2023 Fantasy Attic’s Christmas Gifts, now online and all set to pop, as a Christmas ‘advent calendar’ style freebie page. Donations of Poser or DAZ freebies are most welcome, right though Christmas and the New Year. Contact details are on the page.
Free and easy, G8F to Openpose, for Stable Diffusion UIs with ControlNet. Available now.
1. Get the free Daz Studio G8_OpenPoseRig V1.0. The end result is intended for Stable Diffusion’s ControlNet / Posenet module, which accepts images of poses in the Openpose format.
(InvokeAI is probably currently the most user-friendly and ControlNet-capable UI for Stable Diffusion on a desktop, and is about to go to 3.4. You’ll want to wait for that version (next few days) since it will include a new LCM module which will super-charge generation speeds to near real-time).
2. Once unzipped and manually merge-installed to the DAZ top-level content folder, open DAZ Studio and find G8_OpenPoseRig in the Library. It’s not under People | G8 Female. Instead it’s under Figures | Rogue Pilot | Open Pose Rig.
3. Load the G8F via !FullScene and switch the DAZ Studio viewport’s real-time rendering to Smooth Shaded. Apply a pose. Add another figure, if you want a two-person picture from SD. Tweak the bone positions in Posing / Shaping, if required. You can also load a proper G8F alongside, to see the pose on a more human figure.
Ideally you’ll then render this special Openpose skeleton at the standard SD image-generation size of either 512px, 768px (for SD 1.5) or 1024px (for SDXL), output to a .PNG file. It doesn’t matter if figures are highlight-selected or if viewport widgets are visible. The viewport clutter won’t be in the render.
(Yes, they look like .BVH stick-figures, but are not. So far as I can tell the only way to convert .BVH to Openpose is by dropping the .BVH onto this special G8F and then rendering a frame).
4. That’s it. Drag and drop the .PNG render into your ControlNet’s input window. Your subsequent Stable Diffusion image generation will then, assuming you have a suitable workflow and a pose-aligned prompt, ‘more or less’ conform to the figure poses in your Openpose guide-image. It’s not going to be exact, the Openpose being more of a guideline for SD.
Expressions are instead controlled with a prompt, and perhaps guided by the addition of a LORA. SD is weak at generating several things, and subtle controllable expressions is one of them.
Note the comment on the G8_OpenPoseRig page asking for this freebie to be updated for ControlNet 1.1, which he says can handle finger-bones and thus hands. This freebie doesn’t support these 1.1 style hands, and it hasn’t yet been updated for them. Thus… for 1.1+ hands support you would instead need Poser 12 or 13 with Ken’s paid OpenPose for Poser 12 plugin script.
Note that Ken’s scripts are encrypted and thus require Windows 10 or higher. Note also that Poser 12 can currently be had for $49.
Free scripts and workflows to convert older poses to G8F:
Many old poses in .PZ2 Poser format can just be drag-dropped to a G8, and may be ‘good enough’. But if you need more precise conversion, try…
V4/A4 Pose Transfer to G8F (Victoria 4, Aiko 4).
G1F Pose Transfer to G8F (Genesis 1)
G2F Pose Transfer to G8F (Genesis 2).
You might also look at the DAZ Pose Converter (Standalone), also free. Half the many commenters just can’t get it to work, the other half think it’s ‘the best thing since sliced bread’. Apparently it can do batch conversion, if you can get it to work.
Time for another survey and pick of what’s new for Poser and DAZ, and related software and AI. My last such survey was 17th September, so this is a six-week survey rather than a monthly survey.
Technomages Corridor for Poser, and also available for DAZ. From 1971s, and his models always toon nicely in Poser’s real-time Comic-book mode.
Coflek-gnorg’s Headpiece Interfaces for V4/M4, and G8.
A helmet-hood for G8M Helmet 002 MMKBG8M, looking useful for the guards of the hyper-tech lab in your sci-fi story.
A free Tank Breather freebie for V4 through G8.
Is that a Vogon or Cygon or Moron in your spaceship’s alien specimen tank? Find out with the new Cyberpunk Alien Scanner Collection.
dForce Leeloo Bandages for G8F, though obviously for Fifth Element fan-art only.
DMs Omega Interface machine and set.
PBR Alien Rock Shaders for iRay in DAZ Studio.
The Command Deck Crew Poses for Genesis 8 and 9. Requires the Command Deck scene.
Space Suit Outfit for Genesis 9. Plausible as a near-future exploration spacesuit.
Steel Battalions for Cybertenko’s recent Steampunk Soldier Uniform package.
A pre-made Witches Workroom for DAZ Studio.
Free Fantasy race morphs for Genesis 8 & 8.1. “Morphs to turn your characters into most of the core races for D&D 5E. Elf, Drow, Dwarves, Halflings, Gnomes, and Half-Orcs.” Requires the free SY 200 Morphs for Genesis 8 Head & Body.
City Watchtowers for DAZ Studio. Four different types, including one that could double as a rustic fantasy light-house.
The romantic fantasy Halley Hair for Genesis 9.
Flat Spooky Portrait Morphs for G8F. Flatten G8F, put her in a picture frame, desaturate to B&W.
A slightly stylised Dead Place 3D vignette.
A free Trash can and lid with morphs. Definitely looks spooky to me!
The trash can is probably where the Spooky Banshees for DAZ Studio hang out.
iRay WebWorx, hand-crafted iRay web meshes without spiders. Lots of other recent Halloween items are over at the DAZ Store, mostly looking like movie, TV, game -influenced stuff.
A free toony Caterpillar for DAZ Studio.
A set of poses, RA for Pink 2. Pink 2 being a small toon figure that ships free with newer versions of Poser.
