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Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

So I’ve been seeing a few people doing mirror images a lot recently, like this amazing one by the infamous Mr. Jefferson, and I thought I’d give it a try. I have to admit, Mr. Jefferson totally encouraged me to do it. He linked me to all the appropriate tutorials and even sent me the water file inworld (I’m so spoiled). Anyhow, I kinda had fun playing around with this pic. If you’d like to try it out for yourself, check out the following tutorials:

  • Zonja Capalini – This is the one Mr. Jefferson sent to me, it has all the info on it and the file that you need.
  • Cajsa Lilliehook – I also found Cajsa’s tutorial helpful cuz she has the latest windlight settings interface displayed.

Sorry I haven’t shared a tutorial for a few weeks, I’ve been a total slacker this summer and now I’ve been busy getting ready for school to start again. But no worries, I’ll be back to harass y’all more often soon!

Also, I wore a teal bikini in this post just for Mr. Jefferson (he knows why).

BTW, this video has had me laughing (and dancing) all day today so I really wanted to share it. I love this song even more now!

EDIT: I have gotten a slew of questions regarding this post since yesterday so here are the answers to the questions y’all are asking:.

Mirror Mirror update
Raw shots from SL, resized & cropped together, resolutions on top

  1. Mirror Water – Some of you were having difficulty making the windlight preset required to create the mirror water, so I’ve created and uploaded mine at that link. Now you just have to copy it into your water folder. You can find the water folder here: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\water

    If you are using a third party viewer such as Exodus or Phoenix, remember to place the settings in the correct folders by substituting the “SecondLife” folder for the name of the viewer you are using.

  2. Why are your reflections all jagged? It may be because you are shooting your images at a lower resolution than I am. I’ve noticed the higher resolution you shoot the images, the better the reflection (and most of the time the overall picture). As you can see in the second picture I’ve posted in this post, the one shot at the higher resolution has a much cleaner reflection. So try fiddling around with that and see what works best for you.
  3. Raw shot without using the mirror water – Some of you asked to see the raw shot of the image while I was NOT using the mirror water setting so you can see what it looked like before I turned that on. At least, I hope that’s what you were asking, I’m not 100% sure but there it is anyways.

For all the images in this post, I used my diamond windlight setting which is in the 10 pack of settings that can be downloaded from my windlight settings page.

Please email me if you have any more questions as I can respond a lot faster to those than notecards. Thank you and have fun with this! <3 » For more of my tutorials, check out my tutorials page.

*Skin: *Apparence Skins* MERIT SKIN T3 E4 by Marisa Gregan
Hair: [LeLutka]-MAGDALEN hair – AlmostGoth by Thora Charron
*Bikini: *BOOM* Ellio Bikini (teal) by Aranel Ah
*Earrings: [MANDALA] Leather Feather Earrings/Lara Blue by Kikunosuke Eel
Ring: Donna Flora AZIZA aqua ring by Squinternet Larnia
Nails: Candy Nail #P032 Feather Gold by Peche Bury
*Pose: Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)


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

44 thoughts on “Mirror Mirror

  • Frackin’ brilliant, White Hole. See, I told you that you wouldn’t burn up and die if you ever wore teal!

  • Quinn Dionysus

    This is pretty brilliant, actually. Is there a trick I’m missing to get those lovely, smooth reflections? All of mine appear rather jagged.

  • I’ve been meaning to try this for ages, but I keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Beautiful picture, thanks for sharing the tutorials. AND most importantly thanks for sharing that video… it made me laugh so much!

  • stunning ! is that bikini mesh ? i’m going to try those tutorials aswell 😀 gorgeous post ! want that skin too ! hugs <3

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  • I tried to use your link and it says that it is not available..
    I even signed up and it says that the file has been deleted…
    Is there another way to download it?

  • Thank you so much everyone! <3

    @ Nadira, great pic!

    @ Ahimsa, no, that bikini is not mesh!

