Resurfacing

Funny how just one little thing can kick you back into motion after a year of stagnation and sitting around.

Last week I saw Vaki Zenovka’s blog post about being able to get shadows on her Mac with an ATI video card… and I well I was skeptical but I had to try it out so I did and…

I CAN HAS SHADOWZ!!!

…ok they aren’t the great soft flowing shadows that others have… but still there are shadows. YAY! 🙂

I spent a day or two just playing with the settings trying to figure out what windlight settings work best with them. There are still alpha issues but I found by playing with the Density and Distance multiplier settings in the Atmosphere tab I could minimize most of the issues… the down side being that I lost some of my hair volume… I know that there are lots of windlight settings out there that people have created for shadow photos so now I just have to find them and give them a try.

So what does all this mean… well it means that I have just made my convoluted photo taking process even more convoluted but it also means that I want to start taking photos again, which also means I’ll also start making poses again, well I think that should be I’ll start finishing poses… I have about oodles of them sitting in folders in various states. Haha!

SO if you have a Mac and want to see if shadows will appear for you you can download the SL Development viewer here, and give it a try.

Now off to see if I can figure out how to control the DoF settings 😉

Wearing:

    Skin: :GP: Chic Noir-2 (Acorn)
    Hair: Truth — Carina (Raven)
    Jacket: The Secret Store — Eglantine (Charcoal)
    Top: [W&B] — Hykova Buttoned Tank (Outer Space)
    Skirt: [Garage R.H.] Tight Mini-Skirt (Black)
    Stockings: CDC Stockings (White-Silver)
    Shoes: NX — Kurvy Pump (Silver)
    Necklace: ::Happy Finds:: Vintage Owl Necklace
    Pose: One of mine that’s in the pipeline
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One thought on “Resurfacing

  1. Great to see I was able to help someone get back on the picture-taking train!

    Looks like we don’t have DoF yet on ATI Macs, but I’m pretty sure we will. There’s no reason we wouldn’t, now they’ve got shadows working…DoF is pretty easy. In the meantime, that’s something easily mimicked in Photoshop.

    As for the soft, flowing shadows…I’ve found that’s a pretty easy look to create in Photoshop (or GIMP), too. Magic wand + Gaussian blur does some fine things.

    Good luck with it!

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