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Wynd’s Tips #6 Palette Creator extension for Google Chrome

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Hey folks Welcome to Wynd’s Tips Wednesday, where I share a few tips that you can  use  to ease your creation process. Occasionally I’ll  talk about non-Secondlife tips too.

Ya just never know what we’ll be up to at Wyndaveres   so check back often and enjoy!

This week I want to talk about color palettes!

Ever just get stumped or frozen when trying to pick the perfect colors? I know I do.Sometimes I just can’t come up with a palette I like.

Should the bow be blue or red?

What color looks best with green?

Do I want a warm romantic feel or something vibrant and bold?

These little burps sure can hold me back in the wee hours of the night when I’m creating.

The solution to this problem is age old; tried & true, look at photos or  nature & click save,pin, or fav button.

The photos do not need to be of anything in particular just be filled with colors you like.   It’s fun! I mean who doesn’t love browsing beautiful photos?

 

My favorite places to kick back  browse are:

Google + Wynd @ Google + images, Pinterest   and Deviant Art.

Not only will the pure beauty captured through the lens of photographers dazzle you but the creativeness of others will inspire you. Hopefully,  setting you on the path to resolving the bumps in the road of your own creative journey.

 

After you make a few selections your next stop is  “Palette Creator” for Google Chrome.

 

 

If you don’t have “Palette Creator” you’ll first need to be using Chrome.

Chrome is the Google internet browser. If you use something else I suggest you give Google Chrome a try, the extensions/apps are more than worth it!

Once you have Chrome and “Palette Creator” extension installed lets make some magic!

 

Go to any of the images you pinned saved or faved, hover your cursor over the image, and then  simply r-click the image.

Palette Creator for Google Chrome

Next, select how many colors you would like  Palette Creator to  pull from the image. I’ve chosen to create a 16 color palette.

looks pretty cool  don’t ya say? Actually when I created Wyndaveres.com I did use Palette Creator.

I have also used this for dressing myself. It’s great for putting together  coordinating colors in outfits. What a time saver!

 

I even used this to create a full 32 color palette I work from for all my products. It’s  saved me a ton of time and then all my creations coordinate with each other to boot!

This tool is one of my most valued, it’s quick and easy and fun to use.  I do hope you have enjoyed this week’s Wynd’s Tips!

Now it’s your turn!

Head out!  Do something nice for a friend, help an old lady across the street or buy a friend a gift..might a suggest a gift from Wyndaveres? The deed itself is not important, it’s only important that you do something kind for someone, anyone!

If we want to see change in the world we must be willing to be the change!

Thanks again for stopping in, please come back often and pop by to say howdy to me in your Secondlife.

Until next time, Wynd

 

 

Wynds tips #5 control transparency issuesWynd’s Tips #5 OMG double transparency is killing my SecondLife product!

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Oh the whoas of Secondlife Content creation. I wish there was a clear-cut guide so we wouldn’t  have to dig through the bargain bin trying to find the magic  answers! Alas, we don’t so

I WELCOME YOU TO THE BARGAIN BIN!

A while back, I was contacted by a fellow SecondLife content creator who’d been banding his poor noggin for days trying to solve the mystery on why his beautiful mesh sail on his recently uploaded mesh boat did not appear to be there. This is  a reoccurring issue in SecondLife, it just hates double transparencies. When one is in view of the other, lets say your lacy dress with sheer jacket, the overlay of these 2 transparencies  compete leaving you a flickering mess causing mass seizures to all those who are unfortunate enough to catch  you in their gaze.

But wait Wynd, I did not upload a alpha !  Wait?! you didn’t, oh but you did.

Everytime you choose .png instead of .jpg you are uploading a alpha file. Don’t fret though, the solution is built right into SecondLife (how cleaver of them .)

