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IMVU Studio Walk-through

Welcome to IMVU Studio!

Our new Creator tool will serve as the foundation for new features and optimization for IMVU Desktop and Mobile, allowing Creators to take their products to a whole new level.

This article will give you an overview of IMVU Studio, its features, and where to find helpful resources within Studio.

You must have either Platinum or Diamond VIP Membership and join the Creator Program to create at IMVU.

Home Mode

After logging in to IMVU Studio, you will be taken to your “Home” in which you can find Your Products, Your Profile Details, Links to Important Resources, the latest IMVU Studio News, and Help.

 Your Products

They are sorted into four main categories representing their published state:

  • DRAFT
    • Unpublished products that reside locally on your computer.
    • If this is your first time opening Studio, you will not have any draft projects.
  • SUBMITTED
    • Products that have been submitted to the Shop, but have not been published yet.
  • PEER REVIEW
  • PUBLISHED
    • Products that have been published into the IMVU Catalog.

IMVU Studio allows you to edit your Draft/Submitted/Published Products as well. When you hover over a Published/Submitted/Draft Product, an “Edit” button pops-up. When clicking the “Edit” button, the Edit Mode opens.

 Tools for searching through your own Catalog of products

Search Bar
  • It is located at the top of the screen in the middle and it enables you to perform two different types of search:
    • By Product: typing keywords such as the product title or any word that describes the product you are looking for.
    • By PID: typing the Product Identification Number.

Sorting
  • From the left side navigation, you can sort your projects by:
    • The last project you opened by selecting “Last Opened”.
    • The last project you saved by clicking on “Last Saved”.
    • Alphabetically by choosing “Product Name”.

Filtering
  • From the left side navigation, you can filter your products by:
    • Category: Clothing, Rooms, or Furniture.
    • Gender: Female or Male.
    • Rating: Access Pass (AP) or General Access (GA).
    • Publish Status: Draft, Submitted, Peer Review, or Published.

 Your Profile Details

Your Profile Details Panel is located at the top on the right hand side of the screen and it includes the following information:

  • Your Profile Picture and Your Avatar Name
  • CREDITS
    • Your current balance of credits.
  • PROMO CREDITS
    • Credits given to you by IMVU.
  • VCOIN
    • Your current balance of VCOINS.
  • DEV TOKENS
    • Credits earned when products of your Shop have been sold.

There are many helpful resources for Creators at IMVU. In this panel, which is below “Your Profile Details Panel”,  you will find some of the most relevant ones such as the Creator Education Center (CEC), the Creator Newsletter, or an easy to follow tutorial to start creating products by customizing a T-shirt among others.

 The latest IMVU Studio News

In this panel, which is placed at the bottom of the screen on the right side, you can see from ongoing Creator Events to the latest News related to IMVU Studio and/or VCOIN.

 Help

Helpful Resources are provided to guide you and resolve your concerns.

Help Assets
  • Practical and supportive resources can be find:
      • In the bottom right corner of the screen when clicking on  
      • In the top left corner of the screen by selecting the following menu options:
         ➞ Help

Preferences
  • This menu option allows you to update information such as which room you want to display by default or your submission preferences among others.
  • You can access to “Preferences” in the top left corner of the screen when clicking on   Preferences.

When you are ready to start a new project, you need to open the Derive Mode. 

There are different paths to access the Derive Mode:

Click on the CREATE button in the top right corner of the screen.

or

Click on the Tab in the top left corner of the screen.

or

Click on   File New in the top left corner of the screen.

In case you want to import to IMVU Studio a project generated by the Classic Creator, you can open it on IMVU Studio by clicking on  ➞ File ➞ New from CHKN

Derive Mode

The Derive Mode displays all derivable products in the IMVU Catalog. Here, you can browse for the perfect base product to derive from and start creating.

To learn more about how to derive a product, click here.

You have access to helpful resources by clicking on  in the bottom right corner of the screen.

 Find a Base Product

You can use the different resources to find the product you want to derive from in the IMVU Catalog:

Search Bar
  • You can type the product’s name or keywords that describe it, and click on the “PRODUCT” button.
  • If you know the PID of the product you are searching for, you can type it and select the “PID” button.

Sorting
  • From the left side navigation, you can sort products by Best Match, Latest Products, Oldest Products, and Prices (from the highest to the lowest prices and the other way around).

Filtering
  • You can also filter your search according to the different products categories:
    • Women: Clothing, Body, Accessories, and Miscellaneous.
    • Men: Clothing, Body, Accessories, and Miscellaneous.
    • Avatars
    • Rooms & Furniture: Rooms, Furniture, and Poses & Actions.

The top selection displayed on the screen in any category will always be the available IMVU base products and empty derivable.

Rating
  • You can narrow down your search depending on the rating of the product you want to derive from: 
    • General Audience (GA): products available to users aged 13 years old or older.
    • Access Pass Only (AP): products available to users aged 18 years old or older who have purchased the Access Pass.

Creator
  • If you know the Creator that made the product you are looking for, you can type its name in this field, select it, and all the derivable products of the chosen Creator will be displayed on the screen.

 Product Selection

Select a product by clicking on it.

Once a product is selected, a 3D Preview will load in the upper right corner of the screen.

Click on the  icon to view the product in full screen.

When in the Full Screen Preview Window you can perform different actions in order to have a better view of the product you have chosen:

Rotate
  • Mouse: click + drag to rotate.
  • Trackpad: one-finger click + drag to rotate.

Zoom
  • Mouse: scroll to zoom in and out.
  • Trackpad: pinch to zoom in and out.

Pan
  • Mouse: right-click + drag to pan.
  • Trackpad: two-finger click + drag to pan.

To exit the Full Screen Preview Window, click on the  icon.

 Derivation Chain

Once a product has been selected, the full Derivation Chain of the chosen product is displayed below the 3D Preview.

Each product of the Derivation Chain includes its cost, name, and creator’s name. 

Any product in the Derivation Chain can be selected if you find a simpler or less expensive product to derive from.

Once a product is selected, either in the Derivation Chain or in the IMVU Catalog, you can open its Product Page and see its PID by clicking on the  icon.

 Derive a Product

Once you find the product you want to derive from, you just need to:

Select the product and click on the DERIVE button in the bottom right corner on the screen.

A draft project will be created and it will open in Edit Mode.

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 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 August 31, 2022

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