Summer is a relaxing time for many people. Sadly, not for me. I am eagerly awaiting the start of school in the fall already. Why? I have a child who is involved in 3 different activities this summer, and playing chauffeur has gotten a bit old.
Getting up before the sun has never been on my to-do list, and I like it even less during the summer. However, I am trying to make lemonade out of lemons, so I’ve been using the extra time to work improving my skills – in dance, in photography, in photoshop – I even tried some melted crayon art projects! 😛
I’ve been collecting a number of outfits and items with an eye towards doing photos with them. So I finally unpacked all the items I got from the June round of The Arcade, including Sweet Thing’s ballerina costume.
I did have a time figuring out the new Slink Pointe feet. I got the feet on and figured out the HUD pretty easily, but when I added the shoes, they were too small. I tried changing the size of the feet with the HUD, but that really only affected the ankle area. I tried to see if I could modify/enlarge the shoes, but they are mesh and it wouldn’t work.
So, I finally contacted a CSR – turns out the shoes are rigged mesh, so I had to change the size of my feet by altering my shape. My feet are generally set to 0 – a holdover habit from invisiprim shoes, I guess. Anyhow, I set my feet to 34 in the appearance editor and voilá! – the shoes fit perfectly!
Now I’ll know for next time when my shoes don’t fit. 😛
I decided that since I was dressed as a ballerina, I would do some ballet dances and use the slo-motion animation trick to try and snap some pics. I have a ton of static ballet poses, but sometimes I can’t find just what I want.
I love watching ballet anyway, so I just set my HUD to play and started snapping. I took way more photos than I used, but that’s part of the fun. Then I decided to make a collage of some of the better snaps. Here’s the result:
I used ballet dance animations from Abranimations and MyANIMATIONS for the pictures. I turned on slo-motion for the animations (read about that here if you’re interested) and had a blast. Once I had a series of pics, I headed into Photoshop and started working. I made a basic background, added a simple light effect and then copied the dance pics onto it.
Then, because I like playing around, I started trying out various actions and effects. I ended up using one from the Nik Collection – I should really use it more often, there are some great options in it!