Rockabilly

Rockabilly

Let’s go back in time today with a look inspired by a new release from The Secret Store, the Lady Swing Skirt, accompanied by the new Ashima blouse from Zaara. The belt with a lovely rose is part of the skirt but works wonderfully with the blouse aswell.

Teefy2

The annual Hair Fair has opened today 14th July and will last up to the 29th of July 2012. LaViere has five new styles there and I am showing you here three of them.

Teefy 1

Shape: ** Dunes ** Taylor Shape size M
Skin: –Belleza– Lily V1 Med 1
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Blue S
Hair: –LaViere– at Hair Fair
– Picture 1: -LaViere- Freya
– Picture 2: -LaViere- Natasha
– Picture 3: -LaViere- Ambush
Blouse: Zaara : Ashima blouse in moss, blush and fire
Skirt: The Secret Store – Lady Swing Skirt – Rockabilly
Earrings: [MANDALA]Omochi earrings/red
Ring: [MANDALA] Motsumame Ring
Necklace: LaGyo_Hamptons necklace
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_ScarlettPlain
Shoes: [celoe] aelia.wedges.fog
Poses: Glitterati and (pda)

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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)

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

Old and new

Test WL

This outfit is almost old and new as the upper body is covered with system clothes and sculpties while I am wearing mesh pants, belt and shoes for the bottom. Both have benefits of different kinds aswell as annoying characteristics. Nothing like system clothes and sculpties to create an outfit. You can layer them, move the pieces, make them fit. It allows for more creation. Of course rigged mesh are… rigged, wear them as they are, no change is allowed. For example, while I absolutely love the textures on mesh clothing, it is nearly impossible to wear boots with mesh pants. For a big fan of boots like me, this is really annoying. While I understand this makes a huge additional work for the designers who are already playing with 5 sizes, I would appreciate to see boots versions for pants. I am not asking for perfection, as it varies a lot from the height of the boots but if at least the pants could be smaller at the ankles so they don’t go out of the boots, this would help.

Tests contrastes

As I don’t want to sound like I am only ranting about mesh… tiny sculpted prims are a hell! It has been bugged for years now in the official viewer. As soon you zoom out, they disappear. You have no idea how often I have clone stamped jewelry from other pictures because I had forgotten to click on everything for the 36th time for the pose i prefered.

Ok, enough rant, now the credits:

Skin: *League* Jen Medium PinkChampagne
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Eyelashes: Slink Mesh Lashes
Hair: ::Exile::Tonight Tonight:Fawn
Cardigan: *League* Vintage Lace Cardigan -Teal
Shirt: [LeLutka]-DARDA dress/depth (part of)
Pants: Maitreya Leather Legging * S Teal
Belt: not so bad . MAUD belt
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_NudeManicure
Earrings: Donna Flora DREAM earrings
Ring: Donna Flora BICE ring
Boots: Leverocci – Range Boots_Sand
Poses: Diesel Works

Resolution

Carla 2

Lately I have been changing my blog layout and have been playing with the size of the pictures aswell. In the past, I found the images were a bit too small and not standing out. Now, I am under the impression they are a bit too big and you cannot see the whole picture at once. So I am trying another sizing: 600 x 750 pixels. On my computer with my resolution, it works fine. I am curious wether it is ok for you with different screens so let me know what you think about it please.

Carla

I am also working on a new shape I will try to release soon, well, when I am satisfied with it which might not be so soon. Here is a first glimpse of Carla, though the shape in that state already doe not exist anymore as I have changed the chin since I have taken the pictures.

Carla 3

I know I won’t become rich with selling shapes. I can tell I am actualy spending more money styling a shape than earning anything from the sales. It does not matter much, it is part of my fun in Second Life, it has been before I have started to blog and I guess it is the case for a lot of people who are doing the same. So I just hope you’ll like this one.

