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Wednesday, October 01, 2008


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Connie Sec

I'd like to share some tips on getting avatar emotion into a screen shot,instead of that blank gaze of disinterest.
A simple one is to use an emoter and if taking a portrait, choose an emotion. Then, turn on slow motion animations. As the emotion kicks in, your face will move toward that 'emotion". Take the pic at some point either coming to or relaxing from that emotion.
Another is to turn on your mystitool emotion expressor. This holds a certain emotion on your face. Next, if u have another emoter..choose a different emotion. As above, use slow motion animations and try to catch your face moving from one to the other.
Here is an example of that technique http://www.flickr.com/photos/conniesec/2902046664/
Another simple trick i use is the cut/replace. For example, i sometimes want a big smile, without that half closed eyes. So i take 2 pics of the same shot.. one with the smile, one without. I then cut the big smile out of one and superimpose that onto the "normal" shot.
Here is an example of that http://www.flickr.com/photos/conniesec/2896986231/
There u have it..wide eyes and big smile..also, don't forget..u can usually adjust eyebrows in appearance..want raised brows..well change them there.
Hope these little tricks are of use and a little fun

Hamlet Au

Thanks Connie!

Marianne Little

Thank you for those tips, I have wondered how they make pictures with halfopen mouth without eyes going totally weird. I will definitly use this!
I only have 150 pictures in flickr and isn't so good at editing. My solution to the closed eyes was to make a "Toothe smile" shape that has more open eyes. It worked well with 20% wider eyes and the lip corners turned a bit down instead of up. I have an cheap hud who plays the expression the whole time. It is more easy to take pictures when it doesn't turn expression on/off constantly. To change shape goes fast.
I also has a "grumpy face" shape with smaller eyes for the expressions who turn my eyes huge.

But how do I turn on slow motion animations? That REALLY sounds interesting. Hope you can explain that, please.


Marianne, in the Advanced menu, select Character -> Slow Motion Animations.

This doesn't change the lip sync, though. To modify lip sync look at the article http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/LipSync#How_to_babble

Ana Lutetia

This is great. I didn't know! ^^

Jacek Antonelli

Great tip! Thanks, Iris!


that was great tips .you did a great job.

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