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'Gimmie Some Skin: Tutorial by toadz 'Gimmie Some Skin: Tutorial by toadz
This image is is the final render of a tutorial that is located to the right as a download.

It is a tutorial for DAZ Studio on using UberSurfaceShader with your characters skin. It's the first part of a series where we will be wrking on ALL the materials in the scene, not just the skin. It'also includes all the details of the lighting for the scene.

I've hit a document limit in Photoshop so I've had stop at this point of the tutorial and will be carrying on with the rest once I am done posting this. Part two will be up when it finished, or when I hit the limit again for the next part.

Save your scene once you have followed the tutorial though because you will need it for the next parts, then have a play with the settings in you might have learned about in a second save of the scene for experimenting with, such as changing a few colours, strengths etc to get a feel for it all, but you will need to save original for the rest of the tutorial.

This tutorial is aimed at people who are new to using UberSurfaceShader and want too see what some of it settings and options do.

Please feel free to drop any critique or comments on the tutorials as it is my first DAZ Studio tutorial.
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Katalysto Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
The skin looks great, I'm going to give it a shot. How about a tutorial all about hair ?
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74Vdub Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your tutorial. I think the outcome looks very nice. Great tutorial.
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audioslave74 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
A question about skin tiny hairs...?
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BlackFromHell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Whoa.....
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toadz Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Thank you, hope the tutorial comes in handy!
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Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was a great tutorial! Now...how do we make a "Apply these tutorial settings in one click" button? :p

I bought that Injection product ages ago and NEVER use it, except for the eye reflections, which are great. Even with his advice in the forums, I can't get rid of that goddamn redness. Your tutorial helped me understand what it does though. Thank you! I might try it again...

I'm really looking forward to your next tutorials now! This was a VERY easy tut to follow and if something wasn't obvious, you explained it. I like that. Thanks again! I might start using Daz for rendering again (I'm preferring Reality/Luxrender these days...)
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skinnybellie Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
thnk you very much....
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AlleycatCY Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
which version of DAZ, are you using?

I cannot find some of the items mentioned, ie: Trace Displacements
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oakelfglimmer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Great tutorial Toadz I've been looking for a skin tutorial for ages
I'm looking forwards to loads more

Hugz Oakelfglimmer
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toadz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Enjoy! I also have a few mini tutorials posted that cover skin again, as well as different surfaces like hair, cottong, leather etc. Have fun! :D
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Nice tutorial, Have you played with any actual SSS maps?
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I've tried making my own but I've never gone out and purchased any SSS maps. I've heard Dreamlight have a good set though.
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
k - I started last year playing with normal maps and I heard a rumor that DS might support weight maps but not seen anything yet. The ability to use SSS maps have been there but not seen any really yet.
Cheers
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
DS does have weight mapping. If you get DS4 Pro while it's free, you get the ability to add weight mapping through the Content Creation Tools.
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I have DS4 Pro and been experminting with it - just have not figured out were to the weight map so I was wondering if it even existed. Nor do I even know what a weight map should look like or how to build. Will go look there. Research time. I have seen some great effects in Poser were they say a weight map has been used.
Cheers
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
A weight map is not actualy a map like something such as a displacement or spec map, it's a tool that adds bend and wieght to items. It's not something I have tried my self yet I am afraid so I can't give you any tips :( How ever, I did manage to find this tut for you ;) [link] Hope it helps :D
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DBRv6 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
That was excellent. Worth the 15minutes to watch that tut - looks like a non-trivial effort to do as well. I can see though for those poses were things just wont behave that this could be a great solution. I will have to play more with the genisis figure - not done so yet. Appreciate it.
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
No worries. I am glad it was usefull for you. There are quite a few good DAZ tutorials on You Tube. It's worth looking through there uploads for anything that might take your attention. Smoothing modifiers and auto fit etc are really usefull and are explained in their vids.
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
If your character is turnning white, it means you are over writting the mats when you are applying USS. Select your mat zones, and make sure you have V4 selected. Now hold Ctrl and double click the USS icon and from the Map Settings, click Ignore. Now your character will keep it's mats. Applying USS how ever will reset your strengths, gloss etc and the ones I use in the tut are just a rough guide to play with.

As for the last two bits you mentioned about displacement strength and percentages, I am not entirely sure what you mean. Displacements always need a mat file to work, and things such as it strength should always have a percentage to change whether is USS or the basic shader.
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twosheds1 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I follow your instructions exactly, and she still comes up white. Vicky without any mats comes up a pale blue, and UV Maps, Smoothing and General are the only surface controls that come up. I suspect that I may be missing some USS files. The .dsa file is there, but there may be some others missing. No worries, I used the other part of the tutorial and they worked great!

