Dad of Divas' Reviews: Poser 9 is a Creative Gift for Grads

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Poser 9 is a Creative Gift for Grads

About the Program 
Poser 9 is the world’s easiest way to create art and animation using 3D characters. Poser’s simple to learn tools and included characters let you focus on making art, whether you’re a professional artist or dabbling in graphics for the very first time. Poser includes over 3 gigabyte of ready-to-pose, fully textured, human and animal figures, basic accessories such as hair, clothing, pose sets, real world props and 3D scene elements. With Poser 9 you can start creating 3D character art and animation in minutes. With the Face Room, customize Poser characters using facial photographs. Add dynamic hair and clothing. Build a3D scene on Poser’s virtual stage with props, lights and cameras. Automatically generate walking or running animations and talking characters. Import motion capture files for even more animated realism. Animate lights and cameras, and then render scenes into photorealistic images and video for web, print, and film projects.

Along with 8 brand new 3D humans, Poser 9 includes an improved user interface to maximize your workspace while providing better workflow, a new search-enabled library so you can find, organize and use your content easier, a dependent parameter tool that lets you teach objects in the scene to interact with each other, cross body morph brushes to smoothly sculpt a figure across every body part, new photorealistic rendering features that more accurately reproduce light and shadows, and improved character rigging for even better character bending. To save time, Poser 9 has been performance optimized so you can pose your characters and render them faster on today’s multiple processor systems.

Poser 9 includes advanced Weight Map Rig support to generate better performing 3D characters that can be more easily posed with natural joints across the body. Hybrid Rigging supports both traditional Poser Sphere and Capsule zones to be used in combination. Poser 9 also supports both traditional grouped body part figures and single mesh figures. Weight Map Support for third party figures is delivered within our native poser file format, the PZ3, an open, well documented format that has been at the heart of the creative Poser community for over 15 years.

Poser 9’s improved Firefly render engine now supports Indirect Lighting with Irradiance Caching for Global Illumination effects and even supports rendering with Ambient Occlusion. New Shader nodes enable SubSurface Scattering for luminescent skin tones, FastScattering for bioluminescent effects and a Tri-specular Hair Shader for more appealing trans-mapped hair highlights. Poser’s physically correct light fall-off produces more photo-real final renderings. Even share final content via Facebook with our direct upload to your Poser gallery.

Other new features include multi-select drag and drop from Poser’s Library, Expanded Context Menus for better workflow, new camera modes to focus on your selected area, pressure sensitive tablet support in the Morph Brush, improved Content Management system with drag and drop, auto conforming, search, meta data support, zone strength display for figure rigging, parameter change indicator and the Recent Render palette. Whether you’re a serious artist, illustrator or animator or simply dream of playing with 3D characters, you’ll love getting creative with Poser 9! 

My Take on the Program 
I am not an artist in any sense of the word, but I like to pretend to be and have fun while doing this. This program allows the trained artist and the amateur to have the ability to learn to be a great or at least a good cartoonist. This software makes this process quite a bit easier and overall it was a lot of fun too.

The program took a little bit of time to get used to. Once you do get to the point where you have the use of controls you have so much control to make what you want when you want. The 3D aspects of the system took some getting used to ,but I found the interface to be one that is easy to follow and it does not detract or get in the way of you being able to create what you want.

I am definitely not an expert, and I don't know if I would even call myself a novice, but I will say that I feel that I am learning something new every day and it is through this learning that I am making some cool creations and I hope to continue this each day that I use it further.

Whether you are an artist already or you want to be one, this program will help you to achieve your dreams!

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