Thank you for trying out IMVU Studio! This new 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.
We are offering IMVU Studio as an early Beta, introducing several new features including normal and specular maps and a fresh new user interface.
This article will give you a quick overview of what’s new and what has changed from Classic Create Mode.
New Home Mode
After logging into IMVU Studio, you will be taken to your “Home” which lists all your existing products. They are sorted into four main categories representing their publish 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DRAFT – Unpublished products that reside locally on your computer.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 for publishing, but have not yet started peer review.
PEER REVIEW – Products that are currently in peer review
PUBLISHED – Products that have been published
Searching Your Projects
SORTING – From the left side navigation, you can sort your projects by the last project you opened, the last project you saved, or alphabetically.
FILTERING – Filter your product list by Category, Gender, Rating or Publish status.
Open an Existing Project for Editing
Click on a draft project to continue editing your draft.
For Published Products
Click on a published project to edit it for republishing.
Create a New Product
To start creating a new product, click on the “CREATE” button on the top right, or the “+” button next to the tabs.
This will open the product catalog where you will choose the base product you want to derive from.
New Derive Mode
We have embedded the IMVU product catalog into IMVU Studio. It is very similar to the shop in IMVU Desktop. Here you can browse for the perfect base product to derive from and start creating.
Select a product by clicking on it. A 3D preview will load in the upper right corner of the screen. You can view the product full screen as well by clicking the icon in the preview window.
The full derivation chain is displayed on the right and includes each product’s cost in credits. Any product in the derivation chain can be selected if you find a simpler or less expensive product to derive from.
Narrow down the product you are searching for by selecting a category on the left side of the screen. These categories match both IMVU Desktop and IMVU Mobile.
If you know the Product ID you are searching for, you may enter it in a dedicated field.
Type anything in the search field and it will filter by the product’s title or keywords.
Once you’ve found your base product, click on the “DERIVE” button in the lower right. A draft project will be created and it will open in Edit Mode.
There are a number of changes we have made to edit mode to modernize the interface and support new and future features. We’ll talk about the most obvious changes here.
If you are familiar with Classic Create Mode, the preview button has the same function as “Apply Changes”. After any edit, import or parameter change, you must click PREVIEW to render the changes in the 3d window.
On the left hand side we’ve organized the types of components that make up a product: Material, Mesh, Action, Skeleton, and Environment. Selecting any component on the left will bring up its parameters in the inspector panel on the right.
Add a new material, mesh or action slot by clicking the “+” button.
Normal & Shininess Maps
There are two new textures and a new parameter in the Material component needed to create bumpy and shiny surfaces
This is a more modern type of bump map that allows you to add surface detail such as bumps, scratches and irregular surfaces to a model. The map defines depth in 3d space by using the color channels as xyz coordinates.
This is a greyscale map that defines if light will be reflected off of a surface. White parts of the map define more reflection, dark parts define less.
Here’s a shininess map example with full white on the blotch, and full black everywhere else.
This is the slider value from 0 to 100 that defines the fresnel reflectivity. It’s basically the angle from the light to the camera that light will reflect. A normal map must be loaded for the reflectivity slider to be active.
Here are some quick examples of what you can achieve with this new feature!
Cast and Receive Shadows
Sit tight. These will become useful when we roll out spotlights with shadows. You will be able to define which materials can cast and/or receive shadow.
For advanced users, there is a new “Mesh” component. Looking at the Mesh inspector panel, you will notice we now list the submeshes and you can reassign materials to each sub-mesh. This is useful if you want to assign the same material to multiple submeshes, saving memory and file size.
Persistent Pop-up Panels
Throughout 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 and multiple panels may be open at once.
In the example below, two ensemble popups are open side by side.
Via Asset Panel
Next to the Component Panel tab is the Asset Panel. From here you can view details and import any asset into your project for later use.
- Textures – jpg, 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)
Select IMPORT at the bottom of the panel
Via Inspector Panel
Cal3d files can be imported directly into a Material, Mesh or Action. For example, to import a .xmf file, first select a mesh slot or create a new one.
Now in the Mesh inspector panel, select the Asset dropdown menu. Then select “Add New XMF”
Use the Inventory panel to try on clothing, furniture or room products that you are not editing. You can filter for your inventory by opening the popup panel.
The info panel is where you will fill out all the necessary details to prepare your product for publishing.
You can also see the full breakdown of Derivation fee, Submission fee, Markup, Profit and Total Price for your product.
Submit for Publishing
When you are ready to publish, click on the SUBMIT button. Make sure you have filled out the necessary information in the Info Panel first.