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How to combine a 3D render with a background image in Photoshop

In this video I’ll show you how to render an image in DAZ Studio and compose it onto a background image in Photoshop.

We’ll use the Shader Mixer and a Shadow Catcher in DAZ Studio to make the figure cast a shadow but be otherwise transparent. In Photoshop we’ll add artificial depth of field to an arbitrary background picture using Smart Objects, and I’ll introduce some techniques to blend both images together for extra realism (all non-destructively).

The final picture is going to look like this (featuring the 3D Universe Toon Crab and a new lifeguard tower in my neighbourhood). composite

The whole video is nearly 40mins long, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy.





How to rename Parameter Dials in DAZ Studio

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Parameter Dials are everywhere in DAZ Studio. But sometimes they’re not in the right place, or they’re not called what we’d like them to be called. For example, if you bring in a Morph Target via Morph Loader, DAZ Studio will create a folder by that same name.

It’s easy to change most Parameter Dials. Here’s how to do it. Continue reading How to rename Parameter Dials in DAZ Studio





LILIKOI Textures – now available at Renderosity

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Here’s another texture set I’ve made for the wonderful Cathy Outfit by outoftouch. I call them LILIKOI. It means “passion fruit” in Hawaiian. Very fitting I thought!

LILIKOI contains a total of 20 texture presets for DAZ Studio, 10 for NVIDIA Iray and 10 for 3Delight. You can mix and match any skirt with any top for a total of 100 combinations (if my math skills are correct).

All maps are 4000×4000 pixels, ideal for ultra high resolution renders. You can check out those promos at 1600×1600 by right-clicking on an image, then select “Open in New Tab”.

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Installation and Usage

  1. Unpack all ZIP files into your Poser/DAZ directory.
  2. Load a figure, then apply the “Cathy Outfit“ to it.
  3. In DAZ Studio, head over to your Content Library tab and navigate to
    People – Genesis 3 Female – Clothing – OOT Catht Outfit – Lilikoi.
  4. Choose either the Iray or the 3Delight folder.
  5. Apply your selections to the dress.
  6. Render and enjoy!

You can buy Cathy’s Outfit here, and my Lilikoi Textures here.





EQUINOX Textures – now available at Renderosity

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I’ve just released a new texture pack, this time for the very versatile Strapless Mini Dress for Genesis 3 and Victoria 7, by hameleon and santuziy78.

EQUINOX contains a total of 40 texture presets for DAZ Studio, 20 for NVIDIA Iray and 20 for 3Delight. I’ve added presets for the whole dress, as well as separate presets for the ornaments (those sparkly little diamonds on the top).

All maps are 4000×4000 pixels, ideal for ultra high resolution renders. You can check out those promos at 1600×1600 by right-clicking on an image, then select “Open in New Tab”.

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Installation and Usage

  1. Unpack all ZIP files into your Poser/DAZ directory.
  2. Load a figure, then apply the “Strapless Mini Dress“ to it.
  3. In DAZ Studio, head over to your Content Library tab and navigate to
    People – Genesis 3 Female – Clothing – Strapless – Equinox.
  4. Choose either the Iray or the 3Delight folder.
  5. Apply your selections to the dress.
  6. Render and enjoy!

You can buy the Strapless Mini Dress here, and my texture pack is available here.





SYMPHONY Textures – now available at Renderosity

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Here’s a texture set I’ve made for Jolina’s Swimsuit by outoftouch.

SYMPHONY Textures is a set of 16 Material Presets for DAZ Studio, 8 for NVIDIA Iray and 8 for 3Delight. All maps are 4000×4000 pixels, ideal for ultra high resolution renders.

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Installation and Usage

  1. Unpack all ZIP files into your Poser/DAZ directory.
  2. Load a figure, then apply the “Jolina Swimsuit“ to it.
  3. In DAZ Studio, head over to your Content Library tab and navigate to
    People – Genesis 3 Female – Clothing – OOT Jolina Swimsuit – Symphony.
  4. Choose either the Iray or the 3Delight folder.
  5. Apply your selections to the dress.
  6. Render and enjoy!

You can buy Jolina’s Swimsuit here and my texture pack here.





COOL BREEZE Textures – now available at Renderosity

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Here’s a texture set I’ve made for the Jolina Dress by my friends from Rotenburg and der Wümme, outoftouch. Although we don’t actually know each other, I feel a special connection because I used to live in Verden an der Aller, which is a mere stones throw away from Rotenburg. It’s a small world!

The COOL BREEZE Textures consists of 16 material presets for DAZ Studio, 8 for 3Delight and 8 for Iray. Miami Beach remains a constant source of inspiration for me, and makes a welcome change from frequent hospital visits.

