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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Ajax Manatiso

There's a simple solution for that. Go to the in-world store and check out the model/bot to see if the skin really looks good in-world. No in-world store? Pass it up - not worth the risk.

melponeme_k

I can usually pick out the renders. Simply because they aim for realism and fail. The render models have a distinct muscle slackness, unfocused eyes and a sickly pallor that remind me of zombies not human beings. I've never experienced that with Second Life pics straight or modified. SL avatars still have a cartoon aspect to them that avoids the uncanny valley.

Iris Ophelia

@Ajax I can name more skin stores that don't have models than stores that do, just for the record. But it's sort of a moot point, since customers should always try demos first. No demo no sale! :)

Pussycat Catnap

The shoulders thing might be from subsurface rendering - which I recall coming to Poser right as I left that scene. It lets the render go just a 'skin layer deep' much as light hitting real skin does - and that in turns removes a certain 'plastic' look that cannot be fully removed otherwise - especially when dealing with wet skin or skin in very intense renders (not sure how to word that - but where they are a lot of light effects, even if the image is very dark and shadowy).

But yeah - anyone who ever gets duped, spend a few days looking at renders on renderosity - both the good and bad ones - and comparing them to images from second life on tumblr or ideally: the feeds.

Eventually the 'oh I get it' moment will occur - its not something with a big sign that says "right there, this is it" - its just something that's there like learning the difference between two architects.

Santana

Demo. Demo. Demo. I cannot say it enough. Purchasing any skin without trying the demo first is risky. In fact, I recently went on a big skin hunt this last week and over 85% of the skins I tried on did /not/ match the advertising boards or marketplace images because they were highly photoshopped (I possess a variety of shapes, so it wasn't just that it looked wrong or wonky on a single shape).

Retailers add lights, softness, blurring and the likes to make these ads look pretty for their stores, and it is incredibly misleading. What appears vibrant and well crafted in the photo is sallow and washed out with minimal detail more often than not. Also, I noticed a big trend is to photoshop part of the face into a RL modelling picture and use that for their ad, this is also misleading (and often looks silly).

As for people scamming, I, myself, have not encountered this with purchases as of yet. I feel bad for those who have been.

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