Follow the step-by-step guides and videos to help you quickly learn the basics of Poser. This section is highly recommended for new users of Poser. This section includes for the new Daz3D file installation method.
STEP 1: Setting up your user interface
Your user interface should be set up based on your needs, which in this case would be the basic user interface for Rendering. We'll hide all of the features that aren't essential to setting up a scene and rendering an image.
Step 2: Click on Window and make sure that only these items are checked:
- Camera Controls (optional),
- Light Controls
- Parameter Dials.
Your Poser Window Menu should look similar to the image on the left(Click on image to enlarge). Now your user interface has all of the features that you'll need to put together a scene and to render it. The Camera Controls are optional because you can go to the Display menu (located on the top menu bar) and perform the same functions there. You can close the camera controls window if it causes more confusion for you. Much of the frustration that people get when trying to learn Poser is because they are trying to learn too much at once or because they focus on features that aren't needed for the task at hand. Your new user interface will eliminate that problem
After Setting Up The User Interface: Organizing your 3D Content / 3D models
In the next few minutes you are going to learn the value of organizing your 3D Models. Before you spend hundreds of dollars buying 3D content, you should get as many of the free and legal 3D models based on the type of art that you like. There's no need to download and save goofy looking monsters or zombies if you want to create photo-realistic renders, so don't waste your time collecting 3D models that aren't going to help you accomplish your goals. Download models based on the art style you like and you'll rarely be disappointed in your renders.
Organizing and saving 3d Models is easy and that's where most people get into trouble. If you are the type of person that constantly has to search for saved files on your computer then this lessons is perfect for you. At the minimum you'll want to create and name a new folder with the name of the 3D model you are saving and you want to save sample pictures of that 3D model inside the folder. The few extra seconds that it takes to do this will save you time in the future. Within a month you'll have hundreds of 3D models and you'll need to have an easy way to locate and see what the models look like without having to install it. You'll also need to know which character base models your 3D clothing is made for.
Tip# 1: If you aren't sure of how to organize your folder structure then you can use the exact folder structure that I use to save my 3D model downloads. Customize it as you see fit My 3D Content zipped folder structure
Tip# 2: If you don't have an external hard drive then start saving up for one. 3D models can quickly take up space on your computer hard drive. Ideally you'll want to store your models on a separate external hard drive.
Stock up on quality free 3D models from these popular sites
- Daz3d - new free 3D models weekly
- Renderosity - new free 3D models daily
- Content Paradise - free 3D models for A3, V3
- Runtime DNA - short list of quality free 3D models
- Share CG - free 3D model site. You'll need to search for quality models
- Freepozitory - An unbelievable amount of free 3D model links.
- My favorite Japanese 3D model site - Use Google translate to help you navigate the site.
Install your new 3D content when you are ready.