Call all aspiring designers! Why to spend days on hard-to-learn and use software? With Dressshop, files are saved as OBJ and can be rigged and used with other applications such as DAZ Studio or Poser. DressShop is an easy-to-use product that allows the creation of 3D dress design in minutes. Unlike other applications, DressShop offers three templates that the user can alter, cut, shape and stretch to create a new, unique design. DressShop works like a designer, following the same workflow: the designer makes a sketch or chooses a photo of a dress that he/she may want to create. A dialog also asks to choose one of the three basic types of garments: Dress, Suit or Cape. Optionally, there's an Import OBJ button that lets you import any OBJ mesh into the program, such as older dresses you want to alter or any other item.
The main working area is split into two halves: the left side displays the template (your sketch or photo) and the right side displays the actual 3D mesh that you can rotate around. The workflow area has three tabs: Cut, Shape and Accessories. Normally one would start with either Shape or Cut. In Shape, you can shape or stretch the OBJ mesh selectively or overall. In the Cut tab, a designer cuts and saves various parts of the garment into a library. Clicking on radio buttons this library makes parts visible or invisible. Accessories are just that - buttons, bows or belts can be added to a project.
Works with Vista, WIN 7 and 8. Program default to install into c:/Program Files (x86), alternate locations can be selected. There is a manual at www.abalonellc.com which can be also accessed within DressShop using the "?" button or under "Help" menu.
QuickStart how-to video:
Advanced Modeling video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wShRnaBuKVE