When I first framed this photo in Second Life, there were a few prims that just were not where I wanted them to be. Now there are several ways I could have dealt with those inconvenient prims. I could have spent 30 minutes or so cloning and painting and liquifying in PhotoShop to paint them out of the picture. I could have made a copy of the hair and shoved them inside my head or outside the picture frame. However, I opted for the much easier strategy of simply hiding them or more accurately not rendering them. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about this little trick and so they work much too hard. This short tutorial is to introduce you to the best time save on the grid.
Generally speaking, I look for poses that reduce and eliminate inconvenient prim intersections, but sometimes you just cannot avoid one or two. Here you can see two small intersections and then there’s a bit of hair obscuring the earrings. I am going to make them disappear.
The first step is going to the Advanced Menu. To access it, press control-alt-D. Under the Rendering Sub-Menu, I selected Hide Selected so there is an X in front of it. Now any item I select to edit will disappear.
I selected my hair to edit and it disappeared. I then ticked the Edit Linked Parts box so I could select individual prims.
Holding the shift key, I selected 4 prims that successfully hid what I wanted to hide. This takes a bit of clicking and guessing and clicking some more since alpha textures like these are often all over the place. The top photo is the result of this selection – after I turned off the camera’s show interface option. No editing required.
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- Poses: Long Awkward Pose
- Skin: PXL Creations July Nat DE Passion
- Eyes: PXL Creations Glow Yellow Green R
- Lashes: Lelutka Diva Prim Lashes
- Hair: Ali & Alli Darla Hair (tinted)
- Jewelry: Eclectica Ruby Red Necklace and Earrings