Ron Deviney Brushes 70% Off Flash Sale

Rons Devinery brushesSo there were now Genesis 2 or Victoria 6 releases today, but we got a nice gift (those that bought/buy into the pro bundle), and the first one that I will probably actually use. There was an 8 hour sale of Stonemason’s City Ruins 3, which has already gone, but an even more awesome sale has taken its place. Anyone for some of Ron Deviney brush sets?

Just about everyone in the Poserverse knows and loves the Deviney range of Photoshop brushes. I’ve used these to create textures and postwork many of my images, and in that time I’ve only scratched the surface with the diversity of brush sets and the many different techniques that can be applied. I remember thinking when I was first starting out with DS that Rons brushes could turn anyone into an artist, and in my case it seems to have worked 😀

Anyway, DAZ describe this as a flash sale, so it probably won’t last long. If you’ve been itching to grab that set or three of brushes then now is the time. Also worth checking out is the massive new Dreamlight prop/environment bundle. even if you own one or two of these it would still be worth picking up on special – the total saving for the bundle is over $130.

Poser Pro and 9 on Sale

Poser Pro Poser Pro 2012 and Poser 9 have just gone on sale for INSANE PRICES!!! $149.99 for Pro ($499.99 normally) and just $64.99 for 9 (Usually $299.99). That’s pretty good, right? I can’t really say a great deal about Poser from experience, as I’ve spent only a little time experimenting in the program, but I have found it tends to produce better render results than DAZ’s version of 3delight. Poser’s render engine (FireFly) is faster and natively supports indirect lighting, ambient occlusion and IBL. While all of these things are achievable with DAZ Studio via UberEnvironment 2 the implementation is very slow and can be glitchy (since last update of DAZ Studio I can’t use UE2’s IBL features at all).

Although my experience with Poser Pro is admittedly limited I can say with some certainty after converting several lots of materials from Poser to DAZ Studio (with both programs running simultaneously), that the program’s node based material system, while perhaps a little scary at first, is much more flexible and powerful than DAZ’s system. I also found Poser’s interface and figure posing tools, though somewhat oldskool, were surprisingly intuitive and quick to work with.

At the current price Poser Pro or 9 are certainly worth picking up for anyone interested in peeking into the exciting world of CG, or for those DAZ user that want to see how the other half live. Those that are considering producing consumer content for the DAZ market should also think about picking up Poser, as both communities are fond of Victoria and Michael four, and with the recent release of DSON, Poser users are beginning to take up Genesis. As someone who is planning to break into the content creation market at some point this was a huge selling point.

Here is a little concept piece I put together with Poser Pro and PS after a couple of hours spent playing around with Poser.

3D character render Tyler

DAZ Studio: a short description

A lot has happened since I started this blog up, and it is lazy on my part that I haven’t been writing up the most interesting developments. Going back over the last article I wrote six months back (but never posted) I was in the midst of a DAZ Studio obsession. The post was long and rambling with a tenuous thread of a topic, so I’ve decided I won’t post that. The idea was to give a basic outline of what DAZ Studio is. As I can still imagine doing a lot of character posing in this program I will give a brief overview of what it’s all about.

Daz Studio is a program (both Mac and Windows) perfect for those curious about computer generated images, but not sure how far that interest goes, or how much they are willing to sink into the exploration (Studio is currently free, as are Bryce and Hexagon). Studio also has many applications for professionals, and indeed there are professional artists who use the program as their primary tool.

Studio 4 scene viewed through view port

Demonstration scene provided with DAZ Studio 4 as seen through view port

The program is typically used for posing and arranging premade figures and props into 3 Dimensional scenes for subsequent rendering as either stills, or animation (stills seeming to be the overwhelming application). For the average Studio user, the bulk of their content is made by others and purchased from DAZ3D, Renderosity, Runtime DNA, or

another similar broker. There is also a lot of content either made for DAZ Studio, or compatible (to varying degrees) from sites like ShareCG. One can find content for just about any scene they can imagine. Contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, and erotica are all common themes.

dragon 3d render

Rendering of above scene

Studio is a great program for constructing small to medium-sized scenes, and the character posing tools are intuitive, requiring little training to get the basics in order and start rendering (YouTube hosts hundreds of DAZ related tutorials). It may be easy to get started, but it is rare to get good results straight away. With premade content, which presumably comes “ready to render”, the biggest obstacle to creating good images is lighting. Of course there are other things to consider such as scene construction, camera angle etc, but lighting is the issue that comes up time and again for beginning 3D artists (using any 3D software). Thankfully there are hundreds of forum topics, tutorials, and text books devoted to helping you learn the ropes. …But lighting might be the theme for a future post, so I’ll leave that for now.

For anyone with an interest in CGI and what this software can do, even just for those who simply wish to enjoy the work of others, all the major brokers have either galleries or forums where users share their work. (popular online art community) is another fantastic destination. There are many groups dedicated to DAZ and Poser generated art, and many more groups dedicated to CGI in general.

DAZ-Artists-Guild is a good dA group dedicated to art made with DAZ Studio and related programs.

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