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Second Life: Photography Tutorial Part 1

A lot of people have asked me over the years how I take close up pictures and how I make the models eyes look so expressive.

Here’s are some things that I do when I take pictures.  I’ll start with my graphic settings for the pictures.

Graphic Preferences: (Click on any to enlarge)

I take my pictures in Ultra graphics.  If your computer cannot handle Ultra, try high or medium.  They will be at least better than low.

I save my pictures roughly around 6000 pixel width to 3000 / 4000 pixel height. After I am finished editing in photoshop, I will resize the picture to around 2000 pixels in width.  It’s better to save your picture as large as you can and then resize after editing.  I can try to explain this one all day but trust me, you will want to do this.

I use firestorm as my viewer. I find it’s better for taking pictures then the default SL viewer.

I use photo tools a lot.  The main thing I do is change the Depth of view -view angle.  I don’t turn Depth of Field on.  I just use the view angle on that tab.

DOF view angle combined with the free cam tool, you can use the mouse wheel to zoom in closer than you usually can.

See Part Two – Editing the face shape to make the eyes look more expressive

IPAD Games: Animation Throwdown -What are these things??

How to get various items in the game:

Giggitywatts You can recycle un-used cards and you can also get this item from rewards / quests.

What you can do with them:  Used to upgrade cards

Coins:  Coins can be earned in the arena and from events.  Animation Throwdown seems to have endless events so it’s always a good place to get coins.

What you can do with them:  Used to buy extra cards, upgrade cards and start a guild.

Gems: You can buy gems for real money and I have received some as rewards from various quests.

What you can do with them:  Used in the shop, buy cards, speed up research, refill energy…pretty much anywhere to encourage you to buy more with real money.

Wonder Wharf Coins: You earn these in challenge battles.

What you can do with them:  Used to purchase items in the Challenge shop.

Hero Tokens:  You can randomly earn hero tokens in area battles.

What you can do with them:  Used to upgrade / level up your hero.

Gold Turds: You can earn these as rewards or in the adventure section.

What you can do with them:  Used to open various things in the store.

Stones:  There are various types of stones and you can mostly earn them through special events.

What you can do with them:   Merging a lot of them together (of the same type) will give you special cards.

IPAD Games: Animation Throwdown Tips & Hints

Animation Throwdown

Beginner tips:

Quests: Follow them

Keep following all those quests especially in the beginning.

They are relatively simple and offer bonus rewards.

Decks: 

Customize your deck as soon as possible.

How:  Go to the “Deck” option on the main menu.

Turn “Auto Deck” off.

The top row is the deck, you are playing with.  The bottom is all your extra cards.

Drag and drop your cards that you do not want to the bottom row.

Place all the better cards into the top row.

The pink, blue and green are the better cards.  The gray cards are the lowest tier.

Upgrade: 

Level up your cards

You do not need to level up all your cards.  Start with the rarer ones in your deck. (Pink, Blue & Greens)

Still in your deck option from the front menu, click on one card from your deck.

Once you click it, there is an option to upgrade the card at the bottom.

In order to level the card up, you will need some “Giggitywatts” or “Coins.”

How much it takes to level up a card depends on how rare it is.

You can also hit the “Max Out” button at the top of the card if you just want to max the card out.

Fuse:

Make your card even more powerful!

When you have maxed out / leveled up two identical cards, you can fuse them together to make one better card.

I do this a lot with my extra grey cards because you are going to need grey cards in your deck, so you might as well make them as powerful as they can be.

Research:

Research those combos!

During battles, you can stack cards onto other cards if the combo has been researched.

Click on “Research” from the main menu.

Click on one of the research pods and pair two cards together.  It usually takes a few hours to a day to research most combos. (It depends on the rarity of cards on how long it takes)

I pick one card out of my deck and try to research as many combos with that card.  Basically, keep doing research until every card in my deck can be paired with another card or multi cards.

You can also obtain rare cards from research.

Money:

Buying extra cards……

You do not need to buy extra cards if you level up your cards and research combos.

If you just want to support the creators and get rare cards faster, then go for it.

 

Black Desert: Loyalty Points

BDO: Loyalty Points

Loyalty points are free just for playing and I’m not complaining but there are some items better than others to spend those loyalty points on:

Below is what I have spent my points on previously:

Character Slot Expansion Coupon.  (Having a lot of characters in this game is a bonus)

Weight Limit 50LT  (I buy this when I’m starting a new character.  They have very low weight limit in the beginning and this helps with all the loot)

Blessing of Kamasylve 1 Day (If it’s a day I know I will be fighting mobs a lot, I get one of these because it increases the loot drop)

Sealed Book of Combat 1day (Again, if I’m fighting mobs, I get this to boost up my combat experience. It’s especially helpful in higher levels)

What I never get or use:

Golden bell (It’s a lot of loyalty points just for 1 hour of combat experience.  It also for everybody on the server but I don’t care about those other people)

Inventory +1 Expansion Coupon  (It’s another one that requires a shit ton of points for very little.  If you want inventory slots, just do a few of the Black Spirit beginning quests)

City Storage Slots + 1 (Not even sure why this is in there.  You can add storage slots just by using contribution points on city buildings)

Atlanis Firefly (You can get these really cheap at any goods vendor)

These items you are get on marketplace cheap:

Special Carrot

Paste Bait

Good Feed

The other items don’t personally interest me so you will have to decide if it’s worth it to you or not.

Black Desert does put loyalty items on sale and have limited things from time to time.  It’s always worth checking out.

Conan Exiles: Compost

Happy Halloween!

Sorry, I have not been around at all in October.   I was having surgery and trying to recover from that. I’m back now with an awesome hair by KoKoLoReS! This new hair can be found for a limited time at The Hocus Pocus Event. (Click here for information)

What I am wearing:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] Hair – Zurie (This is only available for the event. The horns & crown also change colors.)

Head: Catwa Lona

Skin: Pumec (From the gacha machine in store.)

Ears: Pumec (Group Gift)

Eyes: .euphoric ~Estre Eyes Applier~[Catwa]

Lipstick: #Adored

Body: Maitreya Lara

Deer Body and necklace: Tentacio & .{PSYCHO:Byts}. Childrens of Diana  (This is from one of their gacha machines)

Collar: .Atomic. {Gacha} Sweet Deer – Mossy Fur Collar

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