by Tigerkitti Eberdene
I am going to tell you my methods I use in planning a new sim.
First, decide on a theme, and a name for your sim.
Look at sun or moon positions to decide which direction you want your buildings to be.
Think; morning sun in a window, sunset over the water.
Place builds or even just the prim sizes for those buildings that you want on your sim. Play with where you want each piece to be. The same with roads or other paths.
Next is important! You need to decide on levels. Most real life land is not all completely flat. Raise areas up where you want something to stand out. Place other items in valleys. Landscape for rivers, or other water features.
This gives your land depth and makes it look bigger, as well as visually appealing. Remember the sim edges! Land that has not been lowered on the edges will resemble a flat piece of paper hovering over water. These little details can make or break the way your land looks.
Are you new to the landscape feature? Play with the tools to learn how to use them. Practice makes perfect.
Add flowers, trees and other things that will bring people’s eyes to them.
Rushing can give you a result you are unhappy about. It is much easier to correct things as you work. You don’t want to have to go back and fix it later.
Once your area is done, and you have your items places where you want them to be, do a “walkabout”. Ask a friend to help you find things you may have missed. Doing so will help you find and correct errors.
Remember camera controls are your friend! One angle may look perfect but another may not. Use them!
Do you want visitors? List your region on search, and the Opensimworld pages. Tell them about it. Post a few pictures. Tell them about what you have to see or do.
Teleporters for areas not able to be reached by walking is also very helpful. If you want one area for people to land at, set it in your land settings.
Make use of sky and water settings to find those you like. Then set it as your region default. The GCG Help group is just a click away. If you need advice or help, call on Us. Happy Building!