Wynds tips #5 control transparency issues

Wynd’s Tips #5

To fix your .png and force it to be truly opaque simply follow these steps

  • R-click edit the model that you have applied your texture to.
  • Then go to the  “texture” tab and change alpha blending mode to “none.” Whallah! No more transparency issues!
  • Sit back and marvel at your creation with all it’s intended beauty!

Thanks for stopping by folks, I hope you enjoyed this week’s tip.

If ya love this tip it pin it, share it, G+ tweet and shout it from the top of the highest mountain!

Don’t forget to stop in often for more useful ( hopefully useful) information.

Oh oh and check out the store too!

By shopping at Wyndavere’s you not only get super quality creations

but

you  add a little more lindens into my dream Jar. Thanks folks, Have a lovely day out there!

-Sinerely,

Wynd

SecondLife INWORLD SEO (Search Engine Optimization) -Be Seen and Heard

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Welcome to the World of Search Engine Optimization! “SEO” for short, making your products/venues  titles, descriptions, and keywords work for you AND your Customers.

Don’t worry we won’t get to technical about servers and algorithms! But, if you want YOUR products to  bring in those big L$ Linden L$  Dollars then this article is for you!

The SecondLife search looks at 5 parts to determine your rank.

  1. popularity (visitors to your shop)

  2. size of parcel (the bigger the better)

  3. Name (your name or your store’s name)

  4. Object name

  5. your object description (same applies for venues)

You have little control over popularity, until of course, you break into the market by following the few steps we’ll cover here!

In just a few short steps  you’ll:

  • up rank your product ranking in the Secondlife Search
  • be seen by the RIGHT people who actually WANT to buy your products
  • Get more customers
  • and of Course make more Lindens!

Arrgggg AD making!

Humans are visual! This is especially important to all of us in our virtual home in SecondLife,  so put your best face forward!

Learn to LOVE making ads!

You can have the MOST AMAZING product but if it’s presentation through photography or display is poor

NO ONE will buy it!

I’ve seen it time and time again even from some of the best of the best creators in Secondlife. They spend countless hours pouring  passion into their products, then comes ad time and they snap a shot, pick a font, and toss the ad together in 2 minutes and expect to bring in the L$!

Stop making yourself feel like crap! If you make great things SHOW them with your displays and Ads!

 

Take the time…I mean REAL time and put as much effort into your ADs as you do the product itself. If you aren’t great at photography or AD layouts you are in LUCK as photography happens to be the biggest profession in SecondLife so grab someone who is good at it and go forth!

Now that I have lectured you in ad making let’s get to the good stuff!

Packing a product for Optimization.

The Awesome Box

The Awesome Box

Step 1 – the Product

  • Name every object in the linkset of your build!
  • Root Prim should be the product title. Titles for search engines look at the first 60 characters so make sure you choose the words wisely.
  • USE the description. The SecondLife search engine will look at the first 160 characters of your description so make this keyword rich!
  • Last and most importantly  on the SecondLife EDIT popup on the “General” tab  check the “show in search” box. Anytime your creation is in world the SecondLife Search Engine will pull the Object name, description info, and even the objects location anytime someone searches for a product using the in world “search.”

Step 2 – The Package (repeat the last 3 parts from Step 1)

  • Package title should match your product title. Titles for search engines look at the first 60 characters so make sure you choose the words wisely.
  • USE the description. The SecondLife search engine will look at the first 160 characters of your description so make this keyword rich!
  • Last and most importantly  on the SecondLife EDIT pop-up on the “General” tab  check the “show in search” box.
  • SET product for Sale and place it in world at your store.

Step 3 – Wait a day and test out your rank.

  • Do a search in world using one or all of your keywords see where you rank.
  • If you can’t find your product in the search then you need to reconsider your product name and description. work, and rework it until you see your rank rise. First page listing is your goal

Final notes:

Remember it starts with a good product! Be creative have fun, and take control of your marketing!

Good Luck, Wynd Ling

If you want to learn how to apply these steps to the market place pop back in to Wyndaveres in 2 weeks and check out the  “SecondLife Marketplace SEO”  article.