Sweaty Skin in Poser 7

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Node tweaking to give your Poser characters wet, sweaty, glorious glistening skin.


kfox on 2:27PM Tue, 05 January 2010

Kfox Sweaty Skin Tutorial



Posting this for those who requested.

This is all in Poser 7, so adjust for your own set up.
    1. Go into Material Room, select a skin material (I.E. Torso) and disconnect what ever is attached to Specular Color.
    2. Add New Node, 3D Texture, Spots.
    3. Change Base Color to black, Spot Size to .038, Softness to .4, and Threshold to .55
    4. Change the Specular Color to a light grey or blue, Specular Value to 1, Highlight to .03333
    5. Repeat for every skin surface. Don't forget lips and nipples!

    Yeah, tedious, but it's worth it. You can make it easier by copying the Spots Node after step 3 and pasting it into all the following skin materials. That eliminates steps 2 and 3, so all you need to do is connect the pasted node make the adjustments in step 4.
Experiment by fiddling with the values until you get the look you want. Make sure you've got a good strong light source to show off the wetness.

First image is the before sample for the the technique. Second image is the after image. Straight out of Poser 7 with zero post work. Don't want to hear about arm folds etc - this is just to show you the results of the node tweeks!



Tutorial Comments


canberra_boy  6:04PM Tue, 29 October 2013

Fantastic. Thank you for sharing this.

remo  2:50AM Mon, 04 March 2013

This is a great tutorial! I have been using it quite a bit. Many thanks!!!

celticfire  11:28PM Fri, 06 January 2012

Guh, Poser is so much more detailed and realistic than DAZ, are there any good DAZ tutorials for this same effect?

Grum  1:17AM Thu, 05 May 2011

Works great as everyone says! However, I after just a wet fingertip, I'm not going into explanations, use your imagination. Although I select just the tip, I see the map for the whole hand comes up, and of course the whole hand looks wet. Anyway of isolating just the tip?

Netrunner  9:36AM Mon, 28 February 2011

Very nice and easy. Thank you!

Fenix11  1:31AM Mon, 06 September 2010

Thank you!

SpookieLilOne  6:08PM Thu, 24 June 2010

This tut is awesome on pale pale skin it also makes a nice glimmery look. I can see this coming in handy ALOT!! Thank you soooo much!

gemimz28  5:22PM Tue, 15 June 2010

So why does it look great BEFORE I render it then it looks like burnt toast? New to this but it sure looks great b4 render...;p

nucks  3:08PM Wed, 19 May 2010

THANK YOU ! This works brilliantly ... now a question... This looks perfect for sweaty skin, what would you do differently for the more streaky smooth OILY skin (as in sunscreen oily)?

Phoenix1966  4:46PM Mon, 26 April 2010

Thank you!

shorterbus  4:16PM Thu, 08 April 2010

Thanks! Works great!

npauling  7:26PM Sun, 07 February 2010

Wow, this really does make a great difference to the skin. Thank you so much and now I'm off to try it.

DemStar  5:08PM Sat, 30 January 2010

I am fairly new to the Poser world and I have been searching for tutorials on Poser and have found some good ones. It so funny that I was just thinking of buying a plugin for wet skin. You just saved me some money. Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us. I will try it out now. Thanks

myaleigh  4:06PM Sat, 30 January 2010

Awesome tutorial. Glad I saw this! Thanks!

hrivera  10:37AM Fri, 29 January 2010

Thanks !!

matt1  8:15PM Thu, 28 January 2010

This works well in Poser 6 also!! Thanks!

kfox  7:16PM Wed, 27 January 2010

Fibbits - the easiest way to reduce the shine is to change the Specular value. Try making it .5 instead of 1.0 and see if that helps. This works fine on Hiro 3, by the way, even for those characters with nothing but a texture map. Your lights might be causing the excessive highlights. Try moving your brightest light and see if that works better.

flibbits  11:56PM Tue, 26 January 2010

This is nice. Thanks. How about hair, is there a way to make hair look sweaty or wet? Can this be toned back a bit, because on some skins (like Hiro 3 mats) it looks more like fully wet as if coming out of a pool.

Roxam  11:39PM Tue, 26 January 2010

wonderful of you to share this with us, and thank you extra so very much for the detailed step by step (easy to understand) instructions

already_taken  9:19PM Tue, 26 January 2010

Thanks Kfox. This is easy as pie and will have me fiddling with the material room for sure.

Indoda  10:49AM Mon, 25 January 2010

Great job - thank you for sharing!

infinity10  3:30AM Mon, 25 January 2010

Relatively painless instructions. Thanks for sharing !

Killebrew  9:29PM Mon, 18 January 2010

I love this! It's easy to do, and the renders I've used it on have generated more comments than any of my others. It works perfectly.