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IMVU Studio Making a Shirt

1. Introduction

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 T-shirt.

We will take you through each step of customizing a T-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.

2. Download the materials to make your shirt

Many products in the IMVU Catalog can be derived. This means that if a product is set as derivable, other creators can make a newly edited version of the item and sell it as their own.

To create your own shirt, you will use the Bella Crop Top. This product contains 3 textures (front, back, and sleeves). In this case, textures are the surfaces of your Bella Crop Top.

Go ahead and download the textures to your computer.

Download these three textures only.


  1.   Click on a texture link

  2.   Save the texture to your computer

  3.   Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other textures

After downloading the textures, you will see the following files in your computer’s “Downloads” folder.

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

3. Customize your shirt

Before uploading your product into IMVU, you will customize its surface using Photoshop    or Gimp    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.

First, you will start with the front of the T-shirt. Once the front texture is done, you will repeat the same process for the back and sleeves.

Photoshop requires a paid license and Gimp is free.

Click on one of the links below to get started. Completing this step is required before moving on to “4. Final materials.”

Customize T-shirt using Photoshop
Customize T-shirt using Gimp

To download Photoshop or Gimp, please click Download Photoshop or Download Gimp.

4. Final materials

Repeat the same process for the back and sleeves textures, and your new shirt textures will be ready.

5. Choose a base product

It is time to see how your avatar looks with the new T-shirt.

Before jumping into Creating, if you are not familiar with IMVU’s Creators Guidelines, please read Your Responsibilities as a Creator.

For those who have not downloaded and installed IMVU Studio yet, please read [NEED ARTICLE LINK].

Below are instructions on how to upload the base product into IMVU Studio.

Open IMVU Studio. Click on the Create button in the upper right hand corner of your IMVU Studio screen.

When you click on the Create button, you are taken to a new screen.

Let’s specify the product you will base your shirt on.

Enter Product ID 34767742 in the Product ID field, located in the upper left hand corner of your Create screen. Hit the “Enter” or “Return” key on your keyboard.

You’ll now see the product information on the right hand side of the screen.

Click the Derive button.

For future reference, Product IDs can be found at the bottom of product pages if you access from the IMVU Classic Website and it is also the number at the end of a product page’s URL if you access from the IMVU Classic Website or the IMVU Next.

  • From IMVU Classic Website

  • From IMVU Next

6. Product creation

Below are instructions on how to assemble your T-shirt in IMVU Studio.

In the upper left hand corner of your Create screen, under the COMPONENT section, select the Material icon.

You will now see the 3 original textures in the T-shirt.

When you click each texture in the COMPONENT section, you’ll see the details in the TEXTURE section. The TEXTURE section is located in the upper right hand corner of your Create screen.

Now you will update these textures with the ones you customized.

  • Go the the MATERIAL section located under under the COMPONENT section.
  • Click the item at the top of the list in the MATERIAL section.
  • Go to the TEXTURE section located in the upper right hand corner of the Create screen.
  • Hover over the texture to the right of Diffuse and click the “+” button. (Diffuse mean to soften focus for a selected area.)
  • A pop-up window will appear. Click the “+” button or click ADD IMAGE and choose the corresponding texture in your computer files that you updated earlier.
  • The updated asset will appear in your image window.
  • Repeat the same steps for the back and sleeves textures.

After applying changes, you can save your product by clicking on the Save button in the upper right hand corner of our screen.

You will then see your T-shirt has been updated!

Once you have saved your product, you can upload it to the IMVU Catalog and make money.

To learn how to Upload a Product, please read Upload a Product.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have derived your first T-shirt!

You can market your products by taking photos of your creations and sharing them with the IMVU Community. Click on the following links to learn how to take photographs and how to post pictures in the IMVU Feed.

7. Take your T-shirt to the next level

Now that we’ve shown you the basics, we highly recommend that you take your tee to the next level by choosing unique colors and even adding images or words.

Add your own style to make your T-shirt even more chic!

● Add an image to your T-shirt

Why do not add a personal touch to your T-shirt?

It looks cool!

You can use whatever design you want, as long as you follow our IMVU guidelines. Let’s start by adding an image!

Click here to get started.

● Get creative with colors

Do you want to turn your T-shirt into something even more stylish?

Wow! These vibrant colors turn your basic tee into a must-have for your IMVU wardrobe!

Click here to start customizing the colors of your T-shirt!

Updated on April 27, 2020

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