Figures, poses and clothes:
Now on the Renderosity store, the flagship Poser female figure La Femme 2 Pro.
Temesta’s Octavia for La Femme 2. “LF2” appears to be a somewhat agreed search term to use on the Renderosity store, to find characters for the new La Femme 2 base figure.
Three conforming tails for Poser figures. The maker says “they conform well to all the figures I’ve tested”, which look from the preview like V4, A4 and perhaps a Genesis import to Poser.
STZ Cooking poses for G8F, possibly useful for making illustrated tutorials.
And for underneath the Pastoral Summer outfit, D-Force Daisy for G8F and G8.1F passion-killer underwear.
WC Dimetrodon for DAZ Studio.
Millions of years of evolution later, Dimetrodon looks more like the Songbird ReMix Chickens. Has male and female variants.
DS Fantasy Owl. Based on a barn owl, but it looks like it has far bigger wings.
At the DAZ Store, a Large Stable for your horse collection.
Landscapes and seascapes:
Pyramid bridges set for Poser, also available for DAZ.
Paid Rough Seas models for DAZ Studio.
A free Snow scooter for traversing your winter landscapes.
Rubies for Rolls-Royce Armored Car. Texture makeovers for the First World War armoured vehicle.
1935 Potex 62 aircraft in OBJ.
Expert Soldier: Poses for G8M. Looks useful for vintage recruiting poster artwork.
1950s Vintage Dress for La Femme and LF2.
A classic English Village for DAZ Studio.
Mid/late 1980s style Leather Outfit for Genesis 8 and 8.1 Females.
Scripts and utilities:
Code 66 Toolbox – Volume 4 for DAZ Studio. Lights Converter, Object arranger, Duplicator and more. I suspect this requires the base Code 66 add-on?
Proteus: Level Set Morphing for DAZ Studio.
How to (easily) combine all materials for a figure into one material, for Poser 11 or higher.
A video on saving memory and diskspace in Poser, and another warning don’t activate Poser’s ‘Use File Compression’ option.
A video on using real world colour temperatures in Poser and how to export rendered figures with a transparent background and shadows. One video has the possibly important comment…
“if you are using Superfly rendering, instead of tinting the color chip of the light to simulate actually daylight, attach a Blackbody node to the Light node to emit a more accurate daylight color temperature. Anything in the range of 5500 – 10000 degrees Kelvin will simulate a blue-tinted sky or shaded area.”
How to have a figure walk along a path in Poser 13.
Your free V3 to V4 pose converter, that creates more or less accurate conversions.
TriAx Figures from Old Parametric Figures for DAZ Studio. “This 69 page tutorial takes you step by step through the process of doing the conversion yourself with Aiko 3. At the end of the process, your TriAx A3 can wear A3, V3, M3, G3F, G3M, G8F and G8M clothing and hair using autofit technology”. Interesting.
Creating an animatable target light in DAZ Studio.
A new video on Mimic Pro for DAZ Carrara – a Basic Intro. Mimic being for lip-syncing of characters.
An unusual MAT in the form of Grid Suit for G8F in DAZ Studio. Useful for comics makers who need drawing guides for draw-overs.
On YouTube, The Secrets Behind Classic Inking Techniques.
Poser is now at 13.1.518 (October 2023). Related videos: Principled Volume Shader in Poser 13! and Saving to the content library – A great improvement.
The mature 2D animation software Moho 14 has been released, along with a long free Webinar – What’s new in Moho 14.
3DCoat now has Live Booleans.
PD Howler has PBR and a new PBR basics – metallic appearance video tutorial.
At the Internet Archive the old Mojoworld 3.11 Pro and also the software’s PDF manual and two key tutorials. An install of Poser 6 is required to import .PZ3 files to a MojoWorld. The software’s old Quicktime QTVR ‘360-degree bubble’ can be fairly easily converted to modern 360-degree VR formats.
The Painter 2023 Humble Bundle, an offer now on for a limited time.
Photoshop Elements 2024 is released and at last has a dark mode.
It looks like the chance to buy Zign Track 2 for Poser has vanished. The software offered ‘stick bobbles on your face’ marker-based facial mo-cap for Poser figures, working with a standard webcam.
Videos for the InvokeAI 3.2 Release and 3.3 Release. InvokeAI is perhaps the best starter UI framework for new generative AI users, provided they’re already used to the sort of complexity required in 3D software. See also the tutorial Use InvokeAI’s ControlNet with any 3D software to generate the poses you want with automated OpenPose estimation from a basic Poser render…
Skybox AI – seamless 360-degree VR bubbles from text prompts and sketches. Five free goes, then you sign up. Impressive and fast, at the moment.
That’s all. Don’t forget to support me with a $ or two on Patreon, please.
More picks before Christmas. May all your Black Friday bargains be $20 items reduced to $2.99!
A much better-than-usual DAZ Freebies page, this month, as we head today Black Friday.
Wild Hunt: Wildenlander for Michael 3 is a fine go-to fantasy outfit if you’re still using M3.
Five chairs + quality Genesis 2 poses for them. Also FBX versions.
A fairly good set of sci-fi weapons for V4/M4, which are not too ‘videogame’ in looks. There’s also a .ZIP file with Blender versions.
DAZ Dimension Lights 2. HDRI lights with presets. Seems to be geared for larger scenes? (Dragons are shown).
IDL2 Burlesque for Poser. Saved ‘preset’ .PZ3 Poser scenes, with lights set up for you. Possible useful for Noir lighting as well.
Faces of Teens presets for the original Genesis (Genesis 1). With Poser CF files. Any Genesis 1 expression sets are worth having, and these look rather good.
