Personally I found that doing custom editing in the LL Viewer to be very difficult and frustrating. In Firestorm, I can edit the colours while the dress is actually on my body. But with the LL Viewer, I had to take the dress off and rez it someplace before I could edit it. This is a clear step-by-step guide to how to do it. Since Phi sells mesh that is Modify/Copy, it's okay if you mess up a little. Because if you keep an !!Originals!! directory as per our recommendation you'll always be able to perform this step with a copy.
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 website 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:
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.
This guide talks about how to the take the original dress shown to the left and apply a tint to it in order to produce the dress to the right.
While you can apply any depth of color ... be warned:
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!
BEFORE YOU BEGIN, you will need to be able to do these steps in a second life area where you can rez objects. In the LL Viewer, you'll need to detach your dress, rez it, colour it, pull it back into inventory before you can wear it again.
Don't worry, this guide shows you every step along the way.