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New User Contest - April 2013
Posted: 03 April 2013 12:04 PM   [ Ignore ]
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New User's Contest - April 2013

Sponsored by DAZ 3D & Eva1


Are you new to the 3D World? Are you at the beginning stages of learning 3D rendering? Have you been around for a little bit but feel you could benefit from some feedback or instruction? Have you been around awhile and would like to help other members start their creative journey? Well then come and join the fun as we host our newest contest...

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"Surfaces, Materials, and Shaders"

This month we will focus on learning materials settings, including how to customize these settings and how to apply a shader. We will be focusing on DAZ Studio, Poser, Bryce, and Carrara this month.

Intent: To create a scene in which at least one key item contains no diffuse texture maps.
There are various approaches you can take, including using a textureless item, or retexturing your item(s) using shaders or shader presets. By eliminating the texture you will more easily be able to see the impact of changes to various materials settings. It will also encourage you to think creatively about lighting and composition.

This month's sponsor is Eva1. Eva1 will be offering a special prize to the contest winners from her DAZ 3D store: http://www.daz3d.com/eva1

I will be checking in on the WIP THREAD as will the rest of the Community Volunteers to try and help with anything you all may need.

For a list of the current contest rules, please see this thread: Contest Rules

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When working on your submissions, if you would like to get feedback as you work or before posting your final image, please post your image to the WIP THREAD . People will be popping in to the WIP THREAD to give you some critique and advice on your entry and help along the way. Please keep all comments on entries etc to the WIP THREAD as well because comments or requests for help/feedback/advice will be removed from the contest thread and merged into the WIP THREAD . This thread is only for posting final contest submissions.

For those veterans of the forums that would like to help, because this contest is designed for the beginner to learn from, we will be randomly selecting posts offering helpful tips and/or critiques to receive a special voucher as well so whether you are a seasoned artist or an aspiring one, there is fun for everyone!


Closing Date: April 30th, 2013
[ Edited: 06 May 2013 09:50 AM by Frank0314 ]
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Posted: 11 April 2013 05:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Rendered for the DAZ New User's Contest - April 2013, "Surfaces, Materials, and Shaders" member challenge

"FRIENDSHIP" reworked

I reworked last month's HELPING HANDS render. I felt like it belonged here because I used no textures but a LOT of bumpiness. I took away all the diffuse texture maps and just used a marble texture as my BUMPINESS... turned the dials waaaay up and wa la! I looooooooooove bumpiness smile

Rendered in DAZ Studio 4.5… signature postwork done in Paint Shop Pro 7

ENJOY!
[ Edited: 30 April 2013 06:05 PM by llolalane ]
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Posted: 23 April 2013 03:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I would like to submit this picture I made in Daz 4.5 and Photoshop afterwards.

The picture is called "a quick nap"
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Posted: 27 April 2013 02:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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My entry is: "Impulse Buyer"
I used DAZ Studio 4.5, with GIMP for postwork.

Shaders were used on glass bowl, statue, objects (except horse, doll hair and mirror surface) and clothing.

Thank you to Eva and those who have helped with this contest. The entries above are very creative and interesting, and I look forward to seeing those not yet submitted.
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Posted: 28 April 2013 05:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Here's my entry, "The Three Graces".

I used DAZ Studio 4.5.
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Posted: 28 April 2013 08:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hi,

Below is my submission. I've run out of time to tweak this render further due to a business trip this week. For this portrait, I used a LuxRender glass shader for the eyes, LuxRender glossy translucent materials for the hair, and glossy translucent and volume materials for the skin. I also used a copper shader for the dress. Thank you for making this the user challenge this month because it gave me the incentive to finally learn more about shaders and materials.
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Posted: 29 April 2013 06:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Title: Hatchling
Software Used: DAZ Studio, Photoshop
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Posted: 30 April 2013 06:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Rendered for the DAZ New User's Contest - April 2013, "Surfaces, Materials, and Shaders" member challenge

"Llola's Bronze"

I found a bronze portrait on the internet and thought I would try to copy it. It made a great learning tool for this month's challenge. I used NO diffuse textures. I've been working on it for a few weeks and I finally have it to where I'm satisfied. I've learned a LOT about shading. Thank you for the challenge.

USED: AC_RMFrameMirror, Genesis as Victoria 5 (wearing Aspasis Hair and MFD Exp2 Apron)

Rendered in DAZ Studio 4.5… signature postwork done in Paint Shop Pro 7

ENJOY!

P.S. Please see full size.. it's worth the extra clicks.. winks
[ Edited: 30 April 2013 06:09 PM by llolalane ]
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Posted: 30 April 2013 11:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Well now, I'm cutting this one fine, got less than half an hour before the contest closes!

I want to thank Howie Farkes for the amazing Darkwald set. As soon as I saw it I knew I could do a lot with it, but I never imagined ripping its guts out in a big re-shading effort! I think the only thing that hasn't been re-shaded entirely with procedurals is the group of smaller mushrooms.

I don't usually take this long over a render, but I was having far too much fun with this one! I've never used the Carrara shader room before, so this contest has taught me a lot. There is no postwork in this image.

Good luck everyone.

Title: Ethereal Realm
Software: Carrara 8 Pro
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Posted: 01 May 2013 01:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I am really late and likely too late for this so if it has to be cut I understand but I wanted to get it in anyway and if nothing else, share it with everyone. M5 is not the only object "retextured" in the scene but he is the main centerpiece if you will. Items on the girl's clothing & other attire has been altered as well. It's been a rough month here but I had a lot of fun doing this and I have learned A LOT! While I got some of the kinks worked out on my piece like the huge shadow the backdrop was casting on the right hand side, I still could not figure out how to get my water to work out like I wanted it to. I finally opted to change M5 to a gemstone in Gemologica that more replicated something marbleized but I feel it cut out the definition of his heroic bod. However, he is still a work of art *sighs contently as she gazes upon his massive awesomeness* I hope you all enjoy it and I wish everyone luck. Awesome renders everyone! I have enjoyed looking at all of them! =D

My piece is: Perfection in Howlite
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- No Postwork (not even time to stamp my name on it lol)
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Posted: 01 May 2013 05:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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The contest is officially closed.

The results will be posted here when available. Great work everyone!
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Posted: 02 May 2013 09:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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The Winners are

1st - Impulse Buyer by Jindi
2nd - Ethereal Realm by BlumBlumShub
HM - Hatchling by sithkitten

Most Helpful goes to evilproducer who will get a GC for helping out everyone.

Congratulation to the winners and all who took part in this months challenge. Will the 3 winners please contact me by PM with your DAZ email account and the link to the choice of 1 pack from Eva1's store.
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Posted: 02 May 2013 10:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Congratulations to the winners! I felt that everyone who participated did a great job, and I hope you enjoyed the challenge.
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Posted: 02 May 2013 12:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Congratulations to the winners! Well done to all the entrants too as the images posted were great, and some really interesting artistic ideas:-)
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Posted: 02 May 2013 06:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Very nice work everybody!
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Posted: 03 May 2013 08:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Just saw this. Wow, and thanks again Eva and everyone else for making this such a fun challenge.
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