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Novica & Serene Night’s Renders, Tips, Tutorials & Product Reviews Part 1
Posted: 30 May 2013 01:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 301 ]
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TIP: Don’t Go Just By The Promo Image
TIP: If The Price Is High, Wonder WHY. Probably A Lot To The Product
TIP:There’s A Reason That Bay, Lagoon, Or Cove Is In The Title!

I used to be horribly guilty of that. Makes we wonder (no, actually I KNOW) about all the great sets and clothing that I should have bought and didn’t when I first started with DAZ. Now, if something is on sale, I explore it. Want to give you a good case in point: (I know the vendor won’t mind, lol)


The Priory.
Okay, look at this promo image. Would you run to get your boat? (If you answered “Yep!” the men in the white coats are waiting for you.)
Check out my next post for what you would have missed by just going by the promo image. What should clue you in though, is the title.
LAGOONA BAY.  The price ($24.95) and “Bay” in the title made me think “Hmmmmmm….” I’ll bookmark it for a sale!
Feel free to post any goodies that you’ve found that the promo didn’t do justice! (With a link so the thread followers can quickly view it)

Okay- grab those oars when you see this? SURE. (Well, perhaps, if you closely saw the teeny sliver of railing, etc to the side) Keep in mind in the gallery of pictures, this wouldn’t be this large either.

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Posted: 30 May 2013 01:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 302 ]
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NOW take a peek. Wow. Book me on the next harbor cruise! I love lighthouses- and never would have known by the promo image that I could get one from this product! (Another reason I wanted to post it.)

EDIT: I frankly would have used “THE ISLAND” as the promo shot. Shows more IMO.

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Posted: 30 May 2013 01:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 303 ]
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And the last two images.

So now I see why the $24.95 price is in place. When you’re viewing the gallery of products, if you have the time to explore, check out those higher priced ones and wishlist if you don’t want to pay full price. Although the ones I find are usually just PA’s, IF ANY OF THEM HAVE DAZ AS THE CO-VENDOR- note it. There are so many DAZ Original codes and specials!

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Posted: 30 May 2013 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 304 ]
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http://www.daz3d.com/poke-away

It’s $1.00. It “shrivels up Genesis” so it doesn’t go through offending clothes, etc. That’ was a simplified explanation I got last week.

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Posted: 30 May 2013 09:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 305 ]
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Novica - 30 May 2013 09:06 AM

http://www.daz3d.com/poke-away

It’s $1.00. It “shrivels up Genesis” so it doesn’t go through offending clothes, etc. That’ was a simplified explanation I got last week.

It’s a good product for a great price. On the one hand, it’s less useful now than when it first came out, as there are almost always other ways to beat pokethrough (some of which were introduced in updates to DAZ Studio). On the other hand, it’s still a GOOD method in my opinion…plus, it can come in handy during those “Get $X off a purchase of $Y or more” promotions, if the stuff in your cart isn’t quite enough to meet the necessary threshhold (I’ve even heard of people who already owned Poke-Away purchasing it again in order to take advantage of a bargain).

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Posted: 30 May 2013 02:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 306 ]
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INFO: Difference Between Apply Active Viewport Vs Copy Select Item

Yeah, of COURSE it’s me asking the question. (Smile.) This will be in the lighting video I’m doing, but you might as well get the scoop now. Thanks to Jaderail and Richard Haseltine. If you want to know when creating lighting, what those choices mean, here ya go:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/23011/

SIGH. I’m perusing around trying to find information on the Illumination section. I’ve found no examples of when you just use diffuse only, specular only. I want to SEE something. And that bias setting.  Going to check out the videos on YouTube from DAZ. And of course, off I go to the forums. Check back, folks.

Did find an interesting article about using distant lights (8) to light a scene. Take a peek, it’s from Val.

http://basic3dtraining.com/daz-studio-ambient-light/

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Posted: 31 May 2013 02:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 307 ]
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I posted this over in the new users forums, but a mention here- check out Fast Grab, if you haven’t gotten a lot of morphs (changes) for your figures, the head one alone has 123 morphs. Hmmm, ya know, I have this and haven’t ever installed it. Now would be a good time. There are other good Fast Grabs too. These morph products / bundles do show up periodically in Fast Grab, it’s not a one time thing.

http://www.daz3d.com/fast-grab-3d-models/genesis-evolution-morph-bundle

“...Use any combination of full body morphs, face and head morphs to bring your Genesis characters to life. This set of morphs works across Genesis male, female, kids and any combination of the above shapes and figures to create just the look you need for your renders.”

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Posted: 31 May 2013 07:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 308 ]
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Novica - 31 May 2013 02:25 AM

http://www.daz3d.com/fast-grab-3d-models/genesis-evolution-morph-bundle

“...Use any combination of full body morphs, face and head morphs to bring your Genesis characters to life. This set of morphs works across Genesis male, female, kids and any combination of the above shapes and figures to create just the look you need for your renders.”

Best purchase any Genesis user could ever make IMHO.

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Posted: 31 May 2013 02:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 309 ]
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Go Jaderail! You’re up to 8400 posts- mostly helping people! (Whenever you and Szark aren’t ribbing each other. Or, as he says, popping!)

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Posted: 31 May 2013 05:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 310 ]
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Novica - 31 May 2013 02:47 PM

Go Jaderail! You’re up to 8400 posts- mostly helping people! (Whenever you and Szark aren’t ribbing each other. Or, as he says, popping!)

LOL! Stopped watching my post count, the next green box is still a bit off if we are right. And Pete and I just can not help it, we gotta pop when the popping is good.

