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Second Life Project BakesOnMesh

Second Life Project BakesOnMesh

I love the fact that Linden Lab continues to work on new features to improve Second Life, even after 15 years! Recently they did a blog post, 15 Reasons to Celebrate Second Life, and number 14 on the list was Bakes on Mesh.

BakesOnMesh is a new feature that has NOT hit the main viewer yet! Linden Lab first announced that they were starting to work on it about a year ago and now it is in a Project Viewer. I am not sure when it will reach the main viewer, but I will do another blog post once it does. For now, I figured I would tell you a bit about it and what a game changer it will be for us, especially since so many people are very excited about it.

Project BakesOnMesh is a new feature that will allow system avatar baked textures to be shown on mesh attachments. That means that textures such as skins, tattoos, cosmetics, underwear, clothing, and even alpha layers could be used on mesh body parts, that have been setup for BakesOnMesh, in the same way as system layer clothing is applied to classic avatars. So basically it will make your mesh body parts behave like they are classic system avatars.

Here is some more information about Project BakesOnMesh which I got from the Feedback Thread on the forums:

Basic Features

  • Any face of a mesh object can be textured using one of the server baked textures.
  • The corresponding region of the system avatar is hidden if an attached mesh is using a baked texture.


  • Avoid the need for appliers -> easier customization workflow
  • Avoid the need for onion avatars -> fewer meshes, fewer textures at display time
  • Avoid the need to sell full-perm meshes. You can customize any mesh you have modify permissions for simply by setting the flags and equipping the appropriate wearables.

How to apply texture to Mesh once BakesOnMesh goes live, and creators have updated their body parts to work with it:

Avatar wearables are baked into six different textures (BAKE_HEAD, BAKE_UPPER, BAKE_LOWER, BAKE_EYES, BAKE_SKIRT, BAKE_HAIR) by the baking service. You can now apply these textures to your avatar’s object attachments’ diffuse texture.

  1. Right click on the attachment, click edit and from the edit face menu select textures.
  2. Click the diffuse texture icon to open up the texture picker.
  3. The texture picker has an extra radio button mode called ‘bake’ for selecting server bakes. The ‘bake’ radio button mode has a dropdown for selecting BAKE_HEAD, BAKE_UPPER, BAKE_LOWER, BAKE_EYES, BAKE_SKIRT, BAKE_HAIR server bake textures.

When an attachment is using a baked texture, the corresponding base mesh region of the system avatar is hidden.

If a mesh face is set to show a baked texture but is not attached to an avatar, you will see a default baked texture. If you are using an older viewer without bakes on mesh support, then faces set to show baked textures will also display as the default baked texture, and base mesh regions will not be hidden.

The BakesOnMesh Omega HUD:

Recently a FREE BakesOnMesh HUD has become at the Omega store inworld. What the HUD does is using the Omega layer on any mesh body part, that is omega compatible, it lets you apply system layers on the mesh body parts, similar to how BakesOnMesh will when it goes live. You of course need to use the BakesOnMesh Project Viewer in order to use it.

Please note that this is just a work around right now before BakesOnMesh goes live. This is NOT how BakesOnMesh will work when it goes live. Once it goes live, you won’t need to use this HUD. In fact, I can see omega going obsolete because of BakesOnMesh, if all creators update their mesh body parts to work with BakesOnMesh. Once creators update their content, you will just use system layers without the use of any HUDs at all. It will be much faster and convenient.

However, if you want to try out some of your older skins and other layers on your mesh body parts to see how they look, you can download the Project Viewer and purchase this omega HUD to get an idea right now. I’ve done that today for this blog post and made a video about it, so check that below.

I have tried playing with BakesOnMesh using the Omega HUD, and here are my notes about it:

  • Download Project BakesOnMesh Viewer – I downloaded and installed the viewer.
  • Purchase and Wear the Bake on Mesh skin applier (Omega) HUD, there is one available for FREE at the Omega store inworld.) – You need to wear this HUD for mesh body parts that are omega compatible to get the BakesOnMesh to work right now with the Project Viewer. I believe once BakesOnMesh is released to main viewer and designers have updated their body parts to work with BakesOnMesh, you won’t need to use this HUD anymore.
  • Wear Omega Relay HUDs for your Mesh Body Parts – I wore my Omega relay HUDs (or activated omega using activation kits) for the mesh body parts that I used.
  • Remove Alpha Layers – I removed all the alpha layers I was wearing for my mesh head and body.
  • Wear an alpha layer for system lashes & eyes – You only need to do this if you feel you need it after removing your alphas. I like to wear mesh eyes so I wear a free lashes and eyes alpha layer that I picked up from the Mayfly store. If you use a system layer to go over the eyes, then you probably won’t need to wear an alpha for the eyes either, but I didn’t try that.
  • Wear any system layer – I’ve tried wearing all sorts of system layers on my mesh head and body and it worked for skins, cosmetics, tattoos and even clothing layers. We have the option to wear up to 62 layers.
  • Mesh Body Parts that I’ve personally tried this with – I’ve personally tried this on the following mesh body parts and they all work with it: SLink Physique Body, Maitreya Lara Body, Catwa Head, LeLutka Head, Logo Head, Vista Head, and LAQ Head. This will work on any omega compatible body part.
  • This will not be visible to anyone not using the Project Viewer – Please note that if you try this right now and walk around the grid with it, the only people that will be able to see your system layers on your mesh body parts will be others that are also using this Project Viewer. People using Firestorm or other viewers right now will see default skin.