Terra-Tropolis are future-city heightmaps for Bryce. 2D, which can be extruded into 3D. At a guess, they might also work in Vue or PD Howler?
V3 to V4 pose converter, via DAZ Studio. For free, mostly… probably.
Does it work? I tried it. Here’s the step-by-step tutorial.
1. Get the free “V3/A3/GV3 Pose Transfer to G8F” script (choose the second updated .ZIP file) for DAZ. Then the free “G8F to V4/A4 Pose Transfer” script. You need to be signed in to the DAZ Forums and Renderosity to get these.
2. Unzip and combine the two script-sets into a sensibly named folder. Such as “V3 to V4 pose converter”, so you can find it under Scripts in the DAZ Library in future. Install the folder as you usually would. Load DAZ Studio. Check in Scripts inside the DAZ Library, to see the folder installed correctly.
3. In DAZ, find and load a V3 base figure to the scene. Go: Poser Library runtime (you linked it, right?) | Figures | DAZ People | V3.
4. Find and load a suitable V3 pose.
5. While you’re there, also load a standard V4.2 to the scene. I could not get the second DAZ script working with a plain V4. It must be V4.2.
6. Now go back up to the main DAZ runtime in the Library. Load a G8F in the same scene.
7. Drop all figures to the Floor, just in case (Select figure, Crtl + D) and space them out in the scene. Now save the scene for a ‘quickstart’ in future.
Start the V3 to G8 script. Once the script has started it will prompt to you select the hips of each figure. Once this is done, press OK.
8. The script is really quick. Once done, Ctrl + D to ‘drop to the floor’ again, just in case. Yes, G8F took the V3 pose…
This was where I found out that old V4 doesn’t work, and that V4.2 is required.
9. Now do the same with the G8 to V4 script. The result here with a V4.2 is fairly good, except for the “thumbs up” and the “elbow/thigh contact” which will need adjusting later.
10. Then go back into the Library Scripts and locate your Poser Format Exporter (aka PoserFormatExporter), which is still working in DAZ 4.21.x. This vital add-on script for working with Poser is currently paid at $7, but was free in the past for many years. You may already have it installed, or have got it in the distant past and can thus re-download it from your “Purchases” library at the DAZ Store.
Select V4.2 in the DAZ scene and use PoserFormatExporter to save out the V4 pose as a .PZ2 file for Poser. I had success with the following settings…
11. Load Poser, load a v4.2 figure, then drag-drop your newly made .PZ2 pose onto the figure. She will take the pose. Make some final small adjustments and save the pose into Poser natively.
Done. Nope, there’s no batch. It’s ‘one at a time’, as you need the old V3 pose on a V4.
Not tested with ‘M3 to G8F to M4’, but I guess that may be possible. The scripts are open text files, so they could be adjusted as needed in response to any error messages.
The result is far more accurate than a straight “drop a V3 pose on a V4.2” attempt. As you can see in the results seen below, where we have intersected feet/knees, fist hitting the head, no toe/foot bending, and one hand with scary ‘flying fingers’ which would take a lot of correcting. I suspect the fist is also bunched too tightly…
An alternative ‘drag and drop’ of the pose, direct to a V4.2 in Poser. Doesn’t work properly.
Yes, it’s another survey of the new goodies for Poser and DAZ Studio users, the first since my last survey — which was at the end of July 2023.
The big news in Poser is that the Mac version of Poser 13 has released, and in the very latest Poser (13.1.469) there are “real-time Comic Book Preview improvements”.
Space Station Construction Set for Poser.
5,000 years later, when humanity has moved on to colonise the galaxy… the space station might look like the new free Space Wreck for DAZ.
A generic future-hallway Terminal. Perhaps it could also be a robot charging-station, if you added a couple of cables. Although in the future the charging will likely be done constantly by under-floor induction, Dalek style.
A free Streamers Room with a sci-fi vibe. For DAZ and Poser, and also has an OBJ folder.
Could be paired with this free Funky Armchair…
A free levitating Ride-on HoverMower. Just the thing for mowing all those solarpunk ‘green rooftops’.
A free Horse drawn carriage. Possibly pulled by a steam-horse.
Aetherial Disruptor for DAZ. A giant steampunk/dieselpunk machine.
The Disruptor could be paired with the new Industrial Warehouse Filter Tanks.
Or the new Industrial Warehouse Monitor.
Wild West Outpost which could easily be retro-fitted for steampunk.
dForce Warrior Monk Outfit. Could also be an outfit for a snake charmer.
And here’s The Snake for DAZ Studio. Rigged, with morphs, skins and poses.
M3 Extreme for Poser. For use with M3 Low-res, so you can have an army of them in a scene.
Free, Fangs for P6 Jessi.
Toon Kids for Genesis 9 (poses ONLY).
Birthday Present Gift Boxes. Simple toony boxes.
DAV Yasaki for Genesis 9, a new semi-toon female with outfit.
Cartoonized for Genesis 9. Supposedly… “effortlessly transforms any character into a captivating cartoon version, all while preserving their distinctive features.” Most of it’s in the addition of big eyes, by the look of it.
Figures, poses and clothes:
The Sleuth, now updated for Genesis 8.1.
A free Merlin for Apollo Maximus, Make your old Apollo Maximus look like Merlin the wizard.
Free Fluffy High Heel Sandals.
Free High Heels and associated Pose for La Femme for Poser.
V4 graft for Genesis 9… “Use V4 MAT poses and/or textures on Genesis 9. This is a wardrobe piece that allows you to use V4 textures and full material poses on G9”. Free, not tested by me as yet.
Free Seam Guides for LaFemme for Poser.
