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Artist Level-Up: Pose ControllersI don't know if any of you remember or own EasyPose. It's a way to create pose controlling ERC dials for a .cr2 item with up to 99 bones in a chain. For those actually trying to create items with it, it was harder than you expected because you still had to manually rig all of those bones.
As it turns out, DS4.5 can do that same thing without an external program. You have to be willing to pose all the bones once to create the dial using the ERC freeze feature in Property Editor, but after that you basically never have to do it again.
For the savvy user (and I know a lot of savvy users read this blog), this might be fun to play with if you own, for instance, the Genesis version of Fantasy Wrap, which has umpteen bones that have to be posed manually.
Here's a tutorial: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/284841/
[Mini-Tutorial]Posing Long Bone ChainsSince the smartprop tutorial got me an astonishing number of faves, watches, and page views, I gather the forum is not filling everyone's tutorial needs. Please feel free to request additional text tutorials for DS4.5 and Genesis here. I'm fully of the opinion that information should be free and competition should be based on merit, not on knowledge control. With that said, it has to be something you're willing to see in text-only format, and some requests will be declined ("Build A Working Giant Mech From Start to Finish" is something I technically know but one, I've never done it, and two, it would take too long to do a tutorial).
Many of you probably own items such as the Genesis Fantasy Wrap, which has a ton of bones but no ERC pose controls. Here's an easy way to manage those. Hopefully some of you already know about this, because you bought the Chain Blades, which basically include this tutorial written on a giant prop that loads from the library. http://www.renderosi
[Tutorial] Creating A Smartprop With DS4.5 ProRequested via note. This is the method I use. Not everyone is this thorough, but I firmly maintain that everyone should be.
I will refer to Genesis, but this will work with any figure in DS4.5 Pro. Gen 4 and 5 have the same bone names so smartprops for them are interchangeable for the most part.
First, in your modeler:
Model your item flat on the ground. Yes, I said flat on the ground, not in the hand. If you've already modeled it in the hand, move it back to the ground and redo the object center. Trust me, you'll thank me later. Export it flat like this. Name the obj ItemNameCTR or ItemNameCenter.
Second, in DS4.5:
Import your new mesh.
Load an UberEnvironment light and render it from different angles to make sure the normals are correct. If they are correct it will render white. If it renders black they're flipped and you need to go back to your modeler and fix it. The textures will look unnecessarily and unfixably dark if normals are flipped.
Texture it if you've g
[Tutorial] Tidying Your Genesis Morph ListThis tutorial is to help you deal with quickly reorganizing your morph directories for Genesis. It will eventually probably apply to Genesis 2 as well, but hopefully knowing this you can keep things from getting as messy as I know my Genesis Actor groups are.
But First: EVERYTHING NEEDS TO GO UNDER ACTOR.
This is all that's required for them to appear in the Shaping tab. I don't care about this, because I think the Shaping tab is completely unnecessary, but it may save you a few complaints if you release products or freebies. Also, if you want to offer a product to DAZ, they prefer morphs to appear under Actor as well.
I'll also take the opportunity to apologize for the products for Genesis I sell at Rendo that are poorly categorized. I didn't sell at DAZ yet, and I didn't know. I can't really update them now, either, because without uninstalling manually people would just have morphs appearing in two places. I promise to do it from now on.
[Tutorial] DAZ Studio Crashing in Property Editor?This has been coming up on the forums, so I wanted to have a tutorial in place for it.
Morphing the TriAx generation of figures in DAZ Studio is easier than any previous generation or program, so it's something even a casual user might want to try sometime. Sometimes you will need to access Property Editor on these figures, especially when you want to create your own morphs with adjusted skeletal values. That's when you will find out that doesn't take long to get enough morphs onto your G2F to get her crashing Property Editor on switching tabs, let along G1 with its massive, massive morph list.
Devs inform us on the forum that the newest beta of Studio makes this less of an issue, but meantime, one of the best ways to deal with this is content directory hot-switching.
Here's what you do.
Install a base Genesis only (or Starter Essentials, if that's what you've got) to a different folder than your main library, let's call it My Library 2.
Open DS. Click on
[Tutorial] Transferring Character Morphs G1 to G2This tutorial is valid only for those with the latest public build of DAZ Studio 4.6. I'm speaking of the one that fixes the ERC freeze crash error. You should also get it because of its astonishing, beautiful, wonderful changes to property editor and the parameters tab. More on this hereafter. Note that public beta builds can be installed alongside, rather than on top of, your existing install if you wish; this is even the Install Manager default for them.
I've been hearing a fair amount of complaints about Genesis 2 Female lately, and I understand; I said many of the same things when it first came out. I should've known better, because I also did this when Genesis came out, but sometimes we live and learn slower than we'd like.
One of the most common, and most easily answered, is "I already have a bunch of characters for G1 that I can't recreate on G2." For this purpose, G2 refers to Genesis 2, not the old Poser G2 figures.
Well, as a matter
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