#59: SHADOWS & LIGHT (Vue)
#58: ADVANCED DIRT MAPPING (Vue)
#57: SSS IN VUE 9, AND THE "SPECKLE" PROBLEM
#56: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL OF ART
#55: FIXING POSER CLOTHING
#54: MAKING "FOREST WAR - GOBLIN SHAMAN"
#53: MAKING A STUDIO RENDER FOR VUE
(and other apps)
#49: NEBULA MKIII (Vue)
#48: RENDER SETTINGS FOR VUE (Vue)
#47: POSTWORK - MAKING A RENDER INTENSE (Any)
#46: MAKING RIVERS THAT FOLLOW TERRAIN HEIGHTS (Vue or Bryce)

SOME TIPS AND THOUGHTS ON COLLECTING AND CATALOGING CONTENT, FOR VUE, POSER & OTHER APPS

Note: these are my personal opinions and observations.

Having content to use in your renders is crucial, just as knowing what to DO with them, you also need to have material to use, be it Poser people, trees, atmospheres or whatever. Very few people can build an entire scene's contents, so most of us collect content for use.

Where to get content?
There's many sources of content out there: sites, magazine CDs, commercial or free.

Here's a list of content by type/app


VUE:
Note, nearly all Poser content can be imported into Vue

CORNUCOPIA3D: primary source of Vue content, especially plants!
RENDEROSITY: note it also has an extensive "Freebie" section where you can find free stuff for almost any app.
DAZ3D: although mostly for Poser, it does have some Vue-specific content, plus Photoshop brushes and other good stuff, including apps and textures.
MESHBOX: models of many things mostly buildings
ASILEFX : lots of plants and tutorials.
GEEKATPLAY: mostly a site about tutorials but also has atmospheres etc


POSER:

DAZ3D: although mostly for Poser, it does have some Vue-specific content, plus Photoshop brushes and other good stuff, including apps and textures.
RUNTIME DNA:
SIXUS MEDIA: does a lot of fantasy and scifi items.
CONTENT PARADISE: also has many other types of content such as photoshop brushes, textures etc
XURGE3D: specializes in really high quality armour, scifi and modern combat clothing.


TEXTURES:

DAZ3D: although mostly for Poser, it does have some Vue-specific content, plus Photoshop brushes and other good stuff, including apps and textures.
CONTENT PARADISE: also has many other types of content such as photoshop brushes, textures etc
DOSCHE DESIGN: does HDR background images, textures, 3D models for arch-viz
MARLIN STUDIOS: tree "billboards" and low poly plants, low poly vehicles, textures.
WOLFIESDEN: textures, bryce models


MODELS IN GENERAL

DOSCHE DESIGN: does HDR background images, textures, 3D models etc
MESHBOX: models of many things I liek their fantasy buildings :)
TURBOSQUID: major commercial site for games, architecture etc


GENERAL:

SHARE CG: lots of free models and other stuff.


MAGAZINES:
(these are UK based by the way)

3DARTIST, and 3DWORLD both of these magazines usually come with a free DVD with content, another good reason to subscribe to them :)

ADVANCED PHOTOSHOP and PHOTOSHOP CREATIVE are magazines for Photoshop and usually have brushes, paths etc on free DVDs.


TIPS FOR ARCHIVING CONTENT

Previous tutorial on setting up seperate Poser "runtime" directories to keep it from becoming a huge mess!

Poser content is complex you often need to check where ot find the material setc, so always save a copy of the webpages and readme in the folder where you save your content too, for ease of use later on!

Also, always save pictures from webpages etc of your content you have just got. This should then show in your "folder icons", making it much easier to see roughly what your content is about. This helps enormously when hunting for suitable content. For example, say you are wanting to make an elven swordsman in Poser, if all your Michael 4 folders have images of what the items are, it shows on the folders, so you can see what's inside them easily, so it's easy to sort out what you want to use!
Note, apps like Vue and Bryce have content libraries which show images, so you don't really need to do that for them, unless you wish to.


