What is opacity?
Opacity refers to the level of visibility of the parts of a product. In IMVU, this is manipulated through the opacity map.
Opacity maps are shades of black and white. A pure-black part of the map is hidden from view, while a pure white part is visible. Varying shades of gray point to different transparencies. For example, a gray tone that is 50% black and 50% white is 50% transparent. A shade that is 75% black is 75% transparent, while one that is 75% white is only 25% transparent.
Opacity can be used in conjunction with meshes to easily create cool custom designs for your products! It can be used to completely hide portions of the mesh so you can sculpt it into any shape, thereby creating a unique product. It can also be used to create a see-through layer that exposes the textures underneath. This makes for a more dynamic design, especially when used in conjunction with the shininess map which you can upload in IMVU Studio.
Uploading opacity maps in IMVU Studio
Opacity maps are uploaded to IMVU Studio just like any other texture.
STEP 1. Go to the Materials tab (ALT+T) then choose the texture you want to work with.
STEP 2. In the Inspector Panel on the right, click on the … beside the Opacity option. Click Assign Asset.
STEP 3. Choose your opacity map from your file browser, then upload. You’re done!
Make sure to click Preview to see the changes. Once you’re satisfied, click Save or Submit!
Make your own Backpack with Opacity
You can try making your very own product with opacity through the following tutorial by Creator Angelkiss2007!