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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.

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BurgRoth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This just made my week! Thank you so much! :)
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome
Robert-Ripley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
damn this was awesome!
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. 
andre420 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist
awesome. thanks a lot.
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!.
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.
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.
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. 
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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