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Posted: 18 December 2013 04:43 PM   [ Ignore ]
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First, we’d like to thank our supporters of the two previous threads as we’ve had EDIT: OVER 74,000 views as of Dec 30th, 2013. We really enjoy sharing our experiences and our regulars who jump in to share theirs too.

Thread 1 covers my experiences from my very first render, and is chocked full of learning experiences for newbies but also has product reviews and tutorials for everyone. Then before thread 2 ended, SereneNight graciously accepted the invitation to co-host as she’s very good at articulating her experiences with the products and her renders are just wonderful.  I strongly recommend you surf both of those threads (humorously called our “monster threads” due to 1500 posts each.)

Thread 3, we decided to ask some very talented, helpful folks to help us. You will periodically see posts by individuals labeled Invited Guest Contributors-  they’ll tell you their experiences with products they own and use, and also give you some great tips. Those individuals are Bullit35744,  Estroyer, Ivy, Jaderail, Jindi, KaribousBoutique, Kharma, Kyoto Kid, Llolalane,  Luci45, MelanieL, Sasje,
Scott-Livingston, Szark, Tarina Kivi, Tjohn, Totte.

Thread 1 is HERE
Popular sections from thread one:  Here are the easy links so you can continue to use them with ease:

Useful Reference Links: Best Tips And How-To’s!  http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/28138/#418498
The Prop Stop  http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/28138/#418499
Lighting Reviews (From World Center)  http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/28138/#418498

Thread 2 is HERE
Product Reviews are http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/28138/#418497/

NEW! January 5th, 2013:  Depth Of Field Tutorial By KaribousBoutique
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/34269/P600/#519739

I will continue adding and working on this section. I still have ALL of thread two to add to the list. Wow. We cover a lot of products!

So as we end 2013, the first posts will be my top 10 picks that I have purchased or rendered, and SereneNight’s top 10 picks. Other members of the team have included theirs too- take a peek!  Let’s rock and roll in 2014!

 

 

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Novica’s #1 For 2013

Without a doubt my top pick is:

Nova For Victoria 6
Vendor: Artemis3D
http://www.daz3d.com/nova-for-victoria-6

I will emphatically state it has nothing to do with the name coincidence (of my horse and my forum name) and I almost didn’t list it because of the perceived bias- but that wouldn’t be fair to the vendor. SereneNight can attest that I was delighted when I bought this- she bought it and joined the Nova For V6 fan club. This really needs to make it into your wishlist. My top kudos goes to this product.

Here’s what makes this product a MUST HAVE IMO:
1. the skin materials- lights beautifully under all types of lighting
2. THE DIMPLES- need I say more? Except finding a character with dimples is not that common. Vendors, take note smile

The basis of my Seymour character (move over Cameron Diaz).
See the render here for Nova for Victoria 6: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/28138/P1440/#505287

THE REST OF THESE ARE NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER:

Novica top ten: #2
Ariadne For V6

http://www.daz3d.com/ariadne-for-v6
Ariadne has that same easy to light skin that Nova has, plus her dark makeup option makes her a great villan or an intense heroine. She can also be quite sultry.  Here’s the image used in the RRRR SeaNautica entry, it’s in the newspaper (minus the print of course.) Ron’s Angel Dust brushes. 

Novica top ten: #3
Easy Shadows

http://www.daz3d.com/easy-shadows

These “gel presets” create beautiful shadows- my favorite is the tree branches. They are easy to use- think of a plane that you can move back and forth in front of your camera, and the light sees through it and casts a shadow.  It’s fun and easy! The scene with the casket has the shadows.

Novica top ten: #4
Taylor Hair

http://www.daz3d.com/taylor-hair

Looking for a short hair style? Taylor Hair is easy to pose and lots of nice layers. Shown on Ariadne in all renders. Another good short one is Pyrit Hair.

See the renders here for Ariadne, Easy Shadows, and Taylor Hair: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/28138/P1470/#506105

Novica top ten: #5
The Priory

http://www.daz3d.com/the-priory

There was a flurry of folks buying this who agreed when I originally posted it- this has so many hidden gems that aren’t shown in the main promotion. What gave me a clue was the word “Bay” in fancy print. I thought, “Water?” Then OMGoodness, it has a light house, a harbor/bay scene with rocks, a grilled gate on the water (I haven’t rendered this yet, I would guess it leads to a tunnel) a beautiful double set of stairs leading to the docks and a grassy hillside….the list goes on. GO LOOK AT THE THUMBNAILS. Wishlist this for sure!

Novica top ten: #6
SPEX For Genesis

http://www.daz3d.com/spex-for-genesis

Slosh made his entry in a big way- as a new vendor, his sunglasses offered SO much variety that it was fun playing around. As the promo states, it also covers many generations (3,4,5, toon, etc) so you really get your money’s worth. Change the frame shapes, the arms, the colors- have fun and your character can get ready for the sun!

Novica top ten: #7
Miss Fisher’s Wardrobe Fabulous Dress

http://www.daz3d.com/miss-fishers-wardrobe-fabulous-dress

A real WOW factor. If you’ve ever dealt with leg poke through, stiff cardboard dresses that don’t bend- the fluidity of these dresses with stun you. They are so realistic you’ll think you can reach out and touch the material to smooth the folds. They drape beautifully!

Novica top ten: #8
Ron’s Angel Dust

http://www.daz3d.com/brushes-effects/rons-angel-dust

This is the first one I had purchased, and the only one I have tried before- and it’s playtime! With a name like Angel Dust, you might think of hearts and flowers and stars, but there’s lines and dashes and a great variety. In Photoshop, you can space out the stroke and
space things out to get the perfect effect!

Novica top ten: #9
Gardens of Poseidon- Corals

http://www.daz3d.com/plants/gardens-of-poseidon-corals

The vibrant colors and the earthy tones give you a great combination, as well as the variety of shapes. The invertebrates product is very complementary to the corals. So grab your mermaids and put them in an exquisite underwater setting!

Novica top ten: #10
The Fabricator / Totally Bazaar Bundle

http://www.daz3d.com/the-fabricator
http://www.daz3d.com/totally-bazaar-bundle

The most fun you can possibly have with textures! I am putting both of these products as a shared spot, because they are a team. Create fun patterns and apply them to clothes, pillows, bed covers, curtains, etc

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THIS IS SERENE NIGHT’S LIST:

Okay, here are my top ten. I actually do not have a number 1 product. It was too difficult to choose just one of the many great things sold here.  =-) To make the list, I had to find the content useful, and something I have used repeatedly. These top 10 products, I’ve used repeatedly over the last year. These items make my top 10.

SereneNight’s top 10
Ryuu for M5
http://www.daz3d.com/ryuu-for-m5
Ryuu is a wonderful character, truly professional quality. He renders consistently well and is has many options. He is a unique creation, worth owning, and rendering. This is my only specific figure on my top 10.

Handy Dandy
http://www.daz3d.com/handy-dandy
I find myself using Handy Dandy often to convert old poses to Gen 2. This tool is essential if you want to use older poses with newer characters. Utilities may not be glamorous, but this one is certainly necessary, especially if you love using older poses.

Growing up for Genesis 2 females and V6
http://www.daz3d.com/growing-up-for-genesis2-female-s-v6
I find the chest fixes for gen 2 females a useful product. I use this again and again to adjust the figure. A great overall package.

Michael 6
http://www.daz3d.com/michael-6
I may not care for M6’s head/face shape, but there is no question that M6 has made things a lot easier for those of us who like to render men in addition to females, and brought new life into the store with his accessories, clothing and hair. M6 has a nice body shape, and he poses well. This is an essential and (much needed) product.

Rogue SciFi Suit V6
http://www.daz3d.com/rogue-sci-fi-suit-for-v6
This is a quality outfit, works on both genders, includes poses and firearm. I think this is the only clothing item that made the cut this year. Stonemason’s attention to detail and realism is evident In this science-fiction bodysuit which crosses gender lines, and looks believable and fun. I love it.

Da Glowing Eyes-
http://www.daz3d.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=da+glowing+eyes&x=0&y=0
I like this product and have used it quite a bit, even though it is still quite new. It renders well, is easy to apply and works to liven up your sci-fi characters and critters alike.

Ron’s War Element - Great for post work, not just for battle scenes. Works well in conjunction with other layer styles. Has a lot of different brushes and PSD files.-currently unavailable

Ron’s Sci-Fi optical Flares
http://www.daz3d.com/rons-sci-fi-optical-flares
- Great piece of work. Very useful. Nice level of realism.

Science Fiction Pistols
http://www.daz3d.com/science-fiction-pistols
This is an oldie, but I use it quite often. The pistols look good and are fun to mess with. Sometimes old stuff is also good stuff!

The Garbage Pile
http://www.daz3d.com/the-garbage-pile
This one was a freebie. But the props are very useful, it comes with some nice lights too. I’ve used the ‘junk‘ prop items again and again. . Items that are cheap and render well are always welcome in my top 10!

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I am organizing the product reviews for you- these are links to the first 20 pages of products. I am now integrating some of the best ones from threads 1 and 2. (Marked with *) Update February 3rd 2014: Now done through page 86 on Thread 1.

These are listed alphabetically by product name.
3D Universe’s Toon Baby   (3D Universe)*
3D Universe’s Toon Baby (Bear)   (3D Universe)
3D Universe Toon Chicken  (3D Universe)*
3D Universe Toon Chicken (Review #2) (3D Universe)*
3D Universe Toon Chicken (Review #3) (3D Universe)*
3D Universe-Toon Dragon  (3D Universe)*
3D Universe Toon Giraffe  (3D Universe)*
3D Universe Toon Snake  (3D Universe)*


A Kid’s World Poses for Genesis Child  (DAZ 3D / Jgreenlees)
Adventure Lord For Genesis  (Valandar)*
Air-Worlds  (Magix 101)
Alanna Hair  (DAZ3D / Neftis3D)*
Aldora Hair  (DAZ3D / Propschick )* READ!!!
Alien Cave  (Flipmode)*
Alruna  (DAZ 3D / Bobbie25 /Umblefugly)*
Amun Raw-The Mummy  (RawArt )*
Amun Raw-The Mummy  (Review #2) (RawArt )*
Ariadne For V6  (Raiya)*
Ariadne For V6   (Second Review) (Raiya)*
Atmospheric Effects Cameras For DAZ Studio  (Age of Armour)
Axel International M5 (ForbiddenWhispers / JSGraphics /Male-M3dia)

Baby For Genesis (AdamThwaites) 
Backdrops Made Easy   (blondie9999)
Bad Guy for Genesis  (Smay)*
Barn Yard  (DAZ 3D / ARTCollaborations)*

Caleb for M4 and Genesis M5  (Phoenix1966)
CandeeCurlz HairStyle  (Neftis3D)
Capses M6 Pack 1  (Capsces Digital Ink)
Casual Jeans and T-Shirt for Genesis and Genesis 2 Female(s)  (DAZ3D / Ravenhair)
Casual Sexy Poses for Genesis 2 Female(s)   (DAZ 3D/ Elliandra)
Charlize for Genesis 2 Female Accessories  (3D Universe)*
Clothing Textures For Charlize  (SilvaAnt3d)*
Cold Blooded (DAZ3D / IgnisSerpentus )*
Cool Sports For Genesis  (DAZ 3D / Cute3D)*

Creature Creator for Genesis 2 Female(s)  (DAZ3D)
Cuffed Tail 2  (DAZ 3D AprilYSH) 
Curator Aquarum  (DAZ 3D / Jack Tomalin )
Cyclorama: Portrait Paper Backdrops  (DAZ 3D)

Dark Matter for V4/A4 (Elliandra / IgnisSerpentus)
Dea Araneam Hair   ( IgnisSerpentus)
Deacon For Michael 5  (vyktohria)
Dead Corn (Gareee)*
Deep Space For Daz Studio  (Oskarsson)*
Defiant For Genesis (and expansions)  (DAZ 3D / Ravenhair)
Defiant For Genesis (Review #2) (DAZ 3D / Ravenhair)*
Desert Outpost   (Stonemason)
Desert Outpost (Review #2) (Stonemason)
DMs Mixed Fantasy  (DAZ 3D /  Danie /marforno)
Dream Home: The Study  (DAZ3D)
Dynamic American Flag  (DAZ 3D / xenic101) 
Dynamic Tablecloth  (OptiTex)
HELPFUL: Dynamic Clothing Tips/Tutorial  (Szark)
 
Effortless Cool For Genesis Male  (DAZ 3D / Ravenhair)
End of Summer Hair For Genesis And Genesis 2 Females  (DAZ3D / Goldtassel)
Evening Gown For Genesis 2 Females  (DAZ 3D / Ravenhair)
Evening Gown For Genesis 2 Females (Review #2) (DAZ 3D / Ravenhair)
Fair Corsair Outfit For Genesis 2 Female(s)  (DAZ3D Bobbie25 / Sarsa)*
Fantasy Basic Wear For Genesis  (DAZ 3D)
Fantasy Scenes And Lights  (Predatron /Diane)
Fern Lea Cottage  (Magix 101)
Filippa Hair  (DAZ3D / SWAM)*
Frosty Boots for Genesis 2 Female(s)  (Karth / Shox-Design)
Frosty Boots for Genesis 2 Female(s) (Review #2)  (Karth / Shox-Design)
FW Diana (skin)  (DAZ3D /  FWArt)
FWEJ Sayuri  (EmmaAndJordi / FWArt)
Furify Fur Shaders  ( 3DLust / Marieah)
Furify:Fur Shaders (Review #2) (3DLust / Marieah)
Future WIlderness  (Luthbel)

Geek For Genesis 2 Female(s)  (Outoftouch)
Genesis 2 Male Morphs Bundle  (DAZ3D )
Gentleman’s Wardrobe  (Aave Nainen)
Glyn Hair   (DAZ 3D AprilYSH)
Growing Up For Genesis  (Zev0)
Growing Up For Genesis (Review #2)  (Zev0)
Growing Up for Genesis2 Female(s) and V6  (Zev0)

Halloween Pumpkin (FWDesign / ForbiddenWhispers)*
HDR Pro Sets Urban Recreation (Dimension Theory)
Hexxus- The Sword of Chaos   (IgnisSerpentus)
His EarStuff   (Karth)

I Will Protect You  (Muscleman)
Ibrahim for M4 and Genesis M5  (Phoenix 1966)
Infiltrator (Elele)*

Jack Of Hearts For Genesis   (Luthbel)
Jai Hair   (DAZ3D / AprilYSH) 
Jasmin for Genesis (Clothing and Accessories)  (3D Universe)*
Jepe’s Nathan for Michael 6  (Jepe)
Jepes Nathan For Michael 6 (Review #2)  (Jepe)

Killzones: The Pipes (The AntFarm)*

Leatherize  (Marieah)
Luxurystar (Kibarreto)*
Luxus  (Spheric Labs)

M4 for Genesis 2 Male  (Slosh)
Malvada For V4 ( DAZ 3D /  Ravenhair)
Mantiraptor (And Expansion)  (Orestes Graphics)
Maple Tree Pack 1  (DAZ 3D / Bluebird 3d)
Marja Hair (3Dream / Mairy)
Marja Hair   (Showing “Float” for underwater scenes)  (3Dream / Mairy)
Medieval Docks  (Faveral)
Medieval Docks (Review #2) (Faveral)
Merlin’s Oak, Plants and Props Set   (Merlin Studios)
Micah Hair (DAZ 3D / AprilYSH )
Milen Hair  (AprilYSH)
Mitsu Hair For Genesis   (Showing “Float” for underwater scenes) (DAZ 3D / Xenic101)
Modern Ninja Poses for Genesis 2 Male(s) and Michael 6   (Smay / Velemudr)
Monster Classics- The Hunchback  (Rawart)
Morphing Python (DAZ3D)* 

Nature- Plants Pack 1 (Andrey Pestryakov)
Nature- Plants Pack 1 (Review #2)  (Andrey Pestryakov)
Nidale  (DAZ 3D / Countess / Silver)
Noggin’s Dragonfly  (DAZ3D / Noggin)*
Noggin’s Dragonfly Review #2 (DAZ3D / Noggin)*
Noggin’s Dragonfly  Review #3(DAZ3D / Noggin)*


/Noodle The Toon Cat  (3D Universe)*

Olympia  (DAZ3D)
OOT Styles for Rogue Sci-Fi Outfit  (Out Of Touch)
Order Of The Wolf  (DAZ3D / Valandar)
Order of the Wolf  (Review #2)  (DAZ3D Valandar)

Persephone Hair for Genesis 2 Female(s)  (DAZ3D)
Plantz   (DAZ 3D / Ravnheart)
Pure Hair Crazy  (DAZ 3D/Bobbie25/Sarsa/Discobob/Lobo75/Lourdes/Morris)*
Pyrit Hair   (DAZ3D / Swam)

Queen Of Ages (Zigraphix / OptiTex)

Regina Malorum Hair  (IgnisSerpentus)
Riley For Stephanie 5  (DAZ 3D /  vyktohria)*
Rocks N Drops Fantasy Scene Kit   (Diane / Predatron)
Rocks N Drops Fantasy Scene Kit  (Review #2)(Diane / Predatron)
Rogue Sci-fi Suit for V6   (StreetWear)
Rogue Sci-Fi Suit For V6 (Review #2)  (StreetWear)
Ron’s Angel Dust (Deviney)
Ron’s Edge Grunge  (Deviney)
Rons Sci-Fi Optical Flares  (Deviney)

Sci-Fi Corridor 2013  (Stonemason)
Science Fiction Pistols  (DAZ 3D / Valandar)*
Set The Mood  (Oskarsson)*
Shaw For M4  (Phoenix1966)
Silas M4  (GypsyAngel)
Simple Veins HD   (Sickleyield) Temporary Freebie
Sisters For Zev0s Growing Up Pack (ForbiddenWhispers / JSGraphics)

Skin Overlay Bundle   (Zev0 / Draagonstorm)
Smoke And Flames Tool   (Nerd3D)
Steam Cowboy  (DAZ 3D / Arien / Bobbie25)
Steel Framed Specs   (Dogz)
Stone Accents- Fences  (DAZ 3D blondie9999)
Subsurface Toolbox  (Dimension Theory)
Summer Trees By Merlin   (Merlin Studios)
Super Hero Equipment For Genesis 2 Male   (Smay / Velemudr)
Swimwear V6  (MindVision G.D.S.)
Sylvanna for Genesis   (Orion1167)
Tangien Courtyard (DAZ 3D /  ForbiddenWhispers /  FWDesign)*  FUN WATER TUTORIAL!

Tangien Portico  (DAZ3D / FWDesign / ForbiddenWhispers)*
Tatiana Hair  (3Dream / Mairy)
Tatiana Hair  (Showing “Float” for underwater scenes)  (Review #2) (3Dream / Mairy) 
Taylor Hair  (Swam)*
Tech Staves   (DAZ 3D / Valandar)
Terrors Of The Deep: Jellyfish  (IgnusSerpentus)*
Thalia Hair  (DAZ3D)
Thalia Hair  (Review #2) (DAZ3D)
The Briefing Room  (V3Digitimes)
The Executioner for Genesis   (Age Of Armour)
The Girl 6  (DAZ3D)*
The Fabricator  (Marieah)* (Many posts)
The Fabricator  (Review #2)  (Marieah)

The Gatehouse  (Predatron)
Throne Of The Wolfking  (DAZ3d)
Totally Baazar (Marieah / Teresa Tyllo)*
Toulouse Hair   (Not Listed)
Toulouse Hair   (Not Listed)

Udane Hair  (DAZ 3D / AprilYSH)*
Under The Sea  ( Digiport /mnartist / Syndaryl)*

Waiting In Line Too (FeralFey)
Warrior Outfit  (DAZ 3D / Sarsa / Val3dart)
Woodland Realm Playset One  (DAZ3D )

Xenia Hair   (Showing “Float” for underwater scenes)  (3Dream / Mairy)

Tutorials:
Tangien Courtyard Water: (Novica)  http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/19756/P900/#400089
Dasani: Ice Garden: (Novica)  http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/19756/P915/#400962
Free Ivy Generator (Totte)  http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/34269/P1185/#537986

Render The Vendor- Vendor Spotlights- And One Post With All Of That Vendor’s Showcased Products
Morris http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/34269/P1125/#536907
Muscleman http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/34269/P1155/#537747
Zev0  http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/34269/P1170/#537754

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Posted: 18 December 2013 05:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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SwimWear V6- A Good Deal Right Now
http://www.daz3d.com/swimwear-v6

Okay, let’s start this off with a bang. This is 50% off, ONLY $4.98 and looks like just a swimsuit. WRONG! it has a bonus POOL with it! I almost missed it because the promos only show the swimsuit. Flash sale, scoop it up!

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Thanks again for pointing out a great deal, Novica!!  You are making me go broke…LoL :D

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TIP: Use ALT to drag your item into your scene!

I sure wish I would remember everything that I read at one point or another.  In case you don’t know, you can put your item directly into the scene where you want it, without having to click on it in the viewport and drag it all over the place (or slider it.) I also copy Parameter coordinates of nearby items then just use those to place items that load from World Center. (0/0/0)  Helpful with big scenes. But instead, you can do this!

Just click on your item (I use Content Library) and then ALT. Hold down your mouse and drag your item right into the scene where you want it- or fairly close. Saves a lot of time!  You’ll see a red ball.  SEE IMAGE.

TIP:   Don’t scroll around the viewport to find your item, use the Frame (LMB)/ AIM (RMB) tool.
If you click on your item in the Scene tab, then go to the viewport and click on that + surrounded by brackets (located under the zoom magnifying glass) you will zip right to wherever your item is in the sceen. No more scrolling!

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Posted: 18 December 2013 06:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Kharma - 18 December 2013 06:00 PM

Thanks again for pointing out a great deal, Novica!!  You are making me go broke…LoL :D

That’s my job. Misery loves company smile 

One of the other ones has a chair prop. But I’d never use the outfit. The swimsuit one has a decent back to it- covers the booty. Here’s the chair one:
http://www.daz3d.com/mindvision-g-d-s-store-sale/casual-denim-2

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Thanks for starting a new thread. That swimsuit and pool look great. I picked it up.  =)

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Novica - 18 December 2013 05:20 PM

SwimWear V6- A Good Deal Right Now
http://www.daz3d.com/swimwear-v6

Okay, let’s start this off with a bang. This is 50% off, ONLY $4.98 and looks like just a swimsuit. WRONG! it has a bonus POOL with it! I almost missed it because the promos only show the swimsuit. Flash sale, scoop it up!

Grabbed it. Thanks for pointing out the pool!

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Novica - 18 December 2013 05:20 PM

SwimWear V6- A Good Deal Right Now
http://www.daz3d.com/swimwear-v6

Okay, let’s start this off with a bang. This is 50% off, ONLY $4.98 and looks like just a swimsuit. WRONG! it has a bonus POOL with it! I almost missed it because the promos only show the swimsuit. Flash sale, scoop it up!

Grabbed it. Thanks for pointing out the pool!

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Novica - 18 December 2013 06:03 PM

Just click on your item (I use Content Library) and then ALT. Hold down your mouse and drag your item right into the scene where you want it- or fairly close. Saves a lot of time!  You’ll see a red ball.  SEE IMAGE.

Tip to remember about ALT drag loads. The item is loading to the world plane (the floor grid) in your Viewport. It will not load on top of a item that is above the grid, but is a very good way to place items almost where you need them. Alt load also works on Scene files and Scene Subsets as well.

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Posted: 18 December 2013 08:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Good to know! How do you do it with scene and scene subsets? Do you mean you hold ALT then File then scene or the subset to load, or do you mean after you load the scene or the subset and drag it over from the scene list?

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Posted: 18 December 2013 08:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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You can ALT Drag load saved Scene files just like all other props. Works best for SMALL things like a figure and a Prop set but does work, I prefer Scene Subsets (I use for Full characters) so I can place them NEAR to where I wont them at load. I used that method for all my RRRR story renders. Alt Drag load of most items you see.

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Posted: 18 December 2013 09:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Makes sense.

I finished my Top Ten list, go back to Post #2. It’s hard picking just ten- now let’s seem what some of you liked. You don’t HAVE to do ten- but do post a link to the products, and put your top pick as number one (if you can!) The rest don’t have to be in order. It needs to be something you have BOUGHT or RENDERED this year, 2013, that is some of your favorites.

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Posted: 18 December 2013 09:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Jaredails Top Ten list for 2013

Top item for 2013
Michael 6 for Genesis 2 Male
I’m a big genesis fan, but when the Genesis 2 Female went live and I started playing with it, the posing and extra detail the Female only shape had just won me over. At that time I knew the Genesis 2 Male would be my go to figure as soon as DAZ 3D released it. The M6 just blew me away. Sure its not perfect and we still need many more morph sets for all the G2 figures, but as a base to start from I find M6 to be perfect for all my male characters. The fact I custom dial all my figures, both face and body, for my extended projects G2M and M6 filled a hole in my runtime.

Jades #2 item:
Victoria 6 for Genesis 2 Female
Well, I can’t let the big hunky guy get all the credit. The Genesis 2 Female and the V6 sold me on the idea of separate figures again. I was not sure it was needed at all, after all Genesis could be almost anything including V5 and M5 and do it very well. But after seeing the G2F in action, or a action pose, I was sold. As a comic book geared artist I find the better bending and posing a plus. I now use G2F and or V6 for all my female characters. (Yes people you will see some of them as the projects get underway again.)

Jades #3 item:
StreetWear : Jeans For Genesis
These are the most realistic blue jeans I have ever seen in 3D. They just work on every level. And the best part is they work on every figure as well. They go through auto fit just perfect for all figures and character shapes. Need everyday wear for a city scene? There you go. Really this set just sales itself, add any shirt and any shoes, if you got some (wink), and modern daily life is ready to render.

Jades #4 item:
Modular Ruins
And now the Flip side of the coin, getting those fantasy scenes to look just right. Sure we have ready made ruins to just load and render, but then what makes our scene different from the next user? Camera angles and Backgrounds can only do so much. With this set we can add those little touches we always wish the other sets had to start with. Extra broken columns over here, a bit of broken rubble there, some cracked cobble stones and maybe a bit of Ivy growing on this stuff. There, now we have a set to be proud of.

Jades #5 item:
Pred Pack - Grass One
And now for extra touches in almost any scene. Be warned this set is semi heavy on your system and that’s because it is real grass. Each blade is there, no transmaps needed here, all real mesh. It has many base shapes and every season of the year, every texture needed from new growth to dry and dead. Stop placing your figures on a green bumpy ground and calling it grass, we can have the real thing and only use as much as we need. I find this set invaluable for realism in many renders.

Jades #6 item:
Hacienda Hermosa
What good are great looking characters and great looking environments if they have nothing to pull it all together? This is a full setting, load it as is and your ready to go. And the props it comes with? Well those are just begging to be added to other scenes as extra touches. When I need a extra something and just can not find one I open this set and browse. The included content alone is worth the price IMHO.

Jades #7 item:
Gabriella for Gia
What can I say about Gabriella? Only that I fell in love with her at first load. This figure just said ACTION and ADVENTURE to me from the first time I looked at her. Sultry, exotic, strength, all rolled into one package, that all said STAR to me. So expect to see Gabriella featured in my up coming projects. (Names have been changed to protect the innocent in up coming projects.)

Jades #8 item:
Stalker Girl Hair
When it comes to hairs I just like the way this was done. The options it offers may seem limited at first look but that just means you have not looked hard enough. The four different load options, makes this a very versatile hair. Male hair, Female hair both in one product. Blending of the Under layer color with the Over color and then even a different color on the Fring? All without once hunting a material zone. That I like.

Jades #9 item:
Skin Overlay for V5 and M5 Skin Sets
Once we get tired of all those super model characters, and I know I do, we need some normal people. With a few clicks of the mouse and this product we can go from the runway model to a 100% custom everyday person on the street just that fast. From freckled to middle aged to very old. Only have One figure and Texture, not anymore. Have a good collection? Well, with a good collection you have more than you ever dreamed you had before.

Jades #10 Item:
Growing Up for Genesis Bundle
Last but FAR from least, were would our worlds of Wonder be without kids? And not just kids but kids that actually have a family resemblance. Now we have them, 5 years old and right on up into those terrible teen years all doable.

Yes, I’m character driven people and my Top ten list shows that. When you need a range of characters and need more than is offered by what the Published Artist have created, think of this list. And also believe me when I say it was hard to pick just the ones I have listed. I could go on for days about characters and different sets. I have not listed one Sci-Fi item but I could speak long on that subject as well. But will not at this time. I hope you find at least one of these items as useful as I do. Be Well.

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