Creating Maps for the Poser Material System

Skill Level: Intermediate / Views: 1759 / System Requirements: Poser 6 and above

This tutorial is derived from my latest book "3D Game Textures: Create Professional Game Art Using Photoshop, Second ed." In it I discuss the latest game technology; shaders, node based materials - you know all the stuff Poser has in it. I notice that the powerful Poser material system seems to scare some away or people don't realize it's there. This tutorial may help warm you up to the awesome power of the Poser material system.


LukeA on 1:10AM Wed, 14 January 2009

Introduction



This tutorial focuses on the creation of the various maps in Photoshop (or other similar image editor) for use in the Poser Material System. Specifically if you use layers and layer groups when creating your assets you will make life a lot easier on yourself and your textures will turn out much better.


Tutorial Comments


whitemagus  4:51AM Thu, 24 September 2009

Hi! Thanks keep it coming!

oldskoolPunk  9:02AM Mon, 02 March 2009

Thank you Mr. Ahearn! I have 2 of your books, and it is a treat to get a freebie like this from you. Id like to say that your tips increase visual quality AND speed up rendering at the same time. These techniques will improve any type of rendering.

JHoagland  12:23PM Sun, 08 February 2009

Good tutorial. I would like to see a tutorial (or just a screen shot) showing how these maps are used in the Poser Material Room.

Bondini  3:17AM Sat, 31 January 2009

This is some wonderful sunshine lighting the way. Yes! we would absolutely like more.

devin1  5:08AM Fri, 30 January 2009

Great tutorial. I'd certainly like to see one on putting the maps into Poser and setting up the nodes. I received your 3D Game Textures book for Christmas and am working my way through it now!

LukeA  3:15AM Fri, 30 January 2009

I will go back through and try to fix those occurences. Part of the problem is the fact that there are so many terms and they are often misused.

santicor  7:10AM Thu, 29 January 2009

Thanks I learned a lot from this but it was maybe a bit hard to learn from it .... sometimes your text does not match your labels in the illustrations.... for instance on page 8 your text mentions the words "color map" and "bump map" but the illustration shows a "diffuse" map, and I am not even sure if you are showing the bump map in the illustration. Love the tut, I just am not EXACTLY sure if I am seeing what you are trying to show me, because the terminology does not match in the text and illustrations

santicor  7:10AM Thu, 29 January 2009

Thanks I learned a lot from this but it was maybe a bit hard to learn from it .... sometimes your text does not match your labels in the illustrations.... for instance on page 8 your text mentions the words "color map" and "bump map" but the illustration shows a "diffuse" map, and I am not even sure if you are showing the bump map in the illustration. Love the tut, I just am not EXACTLY sure if I am seeing what you are trying to show me, because the terminology does not match in the text and illustrations

MRX3010  12:45PM Wed, 28 January 2009

Great tut! Yes lets see more on nodes creation!

PhilW  12:18PM Wed, 28 January 2009

Shows very well how good (and well planned) textures can transform a simple model into something amazing!

starlitemoon  11:33AM Wed, 28 January 2009

Excellent tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to teach us.

growminds  8:52AM Wed, 28 January 2009

It's amazing what a complex scene you've made using a simple model and these maps! Thanks for the tutorial. More tutorials like this would be very helpful.

dorkati  4:49AM Wed, 28 January 2009

amazing work!

LukeA  5:23PM Tue, 27 January 2009

Yeah took me a while to figure out too :) In Poser it isn't called illumination it is the ambient color and ambient value node. This is set at 0 by default so you will want to set it to anything above this depending on how bright you want your illuminated surface. Plugging a black and white map into the Ambient value node will control the areas that are illuminated.

kjr001  1:37PM Tue, 27 January 2009

Great stuff - very informative and easy to understand. I have one question, though. I didn't know about Poser being able to handle an illumination map? Can you expand please? Thanks for a very useful tutorial.

Lakotariver  8:07AM Tue, 27 January 2009

Your tutorial was very much needed. Thank you for your time. Happy Renders to you

Gini  8:10AM Mon, 26 January 2009

Thanks ! and yes, I'd like to see a tute on setting it up in Poser, nodes 'n all.

airflamesred  11:18AM Sun, 25 January 2009

Fine job-thanks

bobbystahr  3:42AM Sun, 25 January 2009

Very good job.. ...