Faux Shadows – Quick & Dirty Tutorial

SL-Stock Image Background-_003 & Faking It FINAL

This is a very quick tutorial I have cobbled together for those using stock images who want enhance their photos.  My method isn’t perfect, many imperfections can be seen where I didn’t finish off this or that, but if it weren’t for a before and after shot, your eyes would probably accept the final image. More advanced photo editors will spot areas that needed to be cleaned up and adjusted more.  But this is a start in the right direction for you to play around with your photos more and what you might do.

Faking It Quick & Dirty tips

I started out with a stock image I took earlier today on location.  I took a photo from another blog post of myself, prior to editing, and very, very roughly cut myself out.  Had I taken a specific shot for this tutorial and a blog post on it, I would have green screened, or taken more effort to emulate some of the tones of the lighting used in the stock image. But that’s not always neccessary, I just like to cut out the middle man as much as possible and do most of it inworld.  I made a copy of my stock image, and cut out the upper right hand corner’s leaves all the way to the tree itself.  I then removed much of the sky between the leaves as quickly as I could, and then enlarged it so it would take up my entire avatar.  I then made two copies, I played with the transparency, and multiplied them over my avatar.  I had to reduce the brightness of my avatar as it stuck out like a sore thumb, while to my eye I can tell the avatar was not part of the shot, I still need to keep it a bit brighter as I would be blogging the outfit, and it needs to be seen.  I could reduce the brightness much more to make it blend in and it becomes nearly a different photo. When doing this, keep in mind where your lighting is in your stock image and how it would effect your avatar when you take the avatar photo.  Try to mimic the same lighting in your studio.

Overlays

Always keep in mind what you want to show.  Don’t be afraid to cut out, or use overlay’s creatively.  For stock images, you can always go out on location and take your own, or use stock images from the Second Life Stock Images flickr group.  I have also prepared another image using some overlays from Insight Designs to show some effects.  I used, if I recall correctly, at least 2 0r 3 overlays from Insight Designs, above.  Here’s a link to the earlier blog post for that image, done completely different with no overlays. Here’s a link to another quick tutorial on using stock images and playing with brightness, and contrast in a couple of programs.  If you use any stock images from the group, please leave a note and a link on the stock image you used, so we can see what you did with it!  Oh, and if you want details on the first outfit, see the earlier blog post on it here.  If you have more tips, tricks, and links to more tutorials people might like, please leave a comment to share them.  I will be checking back regularly to moderate them so they post.

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Ten to Twenty

ten to twenty

I’m  really excited as this should be my first post on the Style Academy feed, check out their flickr group, for more yummy photos. Maitreya released the Milia Sweater Dress, and Suave Shoes this week.  This mesh dress is super comfortable looking, well textured, and fits nicely.  It’s available in 16 colors! It looks great on it’s own, or layered over jeans, sweats, leggings, and stockings.  The Suave shoes are super sexy, with many heel options, and a sock option as shown here. It’s available in the Maitreya Gold section of Maitreya.  I’ve added Maxi Gossamer Jewelry’s latest release – Santa Fe, new at FaMeshed.  This jewelry features menu driven texture change options on the disc, triangles, and cording.  My skin is a new release from Adam N Eve.  It’s Disa, in T4.  Disa comes in a variety of makeups, with blonde and red eyebow layers, cleavage enhancer, and de-enhancer, and dimples (worn). It’s a lovely skin, with a mature look.  The body is up to the standards you see from Adam n Eve, so you will continue to look great.  Shown here is Meadow makeup skin, with dimples, and blonde eyebrow layer.

Hair: Elikatira – Interrupt – Blonde 07 {MESH} NEW!
Eyes: Amacci  – Gaze Eyes – Grey
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin: Adam n Eve – Disa T4 Meadow
MakeUp: Adam n Eve – Eyebrow Tattoo Blonde T4
MakeUp: Adam n Eve – Disa Dimples T4
Earrings: Maxi Gossamer Jewelry – Earrings – Santa Fe{MESH} NEW! (Currently available at FaMESHed)
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer Jewelry – Necklace – Santa Fe {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at FaMESHed)
Bracelet: Maxi Gossamer Jewelry – Bracelet – Santa Fe {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at FaMESHed)
Tote: Maitreya – Mesh Shopper – Romance {MESH}
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}  
Dress: Maitreya– Milia Sweater Dress – Sagebrush {MESH} NEW!
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Suave -White {MESH} NEW!
Poses: Marukin
House: Trompe Loeil – Sunbleached Skybox
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Celoe’s Mirage

