Content Creator News

Introducing a new Twitch series: Creator Most Wanted!

Hey Creators!

From now through the end of the year we are going to be streaming our new series “Creator Most Wanted” live on Twitch every Thursday.

Please join us this Thursday for our kick-off show featuring Roy teaching us how to make an eye texture in Gimp.

IMVU Creator Roy is going to be teaching us using the latest version of Gimp, 2.10.6. If you aren’t familiar, Gimp is a free graphics program which you can download here.

We hope you’ll join us 2pm (California time) this Thursday 9/27/18 (and all Thursdays through the end of the year) to join in, ask questions, and hang out with us. If you can’t make it we’ll make sure to make the video available to everyone.

If there is a tutorial you’d really like to see, let us know and we’ll try to make the “most wanted” tutorials happen.

See you there!

-Laura

Prepare yourself for South Korea!

‪IMVU is now available in South Korea, the 2nd biggest gaming market in the world! ‬

This will be a great opportunity for you, Creators, because we will be injecting a new set of users that are only love IMVU, but are trendy, love fashion, and actually spend money on games.

For more info, join the Discussion here.

New contest for Creators: 3d Photobooth rooms!

Hey Creators, starting to think about Autumn and Halloween yet? We are! Come join us for a fun new rooms and furniture contest that could land you a juicy spot in IMVU’s 3d Photobooth. The contest ends 9/25 so come check it out, be part of the fun and get the limited edition badge.

IMPORTANT: Http to secure https on Creator Product pages

Hey Creators,

This message is for all Creators who use http links in their catalog pages. For those of you that don’t, this will not affect you. What you may have noticed recently in your catalog pages is that they no longer load properly, and we want to provide a helpful solution.  If you haven’t seen a change yet, you will soon.

Due to changes Google is making to their Chrome browser next month, IMVU has been working to comply with making pages more secure by using only https (secure) links and not allowing http links to load in. Some of you have noticed this breaking your catalog pages recently because of your inclusion of links that use http. We have rolled back some of the changes temporarily and created a tool you may find helpful for updating your pages to be compliant.

The tool we have created will take any instance of “http” in your catalog page code and easily change it to “https”. You can change anywhere from 1 to 500 pages at a time. This tool is designed by an engineer to get the job done and not to look pretty. We highly recommend you try one page in the tool first and see how it goes before working up to larger batches of pages.

This tool may not be appropriate for every Creator’s pages, but if it works for you we think it can save you a lot of time vs updating pages individually and sending each one through peer review. We know it’s a lot of work to update your product pages and never fun when things happen that are out of your (and our) control. Please be assured it is not our intention to have you updating pages instead of creating great content, which is why we have created this tool for you: http://www.imvu.com/creator_https_tool/

If you have questions about this tool, please join us in Creator Discussions here

Sincerely,

IMVUCreatorTeam

Let’s have a little fun with dev tokens!

Hey Creators,

We know one of the signs of your success is a surplus of dev tokens and that you’d like more ways to use them. We are so excited to announce an exclusive opportunity to be part of a limited edition deck of playing cards to immortalize your avatar on RL IMVU swag.

Starting this Friday, eligible Creators will receive a message from @IMVUCreatorTeam letting them know how they can sign up for a special dev token auction hosted by a 3rd party. Eligible Creators, those with 500 or more dev tokens, will get a chance to bid for one of 54 spots to feature their avatar on this special edition IMVU deck. The winning Creators will receive a complimentary deck as part of their prize.  The rest of you and your fellow Creators will have the first opportunity to purchase these decks with dev tokens, if you choose.

Creators will have one week to sign up as a participant before the auction starts.  Starting June 29 at 12pm PDT the auctions will open and all will be welcome to come watch the fun!

How will you strategize to get the card you want?

What card would you pick if you had enough dev tokens?

We are committed to bringing you more ways to use dev tokens that are in line with your needs, but hope you will join us in this unique opportunity to get some RL IMVU swag!

-IMVUCreatorTeam

Your input is needed for the future of the Creator tool!

Hey Creators,

We are currently in the planning stages of a new Creator tool and would like some input from the community. We have been gathering suggestions from a small group of highly engaged Creators as well as engineers that work with the product and have received many interesting and creative suggestions for the next version of IMVU’s Create Mode. Some of these must (and will) be implemented. Others are just too challenging to get done in the time frame we are anticipating for the current project.

We are still trying to decide about some of them. To that end, we have a new survey for you with a list of 20. We can only do a few of these so your input is very important to us. Please take a few minutes to weigh in on the Create tool and the features you would value most.

Create Mode Survey

Sincerely,

IMVUCreatorTeam

Best In Show: Meet Some Pet Meshers & Enter Our Contest!

Hey Creators,

How's creating going for you lately? Need some inspiration? Check out our Best In Show contest and your product could be the next login gift!

This month we are talking to Creators live on Twitch, learning how to texture a pet, and having a fun contest that is all about pets. 

Meet the Creator with Q&A: MaxSmoke777 May 15, 3pm PDT, 6pm EDT

Meet the Creator with Q&A: DarkAngel5 May 15, 3pm PDT, 6pm EDT

For contest rules and details, check it out in Discussions 

Then, follow us on Twitch so you don't miss our "Meet the Creator" live streams!

