A note to my dear bloggers

I apologize to those who nicely blogged my items beforehand. But the other day I went through my list and stumbled over names I haven’t heard of for ages. A vanity google showed there wasn’t much to see anyway. I do not ask for exclusivity, I do not ask for a group slot and I have never asked for any kind of documentation because I took it for granted that bloggers blog when they volunteer to do so. The same goes for friends I send out to without any blogging agreements, but a would-be-nice-if-you-did arrangement.

Some words on skin blogging:

If you blog a skin, let it be the centre of attention. That does not necessarily mean a faceshoot – thought that helps a lot – and a kini pic, please refrain from nudity. A full avi pic with a tiny face hidden in masses of hair will not do on the other hand. Another no-go is to wear make up (of another brand in special) over the skin. You would never blog a dress wearing a coat on top, right?

And yes, I do expect a skin post when I send out a skin worth half a grand. That means the skin is nicely staged and visible. When you use the skin later for other posts, you can stage it as you like. The same goes for makeup I send out. Feel free to be creative. I know it is often a compromise to present the brands you blog and the look you want to achieve and I prefer blogs that have your touch of personality.

I won’t ever make a fuss if RL has you by the balls, but it would be just polite to let me, or Steele Sirnahn, know. Steele has kindly offered to handle the blogging matters for me. So do not jump when he IMs you 🙂

Please understand: I appreciate the work you do very much, but there is a difference between blogging samples and freebies. And my skins are no freebies. They take hours or days of work and I think as I respect your work as bloggers, please pay my designs the same respect.

 

Clothes blogging:

I would love to see you wearing a Silken Moon skin and makeup with the clothes, but it is not mandatory, I fully understand if you want to blog as yourself. Though these pics won’t help as store ads

That was a lot of talk to introduce my rules for bloggers:

no exclusivity demanded, of course you can blog for other skinners

no group slot needed, I use a mailer with online detection, so please watch out for any item send to you when you log in. The “I didn’t get it”may work once or twice …)

no physical punishment when you IM me or Steele Sirnah in case you think you missed something or just want to say hello

Post required, not that very day but as they are new releases, an asap would be cool

Makeup: even easier to blog by the way, and I would love to see that too

Posts: I love to see your work, so please send me and or Steele a link  (Steele will ask you for an NC about once a month from now on)

No post: please feedback why.

Requests: if you think any of my skins/makeup would be cool for a post, just ask me or Steele (but please, if you need a lippy set for 75L … I have to pay rent too XD)

Thanks for your attention and you may call me a bitch 🙂
Mal

Here is the application form for new bloggers:

 

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MVW Academy courses

My MVW Academy Seminars – core contents, I will always try to discuss whatever your questions are.

Styling with Makeup:
Very often, fashion stylings end below the chin, giving away the chance to stage your face as part of the show. This seminar focuses on the styling possibilities with makeup and a some other tweaks you can make to stage your face and make yourself a bit more of a brand.

Basic Avatar enhancement with a graphic editor 1
Some very simple tricks to debug your own shoots using a programme like Photoshop or GIMP. Get rid of the nasty triangles next to your nose, unbreak your elbows. This session will concentrate on the tool palette only.
you can download gimp for free and even an older version of the creative suite by adobe https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&e=cs2_downloads

Basic Avatar enhancement with a graphic editor 2
Part one recommended but not necessary. This session will cover some tricks how to make your SL shoots look more impressive. Working with the Dodge and burn tool, using filters and adding layers. After we make the avi look better in 1, we will now focus on the hair and eyes.

Planned Oct.2013

Social Media Management for Bloggers and VIPs to be

Old news that the social media took over a crucial role even in SL networking. Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, among others offer not only access to your SL friends when you cannot log in. These platforms can also be powerful tools for bloggers and other networkers to push their message.

The first part will cover the basics like:

-building up a network (e.g. facebook)

-netiquette

-social media psychology

Personal Branding

The second part is about:

-quick repetition of part 1 (Q&A)

-setting up and maintaining a blog (e.g. wordpress)

-have yourself found via google a bit of SEO (Search engine optimization)

Tracking your success

Requirements: Part one is designed to help beginners and average users, it will help if you have a facebook account and have had a look at a blogging system like wordpress.

I prefer to hold the classes via skype. In any case they will be held in voice. Time app. 1 hour per lesson.

Please contact Wicca Merlin for further infos

Adjusting Prim attachments with the colour picker

I often receive cries of help when people cannot adjust their prim attachment matching the skin tone. To understand the colour menu on the HUD coming with the item or in the building menu helps a lot.

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When on a white texture, I usually preselect the about-right colour clicking right into the colour field. A good start is the “Show RGB under curser” in the advanced >> menu. Then move it around until I have the right tone and saturation, after that I adjust if lighter or darker.

This is usually easier as the colour you define is what you get on the prim, when working on a non white texture, you have to find the right colour to add to the texture in order to have a match. You can only add, means if the lightest skin-tone on the HUD is to dark, you cannot make it brighter. In most cases you work with really desaturated neutral colours here that you add to a skin tone.

When using a HUD I start with the closest skin-tone* of the preselection which needs to be lighter and possibly less saturated (grayer) than the skin. And now there is a lil bit of science to it 🙂 when the tone on the prim is too red, add a greenish (complementary color) desaturated gray, if too yellow add purple and so on. Too bland? Use a more saturated colour. Too vivid, decrease the saturation.

After adjusting the tone, finetune the lightness and if necessary go back to a fine tune of saturation and tone.

Practice makes the master – Good luck

*in a few cases the preset skin-tones are way too saturated or dark, no use trying here, devil the creator of your prim attachment to supply a lighter tone.