Even Quicker Way to a Digital Painting Look in GIMP

Last month I demonstrated a quick way to achieve a traditionally painted effect on a 3D render, using GMIC’s Brushify filter in GIMP.

If you are a GIMP user, there are even quicker and easier ways to get a basic painted effect. These are not as sophisticated as Brushify, but are simple to apply. Also, you won’t need to install anything beyond the core GIMP application.


If you take a look at the Filters menu in GIMP, you’ll find an Artistic sub-menu. Sounds promising? Take a closer look. The first option is Apply Canvas. It applies a canvas effect using a repeated tile. (This is not entirely seamless so you may notice a repeated square effect on your image once applied).

The options are simple. You can choose the direction, which will subtly alter the appearance, and the depth, which will apply the effect more or less strongly. I recommend staying low on the depth. I’d … Continue reading

Quick Way to create a Painted Effect on a 3D Render: The Brushify Filter (Digital Painting Part 2)

Result of GMIC Brushify filter on 3D art portrait - closeupYesterday I showed you how I created my base render that I’m going to be using to demonstrate digital painting effects and techniques. I applied some basic postwork in GIMP (Photoshop or similar would be equally good) to get it cleaned up and ready to work with. This included blending in spot renders to correct facial proportions and skin tone, plus removing unwanted shadows and highlights. Anyone working from a photo would also deal with skin blemishes and other cosmetic improvements, but in 3D we have the advantage of dealing with perfect models. In fact, we’re more likely to be found adding that kind of thing in ‘for realism’!

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Creating a Digital Painting from a 3D Art Render: Part 1

A postworked likness in 3D of an actorLately I’ve been playing with ways to achieve a hand-painted look with 3D renders. This includes actual digital painting but also quicker fixes with filters. I thought I’d share that process.

First, of course, you need a suitable render… and that step is entirely up to you. It doesn’t matter what render engine or software you use. Some people create all their content themselves, others use ready-made figures, clothing and props. Do what works for you.

I chose to do a male portrait. Female portraits are overwhelmingly popular in the 3D world, as you won’t have failed to notice. I found it interesting to work with a male character instead and my approach to post-processing and even lighting choices was influenced by that.

Creating the Character

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PA Sale 2016 — Don’t Miss It!

If you are new to 3D art, you might be wondering what the Daz3D.com PA Sale (this year it’s called The Premier Artist Festival 2016) is. What’s so special about it, when there are sales on year round?

Well, it’s not your everyday sale, that’s for sure. This is when you can make some great savings on just about every item in the whole store. Almost all the Daz3D vendors will be involved. Each day, a selection of PAs (that’s us 3D artists who sell via Daz) will release some fantastic new products. These will have a 40% off, right out the gate. Buy 2 and you’ll get 50% off. That’s a bigger discount than you’ll get on brand new PA items at any other time.

The qualifying items are those that are new on the day you shop, plus the 2 previous days (“still new” releases). So you’ll always have plenty to choose from. There … Continue reading

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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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

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.

Making him even more versatile, Kimo has a collection of impressive add-on … Continue reading

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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Merry Christmas and Remember to Grab those Free Gifts!

For the 3D enthusiasts among my readers, here’s a quick reminder to pick up those fantastic free gifts that PAs have been sharing at Daz3D this month. Most, it must be said, are courtesy of InaneGlory and will give you some great Iray presets for Genesis 2 (generation 6) Daz Original characters. I stopped by the site today and found a whole bunch of them (Lilith 6, Giselle 6, Gianni 6, Girl 6), though the more frequent visitors among you may have picked up one or two yesterday.

There were also some very nice looking lights from the FWSA team. Can’t wait to try those soft light probes and the new Iray skin presets out.

Things have been quiet around here this December while I’ve been working on other projects. However, I hope you’ve grabbed some of those exciting new products over at Daz and your other favourite 3D marketplaces. Remember to open daily newsletters for all … Continue reading