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Novica & Serene Night’s Renders, Tips, Tutorials & Product Reviews Part 1
Posted: 14 July 2013 08:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 646 ]
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Here she is!
Note- the hairband comes in different colors, but since it is a light color, you can apply your own pattern or just Diffuse color in Surfaces tab.
Note how nicely the cartoon eyebrows are hidden, but with the bangs styled, you can see that gorgeous eye!

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Posted: 15 July 2013 12:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 647 ]
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Aerie with my hair pattern. Funky fun! The hairband is the exact same pattern, which shows you the difference it makes as to whether the surface is round and bowed, or strips (of polygons.)

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Posted: 15 July 2013 04:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 648 ]
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Novica - 14 July 2013 03:58 PM

Of course it’s fine to post it, no problem! Five hundred percent- WOW.
EDIT: But did you get it to go in FRONT? That was my problem- it wouldn’t lay on the chest.

That hair is on the front though, from the beginning.. hmm I don’t have the hair you tried it on, so can’t try. But all in all, it should be possible if you change the parameter settings to -500 or whatever is needed. But if I understood you correctly earlier you have tried to change these settings and it didn’t work?

 

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Posted: 15 July 2013 04:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 649 ]
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Right. Zero luck with parameters. Both negative and positive. I think it’s because the shoulder is raised. The hair would work fine if it was a plain old standing there pose, lol!  I broke down the Scene tab into submenus and moved whatever I could, did the change parameters, etc.  No one else has come forward to say VOILA! so not going to worry about it.

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Posted: 15 July 2013 04:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 650 ]
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That’s kinda sad, it’s such a nice hair so would have been great if it could have been used properly.. thouhg that made me think of osmething..

I have a hair called Moonbeam, and when I first tried to find the morphs for it.. I couldn’t find any at all, until Jaderail told me to look in the neck part of the hair. As in, have the hair as target, move to parameter pane, go into the little drop down menu and go through the arrows for the hair, maybe it is hiding something in there? (you probably have done this already too, but only thing I could think off)

That Princess hair might be the same, having the morphs hidden in the Neck area or something?

edit - Oups *sheepish smile and blushing* Had kinda forgot that Novica already had checked the that…..

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Posted: 15 July 2013 02:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 651 ]
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This is Aerie wearing one of my patterns for the hair. Having fun!

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Posted: 15 July 2013 02:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 652 ]
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And another one. Remember, just go to Surfaces tab and put your image in the diffuse, then twiddle with the specular (for shine) and ambient too (put the images there and change the bump if you want it to appear raised or lowered.

As mentioned before, when using CMYK it renders black. Use RGB (24 bit)  I tested it again and yep, it goes black.

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Posted: 15 July 2013 11:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 653 ]
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Working on Cassidy!

Let’s have some fun and review two more products. First, to recap. I started with Aubrie, from Aiko 5. Then I added materials by mistake from Jasmin, I think- and Aerie was born. Then trying to get rid of the fake eyelashes and eyebrows and go from cartoon to realistic- what a TRIP. I found btw that Aiko has Aiko 5 eyelashes- so adding eyelashes would not have been a problem- but those fake eyebrows- ouch.

Well, this is where it gets weird. And difficult. Changing eye color, no problem. But when you do makeup, the materials for the entire face change. And it doesn’t match the body. There was no options for the body either, I looked high and low. The character whose MAT (materials) applied to the face- well, when I went searching into the smart content and surfaces, the young lady was nowhere to be found so far as a body material. (Yes, Genesis was selected, the body parts were selected, I was in Editor looking at presets, materials, everything under the sun. I also went into smart content when the figure parts were selected- at all times, the figure was selected. I could NOT find this character anywhere. I tried looking using the face, the torso, ugh. I may pursue it later to see what I overlooked.

But for now,  I had to manually match the face and body skin tones because I am in LOVE with the makeup on this new character. We have quite a hodge podge going on her. She came from Aiko 5, had Jasmin applied, back to Aiko for the eyelashes, then had someone else’s irises (go Muses!- Check those gals out, wonderful eyes!) then someone else’s makeup- then me doing my own skin to match up with the makeup- then changing the face too so it’s my own blend- Whew.

Therefore, Cassidy was “born.”  Cassini’s younger sister- not a twin by a long shot!  I’m really proud of her as she came from a cartoon and I naturalized her in stages. All my body morphs are intact- the eyes, nose, mouth positioning, etc- are mine. I haven’t decided on a hair for her yet, the one she is showcasing won’t be it.

The two products she will be showcasing are the new Casual Denim  http://www.daz3d.com/casual-denim  (great without the black shirt underneath) and a messy styled hair that I’ve had for a long time. Will have to wait until it’s done rendering to see what it is, I’ve gone through a bunch of hair and can’t find it in the shopping gallery.

Render is 50% along.

 

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Posted: 16 July 2013 02:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 654 ]
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Chelsea Hair
Casual Denim

http://www.daz3d.com/chelsea-hair
http://www.daz3d.com/casual-denim

Okay, here’s the newest product model, Cassidy! NOT in her permanent hair- but in Chelsea Hair. This is the out of the box, no messing with it results. It went on the head smoothly- and it’s for Genesis and Generation 4, so if you like it, you can use it on a variety of your figures! There is a wide range of colors with it, too. After the render I fiddled with it and things moved quite easily. A fun, messy hairstyle- and seemed to just “go” with the overalls. Reminded me of Ellie Mae from Beverly Hillbillies! (Showing my age.)

