Friendly greetings! Textures are found just about everywhere in Second Life. From the attachments on your avatar to buildings you visit to the virtual holiday gifts you’re getting, textures increase the richness of your inworld experience.
However, since Second Life is almost entirely Resident-created content, using many big textures when such detail isn’t necessary can slow you down (“lag”). I’ve known for a long time that a little education goes a long way, and I’ve also had a lot of Residents righteously ask me:
“Yeah, I know ‘optimizing textures’ is important, but how can I find out what size a texture is if it’s already on an object?”
You’re just in luck — today’s Tip of the Week, right here, right now… HOW TO GET TEXTURE INFO!
Simpler than you thought.
You always get the dimensions of a texture in your Inventory if you double-click it and look under the preview:
And for those of you who want to learn more about texture tips ‘n’ tricks, here are related resources I’ve referred to many a time. They’ve enlightened me, and I hope they’ll do ya good too:
- Texture Tools gateway on the SL wiki – LOTS of texture-making programs, tutorials, books & DVDs, and free textures to indulge in! Thanx to those who contributed to this public resource… if you can make it better, go ahead, I appreciate you.
- Textures and Snapshots in the Knowledge Base – Useful articles to improve your skillz, including some of my past video tutorials. (Go ahead and login if you’re asked to after clicking this link.)
- Texture Console – Documentation for the technically advanced on how to use this diagnostic tool.
Get your texture on!