In this tutorial, I will provide an overview of mesh hands and feet by the Slink brand for Second Life. Slink Avatar Enhancement products are now on version 2, so your favourite nail polish appliers may now work differently.
GETTING THE UPDATE
First of all, if you don’t have the version 2 update, I highly recommend getting it. The new updates for Slink products improve the mesh and introduce new features. New appliers may not work on your older products. If you own a Slink applier that doesn’t seem to work, you may simply need a product update.
Visit the Slink store in-world, and touch a redelivery terminal. Your web browser will pop up on a website listing your Slink purchases. You can get an instant redelivery of your mesh hands, feet, Physique body, and more.
UNDERSTANDING THE UTILITY HUD
Your Slink Avatar Enhancement hands or feet come with a utility heads up display. This HUD controls how your nails display, along with other settings. The HUD works on both hands and feet, and can be minimized on your screen to save room.
APPLYING NAIL POLISH
To apply other nail polish to your Slink hands or feet, you must first select the nails via the utility HUD. Then, wear your nail polish applier from your favourite creator, and touch your preferred nail polish finish. The nail polish should apply to the nails you’ve selected. You can now detach the nail polish applier HUD. I like to leave the Slink utility HUD on, but minimized, in case I want to make changes.
You can now mix and match your nail polish and get creative with different looks!
WHAT ARE MATERIALS?
The version 2 update introduces materials capability to your Slink mesh body parts. Materials refers to 3d settings for lighting and reflections. As you can imagine, this gives more depth and realism to nail polish!
To make sure you can see materials, open your Preferences (Ctrl + P or Command + P). Go to the Graphics tab. Make sure Advanced Lighting Model and Ambient Occlusion are checked. If your computer is a bit older, you may not be able to enable these options.
To turn the materials features off or on for your Slink hands or feet, use the utility HUD. Your favourite nail polish applier may not include materials settings, as this is a fairly new feature.
Materials can be subtle, and show up best under extreme lighting conditions.
I hope this tutorial helps you with your Slink hands and feet, and nail polish appliers. I create nail polish in a rainbow of colours and realistic finishes for Slink, The Omega System, Maitreya and Eve mesh bodies. You can check me out at alaskametro-sl.com . Thanks for watching, and stay fabulous!
music: Pipe Choir – Cavalcades (freemusicarchive.org)
body, hands, feet, face: Slink
skin, nail polish appliers: alaskametro<3
crochet dress: Barely Legal
hair: Little Bones
poses: Ma Vie, Vista Animations (AO)
Note that you will need the March update to use the Slink appliers!
This update introduces specular and normal maps for Slink & Omega, and new appliers to fit the nails on Eve and Lara mesh bodies.
If you have previously purchased these nail appliers and need an update, please contact me for a redelivery. Do not buy them again, I can’t do refunds. The rest of the Omega appliers are in progress and will be updated soon! <3
I will eventually phase out the single nail polish appliers in favour of mega-packs of 5 colours each… these are far easier to update for new mesh bodies and systems, and they’re more cost-effective! The Desert colour pack debuted at anyBODY Round 5 in metallic packs for Slink, Omega, Lara & Eve. The Classic pack (coming soon!) is new and includes some best-sellers in a starter pack for everyday use.
Desert reflects my own love of the landscape and the beauty and colour we can often find in the remote and desolate. It also now means all the single nail polish colours are assigned to a megapack (Rose was the odd colour out, Sage is the old “Surplus” and Sky is the old “Pool” from the old glove nail polish) My focus now will be on improving the existing HUDs with options for Eve and Lara, and materials, and I hope to have an update soon for all who are waiting for it!
Here’s a snapshot of my booth design for anyBODY Round 5. Also at the event, you can find all my applier makeup and their free testers… so if you want to try out alaskametro<3 makeup inworld (or score some freebies, as the testers are full version makeup layers/appliers), here’s your chance! I defined both “vanity” and “beauty” in my window displays… because SL gives us all a chance to play with both (whatever they mean to us!)
This month’s facebook gift is a nail polish applier set in 8 metallic chrome tones. Features appliers for Slink (materials), Omega (materials), Lara and Eve. You will need the March Slink update to use the Slink applier! To claim your gift, check the Special Promotions tab on the alaskametro<3 facebook page… and don’t forget to press “Like”!