Blue Beach

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Details:

Skin: DeeTaleZ Skin A.T.W. Anouk Mixedtype
Hair: Magika [Hair] Meadow
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (S)
Top: Tee*fy Isobel Tank Anchor
Shorts: Tres Blah -tb- Astrid Denim Cut Offs (S) – Stripes @ Summerfest
Bag: Tres Blah -tb- Striped Tote Bag
Bracelet: Izzie’s – Braid Bracelet mint yellow l
Necklace: LaGyo_Nymp necklace Silver
Body and hands: Slink physique and hands

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Skating

Skating

Here are some more goodies from the events which have started this week-end. These awesome vintage roller skates are the gacha from The Secret Store at The Arcade. There are 20 delicious colors of skates so be prepared to play the gacha machine a lot. To go perfectly with them, you will find those very small shorts from Emery at FaMESHed.

Details:

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Med 1
Hair: [LeLutka]-VIBRATO hair – BlondeFun
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond (S)
Top: Maitreya Cupio-Splatter top * M Deep
Shorts: Emery – Mesh High Waist Denim Short Hope Tie Dye Jalpur -S
Roller Skates: The Secret Store – Vintage Roller Skates – Blue Neon
Jewels: Izzie’s – 80’s Rainbow Bangles mesh
Poses: Glitterati

The Secret Store Babydoll

Lizbeth Babydoll

Maylee Oh has a new babydoll dress at The Secret Store with seven different textures including hand dyed patterns, lace and geometric designs, going from sweet and girly to more modern pattrerns. I have picked the Graph It Up one for this picture for its sixties touch.

While you are at The Secret Store, get the Lady Swing Skirt, a long retro skirt with a lovely belt shaped as a rose. The crimson color is a bargain for Lazy Sunday.

Lady Swing in Crimson

Credits:

Shape: ** Dunes ** Lizbeth Shape (work in progress)
Skin: –Glam Affair– Roza – Natural Summer 01 D at The Dressing room
Lipstick: –Glam Affair – Leah Lipstick 15
Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Pale Trojan Blue (S)
Eyelashes: [LeLutka]-SEDUCTRESS volume sculpted lashes
Hair: =DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Eloise” Black 1
Dress: [S]The Secret Store – Babydoll – Graph It Up
Tights: The Secret Store – Lace knit socks – Dark Zebra
Ring and Earring: [ glow ] studio – Pearl Cross at The Dressing room
Bracelet: *League* Wanderer -Black- Bracelet -Wrist (4 Strands)
Nails: Izzie’s – Spring/Summer 2012 Classic Nails
Teeth: Teeth layer *REDGRAVE*
Poses: (pda)

Plumtoo

Plumtoo

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Credits:

Skin: *League* Jen Medium Grape (Cleavage D) + *League* Jen -Medium- Lipstick GlamGoth -Matt
Dress: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Teeloh Mesh Hair – Gingerbread + hairbase
Dress: [celoe.june.dress.lake.S] at Culure Shock
Stockings: Zaara : 5 Aksaka stockings *garnet*
Ring: LaGyo_Cube ring gold L at Culture Shock
Earrings: LaGyo_Olrich earring L gold
Necklace: LaGyo_Pan collar Gold at Culture Shock
Nails: Izzie’s – Spring/Summer 2012 Classic Nails
Shoes: [Gos] Triumph Boots – Fem – Worn
Scarf: Tee*fy Soft Cotton Tied Scarf Plum Ombre
Poses: Diesel Works

Deep

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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)

Haute Punk Special Effects

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The December Collabor88 collection is out and this time, it has a mixed theme of winter’s edge and haute punk couture, which for my taste, is just perfect while others might not be so interested in it. While I may not have purchased every single item presented there, I have to confess I have bought more than usual.

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Today’s look is made with my favorite items: a mesh skirt from Aura, pants, sweater and boots from The Sea Hole, a top from Kyoot, a mesh scarf from Boom and a lovely skin from Illusory.

Aubergine

I would like to add a few words about the pictures. You may notice light effects around the character and on the background. Lately, I am playing with windlight settings but they don’t always offer a nice light for the face while other shadows are improved. To compensate, I am wearing a soft facelamp in Second Life and the special effects are appearing after post processing. I find it funny how things you don’t see on the basic picture may appear while working on it so I have decided to keep them.

Credits:

Skin: [Ill] Illusory Skin – Love_Chai – Winter Edge at C88
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Deep (S)
Eyelashes: [LeLutka]-Photoshoot II Lashes
Hair: [elikatira] Quirky – Red 04
Sweater: The Sea Hole – Persuasion sweater -Dusk at C88
Top: Kyoot – Atonement Top (C88) at C88
Skirt: Aura – Bullet Proof – Ruffled Pencil Skirt (MESH) at C88
Tights: The Sea Hole – MetalMinx Jeans – Dusk at C88
Belt: Ingenue :: Bertille Belt :: Standard Small :: Lavender (Mesh)
Scarf: *BOOM* Puffler – Royal (mesh) at C88
Gloves: Izzie’s – Leather Gloves dark grey
Tie: FEMALE [MANDALA]SMEXY TIE NECKLACE(cross)/Houshou GOLD
Hat: Emery – Beret Tropez #Black
Right bangles: ::je::suis::asymetrique::yellows::bangles
Left bracelet: ::je::suis::africain::bracelet dark
Bag: *FIR & MNA* The Curragh Satchel Plum Leather
Boots: The Sea Hole – Python Kicks – Dusk at C88
Poses: (pda) at C88