YouTube | Virtual Architecture 101: Design Fundamentals, Processes and Strategies for Virtual Worlds

Virtual Architecture 101 is an interactive, self guided educational project that teaches visitors about architectural fundamentals, design processes, strategies and best practices for creating effective virtual world projects. The installation also includes several case studies of education-related projects, and offers specific tips, tricks and techniques drawn from over 5 years of experience designing virtual environments. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive resource, but to simply provide a sample overview of design basics.

Designed and developed by Jon Brouchoud http://www.jonbrouchoud.com

SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Architecture%20Island/97/132/1173

Hat tip to Mickey Vandeverre for the lead.

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BlenderNerd | Material Basics

Materials in 3D modeling tools are used to apply color, textures and lightning to a model. This BlenderNerd video tutorial aimed to beginners explains how to use materials in Blender 2.5.

Blender Cookie | Introduction to the Outliner

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The outliner in Blender 2.5 (seen above) is a very useful tool to keep track of your scenes. This video tutorial by Blender Cookie explains all its features. Click the link to watch the video.

Lightworks

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Quoting the web site: “Lightworks is a free open source, Academy and Emmy award winning professional-grade editor with over 20 years of history in the film and broadcast industry. Having cut hundreds of films such as Pulp Fiction, The Departed, Centurion and Shutter Island, it includes a full feature set of editorial tools — from advanced trimming and media management, to stereoscopic support and realtime effects including multiple secondary colour correctors. Lightworks has an advanced effects pipeline, utilizing the power of your GPU. And with support for up to 2K workflows with realtime effects, it is the most advanced editing application available.”

Blender Cookie | Using the Lattice Modifier

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A video tutorial on how to use the lattice modifier. This modifier is very useful for modifying the shape of an existing object while leaving the mesh intact. Click the link to go to the web site.

YouTube | Second Life Photography Tutorials – liquify

A video tutorial by Katey Coppola for those who want to improve their Second Life photography skills. Katey explains how to correct your images with the liquify tool in Photoshop. Click the link to go the page.