Second Life tutorial
The best Second Life tutorial for customizing your avatar is the ‘Create a Custom Avatar’ video series.
There is also a growing collection of information in the
Second Life wiki,
which has advice on all kinds of topics ranging from building objects to working with textures. But when you want to learn how to dress you avatar in a designer outfit or the latest in medieval battle gear, you can look to the ‘Custom Avatar’ pages. Here is a glimpse of what you will find.
Buying Linden Dollars (L$)
What does buying Linden Dollars have to do with customizing your avatar? Well, unless you are a graphic artist (or have the time and inclination to develop those skills) you will have to buy your new avatar outfits and body parts in the
Second Life Marketplace.
This SL tutorial teaches you the basics of how to make inworld purchases. Although this video shows you how to convert US Dollars into Linden Dollars, you don’t necessarily have to spend money to start out. Just shop among the many objects available that cost L$0.
Searching and teleporting
There is a Second Life tutorial for each of these basic activities. When customizing an avatar, you may have a particular theme in mind. For example, if you want medieval costumes and accessories, your shopping expedition will be more successful if you first watch the video about how to use the search feature to locate specific types of items to buy. After you watch the video about teleporting, you will be able to create landmarks (like web browser bookmarks) that will allow you to revisit your favorite shopping places. Once you discover how vast the SL landscape is, and how easy it is to get lost, you will understand why the ability to teleport and create landmarks are two of the most important skills you need in order to enjoy your virtual lifestyle.
Shopping and appearance
The Second Life tutorial on shopping will show you exactly how to find, purchase and wear your new virtual outfits and accessories. When you do a search for ‘freebie shops’, you will find a listing of places that sell free or low cost clothing and accessories. Shop for casual clothing, outlandish costumes or outfits taken from historical eras in the real world. The video about changing your avatar’s appearance will show you how to change its height, weight (thickness and body mass), basic clothing and even gender. Since it’s so easy to make changes in your avatar’s appearance, you will probably enjoy using these SL features as much as you enjoy teleporting to new places.
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