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Photorealistic skin by IamUman Photorealistic skin by IamUman
How to achieve photo-realistic skin with Daz Studio (or Poser) and Photoshop.

If you think using Photoshop to alter a 3D-render is cheating, this tutorial is not for you.

If you find any use for this tutorial, please fav it.
It would also be nice if you put a link to your render in the comments if you use this tutorial.


My Graphic novel / Comic:
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:iconksbgem:
ksbgem Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student Photographer
great tutorial...very useful for beginners like me thank you so much
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vcramey Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love your work on both these tutorials as well as your Black Heaven Graphic Novel. You are an inspiration to me, and you have helped me improve my renders in just a few short weeks. I hope to see more of your Graphic Novel in the near future. 
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
I'm glad my work inspires you.
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:iconburgroth:
BurgRoth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This just made my week! Thank you so much! :)
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome
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Robert-Ripley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
damn this was awesome!
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markcarraway Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
I have been using a very similar method with good results. I can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing. 
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andre420 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist
awesome. thanks a lot.
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MrReclusive Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
i know this is an old post, but im just getting into daz and have a 2 questions, first, has your technique changed since you posted this, do you still do it this way?.  second, to save rendering time does it effect the final quality to render the "lighting" image at slightly lower settings then the "uber" image, im curious because im rendering on an older phenom2 black edition (great for games, shit for rendering) and it takes me 2 hours to render a 3000by5000 pixel image without uber, with uber it takes about 4 hours, and if i can cut the "lighting" time down to an hour that would be awesome!.
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. No, I don't use this technique anymore myself. I use this technique: Realistic lights in Daz Studio
2. Like you, I'm always looking for ways to cut rendertimes (actually, if it takes longer than 15 minutes, I just won't render it). So your suggestion to lower the settings to save rendering time sounds perfectly sensible to me. If the final result cuts it for you, then do whatever saves you time/energy.
I suggest you also lower the quality. 3000x5000 is very high and only necessary if you are going to use it for printing on large canvas. If you lower it to 720x1200 it will still be big enough to show it on Deviantart and the render will speed up from 4 hours to less than an 1 hour.
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MrReclusive Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
ok ill give that one a shot.

and I am probably wrong, but I always assumed that rendering at a higher resolution would give you more detail, even if you shrink the image down to a lower resolution after editing I always thought that it would have more detail then an image rendered at the lower resolution.
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IamUman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technically it makes no difference if you start at 3000 pixels and shrink to 1000 or if you start at 1000 pixels.
But if you start at 3000 and then begin to edit and add things in Photoshop, you will automatically have more eye for the details (since you can zoom in further) so the final result will indeed be more detailed.

This is only true if you do detailed Photoshop postwork and editing. If you only render in Daz or Poser it makes no difference at all and you should only render in higher resolutions if you need it for printing. 
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blkaznlady Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm new to all of this, self taught. So I found this very helpful.
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PurpleDuane Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, will try it out.
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Dunderhonung Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist
This tutorial is very good :D
May I post a link to it from my blog?
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, of course
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Dunderhonung Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks a lot! :hug:
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Onefootbare1982 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Wow amazing... i will try it.
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TwoDads101 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Tutorial, it taught me a lot. Now I know how, I can mess around with it.

It was a lot of fun doing it too. Thankyou.

Cheers.

Hope you like how I applied it to this image:

twodads101.deviantart.com/art/…
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:iconpmamam:
pmamam Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! Kick arse! THANK YOU!!
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portisHeart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot for the great tutorial! with the awful hardware i have and daz, lighting is a nightmare - postwork is a must. but it's not like i knew how ^^. well now, i do a bit more :smile:
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1DeViLiShDuDe Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
8-) :D
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geminii23 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This tutorial was really fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.  I just did two new pieces using your guide.  Here are the results:
geminii23.deviantart.com/art/G…
geminii23.deviantart.com/art/M…
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking good!
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WarMechaMaster Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
thanks
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TunaReborn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! I will definitely try this out. Thank you!
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malejafernandez Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
wooowwwwww
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Seumda Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice tutorial, thank you kind sir
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you find use for it...
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Dead-at-20 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Photoshop postwork tricks is excellent :) (Smile)   I'll try it someday.
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope it works for you
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:iconadidenir:
adidenir Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Nice tutorial, never try this trick before :D
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you find some use for it. cheers!
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esthermann29 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice tutorial, very well laid out. I wasn't sure what kind of results I would get but, I was really impressed. Here's my attempt. [link]
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice!
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MarinaIbiza Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I will have to see if it can be done with gimp or other free program! :D
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure that Gimp has the same sort of layer blending modes, but you can always download a 1 month working demo of Photoshop.
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MarinaIbiza Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nuuuuu i cant, because if i learn it then i'd want to use it, and cant afford it..... and then i may be tempted by the dark side of the force and do things i can regret ;)
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IamUman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
I understand.
Maybe it's possible with GIMP. I know layers exist in GIMP but I don't know if the GIMP has the same blend modes... so you'll have to try it out.
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MarinaIbiza Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First id have to download it... until now i have been using PhotoScape and for little more than putting a sign on my pics and maybe one or two color corrections :)
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:iconlucia45:
lucia45 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Just what I need!
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jaheath Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice and very clever way to get a great effect.
Anyone who thinks this technique is "cheating", doesn't really understand art, I guess.
I am going do some experimenting with this...
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck with it.
Thanks for the comment!
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TuChico Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was able to make this with the help of your tutorials.

[link]

Thanks so much! ;o;
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
Thanks for the reference!
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PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   General Artist
Great stuff, great that people share.
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconexecutor-haruko:
Executor-Haruko Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial. I tested it out on this: [link]
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:iconiamuman:
IamUman Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great, thanks for the link.
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:iconmickytroisd:
Mickytroisd Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Very nice tutorial.
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