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					       iClone G2 Diffuse Map Editing Tutorial
         Creating tattoos and make-up for
           male and female human bases
Category   iClone_Tutorial_Avatar
Date       2007.08.21
Version    iClone 2.0

Author     James C. Martin

           G2 CloneCloth avatars are a dual layered 3D mesh, the outer layer
           provides a way to place real clothing images onto your avatar, while
           using opacity maps to cut the cloth away exposing the second layer.
           This layer carries a nude human base texture that is 100%
           customizable as well. CloneCloth is the fastest and best way to
           create virtual clothing designs and styles for your real-time actors,
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           however, the skin diffuse is often times overlooked. This tutorial
           focuses on editing this skin diffuse layer in order to create virtual
           tattoos and make-up for both the heads and upper bodies of iClone
           avatars. Using digital images of both traditional and tribal tattoo
           designs, you will create sleeves and chest pieces along with custom
           facial textures.
Step 1)
Open iClone and place two G2 CloneCloth avatars in scene. You may choose to edit
and customize their clothing to fit the characters personality, in this case we are
creating punk rockers. Use your external image editor to fashion clothing if you like,
only make sure to expose your avatars bare arms so that you may place sleeve
tattoos on your character. To begin, choose the male, then go to AVATAR – SKIN –
MODIFY then select the LAUNCH button under the Diffuse portion of the menu.




Step 2)
You only need to be concerned with one of the four files that will now launch into
your external image editor, the iCloneSkinTextureUpper_Diffuse00.jpg. This is the
file you will add digital images of a tattooed sleeve to create virtual ink for your
avatar. Close the additional 3 files iClone opens (SHOES, LOWER, HANDS) leaving
only the Upper open. Then open an image of the tattoo designs you’ve selected to
place on your G2 male CloneCloth character. Isolate the sleeves in the image.
Step 3)
Copy the sleeves over to the Upper template and place them over the arm areas of
the diffuse map. A tip to fill the seams and fully connect the tattoos is to use a stroke
on the images of the arm, this is to ensure the bleed area is covered. Use an
additional image to create a chest piece, select another design and copy it over to
the middle of the chest on the template.




Step 4)
Once you are pleased with the design and placement of your new virtual ink you
then need to save the .psd file for future use and also replace the temporary
iCloneSkinTextureUpper_Diffuse00.jpg file found in the iClone Temp folder.
Carefully choose the name of the file and the .JPG format when saving. Replace the
temp file and select OK.
Step 5)
Return to iClone and scroll down to the bottom of the SKIN – MODIFY menu. Locate
and click the UPDATE button. This will replace the temporary file with the newly
edited version, automatically applying the tattooed sleeves to the G2 nude human
base.
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Step 6)
To save the new custom upper you have just created you need to navigate to the
UPPER BODY section, then choose the CUSTOM tab and click the ADD button from
the bottom of the menu. Name your new file and prepare to repeat the process for
the female avatar.
Step 7)
Select the female CloneCloth avatar, then again click on the SKIN menu. Go to the
MODIFY tab and once again locate and click on the LAUNCH button under the Diffuse
portion of the menu.




Step 8)
Again you only need to be concerned with one of the four files that will now launch
into your external image editor, the iCloneSkinTextureUpper_Diffuse00.jpg. This is
the file you will add digital images of a tattooed sleeve to create virtual tribal ink for
your female avatar. Close the additional 3 files (SHOES, LOWER, HANDS) that
launches from iClone leaving only the Upper open. Then open an image of tribal
tattoo designs you’ve selected to place on your G2 CloneCloth character. Mask out
the design and prepare to copy onto the Diffuse template.
Step 9)
Transform the tribal arm band over all four arm sections of the female diffuse
template. Another tip when creating tribal designs is to use a multiplying blend
effect in your external image editor to create a more realistic tattoo.




