How To Change Avatar In VRchat

Are you unsure of how to change your avatar in VRChat? In tis article, we teach you how to do this in a few simple steps.

How To Change Avatar In VRchat

In order to change your avatar in VRchat, you will need to access the Avatar Menu.

To do that, you have to first bring up the Quick Menu. You should have a button for that on your controller.

Then you need to hit the avatar button to load up your avatars. Here you will have a wide selection of avatars to choose from.

(But if you prefer, you can create your own unique avatar. More on that later.)

Have a scroll through the avatar options available to you until you find one that you want to use next. To pick one avatar from the selection, just hit it as you usually would.

This brings up a rotating 3D model of the avatar, and to select it, you simply need to hit change.

How To Create A Model For VRchat

Creating an avatar for use in VRchat is easy, but it’s important to note at this point that creating a model to use as the base for VRchat avatar or character is a whole other ball game.

And we’re going to be honest with you here and level with you and say that in order to create a whole new 3D model for use as the base for a VRchat avatar, you will need to learn 3D modelling, and this can take a lot of time, effort and practice.

But the good news is that it can be done entirely for free. There’s a 3D modelling program which is free to download and use. It is called Blender, and there are tons of tutorials on it on YouTube that can teach you how to use the software to make such things as models to make the base of your very own custom-made unique avatar that can then be uploaded onto your VRchat platform.

Blender is not by any means your only option for a free 3D modelling software, but it is certainly one of the best, if not THE best. Other software options include Houdini and Maya 3D.

How To Make A Character In VRchat

Step One – Find A Model

The first step in making your own character for VR chat is to choose your 3D model to be used as a base.

If you have the necessary facilities and skills to create your own model, then you can certainly go ahead and do so.

If however, you want to skip this step and work on a 3D model that already exists, then the platform we would recommend for this is the Unity Asset Store. And there is a good reason for this recommendation. 3D models from the Unity Asset Store come fully rigged, and thus are very easy to upload directly onto the VRchat platform.

It’s important to note at this point that you will need a license to use your chosen model, and that the model falls below 70,000 triangles.

Step Two – Get the model into your assets folder

The next step is to import your chosen model into your assets folder on VRchat (more on this later).

Then you will need to ensure that it has the correct settings. To do this, you simply look under the rig tab in the inspector to ensure that the animation type is set to humanoid.

Step Three – Get the model into a scene

The next step is to drag your model either into your hierarchy or into a scene. Our recommendation is to only have one scene per avatar, and to place it at 0,0,0. If necessary, rotate the avatar so that it’s upright.

The avatar shouldn’t be too small, and it should not be any bigger than 5 x 5 x 5 meters.

Step Four – Add an avatar descriptor

Your next step is to set the viewing position of the avatar. Then you need to set the animation set which best suits your avatar. Then if you wish you can set up lip sync so that the avatar’s mouth moves as you talk.

Step 5 – Check the avatar is properly set up

From VRchat SDK, head over to the control panel and then to Builder. Here you will see the avatars gameobject mentioned. It will then tell you if there are any errors you need to fix before you can use it in VRchat. At this point you will need to fix any errors that come up.

Step 6 – Upload your new avatar

Please scroll down to our section on how to import models to VRchat.

How To Get VRchat Skins

There are many VRchat skins, also known as avatars, available to use right on VRchat, on the Avatar Menu. But these are not your only options to choose from. Here are some sites you can use to request a custom avatar:

  • VRchat Avatars on Fiverr
  • Unity Store VRchat Avatars
  • VRchat 3D models on Sketchfab
  • ReadyPlayerMe Avatars
  • VRC Traders Discord Server

We would argue that the most convenient of these sites to use is the Unity Store, as these are already rigged specifically for use on VRchat.

How To Import Models To VRchat

Now that we’ve covered where you can get custom-made VRchat avatars from, let’s look at how to import and install them onto the system.

First you will need to download Unity 5.6.3p1, and the VRchat SDK. Create a new unity package and open an SDK package to install it.

Once installed you will need to go to VRchat SDK, go to settings, and sign in using the same account details that you use for VRchat. And we need to point out at this point you cannot use your Steam login details for this, as it is not designed for custom avatars.

Then you need to open your chosen custom-made avatar in unity. Then you need to open the unity scene file to open all the parameters for that model.

Then you need to head over to the VRchat SDK and hit the option show build control panel. Then you need to select build and publish. Then you can enter all the necessary data about the model, before clicking upload.

Once the upload is complete, your new custom-made avatar will appear on the Avatar Menu on VRchat.

 

How To Change Avatar In VRchat

In order to change your avatar in VRchat, you will need to access the Avatar Menu.

To do that, you have to first bring up the Quick Menu. You should have a button for that on your controller.

Then you need to hit the avatar button to load up your avatars. Here you will have a wide selection of avatars to choose from.

