There are virtual-world sites on the Web geared toward every age of user, each of which comes complete with its own 3D avatar generators that allow even the most inexperienced user to make his own 3D characters for free. Second Life for adults, Teen Second Life for teens, and Zwinky and Fantage for younger users all provide for making the most detailed and personalised 3D characters, right down to skin tone, eyebrow tilt and shoe colour. Most of these avatar generators use simple click or click-and-drag programming to build and dress the 3D character and then build the avatar's physical environment, complete with house, furniture, artwork and closet space for the avatar's entire 3D wardrobe.
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Things you need
- Internet connection
Choose the 3D virtual world that's most appealing in both artwork and atmosphere, then log on to that site and join if creating an account is necessary. Download and install any plug-in required by the site's 3D technology, as without it, the characters and environment can't operate in true 3D.
Select a male or female base body to work with in creating the 3D character, and begin personalising it by choosing a skin tone and face shape.
Build the character by adding physical characteristics. Choose the right hairstyle and hair colour, eye and brow shape and colour, nose and mouth shape, and make-up if desired.
Mix and match the wardrobe offerings until the 3D character is dressed to your liking, then accessorise with hats, scarves, gloves, glasses, jewelery, bags and even pets.
Save the character for use within the site's virtual world, or within other 3D programs.
Tips and warnings
- Get familiar with the chosen site's procedures for buying or earning additional hairstyles, make-up applications, accessories and outfits, as users of these virtual worlds often create and sell additional choices in all these areas. That means thousands of options and hours of fun virtual shopping.
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