The Beginner's Guide to Starter Essentials for Daz Studio 4.6
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Chapter 1: Introduction
A. What is Starter Essentials?
"Genesis Starter Essentials" and the "Genesis 2 Starter Essentials"
bundles come with your purchase of DAZ Studio 4.6. These bundles
contain the essential types of items you will be using when working in
DAZ Studio to create projects. The bundles contain a variety of
figures (Genesis, Genesis 2 Female, and Genesis 2 Male) that we will be
using in this tutorial along with an assortment of products that go
along with them. These include a variety of poses, hair colors,
eye colors, and wardrobe (clothing/outfits) for both Genesis and the
Genesis 2 figures. Additionally, there is an assortment of props
available to us to enhance your project. The figures and these
props come with Materials to further refine your character and scene.
We'll be using these to start you out creating your very own
scene, only utilizing the products available to us through each of the
Starter Essentials bundles.
In DAZ Studio, there
are multiple layouts that you can use. To find them and change
your settings, go to Window->Workspace->Select Layout. This
tutorial will be using the 'Hollywood Blvd' layout. Choosing the
same layout setting will make it much easier to follow along.
DAZ Studio, there are multiple styles that you can use. To find
them and change your settings, go to Window->Style->Select Style.
A style window will popup. Select the 'Main Street' style,
then hit 'Accept' in order to use the same style that we use in this
D. How to Find Starter Essentials
When opening DAZ
Studio, make sure you are on the 'Actors, Wardrobe & Props' Tab at
the top left. Below that make sure you have selected the Smart
Content tab. Smart Content is the area we will be working in
most. Once you are there click the Products button at the top
left of your Smart Content section. Now we are ready to look for
our Starter Essentials. Select 'All' in the left column of your
Smart Content section. Then type in 'Starter Essentials' into the
search bar. It will then show you all the Starter Essentials kits
you have available to you. If for some reason Starter Essentials
does not show up, make sure you have them downloaded and
installed. And if they are already installed and still do not
show up, uninstall and reinstall them. Using your account, you
can download your copy of the Genesis Starter Essentials and Genesis 2
Starter Essentials through the DAZ website at “www.daz3d.com”.
* Log into your DAZ3D account.
* Click the "My Account" link in the upper right.
* Click the "Product Library" tab.
* Type "starter" in the filter box and hit return.
can then click each link for the Genesis Starter Essentials and/or
Genesis 2 Starter Essentials and manually download them. If you
have the DAZ Install Manager (DIM), you can download and install them
using that as well. You should filter your search using 'starter
essentials'. If it's already installed it will show up in the
'Installed' tab. If not installed, look for it in the 'Ready to
Download' and 'Ready to Install' sections to get it downloaded and/or
installed as needed.
Chapter 2: Making A Scene
A. Opening Starter Essentials
you find the Starter Essentials bundles you can double-click any of
them to open up there contents. Double-click the Genesis Starter
Essentials at this time in order to open up its contents so we can get
B. Adding Objects To Scene
Once you open up the
"Genesis Starter Essentials" pack, expand and follow the hierarchy
below to reach the Genesis figure: "Genesis Starter Essentials /
Default / Figures / People / Female". To add the Genesis figure
to your default scene, just double-click the thumbnail of the Genesis
figure, or left-click drag and drop the icon onto the scene in the
viewport as shown in the image below. If you added the Genesis figure
correctly, it will show up in your viewport. The same way you
added the Genesis figure, expand and follow the hierarchy below to add
the 'NoAi-Post' prop to the scene: "Genesis Starter Essentials /
Default / Environments / Architecture / Exterior". Your scene
should look something like the below image. In our scene, we have
the initial figure we loaded as well as our prop. They both had
predetermined coordinates they loaded onto. In this case, both
predetermined coordinates were the same and each object loaded right on
top of the other, which is why the Genesis figure looks to be inside
the pedestal prop. NOTE: Many figures and props are designed to
load at the location in 3D space commonly referred to as the “World
Center” at coordinates 0,0,0. When we start loading in clothes,
we will load them in different predetermined coordinates, for instance
a shirt will loaded onto the figure's chest.
C. Saving Your Scene
save your current scene, go to File->New->Save
As->Scene... You can then browse to your desired
location and save your scene as a “.DUF” file. Later you can load
these scene files back into DS to be worked on again.