Making Your Ledge Larger
I doodled with this (and didn’t have Photoshop, didn’t do layers- just painted over the details which means they won’t be as crisp. Trying to illustrate a point, not do artwork, if you know what I mean.)  If you want to practice altering a scene in postwork, say, your ledge and your subject didn’t quite get lined up the way you wanted- you can widen it with postwork. But a couple things (and I am keeping this EASY for non- drawers) to help you merge what you’ve added with what is there-

1. If it’s a curved surface, remember to put light in the dip if your subject is lit at that height. Aka, if her stomach is lit, the ledge addition would be lit too, fading as it goes back.

2. Put in an irregular, darker line (broken up) where the new ledge meets the other surfaces and blend the matching wall or ground into it. (using transparency of 85% up works well.)

3. That said, don’t be afraid to be bold- and IRREGULAR. The last thing you want to do is have something so uniform (particularly if you are dealing with stone) that it looks “fixed.”

4. If you’re darkening the ledge, lighten some of the background so the contrast isn’t the total responsibility of what you’re adding. Make them team players!

After you look at these two images, I will share something else in the next post.

As for the Casual Denim outfit, it went on like a dream, no problem adjusting the morphs for this extreme sitting position (the leg on the left as we look at it could be tighter around the top of the thigh, but is easy to do.) Lots of morphs, easy to fit, highly recommend. Shown without the black shirt that goes under the overalls. (Didn’t try to fit it but everything else I tried was easy and there are a lot of chest morphs for the overalls to expand.)

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Posted: 16 July 2013 03:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 655 ]
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Tip: Tip That Floor!

Cassidy isn’t on a ledge, she’s on a floor that was rotated up to be a background.
Use your Surfaces tab and increase the bump and displacement to create texture and give it more depth.
Place your lights so there are shadows- then do postwork if needed to make your ledge more of a ledge. Cassidy didn’t have one at all!
(And that was only 15 minutes piddlin’ with it. You get the gist. If you spent half an hour on it, you could fool many folks into thinking your subject was sitting on something that was originally FLAT.)

And even if you don’t do postwork, rotate those floors (go to Parameters tab after you select the object in Scene tab) and use them for some neat backdrops!  I recommend the DM series. Here’s what I used:

DMs Circle
http://www.daz3d.com/dms-circle

Look at the FLOOR in the image. Look familiar? THIS MAKES A GORGEOUS BACKDROP when you expand the view- the tiles are gorgeous. Consider this one!

EDIT: I was originally going to put Cassidy leaning against one of those things with the floor as the backdrop, then got curious about seating her supposedly on the background as a ledge. Fun!

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Posted: 16 July 2013 05:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 656 ]
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Here’s some of the fiddling I was doing, dealing with the cartoon materials and trying to figure out the different settings to convert back to more realistic. Still not done (and kept these other settings- would be great if I ever need a doll, lol)

See how nice that floor makes for a backdrop? Cassidy looks good as a brunette. Still haven’t figured out the hair I want yet.  The Chelsea Hair comes with this much shine btw- you’d like it. Easy to work with.

Still not done, have to add back in some of the glossy.

Again, 3rd photo- this is Chelsea Hair and Casual-Denim
http://www.daz3d.com/chelsea-hair
http://www.daz3d.com/casual-denim

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Posted: 16 July 2013 03:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 657 ]
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SilverMoon Hair
http://www.daz3d.com/silvermoon-hair
http://www.daz3d.com/silvermoon-colors

Cassidy (Aiko 5) is wearing SilverMoon Hair, which can go from extreme windswept to somewhat organized, lol. This is Cassidy wearing it out of the box. Lovely colors and great shine!

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Posted: 16 July 2013 03:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 658 ]
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Luka Hair
http://www.daz3d.com/luka-hair

You’ll like the Luka Hair, very misleading from the promos. You can do an asymmetrical front, increase the volume, change the sides.

EDIT: Here it is!  I have to say, I’ve owned the Luka Hair for almost a year and based on the promo, I thought, “Um, straight hair, kinda straightforward….”

WOW. I really like the hair! Cassidy looks adorable in it- this may be the keeper! It is a “there ya go” type of hair, but you have SO many morphs for the bangs that you can make it somewhat like a Taylor Hair, a longer Gloria Hair, etc in the front when you do the parts. (I am not showing the extreme parts and asymmetry in these shots.)  Doing a separate post because the edits don’t show up and folks watching the thread via email won’t get notified the photo’s up.

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Posted: 16 July 2013 07:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 659 ]
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Read the EDIT from the previous post if you haven’t.
I darkened this a bit so you could see the hair a bit better. Also included is the original.
Note- it does not have the shine of the previous hair- but the strands are nicely detailed.
Also note you can increase the volume and make this quite a bit poofier. A VERY nice hair! (hangs head in shame for not trying it sooner.)
What do you think of it?

COMING: Side view Luka Hair. Be a couple hours, headed to the ranch (incoming storms.)

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Posted: 16 July 2013 09:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 660 ]
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Here’s the side view, hair volume slightly increased. This is one of THE easiest to use hairstyles I’ve tried. Newbies, take note!

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