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Posted: 01 June 2013 04:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 311 ]
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Here’s what I am working on- the lighting tutorial on the basics- what I just found out about the light camera view MOVING the light (kept wondering why my lights looked different when I popped back to the Perspective view! I usually move lights and watch from the Perspective view, so I see what it looks like as that’s the render view. Well, live and learn. (And that’s why YOU get to benefit from my trial runs and save time)

Also, the combining morphs series (video 2) is done except for adding a finished product to it. Here’s what you can get by adding morphs to Riley. I entered her in the lighting contest for newbies- there are some gorgeous ones in this thread and mine is attached. Will let you know when that video is up so you can see who got combined to create her. EDIT: And yes I am going to do that water tutorial for you. I created the water in the scene.

http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/21482/

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Posted: 01 June 2013 05:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 312 ]
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For those of you in the Custom Dialed Genesis contest, don’t forget Summer Edition Josh! smile You can do a lot with him- he actually contributed to Riley, above! Don’t forget to add male to your female characters, and vice versa. Benjamin does GREAT to tweak noses and jaw lines!  This is just a quickie (it’s 6am, headed to the barn to put sunscreen on Nova’s nose!) to show you what he looks like. No focus on lighting, etc. Hopefully you can tell when I am working on compostion/lighting/art (Riley et al, above) vs quickie (Josh) to get the idea across.

Also that is Taylor hair. http://www.daz3d.com/taylor-hair
SWAM keeps going on sale- bookmark this one for an easy plop/drop/ looks good and easy to tweak hairstyle.

Here’s Raiya’s Summer Edition Josh. If you like him, wishlist!  I love the facial and chest hair- very realistic for extreme closeups.
http://www.daz3d.com/summer-edition-josh

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Posted: 01 June 2013 09:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 313 ]
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TIP: Where Morphs Appear / How They Work

Okay newbies, time to rock ‘n roll! I want you to enter Scott-L’s competition for morphing with Genesis!! Don’t be shy, don’t say you don’t know how- let me baby step what all this means.

This is in my videos, but let’s just quickly zip through some of it.

1. Genesis is a base. It is not a “model” /  “character” / “figure” like Victoria, Michael, Stephanie, Sophia, Riley, Josh- it is what you load morphs onto to form these other people. (DAZ refers to Victoria as a figure, I’m just ensuring you get the gist. I think of a character as something that evolves- aka, I take Victoria and make changes and create a unique individual. She becomes my character.)

(Oh, I can’t resist this) I want to buy a Star Trek figure, I’m in love with Mr. Spock. Sadly,  there aren’t any Vulcans. But look! A personable pointy eared Szark figure is for sale. (I know I’m going to PAY for this…)  Wonderful face, and a body that just won’t quit. (Am I earning points here?)  When you install Szark, all you have to do is go to Parameters / Actor/ and the morphs will available for you.

But you want something with a big Pepsodent smile, that will literally glow blue in the dark- YES! It is the Jaderail figure. You know that when you have a combination of Szark and Jaderail, it will be the best character ever. So you purchase, download, and install Jaderail and voila! You have his morphs in the Parameters/Actor section too! (TIP: It’s best to have your studio closed when installing content.) By moving the sliders, you can decide how much of Szark’s mouth is changed by adding Jaderail’s mouth, and you can use Jaderail’s ear shape to lower the pointiness of Szark’s ears, etc.

So now you have a pointy ear, blue, largely grinning character. Something’s missing. Ahhhhh…. You want it to have that perfectly bald head, radiating with wisdom. Let’s see…oh, the Totte figure…

You get the idea. More tips:
TIP: Mix Cartoon Characters With Real Figures
You might be surprised at what those cartoon figures can do when added to regular figures. I’ll post some for you (it’s in my second video on Fun With Morphs but we’ll have some fun. I may try some on Josh for you!

TIP: Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Men And Women Morphs
‘Nuff said. I’ve repeated this often! Strong jaws- use Benjamin! Josh really does great for noses!

TIP: Even Monsters Add Pizazz!
I’m fairly sure gorgeous Riley (two posts up) has Behemoh. Not much, but some!

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Posted: 01 June 2013 09:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 314 ]
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JOSH + adjustments- Using As Our Starting Point
Here’s what I did with Josh- we’ll start with him and then I’ll add cartoon, etc.
Josh head is 100% with NO other figures-
The slight changes:
eye iris size .70
eyes depth .50
eyes size .22
lacrimals pinch .42
mouth height -.27
lip lower size .12
lip upper size .24
mouth depth .29
nose depth -.27
nose tip height .14
nostril height .30
cheeks depth .20
and that’s it.

We are going to keep this view throughout. Let’s have some fun! This might give you some ideas for the contest. I am one of the sponsors and will not be participating. (Need to work on the videos anyway.)  IF THERE IS A FIGURE YOU DON’T HAVE AND ARE CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT IT CAN DO, ASK ME. I have quite a few. (understatement, lol.)

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Posted: 01 June 2013 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 315 ]
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Josh + Toon Amy 12.4
TIP: Toon Amy For Eyes
Cartoon characters really expand what you can do- particularly with the eyes. (Also chins!)
I’ll put these in one of my Fun With Morphs videos, but will share them here first for my thread viewers.

So look at what Josh becomes with Toon Amy, ONLY 12.1

Note: I experimented with Edward Odd, and it pretty much will shrink the eyes (think of a squinty, beady eye crook!) and sink in the cheeks. You can also do that with Toon Amy.

http://www.daz3d.com/toon-amy-for-genesis-character-hair

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