D. Deleting Objects from Scene
your Scene tab to the right of your viewport in DAZ Studio. There
you will see a list of objects currently in your scene. You can
delete an object by selecting it and hitting 'Delete' key or
right-clicking and using “Remove Item from Scene”. Go ahead and
delete every object in your scene with exception to Default Camera.
E. Putting It All Together
--- Figure ---
that you've seen how to manage items in your scene, let's make a real
scene. Start by creating a character to put in it. Add the
'Basic Male' figure to the scene: "Genesis Starter Essentials /
Default / Figures / People / Male / Real World". The Basic Male
figure currently is quite naked. So let's give him some clothes.
--- Wardrobe ---
When loading items like characters, clothing and hair “onto” a figure,
be sure that the figure is still selected in the Scene tab. Go to
Wardrobe->Footwear and add 'JS Boots' to the scene: "Genesis
Starter Essentials / Default / Wardrobe / Footwear". Go to
Wardrobe->Pants and add 'Js Pants' to the scene: "Genesis
Starter Essentials / Default / Wardrobe / Pants". Go to
Wardrobe->Shirts and add 'Js Vest' to the scene: "Genesis
Starter Essentials / Default / Wardrobe / Shirts". Now your
Genesis figure will be stylish in his new wardrobe! Now let's
give him some hair; go to Hair->Short and add 'Duke Hair' to the
scene: "Genesis Starter Essentials / Default / Hair / Short".
Now he's fully clothed and has a nice head of hair.
--- Pose ---
give our male figure a nice pose. Go to Poses->By
Function->Sitting and add 'Male Sad 02' to the scene: "Genesis
Starter Essentials / Default / Poses / By Function / Sitting". If
all worked well, your figure should look something like the image below.
--- Props ---
order to create a better looking scene, let's add in a prop that he can
sit on. Go to Props->Furnishings and add 'Platform' to the
scene: "Genesis Starter Essentials / Default / Props /
Furnishings". We now have our figure and the Platform in the
--- Transforms ---
Go to the top left of DAZ Studio
and you will see the 'Pose & Animate' tab. Select it to start
moving your props around within the scene. Select your Genesis
figure on your Scene tab in the right-side of the screen. You can
also select the Genesis figure from the left-side 'Posing' drop-down
menu. Doing either one will bring up this menu in the Posing
section. Once you have the Posing section open for your Genesis
figure, you can start manipulating them using the Translation,
Rotation, and Scale options on the left underneath the “Transforms”
section. Translation simply means to move an object. The X
direction is Left-Right, the Y direction is Up-Down and the Z direction
is Forward-Back. Now use the track bar to scroll the yTranslate
to the right, making your Genesis figure rise upwards. Now that
he is floating, you can move him back so that he is sitting on the rock
platform by using zTranslate. Move the zTranslate track bar to
the left to make your Genesis figure go towards the rock platform.
You can use the View Vantage Cube (shown below) to rotate your
view for different perspectives. In addition, use the other
controls to the right of the cube for more maneuverability. To
use the cube, as well as some of the other controls, hover your mouse
over the control, then hold your left mouse button down, and move your
mouse to activate the control. Now all you need to do is adjust
the xTranslate, yTranslate, and zTranslate to move the figure how you
want to get him sitting correctly on the platform. Once you are
finished moving him, admire the scene you have just created.
Chapter 3: Rendering
that we have our scene created, it's time to Render it. Before we
do that, we should add some lighting to the scene. Go to
Create->New Splotlight to add a light source. You can then
name the light source using the window that pops up. Once your
light source is added, you can manipulate it like other props.
Find the light source in your scene. You can use the Posing
section to manipulate the Spotlight, making it point in any direction
you want. Move the light source upwards by using the Y Translate
track bar, so that it is closer to our Genesis figure. Change to
the Rotation Transform and rotate the spotlight using the X Rotate.
Maneuver the Spotlight until its in the appropriate position,
where it lights your Genesis figure up. For rendering it's a good
idea to know what your render will capture. To see ahead of time,
you can turn on the aspect frame. Click the icon at the top right
of your scene preview window. Then check the 'Show Aspect Frame'
option. Once it's checked, a bordered box appears, showing which
region of the viewport your render will capture.
you actually render the scene, you can go to the 'Render Settings'
under the Render menu bar option. Here you can change the size of
the Render and many other options. There is also a Render button
at the top-right of the window when you are ready to Render. You
can also find Render under Render on the menu bar. You can use
the shortcut 'Ctrl+R' to create a Render quicker. Once you start
rendering, a new window will popup as it creates the rendered
scene. You can then save the image once it's finished rendering.
