a few words to get you into "Soulforged: the Outlander"
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in this thread want to show a few suggestions and tips to enjoy Outlander to its fullest.
First of all we should highlight that Outlander can be heavy on system resources.
This means that after loading the complete Outlander set your scene may sensibly slow down: please, note this has no impact on final rendering time, only on the speed your scene moves!
That said there are a few expedients that may speed things up considerably:
- Dress the character as last thing only once you've you set up ready so you scene won't be slowed down by the number of polys in the scene or just make the clothes invisible while you work on your setup (Figure -> Show all Figures: to make all items show up again at once, this will not work on props though).
- If you run out of memory you can reduce the texture size.
Very high resolution textures are supplied to offer a higher quality in general and in close-up, afterall textures can be re-sized down but not the opposite so better start with a higher-res file than with a lower one.
If you want to down-size the textures simply open the JPG file in a 2d editing program and resize them then export with a good compression to not lose too much detail (we usually use Photoshop and export textures via the Save for Web option with a compression of 50/65% depending on the texture).
Also remember to do the same with BUMP textures as these may be large as well. Specular and displacement aren't usually very large in size.
- If Poser is unable to complete a renders use the area tool to split your render in more pieces that you'll stitch in a 2d editing program.
Outlander is a large and complex product, sometimes you can't just load, pose and render as it COMPLEX and may easily need some tweaking and adjusting here and there due to the very nature and concept of the package.
Just arm yourself with a tiny bit of patience, since Poser isn't always user friendly when it comes to posing and tweaking, and you'll really enjoy playing with the set (see below for tips and suggestions).