Watch my video where I tried on old skins and cosmetics on Maitreya Lara Body and Catwa Catya Head using the Omega HUD:

Important links for BakesOnMesh:

I tried to make this post and video easy to understand so I hope it wasn’t too confusing to you all and you got the idea of what BakesOnMesh will do for us all in the future. It will makes things so much more convenient and easier for both content creators and consumers. I am really looking forward to just wearing simple system layers on all my mesh body parts in the future!

My Style Credits:
Shape: Catya 2 Shape by Strawberry Singh
*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2 by Catwa Clip
*Eyes: Avi-Glam Dramatic Eyes by Kendra Parfort (The Seasons Story)
*Skin: Various Skins (watch video)
*Hair: Tableau Vivant \\ Stella hair by M4ri1yn Magic
*Blazer: Tee*fy Kiara Blazer – Nude by Azure Electricteeth (c88)
*Earrings: Maxi Gossamer Antique London Drop Earrings by Maxi Gossamer


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

26 thoughts on “Second Life Project BakesOnMesh

  • I can’t wait to get to play with this, I’m rather eager for it to become readily available already. It sounds really great from the information so far.

  • This is awesome! I can rock my Last Call and Armidi clothes again!

  • lol of course I tossed all my old system skins and clothes

  • Mirabelle Sweetwater/Marjorie Brickard

    Yes I tossed all my old system skins and clothing including all my old Pulse skins and Lorac Farella was one of my favorite skin creators 🙁 Question is will I still be able to use the Omega Hud to apply the skins I currently use an applier for or will those applier huds work without the Omega relays once the BakedOnMesh goes live.

  • This sounds like another reason to make mesh body parts modifiable, isn’t it? I don’t understand how it works without being able to edit body parts.

  • Fabulous. Luckily I still kept the old layers of the things I loved *thinks about all the people who trashed their system layers*

  • Debi Baskerville

    I’m curious to know how the feet and hands of those old skins looked on your mesh body. I can’t imagine that the old skins will actually work as they were made for system feet/hands and not our beautiful mesh feet/hands.

  • jackson redstar

    Seems both good and bad in a way. I cant imagine how good system clothes would look ‘baked’ onto a mesh body, and just seems like all new stuff we have to go out and buy now. but if it reduces lag, then that’s a good thing

  • I imagine LL will increase the baked textures to 1024×1024 so there’s no decrease in quality with this?

    Otherwise it’s the best news Ive heard in a long time! Looking forward to super lean bodies and heads. The whole applier thing has been a nightmare for me.

  • LuLu Starbrook

    This is exciting news. I’m one of those people who have kept all my old clothes and skins. Only recently have gotten on board with bento heads. The learning curve has been a challenge at times. I’ve got the hang of it now, however, it would be nice to eliminate the HUDs that clutter up my screen. It will be fun to see what happens when it goes live.

  • Joanna M.

    Fortunately I kept most of my system layers, so I was able to try all of them on my mesh bodies and heads.
    The skin result is not perfect, mostly on feet/hands ( ) and it may vary a lot depending on the mesh we are wearing. But I got very good results with clothes textures. Even with those top appliers that get distorced when converted to omega, using the bakeronmesh their textures are perfect on my mesh bodies.
    I can’t wait to use my hairbases, makeups and clothes when it goes live.
    And thank you very much for the detailed tutorial, Strawberry!!

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  • My apologies about the late response. Thank you for sharing your picture Joanna. This is definitely something creators will have to look out for in future skin releases. Debi you are right about the older skins, it will be hard to find ones that will work perfectly for face and body.

  • Cristalle Karami

    I can’t see creators getting rid of appliers, not if they protect the texture and its UUID better than the current system.

  • Qion Hifeng

    I can see my inventory will explode with this, instead of 30 eyes, nail polishes, 40 colors of shoes, 15 colors of hair, 100 colors of lipstick, on one hud each, with beautiful photos showing us exactly what colors are there for us to apply, are we going to go back to the time when we were looking at a file with a ton of lipstick tattoos in a file, numbered 1 to 20 and having to wear them all to find out what color they are….each and every time.

    This sounds like a nightmare to me. This is a return to the bad old days.

  • Qion Hifeng

    Oops…shoes are not a good example here…sorry…replace with stockings

  • Articulata Sisboombata

    Somehow, many of my worn items have become corrupted after playing around with an early project viewer. It’s ruined a couple of hairs and some skin (fortunately, an open source skin I can re-upload if necessary).

    Some of my favorite outfits have become corrupted, wish I’d left it alone.

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  • Krie Ragu

    I tried using the Ashley (boi) skin from Pink Fuel and it shows the nipples from boi skin (lower on the breast) and little dark spots which locate the nipples on the mesh body. So BakeOnMesh still does not allow you to apply a boi skin. So unless the solution is found, the V-Tech boi applier will still be needed. Unfortunately, I have not found the V-Tech applier to work much better.

  • Skinners resident

    As you know I’m a illustrator in SL.
    For me it would be great to have a poser part inside SL to make poses direct on a sim or a SL decor.
    Now I have to work in Poser or Daz, pre export them to SL and see how everything is working. Is there another way?
    Grtz, S. SInclair

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    am reading this great informative article here att my home.

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  • I found your video very informative, but, although I am sure I did everything as you described I had no luck in wearing old skins (or clothes, either). I ran the Project Viewer (Second Life Release (64bit)), obtained the free BakesOnMesh Applier from Omega Solutions, and the Omega System Relay -Maitreya v1.72.
    I clicked on an old Glam Affair skin (purchased 2012) and (having ensured the Maitreya Mesh Body – Alpha was removed and the Relay and BOM Applier Huds were worn), clicked on the BOM Applier Hud. My body changed to show a blue top and yellow bottom (with Baked On text) poking through bits of my Maitreya skin’s surface.
    Have things changed or can you suggest anything I might be doing wrongly?

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