(But if you prefer, you can create your own unique avatar. More on that later.)

Have a scroll through the avatar options available to you until you find one that you want to use next. To pick one avatar from the selection, just hit it as you usually would.

This brings up a rotating 3D model of the avatar, and to select it, you simply need to hit change.

How To Create A Model For VRchat

Creating an avatar for use in VRchat is easy, but it’s important to note at this point that creating a model to use as the base for VRchat avatar or character is a whole other ball game.

And we’re going to be honest with you here and level with you and say that in order to create a whole new 3D model for use as the base for a VRchat avatar, you will need to learn 3D modelling, and this can take a lot of time, effort and practice.

But the good news is that it can be done entirely for free. There’s a 3D modelling program which is free to download and use. It is called Blender, and there are tons of tutorials on it on YouTube that can teach you how to use the software to make such things as models to make the base of your very own custom-made unique avatar that can then be uploaded onto your VRchat platform.

Blender is not by any means your only option for a free 3D modelling software, but it is certainly one of the best, if not THE best. Other software options include Houdini and Maya 3D.

Creating an avatar for use in VRchat is easy, but it’s important to note at this point that creating a model to use as the base for VRchat avatar or character is a whole other ball game.

And we’re going to be honest with you here and level with you and say that in order to create a whole new 3D model for use as the base for a VRchat avatar, you will need to learn 3D modelling, and this can take a lot of time, effort and practice.

But the good news is that it can be done entirely for free. There’s a 3D modelling program which is free to download and use. It is called Blender, and there are tons of tutorials on it on YouTube that can teach you how to use the software to make such things as models to make the base of your very own custom-made unique avatar that can then be uploaded onto your VRchat platform.

Blender is not by any means your only option for a free 3D modelling software, but it is certainly one of the best, if not THE best. Other software options include Houdini and Maya 3D.

How To Make A Character In VRchat

Step One – Find A Model

The first step in making your own character for VR chat is to choose your 3D model to be used as a base.

If you have the necessary facilities and skills to create your own model, then you can certainly go ahead and do so.

If however, you want to skip this step and work on a 3D model that already exists, then the platform we would recommend for this is the Unity Asset Store. And there is a good reason for this recommendation. 3D models from the Unity Asset Store come fully rigged, and thus are very easy to upload directly onto the VRchat platform.

It’s important to note at this point that you will need a license to use your chosen model, and that the model falls below 70,000 triangles.

Step Two – Get the model into your assets folder

The next step is to import your chosen model into your assets folder on VRchat (more on this later).

Then you will need to ensure that it has the correct settings. To do this, you simply look under the rig tab in the inspector to ensure that the animation type is set to humanoid.

Step Three – Get the model into a scene

The next step is to drag your model either into your hierarchy or into a scene. Our recommendation is to only have one scene per avatar, and to place it at 0,0,0. If necessary, rotate the avatar so that it’s upright.

The avatar shouldn’t be too small, and it should not be any bigger than 5 x 5 x 5 meters.

Step Four – Add an avatar descriptor

Your next step is to set the viewing position of the avatar. Then you need to set the animation set which best suits your avatar. Then if you wish you can set up lip sync so that the avatar’s mouth moves as you talk.

Step 5 – Check the avatar is properly set up

From VRchat SDK, head over to the control panel and then to Builder. Here you will see the avatars gameobject mentioned. It will then tell you if there are any errors you need to fix before you can use it in VRchat. At this point you will need to fix any errors that come up.

Step 6 – Upload your new avatar

Please scroll down to our section on how to import models to VRchat.

How To Get VRchat Skins

There are many VRchat skins, also known as avatars, available to use right on VRchat, on the Avatar Menu. But these are not your only options to choose from. Here are some sites you can use to request a custom avatar:

  • VRchat Avatars on Fiverr
  • Unity Store VRchat Avatars
  • VRchat 3D models on Sketchfab
  • ReadyPlayerMe Avatars
  • VRC Traders Discord Server

We would argue that the most convenient of these sites to use is the Unity Store, as these are already rigged specifically for use on VRchat.

How To Import Models To VRchat

Now that we’ve covered where you can get custom-made VRchat avatars from, let’s look at how to import and install them onto the system.

First you will need to download Unity 5.6.3p1, and the VRchat SDK. Create a new unity package and open an SDK package to install it.

Once installed you will need to go to VRchat SDK, go to settings, and sign in using the same account details that you use for VRchat. And we need to point out at this point you cannot use your Steam login details for this, as it is not designed for custom avatars.

Then you need to open your chosen custom-made avatar in unity. Then you need to open the unity scene file to open all the parameters for that model.

Then you need to head over to the VRchat SDK and hit the option show build control panel. Then you need to select build and publish. Then you can enter all the necessary data about the model, before clicking upload.

Once the upload is complete, your new custom-made avatar will appear on the Avatar Menu on VRchat.

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