Step 10)
Use an additional image to create a tribal chest piece, select another design and
copy it over to the middle of the chest on the template. Do this after copying the
sleeves over to the female Upper template and placing them over the arm areas of
the diffuse map. You may want to repeat this process a few times to get an exact fit.
Step 11)
Again, once you are pleased with the design and placement of your new virtual tribal
tattoos you then need to save the .psd file for future use and also replace the
temporary iCloneSkinTextureUpper_Diffuse00.jpg file found in the iClone Temp
folder. Carefully choose the name of the file and the .JPG format when saving.
Replace the temp file, select OK.




Step 12)
Again return to iClone and scroll down to the bottom of the SKIN – MODIFY menu.
Locate and click the UPDATE button. This will replace the temporary file with the
newly edited version, automatically applying the tattooed tribal sleeves to the G2
female nude human base.
Step 13)
To save the new custom upper you have just created, navigate to the UPPER BODY
section, then choose the CUSTOM tab and click the ADD button from the bottom of
the menu. Name your new file and prepare to create face make-up and ink for your
avatars.




Step 14)
To begin editing the make-up of your female, make sure her character is selected
and go to HEAD – then TEXTURE. This will launch the Adjust the Facial Texture
menu and the tools needed to create make-up by focusing on the three main areas,
eyes, cheeks and lips.
Step 15)
Use the ZOOM IN icon at the top of the Preview window and get in close to edit the
eye shadow and liner. Use the color swatch to choose two different tones to paint on
colored eye shadow . Click on the POWDER PUFF icon to paint directly on the image.
Use the OPACITY and BRUSH SIZE sliders to define the softness of the shadow, and
the thinkness of the liner. Select a solid black color swatch and a small BRUSH SIZE
with a high OPACITY to create the liner. Do this for both eyes, until you are happy
with the 3d preview on the left.




Step 16)
Use the PICK COLOR icon from the toolbar to select a skin tone from the image. This
will open the Color menu, select the DEFINE CUSTOM COLOR button to open the
color picker. Pick a darker tone to your selected skin tone and use the ADD TO
CUSTOM COLORS button to place it in your custom palate. Again use the POWDER
PUFF tool with a low level OPACITY and a large BRUSH SIZE to create your avatars
blush. Do this for both cheeks.
Step 17)
Use the PICK COLOR icon from the toolbar to select a red. This will open the Color
menu, select a default red for the lipstick. Use the POWDER PUFF tool with mid-level
OPACITY and a medium BRUSH SIZE to create your avatars lipstick. Then choose a
darker tone and a smaller BRUSH SIZE along with a higher OPACITY to create lip
liner. Then choose OK when finished.




Step 18)
To save and update the new custom make-up texture you have just created you
need to navigate to the FACES section, then choose the CUSTOM tab and click the
OVERWRITE button from the bottom of the menu. Name your new file and prepare
to repeat the process for the male avatars final tattoo.
Step 19)
To edit the head texture of your male, make sure his character is selected and go to
HEAD – then TEXTURE. This will launch the Adjust the Facial Texture menu and the
tools needed to create facial tattoos by painting on a simple design directly in iClone.
Use the color swatch to a dark green to paint on a face “tat.” Click on the POWDER
PUFF icon to paint directly on the image. Select the desired color and use the
smallest possible BRUSH SIZE with the highest possible OPACITY setting to create
the tears. Draw on the tear drops under the left eye, until you are happy with the 3d
preview on the left. Then choose OK when finished.




Step 20)
To save and update new custom face tattoo texture you have just created you need
to navigate to the FACES section, then choose the CUSTOM tab and click the
OVERWRITE button from the bottom of the menu. Name your new file and you have
now successfully completed the tutorial.
Using the CloneCloth avatars allows users to create any garment they can imagine,
however, editing the human base along with the outer clothing mesh can give your
avatars that finishing touch they need to completely take on a totally distinct virtual
identity. Adding the fine details such as make-up and tattoos to your characters
ensures that your next real-time film will be filled with visually rich and interesting
actors. *NOTE      All hair models and accessories can be found in the FASHION
GEAR V1 content pack.)




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