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DAZ3D Beginners Guide Setup

I am no expert on DAZ3D, this is just how I have it set up and it works great for me.
You can set up however you wish
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BEFORE YOU BEGIN.. CREATE A FOLDER ON YOUR DESKTOP
NAME IT... DAZ2B installed
*this is where you will download all content to move into your daz3d runtime folder
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visit http://www.daz3d.com/
where it says NEW TO 3D START HERE click START HERE
REGISTER .. register on the daz3d site BEFORE downloading daz3d
download daz3d (its free)
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Install DAZ3D on your computer
once its installed check your MY DOCUMENTS folder to see if you have a DAZ3D folder (you should if you installed daz)

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open your DAZ3D folder in MY DOCUMENTS
then open the STUDIO 3D FOLDER
then open the CONTENT folder
* below is a list of folders you SHOULD have .. if you dont please make them
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data
hair
lights
materials
people
props
ReadMe's
Runtime
Shader Presets
Templates
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** in the RUNTIME FOLDER CREATE THE FOLLOWING SUB FOLDERS (exactly as I have them named)

Geometries
libraries
prefs
python
ReadMe's
Reflection Maps
Templates
textures
Weblinks
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LIBRARIES FOLDER CREATE THE FOLLOWING SUB FOLDERS (exactly as I have them named)

Camera
character
face
hair
hand
light
materials
morphs
porthos
pose
props


* open the character folder and add the following sub folders (exactly as I have them named)
!!_1clothes V4
* sub folders in clothes as follows (you can create more later if you need them)
angel outfits
corsets outfits
cowgirl outfits
gothic outfits
dresses outfits
sexy nities outfits
fantasy outfits
halloween outfits
christmas outfits
winter outfits
summer outfits
uniforms outfits
victorian outfits

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***** NOTE... where you decide to place clothing for V4 for
ex.. a gothic outfit..
put it under gothic in the libraries/character/!!_1clothes V4/gothic outfits folder
now... IMPORTANT do this in the libraries/pose/!!_1clothes V4/gothic outfits folder
this will save you time and lots of headaches when trying to find a specific outfit you want to use
*** you wouldnt put a bikini in the dress folder.. its a good organized sytem i use.
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!!_1hair V4
* sub folders in hair as follows
short hair
long hair
gothic hair

!!_1shoes V4
* sub folders in shoes as follows
casual
high heels
boots
sandles


!_DAZ PEOPLE -- will be where you will place BASE figure such as V4, V3, M4, M3


!!_2Cookie
*create sub folders in cookie folder
!Cookie base
cookie clothes
cookie hair


!!_3Aiko 3 Hair
!!_3Aiko 3 clothes

!!_4Michael
*create sub folders in michael4 folder
M4 clothes
M4 shoes
M4 hair

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** open the pose folder and create the following sub folders

* open the character folder and add the following sub folders
!!_1clothes V4
* sub folders in clothes as follows
angel outfits
corsets outfits
cowgirl outfits
gothic outfits
dresses outfits
sexy nities outfits
fantasy outfits
halloween outfits
christmas outfits
winter outfits
summer outfits
uniforms outfits
victorian outfits


!!_1hair V4
* sub folders in hair as follows
short hair
long hair
gothic hair

!!_1shoes V4
* sub folders in shoes as follows
casual
high heels
boots
sandles

!!_1arm fixes V4

!!_1characters for V4 -- will be where you will place character addons for V4
!!_1characters for V3 -- will be where you will place character addons for V3

!!_1poses for V4
!!_1poses for V3

!_DAZ PEOPLE -- will be where V4 morphs, magnetize, V4 skin defaults will go


!!_2Cookie
*create sub folders in cookie folder
!Cookie base
cookie clothes
cookie hair
cookie poses
cookie characters -- add on characters for cookie


!!_3Aiko 3 Hair
!!_3Aiko 3 clothes
!!_3Aiko 3 characters for Aiko3


!!_4Michael
*create sub folders in michael4 folder
!M4 characters
M4 clothes
M4 shoes
M4 poses
M4 hair


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OPEN DAZ UP

Click on EDIT and then PREFERENCES
click on the DIRECTORIES tab
CONTENT TYPE.. dropdown on side choose DAZ STUDIO FORMATS
click on the ADD link in the middle and find the following folder
MY DOCUMENTS/DAZ3D/STUDIO3/CONTENT click add
then find
MY DOCUMENTS/DAZ3D/STUDIO3/SHADERMIXER/SHADER MIXER PRESETS/PRESETS
make sure both check boxes are checked and click Apply

back up to content type: in the drop down choose
POSER FORMATS (IMPORT)
click on ADD and find
my documents/daz3d/studio3/content
click add and find
my documents/daz3d/studio3

click apply and then accept

x out of that
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while in your DAZ you will see 3 tabs..
LOAD / POSE-ANIMATE / RENDER
always make sure you have RENDER tab open

you will see a icon row and under that you will see 2 tabs

CONTENT/SCENE
under content you will see a list of folers
* depending on how you have it set up you most likely wont see what mine is

here is how mine looks
under content
DAZ BUILT IN CONTENT ->
STUDIO3 ->
SHADER MIX PRESETS ->
SHADER MIX SCENES ->
CONTENT ->
STUDIO3 ->


all the content you use will be located under the CONTENT

click CONTENT and on the right side you will see

FIGURES
POSES
FACES
HAIR
HANDS
PROPS
LIGHTS
CAMERA

under figures.. you will see all the folders you created
this is what i call the BASE FOLDERS
this is where you load V4 and cookie base
this is wehre you load the base clothing
the base hair
the base shoes

now under POSES you will see again folders you created
this is what i call the ADVANCED FOLDERS
you add your v4 morphs
you add your v4 characters
you then add your textures to clothing/hair/shoes
you pose your characters
you add cookie characters
cookie textures for hair
cookie textures for skin
cookie poses
and so forth

your lights..
you will need to play with this a bit.. choose the LIGHTS folder
you will need to install them first (renderosity has several nice light sets)


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Again this is only A BEGINERS guide to getting started... I am no expert on DAZ3D this is just what works for me in a smoooth setting.
Content provided by Sinful Mindz and not to be reproduced by another.

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You can find a folder I have made ready to use under Daz 3D Usefull Tuts in the menu.