Iray Surfaces And What They MeanI've updated and corrected this article based on DAZ's documentation. You should read that if you want more information. This will continue to be more of a "plain talk" breakdown.More Like This
Let us begin with the different types of shaders from the "Base Mixing" dropdown at the top. Choosing one of these will hide or gray out some options and reveal others.
The Iray shader behaves as though it has three layers: The "base" layer, the "metallic flakes" layer on top of that, and the "top coat layer" on top of that. It is possible to turn off the top two layers and not use their settings, but the ability to use them is a property this shader has that 3Delight did not. This makes using shaders made for Iray very important when rendering to get the best look in Iray!
Iray Faster Renders Trick!Thanks to Spooky on the DAZ forum for this!More Like This
I wouldn't have thought of it on my own but it seems to work.
[Tutorial] Getting Started With IrayIntroductionMore Like This
Here is the tutorial on YouTube.
Here is a .pdf version.
This is for those of you who are looking at the interface going, "Now what?" This covers how to convert existing shaders and how to set up lighting for your render. Please be gentle about the vocal quality; I've been ill, but people are asking, and I just couldn't wait! Iray is so exciting and there's so much that we can do, and, well, we lost another one of our heroes today, and maybe we can use some cheering up.
Here is a text version that, while different from what I'm saying in the video word by word, contains the same information.
To use this you need DAZ Studio 4.8 Pro Public Beta, or if it is much later than March 2015, any current version of DAZ Stud
IRAY!!Herewith, some preliminary findings from my mad flailing at the new physically based render engine included as an option with DAZ Studio 4.8 Public Beta. Some of these are confirmed by Google, some purely by experiment this evening (Iray is Nvidia's, so it's existed since well before DAZ got hold of it, it's just not widespread yet).More Like This
My system specs on my main (not on this laptop I use for internet access):
Intel Core i7-5930K at 3.50 GhZ, 6 cores.
Installed memory: 64 gb
Graphics cards: 2x GTX 740, 2x GTX 980, all 4 gb cards; not in SLI.
For those who are worried, no, Iray is not mandatory, you can still use 3Delight from the Render Settings dropdown. This is important because:
1. You can use Iray with just the CPU, but not if you want to remain sane.
Iray wants graphics cards, and it wants CUDA cores, and it wants lots of them. I tried rendering with all four graphics cards checked, with just the CPU checked, and with both checked.
[Tutorial] Installing Content in DAZ StudioThe purpose of this tutorial is to provide a reference for those new to DAZ Studio and just learning to install products without the DAZ Install Manager for the first time. Please feel free to link to it!More Like This
This comes up frequently on the forum and in my private messages. Usually what happens is that I get a message to the effect of "Hi! I bought a product from Renderosity/downloaded a freebie from ShareCG, and now I get a "missing file" error when I try to use it."
It is always possible for errors in packaging to happen, and in that case of course we want to fix it on the vendor end, but most of the time this happens because the product is not installed correctly.
Let's start out by suggesting some good practices for organizing your folders.
1. Directory And File Management (IMPORTANT!)
I suggest having a separate directory set up in your DS for each vendor (DAZ, Renderosity, Freebies, etc.) so you can always tell what you got where and how it is l
Released: My Chibi Merlion Poser item (updated)Available now at ShareCG.More Like This
( Also at Renderosity Freestuff - approval given !)
Created by me, using Sculptris, Shade 14, and Poser Pro 2014 Game Dev SR5.
This is an articulated prop (PP2) with Dynamic Hair. Therefore, it can only be used with versions of Poser which can support dynamic hair.
Free only for commercial renders and non-commercial renders.
Do not use inside Second Life.
Do not use inside gaming platforms as an imported geometry.
Do not convert the geometry into another 3D format.
The Merlion is a fantastical creature; it was created to represent the Republic of Singapore as a tourism icon, there is no deeper cultural meaning to it. My version of the Merlion is a deformed or Chibi version, to borrow the descriptor from Japanese manga and anime pop culture.
You can rotate the head alon