Credits:

Shape: ** Dunes ** Carla Shape (coming soon)
Skin: *League* Jen Medium Lavender
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (S)
Eyelashes: Slink Mesh Lashes
Hair: [LeLutka]-TREND hair – Bournville
Eyeglasses: [Gos] Custom Eyeware v3.3 – INTUITION
Dress: * Mimikri – Marni Shiftdress spice
Watch: Donna Flora GLORIA watch
Ring: Donna Flora ARTURO ring R
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_ScarlettPlain
Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Era Gator Peep Toe Red at O Glam Sim
Poses: Diesel Works

Navy Green

Navy Green

A new mesh store has hit the grid, its name is Nyu. They offer a selection of mesh clothing for men and women. I have chosen those large high-waist pants in blue for their elegancy.

Navy Green 2

This week, I have paid a visit to store I did not know really good, MOLiCHiNO, where they have a collection of pretty mesh clothes. I am wearing here a summery alter top in green.

Raw Shot with PXL Kate

Hart Larsson of PXL has finally released his very long awaited new skin, Kate. As always, I am very happy to wear this skin which shows details and a grain lacking in many others brands. Though, this time, where I like almost everything in the skin, I have to say I am not a big fan of the mouth which has too high lip cleft for my taste, though I know a lot are enjoying it as it is in fashion in Second Life lately. It is a matter of personal tastes. I am showing above an unedited picture so you can judge objectively by yourself.

Tanaquil Avril 2012

Here is the edited image I am using as profile picture and be warned I have photoshopped the mouth so this should not be taken as an example of the skin. I usualy prefer something more neutral as you can always tweak your shape to make it appear smaller or bigger. I am still struggling in world to have the mouth the way I like but editing the picture in photoshop was way faster as I am running out of time this week-end. I insist on the fact it is a matter of personal tastes. A lot of you will enjoy fat lips. I highly recommand the skin as it is much better than a lot of more popular stores but yeah… I would have prefered other lips.

The eyes are from Ikon and are my new favorite color of the sunrise serie I am wearing all the time: light sand. While the hair are another awesome release from Elikatira.

Credits:

Skin: [PXL] KATE SK NE MEB C2 + [PXL] KATE SK LineBlue Eyes (Tattoo) + [PXL] KATE SK Cherry Lips (Tattoo)
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Hair: Elikatira [e] Daffodil – Blonde 07
Top: MOLiCHiNO *MESH* Linney Halter – Green
Pants: NYU – Debut, Hi-Waist Pants, Midnight
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_ScarlettPlain
Ring: Paper Couture P.C; Encrusted Emerald Ring
Earrings: (NHA!) – Maelle/ -Earring
Bow: MIEL ELLE UBER bow
Bangle: MONS / Big Bangle dore&green
Bag: MONS Croco Clutch Bag – Sephia
Poses: Glitterati

Casual and Sexy

Lenore Casual

I have been wearing this outfit for some days now as I really enjoy its comfortable yet sexy look. It is nothing original and seen on many places but definitely a casual set ideal to wander the grid. The jeans and sweater are from Maitreya while the jewels and shoes come from Celoe (known as the place where i cannot stay more than 30 seconds without crashing. As they don’t sell their items on the marketplace, I let you fancy how much I love these accessories and what it took me to get them).

Lenore Casual 2

I had to change the advertizing picture for the Dunes Lenore shape as the skin was from Exodi which is unfortunately closing. I have replaced it by the pretty Leah from Glam Affair, a skin which seems to meet a great success lately.

Lenore Shape GA

Last but not least, Elikatira has released two new fabulous hairstyles. I am shoowing here my favorite, Caramel.

Credits:

Shape: ** Dunes ** Lenore Shape -S- 3 Dody Sizes (Marketplace)
Skin: –Glam Affair– Leah Natural – 04 Red
Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Pale Gray-Blue (M)
Sweater: Maitreya Mesh Athena Sweater * Grey
Jeans: Maitreya Mesh Zipper Skinny Jeans * #1
Hair: Elikatira [e] Caramel – Blonde 06
Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_NudeManicure
Bracelet: [celoe.dara.bracelet.life]
Necklace: [celoe.clement.necklace.life]
Shoes: [celoe.xylia.pumps.asparagus]
Poses: Torridwear (no longer available)

(Sorry for double post, I had hit publish instead of preview)