Monday, January 21, 2008

Curing Cubitis: A Basic Building TIp [Level 2]

The ubiquitous prim... A .5 x .5 x .5 meter plywood box.

Don’t you get tired of cubes?

Well, we at Tweaktocracy have declared independence form the cube. We have said NO to cubitis!

Xubi in particular was afflicted with cubitis. She rezzed cubes she didn’t need and, not yet knowing how to rename or delete them, she took them into inventory. To this day, she still pulls the occasional .5 x .5 x .5 cube named Object from her inventory.

So what should you do when you rez a cube when you were trying for a sphere or a cylinder or a torus? What if you aren’t even sure which shape you DO want?

Just go to the Object tab in the Edit menu and open the dropdown Building Block Type. There, you can change that ugly cube into a saucy cylinder, scrumptious sphere, or tantalizing torus—or to a ring, tube, or prism. You can even make it into a sculpted prim. In fact, this is the ONLY way to make a sculpty. Once you’ve selected the sculpted type, all you need do is drag a texture into the box that will appear in the space below the heading Building Block type.

So remember, to change the basic shape of a prim, select EDIT > OBJECT TAB > BUILDING BLOCK> TYPE > THE SHAPE YOU WANT.

And you need never be afflicted with cubitis again.

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