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Editing New Parametric Avatars

This section applies only to parametric avatars such as Olivia, introduced in the 2020 September Edition, Oliver, introduced in 2021.1, and other newer avatars. For more information, refer to Parametric Avatars Overview. For information about editing older parametric avatars, refer to Editing Parametric Avatars.

This section includes the following information about editing new parametric avatars:

How to Edit the Avatar

You can make changes to a new parametric avatar using the Edit Avatar pane.

To view the Edit Avatar pane:

  1. In the 3D window, right-click on the avatar. Menus are displayed.

  2. Click Edit Avatar. The Edit Avatar pane is displayed in the Context view.

    Arrange tab

    2021.2 and newer

    Edit Avatar pane - Arrange tab

    2021.1 and older

    Edit Avatar pane - Arrange tab

    Measurements tab

    2021.2 and newer

    Edit Avatar pane - Measurements tab

    2021.1 and older

    Edit Avatar pane - Measurements tab

  3. As you make changes, Save is enabled. Click Save to keep the changes to the avatar.

If you make extensive changes to an avatar, you may find it helpful to use a new name for the avatar and make your changes to the newly named avatar, retaining the original avatar and name for reference.

Edit Avatar Pane

The following table gives details about what you can do in the Edit Avatar pane.

SettingDescription

Name

 

The name of the current avatar.

To add a new avatar based on the current avatar:

  1. Type a new name.

  2. Click Save As.

Textures

 

Allows you to select a different avatar look. For example, a mannequin appearance or darker skin.

Click Click to display available options to display the available options, then click the texture you want to display.

Tip: You do not need to edit the avatar to apply textures. To apply textures without editing the avatar:

  1. On the Main menu, click 3D Environment, Avatar, then Textures. The available textures are displayed.

  2. Click the texture you want to use.

Avatar Friction

 

The amount of friction or stickiness the avatar exerts on the garment.

  • Plastic - least friction

  • Human - standard friction

  • Cloth - most friction

Prepare Pose

2021.2 and newer

An avatar’s prepare pose is its default pose in prepare mode. You can use this property to change the prepare pose.

Click Click to display the available options to display the available options, then click the pose you want.

Note:

  • If an avatar has a skeleton but no poses, only the Default (bind pose) is available.

  • If an avatar has neither skeleton nor poses, Prepare Pose is not displayed.

Distance From Ground

Determines how far above the ground the avatar is displayed. The default is 0cm.

Arrange

Clicking this tab displays the avatar’s anchor points.

  1. Click Orientation to edit the avatar orientation. The Customize Avatar dialog box is displayed.

    Customize Avatar dialog box

    1. Edit the values as required.

    2. Click OK.

  2. Click Reset to Default to reset the avatar’s anchor points to the default settings.

  3. Select Symmetric Positioning to have the anchor points made symmetrical.

Note: There is no need to edit the anchor points. However, if you prefer a different setup for a cluster, you can edit the anchor points as required.

To edit an anchor point:

  1. Click on the name of the anchor point you want to assign. A body image is displayed with a green marker showing where you should assign the selected anchor point on the avatar.

  2. In the 3D window, press Ctrl (on the Mac, press Command) and click on the avatar where you want to assign the anchor point.

  3. At the top of the Edit Avatar pane, click Save.

For more information, refer to Importing Avatar Anchor Points Reference.

Measurements

 

Clicking this tab displays the avatar’s editable measurements.

  • There are the following types of measurement:

    • Relative

      A relative measurement has a scale that runs from 0 to 1 or from -1 to +1. For example, Body Size is a relative measurement.

      Body Size

    • Absolute

      An absolute measurement is expressed in real life measurement units according to your preferences. For example, Height is an absolute measurement.

      Height

  • To edit a measurement, drag the slider or type in the value you want.

  • When you click inside the number field for an absolute measurement, colored lines are displayed on the avatar highlighting the measurement and any related measurements that are affected. For example, if you click Neck, that measurement is highlighted. If you click Shoulders, that measurement and three related measurements that would be affected by any edit are highlighted.

