Groupie

Groupie

Credits:

Skin: *League* Jen Medium CandyRed (Cleavage D)
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Eyelashes: Slink Mesh Lashes
Hair: !lamb. Little Star (Mesh) – Milkshake
Top: One Bad Pixel ::1bp:: Glomesh Halter M Black
Skirt: [LeeZu!] O`LaLa Micro Jeans Skirt /used
Bracelet: [celoe.elah.charm.unna]
Necklace: [celoe.abihail.necklace.oman]
Earrings: [MANDALA]MaruMaru earrings/Hawaii
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_BlackManicure
Tattoo: [HUZ]-Dark Floral-3XShade-(FBD) (Cannot find a usable LM)
Pose: Torridwear (No longer available)

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His Erness

His Erness

My best friend Ernesto has asked for a new portrait so here it is. I think he looks a bit like Mick Jaeger like that.

Credits:

Skin: Belleza Owen (SK0)
Eyes: IKON Sunrise Eyes – Pale Blue M
Hair: INK Hair WARP Blonde
Shirt: Hoorenbeek Mesh Vest – Black – Tucked Shirt S
Piercing: .Pekka. Nose Swirl

Deep

Deep 2

For today’s post, I did a bit more styling than in my last posts. Mesh is making us lazy as it is not as easy to layer up though some great pieces like this Celoe corset are perfect to wear aswell as a very sexy single top or with a blouse under it for a wiser effect.

Deep

One of my fun with pictures is to enhance them and to play with photoshop to add depth. Strawberry Singh is inviting us to share some of our secrets in one of her last articles. I have learned taking pictures and editing them mainly through tutorials made by others bloggers. I can hardly give any secrets as I actualy don’t have any but trusting my own eye.

Deep  After Before

So here are some of the things i do with my pictures:

1. Use good windlight settings. It is easier to edit a picture which is already good than make something pretty with an ugly lighting. You can download the new WL setting I have used for these pictures. It is a bit pinkish.
2. Use a pose which works fine with the outfit, complements it, ads expressivity.
3. Basics things like high resolution png files are always a good start as the simple fact of reducing the picture later removes a lot of imperfections. I also use anti-aliasing as high as i can without crashing. Some don’t bother about that, I do as I don’t blur the pictures most of the time. It irks me when I see the jagged edges while working on photoshop.
4. Next step is to clean the picture using a photo edition application: remove the black lines, liquify the bad angles, smudge, clone stamp the holes.
5. I enhance the shadows from Second Life with dodge and burn. I basicly emphasize the light and dark parts.
6. I am playing with the colors: curves, vibrance, contrast, saturation. While doing that, try to preserve the details.
7. I add a layer an overlayed gray layer with a default render light filter. I play with the intensity so it adds to the shadows, giving even more depth.
8. Each picture is different. I have some settings I can apply directly with some windlight settings but it is not a guarantee it is going to look nice as each color reacts differently. Each pictures receives a different treatment, with different values.
9. Crop, searching for better framing. Rule of thirds is your friend.

As a conclusion, it is only through practice that you can learn. Nothing replaces your eye for what is good or not. You may learn technical tricks but your pictures will only be valuable if you develop your own style and your own edition settings through time, adding a personnal touch. Try new things, play. Sometimes the result is not what you would like but maybe next time, you will be able to fine tune the settings to get the right colors, the right lighting. Practice, practice, practice !

Credits:

Skin: *League* Jen Medium Feline
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Hair: ::Exile:: In The Meantime:Fawn
Eyelashes: Slink Mesh Lashes
Shirt: Izzie’s – Bow Tie Blouse white
Corset: [celoe.clara.corset.deep.M]
Skirt: [celoe.nikka.snow.snow.S]
Tighs: Shiny Things Solid thigh-highs – teal
Earrings: Paper Couture P.C; Tulle Wrapped Earring
Bangles: Zaara : Pallav clear bracelets
Ring: Zaara : Raga oyster ring *pearl*
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_RosyManicure
Shoes: [LeLutka]-REN/Pearl
Hat: LaGyo_Bow hat baja blue
Poses: (pda)

Excited

Chinoiserie

I am very excited about two different fashion news in Second Life today. One is that Azure Electriteeth is now also making hair for her brand LaViere. There are three styles so far. I am wearing the most sexy on them on these pictures.

Second and awesome news is the opening of a new store, born from the collaboration of two famous designers, One Bad Pixel, which will provide us with sexy quality mesh clothing. “Can you guess who they are?” is the question you have to answer before the 24th april midnight to have a chance to win the next release from the brand. One is very easy to find while I am still trying to guess who the second is.

Since I have seen a preview of that cheong, i had to have it and imagine how delighted i was to discover the clothes were so well thought after that the cigarette pants are actualy fitting really good under it, wearing the same size. This is so very rare with mesh items, even coming from a same quality store that it is worth mentionning it. The store also offers custom fitting so you can adapt the clothes to your own very private shape instead of having to modify it. The service might seem expensive at first, 1100 L$ for a single product, then 200 L$ for each additional colour. Though, keep in mind it is still a lot of work for the designer.

Credits:
Skin: *League* Jen Medium ChinaDoll (Cleavage D)
Hair: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Hair: LaViere The Vert/FadedGinger
Dress: One Bad Pixel ::1bp:: Cherry Cheong Red
Pants: One Bad Pixel ::1bp:: Cigarette Pants Black
Ring: [MANDALA]Motsumame Ring SET
Earrings: SIGMA Jewels/ Chantal earring (charcoal-gold) (at Wear Grey for a few more)
Shoes: Slink Glitter Peeptoe Red
Poses: !bang and aDORKable

Charcoal

Charcoal 2

Charcoal

Credits:

Skin: *League* Jen Medium Bloom
Hair: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Hair: [LeLutka]-TREND hair – SummerTime
Dress: ISON – cowl neck dress (black)
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_TealPlain
Bag: Tee*fy Street Parker Shoulder Bag – Stripes cyan/yellow
Ring: [MANDALA]Anuttra Ring SET /Gold metal
Earrings: [MANDALA]CHaraChara earrings/caravan Blue
Necklace: [MANDALA]Omochi necklace/Blue
Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Era Gator Peep Toe L Aqua
Poses: *Frooti

Watermelon

Watermelon

Credits:

Skin: *League* Jen Medium Natural
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Eyelashes: Slink Mesh Lashes
Hair: ::Exile:: All I Am :Fawn
T-Shirt: coldLogic top – keen.white
Capri: coldLogic capri – may.watermelon
Belt: (TokiD) flower belt – sunflower
Jewels: MIEL ELO Set
Headband: ::{u.f.o}::lovey-dovey – white lace at Collabor88
Shoes: (TokiD) casual sandals (gold)
Poses: Glitterati