Thursday, September 7, 2017

New product : When You're Hot

Hi !

Today I am making something a little different, a set of sweat and wet appliers for your mesh body and head, called When You're Hot !

Why that name ? Because when you're too hot and sweaty, what you need is a good shower, or a walk outside under the rain, and this is exactly what this product is all about :p

Please note, these appliers are compatible with Omega-enabled heads and bodies, but NOT with Catwa and Genus ! It might change in the future but that does not depend on me. More details later in this post.

These appliers go from a nice subtle and erotic sheen on your skin to being completely drenched in water. With all stages in-between. The stages are, in order of intensity :

- Warm : A subtle sheen on your skin, very erotic.
- Hot : More sheen, a few beads of sweat forming where the skin outputs the most heat.
- Torrid : Even brighter sheen, more beads of sweat, the forehead is clearly shiny and glittery.
- Workout : You're clearly sweaty, like after a good workout, the beads of sweat are bigger, there are more of them and some are starting to run down your body.
- Sauna : You're sweating all the water out of your body !
- Shower : When you're in the shower, or stepping out of it, your body is covered in running water. (*)
- Rain : When you're outside under the rain, the drops are longer, thinner and probably colder ! (*)

(*) : This works very well with the Hikari and Chizuru wet hairstyles from Argrace. The one I'm wearing in the Shower and Rain pictures is Hikari (Chizuru is shorter).

A nice summer afternoon (no shine is applied so you see the difference with the three following images)

Warm and cozy... (here the "Warm" applier is used, you can see the subtle shine)

Ok it's getting hot in here ! (the "Hot" applier is in effect, notice the little beads of sweat that appear on my skin)

Can't nap in this heat ! (here I am using the "Torrid" applier, which has a bit more sheen and even more beads of sweat)

Let's head to the beach. (I am using the "Warm" applier with maximum Glossiness, plus Shimmer on Maitreya set to the maximum, to demonstrate how you can look oily as well with these appliers)

A little sunscreen again after having been in the water to cool myself of. (using the "Workout" applier here, which has nice big beads and running sweat, very good for when you want your body to look wet but not overly so)

I'm melting here ! (here I'm using the "Sauna" applier)

Zzzzzz... Shoot ! It's time for my workout ! (more "Sauna" here)

At least... it is cooler... inside the house... *huff* *puff* (more "Workout" applier under a different lighting)

This is pure masochism, I'm telling you ! ("Workout" again)

But sooo worth it. (even more "Workout")

After so much hard work, a good shower feels like heaven. (using the "Shower" applier here, note that the blueish spots are not part of the appliers, they are the particles spawned by the shower itself)

So, so good... (more "Shower" action)

Ok let's not spend an hour in here, I have an appointment ! (even more "Shower" to show the running droplets of water on the legs)

I did not stay that long under the shower, no I did not. But the weather has turned to crap ! (using the "Rain" applier now, with long thin drops all over the body)

Why am I waiting outside under the rain in a bikini with an umbrella that I am barely using ? Don't ask me, this is Second Life ! (with "Rain")

At least I can't complain about the heat anymore now. Brrr. (even more "Rain")

That's it, I have waited long enough, he's not coming, time to go back home before I catch a cold. (and yet more "Rain")

I was longing for a little time in the sauna... (using the "Sauna" applier again, under a different lighting than the first time)

Nothing like some time in the sauna to relax your body after a hard day of work. What ? Yes it was a hard day of work ! (more "Sauna", notice the long drops on the belly)

Zzzzzz... (and yet more "Sauna", just because)

Dynamic shine

They are meant to shine dynamically and realistically, the light is not baked, meaning they won't work on a system body or a system head, only on mesh bodies and mesh heads, either Maitreya and Lelutka or Omega-compatible mesh bodies and heads like Belleza, eBody, LOGO etc.

