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Default avatar collections

Conservative, casual, or charming—Breakroom's default avatars make an excellent first impression. Choose a collection of starter avatars so your users can feel confident and stylish.

Overview

Breakroom's default avatars (sometimes referred to as starter avatars) are designed to be visually engaging and diverse, allowing both new and seasoned Breakroom users to pick a look and get right to work. You can offer your users as few or as many default avatar options as you like from our themed collections, or even design your own default avatars to meet the unique needs of your virtual world. Changes can be made at any time through the World Customization > Avatars tab on your Dashboard.

Changing the default avatar collection

Here the world Owner has chosen several Low Poly avatars, and has excluded the male avatar in the suit.
To select or change your default avatar collection, follow these steps.
  1. 1.
    Navigate to your Dashboard.
  2. 2.
    Click on the World Customization tab.
  3. 3.
    Click on the Avatars tab.
  4. 4.
    Use the drop-down menu to select an avatar category.
  5. 5.
    Check the boxes to highlight the avatars you'd like to include.
  6. 6.
    Use the drop-down menu to select avatars from multiple categories, if you like.
  7. 7.
    Click the Save Changes button.

Default avatar customization options

Users can customize most default avatars by editing their features in the Outfit window and purchasing additional clothing and avatar components from the Shop. Please see our avatar customization documentation for more information about these Breakroom features. You can also learn more about filtering the Shop for appropriate content.
Most low poly avatars have little to no advanced customization potential. They do not consist of different components that can be swapped in and out (outfit, hairstyle, etc.), but are self-contained "costume" avatars. This can be beneficial, depending on your project needs. If this is the case for you, you can filter the Shop content to offer more low poly avatar options for your users.

Helping users select their default avatar

Users can pick a starter avatar when they register for a Breakroom account or log in for the first time. If you give users the option to customize their avatars, they can edit their starter avatar's appearance and browse for additional clothing and accessories in our virtual Shop. The wide selection of content available in the Breakroom Shop—jewelry, hairstyles, skins, even wings if you allow it—can then be assembled and modified to create one-of-a-kind looks.

Selecting a default avatar upon registration

If you enable open registration for your world, users will pick a starter avatar from the default avatar collection during the sign-up process. As detailed above, you can change the default avatar collection at any time through the World Customization > Avatars tab on your Dashboard.
An example of the avatar selection menu users may see while signing up for an account.

Selecting a default avatar upon login

The Start Here UI component (sometimes referred to as the Start Here panel) lets your users browse through the default avatar collection after they log in. Breakroom's region templates all come with the Start Here UI pre-installed, and you can find instructions for adding the Start Here UI to custom regions by consulting our starter bundle documentation.
An example of how the Start Here UI may appear in a region.
If the Start Here UI is available, users can click on the Avatar button to see the available default avatars. They can then click on an avatar to change into it. The Start Here UI also includes a "How to..." button, which launches a panel where users can access several tutorial videos.

Breakroom's default avatar collections

Default

Breakroom's classic avatar collection. Attire, skins, hair, and accessories that are appropriate for a conservative work or university campus environment.

Business casual

An expanded collection of diverse base avatars outfitted in business friendly fashions.

Casual outfits

Attire, skins, and hair that are appropriate for a casual festival, convention, or learning environment.

Low poly

Low poly avatars that play nicely with low performance devices or Breakroom's World Stream service.

Holiday outfits

A cheerful selection of winter holiday-themed avatars.

Uploading custom default avatars

If you prefer, you can offer your users a completely bespoke collection of default avatars. Users can access these avatars during sign-up or through the Start Here panel, as detailed above.
Please note that only outfits that use your custom uploaded content or content provided by Breakroom will appear in the custom default avatar selection list. If you create an outfit featuring third-party creator content purchased in the Shop, that outfit will be excluded from the list.

Creating a custom default avatar

To begin, create a custom avatar using the Outfit window, as detailed in our avatar customization documentation. We will refer to this unique avatar configuration as an outfit. When you save your outfit, take note of the final number that is appended to the outfit name. This is your custom avatar's outfit ID.
The Outfit window, with the outfit name and outfit ID highlighted.
At this point, is helpful to take a picture of your finished avatar using your computer's built-in screenshot functionality. We recommend that you save this as a 1024x1024 square image (JPG or PNG), with a maximum file size of 5MB.

Uploading your custom default avatar to Dashboard

The World Customization > Avatars tab on Dashboard.
To upload your custom default avatar, follow these steps.
  1. 1.
    Navigate to your Dashboard.
  2. 2.
    Click on the World Customization tab.
  3. 3.
    Click on the Avatars tab.
  4. 4.
    Use the drop-down menu to select the Uploaded avatar category.
  5. 5.
    Click the Upload Outfit button.
  6. 6.
    The Custom Outfit IDs drop-down menu will appear. Use this menu to select the outfit ID of your custom avatar.
  7. 7.
    Locate the Browse link in the "Upload an image for the outfit ID" panel and click on it. This will launch a standard file import window on your computer.
  8. 8.
    Locate and click on the saved image of your completed custom avatar. Click the Open button.
  9. 9.
    Scroll down and click the Upload button to save your work.
An example of how your custom avatar upload may appear, with the correct outfit ID and image.
The avatar may now be selected for use, as documented above. The avatar image you uploaded will appear during new user registration and in the Start Here UI.