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Windlight Settings

 As of April 21, 2020 Windlight has been replaced by Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP.  Many viewers will incorporate EEP over time. A few have stated that they will not.  To see my first thoughts on EEP click here.

Windlight has been with us for over a decade. 

Fond memories. 

Archived material will remain on this page. 

New as of April 1, 2015

*** Videos ***

First steps in understanding how to change your Windlight skies and see the world as YOU choose. Windlight is a registered trademark of Linden Research, Inc.
Working with Windlight - Making Your Own Skies

How to set both your viewer and your Windlight settings to show shadows. Info on ambient occlusion and shadow clarity.

Hard to believe but it has been six 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


These 2009 downloadable Windlight settings are in many third party viewers now -- called [places] -- so no need to install unless you are using the Linden viewer or a TPV that has not incorporated them.

July 29, 2011: Added a machinima video on Windlight settings for shadows. Leaving it here as it uses the 1.23 interface and might be helpful to some folks. 


This is original information from 2009 that might be of some use to those using TPVs.

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.



Ricco Saenz said…
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.

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