Please note that for the time being, Catwa and Genus heads will not work with this product. This is because of two reasons : firstly it is not natively compatible with Omega, meaning it needs a relay, which does not handle materials. Secondly, the only layer on which one can apply materials in Catwa and Genus is the skin. But these materials need to be applied over an invisible texture, otherwise they look ugly (the beads look like pimps and blisters and the long drops look like scars, ugh).

In order to check if your mesh head is natively compatible with Omega, check this link. If your head is not in the list, then it won't work with this product.

A few videos to show you the dynamic shine in action :

If you are interested in the treadmill I'm running on, you can find it here.

Attention, you need to have your Advanced Lighting Model activated in order to see the shine, otherwise you won't see anything at all. Other people looking at you ideally need their ALM activated as well or they won't see you sweaty or wet.

To activate ALM, open your Preferences, go to "Graphics" and tick the "Advanced Lighting Model" checkbox, if not already done :

If doing so cripples your FPS (Frames Per Second, the speed at which your viewer renders your view in SL), just deactivate the dynamic shadows like this :

Of course there needs to be local lights around, at the very least some sun. If you are in an area without any local lights and no sun, your skin won't shine, obviously. The folder contains an object called "spinning lights" that you may want to wear to have lights rotating slowly around yourself. It is great for testing if your appliers work and see how they look under different lights.

How to use

In this section I will assume that you are a Maitreya + Lelutka user like me, knowing that if you are wearing any other mesh body or head, you will need to use the Omega applier HUDs instead of the Maitreya + Lelutka applier HUD. More on the Omega appliers later in this post.

This is how the Maitreya + Lelutka HUD looks like :

It is really simple to use. To apply a level of sweat, simply click on the head icon you want, which will immediately apply to your Lelutka mesh head (unless you activated its Rerouting feature, in which case it will ask you what layer you want to apply to), then on a body icon, making your Maitreya mesh body ask you what layer to apply the textures to. And that's it.

Please note that applying to the Underwear layer will leave an untextured gap around the neck, because the Underwear layer (and the Clothing one too but you don't really want to apply the sweat to it as it would look weird between the breasts) does not go all the way to the edge of the neck. So unless you are wearing a collar like me, you should better apply to the Tattoo layer when using Maitreya.

Actually this HUD does a third thing, it automatically applies to any Lolas compatible object you are wearing, for example Lolas breasts, or Code-5 cuffed breasts. Depending on that object, you may need to activate that layer to show the shine, but it works. It applies to the Top layer by the way, due to Code-5's bra layer being alpha masked with no way to change that.

Because of its Lolas compatibility, please do NOT wear an Omega relay for your Maitreya mesh body, it would only show the textures on the upper part of your body and you'd think there is a bug. This is because Lolas and Omega share the same channel and have very similar protocols for the top of the body (not for the bottom and head, which use a different channel). So if you are wearing your Maitreya Omega relay, unwear it, it conflicts. Plus it cannot handle materials anyway.

Clicking on the top of the HUD hides it partially, click again to show it again. Clicking on the "M" icon in the top left corner gives you a link to my Marketplace store.

Some mesh bodies offer options that others don't, for example Maitreya lets you adjust the Glossiness of your already applied textures, while Lelutka allows you to adjust the opacity of your tattoo layer (which is what the head appliers apply their textures to by default). By the way, in order to see the shine on your Lelutka head, don't forget to actually activate the Tatoo layer on its HUD because apparently it does not do it automatically :

Speaking of head tattoos, since the head appliers apply diffuse, normal and specular textures, not only do they make your head shine (notice I write "head" and not "face" because there will be wetness on your skull and neck as well), but they also remove whatever tattoo texture you were wearing. This may or may not be what you want, but leaving the tattoo intact would most likely give the shine a dirty black or grey tint, so the tattoo is replaced. I will see if I can find a way to keep the tattoo intact while applying sweat over it, for a future update. The reason for this is technical : if you want a white shine on a partially transparent surface, that surface must be white. Most tattoos are not, so the shine takes whatever color they are and usually the resulting shine is ugly.

