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I was starting to define my Second Life character quite well, so to go with my bike, I felt I needed a t-shirt. Making clothing is a popular way of making money, as well as a way of making your avatar truly unique. To make the t-shirt, I used a combination of GIMP, the Second Life template, and an “SL Clothing Previewer”. The previewer is useful for seeing how clothing looks, prior to uploading it. It's very convenient for fine tuning. In about 30 minutes, I had made my T-Shirt in GIMP. It is rather basic though!
The template is fairly obvious when making basic clothing, but there are more sophisticated templates around that explain some more of the complexities. As a 2D image is wrapped around a 3D object, things get distorted and there can be a problem with seams. Coping with these issues is very difficult and is takes some skill. The SL Clothing Previewer really helped speed things up though. In the picture, you might notice the top and bottom of my arms don't quite match but after a bit of fine tuning and refreshing, I fixed this.
The in game preview gives me a final idea of what it will look like, and I pay the L$10 to upload the file. That's a very small amount indeed (they give L$250 just for starting an account).
Finally, I springboard myself in to a new modelling career, with me posing for the camera in my new clothing. To quote 101 other SL residents, “Nice Bike Spode”.