Learning Dark Arts

Come learn the art of 3D computer generated art and animation. This blog deals with the lessons learned and the art created by Robert G. Male using DazStudio from Daz3D. Also covered are the ancillary software, tools, techniques, and processes needed both before and after rendering in the 3D software.


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September 25, 2007

Additional Work

The last time I blogged I mentioned buying a Haunted Mansion set, and it's expansion packs. I found out something interesting about several items in those sets. There are light fixtures on chains, there is a chandelier, there are paintings to put on the walls, and there are candelabras. This is most excellent. That is at least until I rendered with these items in place for the first time. All of these items are haunted! They all glow with a ghostly white light. Cool eh? Sure, except then when I look at all of them, there is no "switch" to turn off the glow.

The light, the glow, is something done to all of them in one of the surface controls. To render a normal scene, or say to have only one or two haunted objects you have to go into the surface controls and sort out which of them is responsible for the glow. Then you undo it for each item. I've already done that once, and then promptly forgotten which setting it was. Sadly, there is also no control over it; it's all or nothing. I can't turn it off for only a portion of the item, so I can't have glowing lights but the chain or body of the chandelier not glowing. There may be some leeway with the pictures since the frames have a separate surface interface. Still... for a low Platinum price of $1.99 I won't complain, just kindly point it out.

September 11, 2007

Failure, Misfire, No More Delight in 3Delight

Here I am back from a long blog-free vacation (not a vacation from anything else though) and I have to start with a complaint. My ghosts are broken! Poor things have been turning into nothing but black cutout shapes. The reason is this error... "3Delight Message #45 (Severity 2): S2068: shader". They appear to be a casualty of the switch from Daz Studio 1.3 to 1.7. The pwGhost isn't the only shader that's fallen to the upgrade in the 3Delight engine. One of the other victims has a work around if you don't mind hacking the file. However I couldn't find indication of such a fix for pwGhost. I tried re-installing it, on suggestion of the thread I was reading in the forums, but it hasn't changed anything.

On good news, I bought some Platinum priced ($1.99) sets for my Daz3D. I bought the Haunted Mansion and it's extension pack, and The Study and it's two extension packs. I forgot to take them off of my wish list due to the fact I checked them out one at a time to make sure I had, or would have, all the proper requirements first. I didn't need to worry; the reqs were clear and really only the original required for the extensions. I do have some wish list items with higher requirements. Needless to say, I'm looking at my wish list now and the items I bought are now listed at regular and not Platinum prices any more. Just an interesting tidbit.

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