Here’s a quick demonstration to show you two things; 1) How to use Dynamic Cloth in DAZ Studio, and 2) Just how frickin’ cool it is. Rather than explain what the differences are between dynamic and regular cloth, let’s show you instead
You will need:
- a copy of DAZ Studio
- a piece of dynamic cloth
Well, duh x 2. This is the last day that the Dynamic Tablecloth (best item, ever!) is free – unless DAZ3d decide in their wisdom and generosity to make it free forever. Just in case they don’t, I recommend grabbing it, right now.
Add a 1m cube to a blank scene (Create->Primitive).
Next, in the Content tab, go to Studio->Dynamic Clothing Props->TableCloth and double-click the TableCloth prop.
Now, select the cloth in the Scene tab, then in the Parameters tab drop the Y Translate down until the cloth is just above the cube. Around -100 should do it.
Head into your Dynamic Clothing tab. If you can’t see this, activate it in your View->Tabs menu.
Press Drape, and watch :D
Clever, eh? Now imagine that’s not a tablecloth on a cube, but a t-shirt on a figure, or a pair of jeans, or a morphing superhero cloak, or…… well, anything at all. The potential in this one simple thing is massive. I’m looking forward to dynamic hair in DAZ Studio that auto-fits to a figure, and poses and shapes with the wind.
The most boring render of a cool thing, ever.
Of course, if that was all it did, we would just file this until “cool!” then close the door. But that’s not all. Add Vicky (or any other figure, for that matter) to the scene, pose her then add the cloth. Move it so the cloth is just above her hips, and position/angle it so it’s roughly above where it should lay.
In the Dynamic Clothing tab, hit Collide With… and set the cloth to just collide with the figure’s Hips and below
When you’ve done that, hit Drape. If things don’t quite look right, hit Drape again. Unless you press Clear, DAZ Studio will keep draping and re-draping until you’re happy with the result. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 passes to get a satisfactory result, and it’s possible to cancel mid-drape if you like what you see part way through.
Victoria 4.2EZ, tablecloth, uberEnvironment lightset. Drape. Done.
I’ve been experimenting with Dynamic Cloth since it’s release, and barely scratched the surface with this mini-tutorial. Hopefully this is enough to get you experimenting too.
Till next time!