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3D RENDERING ON THE CHEAP WITH DAZ STUDIO

Many people probably already know this stuff but I figured it wouldn't hurt to mention it in case some people haven't.

STEP 1: GO DOWNLOAD DAZ STUDIO FOR FREE

Basically if you want to try some of this 3D Rendering stuff out for yourself, a really cheap and quick way to get started doing it is with Daz Studio, which you can get totally free of charge.  So Daz is a great way to get started playing around with this stuff for free.  Later if you find yourself getting more and more into it and you want a richer feature set, you can go ahead and buy Poser.  But I think a good first step is to just download Daz Studio for free and play around with it

You can get it at www.daz3d.com/i.x/software/stu…?

I think they make you enter an email address to register with, but you don't have to pay any money for daz - its free

STEP 2: GO GET SOME FREE CONTENT TO USE FOR YOUR SCENES

Daz Studio is for the most part completely compatible with any content that would work in Poser.  So what's nice about that is that there is a vast variety of free content out there to hunt down and play with in your scenes.

Here are some places to go download free content:

- Get the 3D Bridge Starter Pack at DAZ for free.  You should be able to find it at www.daz3d.com/i.x/shop/itemdet… and if you don't find it there just go to www.daz3d.com and search for 3D Bridge Starter Pack.  it should be free of charge.  it has lots of content in it to play with, including the Aiko 3 model as well as a bunch of other stuff.

- Freebies section of renderosity.com.  Again you may have to register there with an email address, but you don't have to pay any money.  Go into the freebies section there and look around.  All the content that is listed as Poser or DAZ should work fine in Daz Studio and there is a vast amount of stuff there.  In particular you may want to look for the Ultimate Breasts freebie injectors by WillDial if you want to pump up the breasts of your models

- You can find a bunch of sci fi related freebie content at www.vanishingpoint.biz/freestu… you fish around there they have a lot of Star Trek and Star Wars stuff

- You can find some free hair at digitalbabes2.com/ so that your models won't all be bald

- Other than that you can just go treasure hunting across the net for Poser freebies. There is a vast, vast amount of free content out there and its kind of fun (and addictive...) to hunt it down

STEP 3: MAKE SOME RENDERS!

Play around with Daz Studio and just get comfortable making simple renders

WHERE TO GO FROM THERE

So with the steps above you can get Daz Studio for free and some free content to put into it to play with.

If you've caught the 3D bug at that point and want to go further there are a few things you can do.

One is that you can get some of the higher resolution models to work with.

Currently one of the highest fidelity models is Victoria 4 that you can get from daz3d.com.  Actually I think her latest version is Victoria 4.2.  I use her in a lot of my renders, and you can crank her muscles up quite a bit

Another thing you can do is get Poser rather than Daz.  Poser costs money but it does have some nice features in it.  One is that it has a Walk Designer that you can use to make your characters walk if you are doing animation (and a Talk Designer that you can use to make their lips move for dialog)

For myself I actually mostly use Daz even though I have Poser (I do go into Poser for a few things, mainly related to animation).  But Poser does have a lot of features that Daz Studio doesn't have.

If you really want to go upscale you can move on from Poser/Daz and go use Cinema4D or Maya but those packages cost a lot of money.

Anyway it is a lot of fun to play around with this stuff and with Daz Studio and the tons of free content for Poser/Daz that exist out there, the onramp to trying it is pretty low cost (actually its free!)
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Phraxus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
I recently picked up DAZ Studio 4.6 for free, and I've been trying to make heads or tails of it.  How do you import or put the stuff you've downloaded (models, injectors, etc.) into the program so you can use them in DAZ Studio?  All the bonus content - save the stuff produced on DAZ's own website (downloadable via their download/installer program) come in .rar files, and I haven't figured out how to bring it into DAZ studio where I can use it.
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grycat20 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
It's a big topic - one thing I'd suggest is googling around for tutorials on things because there's a lot to learn.

But here's some quick starter information.  If you fire up Daz Studio, then look at the Content Library tab, you'll see a bunch of content.  Theres a button you can click there that brings up a drop down list that let's you pick "view as list" or "view as tree".  Pick "view as tree"

Once you've done that, you'll see a tree hierarchy listed in the Content Library.  There are expando/collapso controls there to navigate nodes of the tree - you can open/close them like you would folders in a directory structure.  Open up the folder named "Poser Formats", and under that open up the folder named "My Library".  In there you should see Camera, Figures, Expressions, Hair, Hands, Light, Materials, Pose, Props.  If you right click on any one of those and choose "Browse to Folder Location..." that will open up a windows explorer window that shows you where those directories are located on your hard drive.

The rar files you are talking about, if you open them up/unzip them they usually unzip into directories that correspond to those Camera/Poses/Props etc directories.  And doing the above procedure will show you where that stuff should land.

The one wrinkle in this is that there are "Poser Format" files (which daz will happily use - you put them into the directories I specified above) and there are Daz Studio Format files (.dsa, .dsb etc etc).    Those ones go into directories that you can find in the Content Library tab but are under "Daz Studio Formats" instead of "Poser Formats".

It takes a while to get the lay of the land and there's a bit of a learning curve, but once you get rolling with it I think you'll find it gets easier over time
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videakias Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
i have only 2 questions before i download it:
it is free for ever or for limited time?
do i need to pay anithing to it for any reason?(like use some new applications)
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grycat20 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
It is free permanently. You can purchase content for it from places like daz3d.com and renderosity.com. So you can pay money for addons and more content but you don't have to. You can do plenty of things with just the free program and free content, like I describe in the journal entry.
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Bandura-GS Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Very fun and non-stop enjoyment (I sound like an infomercial). Anyways, I'm still on the look out for more radical body and shape morphs for Daz Studio. I have the muscle morphs and elite morphs (not big on the creature morphs), still can't find anything else.

As for Poser, it takes a lot of practice
and studying which the free demo doesn't allow enough of and I really don't feel like paying for it (save up the money for Carrara 6, very expensive but I may see one day if it's worth it).

SO, back to what I was saying if anyone runs into anymore body/shape morphs let me know, thanks.
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ratlaf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
That's awesome! Thanks for the info. I can't wait to try it out. I hope my computer's smart enough though...
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Titaneer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
SOooooo addictive, but I will take note of the websites you mentioned because I have the internet junk finding skills of a 90 year old man.
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Stone3D Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
3D RENDERING ON THE CHEAP, oh yeah that’s me all right, although I have spent a lot of money on this stuff (more than I should, like a week late on a bill because bought something) and I’ve been to everyone of those websites you mentioned and then some you can spend hours looking around… Addictive...YES!
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