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Installation and Usage

  1. Unpack all ZIP files into your Poser/DAZ directory.
  2. Load a figure, then apply the “Jolina Dress“ to it.
  3. In DAZ Studio, head over to your Content Library tab and navigate to
    People – Genesis 3 Female – Clothing – OOT Jolina Dress – Cool Breeze.
  4. Choose either the Iray or the 3Delight folder.
  5. Apply your selections to the dress.
  6. Render and enjoy!

You can buy the Jolina Dress here and my Cool Breeze textures here.

 





How to fix “The interface of shader xxx is invalid” in DAZ Studio

Sometimes, the 3Delight render engine in DAZ Studio can throw a hissy-fit and complain with the following error message:

3Delight message #45 (Severity 2): S2069: the interface of shader '/Users/versluis/Library/Application Support/DAZ 3D/Studio4/temp/shaders/brickyard/{407f8e5c-3a9b-4708-b5e5-799ff1fe7c1d}/shader_Surface.sdl' is invalid
3Delight message #45 (Severity 2): S2051: cannot load shader 'brickyard/{407f8e5c-3a9b-4708-b5e5-799ff1fe7c1d}/shader_Surface', will use 'defaultsurface'

3dl2-4This problem occurs frequently on complex shaders, such as human skin. I have no idea what causes it, because it appears to happen randomly and without reason. Here’s an example of how scary such an error can manifest in a render.

Even saving the scene and loading it may not resolve the issue. Which can be extremely annoying.

Lucky for us there’s an easy way to fix this, thanks to a tip from jestmart on the DAZ Forums. All we have to do is remove the temporary folder in which 3Delight compiles shaders to make rendering more efficient (where I guess sometimes an error can occur). So it’s not the scene or the actual shader that has a problem, it’s just the compiled version of the files before the engine can go to work.

Here’s what we can do to fix it: remove the brickyard folder in DAZ Studio’s temp folder. On a Mac it’s located in /Users/you/Library/Application Support/DAZ 3D/Studio4. Here, navigate to the temp/shaders folder and remove the brickyard folder (the error message shows the full path to that folder).

On a Mac, navigating to that folder via Finder only works with a trick, because the Library folder is hidden by default. You an either use the command line to navigate there, or use Finder and hold down ALT while you click on the Go menu item (this will show the Library option).

When the brickyard folder is deleted, simply start that render again. 3Delight will go ahead and re-compile all missing shaders – this time hopefully without adding freaky effects. There’s no need to restart DAZ Studio. Nice!





My new HP Z600 Workstation

photo-sep-24-16-22-52I’m as excited as a kid in a candy store – because last Monday my new (old) HP Z600 Workstation has arrived! Built and sold to the government in the summer of 2009 for roughly $5000 (give or take a grand), it came to me via an eBay auction for $171 plus postage some seven years later.

Equipped with two Intel Xeon 5560 processors, no hard drive, 4GB of RAM and only a COA sticker for Windows Vista, I had a little bit of work to do to get it all going:

  • get a USB keyboard
  • get a power cord
  • get a graphics card
  • perhaps grab some more RAM
  • find a network cable
  • download a copy of Windows Vista (not easy to find in 2016)

I wanted to use this machine for 3D rendering in both Carrara and DAZ Studio, so for the latter I decided to buy an NVIDIA GTX 970 graphics card. I had to do a few internal modifications to the machine to make it work – but work it does, and it was a lot of fun to get this rig going.

Without further ado, here’s my Z600 story.

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How to create a Smart Prop in DAZ Studio

Smart Props are little items of geometry that can follow another object without the need to be completely rigged – unlike conforming clothes, which need to have the same skeleton and rigging as the parent figure.

Smart Props are great for things like jewellery and other ancillary items. Let’s see how we can create one in DAZ Studio.

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How to create Poser Companion Files in DAZ Studio

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-16-47-21When the Genesis figure was released in 2011, it was not natively compatible with Poser and only worked in DAZ Studio.

Shortly after its release though, the folks at DAZ came up with a way to make Genesis and related content available in Poser, called the DSON Importer – a script that reads the DAZ Studio files and translates them on-the-fly into something Poser can understand.

It’s not perfect, but it works with both Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 figures – as well as related content, provided that so called Poser Companion Files exist. The good news is that DAZ Studio can create those files with minimal effort – if you know how to do it.

Let me show you how in this article, which was inspired by a forum thread over at HiveWire.

Continue reading How to create Poser Companion Files in DAZ Studio