In This Chapter
What you need to know before you build
Using the Edit tools
Understanding prim properties
Deciding on colors and textures
Working with multiple prims
Cleaning up after building
With the exceptions of the oceans and land, and basic avatars everything in Second Life (SL) — every beach, every mansion, every car, and every boat — has been built by residents just like you. Yes, you can make your own pirate ship, castle (see Figure 13-1), or luxury loft. Anything is possible with just a few skills.
Building in SL is one of the most amazing parts of SL. It's as if you have an unlimited box of customizable building bricks and blocks that you can use to build anything. You are limited only by your imagination and where you are building things.
The first thing you need to realize about building in Second Life is that everything you see — except for basic avatars — was created by users. The amazing cityscapes, the cars, and the fantastic clothes and hair are all user-created. So what the heck are all these things made from? The answer is primitives, or prims.
Figure 13.1. Build yourself a home like this.
A prim is the most basic building block in Second Life. It can come in a number ...