For more information, refer to Editing Measurements of New Parametric Avatars.

Search

Type in text to search for a property.

Lock

Displayed when Measurements is selected.

Enables you to lock measurement changes to the avatar.

  1. Click Lock. You are prompted to enter a password.

    If you have not already saved your changes, you are prompted to do so.

  2. Type the password and click OK.

    When locked, changes cannot be made to the avatar measurements.

  3. To unlock, click Unlock, type the password, and click OK.

Reset

Displayed when Measurements is selected.

Click  to reset the avatar to the original settings.

Editing Measurements of New Parametric Avatars

In the Measurements tab, you can edit the size of different parts of the avatar. If required, click Click to expand to expand a section to see the measurements in detail.

In general, it is recommended to first make any required changes to the Body Silhouette section, and then work from top to bottom of the avatar when changing measurements.

The following measurement sections are available

  • Body Silhouette

  • Body Posture (Olivia and Gabrielle only)

  • Torso

  • Arms

  • Legs

  • Head

  • Utilities

Relative Measurement Details

New parametric avatars may include the following relative measurements:

In Body Silhouette:

  • Body Size - changes how bulky the body is

  • Balanced Top - moves the arms, shoulders and clavicle area forward

  • Balanced now renamed Balanced Bottom - changes the balance of the bottom part of the body

  • Model - changes by how much the avatar conforms to a model type shape

  • High Heels - changes the height of the heels

  • Muscles - changes the amount of muscles the avatar has

  • Buttocks Volume - changes the size of the buttocks

  • Hip Volume - changes the volume in the hip area

In Posture:

  • Posture - changes the spine curvature from neck to hip

  • Bottom Posture - changes the spine curvature from waist to hip

In Torso:

  • Cup - changes the size of the breasts

  • Shoulder Slope - changes the slope of the shoulders

  • Crotch Width - changes the width of the crotch

  • Genitalia - changes the size of the genitalia

In Head:

  • Neck Height - changes the height of the neck

Viewing Absolute Measurements on the Avatar

To view the body part for which an absolute measurement is shown, click inside the number field for a measurement:

  • A yellow line is displayed in the 3D window showing what is being measured

  • A thin light-blue line is displayed in the 3D window showing any secondary (related) measurements

    If you edit a measurement, proportionate changes are made to the related measurements.

For example, the following image shows Olivia. Her shoulders are being edited. (The user has clicked in the Shoulders box displaying the current measurement.) Note the blue lines showing the related measurements.

Editing Olivia's shoulders

Sliders

The color of the slider handle for a property is significant.

  • Blue - a default value.

    Blue slider

  • Orange - an edited value.

    Orange slider

When you click on a measurement slider, as with clicking on a value:

  • A yellow line is displayed in the 3D window showing what is being measured

  • A thin light-blue line is displayed in the 3D window showing the secondary (related) measurements

    Reminder: If you edit a measurement, proportionate changes are made to the related measurements.

Reset

After editing a measurement, a reset icon is displayed: Reset. To reset the value, click Reset.

Automatic Adjustment

As you edit the value for a measurement, the software automatically makes proportionate changes in the related measurements. For example, if you edit the value for the hip, the software automatically adjusts the waist, high hip, and thigh.

Important Exception to Automatic Adjustment

If you have already edited a related measurement, the software excludes that from any automatic adjustment.

Example: If you click on the hip, one of the related measurements is the thigh. Assume you edit the thigh. First, the slider handle displays in orange. Second, if you now click on the hip, the thigh is not highlighted as a related measurement. If you edit the hip, the software does not automatically update the thigh. You can still edit the thigh manually.

The following image shows this feature in action. First, the Hip is selected and the related measurements are highlighted. These include the Thigh. No actual edit is done to the Hip. The user then edits the Thigh. Having edited the Thigh, when the user then clicks the Hip, the Thigh is no longer shown. Editing the Hip at this point does not affect the Thigh.

Editing the Hip and the Thigh

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