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Digital Dagobah – Part 1 (Luke) Basic Character Customization in iClone3.2

Luke on Dagobah created with 2nd Ranger Sergeant

Luke on Dagobah created with 2nd Ranger Sergeant

Greetings iCloners, today’s tip is Basic Character Customization – Part 1 which is going to show users how to take the 2nd Ranger Sergeant avatar from the G.I. vs. Wehrmacht content pack and apply some simple customization techniques to turn that character into Luke Skywalker on Dagobah. Users will be instructed to carry out a basic face fitting with a custom photograph and then ask to edit the Upper, Lower, and Shoe textures to complete the transformation.  Advanced Character Customization will be covered in Part 2 of this tip showing users how to apply advanced techniques to create Master Yoda inside iClone. But first, we need a Luke on Dagobah for our iClone Star Wars project. If you review the scenes on Dagobah in Star Wars ( Empire Strikes Back ) you will notice that Luke’s outfit is very similar to the design of the 2nd Ranger Sergeant, this is typical George Lucas because ol’ George loved to “borrow” designs and concepts from old WWII footage. This carried over into everything from Tie Fighter battles to the costume design for certain aspects of characters. This is a prime example of one such design used to outfit Luke Skywalker during his Jedi training on Dagobah. Follow the steps below to take your G.I. vs. Wehrmacht 2nd Ranger Sergeant from soldier to Jedi by adding a custom facial image and a few body texture editing techniques.

  • Go to the Actor Tab
  • With the Avatar button and the Template tab selected locate the WWII folder ( G.I. vs. Wehrmacht content must be installed first )
  • Double Click the 2nd Ranger Sergeant avatar to place it in the scene for the purpose of becoming Luke on Dagobah
  • In the Scene Manager select the Helmet prop under the 2nd Ranger Sergeant
  • Strike Delete to remove the Helmet
  • Click the Head tab from the top
  • Select the Load Image button to place a previously saved custom .JPG image of actor Mark Hamil found here
  • Fit the Bounding Box
  • Choose Male from the Face-list menu
  • Click Next
  • Use the Rotate, Orbit and Scale tools to fit the Bounding Box
  • Click Next
  • Align the Feature Points to the Eyes, Nose and Mouth
  • Click OK to apply the changes and create a custom Luke Skywalker face
  • Click the Actor tab once again
  • Select the Hair button
  • Place a custom Hair Model on the avatar  from the Template folders, for this example I use the Emo hairstyle
  • In the Modify Panel, under the Adjust portion of the menu use Move and the Z Scale values to customize the shape and position of the Hair model
  • Under the Adjust Color portion of the menu, use the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation sliders to edit the Hair color
  • Click the Upper Body button to edit the Upper body texture
  • In the Modify Panel, under the Adjust Color portion of the menu, use the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation sliders to edit the  color of the 2nd Ranger Sergeant default upper texture to appear more like the film character
  • Click the Lower Body button to edit the Lower body texture
  • Under the Adjust Color portion of the menu, use the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation sliders to edit the  color of the 2nd Ranger Sergeant default lower texture to appear more like the film character
  • Click the Shoes button to edit the Shoe textures
  • Finally, in the Adjust Color portion of the menu, use the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation sliders to edit the  color of the 2nd Ranger Sergeant default Shoe textures to appear more like Luke on Dagobah
  • Save your new Luke Skywalker custom avatar by clicking Add in the Content Manager

Basic Character Customization in iClone3.2 can be as simple as adjusting the default parameters of a character and placing a custom facial image in order for a specific actor or look to be recognized. The trick is to really pay close attention to what content is available to you right now either in your own libraries or in the Reallusion content store and considering what matches there are for other productions you wish to film. In this case the G.I. vs. Wehrmacht and the Moe CloneCloth content packs allowed me to cast both Luke Skywalker and Master Yoda with a bit of both basic and advanced character customization techniques. In part 2 of this tip you will go on in your training to a more in-depth look at how to create the Master Yoda avatar with Head Morphing and texture editing techniques along side CloneCloth creation and application. Only true iClone Jedi need to attempt that real-time path to the force. Below you will find an accurate Machinima recreation of the famous “X-Wing emerges from the swamp” scene from Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back created in 9 hours, with the Basic Character Creation of Luke Skywalker. Enjoy!

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1 Response to “Digital Dagobah – Part 1 (Luke) Basic Character Customization in iClone3.2”


  1. January 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Outstanding awareness on the subject. Without a doubt a fresh bookmark


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