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 rending in the 3D software.


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February 13, 2012

Impossible Single Pass Fits

You get a new set or figure and you are all excited to try it out. You load everything in and immediately there are problems. Parts all load in the centre of the screen with no indication of how they interact even though they require being put in specific positions. You start moving them around to where they should be and then you find out that the scale of everything is different too. You start rescaling items and soon you run across some that do not fit where they are supposed to fit no matter how you dial the X, Y, and Z scales. What are you left to do to fix it? Well there's really only one option, and it's nothing but a nightmare kludge that will require more postproduction work than just slotting in five or six wedges from that many renders with each showing one section/part corrected.

What you also have to do is smooth over all of the connective bits between slices added in on top of the new image you are merging together. This smoothing is of course complicated by detailed textures that do not repeat or at least not well when trying to grab the slice that you want to correct the ill-fitting piece of figure. Their scale looks different as well. In the example above (click it for a large version) not all of the curtains can be made to surround the posts they belong on at the same time. Furthermore the ties holding them to the posts require even more fitting than the curtains themselves and will still look inaccurate size-wise. Never mind that they do not look gravity accurate either. I still do not know what to do about the two parts in the front where the railings run straight through the curtains. It would seem a shame that this figure only works when heavily redone in post and only from the inside, not from outside as I have in my render.

Music: Maniac Dance by Stratovarius.

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