So far, 2015 is turning out to be a bang-up year.
I spent New Year’s Day with my favorite people, saw a great movie, and ate at one of our favorite restaurants.
After getting back home, I logged in to do some blogging and some housekeeping in SL.
Since I’ve started the LOTD feature on the blog, I did some research on graphics/computer settings and watched some Photoshop tutorials.
I decided to bump up my graphics setting to Ultra and see what happened.
Hubs bought me a new graphics card a while ago, and last week he increased the RAM in my PC.
He’s currently shopping for a new processor for me, but in the meantime, I wanted to see how well I could run SL on Ultra.
After making all the changes, I decided to do some shopping and exploring.
I am loving my new mesh body, but I was debating whether to get a new shape and/or skin to go with it.
The League announced that they had released appliers for the Maitreya bod, so I went over and picked up some skin and shape demos.
I think I picked up around 5 new shapes and 6 new skins to try out.
I spent about an hour trying on the various shapes and skins.
I didn’t like any of the new shapes.
They just weren’t – me.
So for now, I am keeping my shape.
I tried all the skin demos from Glam Affair and League.
I managed to narrow it down to three choices – two from Glam Affair and one from League.
I must say, it clearly has been a while since I went skin shopping, as I about dropped my teeth at some of the prices.
After doing some price comparisons, and debating the ease of use with my new mesh body, I opted for one of the Glam Affair skins.
I like the League skin and I may go back and get one later, but for now, the GA skin is good. One click on my body HUD and everything matches – head, hands, feet.
I managed to travel around and do my shopping without crashing, so I figured it was safe to try and take some photos with everything on Ultra.
I put on an outfit and headed out to find a picturesque sim to snap a few shots.
I am AMAZED at how much better my photos came out. I mean, I knew they would be better, but I didn’t realize just how much.
I played around with some poses and a couple of windlights and took a few pictures.
My computer was a little slow in making some of the changes, but I didn’t crash.
When I went and opened the photos in Photoshop, I was even more amazed.
In the past I have always had to do some editing of a photo to get it to look somewhat decent.
I am by no means a Photoshop wiz, but I would smooth out edges, add some shadows, etc.
This time, all I did was crop the photo and resize it so it would load decently on the blog.
I am excited about how much time I can save without having to edit every photo I take.
And I’m excited about how much better everything in SL looks, including me!
Here’s to a great 2015!!