Take a deep breath, it’s ok. You will make it through Bakes on Mesh (BoM) with all your parts intact.
Now that BoM is here and the two big viewers (SL and Firestorm) support it many of the mesh groups have been flooded with questions about how to use it. There is a lot of confusion out there, so I thought I would put out a post to address some of the key questions and point to some helpful info. This will not be a complete tutorial on how to use every mesh body/head out there (that would be pretty near impossible) but it should at least get you started.
Thanks to Sтocĸιɴɢ (aeromia) for the BoM links she sent me in world to help get this blog started. ♥
So what the heck is Bakes on Mesh? For a full explanation and details check out the Knowledge Base page on BoM.
For the easy explanation, it basically lets you use the old system layers that were around before mesh, but on your mesh. It takes all those textures, combines them, and then applies them as one texture.
Some of the main benefits that users may see when using BoM are:
- Things like tattoos will no longer alpha glitch with other transparent textures that are sitting over them.
- Plenty of layers to pile on so you can have tattoos, makeup, freckles, etc. all on at the same time without worry over if there is a layer for them on your mesh.
- You can use clothing specific alpha layers (for those stores that have supplied them) instead of relying on the alpha cuts in your body’s HUD.
- You can use your old skins, tattoos, makeups, etc*
*Before you go breaking out the vintage skins and get your hopes up… just keep in mind older products were not made for mesh. The texture quality may not be great and may not align properly on your mesh. The hands and feet can look particularly off. Some creators have released tintable texture overlays to try to fix this, which can help, but a new skin made for your particular mesh head and body will have the best fit. See below for MP links.
And for the downfalls:
- Many skin creators have not been releasing system layer skins, so many of the newer skins will still need to use appliers until skin makers ‘catch up’
- You can only use BoM with a system skin, so if you don’t have one you like you will have to wait until you can get one.
- BoM does not support materials at this time. It’s unclear if it ever will.
- You cannot change the opacity of anything you apply with BoM like you currently can with makeups on heads.
- Anyone not on the latest BoM viewer will see your avatar differently, and it wont be pretty.
You will still need appliers for certain items such as nails which have no coordinating system equivalent. Keep using your nail appliers as usual.
So what do I need in order to use BoM?
- A BoM supported viewer such as the latest version of the Linden Labs viewer or Firestorm.
- A BoM supported head/body such as Lelutka, Catwa and Maitreya. Check if your meshes currently support BoM.
- Some meshes currently require a relay to work, such as Catwa and Maitreya. It will still work the same. (links to some below)
- A system skin
OK, I have all that but how do I use it?
Each mesh is a bit different, but the basic steps are as follows:
- Wear the system skin you want to use.
- Wear your BoM supported mesh head and body
- Click the “Bakes on Mesh” button in your body/head’s HUD or on the BoM relay.
- YOU MAY BE COVERED IN COLORS LIKE RED AND YELLOW, THAT’S NORMAL. Don’t freak out.
- Remove your body alpha and wait a few seconds for the system to work.
- You should now see your system skin showing on your mesh.
- You can add other system layers like tattoos and makeup and they will appear over the skin.
OK I got it working… but I hate it. How do I get rid of it?
Easy! Find your applier skin you want to change back to and apply it. This will bring you back to using an applier skin. Make sure to add your alphas back on and you should be back to usual.
That’s the basics for now. Play around with your meshes and different options to get the hang of things. Want more info? Check out the links below. Hope this has helped you!
CAZIMI has been including system layers in our products for a while now, so all the latest items in the store support BoM. Look on the ad for it to says “system” and you know you’re good. In the future I plan to release more system layer options such as different fits for different heads like Catwa, stay tuned!
I am updating the below links as I find more items so feel free to check back for new resources 🙂
Hand & Feet Fixes:
- Catwa (in the gift area at main store)
- OMEGA BoM Skin Applier $125L (you must have Omega installed on your meshes to use this)
Misc BoM Info:
- Maitreya’s Blog Post
- Slink’s BoM FAQ
- SL Knowledge Base Page
- Firestorm BoM Primer
- Get Baked – A Quick Beginners’ Guide to Using Bakes on Mesh
- Second Life Project BakesOnMesh (This was made when BoM was still in development but it gives some good info that is still useful)
- Bakes On Mesh Second Life 2019 – Update! by NovataSecondLife
- Catwa + Signature Gianni Bakes On Mesh Update 2019 by NovataSecondLife
- Second Life Project BakesOnMesh by Strawberry Singh (This was made when BoM was still in development but it gives some good info that is still useful)
- The Studio – Bakes On Mesh Intro !!! Part 1 by The Studio – SL Dance Tutorials (Shown on Lelutka head)
- Getting Started with Bakes on Mesh in Second Life by Second Life feat Strawberry Singh
- Baked on Mesh Second Life – Slink, Signature, Maitreya, Legacy by Cassie Middles