About lyricalember

I started blogging in February of 2012 with no knowledge of blogging websites or photoshop. I started out getting other people to take blog pictures for me, but quickly realized it would be much better to learn photography so I could blog on my terms and be more involved with the creative process. I began asking my friends with photoshop skills questions and watching photoshop tutorials on youtube. The result was Lyricism. Lyricism was, for me, a collaboration of music and fashion in sl and a way for me to creatively express myself. I hope you enjoy reading Lyricism as much as I enjoy creating it.

Nvidia Graphics Driver Tips

I don’t know anything really about any other graphics card than Nvidia, but I have found a way to make my sl more stable while taking pictures using my Nvidia graphics card.

So anyway, here are my specs when it comes to hardware.  You can find yours by going up to the Help Menu in whichever viewer you are using, and then selecting “About (your viewer name here)”.

These are mine:

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU         750  @ 2.67GHz (2660.01 MHz)
Memory: 8152 MB
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit  (Build 7600)
Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 650/PCIe/SSE2

You can see I am using a pretty nice graphics card, and it is fairly new.  However, for a while now, I have been crashing my graphics driver whenever I take pictures.  This is very frustrating and annoying, so I googled my problem and discovered that if you only enable antialiasing in your preferences on your graphics card, your UI and your pictures will both be much smoother.  I had enabled it on both my graphics card and also in sl.   I soon learned that it causes the SL viewer you are using to not play so nicely with your graphics card, resulting in a driver crash.

I found the instructions I needed to tweak my graphics settings on this blog post.  Please understand, this may not fix your problem if you are using a very low-end graphics card.  I hope you have found this information useful.  I felt so relieved when I found this, so I felt like I needed to share it with all of you.

Happy blogging!

Lyrical Ember

Getting the Most out of Your raw Shots

Hello, everyone!  I have had quite a few people ask me how I get such good shadows for my shots on my blog posts, so I have decided to show you all a little trick that makes a big difference!

I take photos in SL Beta Viewer.  I strongly recommend you click here for Strawberry Singh’s explanation on how to make sure your pictures come out perfect while using it.

Once you have your dimensions, resolution, and graphics settings squared away, you may notice that the windlight setting you are using is really great,  but needs a little tweaking to make it fabulous.

tutorial 1_002In this tutorial I am using Holy Romance by Torley.  It’s not in beta viewer yet but you can download and install windlights as you see fit.  Click here to learn more about how to download and install windlight settings. Here is my raw shot from before I edited the windlight.

Step 1: Open your environment settings so that you can make changes to your windlight.

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Once you open up edit preset, you should have a box pop up.

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Step 2:  I usually do not play with the “Atmosphere” or “Clouds” tab. The “Lighting” one is where you will find ways to edit your windlight so that it looks better for your picture.

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The boxes in the green circle allow you to change the tint of the sun or moon and also what sort of tint your shadows will have.  The slider in the red oval will move the sun’s position according to what time of day you would like it to be.  And lastly, the slider in the blue oval allows you to customize the angle of the sun or moon so that it can cast better light on your avatar and create better shadows.  By using the sliders in the red and blue ovals alone, I was able to create the image shown below:

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So there you have it!  That is how I create great shadows on my blog post photos and get the most out of my raw shots!  Of course, it may not look as good if you are on a computer that has difficulty with ultra graphics.  I hope that this article has been of some help to you, and happy blogging!