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Skin and Hair Mini Tut by toadz Skin and Hair Mini Tut by toadz
A follow up to my previous skin tutorials. I've done a little more experimenting and acted on some very usefull feedback and tips that ItsMeeSzark gave me. This is not a tutorial as such, more of a quick look guide that should hopefully be use full as reference. Enjoy!
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Kolosos Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2015
Nice her Facial Shapes Remember me of those of Sasha Grey also :)
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JustinX9 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
looks like sasha grey wow
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WarMechaMaster Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial, it really helps!:happybounce:
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the fact that you took so much time and effort for us lesser being... I am not worthy I am not worthy! Ooooh 
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2Fatbear Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great tutorial, thanks!
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revenger681 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I was looking for common settings! Thanks for providing me with this link!
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PaintedInWords Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if your tutorial was meant to go with the Surface Interjection for Daz ([link]), but if not, I just wanted you to know I was able to apply your settings to my render found here: [link]

I had been (and do) follow a tutorial from the SI creator, but I was having some difficulty making my character's very green skin look "normal". Your settings really added to the process in a helpful, clear way!

So many thanks for sharing your technique with the rest of us! It's most appreciated!
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toadz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Hey no worries. I do have interjection myself but I've not tried those mats with my settings as personaly I don't like the effects the mats give when in use, I prefer to use a recoloured version of my diffuse mats if I am going to use any. None the less I took a peek at the image you linked me to and compared it to some of your older ones with the same character and I think she looks much better. I am glad you have found the tutorial usefull, just make sure you go and have some fun messing with a few settings to find your perfect set up ;)
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NellWilliams Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Tuts =)
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toadz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks hun! My pleasure ;)
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NellWilliams Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Welcome =)
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I did add a comment, didn't i?
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toadz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Hehe, yup, you allready did! lol
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Valandar Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
I gotta say, I heartily disagree with your advice against using specular maps. 3D is NOT reality, plus there are factors like the greater concentration of oils on the nose and forehead than on (say) the chin that WILL vary the amount of specular highlight those regions will have. Plus, inside pores will not reflect or shine much at all, not to mention the simple fact that 3D graphics only simulate reality, they cannot reproduce it exactly.

Otherwise, this is a really nice tutorial image. The advice on using SSS on the teeth, for example, is pretty durn ingenious, and not something I would have thought of.
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toadz Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
That's cool, each to their own buddy you use what works best for you but there are times when you don't want characters to look oily in there skin(and lets be honest, most vendors don't even put that effect into their spec maps and just opted for a darkened and desaturated version of their diffuse maps at best) and time's where spec maps are absoloutley needed for things like wet effects.

Like I said in the tutorial this is just how I work and do things, people should always work with what feels best for them from their own experimenting.

The mouth SSS thing is realy handy and helps your characters looks much better when they are smiling etc. Just remember not to use too much strength for them though or they can begin to look like they have a glowing mouth.
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RAMWolff Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool indeed. Any more advice on teeth settings you can give?? Like more of milky gloss that looks really natural?
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toadz Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Hmm, first I would advise playing with the strength a little, and maybe consider changing colour a little to more of an off white if you want a 'milky' white look to them. Just try a few things and see how it comes out, but stick away from the ambient channel unless you want night glow teeth, lol
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Iizziee Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Great work Toadz and thanks for sharing :)
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toadz Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
No worries, my plasure! Thanks for the saves ;)
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IanTP Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks dude, i'll put it somewhere safe with all the others i need to do ;)
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toadz Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Hehehe, have fun getting through the stash, lol!
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IanTP Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, tell me about it, and i have update all my old daz forum posts bookmarks, why couldn't they leave it be :)
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Kerya-Alexis Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Thank you very, very much! :)
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toadz Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
You are welcome hun! There are a couple of others that I uploaded after this one too, I hope they are usefull!
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evoluzione Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good tutorial... nice point about the clothing. :)
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toadz Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Thank you. There is more detail info about clothing in the two new ones I uploaded yesterday. I hope they come in handy ;)
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cedarwolf Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the easy to understand and incredible tutorials. I can hardly wait to get time to try them out.
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toadz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
No worries my friend! Part two is here [link] and I have part 3 rendered and just writting it up now. There is also a much more indepth look at skin shaders I did here [link] and here [link] For the last two links, I would advise reading through the tuts first before deciding to follow along as they are quite long so you can first pick and choose which stages you will do. I did them step by step to try and explain different functions and pitfalls to avoid by deliberatly making a few mistakes along the way.
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cedarwolf Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, toadz. I'll go fetch these. I know what you mean about doing tutorials. When I create them for my students I have to go for the lowest common knowledge base and work up from there. I usually convert them to a .pdf so they can print them and have them in their work books. Again, many thanks, and I'm looking forward to your ongoing work.
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toadz Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
No worries my friend! Make sure you take a look at my groups Freebies and Tutorials section. There are quite a few free props, hairs and even some free lights in there as well as a few tutorials that should help you get to the grips with DAZ [link] Give me a shout if I can help out ;)
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
UberSurface is out of my price range at the moment, but thank you for putting this up!
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toadz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
You get it included with DS4 Pro which is still free over at DAZ ;)
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Which I use, but I never noticed it. What folder is it under?
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toadz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
For me it's in,

DAZ Studio Formats/My Library/Shader Presets/Omnifreaker/UberSurface

If you go to your Content Library Tab, and then enter UberSurface in the little search bar, it should take you straight to it. Make sure you click the help icon to read up on how to apply the shader to items first ;)
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
FOUND IT! :)

And there is the Volumetric Shader I was missing too. :)
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toadz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Hehehe, no problem. I can't remember, but I think DS4Pro also comes with UberAreaLight which can be used to turn surfaces into light emiters which can be pretty cool. I bought that as an add on for DS3 though and it was allready in my old Runtime, but it's worth having a quick check to see if it's included in DS4Pro ;) Have fun with the new toys ;)
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Atlantean6 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
UberAreaLight is in your Lighting Presets folder. ;) I know, because I looked.
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toadz Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Hehehe, looks like you are good to go ;)
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NeilV Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work
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toadz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thanks Neil, I hope it can be made use of, although I doubt it with the quality of your work. *jealous*
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0Snow-White0 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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toadz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
You are welcome! I hope it comes in handy!
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nightlylly Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually really helpful as a reference. I never seem to remember my own settings unless I go back and start opening up old scene files. :heart:
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toadz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thanks hun. It pretty much summarises everything I did in the previous two tuts with a few changes to things like SSS for beter refraction settings etc. I know what you mean about having to look back at previous scenes for settings that have worked before. This is just as much for me as it is for anyone else, hahaha
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Shango-ThunderStones Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this for Daz or Smith Micro or both? Regardless, it's an excellent follow-up to your previous tuts. FAVE!!!!
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toadz Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
This is for DAZ as I dont have Poser I am afraid :(
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Shango-ThunderStones Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's okay. Principle's the same... :)
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Thyranq Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Well done, good sir!
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toadz Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
:bow: My pleasure, good sir :D
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ItiseyeMeeSzark Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet tut oh warty one, thanks for sharing.
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