each individual's tolerance for these things. When I had to use colour matching for my popular brand original skin with the Slink feet at the beginning, even though I used the recommend setting for colour matching, I was not happy with the visible join so it can be very variable.
  8. Many skin makers have already dropped providing new skins for classic avatars. At best they have their old classic skins in a back room. This is based shopping around on when I went to a mesh body and then again to a mesh head. The skins I took demos for or eventually bought only came with mesh appliers.
  9. I can see I am going to have to confiscate that camera
  10. Outrageous, I have always admired your style
  11. I have two hairs that I feel "define" my avatar and I wear most often but I am a very quirky person too and on a whim will change because I love the style or because I just want a change in look for a short time. Here is a case in point when I was posing at a club with my friend Soph, the hair is just something I wore because I loved it. I am the one singing in case it isn't obvious:
  12. Even now I sometimes buy mesh clothing that wasn't designed specifically for my mesh body. This usually means using the 5-sizes versions. As I am sure you already know, most stuff designed for particular mesh bodies are based on fitmesh and even though it is designed specifically for that body, it can not fit very well and/or rely too heavily on alphas to hide the parts of the body that poke through. In these circumstances changing your shape to fit the clothing (i.e. shrinking the bum, etc.) will not work as the clothing will changing with the slider too (though at a slight different ratio so sometimes small glitches can be solved this way). In the cases where this will not work, you really want non-fitmesh so that the clothing will stay put while you shrink a bit to fit. Changing your shape to fit clothing may sound really bad but in reality, especially the bum example, the skirt will still look the same shape even if the the bum is reduced and so you will appear to have to same sized bum as the skirt but your bum will be hidden underneath without alpha. I have to say, I hate alpha'ing out my body more than slightly changing shape to fit and will always seek to minimise the alpha I apply. Obviously I will not make a wholesale shape change but there are many tweaks that can be made here and there that you generally don't notice. Needless to say that to go to these lengths, the outfit must be special and otherwise unavailable in a more easy to use form. I have even been known to wear boots made for other mesh bodies because there are a bigger fit and go over the bottoms of trousers/pants better.
  13. These look really good and I am sure they are a great product but one thing needs to be taken into account when buying feet from other vendors is that whilst their skin colour matching system may be very good, they will never match like skin appliers do. This means that there will be a visible line between the body and the feet where they match. This is because colour matching uses a single solid colour to match instead of a texture. Your skin is usually not one solid colour. Even though these are Slink compatible, that only means that the shape will fit into the same shoes but it does not mean that they can use the Slink skin appliers. In fact that it is highly doubtful that Slink would allow another feet vendor to use the Slink appliers. Unless you buy feet from one of the main supported vendors, you be unlikely to get specific appliers for those feet from any skin makers. As a mesh product vendor you have to be pretty popular and prominent to get support from skin vendors. However, the one caveat to that is Omega appliers, if the feet support Omega appliers (sometimes by buying an add-on) then you can sometimes buy skins that come with Omega appliers to use with them. Omega mainly make appliers, they don't make mesh body parts (AFAIK) and so their purpose is to work with the mesh body parts of other vendors. Omega appliers can be used wherever a mesh product advertises they have Omega compatibility.
  14. This made me laugh loudly, thank you.
  15. @Telhma Diesel If you like shoes then really the best thing to do is to invest in a pair of mesh feet. Almost nobody thinks the system feet look better in anyway unless you like almost-formless blocks for feet. Almost all shoes now are made for mesh feet which actually look like feet. Going down this route will mean you will no longer be able to use your old shoes or your old feet socks for the nails. However the nails and the appliers to can get for feet are far superior as well. The most inexpensive option which gives most bang for your buck is to buy the Maitreya Lara High Feet @ L$500. The next most cost effective way is to buy basically the same thing but from Slink. These are L$650 per set. At the cost of just a single pair of shoes, you will find that all modern shoes have a version for Maitreya and Slink feet at the very least. Most shoes you find are for the High feet but if you encounter shoes that are for Mid or Flat feet, you can buy the feet for those too as separates. For Slink you can also buy a fat pack of feet for L$2475 but to be honest you can buy the whole Maitreya Lara mesh body that comes with all feet, hands and a mesh body for just a little more L$2750. This is the most cost effective option if in the end you want to go mesh for the body, hands and feet. The flip side with that is that any feet you purchase from Slink will not be wasted if you decide to go deeper into mesh later and buy the hands and mesh body from them as they are all sold as separates. Once you start going mesh you have many options but the the two most prominent vendors are the two I mention here. Buying just the feet is how I first got on the mesh ladder and was the only mesh I had for a long time. It cannot be understated how much easier and more fun shoe shopping is with mesh feet. There is a gotcha though and that is that you will have to find out if your skin comes with appliers for your mesh feet. If they don't, they may be available to purchase from the place you bought your skin, if they are not then you will have to buy a skin that comes with appliers. This is necessary because the feet need to be textured to match the skin of your avatar or they will look odd. You can attempt to colour match with the HUD from either vendor but you will not be as happy with the results. The worst case scenario is that you have to go shopping for a new skin that comes with appliers for one of the above body systems. All the major skin vendors are producing these now. Going to mesh feet will take you from this: To this: