Strawberry Linden Explains Bakes on Mesh in Second Life

Strawberry Linden (a.k.a. Strawberry Singh)

Strawberry Linden (formerly known as the popular SL blogger Strawberry Singh), has released a new Bakes on Mesh tutorial video on YouTube:

Given her years of experience making tutorial videos, this is essential viewing if you want to understand all that Bakes on Mesh has to offer! Seriously, Linden Lab was so smart to put her on the payroll. She has an innate ability to explain complicated things in an approachable, easy-to-understand way.

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Second Life Bakes on Mesh: Audrey Hepburn Ascot Outfit from My Fair Lady

I am still experimenting with Bakes on Mesh on a couple of my Second Life avatars, rummaging through my inventory, and I am having a blast!

Here’s Vanity Fair, wearing a Chai system skin called Crush on her Maitreya Lara mesh body and Catwa Kimberly mesh head, and an old system outfit that I had completely forgotten I had: Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot outfit from My Fair Lady! I literally haven’t worn this in years!

Chai was one of those skin stores which used to regularly offer free gift certificates, so I picked up pretty much their entire line of skins for free! This was back in the days when the makeup was an integral part of the skin, in those pre-mesh, pre-appliers days. As you can see, the skin still works well with my mesh avatar, using one of the free set of League nailbase tattoos to fix the fingers around the nails (which I talk about here). I wanted something that would “pop” with this monochrome outfit, and Chai Crush certainly does the job! (I suppose I could have gone for a nude look to match Audrey Hepburn in the movie better.)

This marvelous outfit came from a store called Cartunno Couture, and although they are no longer in world, they do still sell some My Fair Lady -based outfits on the SL Marketplace (but alas, not the one I am wearing). The whole store is well worth a browse, just to see all the fun costumes they sell, from many different movies like Cabaret and Gone with the Wind. There are dozens of stores selling older system-layer-and-prim outfits which might even see a sort of sales renaissance for mesh body avatars, now that we have Bakes on Mesh!

My Fair Lady is probably my favourite movie musical. Here are a few reminders of why it’s still my fave. The movie studio spent a small fortune just on the actors’ costumes for the Ascot race day scenes!

Second Life Bakes on Mesh: Truly a “Second Life” for Your System Avatar Skins and Clothing!

Not too long ago, I wrote a blogpost about how I deal with Vanity Fair’s bloated Second Life inventory of 240,000 items. And I said that one of the reasons I was so loath to part with anything was that they would probably be usable again once Bakes on Mesh was released.

Well, people, that decision is paying off in spades! Bakes on Mesh works beyond my wildest dreams, allowing me to wear system avatar skins, and all my older layer-based clothing that I thought, at best, I would only be able to wear with a system body, my Catwa head, and Slink mesh hands (which gave me a noticeable seam at the wrists, despite my best efforts to match the skin tones). So I rarely wore my old system-layers-and-flexiprim clothing once I switched to a Maitreya Lara mesh body and Catwa Kimberly mesh head a couple of years ago.

But I am having a blast digging old system skins out of my inventory and trying them on my mesh body with the new Bakes on Mesh system! Here I am wearing an old Exodi skin called Isolde Soleil (a hunt gift from many years ago), which I used to love to wear back in my pre-mesh days, along with one of my favourite system layer outfits, a black lace-trimmed gown called Look My Heart by Likka House:

I just love the soft, flowing skirt on this romantic gown, that gently sways as I move! A well-textured, well-weighted flexiprim skirt will always look more natural to me than a more modern rigged mesh skirt. This look is so elegant. Perfect for Frank’s Jazz Club!

The only problem? Well, I look great—if you have a Bakes on Mesh-enabled Second Life viewer. Somebody at Frank’s Jazz Place sent me a picture of what I look like if you haven’t updated your viewer yet:

*sigh* The price we pay for being one of the trendsetters, I guess! Note that both the standard Second Life viewer and the popular Firestorm viewer now have updates that support Bakes on Mesh.

And I want to share with you a great tip I discovered from one of NovataSecondLife’s YouTube videos about Bakes on Mesh for Maitreya: if you have a older system skin that doesn’t look quite right along the fingertips near the nails, there’s a full set of system hand tattoos that you can get for free from a store called League (here’s the exact SLURL):

It’s a package of both hand and foot fixes in a variety of skintones. I just added the Suntan nail base and it matches my Exodi Isolde Soleil system skin perfectly! (I’m usually wearing shoes anyway, so I didn’t bother with the foot fixes.) So if you are going to start wearing your all your old system skins on your mesh body, be sure to pick up this handy kit!

Bakes on Mesh has suddenly give me literally hundreds of skins that I thought I would never be able to wear again! And hundreds of older outfits that I can once again wear on a fully mesh avatar body. It’s literally giving a “second life” (pun intended) to my older inventory!

UPDATE 10:05 p.m.: I wanted to add that Altamura is another mesh avatar body maker which has released a relay for use with Bakes on Mesh (it’s available to Altamura group members for free at this exact SLURL; the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group costs L$50 to join):

Please note that Bakes on Mesh will only work with bodies actually purchased from the Altamura store, and not the free versions of the Altamura bodies available at Ajuda SL Brasil, UniHispana Crea, and the freebie store at the London City sim, or that you picked up at various hunts and events in the past. (However, if you were lucky enough to pick up the Romeo and Juliet full-body mesh avatars last Valentine’s Day, those are full versions on which you can use Bakes on Mesh.) Also, you do have to buy and install the Omega system kit on the body before you can use the Bakes on Mesh relay (it’s for sale for L$99 at this exact SLURL).

Altamura has thoughtfully included free male and female skins in the unisex Bakes on Mesh package, so you can test it out right away. This is the Venus female skin on the Altamura Juliet full-body mesh avatar, along with an old system-layers-and-prims dress from PixelDolls (remember them?):

UPDATE Oct. 5th: Here’s another good example of Bakes on Mesh. This is the Altamura Juliet mesh body wearing an older YS&YS Megan system skin. Again, I used the League sunkiss nail base tattoo to fix the fingertips near the nails to match the Megan skin.

The Firestorm Second Life Viewer Now Supports Bakes on Mesh

The latest version of the popular Firestorm viewer for Second Life, released on October 1st, 2019, now supports Bakes on Mesh!

The Bakes on Mesh release from Firestorm has been long awaited; apologies for that. This should be considered by all in SL a MAJOR UPDATE, and it is important that all our SL users upgrade to it. This update contains a lot of rendering-related changes from Linden Lab, without which you WILL be running into avatars that look badly broken to you. Even if you don’t intend to use or purchase anything with BoM, you will still need to be able to see BoM items in your viewer. Please take the update. I can assure you we have put this through a rigorous QA process; it’s a great build!

You will need to get free Bakes on Mesh relay HUDs for the mesh heads and bodies you use. In my case, I picked up a Bakes on Mesh relay hud for Catwa heads from the Catwa store (at this exact SLURL), and a Bakes on Mesh relay HUD for the Maitreya Lara body on the SL Marketplace (here’s the listing).

If you want to get up to speed on how to use these HUDs, here are three videos by NovataSecondLife to help you get started:

The best part of Bakes on Mesh is that I am now able to wear old system skins that I thought I would never be able to use again with my mesh head and body! Here is a French court look, using an old Marie Antoinette-style powdered system skin from Xtreme Reality on my Maitreya Lara body and Catwa Kimberly head:

C’est parfait!

You can download the latest version of the Firestorm viewer here.

Photographs were taken at the Château de Versailles sim.