Posts tagged ‘Fishy Strawberry’

July 4, 2011

Fishy Strawberry Freedom

SkinBelleza;  Aiko, pale 10 with Pale Lip 7
HairTruth;  Jean, champagne
DressFishy Strawberry;  Tropic of Cancer, red
ShoesSLink;  Lulu, red
NecklaceByKay;  Aizza necklace
BraceletsEarthstones;  Diamond Tennis bangle, fire opal and gold &  Uzuri; Amazone bracelet, bronze

You know a dress is top-notch when the boyfriend is almost speechless, like when I wore this red-hot new release from Fishy Strawberry.  I also had to wear my new Truth hair and the red dress gave me a good excuse to go buy the Lulu shoes in another color.  Why, oh why do I not just buy the fat packs right off???

I’d also like to wish America a very happy birthday today.  As someone who traveled a lot in the past, I was required to visit several countries, many of them allowing very few personal freedoms.  I’m very thankful and proud to be able to call myself an American, not just today, but every day of the year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Independence Day !

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May 10, 2011

Culture Shock Finds

I’m a fair/faire fanatic.  There, I said it.  I love all the different types of clothing/shoes/hair/skins all in one place and I always go nuts and spend more than I really should.

Such was the case at the Culture Shock event.  Designers have come together to help a very worthy cause, Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) where each one is donating a certain percentage of sales on selected items in their booth.

Left-  Kunglers;  Katherine shirt, floral
Middle-  Sassy Kitty;  Willow skirt, white
Right-  Fishy Strawberry;  Country Life shirt, moss

The site is huge…I mean HUGE, with so many booths, I lost count.  I spent a couple hours there yesterday and only managed to make it through half of the offerings.  And not only was it clothing, but there was poses, furniture, hair and shoes.

Left-  Indyra Originals;  Elora
Middle-  Swansong;  Siam Maxi Dress, orchid
Right-  Peqe;  Flow, lilac

Here are just a few of my favorite finds, mostly shirts for some reason.  All the pictures shown here are completely unedited, except to fit them in the template. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find many creators I’d never heard of before which are now added to a shopping list to visit their main stores and keep an eye out for new releases.

Left-  Swansong;  Sumatra, ocean
Middle- Fishy Strawberry;  Peyote Mini, Wash A
Right- Addict;  Nouvelle, peach

After getting home, opening all my bags and boxes and trying everything on…I was also surprised to find I was only disappointed with one item (due to severely misaligned seams). So overall, the level of quality in what the designers provided was superb.

So if you’re feeling altruistic or just need a shopping fix, reduce your prims and ARC count and jump on over to the Culture Shock site.

April 13, 2011

Inner City

Skin:  Lara Hurley;  Leah, green gloss/pale
Hair:  Truth; Courtney, macaroon
Jacket:  Amerie;  S&S; Short Parka, pink
Shorts:  Fishy Strawberry;  Billy Denim shorts, black
Socks:  Twisted & Spoiled; Part of the Feisty in Black set
Boots:  GOS; Docs, 8 hole, pink, abused
***Disclaimer:  The boots pictured are actually a much lighter pink, not the darker pink I made them appear to match the hoodie***
Tattoo:  My Pinkie Skull;  Beauty Must Die, faded

 

I just love my new pink Docs!  I wanted to do a picture with them, but couldn’t seem to find anything in my inventory in a shade similar.  I wanted to get the picture done before SL started being naughty and crashing on me again, so I just threw on something in a darker pink and *made* the boots match through the magic of photo-shopping.  I know, bad girl.

 

A new friend of mine was curious about my Photoshop editing process and I wasn’t quite sure how to explain it and I’m really not the right person to attempt a blog tutorial.  But this will give anyone who’s curious a general idea of the steps I take.  One of the most important things to note is that there’s only so much you can do in Photoshop.  If you don’t start with a decent image, your finished product won’t be as good.  My personal favorite way to get a great starting image is NOT to use a facelight.  Use the preset WindLight settings (depending on which viewer your using):  Canimod, Exodi, or CalWL.  These will all result in a crisp, clear image as long as there aren’t any extra light sources in the vicinity.

 

The start of my process is the same for each one.  Firstly, I crop my image, removing any extraneous parts.  Then, if I’m using a green screen backdrop, I remove it and clean up any halo effects that may be left.  If you don’t know how to do this, there are already several good tutorials out there in blogs and on YouTube, just sharpen your Google skills and you’ll find plenty.  (I’m a trial and error type person, so I use the snapshot feature in the history panel frequently.  That way, I can always revert if I’ve done something I don’t like. )

 

Next step, I clean up the picture.  Using clone stamping, I fix any overt texturing errors, stray hairs sticking out of the body or prims that show awkwardly.  After that, I do probably THE most important step you’ll ever need to make smooth SL pictures:  Use the Liquify Tool!! With the avatar mesh in its current state, we all know about those jagged waists, necks and wrists, pointy elbows and knees and that strangeness of hexagonal boobs. Liquify can deal with all that and more and with practice will leave your pictures looking smooth and professional.  I’ll be honest, this tool scared the hell out of me when I first started using it, but Undo is your friend, experiment with brush size, do use the zoom feature, and practice, practice, practice.

 

At this point, each picture takes a different path.  I may use Dodge/Burn to bring out the highlights and shadows, add texturing or backdrops, create shadows behind the avatar, or start with any of the available adjustment layers (specifically:  curves, vibrance, hue/saturation).  Don’t be afraid to play with the layer blending styles, they can make a whole world of difference to the appearance of your image.  I also use the Filters menu quite a bit:  a little Gaussian blur, adding some noise or diffuse glow and unsharp masks.  It all depends on what that finished picture looks like in my mind and the steps I need to take to get it to that point.  Trying a feature, then reverting is the biggest portion of my editing process.  Finally, I go over any rough areas left with the smudge tool.

 

When I’m satisfied, I decide how I want to finish it.  Adding text, Beveled edges, colored matting, drop shadow or any of a number of options and finally, resizing.  You may want to resize in a couple different sizes, depending on whether the image will be used on the web or uploaded back into SL.  You may also want to save your picture in various formats:  JPEG, PNG, or TGA.

 

This layout shows the world of difference a few small editing steps can make to improve a raw shot straight out of SL.