Feature/Tutorial: Mechanized Life FilterCam

The FilterCam, from Mechanized Life.  Version 2.0 was just released, and it adds a more user-friendly menu and more filters to the last version.  This tool — it’s amazingly awesome.  You want one. It’s easy to use right out of the box, and it’s also easily customizable with a bit of effort.  This will be a rather long post, so make yourself comfortable.

Getting started, the HUD attaches to your center HUD attachment point.  You’ll then want to go to File>Take Snapshot and check the “Show HUD objects in snapshot” box.  You’ll also want to remove any other HUDs, as they too will end up in your picture if you don’t do so.  (If you look at the pictures below, you’ll see HUDs I should have removed, but I forgot. Don’t look silly like me.)

Initially, you’ll also want to run through three basic chat commands: “/5normal”   “/5widescreen” and “/5ultrawide”.  These set the aspect ratio of the HUD to fit with your monitor aspect ratio.  I find the “Wanted” filter useful for determining which aspect ratio looks best.  Once you’ve found the correct setting for you, you’ll never have to fuss with this again.

To get started using the FilterCam, there are only two things you need to know.  First, a long click on the HUD will bring up your blue-box menu, from which you can choose from a large selection of filters.  Your blue box menu first presents several categories: Scatter, TV, Frames, Holidays, Horror, Artsy, Basic, and Custom (more on custom later).  Each category, when clicked, will show you several preset filters, all ready for you to use and take pretty pictures.

A few of the filters ready for use from the menu. There are lots more!

Second, a short click on the HUD will minimize it, allowing you to set up your composition, camming and alt-clicking and so on.  Clicking on the minimized HUD will › Continue reading

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Sunday, December 20th, 2009 Fashion, Feature, MV-SL-Fashion 9 Comments

Footwear Expo: Overknee Boots

The clock is ticking!  Hurry over to the Footwear Expo before it closes at the end of the day!

I’m not quite sure why we collectively equate shoes with sex, but we do.  And no shoe screams sex more than an over-knee boot.

These are, of course, three examples of knee-high boots at the Footwear Expo.  Structured, slouchy, or skin-tight, these boots will add sexiness to any look.  You know you want some — over-knee boots, that is!

Shoes, left to right:
SLink – Sydney Overknee Boot – 50L Friday Gold Edition
Coco KneeHigh Boots
J’s Thigh High Boots – Black

En Scene Photo Credits:
Hair: Truth - Marianne – Copper
Skin: Sn@tch – Plush Skin – Tone 2 – Babydoll Fr
Jacket: part of iBizarre Soraya Bolero Jumpsuit – Blue
Leotard: Elymode – bodysuit – wine/blue
Tights: Sn@tch – Cheetah Tights – Black
Boots: SLink - Sydney Overknee Boot – 50L Friday Gold Edition
Pose: Long Awkward Pose
Photographed at the Kyoot Mainstore

Disclaimer: Promotional samples: Coco and J’s boots, Sn@tch skin, Elymode bodysuit.  I’m acquainted with some of the designers shown here.  However, I only blog things I like, regardless of affiliations or gifts.

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Lounging around

I was pleased when the talented designer and photographer Elysium Eilde of Elymode dropped her Lounging Set on me.  I was over the moon once I tried it on — how adorable are these things?  The quality is superb — these lounging pieces scream softness, from the overall cottony texture to the gentle wrinkles, placed just so.  The attention to detail is really remarkable.  In particular, I absolutely love the slouchy cut of these pieces.  There are no straight hemlines or waistbands; the fabric’s riding up this side, or drooping over that hip, just as it would if we were lazing around on a Sunday afternoon.  The cut of each piece — the jacket, the tank, the pants, the panties — is designed to interact with the rest of the set just beautifully.

Now, there are a total of 12 colors; here I’m showing gold, green, and light gray.  The light gray is my fave — it has that perfect heather texture of my fave RL lounging set.  They’re meant to be mixed and matched, and the cuffs on the sweater and pants are color-changeable to every color in the set.  (The cuffs on the clothing texture are well-finished, in case you want to skip the prim attachments.  The attention to detail here is really remarkable.)  They’re also versatile pieces to have in your wardrobe: I’ve dressed them up a bit below.


Hair: Tiny Bird The Art Teacher II in Ginger
Skin: Adam n Eve Amanda – Glossy – Freckles
Clothing: Elymode Lounging Set (Lounging Cami and Panties, Lounging Pants, Lounging Zipped Sweater) in Gold, Green, and Light Gray
Skirt: Artilleri Carla Circle Skirt – Red Polka Dot
Dress: Punch Drunk Glam Rock Dress
Location and furniture, pic 1: Artilleri Home
Poses, pic 2: from [LAP] Long Awkward Pose Casually Chill set
Poses, pic 3:from [LAP] Long Awkward Pose Slippery set

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Friday, September 25th, 2009 Fashion No Comments




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