Universal Hands And Feet Control for DAZ. Panel based controls.
Tossed Plush Toys for DAZ.
Simple vintage Hooks, for satchels and the like.
Time Machine for Genesis 9. Simple controls for an “age spectrum from infancy to old age” for the new G9.
Peep, a stylised “fluffy chick” for DAZ and Poser.
LoREZ Gazelle with 22 poses.
Gremlin, a fine fancy roost-ruling chicken for Poser.
Nature’s Wonders Ladybugs (aka Ladybirds in the UK). Ten species including the classic 7-spot red.
A free basic Horse Blanket for Horse 3. No securing straps.
Free, low-poly Nature’s Wonders Aphids. Could also be scaled up, to become 1950s b-movie monsters in a misty Poser-to-Vue background?
Lorez Rat – Strand Based Hair. Requires the Lorez Rat.
Landscapes and plants:
PlantCatalog: swamps and wetlands has been released.
Free, the Ancient Egyptian Game of Mau Mau.
A Roman Garden courtyard for DAZ.
dForce AQ Merovingian Warrior outfit for Genesis 9.
A free Vintage Ear Trumpet.
A cheesy 1870 ‘riverboat girl’ bar-room costume, the Just Class Dress for G8F and G9F.
A stained hillbilly “Grampaw Shootemup” dForce Union Suit Outfit. he’s “a’ gonna git that gal back frum thet durn river-boat”…
1910s Rolls-Royce Armored Car for Poser, and there’s also a separately sold DAZ version.
1970s hippy overalls for Genesis 8 Female.
The Old Railway Cutting. A large disused city railway of the type often seen in the 1970s and 80s after the line closures of the 1960s.
1980s style Bumper Cars for Daz Studio. With fairground enclosure.
Dynamic Clothing ToolBox for Poser. Simplifies “the full process to import the OBJ file, then add material zones to constrained, soft decorated or rigid decorated groups”.
Script Runner for Blender. Making it easier to find and run Python scripts in Blender.
How to Install PD Howler 2024 and play with 3D sharks. The latest Howler is said to be 9x faster, due to an innovative new CPU/GPU combo.
Brush Brilliance: Mastering Photoshop Brushes with your Renders. To add water, debris, snow, rain, rips etc.
Comic-book production helpers:
Krita 5.1 Tutorial: Intro to the Comics Manager. Krita is the free 2D painting software.
Mojo Moo for Krita 5. The latest comic-book production helper add-on for the free Krita. Free.
Free or “pay what you want”, a Toon Shader MatCap Pack, supposedly “for any 3D software”. Untested by me.
OpenPose for Poser 12 and 13. Send AI-ready poses and hand-poses to the Stable Diffusion AI, from Poser.
Convert any image to lineart with SD’s ControlNet. Looks promising. I wonder if the prompt “in the inking style of Jack Kirby” would work in combination with this method.
“The Train is Leaving the Station… Get On Board With AI Art NOW… or Waste Years Playing Catch-Up Later” makes a good case.
On the other hand, maybe you’ll want the free “Not AI” – the transparent PNG logo set.
That’s it for August and half of September 2023. More at the end of October.
Time for another monthly round-up the “what’s new” content for Poser and DAZ users. Here’s my pick of the goodies released in July 2023.
Colony Greenhouse by Coflek-Gnorg. For Poser and DAZ.
A free Sci-Fi Gun.
Victorian Flying Saucer for Poser and DAZ. Nice work, simple but effective. Also has interiors and poses.
A generic Jacket 002 from MightyMite, for G8M. Suitable for airship crew and the like. Or possibly even the crew of a Victorian Flying Saucer.
Steampunk Tools and Machinery, not new but currently free at DAZ. Vital tools for the Victorian Flying Saucer, I’d suggest.
A retro-future Giant Hovercraft. Might be able to be retro-fitted to be steampunk?
Nature’s Throne for DAZ Studio. With Autumn / Fall material.
Felicia Ginela for G8F, an elf with what looks to be an excellent skin texture.
A free Mushroom Hat for G9.
Barbarian Bundle for DAZ Studio. Or “gym guy”…
See also the new Barbarian-friendly Fantasy Interior set for Poser from 1971s.
Beholder Materials for iDemon for iRay. This is a Dungeons and Dragons toon monster, and renders would class as fan-art.
A simple free Ouija board with Latin and Russian letters.
Figures, poses and clothes:
A usefully generic Corner desk workstation with computer.
M3 Extreme, morphs for M3 low-res. Especially suitable for when you want an army of similar low-poly figures in the middle-distance of your scene. Free.
A free Flatten Ears Morph For Genesis 9. “Ears, begone!” Sort of. It flattens them against the head. Possibly useful if they’re sticking out of a helmet.
A free Athletics High Jump Prop, DAZ Studio and .OBJ file.
Simple tall Beach Cabins for Poser and DAZ.
A free “Lilibet, The Hood” for G8F.
Toon and semi-toon:
The free Pinocchio – Before he lies for M3 Low-res.
A semi-toon Garden Spot set.
Easy Mane & Tail for DAZ Horse 3. Reduce your setup time.
Realistic Animated Rock Pigeon. With PBR textures. Sadly the price is “for the birds” at $125.
Murderpeep the chicken. A big bad bird. Likely to fight the pigeon.
Currently free at DAZ, an Einiosaurus dinosaur.
A free Modern bottle for DAZ. Could be used for ‘mini beast’ collecting and observing?
Roller Coaster for DAZ Studio. Could be paired with lush jungle foliage. Possible risk of monkey attack…
A free Spring flowerwreath for V4 / A4.
A free Tulip in vase, scaled to G8.
