What is booth.pm and for who is this guide?
What is booth.pm?
Booth.pm is a Japanese website where users can distribute their creations. These creations can be almost anything, things like bags, 3d models, jewelry, music, stickers and art.
Since booth.pm is a Japanese website, the content tends to be focused on the Japanese market. The people selling their goods usually don’t speak English and can be limited in their ability to write English. They will assume you have some basic understanding of Unity, VRChat and/or be able to comprehend Japanese.
I have met a few users in VRChat that were disappointed with their first time purchase or at least had a hard time getting their avatar to work.
This was for me the reason to make this guide so you don't need to pull hairs out of your head or clash with a language barrier to get basic questions answered.
This guide is will cover:
- Advice on deciphering Japanese text.
- Zip file code page issues.
- Unity installation.
- What version of SDK to use.
- Additional shaders and scripts.
- Dynamic bone shenanigans. (not done yet)
- Unity basics.
- Photoshop basics. (not done yet)
This guide will not cover:
- Complex Unity/Udon.
- Uploading avatars with Quest compatibility. (requested feature)
- Blender/Maya/3D modeling.
- Making adjustments to UV/Masks.
- SDK 2 to 3 conversions.
With this guide you will be able to successfully upload most avatars you can buy from booth.pm (future update: and be able to make small adjustments to these avatars.)
But before you even buy an avatar on booth.pm you need to become aware of certain hidden costs, efforts and VRChat requirements.