WIP for Dawn and a little more shopping

Another WIP I’ve been working on for many months now. It’s a texture tone set for Dawn, mainly so I have a wider variety of tones to use. Still fiddling with textures and settings but I’ve managed to get everything more organized and standardized.

The basic set with LIE brows, LIE subtle makeup set, and a bit of LIE freckles.

I’ve been improving my LIE usage. As usual, learned some things the hard way. Such as not to make LIE presets until I’ve finalized the name of the basic texture files. Changing the name of a texture map means either making new presets or editing the older ones (which I did.)

The layer image editor is a godsend for managing texture bloat for characters. Plus, you can edit the layers even after they’re applied and do lots of mix-n-match stuff.

My only real frustration with the LIE results is that black eyebrows get more reddish-brown with SSS values. I made a SSS map with black brows and that helped, but it’s still problematic when increasing SSS to 50% or above.

Some options, including a preset to add more sheen to the skin. Also made a few presets changing diffuse color to get darker skin tones as well as fantasy-related tones. Not photo-realistic, true, but they work for what I need them to do.

This is Jayne in the “Deathly Pale” option. She would like you to know she has a bit of an Orc nose morph and a bit of a Troll Head morph in additional to her other dial morphs.

The “Devilish Red” option.

I even started to work on iray settings, which is tricky for me since I so rarely use iray. Not quite there yet…

She’s a little too washed out, color-wise and her black brows are more reddish than they should be. But it’s a start…

And about shopping, I probably should have anticipated the Dusk sale right after the Dawn one. Good chance Baby Luna follows?

Anyway, I bought a few things for Dusk during the “Feel the Love” for Dusk sale (ends tomorrow.)

Dusk’s Mid-Length Hair (numerous morphs; I especially like the “hat” and “crown” adjustments), Dusk’s Creature Head Morphs (only need Luna’s to complete the set), and Sculpted Dusk (handy for dialing up a variety of bodies.)

What I wish was in the creature set — I realize these are head only; just sayin’ — are claws. My scary folks need claws.

I don’t do much with creatures but sometimes those morphs can be mixed a little with other ones for interesting results, like with Jayne up there.

A couple of Genesis 2 starter bundles in DAZ Freebies

Gia 6 and Teen Josie 6 starter bundles!

I had the Josie bundle but not Gia’s. Now I can finally use the Aspen texture I acquired a while back without weird UV seams on any other character but Gia.

Despite being subscribed to a couple forum threads where these sorts of things are announced, I didn’t see an updated freebie page notice until I got an email from the DAZ deal plugin. The forum notifications are a bit capricious. So I thought I’d post about it here.

Now back to finishing up a book that’s due tomorrow, eek! Gonna be close…

 

Shopping binge for Dawn

Hivewire is having a sale: “Feel the Love” for Dawn. Good through Jan 22 2019. I picked up a few things and took several of them for a test drive:

Featuring the newly bought Go Go Boots, Faces of Africa for DAZ Studio texture set, Hands for Dawn and Dusk, and Perfect Pelvis (not that you can see it since she’s dressed.)

I also recently picked up Big Afro Hair for Genesis when it was on sale (or part of a promotion; I can’t remember…the DAZ sales all kind of run together.) Spex for Genesis as well.

The dress is a G3F freebie but I can’t remember where I got it, except that it was a Japanese site. It’s called Witch One Piece (the DAZ Poser freebie wiki has a link for it, but I don’t have an account for the site they’ve listed so I wouldn’t have downloaded it there.)


Edited to add: New dial morph I made for Dawn last night with the starter morphs, face morphs, face morph resource kit, body morphs, and the Perfect Pelvis utility. I’d love to see more morphs for the HW figures but I’m getting handier with the ones I have.

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And here’s one of Dusk I did not too long ago:

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(I’m always putting these figures in black turtlenecks!)

This one was a test render; working on basic skin settings for the Marcello character, which is Poser only.

Looks like Hexagon’s a no go for me

So I sat down to try a simple tutorial on making a coffee mug in Hexagon and I can’t even create a primitive. Followed the instructions but nothing happened and the program just crashes again and again and again.

I suppose it’s an issue with my aged computer, though Hex 2.5 is an older program and I thought I’d be in the clear. Ugh. Very frustrating.

I finally read the instructions on how to use the Nerd Footsteps tool I bought many years ago (it’s now at Hivewire.) So I taught myself something today, just not what I’d intended.

I guess I’ll be sticking to kludging together primitives in DS for the time being. Not so great for creating a round mirror, a feature of another recent attempt at background filler props for a render project WIP that has elements spanning several decades.

I wanted to recreate something similar to this:

And I got fairly close, except for the round mirror:

Using a sphere for the mirror, even after scaling the Z axis way down, produces a distorted effect.

Now if I were creating an image in which someone had bought a piece of antique furniture at a flea market and then discovered the mirror was actually a time portal, the effect has great possibilities! Alas, I’m not doing time portals.

The only other thing I can think of is to use a plane with a round transparency map. But maybe I can still work with this just by using some creative posing and/or camera angles.

Or…a cylinder. LOL!