How to make a poser render look realistic

Written by regina paul
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While not everyone is trying to achieve realism with Poser, for example, those who do fantasy or science fiction renders, many people are going for a realistic look. Originally Poser was a program used by artists to help them learn to draw the human body, but it has since developed into a program that is used to create beautiful 3D digital works of art. With each update to the Poser program, more realistic renders are possible. There are many different techniques you can use to make your Poser renders more realistic.

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    Change the lighting in your render. Lighting can be used to change a render and make it more realistic simply by altering the lighting to show a different time of day, such as evening, twilight or midday.

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    Use real textures created from photographs of real things when texturing people, clothing and props. Textures can make all the difference when it comes to creating a realistic looking piece of 3D art. For example, when a clothing texture comes from a photograph of a piece of cloth, that looks more realistic than a texture someone created using a 2D paint program.

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    Create reflections on objects that would normally have one in reality. Some examples of this are a new car with a shiny coat of paint, a mirror or a shiny floor.

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    Render your pictures in Production only and mark the Cast Shadows box. If you are creating a picture that is supposed to reflect a sunny day and there are no shadows, this takes away from the realism of the piece. Casting shadows in your renders makes your art more believable.

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    Use high resolution skin texture. This is especially important with portraits. If you want your portrait to appear more like a photograph, then the skin needs to look real, and real skin is not perfect. High resolution skin textures show small flaws that make your render seem more realistic than some of the low resolution textures which give the appearance of plastic.

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    Give your Poser characters flaws when you create them. Look at pictures of real people. No one is perfect. Everyone has some physical flaw, whether it is a crooked nose or eyes set too far apart. If you incorporate some of these types of flaws into your characters it will make your renders more realistic.

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    Use a 2D paint program to add special effects to your renders, such as rain and fog, or adding a softness or glow to a character's skin.

Tips and warnings

  • If you cannot afford high resolution skin textures, consider using a 2D art program to add imperfections to the skin.
  • Be careful when adding special effects in a 2D paint program. Sometimes, if not done correctly, this can actually take away from the realism. This is especially true with weather effects.

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