Phi had considered and actually successfully built a HUD to colour our dresses and it worked well. But we soon realized that the HUD would not give the fine controls the way the default editor provides, and after much tweaking decided to abandon the HUD and focus on a notecard that described how to do it in the two main viewers Firestorm and Linden Labs Viewer.
About each Design
Phi defines a design as a combination of three things:
The STYLE is the layout and structure of the mesh. The PATTERN is a general arrangement of that has been placed on the mesh. The HUE is a colour variation of the original pattern.
This guide allows you to add a fourth element, COLOR. All non-Demo Phi Dresses come in Modify/Copy/No Transfer without a colour defined, it is always white, and this guide describes how you can use a Second Life viewer, in this case Firestorm, to change the white color to something else to give you a potentially different looking outfit or to tweak the colours slightly to match your existing accessories.
Step 0 - Don't Over Do It!
I put this step in to remind people to not over due it in the colour bar. The colour changes you might make should be really subtle, otherwise you will end up with something that looks yucky!
Step 1 – Open Your Inventory
Step 2 – Select the Worn Tab
Step 3 – Open the folder next to your Phi outfit
Step 4 – This reveals the worn contents
Step 5 – Right-click the Mesh, and select Edit
Step 6 – Click the Texture Tab
Step 7 – Click the Colour Box
Step 8 - Play
The thing about the colour window is the colour you select will alter the existing colours. Like adding them together, for example, PINK + YELLOW produces a RED result. I could explain why, but the best thing to do is just try. You’ll find that the best colour combinations are only slight colour changes from white, rather than significant colour changes.
Don’t forget to click OK when you are done.