UPDATE: February 24th, 2011 – This post is outdated now, please keep up to date with all of my windlight settings on my windlight settings page.
Most recent third party viewers are coming equipped with some of the best windlight settings created by SL residents such as AnaLu, Caliah Lyon, CodeBastard Redgrave and Torley Linden. If you don’t already have those, I suggest you visit this link and download & install all of them at once.
I’ve been using these above settings over the years for many of my pictures. Since starting to use SL Shadows I decided to make my own windlight setting which I talked about in this video tutorial. Since then many of you requested I share my setting so I’ve made it available for download. Please remember even when I use this setting, I still play around with the Sun/Moon position and angles each time to get it just to my liking.
You can download this setting below. There is also another setting which a few people have been asking me about for a while so I thought I would add that in too.
Please note that I use these two settings in Second Life Viewer 2.1 and also Kirstens Viewer. I’m not sure how these would work or look in any other viewers.
The second windlight setting is actually to be used without SL shadows. This setting is very similar to the Caliah windlight preset. I love that preset and used to use it often in my photography. After a while though I decided to make my own setting especially designed for my closeup shots that I love to do. It’s great for darker skins because it’s a bit brighter and has a little less red in it. The following is a raw shot from SL using my “closeup” windlight preset.
As you can see it’s a very simple and clean setting. I used this setting to snap and play with the puzzled picture you see at the top of this post. Unless I am wearing a very very pale or light skin, I usually use this setting. If I am wearing a pale or light skin then sometimes the Caliah preset works better for me.
To install both of these presets you will need to download them first and then copy them into the following folders. Please make sure you have shut down Second Life before doing this and follow the instructions for the system that you are running:
Windows XP –
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies
Windows Vista & 7 –
Mac – use Go menu > Go to Folder and paste in:
If you have any questions, problems or difficulties, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
» You can view all of my tutorials on my tutorials page.
Credits for what I’m wearing:
*Skin: :: DUTCH TOUCH ::Yri:: Coffee – Dreamy HBBrown CL2 by Iki Ikarus
Eyes: Poetic Color Eyes – quicksilver – by Lano Ling
*Hair: >TRUTH< Lanie 2 – mocha by Truth Hawks
*Top: [Whippet & Buck] Claven Lace Blouse ROSE (LE.LOOK! Exclusive) by Dakota Buck
*Pants: Kyoot – Beaded Leather Micro Pants by Saeya Nyanda
*Necklace: Dark Mouse Nouveau Wave Necklace – Gold by Mouse Mimistrobell
Bracelets: *[MANDALA]TAKARA Bangle/Pink Bright/A by kikunosuke Eel
*Poses: Storin by Annah Whitfield
P.S. If you are wondering how I got the puzzled effect in the picture above, I used a special Photoshop filter called Alien Skin Xenofex 2.