DAZ Studio 110: Object Hierarchies, Grouping and Parenting

In this episode I’ll show you how parent objects to one another, and how to create groups, and the implications either of these actions has on your scene. I’ll also explain the Null object and when/how to use it.

Understanding these concepts means you’ll be able to build scenes more efficiently: hierarchies let you move multiple objects around at once, make them (un-)selectable and (in-)visible.

Oh yes, and I’m explaining the concept of selectability and visibility as well. A fun packed episode it is indeed!

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Storyist 114: Headers and Footers

In this screencast I’ll show you how to customise the headers and footers of your document.

The principle is the same for either. In particular, we’ll look into aligning the page numbers in the footer: off numbers to the left, and even numbers to the right – just like some books do. Storyist can help you do this.

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DAZ Studio 109: Adjusting the Pivot Point and using Multiple Viewports

In this episode I’ll show you how to change the location of the Pivot Point in DAZ Studio. It’s the point at which the 3D manipulator gizmo shows up and from where objects are translated and rotated. Blender calls this the “origin point”. DAZ Studio uses the Joint Editor to manipulate this point.

While I’m at it, I’m also showing you how to use multiple viewports, so this will be our first exercise in placing an object in relation to another in 3D space.

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Created in October 2018

Another busy month draws to a close. Let’s see if I can remember all the exciting stuff I’ve been able to create, which consisted mainly of video content.

Blender Logo Creation – Mini Series

I’ve created a 5-part mini series on how to take a rasterised image, turn it into an extruded 3D object in Blender and use it to create a snazzy logo.

I’ve used this technique to create thumbnails for two of my recent projects (the DAZ Studio 101 series and my WordPress podcast). There are many steps to the whole process and I thought I’d record how I did it. I also created thumbnails for the videos in the series using the same approach, showing bit by bit what each video is about. Like this one:

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Storyist 113: Customising Your PDF

In this episode I’ll show you how to customise the print-ready PDF we’ve created in the previous video.

When Storyist formats a PDF with templates, it create intermediary files that we can tap into and further refine the output to make it look exactly as we want our book to look.

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Discovered in October 2018

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Raise your hand if you’re a part of the stand while you eat club… 🙋🏻‍♀️. I’ve noticed that I’ve been a “stand while I eat” breakfast club member for quite some time now. I will eat my breakfast as I make breakfast and lunch for my husband, prepare for clients or get ready for the day. Sometimes I’ve even grabbed my breakfast sandwich or smoothie to go and have eaten in the car! This prevented me from being present, calm and mindful in the mornings. So I decided to challenge myself to STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES (literally) every morning. I now sit. I calmly and peacefully eat my breakfast. I breathe and enjoy my surroundings. Sitting at the table helps me to be mindful of the taste, texture and smell of my food. It also allows me to enjoy my eating environment and start my day on a calm foot. . . Who else wants to step down from the stand while you eat club and join me in the mindful and peaceful breakfast club!? . . Here are a few mindful breakfast ideas: Sit at your kitchen table and get some fresh flowers Sit in front of a window to your backyard Sit in the backyard or on a balcony Lay a blanket / pillow on the floor and get comfy Buy a new, comfy breakfast chair and make a designated breakfast spot . . Tag a friend who you’d want to grab a seated and mindful breakfast with! #dietitian #intuitiveeating #breakfast #mindfulness #julienergynutrition

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I found this post by my wonderful nutritionist Julie Rothenberg in Instagram this month. It struck a chord in me about awareness and helped me through a day on which I felt angry and aggravated. I really didn’t want to feel that way, so I thought about why this was happening – and I realised that on that particular busy day, what was missing was some valuable “me time”. 

I was rushing from one appointment to the next, and I didn’t factor in enough time to just sit and be. I remembered Julie’s post and her experience about having breakfast in a rush while standing up. Only by slowing down and spending time with ourselves can we actually listen to what we need. 

Thanks for the inspiration, Julie!

My new friend and 3D content creator Biscuits was an inspiring force this month behind my latest 3D product SOUL REFLECTIONS for DAZ Studio. Her question lead to several new videos and something even more valuable: inspiration. Thanks for your support, Biscuits!

3D Discoveries

Tech Discoveries

Using a Density Map with the Blender Particle Emitter (Replicator)

In this final episode of our serves I’ll show you how to create and apply a Density Map for use in Blender’s Particle Emitter. This will allow us to specify where objects are replicated and how may we want at which point. I’ll also explain how to invert the map.

I will touch on how to create different sizes of our logo (one square, one rectangular).

This is part 5 of a mini series about how to create a logo from a screen grab in Blender. You can watch the whole series on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPcx_LSSGfZcC3_xaHyio5zs31Y5VyWpZ

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DAZ Studio 108: Manipulating Objects using Parameters

In this episode I’ll show you how to manipulate objects in the viewport using numeric values and the Parameters Tab. This can be useful to make precise adjustments to the alignment and placement of your objects.

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Storyist 112: Creating a PDF

In this episode I’ll show you how to create PDF version of your document. In Storyist, this is done using an intermediary Book Object that takes care of the page setup and formatting options.

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Adding Materials to our Objects in Blender (Cycles)

In this episode I’m giving our objects some colour with simple shaders: I’m making the grass green, give the ground an earthy brown and add a shiny golden touch to our logo. I’m also covering the logo with another replicator, simulating an interesting effect.

This is part 4 of a mini series about how to create a logo from a screen grab in Blender. You can watch the whole series on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPcx_LSSGfZcC3_xaHyio5zs31Y5VyWpZ

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