Thanks for your help.
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Hmmm, if you are following my tut correctly then you should have no problems. Maybe it's something with your USS as you mentioned :(
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twosheds1 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this. I converted this to a pdf for easier use... I tried it, and when I applied USS, Vicky turned all white, like all mats were gone. Then, on some models, the settings that are there for USS seemed to be already present, but some are a little different than what you have mentioned. Displacement strength, for example, looks for a file. There isn't a percentage to change. Any advice?
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Whoops, missed the reply button, please see bellow :s
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anironbutterfly Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Putting this in the tute collection to try out!
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toadz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Thank you, I hope it comes in usefull! Don't forget to experiment ;)
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tymora11 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaarg, why are all the most promising resources in .rar format!? :shakefist:

Any possibility of someone converting this to a .zip?
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toadz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
You could just download winrar for free. People use rar because it's the most commonly used format and also a better compression rate then zip.
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tymora11 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK, I'll have to go looking for it.
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SenaRe Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo, I've been looking for tutorials like this, thanks!
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toadz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Hehe, thats OK, you are welcome! There is also a second part and we have had a load of people submitting tutorails to the folder over in my group [link] Make sure you grab some of the freebies posted there too ;)
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SenaRe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! Thanks for the link!
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toadz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
You are welcome ;)
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digitalgreenlifeart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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toadz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
No worries! Part two is also in my gallery ;)
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh! Uber Surface...
dislike Uber stuff
ok: I read that
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SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent tutorial: clear and screenshots added.
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kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely wonderful. i'm new to all of this and i really can't wait to try your tutorial out. thanks so much for sharing with the rest of us newbies :heart:
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toadz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Just remember, if you are on a lower spec system, the settings I use can be a bit of a resource killer, but there are example renders at each stage as well as a few tips on things you can do to save a little render time. Make sure you check out the group link in my siganture and sign up with us over at DCC. We are a Studio and Poser based group and hold creative theme based contests every month which I pay for and we are currently in the process of writting a whole bunch of tutorials for our members to do with materials, lighting, post work and anything else they would like us to cover. Creativyt and learning for the win!

Thanks for droping me a comment and please feel free to drop me a link so I can see what you are doing with the tutorial ;)
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kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow thank you. i will have to sign up :heart:

i will give you a link as soon as i get one up. maybe you will be able to give me a critique on it :heart:
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toadz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
No worries, drop me a link and I'd be more than happy to take a look ;)
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Lord-Crios Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
REally coll
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toadz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Thanks dude. I hope it's usefull ;)
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Jazzine Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
this looks like a great tut..just read it and will test it very soon!! thx much for the time and help!! :tighthug:
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toadz Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
No worries hun! Make sure you check out part two as well [link] Part 3 will be up later in the coming week ;)
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ItiseyeMeeSzark Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your armpits gave me an idea to look through my links:
[link] Armpit Slope Fix for V4 at ShareCG
[link] V4 ArmPit Fix By dburdick At Renderosity Freebies (you need an account setup)
[link] V4 Shoulder fix morph by Will Dupree & MAB
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toadz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Thanks for the links dude! I do have the V4 Simple Details armpit fix, but as it was a tut I didn't really bother injecting it as the skin was the main focus. Where the bloody hell were these links BEFORE I went out and spent money on the simple details fix...obviously we didn't know each other then, but still :P
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ItiseyeMeeSzark Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL Can I give you some advice....google everything. The search engineis so much better these days. Have a go just type in Armpit Fix of V4 and see what comes up...

I have thought about buying the Simple Fix series but now that gen is here I am not going to bother.

I realised that you weren't too bothered about her pits as if it were yu would have fixed it so in the tolken of helping others I posted those links. :D
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toadz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Hahaha, no worries! I've got a few fix morphs for V4, as she really does need them. One of my favourites is the Rafealta bend morph to fix her bottom. Gives a really nice round shape, perfect for a man who loves his nudies like me!

As you say though, there is no need for the fixies now Genesis is here and I am currently sat her contemplating buying Gen X so I can finaly make the leap to using Gen full time. I am looking at it on screen and counting my pennies, making sure I will have enough money to see me through if I make the purcahse now. Expect cries for help if I purchase it and get stuck :P
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ItiseyeMeeSzark Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well if you do buy it we shall have to put our heads together and see if we can try to understand and help others by making a laymans plain english tut. I am still stuggling to understand why I can't inject Poppy properly.

I have got She Freak and Freak 4 morphs and Creature Morphs injected in to Genesis and saved as a preset for future use. WOW amp up the freak bodies and scale it up, man one HULK like figure...cool.

I have another Gen saved file that has Steph 4, another for V4 and another for M4 with both having Elite, Morphs ++, Aged etc injected. So I am not doing too bad.

:D Hey I could have a nice spring time drive down and do it in person.....I will bring my speacial axe. ;)
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toadz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Here is a question for you about GenX.

If I were to save Tasha as a character for V5, can I still use all of V5 morphs in conjunction with the Tasha injection? The thought of such a thing has my head spinning with possibilities considering things like RDNA's ultra morphs etc being used with V4's SP and then V5's, not to mention it's Genesis and all the possibilities that includes.
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