Three years ago, Eloh Eliot of Another Shop caused a grid wise stir when she released full perm skins. Her reasoning was simple…to see what would happen. Lots happened! Out of her generosity, many people had access to layered psd’s. Psd is a file extension name for Photoshop, meaning there is more than one item inside the file, on a layer. These layers were lashes, eye-makeup, lips, shading, highlighting, all the elements that come together to create a skin. For many people this was the first time they were able to see the process. It was an informative tool, as well as resource.
Seizing this opportunity, and hoping to cement the foundations for proper use of this gift, Another Fundraiser was born. Second Life residents were encouraged to create modded/modified skins. The response was overwhelming. In just a few short day, there were tons of skins already set out awaiting the opening. Residents were consuming tutorials as fast as they could to participate. Everyone contributed to their skill level at the time, and everyone learned something. Over the years, people who attempted to make some new makeups for this event, have gone on to show their skills with more makeup, more heavily modded skins, and eventually a fully developed skin with no traces of the old Eloh they started out with. A fresh new skin, fully their own. Eloh Eliot’s risk, paid off in many people ‘leveling up’.
It was three years ago to the day, of the posting of the charity receipts for Another Fundraiser, that Mina Jun of MinaJunk offered her full perm skins to the grid for modification, to benefit Red Cross. The grid has changed a lot in 3 years. We now have tatoo layers, allowing avatars to swap out tattoos, and makeups. Another Fundraiser II is back to help victims of the March 11th 2011 Earthquake, and Tsunami by asking residents to try their hand again at modding skins.
A collection of various tutorials that might answer some questions about working in Photoshop/gimp with layered files. You can do this, it’s easy, just play around, emulate some tutorials, and see what happens….trust me anything you do will be better than my old Another Fundraiser skin mods. ;P Using Mina Jun’s skins, Eloh Eliot’s layers, and Sezmra Svarog’s template, I am sure you can put together something someone will like. Give it a try!
Eloh Eliot’s Another Blog
Eloh Eliot’s Skin Files (Worth looking through the layers to see the work involved.)
Tutorials by Eloh Eliot
Vint Falken’s Tutorials
Facial Hair Tutorial
Link to various Second Life Skin Tutorials (youtube)
There is a lot of information out there for you, hunt for it. I suggest using your search browser to find skin resources. Please double-check copy rights, licensing, and distribution information before using. Just cause it’s on the internet, doesn’t mean it’s free.