Another brief hiatus

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RedEyeCat will be doing a Christmas in July theme, so I’m off to work on that. Not much else will be happening here over the next few months. Maybe little things, for when I get antsy and need a break.

That’s Santa Dawn wearing Dusk’s default texture, CoolTuna’s M4 Hipster Glasses, and Pendraia’s freebie shorts for Dawn, all while lounging on the Steamer Chair (a long-extinct DAZ freebie.) Tropicals from Lisa’s Botanicals. The Gumdrops snowball prop made into a sandman, with PhilC’s conch for a nose, the TransPond Starfish for eyes, the lei from elleque’s Sadie Hula Girls, and Xaa’s Bird’s Nest Hat. Simple Sand Prop from ShareCG. Gradient landscape and Flaming Pear’s Flood for the background. Postworked in Topaz Lab’s Simplify.

Dusk M4 clone pose

Teamwork

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Usage: Unrestricted use.

Required: Create a V4 Clone for Dawn Tutorial (DS4 only)

 Info: Dusk/M4 alignment pose for use with the tutorial. Not perfect, but it gets the job done. Feel free to modify or improve upon it. If you do so, please let me know!

Re: the Xurge3D sets in the above example, I had to hide body parts for both Dawn and Dusk, but I frequently do this with V4 and M4, too, and they’re the figures these suits were made for. I corrected some chest distortions in PSP.

My advice is to use poses and body shapes that aren’t extreme, poses that don’t distort the chest/neck area too much, and resign yourself to doing a little postwork. For PSP users, the warp brush tool is your friend. Same goes for the liquify tool in PS.

Credits: coflek-gnorg’s spaceship segments (I forget which ones; I use saved scenes of connected sections I made years ago); KiriTe Hair II, Daria for Dawn, Zac Hair, GearHeadset M4, A.T.A.C.S. Suit M4, and A.T.A.C.S. Suit for V4.

First attempt at a Dusk M4 clone

Eh…there are issues, but it’s still not too bad. Maybe someone who’s better at this could advise me?

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Deformity with the shirt’s waistband. Neck weirdness. Shoes are messed up too…sob!!

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Things looked OK in the default T Pose though. I did have to increase the smoothing modifier on the shirt due to a tiny bit of poke-through.

Dusk is quite a bit larger than M4, and this took a lot of trial-and-error. But at least I saved the aligning pose this time.

Still playing with clones

Haven’t had much time to do DS stuff this week, but I am making time to see where I can extend Star’s wardrobe from my already installed clothes. I fully intend to support the figure and buy more for her, but March was kinda expensive — and today DAZ surprised me with a straight up 80% off sale of Gen4 stuff. I was, shall we say, less than frugal. :?

So, experimenting shows me that the A3 clothing can be a little difficult in the boob area. V4 stuff works pretty well. G2F too, though I seem to have lost the ability to use the smoothing modifier on those clothes. Odd.

Anyway, sharing a few of the more successful conversions:

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Above would be Horror Survivors -Cris for V6. I’m surprised by how well the gloves and shoes converted; these are usually problem areas.

Star-V4-Clone

This one is Wood Fairy V4 with the Sylvana textures. Also, the free Leafy Boots V4 from FaerieDreams.

Star-A3-Clone

And…this is Hailey for A3.

Had a few issues with this one, but was able to work around the breast defect by dialing the chest plate to zero opacity. Hair had to be fitted by hand. The chains didn’t work, but I can live with that. There’s some distortion on the round metallic bits, but I can fiddle with this in postwork too.

All in all, definitely worth downloading these various clones if you have the DAZ Studio version of Star.

Finally motivated myself

And made a V4 to Dawn Clone:

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Don’t know why I waited so long to do this; it makes Dawn a lot easier to use.

I downloaded the Dawn to V4 pose that’s linked in this post, and then followed this tutorial. I don’t use the CMS so I had to edit the resulting .dsf file — I forgot to uncheck the “compress” box, but at least now I know all I have to do is unzip the result if I screw up.

It works pretty well, along with the smoothing modifier and a few extra tweaks. I haven’t played around with any adjusted body shapes (I don’t have the Dawn Body Shape morph package anyway) to see what happens.

Now if only someone would rescue my lazy butt and do a Dusk-M4 clone. I rescued my own lazy butt…  :P

I started my own and got fairly close but I didn’t save the pose. Because I am stupid. Gah!

I also downloaded the G1, G2F, V4, and A3 clones for Star (I hope this person will make clones for Star’s male companion, Steel, when he finally shows up.) These work about a million times better than the CrossDresser License. Star is adorable in the Cowboy Gumdrops outfit (edited to add that I linked to the wrong one; I used the Genesis version.) Everything worked except for the jet pack. I had to manually scale and position it; the prop distorted quite a bit when posing while it was fitted to her.

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Life is good!

Look who’s back in the store

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Porcelain for Miki 2 (who converts nicely to V4 with TC2 and the Miki 2 Plugin, and looks pretty good on Genesis as well.) And…she’s a whoppin’ .95 cents right now.

If you’d like to expand your Poser/DS doll resources, she’s a great addition.

I do remember swapping out the eyelash textures for V4 ones — of which I have quite a lot — and experimented with other eye textures too. DS users will need to adjust the materials…though if anyone is interested, I could upload the mats I made for her. Just let me know in the comments if you’d like them.

Edited to add: Okay, download DS materials here for the V4 conversion of Porcelain for Miki 2. Images, info inside…

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