I usually don’t present tutorials. Generally, I just like to show pretty things. However, mesh bodies are pretty things. Currently, I have the WowMeh (no longer available), the Slink Physique, and TMP body. My absolute favorite is TMP, but I also realize that shopping at The Shops and using the Style HUD can be rather overwhelming at first. This is where I come in like a guardian angel to help my bloggettes with their beautiful mesh bodies.
First we should discuss a few things about mesh bodies first. These things are true for all fitted mesh bodies. Which raises our first question. What is fitted mesh? There are three types of mesh (so far).
- Unrigged mesh – This is just mesh that doesn’t respond to any body sliders and attaches to the body much like a prim.
- Rigged mesh – This is mesh that responds to some body sliders but not all. This is what we normally get when we buy a dress in standard sizing. Because it is rigged it moves with our body and responds to some skeletal sliders but not fat or muscle sliders.
- Fitted mesh – This is mesh that responds to most of the body sliders, not only skeletal but also fat and muscle.
What does a fitted mesh body mean for you and your adorable avie? It means that you can still create and adjust your shape and be you. But there are some drawbacks. An alpha layer for a purchased piece of clothing will not affect the mesh body. Why not? Well, alpha layers affect the system body. If alpha layers affected mesh, then when you put on an alpha layer, the dress you put on would also disappear.
Can you wear fitted mesh clothes with your rigged mesh body? Luckily, designers are brilliant. The Slink, TMP, and Belleza body all come with an alpha hud. The alpha hud can make certain pieces or chucks of the mesh body disappear. This means, you can wear rigged mesh clothing with these bodies. However, because these are preset pieces of the body (not alphas made specifically for a piece of clothing), not everything is going to fit perfectly. You will need to demo and play around with your shape a bit and see what will and will not work with the body. Furthermore, placing rigged mesh clothes on a fitted mesh body means you still need to conform to the standard sizing of the clothes.
So! First you need a body. There are many reviews of the new Belleza body, one of my favorites is Harper Beresford’s review.
Also, here is a photo by Meghindo of eleven, ELEVEN, mesh bodies available with landmarks in the comments.
If you decide to purchase TMP body, click on the LM get your cute lil bum over to their store.
When you arrive at their store, they will automatically send you a folder titled “The Shops! HUDs & More.” You need these HUDs to shop in their store and to style the body once you receive it. If you accidentally declined it or threw it away or can’t find it the the disaster that is your godforsaken inventory, click on the logo on the wall that looks like this:
Don’t worry, you’re not only beautiful but brilliant. You can handle this. 🙂
Now you’re going to attach The Shops! Shopping HUD from your inventory and it will initally look like:
Select English (or Portuguese, French, German, or Chinese). Then agree to the TOS…and we are making slow but definite progress but only after you hit the ‘Continue.’
These are the options before you in the build (not in the HUD).
“The Boutique” is for clothes, shoes, and jewelry. They have lovely fitted mesh clothes that fit perfectly on their own body without alphas.
“The Skin Shop” is for skins and makeups.
“The Mesh Project” is where you will find the mesh bodies and heads. I do not own a head and, therefore, will not be discussing it.
Also, there is a LiveHelp button. I have never used it, but I have heard that they are quite good if you have any further questions.
Click on “The Mesh Project” and you will be whisked away by the magic of teleportation a new area of glowing white, futuristically clean, spacious, and overly simplified interior decoration.
Now for the shopping HUD. At this time, the shopping HUD is just a logo in the bottom left-hand corner and a balance (probably a big fat zero) in the upper right-hand corner. Even if you are just going to get the free body you must have the shopping HUD attached but you do not need to purchase credits. But if this is the body you have chosen as your primary mesh body, you want one with appliers and goodies and whatnot. So, you’re going to need to click on that big gold medallion on the floor, that Serina is so beautifully presenting.
You can buy credits in four increments: 250, 500, 1000, and 5000. The deluxe mesh body is 5000L. So, that is what I am going to purchase, and I will do so by clicking on the circle with the 5000 in it. I may be oversimplifying this a bit. 😛 Please keep in mind that once you purchase credits into this HUD, there is no way to get them back in Linden. So, please make sure you buy only what you need. Check prices, add up what you plan to purchase and then buy your credits. I admit, it is a strange system…but people have done much stranger things to be beautiful. XD
There are numbers on the wall! Start at the beginning with number 1 and click on the body beside it.
Once you click on this it will activate your shopping HUD. In essence, to shop at The Shops, you are shopping through the HUD and in the store at the same time. It gives their store a very clean and simple appearance, though it may be quite confusing at first.
The Shops is always very busy and sometimes it takes a while for everything in the HUD to load, so give it a moment. When it does, it will look like this:
You can see my new balance in the upper right-hand corner of the screen is $5000. Also, there is a row at the bottom of the screen with four versions of the mesh body. They range from the free version which is furthest right to the Deluxe version furthest left. The free version is just a body with no alpha HUD (which make is extremely difficult if not impossible to wear your mesh clothes with it). Think of the free version as a demo that you can wear to nude beaches and to CMNF events (if you don’t know what that is, just keep moving along >.> ). It includes 36 preset skin tones but you cannot use appliers with it. You can match this body to many skins with the preset skin tones, because they also give you neck blenders.
If you click on each of these bodies on the bottom, it will give you the details of each body in the little circle up on the upper left. Only the Basic and the Deluxe have an alpha HUD.
If you just want to demo the body, click on the free version, then the big buy button and it will be delivered to your inventory via the miracle of the internet.
Click the X to minimize your shopping HUD and cam over right next to where you were looking and you should see this:
Here you can buy a shape or physics for your body…but neither are necessary. I use my own shape and I don’t need mah boobehs to bounce.
However, if you bought the deluxe body you will want to click on the feet:
You need to click to get your feet redelivered. All the feet come with the Deluxe body but for some inexplicable reason they do not send them to you with the body. You must click on that redeliver button for them to send you all five feet styles. Weird, but good to know.
YAY! You made it! You have a mesh body with hands and feet. You should keep in mind that this mesh body is NOT Slink compatible. There is usually a gap between the hands and the arms or the feet and the legs. This should be taken into consideration when you decide which body you would like. Sometimes, I do wear my Slink feet because I want to wear Slink shoes, but I have to wear a cuff to cover the gap.
If you have purchased the body and you need help with the Style HUD that will be my next tutorial..probably tomorrow. 🙂
Enjoy your bodies, bloggettes! (Get your mind out of the gutter, you dirty girl.)
You can check my Flickr for more photos that I have taken with my TMP body. I don’t always make blog posts from my photos, but everything is still credited in the comments.