Firestorm has released an update that includes the new Bakes On Mesh option. I have updated my viewer, but I haven’t yet had time to play around with how it all works.
However, I have watched a few videos and read a few blogs that have some pretty good explanations.
Elayne over at The Studio has 2 videos about BoM. The first one explains the difference between the two alphas provided with her mesh head and which one you should use depending on what you’re trying to do.
She keeps the explanations fairly simple and non-technical, which is always helpful, in my opinion. Lots of people don’t care how it works, they just want to know how to use it.
Elayne also linked to a blog post by Cazimi that has a lot of resource links for BoM at the bottom of it. Tons of good info there.
I still need to pick up the Maitreya BoM HUD and the nail fixers, but I’m excited to play around with them. I have a ton of makeup layers and tattoos I used to wear all the time and I’m curious to experiment and see what they look like using the BoM system.
Not having to use a HUD to apply layers to my mesh body would be a HUGE deal for me personally. I never got into tons of appliers, especially makeup, because it was too overwhelming for me dealing with all the layers of a mesh head. Plus, I try to be conscious of my personal rendering cost, so wearing things that are easier to render is a bonus as well.
I’m still debating whether to keep my Maitreya body or pick up the SLink Redux body made for BoM. I don’t know if Maitreya plans to remake their body with fewer onion layers, so the SLink body is tempting. Except that previous frustrating experiences with SLink hands/feet issues is still recent enough that I don’t know if I want to do that.
On the other hand, if I do pick up the SLink body, I definitely will need to go shopping, as most of my current shoes and clothes are made for Maitreya only.
Hmm, an excuse for shopping – I may have made my decision! 😛