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Hair Tut: 10 Steps to making prim hair

Arikinui Adria
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01-24-2007 23:47
This is a *really* quick tutorial. I hope it answers some questions. Since it's late I'm too tired to check for typos.

I apologize if anything is unclear or confusing. I'm not sure if the attached pics will make sense, but at least they are labeled :)

Hair Tutorial: 10 Steps to Making Prim Hair

First off, this tutorial presumes you have a basic understanding of building and torturing of prims. You will also need to be acquainted with the Edit Menu.

I will explain each basic step for creating a ponytail including how to shape the prims. Feel free to experiment and change things about to create a design uniquely your own.

I give the measurements used in this style where applicable so you can follow along easier and get the hang of prim mutilation…I mean building hair ☺


Supplies:
- Posing Stand
- Bald Head (use a bald cap if necessary)
- Patience
- Hair Texture

1. Stand on the posing stand with your beautiful bald head.

2. Create a Hair Base:
-Rez a Torus. Shape it to your head using the Stretch option in the edit menu or ctrl+shift. (size: .189, .274, .211, Hole: 1, .35, Taper: -1, -1, Skew: 0)
- Place the Torus into your head so that it follows the curve of the skull. You may need to rotate it a bit (Ctrl) in order to have it fit properly.
- Holding down Shift, click and drag the main Torus to the side creating another piece of your Base. You may need to change the size of this and subsequent Torii in order to get them to cooperate (Size: .124, .274, .240)
- Rotate the 2nd Torus to the side, but watch the edges of the two prims. You will notice that if they are not aligned properly the texture will appear jagged and your hair will not look good.
- Continue dragging and placing the base prims until you have covered the head.
- Pay special attention to the front of the head where the Torus meets the forehead. Try to place the prims so that they do not create a jagged hairline.

3. Bangs:
- Rez another Torus.
- We want this prim to be long and gently curved so use the following:
-Size: .141, .151, .172, Skew: -.65, Hole Size: 1, .25, Taper: -1, -1)
- Place the prim just in front of the ear.
- Shift Drag the Torus forward. Lengthen it a bit by using the Stretch option or ctrl+shift. Place it in front of the first piece of the bangs. Continue around the front of the face.

4. Ponytail holder:
-Rez another Torus (the Torus is our friend). (Size: .083, .121, .110, Skew: 0, Hole Size: .50)
-This one will have to be rather small, so shrink it close up the center.
-Place it at the back of the head where the ponytail will be attached.

5. Flexi Ponytail:
- Rez a cylinder (fooled ya! Thought I was going to say Torus didn’t you!)
- Go to the Feature tab and mark the Flexi Path box.
- Now everyone has their own preference as to how they want their Flexi hair to behave. You’ll have to play around with this until you find a flow that works for you.
- Make the cylinder: Size: .131, .167, .960, Taper: -.85, -.70)
- Move the ponytail to the small Torus at the back of the head.
-Texturing the Ponytail: in the edit menu choose Select Texture. Click on the TOP flat portion of the ponytail and the BOTTOM (hold Shift to select both). Choose a transparent texture.
- Select the outside of the ponytail. Choose a Fringed texture.
-IMPORTANT: When texturing the ponytail make sure that the fringe does not go to the bottom of the prim. Another thing to keep in mind is that if the texture is too high, you will get a line along the bottom of the hair and this will be the difference between great hair and trash. I see this all the time on very well made hair and it drives me nuts! Just a few extra minutes of work and your hair will look so much better. /rant.

6. Stand up

7. Make the Parent Prim:
- Rez a sphere (gotcha again!)
-Note the coordinates for rotation are: 0, 90, 0. LEAVE them. Just remember when you go to wear your hair, these are the coordinates you should have in your rotation area of the Edit menu.
- Shrink to .03, .03, .03
-This prim will make it easier to adjust the hair the first time you wear it so it will be the last prim linked.
- Place the Parent Sphere so that it will not be seen when the hair is worn.

8. Link Prims:
- Drag Select or hold the shift key down and select each hair piece. Select the Parent Sphere Last,
-Link by holding ctrl+L or choosing Link in the Tools menu.
- Give your hair style a cool name

9. Texturing:
- Again, this can make or break your hair style, so take the extra time to line up the highlights.
-Keep in mind that different size/types of prims will need to be textured differently.

10. Wear:
- Right Click, attach, head, skull
- Hop back onto the posing stand and Right Click, edit
- Adjust the hair how you want it, remembering that the Hair should be rotated at 0, 90, 0 degrees just like the Parent Prim was before you wore it. This will help you adjust it.

Try using different prims to make bangs, or twist the Torus to make curly bangs…a hollowed cylinder, etc.


