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Poser® 8 Revealed: The Official Guide

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Now you can conquer each essential feature of Poser X! 'Poser X Revealed', which has been completely updated to cover this latest version of Poser, helps readers develop the skills they need to create, render, and animate scenes and projects using the amazing tools offered by Poser X. This hands-on guide provides step-by-step tutorials for each task, followed by projects that allow readers to use each new skill on their own. Readers will put the power of Poser X to work as they learn how to simulate dynamic hair and cloth with collision detection, create realistic lighting with the image-based lighting feature, build custom morph targets with the new deformation brushes, use Talk Designer to automatically sync facial animations to an audio track, combine the power of Poser X with other software packages, create new motions using the new animation layers feature, and import externally created 3D models to enhance the scene.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Series & Author Vision
  5. Learning the Poser Interface
    1. Lesson 1 Learn the Interface Controls
    2. Lesson 2 Explore the Pose Room
    3. Lesson 3 Use the Document Window
    4. Lesson 4 Configure the Interface and Set Preferences
    5. Lesson 5 Get Help
    6. Chapter Review
  6. Using the Poser Library
    1. Lesson 1 Work with the Library
    2. Lesson 2 Load Library Figures
    3. Lesson 3 Discover the Library Categories
    4. Lesson 4 Save Content to the Library
    5. Lesson 5 Remove Content from the Library
    6. Lesson 6 Use Library Favorites
    7. Chapter Review
  7. Editing and Posing Figures
    1. Lesson 1 Position Figures within the Scene
    2. Lesson 2 Set Figure Properties and Style
    3. Lesson 3 Select Figure Elements
    4. Lesson 4 Use the Basic Editing Tools
    5. Lesson 5 Use the Parameter Dials
    6. Lesson 6 Use Symmetry, Limits, Balance, and Inverse Kinematics
    7. Lesson 7 Work with Hierarchies
    8. Chapter Review
  8. Working with Files and Accessing Content Paradise
    1. Lesson 1 Work with Poser Files
    2. Lesson 2 Import 3D Objects into Poser
    3. Lesson 3 Import Other Content
    4. Lesson 4 Export from Poser
    5. Lesson 5 Access Content Paradise
    6. Lesson 6 Load Custom Content
    7. Chapter Review
  9. Dealing with Props
    1. Lesson 1 Import External Props
    2. Lesson 2 Select, Position, and Edit Props
    3. Lesson 3 Attach Props to Elements
    4. Lesson 4 Replace an Element with a Prop
    5. Lesson 5 Create Props from a Selected Group
    6. Lesson 6 Use Prop and Conforming Hair and Cloth
    7. Chapter Review
  10. Establishing a Scene—Cameras and Backgrounds
    1. Lesson 1 Learn the Available Cameras
    2. Lesson 2 Work with Cameras
    3. Lesson 3 Change Camera Parameters
    4. Lesson 4 Aim and Attach Cameras
    5. Lesson 5 Change the Background
    6. Chapter Review
  11. Adding Scene Lighting
    1. Lesson 1 Learn Basic Lighting Techniques
    2. Lesson 2 Work with Lights
    3. Lesson 3 Enable Shadows and Ambient Occlusion
    4. Lesson 4 Project a Textured Light
    5. Lesson 5 Use Image-Based Lighting
    6. Chapter Review
  12. Creating and Applying Materials
    1. Lesson 1 Learn the Material Room Interface
    2. Lesson 2 Create Simple Materials
    3. Lesson 3 Create Advanced Materials
    4. Lesson 4 Learn the Various Material Nodes
    5. Lesson 5 Use Wacros
    6. Lesson 6 Create Smoothing and Material Groups
    7. Lesson 7 Add Atmosphere Effects
    8. Chapter Review
  13. Creating a Face and Facial Expressions
    1. Lesson 1 Learn the Face Room Interface
    2. Lesson 2 Create a Face from Photos
    3. Lesson 3 Change Texture Variation
    4. Lesson 4 Use the Face Shaping Tool
    5. Lesson 5 Add the Face to the Figure
    6. Lesson 6 Work with Expressions
    7. Chapter Review
  14. Adding Hair
    1. Lesson 1 Learn the Hair Room Interface
    2. Lesson 2 Grow Hair
    3. Lesson 3 Style Hair
    4. Lesson 4 Use Hair Dynamics
    5. Lesson 5 Change Hair Material
    6. Lesson 6 Create Grass
    7. Chapter Review
  15. Working with Dynamic Cloth
    1. Lesson 1 Create a Cloth Simulation
    2. Lesson 2 Create Cloth
    3. Lesson 3 Create Cloth Groups
    4. Lesson 4 Simulate Cloth Dynamics
    5. Chapter Review
  16. Rigging a Figure with Bones
    1. Lesson 1 Access and Edit Existing Bone Structures
    2. Lesson 2 Create and Name Bones
    3. Lesson 3 Group Body Parts
    4. Lesson 4 Use Inverse Kinematics
    5. Lesson 5 Use the Joint Editor
    6. Chapter Review
  17. Animating Figures and Scenes
    1. Lesson 1 Work with Keyframes
    2. Lesson 2 Use the Animation Palette
    3. Lesson 3 Edit Animation Graphs
    4. Lesson 4 Use Animation Layers
    5. Lesson 5 Define an Animation Set
    6. Lesson 6 Create a Walk Path
    7. Chapter Review
  18. Morphing Figures and Using Deformers
    1. Lesson 1 Morph Figures
    2. Lesson 2 Create Morph Targets
    3. Lesson 3 Enable Collisions
    4. Lesson 4 Use a Magnet Deformer
    5. Lesson 5 Add a Wave Deformer
    6. Lesson 6 Add a Wind Force Deformer
    7. Lesson 7 Create New Parameters
    8. Chapter Review
  19. Lip Synching with Talk Designer
    1. Lesson 1 Use the Talk Designer Interface
    2. Lesson 2 Work with Sound
    3. Chapter Review
  20. Rendering Scenes
    1. Lesson 1 Render Images
    2. Lesson 2 Access Render Settings
    3. Lesson 3 Use the Sketch Designer
    4. Lesson 4 Render Animations
    5. Lesson 5 Use Rendering Effects
    6. Chapter Review
  21. Using Poser with Other Software
    1. Lesson 1 Use Poser with Other Smith Micro Products
    2. Lesson 2 Use Poser with 3D Packages
    3. Lesson 3 Retouch Images in Photoshop
    4. Chapter Review
  22. Working with Python Scripts
    1. Lesson 1 Access Pre-Built Scripts
    2. Lesson 2 Use Wardrobe Wizard
    3. Lesson 3 Edit Python Scripts
    4. Chapter Review
  23. New Features in Poser 8
    1. Major New Features
    2. Palette Interface
    3. Full-Body Morph
    4. Dependent Parameter Editor
    5. Better Rigging
    6. Global Illumination and Attenuation
    7. Tone Mapping and Exposure Control
    8. Normal Map Support
    9. Wardrobe Wizard
    10. Redesigned Library
    11. New Content
    12. Minor New Features
    13. Installing Poser 8 Content Libraries
    14. Windows Installation Structure
    15. Macintosh Installation Structure
  24. Poser 8 Keyboard Shortcuts
  25. Glossary
  26. Index