Xanthe’s Windlights

Xanthe's WindlightsHey everyone! I’d like to start off by saying thank you all so much for following, reading or even just visiting my blog. Blogging is my absolute passion and you guys really make all my efforts worthwhile. So as a gift for helping me to reach 400 Followers on Tumblr, I’ve made 6 custom Windlights for you to use freely!

They’re very light and airy and some are quite misty but you’re welcome to edit them as you please. I’ll outline a little bit below what I like to use them for, click the names to see how they look in a few of my photos!

Lavandare – A lavender coloured light with a bright sun. Great for outdoor or scenery but also makes for a dramatic studio light.

Windows – A purpley Windlight originally created to be shone through a window. A more intense colour than Lavandare.

Toasty – A misty Autumnal light, ideal for outdoors and makes use of warm sepia tones.

Hazy Daze – A very bright and misty Windlight to make your photos look like worn, pastel, vintage shots!

Cold Shoulder – Another very misty Windlight in chilly blue tones, looks gorgeous in snowy areas.

Flawlessness – A Windlight that displays your avatar in all it’s glory. Hides all the avatar creases and lines that come with the default setting and is ideal for use with tinting items. I often run around the grid in this windlight with nothing but Basic and Atmospheric shaders on. Shadows will not work with this light.


Installing your Windlights

Installing your shiny new Windlights is as simple as unzipping the files and dragging the .XMLs into your chosen viewer’s ‘skies’ folder. To find the correct folder just search for the following;

Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/SecondLife/user_settings/windlight/skies

Windows Vista & 7: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies

Linux: ~/.secondlife/user_settings/windlight/skies/

If you’re using a 3rd party viewer like Firestorm for example, follow the same steps but click ‘Firestorm’ instead of ‘SecondLife’. You will need to install these windlights on all viewers you use.

Changing and editing your Windlights

To change your Windlights inworld, click World -> Environment editor -> Environment settings. Make sure that you have ‘Fixed sky’ and ‘Customize my environment’ ticked and the dropdown containing all your installed windlights will be available. Then it’s as simple as choosing your favourite!

To edit or create new Windlights, click sky presets -> Edit preset and choose the preset you would like to edit. Changing the name of an edited preset will save it as a copy so you don’t accidentally overwrite your preset and have to install it again.

The ‘Atmosphere’ tab is good for changing the colour of the sky and the fogginess. The ‘Lighting’ tab allows you to change the colour of the sun, the time of day it is and the angle at which the light will be directed and finally, the ‘Clouds’ tab will let you change the colour of the clouds and how much they move across the sky.

Just experiment! You might discover a combination that makes you see the whole grid in a new…well.. light!

My favourite Windlights

As for my graphics settings. I never go above mid (because I have a very slow computer…). For just exploring the grid I only have Basic and Atmospheric shaders on and for taking photos outdoors I only have Basic, Atmospheric, Bump & Shiny, Hardware skinning and Adv lighting. But if I’m in the studio then I can turn shadows on as well.

I hope this helps you and thank you all again! You guys are awesome


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Hair 1: Truth – Noemi
Dress: RoA – Jyo-gakuin (Group gift)
Shoes: Nyachi – School loafers (10L$)
Pose: RoA – friends pose (Group gift)

Whilst I was out exploring the grid the other day, I came across a store called Room of Amo and saw that they had a big shelf full of adorable gifts! and a great variety of them too from poses to skins to clothing to makeup! The group costs a measly 77L$ which definitely isn’t much considering RoA puts out a new gift every month and you get access to all the past group gifts too! And I’m not talking about one gift per box here, some of the clothes come in a variety of colours or even a whole fatpack! So without further delay, lemme give you the rundown!

Above we have this cute mesh school uniform (socks included!). It’s very bright and really adorable, not to mention very well made! And with a little bit of scientific cloning (aka. photoshop wizardry) I can show you this funny couples pose in all its glory too!

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Hair 2: Exile – Crazy in love
Foot tattoo: NEO – Puripuri (Free)
Lingerie: RoA – Star star lingerie (group gift)

RoA specialises in cute lingerie (but has other items too!) so of course there are some nice lingerie sets up for grabs! Both sets (above and below) come in a variety of colours so you can mix and match to change your look! They’re not mesh so they make great pieces to layer under mesh clothing!

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Skin: Glam affair – Elvi
Lingerie: RoA – Secret me (Group gift)
Slink nail appliers: Xanthe’s – Lovely lace slink appliers (Free! I made these! :D)

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Phone & Pose: RoA – Pinky phone (Group gift)
Dress: RoA – charmant dress (Group gift)

Here’s another cute pose for you! The mobile phone comes with three static poses so you can take selfies, message your friends and call your parents too. The dress I’m wearing has a really nice print to it and I just love the ruffles, it comes in two colours; a pink shown and a lime green. They look great for summer or wear on top of a long sleeve sweater to warm it up for autumn.

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Cardigan: RoA – Cowichan hoodie (Group gift)
Top: RoA – Ribbed tank top (Group gift)
Shorts: RoA – Denim shorts (Group gift)

This comfy outfit is made entirely out of RoA gifties! The mesh cardigan comes with male and female versions and the top and shorts both come in packs with a wide variety of colours included.

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Hair 3: Tram – C601
Skin: RoA – Ayura (Group gift)
Eyes: Dead apples – Sorrow eyes (Group gift)

And finally, these very pretty pastel skin is the final gift from RoA I’ll show you today. There are also packs of eyeliners and teeth tattoos on the shelf but I felt like I should show you the skin in it’s bare, vanilla glory! It’s very cute, I’m in love with those glossy ombre lips.

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