Windlight Settings

Hard to believe but it has been five years since I made all the "Places" Windlights that are now in many third party viewers. I had been thinking of putting up more settings -- especially ones that works well with materials (normal and specular maps).

Here are two for a starting point.

MOSP - Cloudless
MOSP- Sound Stage Shadows

July 29, 2011: Added a machinima video on Windlight settings for shadows.


End of December 2009 edit:  As promised, I have grouped all my Windlight settings used in the Places posts in 2009 and put them in a zip file. You can download them here at MediaFire. 


Torley visited my pages the other day with an invitation to add my Windlight settings to the SL(R) Wiki. In doing so I found instructions for installing and using Windlight settings that may be helpful to you.

I am currently using the Emerald viewer, so here is my short version of how to add presets to your existing files. You can also rename and delete presets in the same area if you are of the semi techie persuasion.

For my Windlight single settings found near the bullseye in most of my PLACES posts :

  • Download the xml file and remember where you put it. Oftentimes the Desktop is the default. Find the listing of your sky preset files. These are typically in a path like this: "C:\Program Files\GreenLife Emerald Viewer\app_settings\windlight\skies"

  • So, look for your viewer name under Program Files and then follow the path. If you are having difficulties locating the skies directory, you could search for one of the included sky names like Pirate. Assuming you don't have a lot of walk the plank info on your computer, that should get you the path fairly easily *wink*.

  • Copy and paste the new xml preset file into that folder and you are set. It is always a good idea to make a BACKUP of the skies folder and put it in a safe place (like your backup directory) before making changes.

If you are in doubt about these steps, I suggest you work with Torley's instructions first until you feel more confident :D.


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    # by Ricco Saenz - November 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    I've been meaning to say it for a while: your windlight presets are amazing. Sometimes it's so hard to find the right light for a specific pic... the more presets we have, the easier the task is. Even if we're not using that exact light, we can use presets as a guide, a starting point to adjust light. Ty very much for offering your presets to everyone.