Practical Poser 6

nickcharles · March 20, 2006 2:32 pm

This book rocks! I am newer to Poser6, since I had used Poser4 and jumped to Poser6, bypassing Poser5. I was not that familar with the extras you get with it, like the Material Room, Face Room, etc.. This book shows you in laymens terms exactly how to do what you need to do in order to work in these areas.

There are some tutorials out there that I could not understand, as they were written for someone who has some knowledge of "how to..." before you even begin. But this book takes you step by step through what is needed to achieve what you want. It has pictures showing you the steps along with instructions on those how to's.

For example, even the littlest things like undocking the menu, and expanding it to show more then one column of items in, say, "figures." I never knew you could do that! My library is long, so this will really help save some time looking for things in each section.

Thomson Learning.
Thomson Learning.

I had even heard about multiple runtimes, but never could figure it out. This book shows you how!

Thomson Learning.
Thomson Learning.

Included are step by step instructions on how to bring your own face into the Material Room. This book makes it easier to understand exactly how to do this. It goes into what you need to do in Photoshop, PSP, or any other imaging editor for pictures, along with showing you how to bring it into the Face Room, and applying it to your figure.

Thomson Learning.
Thomson Learning.

There is so much in this book, that it would take pages and pages to show you all that you get with it. I am listing below the chapters in the book, note that there are tutorials within each chapter:

  • Setting up your workspace and libraries
  • Building scenes
  • Using thirdparty content
  • Using cameras
  • Mastering lights and shadows
  • Creating custom faces
  • Working with Poser hair
  • Working with Poser clothing
  • Assigning and creating material
  • Creating custom morphs
  • Creating your own image based textures
  • Modeling your own content
  • UV mapping
  • How to assign groups and materials
  • From modeler to Poser library
  • Rendering
  • Postwork and other things to consider

The accompanying Cd-Rom includes:

  • A special version of Anton Kisiel's Apollo Maximus 2005 compact
  • Hundreds of seamless and tileable textures from Audre
  • A few Poser figures from Daz
  • A selection of posable figures from e-frontier
  • Several sets of P6 materials for the material room from RDNA
  • A totally new toon figure from Sixus1 just for this book
  • Sample animation poses from pose animation by the Forge
  • UV mapper, the free classic version and a demo of the professional version for both PC and Mac
  • It also has images to go with the tutorials and color insert.

Wow! That is a lot of stuff you get with this book.

These authers took the time to explain it, so that even a beginner could understand it. I have to say this book is well worth it if you want to learn all the secrets in Poser6. I would highly recommend it to everyone!

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team_photo_1290.jpgSandra Castle [SndCastie] is a Renderosity Front Page News Staff Columnist.
March 20, 2006
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Article Comments

Deecey ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 20 March 2006

Oh, Sandy, what wonderful comments! Thank you so much! I wanted to pop in also and thank the community for receiving the book so well. Audre and I worked very hard on it, and hoped that it would be helpful to as many people as possible. We would also like to second the request to have readers of the book post links to images that the book helped them create!!! 8-) Also a heads up for an upcoming contest ... I will announce the contest when it's ready to go. The "Show Me Your Ugliest Render" contest will be showing up shortly, and first prize is a copy of "Practical Poser 6" autographed by "yours truly." Second and third prizes will also be awarded! Don't forget to post links to images that the book helped you create!

vitachick ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 22 March 2006

Great! Purchased Poser 6 Revealed and still confused.... Will this be offered thru Renderosity?

LillianH ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 22 March 2006

Yes! You can get this book right here from Renderosity. Just visit this link: Best wishes, Lillian

timoteo1 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 23 March 2006

Could you (or someone who owns the book) tell me if there are chapters (or sub-chapters) that delve into things such as "IBL Lighting", "Occlusion", "Atmosphere" (or faking volumetrics), "Advanced Material Room Settings and Features", "Dynamic Hair and Clothes" ? Oh, and last CERTAINLY NOT least, are there advanced topics on Animation and the graph editor? Thanks! In any case, this seems to be one of the better Poser books created until this point. -Tim

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 23 March 2006

It has a tutorial in chapter 5 for using photos and image-based lighting,creating and placing the image-based light. Chapter 7 has basic steps for dynamic hair and a tutorial on creating a fur coat and feathered quill pen. Chapter 8 covers dynamic clothes both creation and saving with tutorials. Chapter 9 goes through your materials room both simple and advanced explaining nodes and how to use them with tutorial. Hope this answers some of your questions timoteo1 Sandy

bruno021 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 24 March 2006

Is it better than Poser 6 revealed? I have this one, and it's boring for the most parts, even if you do learn from it.

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 25 March 2006

Sorry can't answer that one as I don't have Poser 6 revealed. SndCastie

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