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HDR Pro-Sets: Urban Recreation for DAZ Studio Out Now!  [Commercial]
Posted: 13 September 2012 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 76 ]
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wendy♥catz - 13 September 2012 11:38 AM
lol, you need a grassy shadowcatch surface!
I often fake it in Carrara by replicating actual grass model mesh on the shadowcatch plane, dunno how you would do in studio, noise displacent maybe but would it shadowcatch?


Not only that....but to be really picky...if you have just sand or dust...the model will have to leave footprints and dust. I do look forward to more backgrounds....especially city...grungy alleys...night settings.
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Posted: 13 September 2012 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 77 ]
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Yeah Wendy is right, the idea of using grass models as the shadow catcher works great in Carrara but it doesn't translate to DS. I've tried doing it with displacement and other things but can't get it working. The problem is that the transparent bits show self-shadows (parts where the shadow catcher casts shadows on it's self because of actual features), it turns into a jumbled mess of shadows. It's actually really easy to do in post though if you guys would like me to show you.

The next set has many more hard surfaces, more sand and stone paths, rock etc. I've got to find a middle ground though if I'm going to try for extreme fantasy as well. Can't get deep forest sets without grassy bottoms.

Night settings I'm very interested in and believe I can do, but it will take a lot of trial an error until then. I need to look into noise averaging so I can take multiple fast pictures and keep time down for movement.

You could make HDRIs of DAZ Studio environments if you wanted to, I've done it in Carrara for personal usage (Vue is easier). Distributing them wouldn't fly on the legal side though, would be competition from a direct derivative.
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Posted: 13 September 2012 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 78 ]
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dreamlight does it for moviemaker using some of Jack Tomalin's sets.
I put a few Howie Farkes 360 renders up on sharecg with the suggestion it WOULD make you want to buy Carrara and his scenes!!
and the general reaction has been indeed "I must buy THAT now I see how cool it looks in 360"
those are just really renders and in the art section with acknowledgement of the source.
but selling them commercially unaltered as is would be probably another matter, but putting buildings etc in and personalizing it with different plants should be ok, still just a render.
a 360 render.
people sell backgrounds.
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Posted: 13 September 2012 12:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 79 ]
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That's not how it works. A render isn't just a render if it can be used even partially as a replacement for the commercial product it's a render of. It wouldn't be okay to render out billboards of Howie's trees to distribute either, because that could hurt his sales. The panoramas I remember you posting were stuck within a virtual flash setting only allowing people you look around the scene which isn't a problem, but sending out 16k images with matching lighting and shadow catchers means you're getting close to replacing the original.
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Posted: 13 September 2012 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 80 ]
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Ok this thing is freaky cool and exactly what I needed for DAZ. If you are looking for an awesome background tool for DAZ folks this is it!

I was wondering if you might be thinking of selling/giving out a template/tutorial so we can make our own backgrounds? I would love to make some stuff in Bryce then turn it into a background for this as I really would like a city ruins to use with this, not something you can easily go out and take pictures of.

Either way this is a grea product and renders very fast.
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Posted: 13 September 2012 05:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 81 ]
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I bought this yesterday and absolutely love it. Can't wait for more sets to be released. I wanted to see how custom backgrounds would work so I downloaded some freebie HDR images from the net and converted them to jpgs (for the skydome) and Tiffs (for the uberenvironment light). I'm really pleased with the results and am looking forward to trying a proper scene with buildings and figures. Thanks very much for this wonderful product.
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Posted: 13 September 2012 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 82 ]
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@DryJack...nice renders.
@Kinich...This is a very strange park...with a lot of unbelievable things. But photos never lie.
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Posted: 13 September 2012 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 83 ]
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Posted: 13 September 2012 09:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 84 ]
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Posted: 13 September 2012 10:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 85 ]
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Posted: 13 September 2012 11:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 86 ]
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Here is a quick render I did, there is a lot of very quick post work with fire, and smoke also increased the brightness so you can see the head set she is using to call for a ride, since she broke her ride smile Too bright I think...

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The helmet - sorry I shamefully don't remember where I got it.

Replaced first image with one that I actually set the mech on fire, well I used a light source to show fie better. I also added a spot light to light her face better.

I have been working on uploading my own HDR images like DryJack but mine did not meet with as much success as his did smile
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Posted: 13 September 2012 11:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 87 ]
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@Pete.C44, thanks. There is definitely something strange going on round there, you don't think that Dimension Theory used Sunnydale as the location for these backgrounds do you?

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3. Always take a goat with you & tie it firmly to a tree close to your hiding place, not to close though grin
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Posted: 13 September 2012 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 88 ]
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wendy♥catz - 13 September 2012 12:07 PM
dreamlight does it for moviemaker using some of Jack Tomalin's sets.
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And Dreamlight ran into troubles for using Stonemason's ... they did come to an agreement, but it wasn't pretty.
Just a warning.
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Posted: 14 September 2012 06:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 89 ]
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wendy♥catz - 13 September 2012 12:07 PM
dreamlight does it for moviemaker using some of Jack Tomalin's sets.
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And Dreamlight ran into troubles for using Stonemason's ... they did come to an agreement, but it wasn't pretty.
Just a warning.


So that's what happened to Movie Maker. That's a shame....but it's also shameful to "borrow" someone else's work and profit from it. That's a major no-no. As a fine artist, I've had to come down on people for using my images to make greeting cards etc In most cases it was ignorance of the law...but no excuse, I'm afraid.

@DryJack...wow, I didn't realize you could modify the pics in HDR Pro-Sets. I may give that a try. I know it won't be the results that the original set is getting....but they might do in a pinch.

@DAZ User #7896....May I call you Daz?... Nice job on the spaceship's "radiator" trouble. I tell you....this park is one strange place.

@Kinich You'd better be sure that goat is moving....because you will be.
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Posted: 14 September 2012 06:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 90 ]
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Thank you Pete.c44, and Yes you may call me Daz, dang forum never saw a forum where it was so hard to change your user name. Apparently that was auto assigned to me and I need an admin's permission to change it. smile
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