If you’re not the most tech-savvy but have a penchant for social networking, then developing virtual goods on virtual world platforms such as IMVU or SecondLife may just be the thing to help you learn new graphics design skills or improve your existing skills. Creating content for virtual programs can help you to learn how to:
- Create textures
- Work with Layers
- Work with Opacities
- Gain a better understanding of 3D modeling
- Create animations/animated products
In such virtual world games as IMVU and SecondLife, users can customize their avatars and environments to look the way they please. In fact, user participation in the development of virtual goods contributes to the growth of the economies of these virtual worlds. Getting started is relatively simple, .
Image Editing Programs
A good-image editing program is the most important aspect of creating virtual goods and other graphics deign project. You need to use a program that will produce high quality results. 3DS MAX, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, ArcSoft PhotoStudio. If you already own or can afford 3DS MAX, Adobe Photoshop, ArcSoft PhotoStudio that is fantastic. If not, Gimp is great freeware that one can use for graphics design. However, if you’re completely new to 3D design and you’re trying to create a polygon mesh, a type of print from which projects can be derived, then you might want to start using 3DS MAX.
Your Operating System
Before you embark upon any graphics design projects that involves any program that isn’t MS Paint, make sure that your computer is compatible with the programs that you intend to use. You just need to know for a fact that your operating system is compatible and highly stable. Some operating systems aren’t very stable at all and need to be defragmented frequently when using programs that require a lot of memory. Otherwise, be prepared to buy a new hard drive once or twice a year. If you do have an unreliable or quirky operating system, replace it with one that has a repuation for stability.
When you’re ready to get started, choose a simple project like a making sticker for your website homepage. After, move onto derivations or deriving. Deriving your products from the polygon mesh from the derivable product of another developer. Start with hair or furniture. Whatever type of project that you choose to start, just be sure to derive it, because creating your own mesh can be quite complex because it requires you to build your own polygon mesh. Just keep it simple. Skins and fabric textures such as denim take a lot of time and patience to create from scratch, particularly when creating especially dark or especially light skins or highly detailed fabric.
Good online tutorials to follow for virtual developing, in addition to site the virtual world official tutorials and education centers, are Adversiti and Amaranth Imvu. Amaranth’s videos are at a highspeed on YouTube because they are previews to the normal speed videos that she makes available upon email request.
3D design isn’t simple by any measure, however it is not impossible. Just practice and have fun. Remember, hardly anyone’s first projects look good. You just have to keep practicing.