Day 31: Can The Reality Plug-In Improve Your Art?

As you might have noticed, DAZ3D has extended the 2014 PA sale for a further 2 weeks. That means more punches, more rewards, and more new PA releases: all available to view at-a-glance on the DAZ PA Sale 2014 event page. If you are waiting patiently for the PC sale to begin, it will follow this one, beginning on the 15th.

While there are only 4 releases today, I think there is going to be some excitement that the Reality plug-in is among them. Even better, it has a separate version each for DAZ Studio and for Poser, which means the many of us who use only one of those won’t end up paying extra for something they don’t use. The 50% off price for Platinum Club + members (there’s an inexpensive hair that will bring the price down to 40% off if you need a multi-buy discount) means you can get Reality for $19.98.

What this plug-in does is provide a way to render with LuxRender, a physics-based render engine. Although the LuxRender engine is open source, the plug-in forms a bridge between it and your DAZ Studio or Poser interface.

With LuxRender handling your rendering, you’ll be looking at much longer render times (several hours is normal), but you may find the way light is interpreted in LuxRender more intuitive and ‘real-world’.

So, will it improve your 3d art? Like anything, it depends, but if you strive for realism and don’t mind putting in some effort to get the best from the plug-in (it includes a 120 page user guide), you are likely to enjoy the results. Some of the outstanding art that has hit the gallery and DAZ homepage was created via Reality. The promo images for the plug-in include some untouched renders that, while created by an expert, can’t fail to inspire even the first-time Reality user.

Reality vs. Luxus? Both are plug-ins with the same goal — to allow you to render with LuxRender. Luxus has a full retail price that is equivalent to the 50% sale price of Reality today, so if you are reading this on a later date you might be interested in looking at Luxus as an alternative. Each plug-in does have its own way of doing things, and different ways of handling lights, cameras and materials. Note that Reality will convert your DAZ studio shaders to its own Lux materials, which will improve the look of your render.

One further thing worth noting — I don’t own Reality myself but when people run into problems the vendor seems to be responsive and willing to help.

Day 31 New Releases in the PA Sale

Artist New Release 30% Price 40% Price PC+ / 50% Price
Pret-A-3D Reality for DAZ Studio $27.97 $23.97 $19.98
Pret-A-3D Reality for Poser $27.97 $23.97 $19.98
3DLust Love Shack Shoes for G2F $8.37 $7.17 $5.98
goldtassel Gothic Hair for Genesis and G2F $13.97 $11.97 $3.49*

NOTE: * = PC+ price, old-style PC members will pay $1.99, non-members will see the price of $9.98.

Day 31 Artist Stores on Sale

  • 3DLust
  • 3D Universe
  • Alessandro_AM
  • Kibarreto
  • RawArt
  • Stonemason

Day 31 Related Products on Sale

*Your punch rewards could earn you an even bigger discount.
**Includes stacking 30% discount for PC/PC+ members.

Artist Product Maximum* Saving
Stonemason Sci Fi Hangar $17.48
Dogz The Old Railway $17.48
Predatron Plant Bundle One $17.48
Jepe, V3Digitimes Shiny SheetZ II G2F $14.98
DimensionTheory Augmented Reality Lighting Compilation $13.98
Dogz The Old Railway $13.98
Dogz The Old Railway Station $13.48
Cute3D J Girl for G2F $7.98
blondie9999 Rude Gestures and Poses for M6/V6 $7.48
DimensionTheory Skies of Reality Volume One $6.48
DimensionTheory Skies of Reality Volume Two $6.48
Sarsa Truancy Outfit for G2M Textures $3.83**

Quick Link: Visit the 2014 Published Artist Sale at DAZ3D

Other Deals and Steals

Fast Grab: Joining the usual suspects today are the Morphing Business Suit Bundle, V6 Pro Bundle (you’re unlikely to ever get the Pro bundle cheaper, unless they give it away) and aniMate2.

  • Cthulhu Rising by Luthbel: $10.49
  • Lady de Lioncourt Dress for G2F by Neftis3D: $5.39
  • Tattoo Parlor G2F and V6 Vol 1 by SimonWM: $5.09
  • The Wisteria Pool House by ForbiddenWhispers and FWDesign: $7.79
  • Summer Character and Hair by Valea: $5.99
  • Victoria 6 Pro Bundle by DAZ3D: $37.49
  • aniMate2 by GoFigure: $17.99
  • Morphing Business Suit Bundle by Sickleyield, Marieah: $15.89

Weekly Freebie: The Living Room by ARTCollaborations is the current free model. There’s also a new PC freebie today, which is the Starship Cyclone by petipet.

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As a digital artist on a budget, I'm fascinated by what happens when art and technology meet, and love discovering affordable ways to make that happen.
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