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DAZ/Poser content survey: ocean creatures and lighting

Sea Life! A quick survey of ocean and underwater life and lighting for DAZ Studio and Poser users.


The DAZ Store’s “Terrors of the Deep: Jellyfish” has some nice jellifish, which seem to render best in Poser…

Although note that the starfish and shell and other content is not included — it’s just the jellyfish.

Most people should have an Angelfish as standard, shipping with your Poser install. But there’s a surprising and severe lack of the sort of small colourful fancy fish that you’d see in an aquarium, at least with really good textures. Also missing from availability is a really strong pack of corals and small intricate shells.

Although the Toucan Museum in Japan has some beautifully textured OBJ fish for free. And Share CG has a nice classic conch shell for free.

The DAZ Store’s Pacific Rockfish Collection offers the brightest colours in fish with good textures…

There are a variety of shark packs, but one of the most fearsome sharks — as well as the best textured — is Dinoraul’s Carcharodon Megalodon

Stonemason made an early venture into creatures, with his deep-sea angler fish, before he went into large scenes. Although I found the textures on these only worked for Poser…

There’s also a very nicely made and textured Marlin and Ray in the “Sea Life Pack 2″ on the DAZ Store…

Personally I found the earlier “Sea Life Pack 1″ to be showing its age now, in terms of the modelling and textures. The Octopus still stands close-ups.

Also lacking, these days, are most of the aquatic creatures vended by Smith Micro on Content Paradise. You’ll find these bundled in the “Ocean Pack Bundle”, currently at $7…

Only the Octopus (also available on its own) can stand close renders, but the rest are ok for middle-distance and background.

The best crab is “Aquatic Crab” on Content Paradise…

Also have a look at PoserAddict’s crab.

I’ve yet to find a really good starfish.


The best Poser ocean is RD’s Poser Ocean, although this is ocean-surface only…

Those who just want beach and sea scenes could look at the DAZ Store’s “Waves on the Beach”, but be warned that this pack puts a very heavy load on the average PC, even before you try to render it.


There are some nice shallow underwater ‘sandy seabed’ scenes to be had by sinking the camera in the sea around the “Ultimo Paradiso” island, available on the DAZ Store…

The deeper sea might be covered by the DAZ Store’s “With the Fishes” pack…

Also have a look at Aquatica Reef on the DAZ Store, which unlike older cycloramas claims to be hi-res and able to stand close-ups and hi-res renders…

Seabed plants can be had from “Lisa’s Botanicals – Sea Floor Pack 1″ and Runtime DNA’s older Sea Critters pack…


The best undersea light sets are the DAZ Store’s “Under The Sea”, which work for both Poser and DAZ. They tend to moire when used on the seabed, but work nicely on characters and props that you intend to composite in Photoshop.

Photoshop users not afraid of a little post-production can generate sea caustics overlays for use with layers / Screen mode, with the Caustics Generator software.


Carrara 8
Carrara 8 is DAZ Studio's official 'big sister' software.
Carrara loads all DAZ and Poser characters and scenes,
and supports LuxRender for top-quality realistic rendering.


 
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