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Tutorial – Second Life Viewer 2.1 Shadows

Tutorial - Second Life Viewer 2.1 Shadows

As promised, here is a video tutorial on shooting pictures with SL shadows using the Second Life Viewer 2.1 which you can download from here. Please be sure to check the system requirements to make sure you have the right kind of computer to run Second Life. Unfortunately on that page it does not tell us which video cards would be ideal for running shadows. Rumor has it that the majority of ATI cards do not work well with shadows, but please ask around and do some research to find out for sure.

I recently purchased a new computer and things seem to be working well for me so I am sharing my system specifications to give you guys an idea of what I’m running.
Motherboard: Gigabyte H55N Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-530 2.93GHz
Memory: OCZ Technology 8GB DDR3
Hard drive: Samsung 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive
Video card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX460-1 GB GDDR5 Video Card
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

You can also view all of my system specifications in detail on my system specs page.

And now here’s the video or you can also view it on my youtube page:

You might notice some sharp editing in there at times. That’s because I have a pretty bad cold and I had to edit myself out coughing a few times LOL.

For those that cannot view or hear the video, I followed the steps to enable shadows that Banana Vella outlined in her blog post here.

Maybe later today (but probably tomorrow) I will do another video tutorial about shadows but using Kirstens Viewer.

Now again I do not have any technical training, so I’m sure I mispronounced things and/or didn’t show the best way to do it. So if you have any other information you think will be beneficial to the readers, please feel free to share it in the comments or do your own tutorial and link it in the comments. I would love to gather more information on how to go about using and shooting shadows more efficiently.

Thank you!

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

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22 thoughts on “Tutorial – Second Life Viewer 2.1 Shadows

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  • Use shadows is not very easy … in studio it’s cool but in normal environnement it’s very hard … very laggy.

    But shadows change the world :p

    Very nice video

  • Hello Berry, I don’t use the viewer 2. because my lap top has not the requirement it should, and I can’t use the nearly lights with it, only day/night :S and watter and sky effects, or shadows.. ^^ lol I don’t dream on them, at the moment. Do you know if the Kirsten viewer allows the light settings, or is conditioned that much like the 2. ? I mean… I can use more graphics settings using viewer 1. If I want crash that’s my risc… dunno what they caped such settings at 2. 🙁

  • Sailor Violet

    Thank you very much for this tutorial, I’ve been waiting for something like this. Can’t wait to try it out! =3

  • Jeanette, Kirstens Viewer has the same requirements and layout as viewer 2.0. Sorry but it won’t help much.

    Thank you Eve and Sailor.

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  • Bonjour ma belle,

    No closed caption?

    Would be nice if you can able to write a plain HTML page along with the pictures would be GREAT. Because I was truly looking forward to this amazing tutorial but it’s a “voice” tutorial that deaf people like me can’t hear. Hope you will have a time to write or you can tell someone else to write/screenshots for the interface to point it out for you… so you can put them together. I don’t mean to push you but I truly need this tutorial… BADLY! *LOL*

    Au revoir,
    Xia X.

  • Hi Xia,

    The reason I didn’t write out this tutorial in my blog post was because I linked to Banana Vella’s blog post which does have it all written out. I didn’t want to regurgitate the same thing so I figured I would just linked to Banana’s. She’s done a terrific job of explaining how to turn the shadows on in this viewer, even more so than I ever could. Please have a look when you get the chance. This is what I had written in my Tutorial:

    “For those that cannot view or hear the video, I followed the steps to enable shadows that Banana Vella outlined in her blog post here.

    I hope that helps you out.

  • Hi Berry, love your tutorial, its very helpful.

    I just had a question regarding the clearness you have when taking images with shadows on your face. I have trouble with getting my face to be smooth and clean like you have yours when i work with shadows. It usually blurs my face or has weird effects on it.

    Is there something your using like a facelight or such that keeps your face looking so clear?

  • Hi Sanya. I’m not using a facelight at all. The windlight setting I use is my own which you can download from here if you would like to try it:

    I too get a lot of glitches when using shadows with sl viewer 2.1. One thing that helps me is using Kirstens Viewer. It seems to have less glitches when shooting. You can see my tutorial on using shadows with Kirstens Viewer right here:

    I hope all that information helps you out.

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  • Hi Berry,
    I’m having problems checking the Deferred Rendering and Global Illumination. They are blacked out, any way you know to fix this?
    Thanks, Vivian

  • Hi Vivian,

    That’s strange, not sure why they would be grayed out. Have you already selected frame buffer objects? Are your graphics settings on ultra?

    Sorry, not sure how to help you out. I hope you are able to figure it out! <3

  • Euni Kira

    hey strawberry! your windlight setting looks great. what are the settings you have set? just curious!

  • Rain Saxondale

    One of the things that I don’t understand in doing SL photography…and I don’t know if it’s my settings, but whenever I use the snapshot in any viewer…it doesn’t capture anything that I see on the camera view…

    what I’ve been doing is doing a print screen save and working off of that….

    I’ve talked with several photographers and they aren’t sure either.

    I am just not sure what to do.

  • willow roxan

    How do I get Devolpes on this Viewer?

  • Thank you very much!

    Xia X.

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