Working with Poser 6 Dynamic Hair [Part I]

tutorial series by Paula Sanders - Sr. Staff Writer

Working with Poser 6 Dynamic Hair [Part I]

Part I - Modifying the Skullcap

These tutorials started out as a single one, when I decided to update my hair tutorials that pertained solely to Poser 5. However, the scope grew until I also included exporting Poser 6 figures with strand based hair into other 3D programs. At the moment there are four tutorials: modifying a skullcap, creating the hair, styling the hair, and bringing the hair into Vue 5 Infinite. More might be written in the future.

While each of these tutorials is different, the first few screen captures and information are the same as they pertain to all of them.

To start with, some of the basic hair creating equipment in Poser 6 is different than in Poser 5. The bases for the hair have been changed, as well as the number of Guide Hairs and the way they are distributed. In addition, the calculations for the density of the hair seems different in Poser 6. I have found that these differences have caused me to modify the way I make hair in Poser 6. Although I follow the same basic pattern as I did in Poser 5, I have had to modify some of my methods.

First, let's look at the Poser 5 default settings for the standard skullcap for Judy.

Next, look at the skullcap for Jessi in Poser 6.

Lastly, look at the Follicle Surface, or Set, for Jessi in Poser 6.

If you look at all of the screen captures, you will notice that there is a huge difference in the number of Guide Hairs, as well as the shape of the different vehicles for growing hair. The shape of the vehicles can be modified, but I have not found a way to change the number of Guide Hairs by having the head have only one section, or many sections. How one divides it, does make a big difference, of course, but not as to the number of Guide Hairs per "sprouting" area.

In Poser 6, I found that I wanted to use the skullcap, but I didn't like its shape, so I modified it in Poser itself. If you use the following method (in Poser) to modify the skullcap, you cannot separate it and sell the hair piece as a wig, since you are using a part of Poser for the base.

  • Step 1 - Open Poser 6 to the Pose Room. Select the Group tool which will open the Group Editor.

  • Step 2 - Select Jessi's face in wireframe mode. On the main tool bar choose: Display>Document Style>Lt. Wireframe. You will be alternating between Lt. Wireframe and Smooth Shaded, which is the default.

  • Step 3 - Choose the face Camera. Also, choose the right Camera, left Camera, and back Camera for enlarging the head only. Put the magnifier on the head, and click as many times as needed to enlarge the head. Save your work with the four heads enlarged.

  • Step 4 - With the Group Editor open, select the head of the person. If there is a problem, navigate to body parts, and select Head. Then select New Group, rename the new group Skullcapsmall, and click OK . You now should have two names in the top window of the Group Editor - Head and Skullcapsmall. Select Skullcapsmall so it shows in the window.

  • Step 5 - Now that there is a new group, the new group has to be delineated. Here is where you will start to work with the four enlarged heads. Look at the two top buttons in the Group Editor. One has a plus sign, and is an add polygon button; the other has a minus sign, and is a delete polygon button. To add or select a polygon, you click on the polygon with the "add" button. To delete a polygon, you click on it with the "subtract" button. When selected, each polygon will appear red. The screen capture of the wireframe head shows the beginning of the formation of the modified skullcap.

    Below shows the outline for the modified skullcap.

  • Step 6 - Look in the Group Editor above, and notice the three boxes: Hide other objects, Show multigrouped faces, Show non grouped-faces. When you first start to work with the head, as you are redefining the skullcap, you can check the Hide other objects box, and you will only have the head visible.

  • Step 7 - Once you are finished, save it as a prop with a name.

  • Step 8 - Lastly, make sure you delete the old skullcap from the props that accompany this figure.

    You can modify the skullcap anyway you like, or not modify it at all.

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  • March 27, 2006