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DAZ Studio 101

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Join me in this foundation course on how to use DAZ Studio. It covers everything from 3D concepts, installation, updates, how to use DAZ content, and takes you on your first steps to creating stunning photorealistic images. Think of this as a “3D for Humans” course, both for beginners and medium casuals alike. For more advanced concepts, check out Jay’s 3D Podcast.

Latest Episodes

DAZ Studio 115: Parametric Light Objects in Iray

In this episode I’ll give you an introduction to the various parametric light objects we can create from the menu, how to use them and how to tweak their respective parameters as they apply to the Iray render engine. Here’s the link about Colour Temperature I’ve mentioned: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_temperature Here’s the one about Luminous Flux: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminous_flux

33 MINJUL 19
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DAZ Studio 115: Parametric Light Objects in Iray

DAZ Studio 114: Introduction to Lighting

In the following episodes I’ll tell you everything I know about lighting in DAZ Studio. It’s so much that I’ve decided to split this section into multiple smaller parts. In this part I’ll explain the different types of lighting we have at our disposal, touch on surface properties as they apply to Iray and 3Delight, and I’ll explain how the default lighting works that we get with every new scene (and also how to remove it).

27 MINJUN 30
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DAZ Studio 114: Introduction to Lighting

DAZ Studio 113: Using Cameras

In this episode I’ll tell you many interesting things about how to use cameras in DAZ Studio. It’s a rather complex topic, which is why this episode is a little longer than usual. We’ll create a simple scene together from the latest Platinum Club Freebie product, frame up a shot, and create a couple of cameras to play with. Along the way I’ll cover how to handle camera parameters, the concept of foreshortening and perspective, how focal length influences your shots visually and how to set aspect ratios for each shot. The props I’m using in this episode are from the Sleek Lounge Furniture set. Any questions, please let me know.

39 MINJAN 29
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DAZ Studio 113: Using Cameras

DAZ Studio 112: Content and Smart Content explained

In this episode I’ll explain the differences between the Content Library Tab and the Smart Content Tab. I’ll also show how to bring content into your scenes, and touch on the different types of content (for example, a shirt fits on a figure, but a material preset fits on a specific shirt).

29 MINJAN 15
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DAZ Studio 112: Content and Smart Content explained

DAZ Studio 107: Manipulating Objects with Tools

In this episode I’ll show you how to manipulate objects in the viewport using four tools: the translate, scale, rotate and universal manipulator tools. I’ll also explain the concept of world vs local/object coordinates and touch on screen coordinates. These are tough concepts to grasp, but with a bit of practice, you’ll be flying around your objects and position them where you want them to do in no time.

13 MIN2018 OCT 23
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DAZ Studio 107: Manipulating Objects with Tools

DAZ Studio 106: Viewport Draw Styles

In this episode I’ll talk you through the various Viewport Drawing Styles. The default we usually see is “texture shaded”, which is a nice compromise between displaying a good looking “live” picture, while keeping your computer responsive for navigating and posing. However, with larger scenes your system may become slower and less responsive. We can use a lesser detailed Drawing Style to bring responsiveness back into our scenes.

20 MIN2018 OCT 16
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DAZ Studio 106: Viewport Draw Styles

DAZ Studio 105: Navigating in 3D Space

In this episode I’ll show you how to navigate your 3D world within the viewport. I’ll explain several ways to do this, and I’ll also show you how to customise the modifier keys for faster navigation using your mouse and keyboard. In addition, there’s also a fully immersive way to “walk” through your scene using the ASD and W keys. I’m going into more detail on how to navigate like that here or on my View in iTunes Store.

15 MIN2018 OCT 9
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DAZ Studio 105: Navigating in 3D Space

DAZ Studio 104: Updating Content

In this episode I’l explain how we can utilise Install Manager to update both DAZ Studio as well as content if and when updates are available. I will also show you how to update Install Manager itself. This happened to me today and was not a planned part of the series, but I found it was a good opportunity to demonstrate how to handle updates (since we’ve just been talking about it a few days ago).

6 MIN2018 OCT 2
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DAZ Studio 104: Updating Content

DAZ Studio 103: Customising Styles

In this episode I’ll show you how you can customise the interface in DAZ Studio. I have previously shown you how to select Workspaces and Styles, and now we’ll see how to make the interface your own by changing the colours of the interface. In addition, I’ll elaborate more on the macOS intricacies on moving Tabs in the interface. Watch the full course here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPcx_LSSGfZeCEvFO0spfYc3DzjpJyIzY

11 MIN2018 SEP 25
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DAZ Studio 103: Customising Styles

DAZ Studio 102: Workspaces, Tabs and Styles

In this episode we’re launching DAZ Studio for the first time after a fresh installation, we’ll fix the database manager, and we’ll learn how to customise the interface. I will also show you where those important context sensitive menus are hiding.

