Look At My Hair: Sasquatch An Evolution In DAZ Studio Characters

Sasquatch by RawArt with Look At My Hair (LAMH) for DAZ 3D

Plugins like Look At My Hair are taking DAZ Studio 4 to new levels.

Look AT My Hair for DAZ Studio is changing Hair for good

Look At My Hair for DAZ 3D promo imageHere comes RawArt’s Sasquatch for Freak 5 (current introductory price $9.07). This furred humanoid, a possible missing link to humanities evolutionary past, is a fantastic example of just what is possible with the recently released Look At My Hair for DAZ Studio 4.5 (also on special at thirty percent off), and the first comercial use available on the DAZ 3D store.

Plugins of LAMH’s calibre are bringing new possibilities and functionality to DAZ Studio that, for the most part, are only available with much more expensive programs. For those interested in seeing some of the plugin’s content in action a free LAMH viewer is now available at the DAZ 3D store. “The Look at my Hair Player allows you to load most pre-made Look at my Hair presets or .duf scenes, modify color and shader properties, hair count, thickness and render!”

Check out this Tube clip of LAMH designer, Alessandro Mastronardi, using the plugin to turn and elephant into a mammoth.

 Garibaldi Express Hair System For DAZ Studio plugin promo image Garibaldi Express Hair System: a new challenger

LAMH is not the only recent hair tool for DS. Garibaldi Express Hair System For DAZ Studio came out not long after LAMH. Gabibaldi isn’t among my tools but taking one look at the promo images I wish it was. While both programs have good external interfaces for creating hair on any mesh surface (just about anything you could import into DAZ Studio – furry car!), watching the beta video (which might be a little outdated considering the product is now at full version) I can’t help but be struck with a grass is greener effect.

The only real downside to these products for most of us is that they will take some time and perserverance to get the results we want, but for those who do hang in there, wave good-bye to traditional hair props with their transmaps and geometry that often looks funny when viewed from certain angles. Now if only these were dynamic models. That would truly be a revolution for DAZ Studio users. But then again the persistent user will find that the system allowes for a level of on-the-fly customisation that just isn’t possible with traditional hair props. With the included tools it is possible to create hair poses to meet any conditions imaginable. It is fantastic to see so many high quality plugins for DAZ Studio. It is undoubtedly a sign of even better to come.

INFINITO: Terrain editor and creator for DAZ Studio

Another great DS plugin by Alessandro is INFINITO, which brings terrain generation and customisation to the game. Typically this meant exporting DS scenes to other programs like Bryce, Vue, Carrara, or any other program that has detailed terrain generation features.

Infinito terrain generator plugin for DAZ Studio promo image

Free Dreamlight Content: CS City for DAZ Studio and Poser

For the next 72 hours (give or take) Dreamlight is giving away one his impressive scene prop, CS City..

CS City scene prop for DAZ Studio and Poser

This one has been on my “wish list” since it came out. This isn’t my first free Dreamlight content pickup, but it is the most significant. Happy camper here. The only catch is that you sign up to the DL mailing list, which has had something of a checkered history in recent times. Some have labelled it spam, but as there is a functioning unsubscribe link (that actually does what it says), it does not fit the bill. I think in recent times the quality of the subscription has somewhat improved, especially since he split his somewhat dubious sounding Empower Network marketing interests from his 3D (don’t know what he was thinking lumping both those in there together). Anyway, we aren’t here to talk about marketing or his email list – just the prop. Go grab it now or miss out and find yourself inexplicably visiting the DAZ 3D store to pick it up.

And then once you’re there be very careful you don’t end up accidentally picking up some of these other cool Dreamlight items.

Cloud City scene prop by Dreamlight for DAZ Studio and PoserAlienz scene prop for DAZ Studio and Poser by Dreamlight

Dream Lounge scene prop by Dreamlight for DAZ Studio and PoserQuantum Labs scene prop by Dreamlight for DAZ Studio and Poser

Luxus Updated

Joy of joys Luxus has just been updated with some very nice fixes. For those closely following the Luxus discussion thread on the DAZ 3D forums will have no doubt have already excitedly taken note of the recent update. Included in the fixes were depth of field, and gamma corrections. The translation of UberSurface settings, ones related to SSS in particular, are also likely at the top of users wanted list. I am looking forward to testing out the new DOF support. I don’t think a simple one to one translation from DAZ’s unrealistic camera to the Lux camera will carry too well, so I’m hoping SphericLabs took this into account when implementing the feature.

Full list of updates included in Luxus as copied and pasted directly from the forums.

* Gamma – Colors are now properly linearized. This is important, everyone is encouraged to update and to click on Reset To Default at the bottom of Render Settings.
* Depth of Field values are now passed into LuxRender and work.
* Accidental resuming when overwriting is fixed
* Autotranslation of UberSurface tweaked in regards to the Gamma changes and to favor subsurface color.
* Transmap issues improved
* Extra Command Line for passing command line arguements to LuxRender. This allows advanced control of number of threads and even theoretically master/slave rendering control.
* IES lights files belong on the area light(in the material light section) and work.

Here’s a little something I put together with the help of Luxus the other day.

android luxrender image

Test of the hybrid GPU/CPU engine and IBL Image has been postworked for the sake of dramatic representation.

See my Luxus pseudo review for some early impressions of the program More on Luxus coming soon.

Mercenary Masks Now With DAZ Mats!

death mask promo image

This all started a while back when I saw a journal post by Retro Devil (who strangely enough is the artist most directly responsible for me bumbling into 3D) over at DeviantArt. He was looking for someone to take on the task of converting Poser materials for his new prop to DAZ Studio. I thought why not and took up the challenge. The materials only work with Studio 4.5 – sorry to the 4 and 3 users. I forgot that once something’s done in 4.5 there is no way back to older versions 🙁 The package also includes full metadata (bonus!).The new mats can also be obtained from ShareCG.These materials contain a lot of raytraced surfaces, so watch out. Swapping these for an environment map would be a good idea for older rigs. I may do an update for that in the future.

So, if you own the prop why not download the materials and give them a whirl, or if you don’t yet own Retro Devil’s Mercenary Masks why not go grab a copy and get rendering.

Hopefully this will be the first of more free files added to the site.

More demonstration images coming soon.

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