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Nov 10, 2012

Tutorial: The Fog Effect

Lately I’ve been very curious about the foggy effect that a variety of people have been using on their SL photographs.  One person in particular is a master at these beautiful foggy photographs.  If you haven’t seen the lovely and talented Aria Christen’s blog then you are certainly missing out.  Her photographs, her style, just everything she does is classy and beautiful.  It’s currently one of my favorite blogs to sneak a peek at, and I find myself continuing to go back to see what new stuff she’s added.  Miss Christen’s photos often times have this stunning foggy appearance, and while i’m unsure how she goes about doing her own photographs, I decided to set out to learn how to make some of my own foggy!  I thought I would share with you the way I went about adding a “foggy” effect to my own pictures, so here is how! (This is terribly easy btw…and i’m using CS3)

This above was my raw shot.  Then I cropped, and cleaned it up a bit. Nothing too major.

Step One

After you’ve done the rest of your editing and gotten your photo to where you want it in Photoshop create a new layer.  (Layer > New > Layer)

Step Two: 

Use the paint bucket tool and fill the new layer with white.  Set your opacity on your layer to somewhere between 80 – 95%.  Really depends on how strong you want your fog to be.

Step Three:

Now create a mask layer.  Go up to Select > Load Selection.   Then go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Then hit CTRL + D.

Step Four: 

Now select your gradient tool (click and hold down on the paint bucket for the gradient tool to pop up).  Use the linear black and white option, draw your line across the pic and let go.  You should then have a large amount of “fog” on your pic.  I played around drawing the gradient linear line different ways.  Experiment and see what you come up with!

Step Five:

You can then take your eraser and play around with different opacity selections and erase areas to make it less dense fog in spots.

Here is my final image.  It’s certainly nothing special, and I’m sure with practice I can be far better at it.  I do hope you have fun playing with the fog effect like I have, and thank you again to Miss Christen for her unknowing inspiration!


Skin: League | Nena Janus – Isla – Medium

Eyes: Insufferable Dastard | Audrey Lamede – Reflection

Hair: TRUTH | Truth Hawks – Cyanne – Marmalade

Top: Cynful | Cynthia Ultsch – V Top – Brown

Necklace: KOSH | Lynaja Bade – Chopper Necklace

Pants: Auxiliary | Tyr Rozenblum – Belted Bells – Antique (available at Collabor88)

Pose: Marukin | Valencia Southard (available at Collabor88)

Location: Sunshine Mist




Sep 12, 2012


One of the biggest things that can make or break a photograph you create in Second Life, is checking your original image before you start editing.  I am NOTORIOUS for not doing this.  I will edit and edit and edit and then suddenly at the end, something huge stands out to me that cannot be fixed in Photoshop.

Can you all guess the error I made in this photo?  It’s two things actually.

Wait for it…Waiiiiiit for it.

Oh yes. That’s right.  I forgot to adjust my necklace so it wasn’t sunk into my body.  Not only did I not fix this issue, but I didn’t check the position of my entire body on the floor before snapping the photograph.  If you look at the image closely you will see that my beautiful SLink boots are sunk into the floor and the sole is missing.

Major bummer.

What could have been a beautifully done image is now tainted with careless errors.  If I would have just taken a mere minute after I snapped the photograph to look over possible issues, these minor adjustments could have been made before editing the final snapshot.

For those of you who don’t know how to adjust your height manually once you are using a static pose, I can show you. (Or I can at least show you in Firestorm!)  This above is my toolbar.  See the button on the far right? That’s your quick preferences button.  If you click on that you will get this:

This is your quick preferences menu box.  See where it says “height offset”?  Simply shift that left or right to adjust your avatar up or down.  This easy little trick is useful for so many things.  If you are in a couples pose and you are slightly too short for your partner simply adjust.  If you are sinking into furniture simply adjust the slider and it’s adjusted.  The list goes on and on.

I hope this helps! I am wearing a lot of beautiful items as well so make sure to check out below for where you can find them. <3


Skin: Glam Affair | Aida Ewing – Europa – Timeless (available at Collabor88)

Eyes: Insufferable Dastard | Audrey Lamede – Reflection – Light Gray

Hair: TRUTH | Truth Hawks – Tristana w/Roots

Jewelry: LaGyo | Gyorgyna Larnia – Mother’s Pearl (available at Collabor88)

Dress: Glam Affair | Aida Ewing -Suri Dress – Aqua

Boots: SLink | Siddean Munro – Tall Leather Thigh Boots

Pose: Embody | Lucie Bluebird & Radagast Lexington

Aug 6, 2012

Tutorial: Asset Blacklist

Have you recently derendered an item, and after a relog expected it to come back?

Well… if you have the most recent viewers most of them have upgraded to a new feature including what is called, the Asset Blacklist.

Basically what the Asset Blacklist does is keep a record of the items you have derendered.  This way, if there are items you want “permanently” derendered, they will stay that way until you remove them from the blacklist.  Say though, you want something just temporarily derendered.  You can do the following:

(Please note I work in firestorm and the menus/titles may be slightly different in another viewer.)

Simply go up to “World”.

Scroll to the bottom where it says “Asset Blacklist”

This is an example of the asset blacklist above!  To easily remove a derendered item from the list you simply click on it and then click “remove selected items from blacklist”.

Simply relog, and voila! Your items should have returned!

I hope this easy fix helps! <3

Apr 8, 2012

Tutorial: Harlow’s Photoshop Essentials

I’ve created a new tutorial for you all.  Once again, it’s pretty standard/basic.  People tend to edit a little differently from the next person so i’ve put together a step by step guide going through one of my edits from start to finish.  I’ve also included a simple little chart showcasing what some of the photoshop tools are that I specifically use. The tutorial also links to some other incredibly useful tutorials that have helped me in my photoshop/editing journey as well!  I hope it is useful to you! Check it out! 

Mar 31, 2012

TUTORIALS: Taking High Quality Photographs

I’ve put together a pretty standard tutorial on How to Take High Quality Photographs in Second Life.  I hope it helps you!  I’ve included some information on my computer specifications that I use, how to set your graphics settings up, anisotrophic filtering, camera restraints, and also some recommendations on other blogger tutorials to take a look at! I hope it helps you, and anyone you come across along the way! :)

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