Archive | August, 2012

Texture Add-on for My Little Plastic Flower

31 Aug

If you don’t feel ready to jump into making mesh textures with all hands and feet or just don’t have the time. (see previous post) – We’ve  got  a solution.

Cute as a button textures made especially for “My Little Plastic Flower” Mesh Pack. 12 unique designs.

**12 — 1024×1024 Baked / UV Mapped Textures for “My Little Plastic Flower Mesh Pack”

*Textures only – Mesh kit is available from Trowix Concepts


12 cute ‘n happy textures to brighten any day!
UV mapped and shaded for “My Little Plastic Flower” Mesh

Let your creativity fly with these!  12 designs with 5 materials each to put on a mesh with 5 materials.  That’s a LOT of mixing and matching possibilities!


A guide to the Baked Textures is included in the set.

These Baked/UV textures are made with currently available Trowix textures, so it’s easy to create a coordinated look.

Find our pretty blooms at the Trowix Barn

and on SL’s Marketplace, here.

Bloom where you are planted!

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My Little Plastic Flower – Loveable Mesh!

31 Aug

This adorable mesh potted flower is a joy to design with. Inworld, its 5 materials make texturing easy and fun. Or use your favorite graphics program with any or all of our shaders and UV guide to create just the effect you want.

[1PE at .43x.25x.49m using the highest LOD flower]


With or without a green thumb, you can grow these adorable little guys just about anywhere!

Mesh is gaining in popularity in Second Life.  For those who may still be a little wary of mesh, we hope to win you over with this little flower.  Semi-technical data is below… and more pictures!


As with all Trowix vendors, we put as much relevant information as possible.

First, there are the “shaders”.  They add a more realistic look to meshes.

They can be used alone or in combination in your favorite graphics program when making you own custom textures.  You can also use these in-world and tint the corresponding areas for colors and fun effects. Try adding glow or full bright with the specular.  Pretty colors with the AO or the shadow.


The “shaders”.
AO – Ambient Occlusion for an overall shaded 3D look
Shadow – For an overhead lighted look
Specular – For shine & highlight accents

You’ll get even more variety with the Material areas.  Each Material designates an area on the mesh which can be textured separately both in-world and in your graphics program quickly and easily.

It is especially simple in-world.  IMAGINE!  You can add multiple textures to this 1 pe mesh, in-world!!  (try that with sculpties… )


Here we have the 5 material areas tinted.
You can add individual textures to each colored area.
Petals, Corona, Leaves, Dirt & Pot.

Next is LOD.  We put LOD information on all our sculpts & meshes. LOD means Level of Detail, simply.  It is the level of detail over distance.

Now you’re probably thinking.. “Hey!  but I keep my debug LOD at 4 like everyone suggests.  So LOD doesn’t matter.”

Ahh, but it does!

If a sculpt or mesh needs your viewer at debug 4 to look good… well, think of it as a pillow that you have to keep plumping.  It’s extra work.  It also affects the textures.

At Trowix, we have found LOD 2 to be a good compromise in detail for our sculpts.  It keeps them looking better at more distance & keeps textures crisper without bleeding.

For Meshes we work the LOD out for each individual item to get a good mixture of detail, sharp no-bleed textures & the best prim equivalent value we can possibly make without sacrificing our exacting standards.   (We are seriously picky!)

We want you to enjoy your creating knowing your Trowix supplies are top quality.

Below are examples of the 2 LOD versions we have included with this mesh:

Here are the 2 LOD sequences Trowa made for flower.
The Higher PE flower is on the left & the lower PE flower on the right.
Left to Right – LOD3, LOD2 & LOD1 are shown.

Also included in the mesh pack is a UV Map.

It’s a representation of the 3D model in 2 dimensions called U and V since X, Y & Z are used to denote the 3D model.

(a quick explanation on Wiki, here)

You will use these “flat” maps in your graphics programs to create unique and original textures with and without the Shaders.

Use this as a transparent overlay when making textures.
Remember to hide it when you merge layers!

Next, we usually include a “Baked Texture” made with the UV map.  While, hopefully, it is nice in its own right, it is also helpful as a UV Guide.  On the Baked Texture you will be able to see which of the puzzling pieces correspond to what parts of the mesh.


Normally I don’t label the parts on the texture since it seems self-explanatory.
However, I can if you’d like, just drop a notecard to Vix and let me know if you’d like that done for kits.