 

Move over clothing Creators, it’s time for furniture and room creators to shine!

Furniture and room Creators, our latest contest is designed just for you!  Our Showcase on the Classic website will soon feature furniture and room bundles made by the winners of this contest.

To enter:

Submit at least one new room or furniture item to the catalog.

Create a NEW decorated room bundle that includes your new room or furniture item

In the Core (downloadable) Client, take a Showcase-worthy picture of your amazing new bundle.

Then post in Discussions HERE with:

The link to your new furniture or room in the catalog

The link to your new Room Bundle

The link to your Feed picture

Please, only one entry per account!

All items included in the bundle must be GA

Original artwork only

No copyright or brand logos

Entries must be submitted before the deadline (8am PST April 17th)

Not all furniture pieces in your bundle must be your own, but using your own furniture will give you a better chance of winning a spot in the Showcase.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

The preview image (feed pic) of your bundle (this is critical as this will be shown at the top of the Showcase carrousel)

Actual contents of your decorated bundle

Your overall furniture and room catalog quality

Winners: We will be choosing up to a dozen winners to feature in the Web Classic Showcase.

If you are unfamiliar with making room bundles, instructions are here:

http://www.imvu.com/catalog/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpbb2&file=viewtopic.php&t=541468

We are excited to present you with this unique advertising opportunity and hope to give more opportunities to room and furniture Creators going forward.

I can’t wait to see your fantastic entries!

-Laura

Apply for the Creator Showcase today!

Hey Creators!

Just a reminder we are always accepting applications to the Creator Showcase. Being featured in the Showcase is a great way to increase your exposure.

How do you apply?

Just follow these simple steps:

1. Look over your catalog and make sure it’s in Showcase-ready shape (this means checking for copyright and trademarked items that would disqualify you from being Featured as well as considering hiding anything that doesn’t show your work at its artistic best.

2. Check your Shop in IMVU Next or on Mobile, and make sure your catalog looks good as you scroll down.

3. Take a few snaps of your best work

4. Send an email to creator.showcase@imvu.com with:

  • Your avatar name
  • A link to your catalog
  • Whether  you create mostly for Men, Women or Furniture/Rooms
  • The pictures you took in step 3

That's it! What are you waiting for? Get your catalog in top shape and apply today!

-Laura

Holiday Gift Box Contest!

Hey Creators,

The Holidays are almost upon us.

Our gift to you is an opportunity to participate in weekly tutorial sessions with Creator community member Jazzkat through December 31. JazzKat will be sharing these tutorials via livestream on Twitch to show you how to use the free software Blender to create gift boxes to use in IMVU.

The basics:

Creators should enter the contest by deriving from the following product:  http://www.imvu.com/shop/product.php?products_id=39762095  or a derivation of that product and make sure their entry is a piece of furniture in the new category “Holiday Contest 2017”.

Entries may include a gift box(es), simple or complex, your original mesh or derived from one of the derivable products in this category.

The EXTRA!!!!!

Creators and those interested in becoming Creators should tune in to Twitch to check out Jazzkat’s live Streams (and pre-recorded sessions) to find out how to make their own gift box and submit it to the IMVU catalog and get help with your files. https://www.twitch.tv/katsbits

Streaming schedule is as follows (all times are PST):

Monday, Dec 4, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 6, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc.

Friday, Dec 8, 4pm - 6pm Creator Help Hotline

Monday, Dec 11, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 13, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc

Friday, Dec 15, 4pm - 6pm Creator Help Hotline

Monday, Dec 18, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 20, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc.

Friday, Dec 22, 4pm - 6pm Help Hotline

Monday, Dec 25, 4pm - 6pm Gift box meshing

Wednesday, Dec 27, 4pm - 6pm Texturing and misc.

Friday, Dec 29, 4pm - 6pm Help Hotline

Deadline: Dec 31

Winners announced: January 5

Prizes!!!

All participants will receive a special Holiday 2017 badge

Additional prizes

Best overall gift box product 25k Credits

Best original mesh: 25k Credits

Most Unique: 15k Credits

Best Detail: 15k Credits

Nicest wrapping paper texture: 15k Credits

 

Rules, rules, rules!

To enter the contest, please submit a gift box(es)furniture product to the new “Holiday Contest 2017” category of the catalog between Dec 5 and Dec 31, 2017.

Entries must be derived from product http://www.imvu.com/shop/product.php?products_id=39762095

Submissions should be new to the catalog.

You may submit items to this category that other Creators can use to make their own contest entries, but they should still be derived from product http://www.imvu.com/shop/product.php?products_id=39762095

Anything that is not a gift box will be removed.

Do not use COPYRIGHT or TRADEMARK textures, please make your own!

Anything not part of this contest will be removed from the Holiday Contest 2017 category

You may submit meshes for others to derive from and still submit your own separate entry

There is no limit to how many times you can enter. If we receive an overwhelming number of entries, we may revise this rule. :)

 

Happy Holidays, Creators! We hope you will join us on Twitch.

 

-JinxyWithMoji