Please note you can get TONS of free content and apps, legitimately! :)

Most sites I've mentioned have free stuff. You can build up quite a library of content free and honestly.
The main app I use is Vue Infinite, it has a "Perosnal Learning Edition", which is like a fully functioning demo that never expires, it just puts a logo on renders, so you can get legitimate, free apps too! You do not need to resort to file sharing to get apps.

Free Apps:

VUE PERSONAL LEARNING EDITION
BRYCE 5.5
DAZ STUDIO
GIMP
INKSCAPE
WINGS3D


GREAT TIP TO GET STUFF FREE OR CHEAPER!

Sign up to newsletters of companies, apps, models, etc you like! And just wait until there's a sale, very often you can pick up stuff for 50% off etc. Seriously, you can save a fortune doing this, especially with apps where a 50% saving can be a lot, or special big sales like DAZ3D's "March Madness".


NOTES ON FILE SHARING ETC OF CONTENT:

Now, please, although many folk copy and distribute content without permission on file sharing systems, please don't do it!
I am no lover of Big Business, Big Government and the atrocious IP, DRM and other crap they are shoving down our throats currently, ugh, but understand that the folk who make content are real people just like you! What, you think we're Bono or bank execs?! :P

For the love of Mike, please have some respect for the folk who make content, no matter your views on such things, it upsets a lot of them if they see their stuff being pirated. So, have some respect for people who make the stuff you use, ok? :)
Or they may just stop making it...

I give away a lot of stuff frree because of my personal beliefs, hey I wish all information and thus digital materials, was free, but alas, that's not the way this stupid world works. People need money to stay alive, to buy things to make more content etc etc, and there's plenty of folk out there who don't share out of principles, but because they are greedy, selfish dumbasses.
You think artists pull money out of their ass, or don't have feelings? Artists who sell content to help keep themselves and their families fed have every right to be angry at file sharers, even if I wish all digital material was free, it's the other people's feelings you have to consider and respect, as well as watch for the douchebags who just abuse stuff and screw it up for all of us.

I also sell some content to help pay for my art programs and content, I don't like seeing my stuff being copied without my permission, it's just plain bloody disrespectful, and dumb! Other artists though it seriously upsets. And commercial content you do not have permission to copy anyway (but you do have permission to use in commercial projects when you have legitimately bought it, usually)

If you can afford to pay for content, PAY FOR IT! I know poverty sucks from personal experience, but if you have money to pay for content, and don't...you're a cheapskate. Plenty of free stuff out there if you look, as shown above. I'm not here to screw folk over, I just want to help! :)
I'd love to give all my stuff away free, but as said, hey I need money to help pay for all this, and also if I gave it away free, the ones who rely on it to feed their KIDS would be put out.
I'm disabled, I rely on the generosity of the State to survive, I'm not some rich kid, fyi.
Art, fantasy, science, history etc are my passion: honour, mercy, love, truth and justice are my ideals...I'm a bloody walking anachronism, lol.

I'm happy when folk use my images on my site for their desktops anytime :)
But if they want to use my images for their sites they should ask me first and only if it's not commercial useage (unless they are Wizards of the Coast, lol! Hey I can hope...)
I NEVER let folk distribute my free models though, and many are "fan art" and damn sure not for commercial use or any distribution. Feel free to use them in your personal renders though! :)
Art's for enjyoment and enlightenment, hence why I share that which I have made myself, for free, but with limits, "enjoyment and enlightenment" is what Life should be about, not being a crass dickhead! ;)

Sorry for having to put this in, but people out there do need to realize these kind of things :)

PS
Poverty in material goods isn't the worst, it's poverty of the spirit that's the worse, and it damn well sucks for poor folks to keep seeking all the fancy, expensive geegaws dangled in front of their faces all the time.

From a bit of ancient wisdom: Desire can never be sated, since it can never be sated, it leads to frustration, frustration leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to violence.
That was written a long time before Yoda was created for Star Wars, lol, where do you think he got his version of that pearl of wisdom from? ;)

Dickens made a good point in "A Christmas Carol", the Ghost of Christmas Present has two dreadful, spectral children under his cape: the boy is Ignorance, the girl is Poverty, the Ghost tells Scrooge "Fear the boy, more!", very damn true! Ignorance prevents the understanding and knowledge to fix things...hence I try and help people.

I hope you find this of use! :)


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