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just wondering, if i create carrara hair or shaders it only shows some kind of textured ball as preview in the objects or shader tab, how do i add a preview image to the objects or shaders i have created? Just wondering :)

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  • OnlyLuvsCatzOnlyLuvsCatz Posts: 22,271

    just wondering, if i create carrara hair or shaders it only shows some kind of textured ball as preview in the objects or shader tab, how do i add a preview image to the objects or shaders i have created? Just wondering :)

    I don't own it but the paid version of P3dO explorer apparently can do Carrara thumbs

  • TangoAlphaTangoAlpha Posts: 4,449

    Thumbnail images are embedded within the .car file.  P3DO Explorer is the only tool I'm aware of that can set your own thumbnails in a Carrara file. You'll need to render & size your image to 64 x 64 (from memory), and make a backup of your Carrara file first!

    Also, it's less risky to save your files uncompressed.

  • OnlyLuvsCatzOnlyLuvsCatz Posts: 22,271

    you can control what it captures to an extent though, not much but backgrounds and lighting play a part

  • MystarraMystarra Posts: 32,278

    i do it manually with notepad.

    need to render the thumbnail you want wiht a scene file and use render preview option.

    copy paste the byte array at the top of the file.

    use the rar trick to make cbr readable.  typr a rar extention on the file then use win7 to extract, will uncompress the file.

    the p3do prolly easier, but is pricy for my near retirement budget.

  • MystarraMystarra Posts: 32,278

    forgot to mention, render the car for your thumbnail as a square or sides get clipped

    search the car file for  TVPr {  to find the thumbnail.  whole operation took about 5 minutes

     

    MyThumbnail

     

    1st bracket

     

    2nd bracket

     

    mythumnail.JPG
    514 x 210 - 25K
    1st bracket.JPG
    619 x 538 - 100K
    2nd bracket.JPG
    636 x 567 - 93K
  • MystarraMystarra Posts: 32,278

    can use wordpad too, just verify you saving as plain text

  • de3ande3an Posts: 875

    Thanks Mystarra!

    Since P3DO is a Windows only utility I've been looking for a method to do this on the Macintosh.

    This works. The only difference was that I needed to unzip the cbr file rather than use an rar utility.

  • MystarraMystarra Posts: 32,278
    de3an said:

    Thanks Mystarra!

    Since P3DO is a Windows only utility I've been looking for a method to do this on the Macintosh.

    This works. The only difference was that I needed to unzip the cbr file rather than use an rar utility.

    smiley

    never tried that on the old poser .rsr files 

  • OnlyLuvsCatzOnlyLuvsCatz Posts: 22,271
    edited August 26

    7zip on the file works as is works but I never knew about the Byte array being the thumbnail image,

    thanks Misty for that gem of information heart

    you should add this to the notepad hacks thread

    https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/155056/notepad-hacks#latest

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  • thanks a lot for the information! :) i'll test that out later :)

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