In this installment of So You Want to Own a Business in Second Life, we will look at content creation.
Prims, prims, and more prims! Everywhere you look there are prims arranged and made into some of your favorite items. From your Second Life furniture to that car you may drive around on the mainland, someone had to create those prims and you can too!
When getting started with content creation, decide what exactly you want to make. You can make clothing or furniture. You could decide to build vehicles or residential/commercial structures. You can also build whatever strikes your fancy!
After you decide what you want to start building, make sure you are familiar with popular design programs such as Photoshop or Gimp, if you want to make your own textures. If you plan to build in mesh, then you should be familiar with programs such as Blender or Maya.
You can find some tutorials on these programs and many others on the official Second Life Wiki Creation Portal. Some of your creations may require scripting, so you should brush up on the Linden Scripting Language (LSL). You can find help on using LSL by visiting the official LSL Portal.
You can also find classes in world from a variety of places. Two of some of the most popular content creation courses can be found at Builder’s Brewery and Caledon Oxbridge University. You can also find many other classes by visiting the Creator Resources category on the Second Life Destinations Page.
Of course you can use the many available clothing templates or full perm items that you can find in world or on the Second Life Marketplace to help cut the time when creating content. However, be sure to read the licensing terms on anything you obtain in world or on the marketplace, that you want to use in your own creations. Licensing can vary from item to item.
You can either use content you create for your own personal usage or you can make it available commercially on the Second Life Marketplace, via an in world shop, or use both methods to sell your content. Most content in world is sold via the usage of vendors. You can find a variety of vending packages in world and on the marketplace, be sure to become overly familiar with your chosen vending system or you may decide to script your own.
With any business in Second Life, content creation requires time and patience, as well as a great deal of customer support if you make your content available commercially, but the results can be rewarding and fun!
Join us next week, as we discuss the property business in our next installment of So You Want to Own a Business in Second Life.
related: Building Tutorial