How to fit your Mer Betta tail
Mer Betta mermaid ensembles, including system clothing pieces, are set to Modify/Copy so that you can customize it to your size, shape and personal taste.
Yes, clothing in Second Life is one-size-fits-all, but attachments are not. Some mers prefer to be slim and svelte, while others prefer to be curvy and voluptuous. And although mers are generally thought of as grown women, there are also male mers and child mers.
This tutorial helps you fit the attachments properly to your shape and size. The three most problematic attachments will be covered in this tutorial:
* the boob fins (breast fins),
* the thigh smoother, and
* the tail fins.
The pictures below feature the Mer Betta Pasithea White Moon, but the prims being discussed have been tinted dark red for better illustration.
For easier adjusting, you can pick up a Mer Betta posing stand from the Mer Betta main store, but final adjustments must be done while in your mer AO because the AO animations vary slightly in how the legs are pulled together.
A note about AOs
The animation override (AO) will affect how your tail looks. It is the AO that pulls your legs together. So, it is best to purchase the AO first before attempting to adjust the prims on the tail. See the "Mer Betta Recommends" page.
* You must know how to do basic prim editing and adjusting. If you don't, please take the time to go through the tutorials in the Ivory Tower of Prims.
*** REMEMBER TO MAKE A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES. ***
Fitting the boob fins
Boob fins (chest fins / breast fins) are one of the features that Mer Betta introduced. The fins simulate wide straps or off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, thereby helping create the unique Mer Betta silhouette.
Fitting the thigh smoother
Mer Betta tails are purposely designed to be "skirtless". That is, they do not have a system skirt as part of the ensemble. The primary reason for this design decision is that the system skirt covers up the natural curves of the avatar mesh. In short, the system skirt is not sexy at all. ;)
Fitting the tail fins
The Mer Betta tail fin attachment is comprised of a sculpty prim which attaches to the avatar and the flexy fins.
- You can link certain pieces to free up attachments points; i.e.: link the lower leg fin to the tail, or link the upper leg fin to the leg smoother. Then adjust each prim using "Edit linked parts".
Still need help?
If you have any questions or if you still have problems adjusting the attachments for your shape, please make an appointment to meet with Opal Lei inworld.