Yay! I’m so glad the tutorials are helping some of you guys – the process I have is basically what I’ve shown from the 1st and 2nd part, but if you’re interested to see how else I sort the rest of my items, this edition would show you a glimpse of how I did my “tops” rough sorting folder.
I’ll also show some other things that were being asked such as how to open 2 inventory windows and what system I’m using for my inventory sorting.
Opening 2 Inventory Windows
The viewer I’m using is Firestorm Beta which is a little different from SL Default Viewer 2, but the process of opening 2 inventory windows should be similar. I find that Firestorm is a lot more friendly for those who are transitioning from viewer 1, they have the pie menu which a lot of us loved and the interface is just a whole lot more intuitive.
After opening your inventory, it should be docked on the right and completely immobile. Click the top right arrow to “undock” the inventory window so you can now easily move it around your screen. Click the gear on the bottom left of your inventory and the open “New Inventory Window” should be available. Click that, and tada! New inventory window!
Interface I’m Using
I’ve received some questions on what interface I’m using which enables me to scroll through pictures. It’s just an Mac Apple Computer’s Finder Window. Although older Macs might look a lot different, and Windows should have a similar option too. But I haven’t used Windows for quite some time so I might not be of much help there.
If you have a Mac computer, click your finder window by clicking on that half face icon. And then at the top you should have 4 different options of viewing your file. I’m using the 4th option, which shows a thumbnail, it looks like an itunes album cover flow.
I made a short video on both questions above, if you have a hard time following my screenshot, I hope the video helps! However it’s my first ever video tutorial so it’s a little muffled and weird. The graphics aren’t very clear but if you go to the vimeo link, you can download the video and view it fullscreen on high graphics.
Running Into Sets?
As you’re sorting tops, occasionally you run into folders with more than 1 item. Like a set for example. In this case, I ran into this: (My avatar doesn’t look too happy about it)
If you would like to keep both items there’s 2 ways to go about doing this. Make a category called “Sets” or the method I did, create another folder, rename it appropriately and separate the items.
You can see I didn’t change the name much, making sure I still remembered it was a group gift. Move the top into its category and the skirt into the “skirts” rough sorting folder so you can work on that later on.
So let’s head on down to tops! The tops folder I made is really general so I ended up having to do both outerwear and tops at the same time. This made the category a large one, but after Hoisery, I was quite ready to tackle it~ The method is basically the same as Hosiery in regards to wearing, photographing and then categorizing. Click that link to read through it, I won’t go through that again. Rather, I’ll just post screen shots and reasons why I categorize things the way I do. Perhaps it’ll work for you too, but I found the best way is to just make categories that make sense to you.
So there are a crazy number of tops in SL. For inspiration on categories, I went through several online shopping sites to see how they categorize their tops.
I would however suggest breaking it down more if you aren’t supplementing it with images
I broke them down into Illustration, Pattern and Text. If you don’t have a Basic Layers folder, you could add an addition Solids sub category here.
I don’t have subcategories for this cause honestly I don’t quite know how to make it even more precise.
I broke them up the same way too, Illustration, Patterns and Text. Again, if you don’t have a Basic Layers folder, you could add an addition Solids sub category here.
My Outerwear folder has a ton more folders because I usually like them a whole lot more sub categorized than tops. I don’t think it’s necessary to break it up into Coats and Jackets, but if you like preciseness, feel free to do it this way too.
I use to sort these by color subcategories, but I ended up with more Black Blazer than any other color, so now I just do this open or closed.
I subcategorize this same as Blazers with Open or Close option, then added Cropped Cardigans and Thick ones to be more precise. No prim cardigans are those made only on clothing layers — these are great for layering and lag free shopping when needed~
Occasionally creators make sculpted amazingness for outerwear, perhaps tied on our waists or hanging on our shoulders. This is just a special folder for those unique come bys.
I categorized them similar to a lot of my tops folder, but kept a Turtleneck category since I tend to look for those often.
So there we go! Graphic overload~ But the pictures might help you have some ideas of how to sort your own inventory! <3