Here’s some resources for getting started making skins for virtual worlds. You can buy full perm skin psd files on the Second Life marketplace but the price is very high and the skins aren’t necessarily better than what you yourself can do by starting with these free skins and trying out the tutorials. Who wants skins everyone else is using anyway? Make your own! Have fun experimenting and testing them out. Uploads in InWorldz are free so have at it!
Making Skins in Gimp
Start here for the basics from Robin’s Making Stuff blog (not to be confused with our famous Robin Sojourner Wood who is below). She does a good overall of the process of getting a skin from downloading a free skin to applying it to your avatar.
Then Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 for making skins in Gimp. Male Skin Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. And Making a Dark Skin. Every skin needs a good shape and Robin has that covered in her Making Your Own Shape blog post.
Free Skins & Skin Tutorials
The Eloh Eliot free skins
and the Getting Started With Starlight Photoshop tutorial. The newest free skins, Starlight and Pleiades, can be downloaded as PSD Photoshop files, or XCF Gimp files. To work with the older free skins you pretty much need Photoshop rather than Gimp.
I’ve seen references to another free skin called Splendor but have been unsuccessful in locating a current copy of it. If you do find a valid link to it, let me know so I can provide it here.
Enlades tutorials on making skin in Photoshop.
Using a photograph to make a face from Second Life Italia. You’ll need to use Google’s interpreter if you don’t know Italian.
Robin Sojourner Wood has many tutorials on using Photoshop in general. Also grab her ever useful Avatar Templates.
If you search Deviant Art for ‘skin’ ‘eyes’ ‘lips’ etc, you can find tons of good tutorials on painting avatar skin & eyes details!
Get Gimp, a free open source graphics program for Windows, Mac, & Linux. Warning: Only download it from gimp.org. DO NOT download if from sourceforge.net because they now wrap downloads in installers that install more than just the intended program.
Grab your free legal CS2 version of Photoshop via How To Download Adobe Photoshop CS2 For Free Legally where Ben Reid will give you the lowdown on the in’s and out’s of using CS2 on your system. You may not be able to use CS2 on your system & you will need an existing registration key from a previous visit to Adobe’s site:
Note Adobe’s Warning
Read before you download a CS2 product
Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems; Adobe no longer supports them.
Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.
CS2 system requirements
Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8, PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor
Microsoft® Windows® 2000/Windows XP, Intel® Pentium® III or 4 processor