19 MIN2018 SEP 20
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DAZ Studio 102: Workspaces, Tabs and Styles

Latest Episodes

DAZ Studio 115: Parametric Light Objects in Iray

In this episode I’ll give you an introduction to the various parametric light objects we can create from the menu, how to use them and how to tweak their respective parameters as they apply to the Iray render engine. Here’s the link about Colour Temperature I’ve mentioned: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_temperature Here’s the one about Luminous Flux: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminous_flux

33 MINJUL 19
Comments
DAZ Studio 115: Parametric Light Objects in Iray

DAZ Studio 114: Introduction to Lighting

In the following episodes I’ll tell you everything I know about lighting in DAZ Studio. It’s so much that I’ve decided to split this section into multiple smaller parts. In this part I’ll explain the different types of lighting we have at our disposal, touch on surface properties as they apply to Iray and 3Delight, and I’ll explain how the default lighting works that we get with every new scene (and also how to remove it).

27 MINJUN 30
Comments
DAZ Studio 114: Introduction to Lighting

DAZ Studio 113: Using Cameras

In this episode I’ll tell you many interesting things about how to use cameras in DAZ Studio. It’s a rather complex topic, which is why this episode is a little longer than usual. We’ll create a simple scene together from the latest Platinum Club Freebie product, frame up a shot, and create a couple of cameras to play with. Along the way I’ll cover how to handle camera parameters, the concept of foreshortening and perspective, how focal length influences your shots visually and how to set aspect ratios for each shot. The props I’m using in this episode are from the Sleek Lounge Furniture set. Any questions, please let me know.

39 MINJAN 29
Comments
DAZ Studio 113: Using Cameras

DAZ Studio 112: Content and Smart Content explained

In this episode I’ll explain the differences between the Content Library Tab and the Smart Content Tab. I’ll also show how to bring content into your scenes, and touch on the different types of content (for example, a shirt fits on a figure, but a material preset fits on a specific shirt).

29 MINJAN 15
Comments
DAZ Studio 112: Content and Smart Content explained

DAZ Studio 107: Manipulating Objects with Tools

In this episode I’ll show you how to manipulate objects in the viewport using four tools: the translate, scale, rotate and universal manipulator tools. I’ll also explain the concept of world vs local/object coordinates and touch on screen coordinates. These are tough concepts to grasp, but with a bit of practice, you’ll be flying around your objects and position them where you want them to do in no time.

13 MIN2018 OCT 23
Comments
DAZ Studio 107: Manipulating Objects with Tools

DAZ Studio 106: Viewport Draw Styles

In this episode I’ll talk you through the various Viewport Drawing Styles. The default we usually see is “texture shaded”, which is a nice compromise between displaying a good looking “live” picture, while keeping your computer responsive for navigating and posing. However, with larger scenes your system may become slower and less responsive. We can use a lesser detailed Drawing Style to bring responsiveness back into our scenes.

20 MIN2018 OCT 16
Comments
DAZ Studio 106: Viewport Draw Styles

DAZ Studio 105: Navigating in 3D Space

In this episode I’ll show you how to navigate your 3D world within the viewport. I’ll explain several ways to do this, and I’ll also show you how to customise the modifier keys for faster navigation using your mouse and keyboard. In addition, there’s also a fully immersive way to “walk” through your scene using the ASD and W keys. I’m going into more detail on how to navigate like that here or on my View in iTunes Store.

15 MIN2018 OCT 9
Comments
DAZ Studio 105: Navigating in 3D Space

DAZ Studio 104: Updating Content

In this episode I’l explain how we can utilise Install Manager to update both DAZ Studio as well as content if and when updates are available. I will also show you how to update Install Manager itself. This happened to me today and was not a planned part of the series, but I found it was a good opportunity to demonstrate how to handle updates (since we’ve just been talking about it a few days ago).

6 MIN2018 OCT 2
Comments
DAZ Studio 104: Updating Content

DAZ Studio 103: Customising Styles

In this episode I’ll show you how you can customise the interface in DAZ Studio. I have previously shown you how to select Workspaces and Styles, and now we’ll see how to make the interface your own by changing the colours of the interface. In addition, I’ll elaborate more on the macOS intricacies on moving Tabs in the interface. Watch the full course here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPcx_LSSGfZeCEvFO0spfYc3DzjpJyIzY

11 MIN2018 SEP 25
Comments
DAZ Studio 103: Customising Styles

DAZ Studio 102: Workspaces, Tabs and Styles

In this episode we’re launching DAZ Studio for the first time after a fresh installation, we’ll fix the database manager, and we’ll learn how to customise the interface. I will also show you where those important context sensitive menus are hiding.

19 MIN2018 SEP 20
Comments
DAZ Studio 102: Workspaces, Tabs and Styles