Edit Mode

Besides editing published, submitted, and draft products, the Edit Mode allows you to edit products you chose to derive from in order to create your own items. The Edit Mode is where the product creation occurs.

IMVU Studio provides many tools to help you make your products unique and outstanding. Let’s dive in to learn more about them!

 Persistent Pop-Up Panels

Throughout the Edit Mode are several pop-up panels that hold various parameters and selections. These panels can stay open as long as you need to reference them. Moreover, multiple panels may be open at once.

If you want to keep a pop-up panel on the screen, click on   in the top right corner of the panel.

 Tools and Features

Home Tab
  • Get back to the Home Mode at any moment.
Derive Tab
  • The Derive Mode opens in a new tab allowing you to derive from another product.
  • You can have several projects open at the same time.
Main Menu
  • From this menu you have access to several resources and features such as undo and redo edits, view MCG (Minimum Coverage Guidelines) for poses and skins,  help assets, import FBX files, import new Materials, and many more.
Import Tool
  • From here, you can import any asset you need for your product (from textures maps to FBX files).
Visual Aids Tool
Snapshot Tool
  • You can take pictures with or without background.
Decoration Mode
  • Entering the Decoration Mode allows you to add products into your scene to test with your product.

Preview, Save, and submit Buttons
  • PREVIEW Button: preview the changes you have made to your project.
  • SAVE Button: save your project as it currently stands.
  • SUBMIT Button: submit your project to the Shop.
Component Panel
  • The Component Panel contains the different types of Components that make a product.

  • New Components can be added to your products by clicking on
Component Panel

  • The Environment Component can only be seen if derived from a Room.
  • You will only see the Skeleton Component on an avatar or other products where the skeleton has been modified.
  • Rename any Component by double-clicking on the name.

Assets Panel
  • From the Assets Panel, you can view details and import any asset into your project for later use.
  • Supported Assets:
    • Textures – JPG and PNG
    • FBX – all types (preferred import method)
    • Meshes – XMF (legacy CAL3D format)
    • Animations – XAF (legacy CAL3D format)
    • Morph Animations – XPF (legacy CAL3D format)
    • Skeleton – XSF (legacy CAL3D format)
Inspector Panel
  • The Inspector Panel is unique for each Component.
  • You can import CAL3D files from here directly and set up the different properties. That is to say, by selecting a Component, the Inspector Panel shows its parameters and it lets you configure them as you wish.

Inventory Panel
  • Use the Inventory Panel to try on clothing, accessories, furniture, or rooms that you can find in your Inventory. You can search products in your Inventory by:
    • Search Bar
      • Type keywords that describe the product you are looking for.
    • Filtering
      • By clicking on , the Filter Panel pops-up allowing you to filter your search according to the different categories among all the products in your Inventory.
Info Panel
  • The Info Panel is where you will fill out all the necessary information in order to submit your product to the Shop such as product’s name, thumbnail, derivability, or price among others.

Errors and Warnings Panel
  • Errors and/or warnings are displayed on the screen giving you an opportunity to review them. The panel is placed in the bottom left corner on the screen.
Test Trigger Actions
  • You can test different actions on your product to make sure that it works correctly.
Help Button
  • It gives you access to Help and Resources.

Camera Controls
  • To have a better view of the product you can manipulate the camera in different ways.
    • Rotate
      • Mouse: click + drag to rotate.
      • Trackpad: one-finger click + drag to rotate.
      • Controls:
        • Press the keys A or D on your keyboard, or click A or D, and hold it to rotate your avatar.

        • Click on closer arrows to rotate and pan your avatar simultaneously.


    • Zoom
      • Mouse: scroll to zoom in and out.
      • Trackpad: pinch to zoom in and out.
      • Controls:
        • Press the + key on your keyboard or click on the button, and hold it to zoom in.
        • Press the – key on your keyboard or click on the button, and hold it to zoom out.
    • Pan
      • Mouse: click + drag to pan.
      • Trackpad: one-finger click + drag to pan.
      • Controls:
        • Press the keys W or S on your keyboard, or click on W or S, and hold it to pan.

        • Click on closer arrows to pan and rotate your avatar at the same time.

    • Center your avatar
      • Controls:
        • Click on  to center your avatar.

The speed of the camera can be set in the Preferences. You can access to “Preferences” in the top left corner of the screen when clicking on    Preferences.

Undo and Redo Buttons
  • Reverse  or restore  changes carried out.

If you want to learn more about IMVU Studio and its features, check out our Live Learning Lessons!

Let’s start!

Whether you base your product designs off of a product that already exists in the IMVU Catalog or you create your own 2D/3D assets from scratch, IMVU Studio will help you to assemble them and submit your products to the Shop.

So, what are you waiting for to get started? If you are new to the Creator Community, do not panic. We encourage you to follow the Making a Shirt tutorial in which you will customize your own T-shirt by deriving it from an existing product.

If you need more information on creating products, please check out the Creator Education Center in which you will find many helpful tutorials for experienced and new Creators.

Updated on July 21, 2023

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