[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
[Tutorial] Creating Dialed Projection MorphsA dialed projection morph is one that you can dial into the character's body and have it only show up in the clothes they wear, not the character themselves. This tutorial was requested. Please feel free to leave questions and I'll do my best to answer them and/or edit the tutorial to be clearer.More Like This
This is the method I used to create the Female Clothing Smoothers. I am not concerned about sharing it because it's quite a bit of work to get it working correctly; this I consider an "advanced" tutorial. You need to already know how to use modeling software and Morph Loader Pro in DS before you even think about trying this.
You will need:
Modeling software, and intimate knowledge of how to use its sculpting and modeling features; I use Blender.
DAZ Studio 4.6 or later. You should have loaded a morph at least once at some point using Morph Loader Pro.
A TriAx weight-map
[Tutorial] Prepping .CR2 Gens for G2MAdzan's Hirogens (link to adult site) are a fantastic free set of genitalia, originally for Hiro 3, that are still great now. You can't use your Genesis 2 Male genitalia textures with them, but you won't need to - you just need to buy this product from Jepe, which has every natural skin tone imaginable in it and is cheap, and I do mean cheap, at the price he sells it for (certainly more so than buying a pro bundle to get the DAZ gens).More Like This
He also sells such a set for the UlfGens and one for the M4 Gens (same freebie link for UlfGens, expansions at the same store as the linked one), giving you even more options. The UlfGens also have an M4 mapped option (again, same freebie page) for use with Michael 4 UV textures.
An advantage to, say, Adzan's Varsity set is that they have a lot more bones than the G2M gens, allowing for more realis
Daz Studio UberEnvironment2 SettingsI use UberEnvironment2 (UE) with almost all of my renders. I have Age of Armour's Advanced Ambient Lighting, but as far as I can tell, it doesn't allow for adding a color map image to the color of the light, so I only use that for monochrome ambient light or if I want localized ambient light. At some point I will make a tutorial for using the UE color map, but for now, I present the UE settings I use:More Like This
Environment Mode: Occlusion with Soft Shadows
Your other lighting should be providing the shadow direction. And it is difficult to line up the 'directional shadows' with the direction the shadows should be going.
IDL settings take a lot longer to render and don't look as realistic. The shadows are not dark enough, and the color bleed is too strong.
Occlusion Color: Something like color number 50 44 40 is typical for my work, a nice dark brown color. If there is a predominant color in the scene, say like green grass in a forest, than you could choo
Freebie 3D Japanese Manga Onomatopeia Mini-LibraryGreetings, Fellow 3D CG artists ! My humble freebies I present for your rendering ... pleasure or frustration, whichever is your experience with your software package.More Like This
Cut to the chase.
"Japanese Manga Onomatopeia Mini-Library" by Juniper Chew, July 2014.
A simple and non-exhaustive collection of sound effects words seen in Japanese manga (graphic novels). This is just a sampling and you should copy only the item you need for your 3D scene, otherwise it makes no sense. You have to understand what the Japanese means, in order to use these effects correctly. Sorry, I am not translating for anyone. Please enjoy using them.
Commercial renders OK; contents not for re-distribution.