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Let's Start Building: Playing with Prims and the Object Tab

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The Object Tab

The Object tab and the prim editing options it contains will vary on the type of prim you have currently selected to work with.

The Torus, Tube and Ring have Skew, Revolutions and Radius editing options, but not the Box or Sphere prims. The Sphere is the only prim that has a Dimple editing option, while the Sculpted prim type only has Position, Size and Rotation settings we can change.

If the Object tab for that prim type does not show that field - you can't make that change via the Second Life Edit window.

The Tube - Curly Ribbon

In this example, we will turn a Tube prim into a long curly ribbon that we can use for decoration, attach to gift boxes or even balloons. On a side note, you can also use the Torus prim to make an almost similar ribbon, even using most of the same settings. As I am using the Torus for another example, we are using the Tube for this Prim Play.

Rez a Tube

Here are the prim settings:

Size: X = 0.500, Y = 0.500, Z = 1.000

Rotation: X = 0.00, Y = 90.0, Z = 0.00

Skew: 0.80

Hole Size: X = 0.05, Y = 0.05

Radius: 0.997

Revolutions: 4.000

Once you have made your basic curly ribbon, feel free to tweak and change the settings to suit your needs.

Variations:

Radius - this setting decreases or increases the size of the circle of rotation from one end of the prim. (Did that make sense??) A negative number make the revolutions decrease from the bottom end of the prim, while positiver radius numbers reduce the size of the circle from the top of the prim.

Revolutions: decrease this number for looser curls; increase it for more curls in the ribbon.

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The Torus - Cushion

Rez a Torus

Rez a Torus

Size: X = 0.500, Y = 0.500, Z = 0.500

Rotation: X = 0.00, Y = 90.0, Z = 0.00

Hole Size: X = 1.00, Y = 0.50

This is a very basic round cushion that you can make with one prim. Increase or decrease the Size settings to make your cushion thicker or thinner, or even stretch one end to make an oval.

Variations:

Make the cushion on its side

Size: X = 0.500, Y = 0.500, Z = 0.500

Rotation: X = 0.00, Y = 90.0, Z = 0.00

Hole Size: X = 1.00, Y = 0.50

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Sphere - Sculpted Art Object

Rez a Sphere

Rez a Sphere

Size: X = 0.500, Y = 0.500, Z = 0.500

Hollow: 95.0

Dimple: B = 0.500, E = 0.900

Twist: B = -360 (negative number, E = 360

Profile Cut: X = 0.000, Y = 0.000

Variation:

To make a leaf

Size: X = 0.500, Y = 0.500, Z = 0.500

Hollow: 95.0

Dimple: B = 0.500, E = 0.900

Twist: B = -360 (negative number, E = 360

Profile Cut: X = 0.000, Y = 0.000

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Box - Picture Frame

Rez a Box

Rez a Box

Size: X = 0.500, Y = 0.500, Z = 0.500

Taper: X = 0.15, Y = 0.15

To create the realistic frame effects, following these Texture steps:

Texture the whole frame; apply colour if you want

Switch to Select Texture mode

Select the front face of the prim and remove the texture and colour from this face

Drag and Drop the photo or image you want to front face of this prim

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Ring - Textured Rug

Rez a Ring

Rez a Ring

Size: X = 0.500, Y = 0.500, Z = 0.010

Hole Size: X = 1.00, Y = 0.50

Profile Cut: X = 0.000, Y = 0.000

You now have 3 surfaces that you can texture to create an interesting rug