Tutorial – Close your eyes!

Tutorial - Close your eyes

Over the past few years I’ve taken quite a number of pictures of my avatar with her eyes closed and I’ve always gotten a lot of questions asking how I go about doing that. I’ve tried my best to explain it to everyone that has asked, but I’m not sure if I was clear enough so I thought I would just bite the bullet and go ahead and make a video tutorial outlining the procedure I use.

Here it is, if you have trouble viewing it here you can visit my youtube page:

This was my first time doing a video tutorial so I would love some feedback. Please let me know if I went too fast or didn’t give enough details because I am planning to do more video tutorials in the future so your feedback will be very helpful. After listening to myself I’ve already discovered that I say ummmmm a lot and plurked about it! LOL So definitely going to try not to do that in future tutorials.

This procedure that I use I actually learned from a video tutorial by Ryker Beck a few years ago which you can view here. I encourage you to do that because she has a lot more detail in her video that might be helpful.

EDIT: I just realized that it may be difficult for some people to either view or hear the video and I deeply apologize about that. I did not think of it before and I promise I will do my best to also write out the steps in my blog posts as well.

This is what I do when taking a picture with my eyes closed:

  1. Remove any prim lashes.
  2. Choose an eye makeup that has a lighter lid so when the eyes are closed they don’t look all black.
  3. Hit the snapshot button and look for the freeze frame option (and select it) at the bottom of the snapshot preview box.
  4. Reposition your image by using your mouse while you are still in freeze frame mode.
  5. Select and deselect the freeze frame option continuously by using your mouse (or the space-bar on the keyboard) until you catch yourself in the middle of a blink. It takes a lot of patience but most of the time I get it within the first few tries.
  6. Hit save to save your snapshot to disk 🙂

» You can view all of my current tutorials on my tutorials page.

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Also in case you were wondering how I did this video tutorial, I used Camtasia.


Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

20 thoughts on “Tutorial – Close your eyes!

  • August 31, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    great tutorial Berry, and your voice is sooooo beautiful! <33

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  • August 31, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    awwwww Kyrie, you are like my idol so you have no idea how I feel right now! LOL Thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment. <3

  • August 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Great and simple tutorial!
    You may want to increase the voice volume when recording because with full volume on, your voice is barely audible. Other than that, just great and well explained. Good Job!

  • August 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Very nice tutorial and great style – nicely paced, too! – and listening made me feel like this was a conversation, which is not easy achieve if you sit in front of a mic, basically talking to yourself. 🙂
    And I agree, you have a beautiful voice!

  • August 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    great tip indeed,too bad the postproduction in ps is needed but the secret is revealed 😉

  • August 31, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Excellent! can we have how to smile with eyes open next? 🙂

  • August 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    how do you talk without open your mouth ? ^^ (joke)

    great video, i didn’t know the freeze option, it’s cool !! thks !

  • August 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Great video tutorial! This is a really easy way to learn, so I hope you do many, many more! Please, please, please!!! <3

  • August 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Great tutorial, Strawberry! And I do like the way you talk, I’m not that good in english and I could understand you very well!! Yay!
    Thank you!

  • August 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you for being so generous and sharing your techniques! I’ve tried your dodge and burn method for adding a bit more depth and now can’t wait to try this.

  • August 31, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you so much guys! I will definitely do more video tutorials as well as write the steps out for those that can’t view them. I’ll also try and figure out how to increase the volume. Thank you all for the feedback, it’s very very helpful. And also please do let me know if you have any other suggestions for future tutorials!

    Thanks again! <3

  • September 1, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Great!! i even didnt know that was posible to turn the angle when u already did the snap lol thanks for the tutorial very useful cause i usually have to draw close eyes in ps and this way looks more natural and u have sooo cute voice! <33

  • September 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    This is wonderful – thanks so much for being the type of person happy to share hints and tips!

  • September 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I agree with Stacie, this is a wonderful and easy way to learn. I love your tutorials and hope you do more on video 😀

  • September 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

    the simplest ways are mostly the best! thank you.

    i feeling a bit suprised, how the easiest ‘clicks’ are unknown to a 3 years old sl person (like me sometimes). i guess my problem with the moving eyes in product photos for close-ups might be solved too with the ‘freezing frame’ option. yai!

    thank you! <3


  • May 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Great tutorial! I’ve been a photographer for almost as long in SL and never even messed with the freeze frame. I’ve always just photoshopped the closed eyes in. I will have to try it and see if it saves me time with it. 🙂

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