March 19, 2008
Sculpty Paint returns
Cel Edman, creator of Sculpty Paint, has put his Pixel Lab site back up and made the program available again. He took it down for a period due to his frustration with content theft in SL and Linden Labs ineffective efforts to deal with the problem. (go here to vote on "Stopping texture theft and the spread of stolen items")
Sculpty Paint is a free tool for creating sculpt textures for uploading to SL. It can also export to .obj files that can be read in Blender, wings3D etc.
Now a new version is available: SculptyPaint v.092 alpha release, for Window, Linux, and the Mac. It has two major improvements which stand out right away: multiple Undo and Redo, and much smoother rotating of the sculpt object with the mouse.
The site has a set of tutorials, and I've attended a couple of inworld classes offered at NCI which were a great help in getting started.
Find Sculpty Paint here
Here is the resulting test sculpti I made. I had to stretch the prim vertically to get the same proportions that I had within the program, and its not as sharp-edged due to the resolution of the sculpt texture (128 x 128). However, if you're making rounded shapes, or something with an old and worn look this will work to your advantage.