Where to find Iradiance HDRI packs in program?

wildbillnashwildbillnash Posts: 734
edited April 10 in Daz Studio Discussion

I just bought 6 of the Iradiance HDRI packs and I have no idea how to find it unless I search for it on the content file. What I want to do if find which folder each pack is in and move them to another folder where I can easily find them. How can I do that?

 

UPDATE: I just found I could download the folder as a zip file so I can manually install it. But I'm not sure how to do that. Any help will be appreciated.

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  • Olo_OrdinaireOlo_Ordinaire Posts: 702

    These things (HDRI packs) tend to be scattered all over the place in Smart Content.  I found some in Light Sets, some in Render Settings and some in Lights.

    I think the DAZ folks that choose categories for these things are just guessing, as there's no consistency.

  • wildbillnashwildbillnash Posts: 734

    Olo_Ordinaire said:

    These things (HDRI packs) tend to be scattered all over the place in Smart Content.  I found some in Light Sets, some in Render Settings and some in Lights.

    I think the DAZ folks that choose categories for these things are just guessing, as there's no consistency.

    You got that right.

  • jjoynerjjoyner Posts: 574
    edited April 11

    wildbillnash said:

    I just bought 6 of the Iradiance HDRI packs and I have no idea how to find it unless I search for it on the content file. What I want to do if find which folder each pack is in and move them to another folder where I can easily find them. How can I do that?

     

    UPDATE: I just found I could download the folder as a zip file so I can manually install it. But I'm not sure how to do that. Any help will be appreciated.

    I only have one Iradiance HDRI pack (Sunny Sky) so I cannot duplicate your pain of keeping track of six.  A few years ago I decided to clean up Daz Studio’s installs of files that I thought were either located weirdly or named strangely.  What I did was to break links in many products because product files were attempting to load various assets from expected locations and with expected filenames.  I ended up uninstalling and reinstalling many products.  Strangely enough, Poser doesn’t care if you change names/locations of many types of files; it still puts it all together and loads a product without throwing errors.

    My recommendation would be to leave the files located where they were installed by DIM.  If you want to organize them in Smart Content differently than they are from the installation process, I recommend using one of the two following approaches.

    1. Create a new Product or Products from the Content Library files.  You can name a new Product as you wish and put files from multiple Content Library folders into a new Product.  A new Product shows up in Smart Content with a default ! product icon because it does not have a reference icon image file to use yet.  You can create an icon image file from a downloaded image file or a rendered image file and place that icon image file (once properly named to match the metadata dsx filename in Runtime/Support) in Runtime/Support.

    2. Delete the DIM installed Product from the Content Library’s Products listing.  This will remove the existing Smart Content icon.  Follow the procedure in approach 1. above.

    Deleting a Content Library Product does not remove any installed files from your computer.

    If you want to manually install a product’s files instead of using DIM, download the zip file or files, unzip them, and then drag and drop them into your Daz Studio content library on your computer.  It’s possible to left-click and drag a zipped file to your Daz Studio content library and choose Extract All.  Your operating system will take care of the unzipping.  I prefer to unzip first so that I can examine the unzipped files for anything that I might not want to install such as a ReadMe folder.

     

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  • Olo_OrdinaireOlo_Ordinaire Posts: 702
    edited April 11

    With HDRIs, since they're scattered all over the Smart Content landscape, I have finally resorted to just copying all the EXR or HDR files from a product's directory to a directory tree I use for non-DAZ products and my own projects.

    Once I've copied the HDRI files from the DAZ product installation directory, I uninstall the product using DIM.

    My custom HDRI directory is organized in a sane fashion: all HDRIs are in named subdirectories that I can browse easily.  The other benefit is that loading an HDRI into the environment settings pane doesn't wreck all my other render settings like some HDRI products do when you load them from Smart Content.

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  • jjoynerjjoyner Posts: 574

    For HDRIs without Daz Studio preset files to load them into a scene, I too harvest them and keep them in an easy to find file and subfile setup to load as desired.

  • wildbillnashwildbillnash Posts: 734

    I did find a way to find them. They are under the Products folder under the Content Library tab. They are seperated by their names. To find the iRadiance named products I look in the "I" folder. Any other HDRI product I want to find, I search for it by their product names. The HDRIs are still scattered, but a little easier to find.

    Now I wonder if there is a way to create a link to the product wherever I want?

  • jjoynerjjoyner Posts: 574

    wildbillnash said:

    I did find a way to find them. They are under the Products folder under the Content Library tab. They are seperated by their names. To find the iRadiance named products I look in the "I" folder. Any other HDRI product I want to find, I search for it by their product names. The HDRIs are still scattered, but a little easier to find.

    Now I wonder if there is a way to create a link to the product wherever I want?

    The Skies of iRadiance – Sunny Sky HDRIs files that I have are presets (duf files).  Each preset will load an HDRI into the Environment Map by double clicking on its icon in either the Content Library or in Smart Content.  You could create a new Product containing all of the files from your six iRadiance products organized, if desired, by using Categories.

    Optionally, you could create Custom Actions for each preset and put those in the menu bar or tool bar.

     

  • wildbillnashwildbillnash Posts: 734

    Jjoyner, I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm not familar with most of those terms. I know what a Content Library and a Smart Content are. I just don't know what you mean by creating a new product.

  • MelanieLMelanieL Posts: 7,224

    If you use Smart Content, then you could (once you have tracked them all down) create a new category of your own - I have "Favourite HDRIs"  - and use right-click then Categorize to add them to that new category. Then from Smart Content you can just pick that category and there they all are.

  • Richard HaseltineRichard Haseltine Posts: 98,314
    edited April 13

    As jjoyner says, right-click on any item you wish to use regularly and select Create Custom Action - this will open a dialogue allowing you to choose a menu (usually under Scripts or Favoruites) in which you wish it to appear, so that you can apply it without having to find it in a content pane.

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  • jjoynerjjoyner Posts: 574
    edited April 14

    wildbillnash said:

    Jjoyner, I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm not familar with most of those terms. I know what a Content Library and a Smart Content are. I just don't know what you mean by creating a new product.

     Attached is a very brief guide to creating a new product and a custom action.

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