tutorial · windlights

my windlights – for free <3

My Windlights

I tend to like dusty/vintage looking windlights, and these are some of the windlights I often use. These are mostly for studio use.

You can download my four windlights here and if you want to know how to install them I recommend this tutorial from Berry.

If you’re curious about what I am wearing check this post.

Thank you and happy picture taking. <33


Tutorial : How to edit a background


Hey guys! Doing another tutorial! Have you ever taken a picture in a style that you like and that has quality and then you look at the background and realize something is missing? This is the tutorial that will help you spice up that background without much pain or background removal, etc.

1. Take your SL shot as you wish, with a plain colour background (this might also work for non plain backgrounds… just play around)

2. Create a new layer and then select the colour white and brush opacity to about 9%. In the middle of your picture paint a light source.

3. Find a grunge type of textures! I really enjoy the free ones you can get from InsightDesign’s Blog! Place your texture on top of your picture and start playing with the layer mode.

I went with ‘ Lighter color’ and 54% opacity

4. With the eraser on a round brush, big size, around 30% opacity erase the texture on the focus point of your pic (in this case over the avatar)

5. On a new layer, select the round brush, with the colour black and 30% opacity and darken the corners of your picture (vignette effect)

6. Merge all layers and play around with curves, sharpen tools, etc.

Feel free to post any additional question and share with me your pics of you trying this out! Hope you enjoy!

MESH HEAD> .LeLutka.Mesh Head-LEDA (April 1st)
NECKLACE> MG – Necklace – Maka Boho Feathers @UBER
DRESS> Tee*fy Kira Off-Shoulder Dress @C88
HAIR> ~Tableau Vivant~ Shabby hair

p.s didn’t really spend much time on this pic… this is super easy and fun for all of you are starting with photoshop… or even for those days when laziness kicks in!


#TUTORIAL – Vintage FX

#TUTORIAL - Vintage FX

I haven’t done a tutorial in quite a while and decided to see if I could share something today. I haven’t gotten the DOF thing in SL and I am sure I am not the only one and a some of you might not even be able to run it on your PCs. So I am making a tutorial on soft images and blury backgrounds, with a slight retro feel to it.

Raw shot from SL

1. Open your SL image and crop it to the desired size (I am doing 2500×2000 px)

2. Duplicate layer and Go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur

My Motion Blur settings. you can play around with angle and distance if you want to achieve different effects

3. create an alpha mask on the layer where you applied the Motion Blur

 + Alt

4. select alpha mask and then the brush tool , with colour white , opacity around 30 , and hardness on 0, I used 900px size brush.

5. brush on the corners almost on a vignette effect.

your alpha should look something like this. you can also brush on the hair, hands feet if you want a in motion feel to your picture.
your picture should now look something like this

6. create a new transparent layer.

7. press alt and find on your picture one of the lightest colours (you can also do white but if you want to be in the same colour scheme this works best)

8. Select your brush , 600 px, 30 opacity, and 0 hardness and on the middle of the image draw some circles-clouds.

dont worry if any of the brush catches your main focus of the image, you can always go over it with the eraser.. also if you find the effect is too strong you can lower the opacity

9. finish you image as desired. 😉