Depending on the ambient light, on your own tastes and the situation you're in, you might find your shine too bright or too dim. There are a few tricks to make the shine make it look the way you want, at least on Maitreya. You can for example tweak the "Glossiness" slider on the "Layers" tab, and/or the "Shimmer" slider on the "Skins & Options" tab. I usually set my Glossiness slider to something between 66% and 100%. The Shimmer slider is nice for lower levels of sweat because it mixes with the shine of the applier, but with different reflections. It gives a more natural look in my opinion. Personally I think that turning the Shimmer off (not all the way down, but turned off with the "Shine on/off" button) looks even better because the skin underneath is shaded less, which is more realistic if your skin is wet. But your mileage may vary.

Glossiness slider on the Maitreya HUD

Shimmer slider on the Maitreya HUD

You can also combine two body appliers (at least on Maitreya) to increase the shine.

The same goes for the "Shimmer" slider on the Lelutka HUD, but don't forget to press "Restore" first before modifying that slider, in case the Shimmer was off. Apparently the Lelutka HUD does not reactivate it automatically.

Shimmer slider on the Lelutka HUD

Omega appliers

If you are using another mesh body than Maitreya, and/or another mesh head than Lelutka, you need to use the Omega HUDs contained in the folder instead of the Maitreya + Lelutka one. Attention, your mesh body/head must be compatible with Omega v2 so it can display materials !

You will quickly notice that there are three appliers instead of one : one for the head, one for the torso and one for the legs. Wear them all three. This is due to Omega not being able to handle more than one part of the body per HUD.

The HUDs look like this :

Yes, there are hovertexts above the HUDs, there is nothing I can do, the Omega ToS requires to have them shown.

To use these appliers, simply click on one of the pictures then on one of the layers in the same HUD. Repeat for the other HUDs. For example, click on the "Workout" head icon on the top HUD, then on "Tattoo" and your mesh head will suddenly look very sweaty ! Provided it is compatible with Omega that is. It is important to understand that unlike the "Maitreya + Lelutka" HUD, clicking on a picture on an Omega HUD does nothing in itself, it just prepares the HUD for the application when you click on the layer buttons ("Tattoo", "Makeup", "Bra", "Top", "Undies" or "Pants").

Once done, you can then click on the "Glossy" and/or "Enviro." buttons to tweak the glossiness and environment values of the applied textures respectively. This is something you cannot do with Maitreya, actually, so in this regard the Omega HUDs are more powerful than the Maitreya one. Please note that these two "buttons" are more like "sliders". The value depends on where you click on those buttons, hence the double arrows drawn over them. The more to the right the click, the higher the value. Tweaking the environment is good if you want to give your body a little oily look, I recommend setting it between 10 and 20 (that's done by clicking somewhere over the arrow to the left). I wish Maitreya had this kind of option.

Clicking on the slashed "Tex" button will remove the texture (which is invisible anyway so that won't change anything) and clicking on "Mat" will remove the materials, suppressing the shine totally.

Clicking on the "M" icon in the top left corner gives you a link to my Marketplace store, clicking on the "Omega" icon in the top right corner gives you a link to the Omega website.

You can find the appliers at my store on the Marketplace, it is No-Modify, Copy and No-Transfer and costs L$700. The box contains an updater to rez in case an update is available for this product, updates are always free. Also if you ever break your product, rezzing the updater will automatically get you a redelivery. Please note that since this product is no-transfer, there is no refund so all sales are final, I can only refund double purchases.

Please note  that these appliers are made for ladies. I know that most male mesh bodies and heads are compatible with Omega, and that's great, but I do not guarantee this product looks good on men. I have a feeling that it will, but I did not test.

And as always... Please try the demo first !

Have fun !


PS : The umbrella is a full perms one I bought long ago, to which I applied the wet textures I made for the Cloak of the Initiate.

PPS : The accessories (collar, umbrella, bikini, heels etc) are not included.