Daz Studio Content Creation Mastery Part 3 : Smart UV Mapping

Daz Studio Content Creation Mastery Part 3 : Smart UV Mapping


Now we’ve arrived at a stage where we have a finished mesh. In a real journey, you’ll get your first impressions of your destination when you arrive at your hotel. In product creation, when you get to UV mapping your mesh you’ll also get your first impressions of how well your finished mesh turned out.
We’ll discuss UV mapping techniques, I’ll give you an introduction into UV Layout and you’ll get several useful tips how to set up a UV map to make texturing easier.

Presentation Duration : 1 hour 45 minutes.


- Why we need UV maps
- Creating UVs from scratch in UVLayout
- Cutting up the mesh
- Activating symmetry
- Identifying problem areas
- Laying out the UVs for easy texturing
- Preparing alternate UVs
- Working with multiple UV tiles
- Why UVMapper Pro is still useful


"In this webinar series I'll take you through the various stages of the creation process, from planning your project over modelling and UV mapping to rigging, morphing, texturing, rendering and packing up. We will cover each 'leg' of this journey in detail and you'll get lots of useful information, tips and tricks. I'll show you various methods and workflows and discuss the pros and cons of each so you can make informed choices for your own personal workflow.

I'm covering the creation process using an upcoming product as an example. I'll show you how to create a suitcase and a duffel bag as rigged and morphing props and a complete outfit consisting of pants, shirt, shoes and earrings. On each item I'll demonstrate a different approach, method or workflow. You can work along with this course and in the end you'll have a finished product you can submit. I'll explain my choices and decisions in detail so you can apply these basics to your work even if you're creating completely different objects and clothes.

Are you ready? Let's go!"

Presenter : Esha

Esha lives in Austria and has been creating 3D products for nearly 12 years. She has created content for Smith Micro and Daz and is an active vendor at daz3d.com.

When Daz released the Developer Tools for Daz Studio in 2008 she integrated them into her workflow and has been working with Daz Studio, alongside Poser, ever since. In recent years she has been focusing on DS for product development.

Esha's favorite tools include Daz Studio, Poser, ZBrush, Wings3D, Xfrog, Marvelous Designer, UVLayout and Photoshop. In all of these she is a self-taught artist, basing her skills on years of experience and numerous online tutorials. She fully understands the difficulties of moving from Poser to Daz Studio, having made that journey herself, and enjoys passing on her Studio know-how to new users.

Esha also has several years of experience in teaching adults. She firmly believes that the best way to learn is to actively do something yourself, so she favors a hands-on approach in teaching.

Knowing only too well how tiresome it is to gather scraps of information all over the web she wants to provide comprehensive webinars that really offer solid information. Moving from the basics to advanced procedures she takes care to make sure that her audience will be able to follow her courses smoothly.

In her spare time Esha loves listening to classical music, baking muffins and collecting cat photos.

What's Included and Features

  • Content Details:
    • What is a UV map and why we need them
    • UV map for hard props
    • The texture map and mesh; the essential connection
    • Why UV Layout Pro is useful
    • Finding symmetry in the geometry
    • Cutting up the geometry
    • Unwrap and flatten
    • Number map view
    • Making cuts
    • Optimizing the unwrapping
    • UV maps for clothing
    • Welding clothing cuts
    • Automatic lining up and welding
    • Awkward parts in the map for clothing - how to deal with them
    • Using pins to mask from flattening
    • Flip/mirror a flattened shape
    • Stack feature for shapes
    • Using average outlines
    • Increasing scaling for more detailed sections
    • UV tiles
    • Saving templates
    • Assigning textures to groups in UV Mapper
    • Suitcase texture variations
    • Saving the assets in Daz Studio with the meta data
    • Default UV sets
  • Some points on Quixel and substance painter


  • This product includes:
    • 1 General Installer

Install Types:

Install Manager, Manual Install

3D Models for Poser and Daz Studio