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Realistic lights in Daz Studio by IamUman Realistic lights in Daz Studio by IamUman
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Interesting links:

Skin textures:

Elite: [link]
Danae's Milan: [link]
Moonbunny/Calladís Charlie and Neve: [link]
edit: the Indira textures: [link] are very good and also have very good eye textures!
and the Rio textures by Danae are just superb: [link]

Eye textures:

Briana: [link]
Tabitta: [link]
Violet/Trish/Lorelei: [link]

Interesting links:

Wikipedia on backlighting: [link]
Portrait lighting: [link]
UberEnvironment wiki: [link]
UberSurface wiki: [link]
Having sex for the first time? Here's what to expect: [link]
My tutorial on combining rendered layers in Photoshop: [link]

the light-setup used in this tutorial (not sure if this will work): [link]
the photoshop-file with the postwork layers (you need PS CS3 or up): [link]

Some renders done with this ligthing:
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mob342002 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome tutorial.
Darkfantasizer Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Dude, your tutorial helped me improve my lighting techniques. I still have a lot to learn but I've got a better idea how to position the lights now. Thank you very much for this :-)
allfree64 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Te mando un saludo, ya te he comentado en alguna ocasión sobre las bondades de tu trabajo pero hoy solo te quiero agradecer los links que son muy importantes para quienes empezamos en estos asuntos de oluminación virual T.V.O pronto para comentar la experiencia gracias
espe71 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Thank you for your clearly tutorial...
elektralusion Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Always looking for good tutorials, especially on lighting.  Very much appreciate your taking the time to explain in such detail.
Lorisor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good show...erh...tutorial.
sohighlydubious Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tips and tricks, thanks very much for taking the time to make this!
Poppechild Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this great tuto, your tips helped me a lot. :)
portisHeart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx for another good tutorial! and interesting links ^^
dimitris061992 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
where can i download daz i have install manager but i dont know how?
IamUman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All files and documentation can be found at
FirstDarkAngel2001 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
greetings and hello! ^^ working with this tutorial, as well as of your other tutorial on photorealistic skin, I managed to bring this out into life: firstdarkangel2001.deviantart.…

I had to modify a few of the things that you had mentioned within the realistic skin tut, but overall I loved how it came out. :D This is a work in progress, because the next part will be of painting the hair on it, but I just wished to start it off with the initial render so that I can show the progress on it. ^^
IamUman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice!
Glad you're finding some use in my tutorials.
FirstDarkAngel2001 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
definitely! :D with how great your artwork comes out, I couldn't help but to try the tutorials. ^^
Seumda Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, great tutorial
oh and that "having sex for the 1st time", I thought it was lightning method too, which isn't sadly
IamUman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Knoxx78 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Thank you very much for these helpful tips :)
ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
very helpful, thanks
IamUman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem, good luck with it!
gran22 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Hi thanks for a great tutorial, now I can finally put some shadows on by renders in daz

It worked great with brown and blue spotlights and UberEnvironment

Check out my render "Walk-In-Closet".. now with shadows :w00t!:

Keep on the great work :)
IamUman Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking great!

Nice to know you found some use in my tutorial.

Thanks for letting me know!
RTistikWun Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ABout to try this out, looks very good!
IamUman Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck with it!
RTistikWun Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FarEastAdventure Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey man, this tutorial is great!

Here is a render I made following your advice; it is head and shoulders above what I had done previously.


IamUman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking really good. I'm glad you foud some use in my tutorial.
Ehrlik Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thank you for such a clear explanation of lighting. This was the easiest to follow and most informative tutorial I have come across on the subject. I still have a lot to learn, but at least this gives me a solid starting point. Cheers!
IamUman Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for commenting.
Good luck with the renders!
tanithis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
little late to the party but great tutorial. Been looking everywhere for a good DS lighting tutorial.
curvesector Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
first of all, thanks for putting such a light setup tutorial public. I tested it right now.
the only problem it caused: fine eyebrows disappear by the blue and brown light.
1chibihater Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you, i've been searching this for a long time...
butterflywebgraphics Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. I'm a Poser Pro 2010 user, but am trying to learn Daz Studio due to Genesis. I agree with all you said about Genesis. I find the whole thing frustrating!
ilexx5 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
daz made a port so poser users can use genesis as well! welcome to the party :)
IamUman Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome.
Yes, it sucks for Poser users also...
Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read this ages ago and never used it...I'd sort of given up recently on Daz rendering to use Reality/Luxrender instead but I had to do a scene I just couldn't get right in Reality but couldn't get it right with my crappy knowledge of lights in Daz...(I'm not good with moody, dark scenes) until I read your tutorial again today! I love you! Even with just those first two lights - I had the look I wanted!! And then I dicked around with more of the lights in your tut, changing various things - I'm happy!! Thank you very much!!! [link] (Obviously with post-processing colours and what-not have changed, but your advice still helped me :))
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always nice to hear my tutorial is helpful.
The mood came out very well in your render. And thanks a lot for taking the effort to comment!
Summerson Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's cool result!
I wanted to ask question.
I use Poser for my work. Mostly rendering characters for games. Poser render has built in indirect lighting option and renders pretty fast giving mooth lighting even on middle settings.
UberEnvironment is cool on max settings but look rough on any lower.
Is there built in indirrect light in Daz studio 4.5 (its new version i guess)? I found only some kind of option - Scripted delight3d > point-based occlusion. But it's not actually IL.
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Except for Uberenvironment, I don't think there is IL in DS4. But I'm not sure, because I'm still using DAZ Studio 3.
Summerson Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Try daz studio 4.5 . I's really raised in features.
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I own Daz 4 and I tried it.
I think Genesis is really good. I just don't like the idea that I have to buy half of my library again to make it work with the new figure.
Summerson Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
True. Actually I still use M4 and V4 just because there's much more stuff for those has been made.
But it seems that all clothes and etc for M4/V4 can be converted for genesis inside daz studio easily. Same with old character morphs (even for M3/V3) using plugin called "generation x for genesis" or genx shortly.
Well just sharing of what I found out searching universal solution for our pipeline. Still not sure about using it.
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see it like this:
I spend hundreds of dollars to build a library for V4.
Now comes a new product called Genesis, which is basically exactly the same as V4 (a model of a pretty lady). The only difference is that she morphs more easily into different characters.

I have to pay 120$ for this Genesis figure (Michael + Victoria)
Then I have to re-buy the following stuff (which I already own for V4):

- Stephanie: 39$
- David: 14$
- Creature Creator: 29$
- Ethnicity: 39$
- ...
Just to be able to do exactly the same as what I was already doing before!

And if I want to keep on using clothes (which I already paid hard bucks for!) I have to buy a plugin (Generation X) for 31$.

Sounds like one big ripoff to me.
Summerson Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes. Agree :) Till now M4/V4 worked well for me. Just trying to find any real benefits of switching to genesis. Still not sure if it worth.

PS. Generation X is just for morphs . Clothes could be converted with no additional plugs inside DS4.
IamUman Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for listening through my rant against Genesis :-)
And thanks for the tip about the clothes. I guess Genesis is a good thing for people just starting to use Daz Studio.
Pitty the support for the existing users is lacking.

Happy rendering!
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MarkH3D Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, thanks!
3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is utterly fantastic. Until today I thought Daz|Studio lighting was just impossible - you've opened up a door I never intended to walk through! :)
fluffgirl1941 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and there is more..oh so much more for a clever girl like you ..dazstudio 4.5 is free and full of suprise
IamUman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you find some wonderful things behind that door :-)
Cashile Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you so much for this ! very useful ~
IamUman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no prob.
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