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Figures, Characters and Avatars: The Official Guide to Using DAZ Studio to Create Beautiful Art [Paperback]

Les Pardew
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14 May 2012 1435461207 978-1435461208 2nd Revised edition
Show readers of any artistic skill level how to create stunning digital 3D imagery as they learn to most effectively use the latest version of the powerful, popular, no-cost DAZ Studio[trademark] 4 to create everything from traditional art or a 3D avatar.

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435461207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435461208
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. What can be created in DAZ Studio(TM) . 2. The basics. 3. The scene and camera. 4. The figure. 5. Morphs and how they work. 6. Dressing the figure. 7. Posing the figure. 8. Props, backgrounds. 9. figures to look natural. 10. Lighting the mode. 11. Using models for drawing. 12. Basic animation, key-frames. 13. Lip-synch. 14. Adding emotion to animation. Appendix: Art gallery.

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2.0 out of 5 stars All Gloss and no Substance 1 Mar 2013
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Before buying this book I read the three reviews and was intrigued by the markedly different appraisals from experienced users versus new users. I am a complete novice, having clocked up only about 9 hours using the software, in which time I could see that DAZ Studio Pro 4 is an amazingly powerful program with a daunting learning curve - which is like looking up from the foot of a glass cliff. So...I decided to take the plunge and invest my money this book and this is what I found: the book is a glossy introduction to the product with very little nitty-gritty to help a novice accomplish tasks that are outside the main premise, which is that the user should purchase as many commercial pre-set products as possible (figures, clothes, hair, props and scenes) and use them in standard poses. DAZ do not make money out of people wanting to import their own stuff into the program or use the software to do anything that is genuinely creative. For example, of the 24 different file formats that can be imported into DAZ Studio Pro 4, the book only mentions only one, the ".obj" file format, in passing, (in the section which describes how to make one's own 3D scene in Bryce, one of the most interesting passages in the book). The description of UV Sets provides a good example of how limited the scope of the book is: "UVs are the coordinates of the textures and other surface attributes on a model. By changing the UVs you can change the position of surface qualities on a model. Usually the artist sets up the UVs and there is very little call to change them. Some models will have multiple UV sets. You can change a UV set with this feature" - that's it that's ALL there is on UV sets. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars oh dear 2 Nov 2013
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much of the content of this book is available for free on the daz studio website, thought it might be more in-depth to support the free info but 'outside of the confines of this book' statement is used quite a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 July 2013
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If you're new to Daz3d then this book is essential - it provides major guidance on the basics of using the software
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