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build an avatar from scratch (ground up) DIY tutorial

hi i found my self and others who dont want to spend money paying a third party or store for a custom avatar so if you have guides to make this as painless as possible please reply and link to others this page so we don't need to waste any more forum space then need be.

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Re: build an avatar from scratch (ground up) DIY tutorial

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You do need to have something in mind laid out or a general idea of where to find the resources you might need. You also need to look into studying various skills in SL such as Animation, Sculpties (mesh too), basic and advanced prim manipulation and their limits, texturing how textures are mapped on objects and base avatars, scripting. Object permissions, Inventory managemnt ( you're  going to be creating alot of backups as you build on your idea).

Experiment with what most appeals to you and fascinates you, and that you think my intrigue others.

Thats just a basic summary I can think of offhand atm for custom or personal avatar creation.

I play Second Life in Hard Mode.
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If you goto you can download a free 3rd party software which will allow you to create a custom avatar modelling and texturing.

Here is a great place to start to learn about mesh creation

There is a lot to learn when it comes to 3d modelling, if you have no experience in this it will take a lot of time. Please be advised that if you do create a custom avatar, all clothing and attachments, especially texturing will have to be done using the UV unwrapping layout you achieve... basically, it will also have to be done by yourself, a friend or comissioned to someone else.

It is not exactly a simple process to create an amazing custom avatar, in essence you are talking about several days or weeks of work for a professional to create one custom avatar with an outfit. It is a full 3d model textured. If it is not humanoid, then an outside animator such as poser might be required and this takes even more expertise and time.

If you decide to go down this path it may be a lot of fun and a great experience, but it wont exactly be painless, there is a lot of dedication that comes with excellent content creation!