A free Ancient Roman Chariot, looking quite authentic to me. Could probably double-up as a barbarian tribes chariot as well.
Ancient Roman Kitbash I – walls of antiquity.
Ancient XI Roman Forum. Also new Roman accessories and outfits, on the DAZ Store.
A free Horse drawn carriage 2, a pioneer-type wagon.
Summer Italy Street, a finely-made hill-village street.
Victorian showmen outfits, in Show Must Go On for Phantom of the Opera – Sharply Dressed.
Smoking pipe with smoke, for G8 / G9. Might be adapated to be more of a fantasy pipe?
Antique Desk With Typewriter and PBR textures.
The old man’s Repair Shop.
A 1990s looking Professional Video Camera, shoulder mounted.
Utilities and similar:
Signal Scope for Poser P12/P13. A set of nodes to help create an animated electronics test-bench oscilloscope screen in Poser.
Map Range for Poser SuperFly P12/P13. A building-block freebie that can be used to develop more complex Poser materials. Works in a similar way to the “Map Range” in Blender.
How to convert Firefly materials to Superfly in Poser. A free one-hour tutorial. Vital viewing for many Poser 12 and 13 newbies, I’d suggest.
How to convert DAZ fibremesh eyebrows to Poser. Requires Blender or 3D Studio Max.
Conquering Complex Scenes. Handling HDR images in DAZ Studio, with the help of the V3D HDR Creator.
DAZ Studio Mastery: Comprehensive Tutorial Set with Drew Spence.
The book Secrets of Poser Experts.
How to auto-colour your line-art using the free (for now) SeaArt. Even if it’s not in greyscale (such as the line-art it’s possible to get from Poser 11+’s real-time Comic-Book renders).
That’s it for July 2023. More next month.
DAZ’s AI image generator, apparently character-based. Private beta sign-up, hint, hint…
Interesting. Hopefully it’s not another “me too” Stable Diffusion clone like that DeviantArt no-hoper. I’m guessing it may have been trained on 12 x 360-degree iRay renders from each their best figures and various outfits? Then the picture that results would have links back to the DAZ store, so you can buy the character and the clothes. So, kind of a fancy 3D avatar version of a “try on the clothes, virtually” system that you might find in an upmarket clothing store.
Of course one can add AI to the DAZ Studio (or Poser) process already. Load, dress, pose, neutral lighting, render… then upload the render to an Img2Img AI image generator, for the prompt-driven variants and the ‘AI gloss’ and perfect lighting. This should also work for animation, once the much-touted Wonder Studio launches. This service can track and replace a ‘dummy actor’ in the footage, overlaying it with a full AI generated (and apparently face-stable) 3D avatar that retains the original head movement, expression etc.
Pamawo’s “Retiring Products” sale, on Renderosity. Some nice items here. “Below Decks” seems especially useful for pirate and high-seas tales.
Time for another monthly survey of what’s new and notable for Poser and DAZ Studio.
As usual freebies are only mentioned if commercial use, or such obvious fan-art that no-one would think of using them commercially.
Krylla is probably set to arrive on your space station in ShaaraMuse3D’s Photo Props: SciFi Transporter for Poser and DAZ. His props are always good for close-ups.
Need a pet for Krylla? Kelmore For Poser, a ‘creature of the shallows’ on an alien world. A Sixus 1 creature I’d not seen before.
1971’s Futuristic Interior for Poser. His models are made with software that makes the lines always look good in Poser’s Comic Book mode. Also for DAZ.
Kitbashers 041 for G8M, possibly useful for a sci-fi story with a slightly retro 1980s bio-war theme.
Solo 034 for G83. Lots of material zones, and you could probably work this up to be something quite slick.
Stardust Saloon, a generic ‘sleazy space-opera dive-bar’ for DAZ Studio. By Stonemason.
A usefully general short-sci-fi style Hr-258 hair for V4.
A full free NASA Astronaut for M3 for Poser.
Klingon D5 Class Starship for Poser. For fan-art only, obviously.
Star Trek: The Original Series, G8M Tunics of all types. Free. For fan-art only, obviously.
1971’s classic Merchant Airship, now for DAZ Studio.
AJ Steampunk Grandfather Clock for Poser and DAZ.
AJ Steampunk Props Set 1, a steampunk lab-bench with props. The maker has a series of such prop sets. Including the ‘years-old now, but still magnificent’ AJ SteamFlyer 2.0 which you can currently pick up for $5.
A free rustic Toilet Outhouse that feels more steampunk than medieval. Just add some steam-gubbins from your runtime.
I see Sixus 1’s excellent Clockwork Creatures: Thompson C. Squirrel For Poser is back, at the RenderHub store.
The new MDD Zarina character/material set for G8F. Requires Victoria 8.
A free Celes morph, a basic elf head-morph for G9.
Leafy Jewelry for LaFemme for Poser.
A full Magic Potion Shop for DAZ Studio. Possibly useful with the dForce Belladonna’s Broomstick Brigade Novice Witch Outfit for Genesis 9.
The semi-toon Witchbroom.
The new Red Howling Hood G8F.
For Blender, a free Abandoned Attic scene.
The horrid Red Bull can, essential accessory of the brain-dead.
Figures, poses and clothes:
Free Vellus Hair for G9.
Baseball cap with short haircut built-in. For G8 and G9. Could be usefully generic, for those with an American setting for their storybook story.
La Robe for La Femme. I’m not sure if it’s even possible to make La Femme into a girl-figure, but if it is then this would be a suitable ‘storybook’ dress.
Hairbrush Collection for Genesis 8 and 9, and poses.
