Windlight Contributor Myra Wildmist is back with another photography tip! This time she discusses the importance of derendering objects:

Second Life is full of junk: Pose balls are scattered about sims; dance balls hang overhead; signs block sight lines, detracting from the landscape; and platforms, skyboxes, and prims are everywhere, often just hanging in the sky.

It’s safe to say The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up probably isn’t high on the reading list of the average SL resident.

Granted, some of this stuff is needed – e.g. dance balls for dancing – but a lot of it is nothing more than clutter, people forgetting to pick up after themselves. And a lot of it detracts from your photos, junking up what would be a perfectly lovely scene.

Sadly, in SL you can’t play mom and pick up others trash. Wouldn’t that be nice?

That doesn’t mean you have to look at all that clutter, though, and you certainly don’t have to put up with it in your photos.

A lovely view except for the vote box
A lovelier view with the vote box derendered


Using derender

Derender is an extremely valuable tool for any photographer who works in the wilds of SL  (I believe derender is only available in Firestorm.).

You can derender anything in SL, people and objects. If you’re getting photobombed, you can derender the people you don’t want in your photo. If you’re in an older sim with lots of pose balls, derender them. Anything or anyone in your photo you don’t want there, derender them.

To derender something, r-click on the person or object you want to derender. You should get a menu wheel with several choices. Select More, More, Derender, Temporary. Temporary Derender removes the object from the scene until you leave and return to the sim or relog.

You can also Blacklist the item you’re trying to hide, but then you have to remember to remove the item from your Blacklist when you’re done. I don’t know about you, but I suck at remembering stuff like that.

Be safe – use Temporary Derender.

Style thoughts

Unsightly trash and other eyesore have no place in your photos. Derender that junk!

Other resources

Firestorm tutorial on using derender




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