Entering the Character Creator
If you already have an existing character on this account, then you can create a new character (up to three per account in total) by selecting an empty slot from the login window. If this is the first character on this account, you will proceed automatically to the next step.
Selecting A Race
The next screen allows you to choose your character's race.
The four options are Amarr, Minmatar, Caldari and Gallente. When you click on one of the four icons at the bottom, a map area highlights, indicating the chosen race. Confirm your choice by pressing "Next" at the bottom right hand corner.
This will bring you to a screen that provides some more information about your choice. Press next to move to the next step.
Selecting Bloodline and Gender
On this screen you can select between the three Bloodlines for your chosen race, and the gender of your character. Neither of these decisions has any direct in-game effect, but may influence your roleplay choices (should you decide to roleplay) and do influence the character modelling options later.
Select a bloodline by clicking on the appropriate symbol, then select gender by clicking on the "female" or "male" symbols. When you are happy with your choice, press next.
You can use the controls on the right-hand side of the screen to modify the basic design of your character. You can also randomise specific aspects of your character (e.g. only their hair) by clicking the appropriate button with two arrows in a circle.
The second selector is eyebrow style - exact arching is controllable through sculpting, so stick to selecting on thickness and length.
Male characters also get a "facial hair" selector, allowing them to choose between a range of beards and moustaches.
- Eyeshadow: Two colours (though for some styles only one is applied) and an opacity control (which controls the intensity of the colouring).
- Eyeliner: Colour and a variety of styles, plus an opacity slider.
- Blush: Colour, opacity, style (at present the two styles are "too much blusher" and "none").
- Lipstick: Colour, glossiness, opacity and a variety of styles (top lip only, half of bottom lip, etc).
Sculpting the model allows one to change the look, proportions and features of the character. It is done via clicking on the body or face of the model and dragging in a variety of directions. The effect of dragging may not always be intuitive, so it's worth clicking around and experimenting. Keep in mind that the effect of clicking and dragging is dependent on the direction of the camera - viewing a body part from the side and sculpting may allow different effects than those available when viewed from the front.
- Ears can be made smaller or larger by viewing from the side and clicking and dragging left-right. Other options make them flap in and out or move up and down.
- There are many more sculptable areas on the face than elsewhere.
There are a variety of garments that the character can wear. At time of writing, these are tops, bottoms, outer layers, boots and a variety of sunglasses. The exact garments and categories are dependent on race/bloodline/gender.
The tuck option selects how the garment in question is arranged over adjacent garments - for instance, whether the top is tucked into the bottom or not.
Body modifications can be applied using the right-hand menu. They include:
- Piercings (on various parts of the face)
- Facial tattoos
- Facial scars
There is a sub-menu for "Augmentations", but it's empty by default. The New Eden Store sells additional body modifications and clothes which you can apply to your character at a later date.
Take your time with your sculpting and clothing choices. You can change clothing and body modifications at any time, but resculping your character costs Aurum. Once you're happy with the way your character looks, it's time to move on to taking the portrait (it is possible to come back to the modelling and sculpting mode from portrait mode).
- Background: There are around 80 backgrounds to choose from, and these are race-dependent.
- Pose: These provide base poses for the character, though it is possible to move the character around a little.
- Lighting: Different lighting colours and directions. There is also an "intensity slider" for making it brighter or darker.
Posing And Camera
- Move the head by right-clicking and dragging.
- Left-clicking and dragging away from the body of the model rotates (left-right) or tilts (up-down) the whole model.
- Left-clicking and dragging on the body of the model causes them to move their shoulders without changing their head position.
Head position and Expression
Taking a Portrait
There are four available portrait spaces, though only one will actually be used. The four are there to enable you to have additional attempts without losing acceptable ones.
Take a portrait by clicking on the camera icon in one of the four available slots. You can re-take a photo into a used or unused slot without limitation. Keep in mind that your character will occasionally blink, so time your photos to get the desired effect.
When you have a portrait you are happy with, make sure it is selected and highlighted, and click "Next".