A free Simarter Clothing Rack. It seems you can’t have the hangers ‘act like a figure’, and thus tell the dForce clothing to hang on them.
Mobility Scooter for Genesis 8 and 9. Get a grandma in your storybook tale, too. ‘Cause she’s really got a magic hover-scooter that can fly away on adventures.
Fox Original Standalone Figure with fur.
Chocos the Monkey for Genesis 9, with fur.
Landscapes and large buildings:
ShaaraMuse3D’s 3D Scenery: Deserted Church Ruin. Possible also useful for Halloween scenes.
1stBastion FireHouse Station, a modern American fire-house (fire station). Possibly most useful if you’re making training videos.
The entire Solar System for DAZ Studio!
Hector and the Trojans Armor Bundle. See also the Pegasus Bundle for DAZ Horse 3 and Medusa for Genesis 9 Bundle (Pegasus traditionally ‘sprang from the blood’ of the defeated Medusa, in the old Greek myths).
Roman Artifacts VI has a Roman Empire era sheilded battering-ram. Also a Roman Artifacts IV – Legion Marching Camp. The box tents here could also serve as pre-1919 ‘desert expedition’ archaeologist tents.
Traditional dress Massai Set for G8.
Ken Gilliland’s Mission Bells is now on Renderosity. I’m fairly sure this used to be on HiveWire. A complete Franciscan courtyard monastery for his birds to fly above. I think that’s the idea… it gives a backdrop to flying birds.
Treasure Maps for Poser and DAZ.
Cybertenko’s new MultiSword.
Headgear 019 MMKBG, looking like good sensible cowboy and ranch hats for G8.
A Western Gallow Turntable for the Western Railroad Construction Kit.
A mid-late 1800s Olde Victorian Theater interior.
A free 1930s Marlene Dietrich headmorph for V3 low-res.
Love Machine, a super-tastic 1950s juke box.
A free Neon Bar Sign.
The 1990’s Audio Gadgets Bundle. Yup, the 1990s is now officially history.
The free Load Specific Map Script (PoserPython) for Poser… “change a texture map, without changing a transparency map — or vice versa”.
Genesis 8 no eyes and/or no mouth geografts. Potentially useful for those who want to render a dummy-figure as an artist’s guide for drawing comics, and then hand-draw / paint the eyes and mouth on the render.
Utilities and similar:
A big free list of Celebrity Lookalikes for DAZ Studio. In the format: Celebrity -> product name.
A free Character Splitter For DAZ Studio. Split a figure into body / head / full. Apparently this works for all Genesis figures.
Tutorials and guides:
David Revoy’s time-tested solution for mobile digital painting on the GNU/Linux OS.
A new survey of free multitrack audio editors for desktop Windows PCs.
Proper wireless RF big headphones for artists working at desktop PCs. Not the infernal Bluetooth type!
Those are my picks for June 2023. More next month.
Slightly early this month, but it’s time for another pick of what’s new for Poser and DAZ Studio users.
Teleportation Effects VFX for DAZ Studio. 36 of them, with 4K textures.
DZ BSuitZ for G8M & G9. Usefully generic and plain, for when you want the focus on the character and not the suit.
Bomb place set for Poser, and separately for DAZ. A 33 part set. It’s by 1971s, so you know it’ll toon well in Poser’s Comic Book renders.
Need a control unit for the bomb? There’s a new free HX Console for DAZ. A retro 1970s style computer/radar console. Also looks suitable for Doctor Who remakes and suchlike. See also this new GMDSS 6000 Series Communication equipment freebie. If you need the complete caboodle, take a look a this monster control-centre…
A ramshackle Radio Watchtower, evocative of Fenton Wood’s Yankee Republic series.
DD PBR Painted Wood Shaders for iRay Vol. 2. Faded, cracked and scuffed.
Shattered Steel. Breakable sword blades, for Poser.
CW_Michael for Genesis 8 Male, with an interestingly ‘almost semi-toon’ face and head.
Techno-Wizard Weapons SW for G3 and G8.
Thri-Kreen for Poser. A Dungeons & Dragons creature.
Wanted: Weapons of Fate for Poser. A custom character for the stock ships-with-Poser figure Jessi, based on a game character. The description says “standalone”, but that can’t be if she requires Jessi.
Harrison Ford for Poser for the M3 LowRes figure. Could be useful if you have a big heavy scene, and you don’t want the crash it by adding a high-res figure.
Movie Mummy for G8M. You also get the ancient coffin.
Enakh Outfit for G8M.
Pyrotechnica 2. Burning, black smokes, plus a fireworks burst, for DAZ Studio.
Suds. 3D models of soap suds, for DAZ Studio. Could also be useful for alien landscapes, horror labs, or scenes where nano-technology runs amok.
Photo Props: Candles, with texture that make them suitable for close-ups.
Figures, poses and clothes:
AMV_Glasses, basic cheap reading-glasses for G2 to G9.
Lina for Antonia, an Eastern European look for the Antonia figure for Poser.
10 x ‘in bed’ AniBlocks for Genesis 9. Couples lying in bed.
Ready To Fight 2 AniBlock animations for the Genesis series. Specifically, ring boxing and kick boxing.
Speaking Dishes and teapots for DAZ Studio.
Chull Clothes 2, for Nursoda’s new Chull figure.
SAMANT Pastry Shop, for Poser and DAZ.
A free Swimming Ring. Might be made to fit Dino…
Hr-257 hair, suitable for a ‘girl adventurer’ type character. For V4 and others.
A free Cheap Fountain Pen for DAZ Studio.
Hobby Props Pottery, for all your potter’s wheel needs.
Songbird ReMix Kingfishers, for Poser and DAZ.
