Learn to Make Your Own Unity5 Game

The Unity 5 game engine has one huge advantage for beginner game developers. It can be downloaded for free. If you start making a whole load of money (currently over $100K), you’ll need to pay of course. But make a little, even quite a lot, or make nothing from it and you can create games without any charge. All legal and covered in the EULA.

Is Unity 5 easy to learn? Well, that depends on your definition of easy. Like anything, you’ll need to work at it. There are some great tutorials out there that can help you get to grips with the basics, and then skill up further. Like any software, it has its quirks and is not something you can aim to master. Rather, go into it with the goal of learning what you need to know, a step at a time.

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Genesis3 Female Figures: Let Her Inspire You

It took a little more time to put together comparison renders of the Genesis 3 series of realistic female 3D models than it did the males (view Michael 7 and his brothers here). There are so many more of them! Rune 7 was added just a couple of days ago so at least I was able to include her.

The Realistic Female DAZ Original Models

Comparison of Generation7 3D Women

There are 12 female models here (possibly more if I’ve updated this post after publication), representing the realistic and semi-realistic spectrum of DAZ Original women and girls. You’ll see I’ve included Izabella 7, who is clearly a fantasy character. However, her figure and skin materials work well for real-world characters, and her ‘other-worldliness’ is from the neck up, so she’s a versatile figure who crosses … Continue reading

Creating 2D Games using Your 3D Model Library

Maybe you’re an aspiring game-maker who needs low-cost or free game assets? On the other hand, like many of us, you might already be a digital art enthusiast who has collected more 3D content that you want to admit to, done a lot of renders, and is now wondering what next?

Either way, you should take a serious look at creating fun games using your DAZ Studio assets in combination with a free game creator like Construct2.

To be clear on that word ‘free’, Construct2 can be downloaded free-of-charge for personal use via Steam or direct from Scirra.com. This no-cost version has everything you need to get started, with very few limitations compared to the fully-featured edition. If you want to start using it commercially, you’ll need to get the licence, which for individuals making less than $5000/year on their games is a very reasonable £79 (visit Steam for the current price in your country’s currency).

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Choose Your Hero: The Genesis3 Men Compared

The other day I shared an outline comparison of the Genesis 3 male line-up from December 2015 to May 2016. Well, all except The Guy 7, since the focus was on realistic ready-to-use 3D males.

Today I’m sharing some portraits of the generation 7 males (so far). This time you can also compare their skin tones and materials, as the lighting is the same for each portrait and there is no postwork. I haven’t included the base male, since he doesn’t have Iray materials.

Comparison of Generation7 3D Men

One small point of difference: Gianni, Lee and Kimo were rendered using Iray in DAZ Studio Pro 4.9 (if you don’t have it, you can pick it up for free on the official Daz site). Michael and Leo were also rendered with Iray, but … Continue reading

Meet Haley, Plus Discover More for Mei Lin and a Paris Street

With so much new content hitting the Daz store each week I’d have a hard time these days keep up with all the deals! Today is special, because I was so impressed with the new releases, coming as they do at the end of a week of good discounts and offers, and the Kimo 7 release. Not only is there new content for Mei Lin 7 but a 3D Universe character and an appealing new environment too. I suspect pay day can’t come quick enough for many of us now!

Haley — the All American Teen with the Big Smile

Haley is a 3D Universe girl, a fresh-faced American teen looking for all the world like a young Britney Spears. She’s slightly toony to fit in the rest of the 3D Universe line of youngsters, but totally gorgeous with it. Angel wings or not (she has some in her promo), I can see Haley flying off the … Continue reading

The Genesis 3 (Realistic) Males

The Genesis 3 Men: Michael, Lee, Kimo, Gianni, Leo, and free base male

Here’s the promised graphic of the male figure morphs from Genesis 3, minus The Guy 7 who as a toon doesn’t fit well into this line-up. It was a bit of a squeeze to fit them all on and the text is tiny. If you struggle to read it, the figures are as follows: Genesis 3 Male (white outline), Michael 7 (blue), Lee 7 (red), Kimo 7 (orange), Gianni 7 (purple), Leo 7 (green).

Kimo 7 was released a couple of days before this was made, so no males since that release have been included. For an Iray render comparison of the Generation 7 men, see my newer post: Choose Your Hero: Genesis 3 Men Compared.

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Kimo 7: Breaking Out the Box

Kimo 7 from Daz 3DIt’s been a long time since I felt inspired to write a post for a new DAZ Original character… And that’s not a slur on previous characters. Several of them, Kalea 7 included, have been amazing.

Kimo 7, as the male half of this partnership, does the Polynesian beauty justice. With his Pacific Islander features and stockily muscular physique he breaks out of the bounds of conventional releases but still has plenty to offer to those who need a fantasy warrior or hero. No need for a band of clones to fight evil (or good) in your renders, Kimo’s darker skin and distinctive features are a reminder that a whole lot of people on this planet are not white magazine-cover models.

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Genesis 3 and Earlier 3D Human Figures

In my previous post I gave a quick run-down of the (non-technical) evolution of the Genesis line of 3D humans, as created and sold by Daz3D. These figures are models of humans, complete with photorealistic or toon skin materials, and fully rigged to pose in natural ways.

So, in my last post I explained the generation naming and numbering. At time of writing, we are somewhere near the middle (just a guess) of the production span of Genesis 3, which is the line of figures with a 7 after their names. This post was originally published after the release of Kalea 7 and a day before the launch of Kimo 7, but I’ve updated now for Rune and will add in other new figures as they release.

As a Daz vendor, I’m not able to give out any information that is not public knowledge, so I will only be mentioning released figures here.

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Understanding Genesis Figures: The Line-Up of Human Models from DAZ 3D

A long, long time ago I created an infographic style guide as a Who’s Who of the DAZ 3D Genesis figures. It was first created some time after Daz made the switch from generation 4 (Victoria 4, Michael 4, etc.) to the unisex Genesis base. Genesis was the mesh on which all generation 5 figures were built.

Times change. Oh how they change! A few years on and we are another two generations further on, and seeing an ever-more rapid roll out of new figures. If I was confused as a new buyer and user of 3D human models from Daz, I can only imagine how befuddled any newcomers to this field feel these days.

To help you out, let’s get a few facts straight, starting with the most recent figures. I’m keeping it simple so this is a simple overview rather that a discussion of mesh or rigging changes.

Genesis 3
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Using Ron’s (Deviney) Photoshop Brushes in GIMP

If you are a Daz 3D customer, and haven’t yet taken advantage of the Fast Grab 70% discount on Ron’s brushes, these are a fantastic deal. The bundles especially are amazing value. They have been there a couple of days now but look set to stay for the weekend.

I know the first time I treated myself to some Deviney Photoshop brush sets I was worried that they wouldn’t work in GIMP. However, GIMP can read the Photoshop .abr format just fine. Here’s a quick post on how to get them from your product library into GIMP. There are a few forum posts with similar information but the forum can be hard to search once things vanish from page 1, so I thought it worth sharing what I do myself, step by step. This process works for any other brushes you have downloaded from free brush sites too.

Loading an .ABR File in GIMP

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