Celoes Mirage

Celoe will be doing a major release soon, I did a sneak peek yesterday of the Maruca Coat/Dress, and a link to Sasy’s post of the Maru coat. Today I’m giving you a sneak peek of Celoe’s Mirage Tunic, and Chardonnay Pants. I love the designs they used on the Mirage Tunic. It’s very vintage, and bohemian. I like that I can easily wear the tunic over the Chardonnay Pants, without resorting to wearing a large top and smaller bottom. The Mirage Tunic is available in 8 colors, and the Chardonnay Pants come in 5 colors. I’ve accessorized my look with Mandala’s Omochi Earrings, and Bracelet in Silver. I’ve also used my Rio Clutch from Osakki, which is dead on perfect for this outfit. Osakki is in process of reopening her store. My Ilaida Mojri shoes from Zaara, are a great addition, these pair are in black, they feature menu change quilted fabric tops, in 12 colors, and banding/shoe liner in Gold or Silver.

Chardonnay Pants Colors Composite

Celoe - Mirage Colors Composite

My makeup is blend of two eyeshadows that come with my Cassandra Skin from Izzie’s. You can create a variety of effects, and shades by layering eye makeups. Shown here are the base skin’s eyes, the blue and teal eyeshadows on their own, and then layered versions. The first being teal, then ‘add’ as an option instead of wearing, the blue. In my look, I created a near match to the teal on my tunic by first wearing/adding the blue eyeshadow, then I “added” the teal. Playing around in your makeups this way can really help you make the most of what’s there, and don’t forget to add in from other skins, or makeup sets. My last photo in the series shows the eyemakeup with LeLutka’s Liquid Liner in black added on top of them.

Layering Cosmetics

Hair: LeLutka – Yippie – SoySauce
Eyes: Amacci  – Gaze Eyes – Grey
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Skin – Sunkissed
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Eyeshadow Teal
MakeUp: Izzie’s – Cassandra Eyeshadow Blue
Makeup:  Izzie’s – Lipstick Rose
Earrings: Mandala  – Omochi Earrings – Silver
Bangle: Mandala – Omochi Bracelet – Everest Silver
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}  NEW!
Bag: Osakki – Rio Carry All Clutch – Baltic  (Currently closed. Reopening soon.)
Top:  Celoe – Mirage Tunic – Chill
Pants:  Celoe – Chardonnay Pants – Cloudburst
Shoes: Zaara – Ilaida Mojri – Black
Poses: Marukin
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Celoe’s Maruca Coat/Dress

Maruca Blood

Celoe is releasing a collection of mesh clothes soon.  Shown here is the Maruca Coat/Dress in Blood, and the other colors in the photo below.  This is a SNEAK PEAK! This is a really well thought out trench dress, that can be worn either as a coat or dress hence the name.  There are extra components added to the skirt to achieve a really nice full look, and provide optimum coverage.  It’s a cute look, great for fall and winter. I like that the collar, and lapels are not so high that they could interfere with added accessories like necklaces, scarves, etc. I’ve accessorized my coat/dress with LeLutka’s Saffron Pumps, Orta’s Stella Clutch, and Yummy’s Jennifer’s Set. Recently Pididdle released this mesh ceramic flower headpiece at My Attic, but it’s now available at Pididdle’s mainstore.  It’s a cute addition, and can really make a look. The Maruca Coat/Dress is available in Blood, Blue, Dark, Gray, and Roast. They will also be releasing a short version called Maru, you can check it out here on Sasy’s blog.

Maruca Composite

Hair: LeLutka – QCX hair – SoySauce
Eyes: Amacci  – Gaze Eyes – Grey
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Skin – Sunkissed
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Eyeshadow – Brown
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Lipstick – Dark Red
Hair Ornament: Pididdle – Ceramic Flower Headpiece – Rose {MESH}  NEW!
Jewelry: Yummy – Jennifer Pearls Set {MESH}
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}  NEW!
Clutch: Orta – Stella clutch – Ruby
Dress:  Celoe – Maruca Coat/Dress Blood {MESH}  NEW! SNEAK PEAK
Shoes:  LeLutka – Saffron Pumps – Electric Red
Poses: Poses: aDORKable
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry