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Posted: 24 May 2012 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Restarting the Black Is Beautiful thread from the previous forum.  Starting out with a revised version of the resource lists from the other thread.  Dead links pruned and new stuff added. Separated things out into categories which also includes a “Vendor” category for some who have a sizable number of products (as opposed to listing them individually).  I’ll try my best to keep this updated and certainly let me know if you think things should be reorganized.  For instance, I specifically added afrocentric hairstyles as opposed to everything that could validly work but if people want more in the list then that’s no problem.  I also eventually plan to alphabetize things.


Original Thread (archived): http://forumarchive.daz3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=147544


Black is Beautiful product archive


Render discussion and suggestions:

From Fisty on the previous forums:

In your opinion, does darker skin need more lights to stand out more times than not? I notice your girl POPS. Many times my characters faces are barely shown

I don’t think so, really.. I actually added a good deal of grey to the diffuse color ‘cause the lights were making her a bit too light for my taste.. it’s the same basic light setup I use for almost everything unless it’s a really complicated scene.. sometimes I will start with it and drop the fill light in favor of uber environment if I think the picture needs AO to look right, in this case it didn’t.

I make a distance light and apply active viewport settings from my main camera, I look through that new light and move it slightly to a side and up (which side determined by where the face is, try to position it so it’ll get the glint in the eyes) I set that light to 90-100% intensity and cast shadows. I make another distance light off the main camera and move that one down and to the other side to be a fill light, it can be left off if you want to use a low intensity uber environment light instead, I set it at 20-30% and not casting shadows. (if I do uber environment instead I use the plain white one at like 30-50%, have to test render that to get the intensity right, doesn’t seem to be a perfect number). The third light I look through the “back” camera and create a distance light with those settings, then I rotate it very slightly to the side opposite the main light. That’s the rim light, I usually turn that one up to at least 150%, I had it at 200% for this last render and I’ve gone as high as 500% on it for special effects like if you use a coloured light.) I turn shadows on for that one too, though have to be careful with what is behind the character, I had to turn off shadow casting for the green backdrop thing so it didn’t block the rim highlights. I find it a great help to click off visibility of the main and fill lights (the little eyeballs in the scene tab) temporarily after adding the rim light to check how it’s hitting the edges, saves a lot of test rendering.

A number of other posts also noted that the culprit tends to be specularity settings as opposed to the actual lighting in the scene.  Darker skinned characters tend to need the specularity on their skin turned up a little more or a dedicated spec light should be added to the scene.


KerWar’s settings for converting a lighter skin tone to a darker one: http://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/index.php?image_id=2145237&user_id=303046&np;&np;

Similar conversions from wancow: http://wancow.deviantart.com/art/African-Skin-Example-Shahana-Character-306497356


Discussion of material settings for darker skinned characters: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/13065/

Decent Lighting the Easy Way - While not aimed at darker skinned characters in specific, still a decent tutorial and at least one of the examples uses Benjamin M5.

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Posted: 24 May 2012 02:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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You forgot Marie Elite V4 from Daz.grin
http://www.daz3d.com/shop/v4-elite-texture-marie

A couple more:
http://www.daz3d.com/shop/zaira (had her on wishlist a while!)
http://www.daz3d.com/shop/mentha-piperata (maybe too Anime-styled for this list?)

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Posted: 24 May 2012 05:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Some very nice freebies here:

http://www.rendercandy.com/index.php

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Posted: 25 May 2012 03:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Oh Hi Everyone its good to be back and I’m still waiting on Neftis3D to release his Beautiful Black Hair styles, but I’m missing all the input that we had on our other postings on the Old forum…....But I have been playin with the Basic Genesis figure and Nata and Chibi models….OMG!!! I removed the images because they were HUGE!!!!!!!!! BFN…...
Tryin for another smaller picture 900x900 was still to big…...Whoo Ooo looks like 450x450 it is!!!

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Posted: 28 May 2012 11:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Slimer_J_Spud - 24 May 2012 02:30 PM

You forgot Marie Elite V4 from Daz.grin
http://www.daz3d.com/shop/v4-elite-texture-marie

A couple more:
http://www.daz3d.com/shop/zaira (had her on wishlist a while!)
http://www.daz3d.com/shop/mentha-piperata (maybe too Anime-styled for this list?)

Sorry for the absence, I’ll try to get these added.  Can’t believe I forgot Marie.

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Posted: 28 May 2012 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Nice to see this thread back.  Let see if I can post an image.  I started out with Betomelo’s Bruuna and tweaked the morph a bit.  The texture is Jazz by Reciecup and hair is Portia by AprilYSH.  The top is a freebie by Lully and Cybrea.

