Feeling a need to get a complaint off my chest: I’m really annoyed with the 3DL materials for the DAZ core characters. Yes, I know everything is now geared toward Iray but I’m still a paying customer so I can grumble away. To my eye, their default settings look awful. Some are much worse than others. Like Alexandra 8.
Here she is one of her promos:
Here she is with the default 3DL materials, neutral lighting:
Yikes! She looks more like a bronze statue than a human.
I applied my default UberSurface starting point settings:
Better, but still much browner in comparison to the promo images which, of course, are Iray.
So I played around with the SSS settings and even a little ambient boosting using her diffuse maps (a trick I try to avoid.)
Finally closer to what the Iray promos look like, though the settings still need work. But at least I now feel like I’m in the ballpark, so to speak.
Alexandra 8 is listed at $44.95. Granted, I only paid about $10 for her, but is it too much to ask that a core figure get better default 3DL materials to at least approximate the Iray results? I don’t expect a perfect match, but there’s a huge difference between the paler Iray Alexandra and her bronze statue 3DL counterpart.
And while I’m being grumpy, I also want to complain about the separate HD add-ons for many of these core characters. It’s like having to buy the character twice. Ugh.
Happily, some characters do come with the HD add-on. I picked up the Floyd 8 Pro Bundle for $35.00 while it was on sale the other day and was relieved to see he came with the HD morphs.
So anyway, I continue to redo all the 3DL skin materials for the DAZ core characters…