Komodo Dragon by AM, for DAZ Studio.
3D Scenery: Lush Gate from ShaaraMuse3D, for Poser and DAZ. A useful wooded summertime arch, which also has a low-spec PC version. No Autumnal makeover MAT, but I guess you just tweak the colours.
Simple free Railings of the sturdy sort you might see on the sea-front of a coastal town. For Poser and DAZ. Includes old and sea-worn MATs.
Bastion Fortress – Brick Walls for Poser and DAZ. A texture addon for the Bastion Fortress Construction Kit.
Very little this month, in Historical.
Second World War Jeep for Poser. 13 figures, poses, props.
Utilities and similar:
Formation-X for DAZ Studio. Billed as “Configuration and Alignment Scripts for Large Groups”. Such as spacecraft battle formations. Released summer 2019, but it’s new to me.
Expandable Color Ramp for Poser 12 & 13, for SuperFly. “It will allow between 2 to X number of color points simply by daisy-chaining the nodes together.”
A free Cubic To Linear add-on for MojoWorld 3.11.
30 Realistic Fur & Hair Brushes for Photoshop.
UVMapper 4.0 for Windows, May 2023.
Blender 3.51 for Windows 7, no installer needed. The installer having been a roadblock before now, when Blender refused to install if your graphics card was unworthy. Now you can install anyway and run it on the CPUs.
At last, a dark mode for Paint Tool SAI 2, aka SAI2.
Poser 13 has had a number of updates since the initial release in March.
Toolbox Treasures : Super Scripts for DAZ Studio. With Code 66.
Making advanced Pixelart in Blender, a tutorial for a free addon. Looks quite effective.
That’s it. More next month.
Testing Shinteo’s free fan-art G8 figures. There’s a lot of them, but he has a handy page which groups them by game, movie or whatever. Sadly, no Gravity Falls (no game?) or Lord of the Rings.
Click through to the one you’re interested in. There are hundreds of game characters. Click to a character, click the Patreon link, and there on the .ZIP file link.
I got Tintin, Doctor Doom (Marvel), Classic Spiderman (Marvel), Capt. Jack Sparrow, and Godzilla (I think he’s public domain now?) with no problem.
My quick pose and render of Capt. Jack. Responds to G8M expressions.
They’re low-poly game rips, so you probably shouldn’t expect to do pore-probing close-ups on the face. Also, I imagine you should expect texture atlases, so no re-texturing. Some require commercial morph packs to be present. Some of the eyes are a bit glazed and filmy, so may need tweaking.
Once installed they show up in Characters | @Cosplay, not G8. I haven’t tested if they can be mixed with other G8’s via sliders.
But imagine you’ve got it working and are auto-sending renders to a comic-book page that’s set up in Photoshop. Each render drops into a comic-book panel. But, since there’s a lot to render on each page, the renders are quick and grainy and have ‘fireflies’. This grain will not matter so much, if you’re then filtering them using a non-naff artistic Photoshop filter (Mediachance, Sketchmaster 2018, some G’MIC filters).
But what if you’d just like to denoise a photoreal render? Sure you can filter with an NVIDIA-only denoiser, back in DAZ Studio. But that feature has never worked for me, and I guess my NVIDIA graphics card is just not worthy. Or you could lift the shadows and create a flatter and more comic-book look with the Exposure Value and Shutter Speed sliders in DAZ. Less shadows, less noticeable grain and fireflies.
True, there’s a free mcjDenoise plugin for DAZ which actually uses Intel’s OIDN. But it can only be applied to the stack of recent renders. Thus it can’t work to process the render that’s to be automatically sent to Photoshop via the Bridge.
Ideally there would be a Photoshop plugin that uses the open-source Intel OIDN denoiser. Which has a superb AI model especially trained to clear 3D renders. This plugin would speedily fix all the grain and fireflies, in one click. But, rather surprisingly (given the potential market and the very open licence) no-one has made such a thing. There are only two Windows GUI standalones.
What about other AI-powered denoiser plugins for Photoshop? The Topaz AI Denoise plugins were available for CS6, but… only for 64-bit and they were trained for megapixel night photographers, not 3D renders. There were three or four pre-AI denoiser plugins for 32-bit, but they were expensive and (even if still available) are not ideal now.
Thus the fallback in 2023 would be the free and actively developed G’Mic plugin suite. Its 32-bit .8BF is happy to run as a Photoshop CS6 32-bit plugin. Currently in G’Mic, the 2022 filter Testing | Afre | Denoise appears to be the quickest/best on 3D renders. In fact it’s near-instant, which is very nice. But obviously it’s not as good as OIDN. The results are softer than OIDN, and not all noise is cleared. But it’s better than nothing, and if your comic-book page is destined for digital-only… then it may be good enough.
And don’t forget that .PSD is a portable format, so you can do all the render-catching and layout in CS6, and then load the CC 2018 or higher for postwork and filters.
But the ideal for CS6 would be that someone plugs OIDN into G’Mic in the near future.
It’s time for another monthly round-up, offering my pick of what’s new for Poser and DAZ users.
As usual, freebies are not noted if they’re ‘non-commercial use’, unless they’re such obvious fan-art that no-one would consider using them commercially. Indeed, there’s a new fan-art sub-category this month.
There’s also a new G8/G9 store, 3D Shards, with some freebies. Takes quite a while to load, but looks great.
A generic futuristic Billionaire’s Office. Plus 30 cool hi-tech props.
A free CyborgLuna for Baby Luna, the free creepy baby which ships with Poser. There are some earlier Baby Luna’s Creature Heads morphs, but I see that only two of these might pass muster for a sci-fi look. Probably now needs a pack of cyborg head morphs.
