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Kitsune Shan

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  1. You can use Head, Upper and Lower plus the extras that you need for your avatar but only using the Universal Tattoo wearable. You could also just rely on the Universal Aux channels if you wanted to. On the Universal Tattoo, you can leave empty as many slots as you want.
  2. There are some advantages on using PNG tho. SL preserves the whole color depth of images and does not compress them. So when you use PNG, you can use 48bits images instead of 32 from TGA. In fact, you can even use 64bits PNG just fine. I have never tried with higher bit depth images because even if they would work we wouldn't see any difference. But the difference between 8bits and 16bits per channel images are hugely noticiable specially on normal maps.
  3. As Blush poined, that would be the easier path. Skin for bodies white a simple color head with the base color and tattoo layer for head skins. Another solution would be to bundle head with body skins just like we has been doing for a lot of years before meshes. Yeah skins would be more expensive probably. The ideal case would be to be able to wear more than one system skin and be able to leave empty slots on them without having to rely on other kind of system layers like tattoo.
  4. And you can do that just fine as long as the avatar has support for bake on mesh and properly made UVs.
  5. That's related with SL UVs and not with BOM at all. You can always make whatever UVs you want so they don't stretch that much.
  6. SL it's old and back then there weren't any real material system so, just like with some other stuff, they named that wrongly or weirdly. But to bring that on a threat knowing that we all are referring to the textures based materials it's silly and only shows lack of basic understanding.
  7. Not sure if being serious or just trolling but in my whole life as professional 3D artist neither as game developer I have ever seen using the word material to refer to the physics of an object. You usually use words like "physical", "cloth simulation", "dynamic bones", etc... But never "material". Not on offline renders, not on real time engines like Unity or Unreal, not even on CryEngine. I'd recommend to search for the words material and shader so you will understand the real meaning of them. Also, would be great if we keep the subject to BOM.
  8. That's not the right definition of materials, what you refer to it's faces or ID's/groups. Materials are the group of different "textures" to get certain effects. In SL case, we refer to materials to the system composed of more than plain diffuse texture adding also normal and specular maps channels among their different use of their different alpha channels. And the primary purpose is not to use old skins and clothing since you would barely fit them over actual mesh body UVs but it's still a possibility to certain degree on certain bodies I guess. The main purpose is to stop using different layers of mesh bodies to increase performance and visual quality.
  9. Well, can't deny that you have a really good point. But it's SL, everything it's always half implemented. That doesn't makes BOM a failure still. By the time that we got materials it was already outdated. I don't see a better system anytime soon, SL development it's not just slow but it also lacks useful features for creators that could help grow the market and the user base. It has been always like that and not sure who it's responsible of that but as long as that person or persons are still in the team, we won't see any changes there. I myself have requested very useful features that would help increase performance and quality but instead we may get another feature that no one asked for except the typical guy that goes to every single meeting even tho it doesn't represents the majority of SL users neither is a knowledgeable creator. But hey, we will be able to save WL to inventory. It may take two years of development but I am sure that a lot of people that left SL and even new ones may come and stay since it's a really requested feature. Oh wait...
  10. Why so? It's true that there are few caveats that should have been done on release but I don't see why BOM would be a failure. Even without all the extra channels, it would be still very useful.
  11. And it goes between the tattoo and the body layers. He didn't said skin so as I understood, he always meant to say body layers as clothing layers.
  12. That's not how it works neither how it worked always. Textures are just textures, square ones. What bake on mesh does or even the old system did, it was simply to stack images one on top of the other and render as a new image just like you would in Photoshop using layers and saving as a new flat image. No UVs are or has been involved ever. What you suggest isn't even possible at all since UVs aren't on textures but meshes.
  13. None of them use any UVs at all so even the default older ones can be used for whatever.
  14. I suggested this long ago. I think the ideal case would have been where all old elements have it's "universal" counterparts, at least for skin, alpha and tattoos. Clothing would be good too even if it's a generic single one since it's very unlikely that people will wear more than one layer (it's very unlikely they will use even layer underwear if the mesh clothing fits right but well, still nice to get it). I really don't know why we got BOM without these basic ones because without alphas isn't like you can use any extra channel for a mesh body at all. But I also doubt they will sort that at all. I guess it was more important to make it usable as a HUD and let people easily steal skins than to make it really useful and creator friendly adding the minium required features.
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