You will get a notecard for each new routine. Either it will appear in the show card or in group announcements. Read that notecard. Twice.
Let me say that again…
Everybody saves their show outfits differently. Some use the Outfits tab in the Appearance window. Others use a folder in Inventory. Each has its ups and downs.
I have a top-level inventory folder called ###DANCE. I put all of my show outfits in there. I mark the outfit with the body and head version (M53L34 means Maitreya 5.3 and Lelutka 3.4).
Make a new outfit folder
Here’s how I build an outfit folder for an routine:
- Copy and Paste your body template. (That’s Paste not Paste as Link!) Each folder should start off with a full copy of its own head, hands, feet, and body. Your feet will almost always be on your tippy-toes.
- TIP: If a routine calls for “Wear the stockings that you wore in the X routine” you can just copy the folder from that routine to make the new routine. But make it a full copy, no links.
- Rename the new folder for routine. The title of the folder is the name of the routine. The title also can contain reminders to check alphas, which spot is diva, if it’s serious, and so on.
(Diva is important for times that you need to stand out from the others with a special hair, tattoo, makeup or skin for that routine. In Ghost Majik, when I am diva, I wear slightly more advanced attachments and skin so I stand out, as opposed to when I am just in the line.)
- Add notecard. Copy the outfit notecard into that routine folder so you have it handy. If multiple outfits appear in a notecard, copy the notecard into each routine it covers.
- Apply stockings. Apply any stockings and other appliers to the body and feet. This includes wet looks for water or beach routines. FULL COPY! NO LINKS!
- TIP: Create a notecard in the folder and rename it after the HUD you use to apply those stockings. Then you can search for that name to quickly re-apply that stocking layer in an emergency.
And if you can, remove all scripts from the hair after you color and size it. (Make a backup copy first.)
If a routine calls for different styles of outfit (Bad Nightwear, Bad Daywear, etc.) just create a separate folder for each each outfit and use a descriptive title for each.
Create a new Inventory window
Control-Shift-I will open another Inventory window.
You can drag and drop things from one Inventory window to another. This is useful for searching for things in one window and dragging or building them up in another.
How to use it
Scroll down to the desired outfit and right-click it. Then click Replace Current Outfit.
What do those codes in the folder name mean?
This is overkill, I admit. But I do this because I get asked all the time which spot is diva, how do I make something appear, which stockings go with this, etc.
#D – The mover number of the diva spot.
#NAME – Any other interesting mover spots.
M##L## – The version of Maitreya body and Lelutka head I use.
/## – Special outfit notes.
CA – Wear the Costume Assistant.
P – No Physics.
S – Serious routine. No joking.
V – Video has been shot. Relax.
1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 – Pairings for any couple interactions in the routine.
I also put notecards in each folder:
The Outfit Notecard – For easy reference.
Appliers and Stockings – I create a blank notecard with the name of any applier object so I can quickly look it up and add it. Or copy the name and announce it in the show conference so you can fix your outfit.
RLV folder names – I create a blank notecard with the name of any RLV folder this outfit uses so I can add or remove it manually if needed.
Do NOT use Appearance Outfits!
- Because they use links. And links to body parts and stocking layers are bad because they will have problems.
- When you have over 200 Outfits, Appearance slows down.
- Search is a real bitch in Appearance. Much nicer in Inventory.
- Because I told you to. If you don’t do what I tell you, don’t ask me for help.