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After learning the basics of hair styling with Garibaldi Express, I decided to test it's versatility by creating fur. This render is currently featured on the Garibaldi website Gallery and Product page.

Check out Dance with the Devil in the Pale Moon Light to see the Mohawk I styled.

DAZ Studio 4.5 Render, Garibaldi Express Hair System.

Content Used: Catgirl Genesis, Gorilla for Genesis, Skies of Economy, Heart of the Jungle, Jungle Vines, Various Genesis Morphs, V5/Supermodel, Chibi Girl, Hitomi, Nata, Taiga, Aiko 4 (genesis), Sadie, Abominable, Mr. Hyde.
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NeilV Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
I purchased Gerabaldi but have no luck getting this quality
did u export as obj?
or did u use reality render?
can u guide me please
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I did not export to obj or use Reality, this was rendered in DAZ with 3Delight. I'm no master of Garibaldi, I just went through the documentation and forums to get the basics down and did a lot of tweaking until things looked right.

I usually have to do a lot of tweaks to the hair base/tip colors, the salt/pepper, the specular settings of the Garibaldi material and of course lighting.  It can be time consuming because they all interact and sometimes things will just not look right until you get them all in a compatible zone. Also the width & amount, clump, scraggle, frizz and brushing all help to give it a more natural look.

Sorry I can't be more helpful. I don't have all the details fresh in mind and my process if often chaotic.  If you have any specific questions or works you wan't feedback on let me know.  I assume you've been through the online help?

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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
its ok I have looked at the tuts and have them booked marked for some time now but I have yet to get a good result thanks
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It took me over 30 iterations to get the gorilla hair in that state so it was a lot of trial & error ;-).  If your interested here is my latest render using Garibaldi: fav.me/d717jjx. It was used for all the hair on the green guy and on the demon's legs. 

In addition to learning the technology it helps to study real hair on people, animals, etc. It varies in thickness, density & length in different areas, also the direction of the grain forms patterns.  Watch out that the hair does not all stick up uniformly, this can create a bad halo effect that looks very unnatural.  Hair often looks feathered at the edges.  I try to accomplish this in 3D but if some spots need work I might feather them a bit in post using a very small (often 1 pixel) brush with the smudge tool. Smudging can look very bad if overdone so I do it on a separate layer so I can toggle it, mask parts out or adjust it's opacity.  
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
i alwaYS look for tutorials & other work to see for hints but mine is consistently crappy no realism in the hair
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm addicted to information, tutorials, etc.  They help get me started but I have to do a lot of experimenting to really get the feel and a solid understanding that I can apply to unique works

An exercise that might help would be to try to mimic the hair from a photo as closely as you can.  This would give you a direct reference so you could clearly compare what aspects may be off.  Then you might be able to apply that understanding to something done from scratch in the future.

I also find that practicing fine arts, like drawing from life can really strengthen the eye and hand.



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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
yes i keep a lot of images for reference but have no luck yet creating any good hair
I only can draw cartoon I hate reality images I feel they r a hard surface the cartoon images for me are a softer more forgiving surface
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If you are determined and keep at it you should improve over time.  

I often prefer stylized art since it offers more freedom to be expressive.  
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE job on the gorilla! He's very toony - nice to see that can be done with Genesis and Garibaldi ;).
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I feel like just about any humanoid shape can done with Genesis, then Garibaldi adds infinite hair/fur possibilities on top of that. :-)
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Gaymerboi Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Question, how did you get the hair color to match the texture of the kitties? I have Garibaldi, but I can't seem to figure out how to get the hair to be the same color as the texture.
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's been a while since I used Garibaldi so I don't remember all the details. I do hope to work with it again soon.

First you need to prepare the images. You can try to use the character's original skin textures but it helps to do a little editing. I like to make a base version that is darker and a tip version that is lighter. It's also good to remove any details that are not part of the fur or hair.

You also need to make sure the textures are in the proper format (1024x1024 .png), named correctly (coresponding to the surface names) and put in to a folder (you import folders not files). If your using different images for the base and tip they should be in seperate folders. You import textures in the "Paint Workspace". On import make sure you set the type to "colour". See the Paint Workspace section of the user guide for image format & import details: [link]

In the Distribute Workspace, under "Colour Settings" you can set your imported textures for the base & the tip. If you need more detailed info see the Distribute Workspace section of the user guide: [link]

Hope that helps.
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Gaymerboi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
That does help. Their website wasn't really very easy to follow.
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad that helps. I also forgot to mention if you have trouble figuring out formats & naming conventions you can export textures first to use as a template. Just check all the needed surfaces in the setup tab, then go to the paint tab and hit export. Or paint some density first if you want more of a guide. Then you can find the matching character skin color textures and paste those into the exported files to make sure the format & names are good.
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MegonNoel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This turned out amazing! The movement and expressions are perfect - So awesome! :)
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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SnowSultan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   Digital Artist
This practically looks like a still from a CG movie. Great job with Garibaldi too!
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LlolaLane Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU... for adding "Gotcha!" to our NEW DAZimals Group :)

LOL... GREAT expressions!!! makes me smile whenever I see it :)
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome & thanks for having it in your group gallery. Glad it made you smile, that is the exact reaction I was going for when I made it. :-)
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LlolaLane Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mission accomplished then :) Can't wait to see what other animals you render for our little zoo :)
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Rakceyen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just got that hair plugin, and it is so much better than Look At My Hair.
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Never tried LAMH, just saw you were having stability issues with it. Garibaldi was only a little unstable for me in early beta but works great now.
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Rakceyen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LAMH was neat and simple, but it doesnt do nearly as much stuff as Garibaldi. Plus it was constantly crashing. I dont know if it was just me, but it seemed like everyone else was having no issues. I just couldnt do much with it without something going wrong, and when I saw the Garibaldi system, I asked for a refund.

Yes Garibaldi does work really well, and it looks better too.
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah renders I've seen w/Garibaldi looked nicer to me & it's not that hard to learn. LAMH might be simpler & they have a free player. Both export obj but that's not always practical. Garibaldi more than covers all my hair needs for now. Glad you were able to get a refund.
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Rakceyen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im glad too, its how I was able to get Garibaldi.

The biggest problem I had with LAMH was full body fur. I couldnt do things like this [link] . The hair wouldnt render correctly, it was coming out almost invisible. Plus it would crash with that much hair.

The only thing that made LAMH simpler was it was on one page, but I like Garibaldi's page system. Its easier to use that way.
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I was surprised even my 5 year old PC could handle 3 figures with full body hair. The only issue I have with Garibaldi is that using my wacom to style hair can be laggy but it's still a great plug-in overall.
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Rakceyen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I noticed the lag with my tablet too. Other than that it's very stable.
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mopar126 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is really cool! Very nice work.
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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HeraldOfFire Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable catgirls. What did they do to annoy the angry gorilla though, steal his banana? The kits are definitely on my must-have list, along with either Garibaldi or LAMH. Lovely image with great use of the hair plugin too.
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Swawa3D Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Yeah, maybe they stole his banana or played some sort of trick on him. I'm sure they are always getting into mischief. The hair plug-ins really allow you to add a personal touch.
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