For Blender Newbies

For Avastar Newbies

If you are new to all of this, check out the above videos first. Also explore the documents below while you step deeper into the topic.

Getting started with 3D

New to Blender?

First steps in Blender

This tutorial is especially made for SL users. It gives a very brief first step intro to new Blender users.

This informative video is about some of the most common pitfalls and how to get out of them once you apparently stepped out of your workspace.

CGcookies tutorials

cgcookies has free tutorials but also provides a paid subscription. Good for the enthusiasts who really want to learn Blender from the ground up.

Agenzasbrothers tutorials

Comprehensive set of tutorials for blender in german language.

New to Modelling?

Create a Mesh Clone

This tool is included in Avastar. You can create a fully functional SL Avatar clone with 2 mouse clicks.

Note, the character is CC-BY3 (owner is Linden Lab) which means it can be reused for free, but you can not put any sort of private license on it. You are allowed to modify, upload to SL and resell this character in SL.

Use the MakeHuman Tool

A tool for creating human characters. Open Source, characters can be reused in any other virtual world for any purpose (including commercial reselling)

Model your own Mesh Head

A Youtube tutorial about modelling. Recommended by other Avastar users

New to Avastar? The Essential Tutorials

Read at least once:

Get Help
  • A few quick tips where you can find help for Avastar.
First Steps
  • Create a Basic mesh character
  • Import a Mesh to your online world.
SL Shapes
  • Export a Shape from Second Life.
  • Import a Shape to Blender.
  • Export the Mesh to Collada.
  • Import the Mesh to Second Life.
  • Avastar Templates
  • Targetless IK
  • Keyframes
  • Export an animation
  • Basics of Attachments
  • Skinning fundamentals
  • Weight Maps
  • Weight Inspection tools

Here is how to create your first Animation using Avastar. I assume that you have a bit of experience with Blender. We will do a three frame animation


Weighting and such

Weighting tutorial from Timmi Allen (german)

Weight Painting for beginners

What next?

We recommend that you start reading the First Steps Document from our Essential documentation.