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Posted: 31 May 2012 03:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Well we were on page 4 of the Commons, so does this mean we have moved down the forum or Up??? This is a trial posting…....OK so now we are on page 8. The only thing I’m waiting at the moment for is Neftis3D Black hair styles…......oh oh rolleyes rolleyes

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Posted: 02 June 2012 11:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Oh, I forgot to mention here that I decided to release the character file of the dark-skinned fantasy heroine I use in most of my pics, Smacky.

http://www.snowsultan.com/free/smackyINJ_by_snowsultan.zip


You’ll need V4, her morphs++, her muscle morphs, and Aiko 4 if you want the cuter face. No texture is included, but I use Elite Marie. Works in both DAZ Studio and Poser.


I hope to see any art you make using her, and if you make any art at all that is supposed to be her (the character Smacky), I will feature it and your art on my deviantArt page.  smile


Hopefully you can see a preview of what’s in the zip file and a test image I made of Smacky below. Thanks for taking a look!


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Posted: 03 June 2012 12:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Wow! We get Smacky?!  Thank you very much!!

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Posted: 03 June 2012 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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OK so the forum is back again, grin was trying to find a ‘we are not worthy’ smiley but they don’t have one available…....Thank You for this fantastic share SnowSultan, already got a render brewing…....We are now on flippin page 11 now…...‘Arrhhh’

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Posted: 03 June 2012 08:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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These may be duplicates but I found these today:
AA Candy for Victoria V4
http://contentparadise.com/productDetails.aspx?id=20541
Ebony & Ivory
http://contentparadise.com/productDetails.aspx?id=20068
mst BB v4
http://www.runtimedna.com/mst-BB-v4.html
Kayla
http://www.runtimedna.com/Kayla.html
EF-Mak’umba
http://www.runtimedna.com/EF-Mak-umba.html
Ethnic Beauty Tanya
http://contentparadise.com/productDetails.aspx?id=21065

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Posted: 03 June 2012 09:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Kalypso - 03 June 2012 12:10 AM

Wow! We get Smacky?!  Thank you very much!!

You’re very welcome!  Please read the Readme for more information on using her when you have time, and remember like any MOR, the shape looks a lot better when it’s on a figure with clothing and hair. It may look a little strange on a nude figure, but this really is the same shape I use in my renders.  smile

 

“Thank You for this fantastic share SnowSultan, already got a render brewing…....We are now on flippin page 11 now…...‘Arrhhh’”


Awesome, I look forward to seeing it!  And yeah, I really wish these old threads would get bumped like the new ones are now. No one’s ever going to find us back here this way, and Zamuel’s list of resources is amazing.


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Posted: 03 June 2012 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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OK SnowSultan here she is: Oh Blast I will have to reduce her…....

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Posted: 03 June 2012 11:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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SnowSultan - 03 June 2012 09:43 AM

And yeah, I really wish these old threads would get bumped like the new ones are now. No one’s ever going to find us back here this way, and Zamuel’s list of resources is amazing.

Thanks, but a lot of the credit is for those who made the original list(s) and the vendors for making the products.  Doesn’t help that the forum update thing is really fickle.  Didn’t even know there were new posts.  I find this thread the same way I found it on the previous forum when it dropped off by doing a forum search for the word “Africa”.

A public version of Smacky’s morph?  Interesting.  Since you’re here, you might want to stick your head in on RDNA’s 1.99 sale since they have some fantasy scenery stuff.  Might be helpful for Scott Livingston as well.  Hmm…bookmarked his site so I might link him to this new thread.  EDIT: Or I would have if there was an email address…

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Posted: 03 June 2012 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Here’s Smacky not so much as a warrior as a sorceress - hope you’re not too disappointed, I stopped fiddling with the lighting cause I just made it worse smile  I’m having so much fun with her, need to try out some other textures too.  Thanks again Snow!

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Posted: 03 June 2012 01:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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@ Angel: Thank you very much, you did a good job!  :D It’s interesting, she looks a bit Indian to me in your image. Textures can make a huge difference in how a character looks.  I saw it on your dA page and I will link to it and your gallery soon.  :)  Can I send an image to your email address (if I can have it)? I lightened your render a little because it’s very dark for me, and I’d like to see if it looks too bright to you.


@ Kalypso: Oh wow, of course I’m not disappointed, it looks terrific!  :)  Do you have a deviantArt page where I can favorite that image too? I set up a folder for any Smacky-related renders by other users.  ;)


“Thanks, but a lot of the credit is for those who made the original list(s) and the vendors for making the products”


True, but your list is really useful and so definitive. I don’t even know half of half of the items on there, will have to take a look myself.  ;)  Will also take a look at RDNA’s sale, although I already have a ton of environments from DAZ I haven’t gotten around to using yet, lol.


Very glad you’re finding her useful!


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