Lastly, we like to include a ground shadow with our mesh kits (and many of the sculpts).  It is a good average midday shadow.  You may choose to use other shadows or make your own for various lighting situations.

HOWEVER!  The ground shadow makes it very simple for you to have a mesh configuration that shows you as the creator. Simply create the shadow on your prim and link it last to the flower as the root prim.

So, with the current in-world limits on mesh uploading, you can easily make an object appear as your creation.  And we want you to!  At Trowix we make things for your creative imagination.

(from our mind to your mind… )


Make “My Little Plastic Flower” your flower, too!

To brighten up any season of the year, find Your Little Plastic Flower at the Trowix Barn and on SLMarketplace.

A Happy Weekend to you!

 

Trowix Subscription Group – Fast Updates!

28 Aug

Trowix now has a subscription group! A subscription group does not use an in-world group slot. It’s also free. You will receive Trowix news of sales and releases by IM. We’ve added this type of group for convenience and choice.

It came to our attention that a number of our in-world group members were not always receiving notices. So, Trowa scripted this brand new, shiny subscription group to help assure that everyone gets our news.

You can now choose a Trowix group to suit your needs or just JOIN BOTH!

There is a gift for joining the subscriber – since it will cost you a teleport to get on the list and we want all trips to the Trowix Barn to be pleasant and rewarding.


Our Gift.  Sharp, bright & shadowed – for landmarks, upscale voodoo dolls & notes to your favorite milkman!

Our subscriber looks like this:


Someone eating blueberry jam seems to have just subscribed. Hit that green button…just avoid the jam!

As you can see, there is a button for opting out of the news subscription.  But we know you’ll never want to use it!

* The Subscriber is located to the left of the New Board in the front of the Trowix Barn.

It’s bright!  It’s shiny!  It’s cleverly scripted!

JOIN!

You won’t be sorry you did.

Granny’s Grubby Squares – Patched!

28 Aug

Florals, pinwheels and garden colors with decorative stitching in seamless patterns make pretty quilts in this newest texture pack from Trowix.


Dirtied, stitched, patched, shaded & seamless!

 

Matching seamless florals shaded and unshaded add dimension. You’ll have comfortable and cozy in no time.


Shabby & Oh-So-Comfortable Sofa.

 

For shabby comfort you can’t beat Trowix!  Stop by the Trowix Barn or make a quick trip to SLM for your cozy & comfortable.

Have a comfy day!

Fly Away Shabby Stripes – Practical Romance!

28 Aug

A bird on the wing carrying roses romanticizes these practical seamless stripes in medium pastels. Lovely on cottage walls and casual decor. ** 10 — 1024×1024 textures


Sweet words, roses & a dove make ordinary seamless stripes – extraordinary!


A relaxing bench for evening talks made with Trowix creative supplies.

Fly over to the Trowix Barn.  We have all the good goodies!

Also available on SLM, here.

Enjoy your day!

Candle Lantern – Unique Pretty!

10 Aug

A candle lantern and hanger for your garden, wedding, and even dungeon projects. Use the included candle sculpt or change to flowers for a unique decor accent. Nano maps for the hanger pieces so even the smallest projects look their best. 6 baked textures complete the pack.


Regular & Nano versions of the hanger assure a good looking lantern at any size.

Made to be used separately or together, the various parts of this sculpt kit will come in handy for many projects.


6 baked textures are included to get you started on your creative journey.


Beautiful on a garden wall – beautiful anywhere!

Stop by the Trowix Barn for a brighter tomorrow!

( ^.^)

Or visit our Marketplace store.

Have a Terrific Today!

Rosy Print & Plaid – Cute!

10 Aug

Cheerful, tiny flower print with coordinating woven plaid textures just perfect for picnics, table settings, clothing and anywhere else that needs a bit of sweetness. Mix & Match colors. ** 12 — 1024×1024 textures


Seamless textures for any season of the year.


A pretty bench ready for a summer’s night with Trowix sculpts & textures

Come make your creative time sweeter with Trowix sculpts and textures!

Available at the Trowix Barn and on SL’s Marketplace.

Summer’s Thrill – Prints, Weaves & Stripes

10 Aug

Happy, coordinating flower prints, stripes and weaves with a touch of retro just waiting to add a cool breeze to your creative projects.
** 24 — 512×512 textures


Cute retro flowers on various backgrounds will add a twist to your coastal


Summer’s Thrill textures on our retro chair sculpt

Barefoot-it on down to the Trowix Barn for quality & low prices.

…or get a direct delivery from our Marketplace store, here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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