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Sugar Skin In Daz Studio by Afina79 Sugar Skin In Daz Studio by Afina79
Tired of trying to get your characters skin to look right in Daz Studio? Sick of spending hours and hours burning and dodging your image? Yeah, me too!

Here is a simple quick tutorial on how to give your character textures that soft glow that only pregnant women seem to have. I have tested this out on a number of skin textures by various people and found it works great on all of them. You might need some minor tweaking here and there because of lighting but this should give you a good base to work with.

A few quick adjustments to your surfaces and bam! You have Sugar Skin!

Here is an example of this technique in use.

Want to know how to make great water effects in Daz Studio? Check out my other tutorial!
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farnea Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
interesting, thanks
xDLGx Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much^^. This torturial helped me alot ;).
sandrabauser Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello!  I love you water tutorial!  I was there any way to fade out or blur the back edge of a plane (like the one you use in your water tutorial) so that it blends into the background?  For the life of me I can't figure it out!
Thanks!  Sandra
xgnyc Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! :clap:
Alowe49 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Always good to learn, I have been using a similar set-up with some cobble stones I made in Daz (lighting model set to Glossy Metallic), to give a wet look. I had not thought to apply the settings to skin! Many thanks.
yeiyn343 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thanks so much for your help!
Machobubba Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx for this tutorial, here's a pic a created using this tutorial and the water tutorial in one image...…
ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
thanks for this
Inlandho Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Helpfull thank you !
BlackFromHell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic,it will much much better in the new daz version...
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Short, sweet, easy to follow :nod: thank you for sharing this!
Valar84 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Photographer
I don't seem to get that effect, and I'm applying exactly the same settings you applied in your tutorial... when I render with the "reflection" turned on I get the skin glowing, while lowering the "specular" strength to 23.1% makes the skin less shiny and more flat. I guess I'm missing something somewhere...
PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   General Artist
I like skin
Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another good tut! Thankyou! I'll be sure to give it a go!
stu53 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers my friend.
Dyraven Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work. Thanks so much for this.
Gelfayr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Awesome tutorial. Thanks!
julieax Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the tut.Am ever on a the quest to achieve awesome looking skin.
strangeloup Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to have to give this a shot and see if it's effective on male figures -- I don't render images of female figures too often -- and maybe if it can be applied to some non-human creatures as well. Thanks for sharing the info anyhow!
AlleycatCY Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the Tutorial :D
cryinginreddesigns Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!!! Im always dying to know others' techniques in their work. I always like to learn new things too so I am jumping for joy right now! I'll be sure to check out your other tutorial, since my next question was about the water! xD
givemeallyourpoison3 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, you're amazing. Thank you SO much for this, I always wondered how people got the skin to look so amazing. <3
KirikouYuki Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Use it in most of my pieces nowadays P:
Alonguy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Do you think this would look good on furries, too?
Afina79 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If you up the bump for it, it might give you either A) a shine to the coat or B) a wet look.
Alonguy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, and I did - [link]
As you can see, I also used that water effect of yours. Much better than my old one. And I used a few effects in your post-processing tutorial, along with a few of my own. Thanks for all those neat tutorials!
LostBrave Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Great Help.
Atlantean6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Why wasn't this included on the DAZ Render club, Alfina? you should submit this over there.
Afina79 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
And ack, still at my limit - will have to submit this one tomorrow.
Afina79 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly I am in so many groups I forget which one have or don't have my tutorials in them.
ldymech Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am just starting in Daz 3D and this looks so simple but the results look fantastic. Thank you so much!
Locke-Lyesmith Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Awesome tutorial!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!
shadowbob19 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Photographer
really great job on this great job really helpful
spawndon Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
astounding! its so easy!
lun4ticboy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
usifull !!!!!! this is the way tuts should be !!!
traumnacht Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
great tuts..thank you
AbaKon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Writer
Yeah. I totally love you.
alekesam Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thanks sooooo much. My skin for my daz characters looks so much more lively now. Like they jump off the page. If you have any more tutorials, pls don't be bashful.
Schiraki Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank! Ich habe es gerade ausprobiert und das Ergebnis ist umwerfend!
Hinoto1983 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
orachel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I'm a total beginner in DS, but I ADORE this tutorial and have told a ton of peeps about it. Will be back for all of them as soon as i get my bearings. But truly...lovely simple technique that even a noob can pull off. Can't ask for more!
vampchilde Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Thankyou so much for posting this tutorial. It's going to make it so much easier for me when I finally get into Poser and I need to play around with the skin!
sutdisi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for this
angel-arwen Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Thank you for sharing this!
I've been looking for a way to improve the way skin looks in my renders and this is perfect :D
andyroyd Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
rendering now, we'll see how it comes out but it gave me the right direction. Thank you for the tutoral.
Gwasanee Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Works fine! Thank you sooo much :hug:
Lillyanna-Windmane Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Neat tutorial, giving it a go now that I reinstalled Daz and got it back out to play with. :)

Thank you!
Afina79 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cool/ ^_^ Hope it works well for you. ^^
Thugnastay227 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010   Photographer
in daz do u have to create the characters from the ground up or are ethere pre made madels u can make thinner and fatter etc.
Afina79 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
With Daz you can do both. Now, you can't really build a lot in Daz but you can create models in programs like 3d max and import them into Studio. There are also plenty of pre-made models that you can use and adjust to fit your needs.
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