Chapter 4: Materials
Let's create a New scene. Go to File->New. It will
ask if you want to save your scene, decide whether you want it saved or
not to continue.In the Smart Content tab, double-click the 'Genesis 2
Female Starter Essentials'. Once opened, search through to the
'Secret Garden Shaded Haven' as shown below. Then load the 'Vase'
into the scene: "Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials /
/ Props / Architecture / Secret Garden Shaded Haven". When it
shows up, it is a plain looking Vase. Let's add something to it.
Select the 'Vase' in your Scene tab. In the Smart Content
tab, we will search for the materials for props section. Load
into the scene the '08 Vase MAT 05' with the Vase still selected in
your scene: "Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials / Default /
Materials / Secret Garden Shaded Haven / Default Mats / Props".
Once you load in the new material, your vase now takes that
material on its skin. Delete the 'Vase' object from the scene,
then go to the Fantasy SciFi section as shown below. Load the
'Genesis 2 Base Female' into the scene: "Genesis 2 Female Starter
Essentials / Default / Figures / People / Female / Fantasy SciFi".
With the Genesis 2 Female selected in the scene tab, find the
Shirts section and load in the 'FullTop' wardrobe item: "Genesis
2 Female Starter Essentials / Default / Wardrobe / Shirts". Next
load in the Pants wardrobe item from the Pants section: "Genesis
2 Female Starter Essentials / Default / Wardrobe / Pants". Once
everything is loaded, your Genesis 2 Female figure will look like this.
Your Scene tab will look something similar to this. Select
the 'PersianFullTop' in the Scene tab. Let's go back to the Smart
Content and find the 'Romantic Top' material and load it into the
scene: "Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials / Default / Materials
/ Wardrobe". Next select the 'PersianPants' in the Scene tab.
Find the 'Romantic Pants' material, and load that into the scene:
"Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials / Default / Materials /
Wardrobe". Once that's all done, your figure's clothes should now
look green. One last thing we need to do is change her eye color.
Select your 'Genesis 2 Female' in the Scene tab. Find the
Eye materials and load the 'Bree Eyes 03' into the scene:
"Genesis 2 Female Starter Essentials / Default / Materials /
Eyes". If done correctly, she will have much fiercer looking eyes.
Chapter 5: Content Library
the right side of DAZ Studio screen, beneath the Scenes tab, you'll see
the Content Library Tab. This area is similar to the Smart
Content area that we've used during this tutorial, but it shows all the
different products you can use in your scenes in a folder/file
structure similar to how they are stored on your computer. To
find your products in the Content Library go to 'DAZ Studio Formats',
then go to the 'My DAZ 3D Library'. Once there, you'll see an
assortment of categories containing different products you have
available. To find such a product like the 'Genesis 2 Base
Female' like we used in the previous chapter, we would go to the next
category 'People'. When there, it will show us a variety of human
figures you have downloaded and installed. To find the 'Genesis 2
Base Female' we go to the next category 'Genesis 2 Female'. Here
you can load the figure into the scene just like you could in the Smart
Content section by double-clicking the thumbnail image or using the
drag-and-drop method. On the right side are the categories for
the figure. You will see a variety of clothing, hair, materials,
poses, props, etc that you can use for the specified figure. You
can also search through your Content Library for items. Just type
what you are looking for in the search bar located at the top and hit
enter or click the magnifying glass icon located to the right.
Once it starts searching, it will show a progress bar while it is
working. Once you've searched for something, or even while it's
still searching, you are free to do other things in your Content
Library. You can view the search results by clicking the Search
entry shown at the bottom of the left-most column. To get more
familiar with using the Content Library, you can start this tutorial
over using the Content Library to find and load items into your
scene. Please note that when you are ready to perform any
transformations (translate, rotate, scale), you will find the controls
in the Parameters tab for any item selected in the Scene tab.
that you've learned how to create your own scenes by adding a variety
of objects, changing materials, and rendering them, you are ready to
expand your development following your own desires by utilizing the
Starter Essentials bundles or even extending your abilities with the
vast amount of products available to you. This section ends with a
complete scene using items from Starter Essentials.
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