Other Posts in This Series Part 1: The Very Basics Part 2: Planning is Important Part 4: Assigning Textures to Walls This post is going to assume you understand concepts like working in Edit Mode, creating new objects, resizing them, and just basic stuff I covered in Part 1 of this series. See the link above. With that out of the way…. In the last post, we left off with a plain set of walls like this. This was made by creating cubes and using Face Select to resize them (described in Part 1). Now, we want to add a door and a window to our structure. The best way I’ve discovered to do this is through using something called Edge Loops. This is a tool that slices through the entire shape, allowing you to cut pieces out of it. For our purpose, this will make doors and windows! Making an Edge Loop In Edit Mode, focus on the wall, and press Ctrl+R to initiate the edge loop. This makes a little pink line on the surface of your shape. If you hover over a vertical edge, the … [Read more...] about Making a Second Life Mesh House in Blender – Part 3: Making Windows and Doors
New look doors and windows
Closer Call Last night was an interesting night to say the least. In the morning folks were talking about the potential for serious storms, but in Oklahoma we tend to take that with a grain of salt. From the months of March through June pretty much every week there is some severe thunderstorm either hitting or looming on the horizon. Living in “Tornado Alley” gives you a strange relationship with the weather. It is something you fear at least a little, but also something that you get used to. There are close calls and then there are close calls so when you hear a storm is a few miles away, you get to the point of being able to look at a map… knowing the general topography and deciding that will never make it to me and going on about your business. Last night was not really one of those nights, because the storm in question was a bit of a sidewinder. At first it looked like it would miss the suburb of Tulsa that I live in, so … [Read more...] about Life in Tornado Alley
Other Posts in this Series Part 1: The Very BasicsPart 2: Planning is ImportantPart 3: Making Windows and Doors When it comes to putting a texture on a house in Blender, there are several things you need to do. I’m going to break these processes down into bite-sized chunks to make it easier to work through. First, let me introduce to you Materials. Materials probably have a lot more to them than we’re going to cover here. But for the sake of working with a house we’re uploading to Second Life, think of Materials as Blender’s word for Texture. Basically, when you assign a material to a face of an object in Blender, that tells Second Life that this is a selectable area you can texture once you upload the object in world. The Rule of Eight VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: When you upload a mesh object to Second Life, that upload can only contain up to 8 separate materials. This means, if you decide to make each individual wall in your house a different texture (4 walls on the … [Read more...] about Making a Second Life Mesh House in Blender – Part 4: Assigning Textures to Walls
One thing you want for your website is a decent amount of traffic. That means you’d want new people every day to find the way to your site. After all, if no one find’s your website or your online shop, how are you going to make money? If you open a business (even if it was just a lemonade stand) you can open the doors at 8 am and close them again at 6 pm, and you are in peoples faces. Even if you don’t go out and advertise, the chances are that people will come by. Something in your shop window might have attracted them. Maybe they are interested in one of your products, or they were just taking a walk and just wanted to check out the new corner shop. If you start a website, a blog or an online shop it becomes a lot harder to get people to enter it. In this article, I will outline three great ways to increase your traffic that I personally use to push my own blog: PPC, guest blogging, and social media. Before I move ahead, with my three simple ways to increase … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Increase Traffic to your Website
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