Reflective Jewelry, Nails & Accessories

Optimise Windlight

The link below will take you to the Caithlin Carter Designs’ Website where you are able to download Windlight settings for your Second Life viewer.  Once installed, the XML file will give you a new setting in your ‘Environment Settings’ which optimises Windlight to bring out the best sparkle and radiance in your jewelry and adds warmth and tone to your avatar’s skin.  Perfect for photography or just general viewing, this setting really brings out the best in my newly released Reflective Jewelry.

http://www.caithlin-carter-designs.moonfruit.com

Advantages of the CCD Windlight settings:

  • Improved avatar skin tones
  • Optimise the appearance of jewelry
  • Easy installation using a downloadable XML file
  • Improved lighting
  • No face-light needed
  • Free download from the CCD website
Default Windlight Settings

Default Windlight Settings

CCD Windlight Settings

CCD Windlight Settings

I have produced these custom Windlight settings to optimise the appearance of jewelry and avatar skin tones.  With these settings, my latest Reflective Jewelry will sparkle and shine like the purest real life diamonds and the lighting in Second Life will take on a whole new dimension.  For photographers, the use of the CCD Windlight setting will minimise the amount of manipulation required to bring out the best in your photographs and allow you take perfect pictures quickly and easily.  I have saved these settings in an easy-to-install XML file which can be downloaded and dropped into your Second Life file structure to give you instant access to improved lighting and a great environment for your jewelry and avatar.

I hope you enjoy the results.

Caithlin

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Download and Installation Instructions

Please note that the exact location of your installation folder will depend upon your Windows set-up and your choice of Second Life viewer (e.g. Emerald, Snowglobe, SL Release Candidate etc).  If you have multiple versions of the Second Life viewer installed on your system, you may have to install the downloaded XML file to multiple locations.  Please see the FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information.

Download Instructions

1.  Click here to go to the CCD website.

2.  Go to the ‘Downloads’ page of the website using the navigation buttons on the left hand side.

3.  Click the link to download the XML file to a convenient location on your computer (select ‘save’ not ‘open’).

Installation Instructions

1.  Find the location of your SL Windlight settings on your computer.  (Note – You may have to enable ‘show hidden files and folders’).  Replace (username) below with your Windows user name.  The location is usually:

  • (Windows Vista) – C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\ user settings \windlight \skies
  • (Windows XP) – C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies
  • (Mac) – click on the default mac drive, click on username under ‘places’, click on library, click on application support, click on second life, click on user settings, then windlight and skies

2.  Move the downloaded XML file into the appropriate ‘skies’ directory.

3.  Restart / Start Second Life.

Use of the CCD Windlight settings (may vary slightly depending on your viewer).

1.  In Second Life select the ‘World’ drop-down menu.

2.  Select ‘Environment Settings’.

3.  Select ‘Environment Editor’ (the environment editor box will appear).

4.  Click ‘Advanced Sky’ in the environment editor box.

5.  In the ‘Sky Presets’ drop-down menu select ‘CCD Settings’.

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Manual Insertion of the CCD Windlight Settings

I made the XML file to simplify the installation of the CCD custom Windlight settings.  However, if you prefer, it is also possible to adjust your Windlight settings manually using the values below.

Instructions

1.  In Second Life select the ‘World’ drop-down menu.

2.  Select ‘Environment Settings’.

3.  Select ‘Environment Editor’ (the environment editor box will appear).

4.  Click ‘Advanced Sky’ in the environment editor box.

5.  Insert the following values using the sliders:

Atmosphere

Blue Horizon – R = 0.27   G = 0.24   B = 0.35   I = 0.35

Haze Horizon = 0.19

Blue Density – R = 0.08   G = 0.22   B = 0.38   I = 0.38

Haze Density = 0.70

Density Multiplier = 0.18

Distance Multiplier = 0.8

Max Altitude = 1605

Lighting

Sun/Moon Colour – R = 0.08   G = 0.09   B = 0.10   I = 0.10

Sun/Moon Position = 0.125

Ambient – R = 0.65   G = 0.65   B = 0.65   I = 0.65

East Angle = 0.00

Sun Glow – Focus = 0.18   Size = 1.40

Scene Gamma = 1.00

Star Brightness = 0.00

Clouds

Cloud Colour – R = 0.37   G = 0.37   B = 0.37   I = 0.37

Cloud X/Y Density – X = 1.00   Y = 1.00   D = 1.00

Cloud Coverage = 0.00

Cloud Scale = 0.42

Cloud Detail (X/Y Density) – X = 0.30   Y = 0.30   D = 0.12

Cloud Scroll X = o.20 (tick box is unchecked)

Cloud Scroll Y = o.01 (tick box is unchecked)

Draw Classic Clouds (tick box is checked)

6.  Click ‘New’.

7.  Type ‘CCD Settings’ in the dialogue box.

8.  Click ‘OK’ in the dialogue box.

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FAQ

Q – I cannot download the XML file from the CCD website.

  • Update your Windlight settings manually following the instructions above.
  • If you have an email address, contact Latex Zemlja (latex.zemlja@gmail.com) and he will send you a copy of the file.

Q – I cannot find my ‘windlight/skies’ folder.

  • The exact location of your target folder will depend upon your Windows set-up (especially if your computer has multiple users) and your choice of Second Life viewer.
  • Search first in (please note that you may have to enable ‘hidden’ folders to see some files):
    • (Windows Vista) – C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\ user settings \windlight \skies
    • (Windows XP) – C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies
    • (Mac) Library/Application Support/Second Life/User Settings/windlight/skies

Q – I still cannot locate my ‘windlight/skies’ folder.

  • Install the downloaded XML file to one of these locations (may work for some installations):
    • (Emerald) – C:\Program Files\GreenLife Emerald Viewer\app_settings\windlight\skies
    • (Standard Viewer) – C:\Program Files\SecondLife\app_settings\windlight\skies
    • (Snowglobe) – C:\Program Files\Snowglobe\app_settings\windlight\skies

  • If you have performed a standard installation of your Second Life viewer (default installation), locate your Disk Cache (Edit > Preferences > Network); this will tell you the location of your Second Life installation directory (see locations above).

Q – I still cannot locate my Second Life installation directory.

  • Perform the following actions:
    • Open the Environment Editor (World > Environment > Environment Editor)
    • Click ‘Advanced Sky’
    • Click ‘New’
    • Type ‘testsetting123’ in the dialogue box
    • Click ‘Ok’
    • Perform a Windows search for ‘testsetting123.xml’
    • This will show you the target location for CCD downloaded XML file

Q – I have installed the XML file but I can’t see ‘CCD Settings’ in my Windlight options.

  • You must restart Second Life for the settings to take effect – restart Second Life
  • You may have multiple locations for your Windlight Settings folder – find the other location of your ‘windlight\skies’ folder and copy the XML file to this folder

Q – How do I enable ‘show hidden files and folders’?

  • In ‘Vista’ click ‘Organize’ > ‘Folder and Search Options’
  • Click the ‘View’ tab
  • Select ‘Show hidden files and folders’

Q – Every time I restart Second Life, my Windlight settings revert to the default settings.

  • This is normal for Second Life.  Reselect ‘CCD Settings’ from the Environment Editor.

Q – I’m completely stuck, nothing is working, I want to give up.

  • Update your Windlight settings manually following the instructions above
  • Contact Latex Zemlja in Second Life or via gmail (latex.zemlja@gmail.com) and he will do his best to provide support (voice preferred).

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