Welcome to Avatar Toolbox

What's this site about?

Making and customizing avatars in Second LifeŽ.

If there's things you're looking for that aren't here, the best place to start is probably the content creation forums or the archives.

When I first joined Second Life, I spent a lot of time wondering "how do they do that?" every time I saw an impressive or unusual avatar. I searched the web and SL's forums for information, samples, and scripts, had many good conversations in sandboxes, and experimented a lot. This site is about bundling up that information in one place, and making it easier for all of us to create the avatars we want.

The information on this site assumes you know the basics (how to change your clothes, how to wear a skin or prim shoes, etc.) If you don't, these links may help: Here's an older article introduction to avatar appearance by Caliandris Pendragon. Wiki information about appearance. Here's a vid about the Outfits feature for those of you using a viewer with it.

Where do I get the tools mentioned?

On the web: at the SL Marketplace. On the grid: Kitaro, 188/235/401 with the other freebies at my main shop.

The toolbox has pose stands, invisiprims, several animation overriders, attachment samples, etc. If something in the toolbox has bad permissions or other problems, please IM me (Storm Thunders) or drop me an email at the address below. I'll be adding things to the toolbox as this site grows, so each version has the date showing in hovertext. Only the latest version will be available at the place(s) linked above.

How do I contribute?

If you want to submit an article, or have some good tutorials you'd like linked, email me. Please put "Avatar Toolbox" in the subject line. You can also IM me (Storm Thunders), and I've got a blog.

Avatar Toolbox is a work in progress. There may be pages under construction and outlines of incomplete articles on this site.