MAKING FRINGE TEXTURE

Just so everything is in one thread:

Make your hair texture. If you need help with this go to www.taunt.com for Twiddler's tutorial. Gotta love a helpful (frisky) Pirate! =P

For Photo Shop:
- on an alpha channel use a soft brush w/White and make a zig zag pattern horizontally across the page at about 1/3 of the way down: \/\/\/\/\/\/
- fill in the top of the page with white
- using the Smudge Tool (The hand with the finger...NO Not THAT finger!) (say around 70%) drag vertically up and down across the zig zags. Try to keep them as vertical as possible with no overly large lines. Softness is the key.
-Use the Blur Tool (between 18%-30%) if you need to soften it more.
- The result looks like an x-ray of the ends of hair
-make sure the white does NOT go to the bottom of the page or you will have some bleed where the fringe ends and the other begins. That's a real bear when you're texturizing the hair. If needed use black and a soft brush across the bottom to ensure you don't have this issue.
-For your hair texture with NO fringe, save as a 24 bit TGA file. With Fringe, save as a 32 bit TGA file. This way you can make one texture and just paste the Alpha and have both the fringe and non-fringed textures without having too much work.

Then copy and save it so I can use it over and over.
Ctarr Huszar
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01-26-2007 10:42
Excellent !!!
- Thanks for taking the time to make and post it.
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Arikinui Adria
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01-27-2007 08:09
From: Ctarr Huszar
Excellent !!!
- Thanks for taking the time to make and post it.


Yw.

:)
Kepster Cure
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01-27-2007 09:14
Your contribution to SL is what makes this place thrive Thank you!:D
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Urah Pahute
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01-27-2007 11:16
Thank you very much for taking the time :)
Arikinui Adria
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01-27-2007 13:04
I truly hope it's helpful and answers some basic questions...at least enough to get people started.

I've added the "Making Fringe Texture" info to the bottom of the hair making tutorial so all the info is in one place.

Best,
~Ari
Kaimi Kyomoon
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01-28-2007 12:48
It' really great of you to do this. I just had a lot of fun making a new short hair style.

(in step 2 there are decimal points missing from the size numbers - not that it was hard to figure out.)
Arikinui Adria
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01-28-2007 13:36
From: Kaimi Kyomoon
It' really great of you to do this. I just had a lot of fun making a new short hair style.


It's all about having fun!

From: someone
(in step 2 there are decimal points missing from the size numbers - not that it was hard to figure out.)


Thanks for catching that!

~Ari
Usherah Raymond
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Join date: 10 Apr 2006
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02-02-2007 01:57
This is lovely. I make costumes in SL for different events. Some of those costumes have hair & it's very frustraiting most of the time. This will help ALOT!!!
JT Dagger
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Join date: 2 Feb 2007
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Got everything I need to get started
02-07-2007 15:52
This, combined with Twiddler's wonderful video on hair adjustment gave me everything I need to start playing around with hair. I had figured out a few things from messing around with some prim hair I bought, such as the trick with tapered toruses and combining flexi-prims with transparent textures, but I hadn't thought of using a pose stand, and the use of parent sphere would probably have taken me ages to discover.

I've only been in SL for less than a week, but I feel like I'm really getting up to speed thanks to the valuable and generous contributions of the master crafters. How wonderful that you all are sharing your trade secrets with the community.

.JT
Howard Sachs
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Join date: 4 Nov 2005
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Thank you
02-07-2007 17:26
Nice indeed! I've wanted to start making some hair too, but been really lazy about it. With this tutorial, there is no good enough excuse not to do it. Thanks a lot for your contribution, we really do appreciate it!
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Arikinui Adria
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02-07-2007 20:37
I'm so glad this has been helpful!

As for trade secrets....it's nothing more than spending hours upon hours tormenting those poor helpless prims and having an epiphany or two at 4am :)

And yes, the moment I thought of putting in the "parent" prim will always be close to my heart!

Happy hair making!

~Ari
Arikinui Adria
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02-13-2007 09:26
I've posted the hair making tutorial on my website:

http://www.arikinui.com/Tutorials.html

It also has some common problems listed (and solutions as well) and the fringe making tutorial is explained in a bit more detail.

It may be easier for some since the pictures are on the same page as the text. This should be a bit more helpful for those of us who are visual people.

Best,
~Ari
Chosen Few
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02-13-2007 12:36
Very good, Ari. This should be stickied. I notice you don't have a picture of the end result though. Any reason for that?
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Arikinui Adria
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02-14-2007 20:27
From: Chosen Few
Very good, Ari.


Thank you.

From: someone
I notice you don't have a picture of the end result though. Any reason for that?


The end result will depend on the individual creating it. My goal was to show some of the basic technical steps. I don't want to give the impression that hair *should* look a certain way.

~Ari
Tolar Heron
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Join date: 6 Feb 2007
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hi
02-18-2007 05:21
thank god I found this,
I´m a newbie, and bought my self an slguide for about 1000 L$ how to make hair
and the hole thing made me crazy for the last 3 Days. Even the book is not bad, I
think if I would´t have found your guide I´d most likely would have given up soon

Thanks
kind regards
Drenton Barbosa
Arikinui Adria
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02-18-2007 07:34
I'm so glad you found it helpful :)

~Ari
FD Spark
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10-19-2007 17:20
I am sorry about reviving this thread but there isn't many new ones for hair.
what is step 9 image? it looks like a bunch of colored lines that I don't comprehend.
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01-28-2010 10:38
Resurrecting this very informative thread for anyone who might be trying their hand at hair making, as am I. Sadly her domain is expired but the tut was easy to follow.
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