#8 In Focus! The Avatar Databank

avatardatabankIn Focus this article I have taken a different look, not so much a tool but at a Builders Resource. Known as the Avatar Databank, a site dedicated with providing you with what you need to assist you in making the perfect clothes.

If you want to make really perfect clothes, you need the right UVs. These can be hard to find it comes to different avatars, and especially if you want them perfect, but thanks to the creator behind the Avatar Databank its become easier.

Linden Labs does provide meshes (in an OBJ format), to assist you in clothes creation, but these meshes but those meshes only provide the female UV coordinates.

What this means is that the minute you try to apply these to a male Avatar Mesh, you will come into unexpected results if you try to bake textures.

To solve this problem, the Avatar Databank has extracted the  meshes from the Second Life® client so it would be possible to paint clothing with the correct UV coordinates. Then from there they have provided these meshes on their site as AC3D and OBJ format data files.

They have also provided just the texture templates in PNG format for those of you who don’t work with 3D applications. You can download all of these files from the pages linked on their navigation bar.

These files include:
The female avatar
The male avatar
Skirts
Hair
And all possible morph targets for all of the above.

These are extremely helpful for making clothing especially if you are targeting non-standard avatars.

A big thank you to Zee Pixel for the help with this article, and wishing you all the best with the Avatar Databank and your other adventures throughout the Virtual world!

Happy Building!
BRN Blog Team!

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One Response to “#8 In Focus! The Avatar Databank”

  1. Tweed Woodget Says:

    Someone asked me just the other day about male UV meshes because the standard female one left exposed skin on a male when making clothes, thanks for bringing this to our attention!

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