A big futuristic comic-book style Tank Model-X for DAZ. Needs some “Hulk… SMASH!” punch-blow morphs, I’d suggest.
Colony Control Tower, looking like it could be of use for re-making lost episodes of classic 1970s British TV sci-fi?
Sci-fi Fan Art:
James T. Kirk for Poser, which requires M3 Low Res and the David 3 texures. No hair, but I’m fairly sure there’s some Kirk hair around somewhere for Poser.
Marvel Ultimate Galactus Outfit for Genesis 8 Male. Looking pretty much like the original Kirby Galactus, as far as I can see. Rather cheekily, there’s a Marvel logo and also an Extended Licence for sale.
Desert Spaceport for DAZ, a large Mos Eisley a-like town from Star Wars with lots of angles. Not identical, and there’s clear prior-art, so commercial use as a standard desert town would probably pass the Disney lawyer sniff-test.
Steampunk and Dieselpunk:
A pleasing retro-look helmet Protective Gear 018 MMKB.
Christmas Steampunk Car for Poser. An old model from Meshbox, but new on Renderosity. Likely to have a single texture-atlas texture, making it difficult to re-texture.
FireShow, an unusual addition to a circus or medieval hall with jesters and minstrels. Though you’d need some wooden planking to cover the modern struts.
Leviathan for Daz Studio, a gloopy monster with tentacle sliders for posing.
Figures and poses:
A free pack of sitting and kneeling CRP Floor Poses 1-12 for G8F & G9.
40 x G8 expressions on sliders, in the Ross_Expressions G8 01 pack.
Young Anime Heroes for Genesis 9, stylised manga/anime type morphs.
Coin-Operated Rides Mega Pack for DAZ. You could probably hide bits, such that the plane really takes off and flies the passenger through the clouds.
Smoking Pipe. With smoke and holding poses for G8/G9. For your old-school Tolkien-type storyteller, with a pipe by the fireside.
Songbird ReMix Bee-eaters of the World, for Poser and DAZ.
Snitch, a strange creature for Poser and DAZ. Likely to appeal to those who have enjoyed playing the videogame Spore.
Landscapes and settings:
City Waterway by Predatron, looking useful for action-movie type scenes.
A2Z SciFi Loading Dock and Warehouse I v1 for Poser. A bit sci-fi, but could also be of use for those who need to make modern-day warehouse worker training videos.
A free dForce 1940s Men’s Suit for G8M. Also a tweed trousers and pullover set. Also get the 1940’s inspired suspenders and bowtie for the free G8M men’s suit. “Suspenders” = “braces” in British English.
A free Sniper U.S. Ranger standalone, a low-poly figure for M3 Low Res and Poser, so you can have many soldiers in your scene.
DryJack’s Match Truck and Crane, the sort of thing you might see in a mid 20th century heavy industry rail-yard.
VZ-9 Avrocar Flying Saucer, which was really made (though barely flown) in the 1950s by the U.S. Air Force. Complete with interior, controls, smart-props, poses. For Poser and DAZ.
A manky Industrial Warehouse Scissor Lift of the sort you might have found in an old abandoned warehouse in the early 1990s.
Utilities, scripts and similar:
A free Simple POV Camera for G3 & G8. Your scene shows what the figure sees.
A Procedural Braid Generator for Blender.
Free AND / OR / XOR Logic Nodes for the Poser Material Room, for Poser 12 and 13. Also an accompanying “Wondering how to use Logic Nodes for Poser material room?” tutorial.
A free Value Viewer for Poser SuperFly, a node for Poser 12 and 13.
A paid MAT Tiler for Poser 12, which… “automates working with seamless textures in Poser”.
A free Poser script ShowLightsInPreview, for Poser 12. I’m not sure I even understand the user problem it’s trying to solve, and I think it may already have been solved by an earlier Poser 12 script (‘Remove Wires in Preview’) which toggles the visibility of the lights wireframes on the scene lights. But you may be interested.
Also, there are now Renderosity gift certificates, starting at a $150 Gift Certificate.
Poser 13 for Windows, in Early Access. Ignore the “Windows 10” spec, as it runs fine on Windows 7 (although it won’t then load encrypted store-purchased scripts). SuperFly is now the new Cycles 2 for much faster x2 rendering, especially for animations and this can also work on CPUs. The Intel Denoiser is updated, and PostFX is expanded and can now do Glow. An updated Walk Designer and Talk Designer, and more.
The 2D paint software SAI2 has a dark mode at long last. For fast painting with big brushes on a big canvas, there’s SAI2, PaintStorm, and the superb vector brushes in the free Microsoft Expression Design 4.
How to convert DAZ to Poser – Part 1 Geometry and Part 2 – Materials and lights. But first watch Converting DAZ scenes to Poser the super easy way, which involves going through (shudder) Collada. Don’t forget there’s also the Automatic OBJ Exporter for figures, with poly-reduction in the streamlined semi-automated pipeline.
How to Bring all your Poser 12 scripts to P13 without re-installing.
E-on Vue – controlling materials and EcoSystems with the wetness index node, a new 20 minute video tutorial.
Controlling camera-angles in AI-generated image production, a YouTube playlist.
That’s it for April 2023. More picks next month.
Sickleyield has kindly made his formerly-paid ShareCG items free. I’m not sure what was formerly paid there, but going through the items I noted…
SY Big Wave iRay. A big ocean wave with spray. And posing bones.
His paid G8 items are now over at the new 3D Shards store (slow to load, give it time). A very slick store, with 78 items there at present. Has his new G8 Pinocchio wooden puppet-boy and the older Marshmallow Man / Snowman, among others.