Thanks for the time you’re spending on this. I promise I’m trying really hard to wrap my head around all of the rules and exceptions
To make this long post a little easier to read, I put my questions in bold.
Perhaps the biggest thing I may be confused on is if I need to always apply the materials to every surface every time I load a new object into a scene. I’m starting to wonder if objects automatically load only with the jpgs, but not with the additional surface information. Is that guess correct? And that’s why we need to go in and find the right files to apply? I was assuming that either the poser or ds mats (along with the jpgs) were automatically being applied.
My second area of questions is on how to interpret the Readme’s to figure out what’s going on with the DS Mat files. Here are some examples in Readme files that show a variety of situations:
1) From Jack Tomalin’s Parkside Point Ground: “You can find new icons for loading this product in the following DAZ Studio Folders: Environments\Architecture\Park_Point_Gr\Scenes” and then further on: “The set consists of 5 cr2 (and equivalent D|S scene) files, including 1 preload preset and Poser 5, 6 and D|S material presets. “
Does this mean if I apply the scene from DAZ Studio Folders: Environments\Architecture\Park_Point_Gr\Scenes, instead of the Poser folder Figures: “Park_Point_Gr, ” that the right materials will automatically be applied? Or that I need to search for the DS material presets?
(Futher information on file sizes for this product: the dpc file is 73 MB while the trx file is 7 mb, and his materials in the Poser pose folder do not have the scroll icon)
2) From Jack Tomalin’s Old Village Wishing Well: “You can find new icons for loading this product in the following DAZ Studio Folders:
Then he goes on to say, “The set consists of 8 cr2 (and corresponding DS .daz) files, including 1 preload preset and Poser 5, 6 and D|S material presets. “
Does this mean if I click on the preload scene icon in the DAZ Studio Folders: Environments\Architecture\OVW_Well\scenes, that I then need to click on the individual items and apply the appropriate DS mats that are found in DAZ Studio Folders: Environments\Architecture\OVW_Well\Mats ?
(Further information on the file sizes for this product: 2 dpc files, one 45 MB, one 27 MB, and 2 ds files, one 27 MB and one 45 MB, and his materials in the Poser pose folder do not have the scroll icon)
3) From ArtCollaborations The Tent: “You will no longer need to go to a separate DAZ Studio folder to apply the DAZ Studio Material Presets. Simply apply the MAT Pose from the Poser Pose-> “ART_Tent” directory.”
As you mentioned above JimmyC_2009, this has the little scroll icon on the materials in the Poser pose folder. So does this mean I need to manually go in and apply these materials by hand?
(For further information, this has only a dpc file at 97 MB. Not including the ds metadata file.)