How to Create Your Own Virtual Person in a Virtual World

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A virtual world is an Internet site created to look like a physical community with homes, shops, restaurants and night spots where users interact with each other through their avatars, or their virtual selves. Virtual worlds offer people a way to connect with one another while the avatars, or virtual people, offer a certain amount of identity protection by keeping users' actual likenesses from being shown. Sites such as Second Life, Teen Second Life and IMVU all provide avatar generators where a user makes his own virtual person. The generators allow the user to personalize every element of her avatar's physical appearance and wardrobe and requires only the installation of a plug-in for the site.

  • Choose which virtual world site in which to create a virtual person based on your comfort level with the site's atmosphere and content, and the appeal of the site's particular art style.

  • Log on to the site, create an account and download any required plug-ins so the 3D programming works as intended.

  • Navigate to the site's avatar generator and choose whether to create a male or a female virtual person. Personalize the avatar by selecting from the hundreds of features provided to create the coloring and style of the face and hair.

  • Experiment with various wardrobe options by mixing and matching the various tops, bottoms, stockings and shoes until the outfit is as you desire.

  • Save the virtual person so the avatar is capable of moving into the site's virtual world and interacting with other avatars.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save additional outfits, hair styles and make-up styles in the avatar's virtual closet for quick changes.

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  • Photo Credit girl in stone alcove image by Heinz Hemken from Fotolia.com
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