    @ Quinn it could be the resolution you are shooting the image at. I have updated this post with more information, please read the edited version and see if that helps you any.

    @ Morgana, ack, sorry about that. I had the wrong link in there. I've updated the post now with the correct link but here is the link as well:


  • LOVE this…..thank you Berry, I learn so much from you. ♥

  • How do you all succeed in creating such beautiful avatars? I always end up with a slightly modified version of Ruth, especially the face. :,-(

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  • I have no idea if you caught this, being it on your Flickr, I’ll post it here too:

    You should also try out the debug setting “RenderWaterRefResolution”, change it to something like 2048, then turn deferred off and on, it’ll work some magic and make the water crystal clear, even at 1920×1028!

  • @ Paola you’re very welcome and thank you! <3

    @ Tillie: I think shape is a very important factor in creating a beautiful avatar, unfortunately I suck at making shapes, much like everything else. LOL My shape was custom made for me. But perhaps you can check out some shape demos on marketplace and see if you find any of them to your liking?

    @ Morgana, my pleasure. <3

    @ Ayamo, thank you SO much! I loves getting awesome tips like that. I will definitely try it out next time I'm in world. Thanks again for sharing, really appreciate it. <3

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  • Rain Saxondale

    So.. with this tecnique, does this ONLY work with LL water? I’ve tried everything and the only thing this works against is the LL Water…so I’m not sure if I’m missing something in these tutorials or not lol.. I’ve tried building stuff (Thought I’m no expert on this) and nothing was working other than the water I had to find somewhere. Also i had the resolution at the highest that it can go and the reflection was extremely jagged and I tried playing around with the field of depth and that’s the only thing that seemed to smooth it out..but not fond of the extreme blurring though I know you can adjust it.

  • Hi Rain, yes, this only works with LL water. It’s a water windlight setting that you place in your water folder so it makes the LL water reflective like a mirror. In order for this to work, you need to use LL water, sorry.

    As for the jaggedness, the high resolution is really the only way that fixes it for me. Other people have said when they turned shadows off, the reflection was also a bit smoother. So you might want to try that as well.

  • dydy

    amazing work!!
    but i have a problem,i cant find C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\water on my comp 🙁 i use firestorm. help pls! :((

  • Dydy try replacing the “SecondLife” part of that string with “Firestorm” if that’s the viewer you are using.

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  • Firsty off great tutorials and thanks for your writing about the reflections. I follow your blog and will put some ref links back to them …

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  • Hey Berry! I’ve always loved your tutorials! It’s wonderful that you’re willing to share all your hard-earned knowledge with us all.

    Regarding the mirror water, how did you jack up your resolution to 5760X3084? My computer res only goes up to 1920X1080, and if there is a way to change that in Firestorm, I’ll be hanged if I can find it. Is there? Thanks for all your help here! Hugs, Skye 🙂

  • Hello Skye, you change the resolution in the snapshot preview menu when you are taking a picture. First press the snapshot button, or ctrl-shift-s, and you will get this menu pop up:
    you click on the tab that says save to ‘disk’ set the resolution drop down to custom and then type in the desired resolution numbers below before hitting save. Hope that helps.

  • (it’s me again…hate to be a bother)…

    I did just what you said, Berry, but for some reason the resolution numbers are grayed out, and I’m unable to change them. That’s why I thought there must be some other setting that enables me to access those res numbers, but I don’t know what it would be. I have my graphics on ultra, and I’ve checked “disable camera constraints” under Advanced, and can’t imagine what else I need to do to be able to change this.

    Thanks so much (again) for your help.


    Skye xXx

  • I just realized what I did!

    I’m so sorry! I hadn’t selected “custom” size! Please ignore that woman behind the curtain there!


    “Out of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most…”

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  • Drake1 Nightfire

    I’m not sure if i did something wrong, but the reflection i see is very offset. Any ideas? All i did was put the xml in the correct folder..

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