Making a Shirt

This tutorial is your starting point for dressing avatars with your own creations, selling them in the IMVU Catalog, and making money!

Let’s dive in and make your first shirt.

We will take you through each step of customizing a shirt. At the end of this guide, you will be able to add your personal touch to adapt any existing IMVU product to your style.

Getting the Required Textures

If you are not familiar with textures, please read Introduction to Textures.


For this tutorial, we will be deriving from the Bella Crop Top.

To get the textures required to make your own version of the Bella Crop Top, click here to go to the product page.

Note

You will see six images available for download, three textures and three UV maps. For this tutorial, we will only need the texture maps and not the UV maps!

Download Images

  1. Click on each of the yellow buttons that say Click here for Texture. Each will take you to a different texture image.
  2. Save the textures to your computer. Right-click on each image then click Save Image As to download them.


The textures should now be downloaded to your Downloads folder or to any other folder you selected.

Customizing Your Textures

Make the product your own by customizing your textures! This can be done in popular applications Photoshop or GIMP or using your preferred image-editing software. If you are not familiar with Photoshop or GIMP, do not panic. Just follow the steps and you will see that there is no need to be an expert to make amazing products. All you need is a basic understanding of using a Painting (texture-creation) application.

To customize your textures in Photoshop proceed to:

Making a Shirt – Customizing in Photoshop

To customize your textures in GIMP proceed to:

Making a Shirt – Customizing in GIMP


Creating Your Product

Once you have completed customizing your textures it’s now time to create your very own version of the Bella Crop Top by importing and applying your customized textures in IMVU Studio! Fire up IMVU Studio and create your product by deriving from the Bella Crop Top product.

Deriving

For more information on searching for a PID and deriving from it, you may wish to read this tutorial.

STEP 1. Create a new Product by clicking the Create button or the + sign in IMVU Studio.

OR


STEP 2. Derive from the Bella Crop Top by searching for its name or PID (34767742) and clicking Derive.

The Derivation Chain

When deriving from Products with a long derivation chain, it’s a good idea to derive from the furthest back version of the Product. This way, you start with the lowest starting price.

STEP 3. Select the materials you want to edit by opening the Material panel by clicking on Components tab and then the Materials icon in the left-hand panel. The Materials panel allows you to select the front, back, and sleeves of the product.

STEP 4. Import the textures you customized by opening the Inspector panel by clicking on the Inspector tab on the right-hand panel. Hover over the thumbnail beside Diffuse and click the button.

In the pop-up window, click Add Image and import the textures you have customized. Make sure you are importing the texture that corresponds to the part of the product you selected under the Material Components section.

The updated asset will appear in your image window.

Repeat the same steps for the back and sleeves textures.

Preview

If you want to see the changes you made at any time, click on Preview.

STEP 5. Edit your product information by filling out the details under the Info panel.

The Info panel is where you can edit the Product details that will show up in the Shop, such as the Product Icon (required), Product Name, markup, search keywords, and more.

Keep it IMVU friendly!

When Creating a product, make sure it meets the guidelines in IMVU’s Virtual Goods Policy!

STEP 6. Save and Submit! Once you’re done filling out your product information, click the Save button then Submit.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have derived your first shirt!


For more information on submitting and publishing a product click here.

Updated on September 30, 2021

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