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Posted: 09 December 2012 08:26 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.ShareCG.com/v/66213/view/21/DAZ-Studio/wc-Black-Skin
These are V4 UVS… just so y’all know smile

CURRENT MATERIALS FILES:
http://www.ShareCG.com/v/66225/view/21/DAZ-Studio/Skin-Material-for-Black-and-White-Skin-(DS4.5)

I’d post this in freebies, but that’s not the purpose of creating these textures.

I created them so that those of us who are interested in getting good renders with dark skinned characters can learn how to get… well, good renders with dark skinned characters…

My own materials have proven inadequate.

Now, these are not the best of textures… that’s fine.  The goal is to make the textures look good in spite of their poor quality.  HOWEVER, if you feel the need to take these textures and make them better… be my guest! smile

I am starting from a baseline of my own materials: available here:
http://www.ShareCG.com/v/66181/view/21/DAZ-Studio/WC-SSS-Materials-for-Genesis-D|S4.5

these settings suck for African skin.  If you have a better baseline, would love to hear from you.

OH, and so there is NOOOO confusion.  These textures are my own made with merchant resources that are distributed free from MCDLabs on ShareCG and Biscuits on R.com… I, however, made the eyebrows by hand!  So, don’t anyone try and claim I stole these.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 02:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Interesting concept.  Love that you’re getting others involved.  Silly question though, was the skin for M4/V4/Genesis?  Will load it up and have a look later today if I have a chance.

I don’t know how much of a difference it makes, but I remember hearing on the Oprah show that they used orange or pink tinged lights.  That may be something to get started.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 03:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Sorry bout that: it’s V4UVS.  It’s the most readily available, and those are the MRs I used, so that’s what we have smile

I’m playing with this atm using the interjection, which uses UberSurface (not Human Surface)... I’ll put up the results.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 03:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I just stumbled into this… it looks… well you can see how it looks… tell me if this looks okay?

I think it’s the DAZ African Morphs… yah… that’s gotta be it… it’s just the morphs…
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ADDED: Basically, I screwed up.  The SSS Materials were NOT enabled for the skin surfaces.  HUH?  When I finally realized it eight people had already downloaded the material preset… and I’m feeling like an idiot… anyway, not SSS… but it does look kinda good, right?

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Posted: 10 December 2012 06:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Okay, someone actually contacted me and said these look halfway decent. so I have uploaded the material preset designed to work with the texture.

http://www.ShareCG.com/v/66222/view/21/DAZ-Studio/WC-African-Skin-Materials

Please read the text carefully, I did not include a readme.  It’s all on that page.

You will also need:
http://www.ShareCG.com/v/66213/view/21/DAZ-Studio/wc-Black-Skin
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http://www.ShareCG.com/v/65921/view/21/DAZ-Studio/fast-render-light-set-with-UE2-and-Light-Target

Drop the textures into My Library/People/Genesis/Materials/wancow/WC Skin/
Drop the Materials Preset file anywhere in a Materials folder you like so you can find it.
The lights are a scene file.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 09:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hi Wancow, The thing with skin is the colour varies between individuals so there is very little right and wrong if the colour is “human” and the texture aligns with the figure.

Having said the above, massive differences can be achieved with lights. I started to play with this skin texture last night, with and without the SSS shaders and all without lights. I used the texture in the diffuse color and displacement map areas in DAZ 4.5.

Today I am also playing with the light preset you uploaded. I have two pictures, using your texture and SSS shaders. One with the lights, one without just to show the difference a light can make. Apologies for the dodgy spun dial face on Genesis..

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Posted: 10 December 2012 09:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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With Wancow’s light preset.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 09:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Without lights

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Posted: 10 December 2012 09:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Here’s one with a single spotlight set to “active view”. no colour change to the light.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 09:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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http://www.ShareCG.com/v/66225/view/21/DAZ-Studio/Skin-Material-for-Black-and-White-Skin-(DS4.5)

Okay… so here’s the deal.

I have deleted the previous set.  If you want to get the exact same results as I have in the image above, use the same set I’m now linking to, and turn off SSS for everything from Lips to Toenails… so basically, I screwed up.

DRUC, welcome to the conversation!  And thank you very much for participating.

Here’s where we’re at.  The link above gives you two material presets and a Ray Trace Shadow Light Set.  It’s basically the same as the other light set with the intensity dialed down by 2/5ths and Ray Trace Shadows enabled.

The two material presets: they are not the same with different textures.

THe Caucasian uses a texture for colour on SSS, the African does not.

Anyway… please everyone, WHEN you tweek these, please list the tweeks!

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Posted: 10 December 2012 09:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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druc - 10 December 2012 09:05 PM

Hi Wancow, The thing with skin is the colour varies between individuals so there is very little right and wrong if the colour is “human” and the texture aligns with the figure.

Having said the above, massive differences can be achieved with lights. I started to play with this skin texture last night, with and without the SSS shaders and all without lights. I used the texture in the diffuse color and displacement map areas in DAZ 4.5.

Today I am also playing with the light preset you uploaded. I have two pictures, using your texture and SSS shaders. One with the lights, one without just to show the difference a light can make. Apologies for the dodgy spun dial face on Genesis..

The problem with using lights is this; When you pose a black person and a white person in the same scene: coloured lights will affect one more than the other… so an orange light will make the white person look like a Tangerine skinned alien.  Unfortunate, but true…. fortunately, we live in the 3D Universe, where anything is possible.

No need for appologizing for any morphs used… we’re all about skin colours here smile  Don’t care how ugly or fugly or stunningly beautiful any of the characters are… just want good skin on them smile

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Posted: 10 December 2012 11:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Sorry for the delay in participation.  My internet has been…uncooperative.  Hadn’t had to put up with that for a while.

Anyways, lights can have a pretty massive affect on skin tones though it’s not impossible to get them to cooperate.  I’ll have to mess with those later but for now I did two renders that took longer than expected to complete.  The materials aren’t wancow’s but rather from some of RecieCup’s characters since that’s actually my go-to when a texture looks weird or I want to “fix” a Poser only freebie.  It’s also what I use on the promos for my freebie characters.  The thing that stands out the most to me isn’t the skin as a whole but rather the palms/soles and the nails.  While the amount varies per person, generally the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet have more contrast compared to the rest of the skin.  The main thing is making sure the tones are different but the transition is smooth and natural as opposed to a hard line.

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Posted: 10 December 2012 11:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I hear you on the palms and soles issue… I promise, when this project is done, I’ll work on a decent texture that will have decent palms and soles… and lips…

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Posted: 11 December 2012 12:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I just may have had an epiphany.  It’ll have to wait for tomorrow for proper testing.

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Posted: 11 December 2012 12:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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make sure you write it down or something… smile

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Posted: 11 December 2012 10:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Attempting to ask around about something…

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