11
Feb
09

Digital Dagobah – Part 2 (Yoda) Advanced Character Customization in iClone3.2

Create Master Yoda from CloneCloth for Stout Man vol.1

Create Master Yoda from CloneCloth for Stout Man vol.1

Yoda, you seek Yoda iCloners and I commend your efforts. Today’s tip is not for iClone Patawans, this is for the true Jedi Cloners out there because it is Advanced Character Customization utilizing custom facial image application and texture editing, head morphing and feature adjustment with CloneCloth creation techniques using Diffuse and Opacity maps for one single character design. Combining all these aspects will allow you to create Master Yoda using the Moe,  CloneCloth for Stout Man vol.1 content pack from Reallusion. Editing textures for both the face of Master Yoda and the cloak will require that you have a relatively well versed knowledge of the Force…I mean, Photoshop…Photoshop or another external image editor. Why? Because, the face of Master Yoda requires that head morphing shapes work and fit properly with the custom facial texture, especially around Master Yoda’s trademark ears. Also, in order to manipulate the dual-layered 3D mesh of the Moe Overcoat CloneCloth avatar you will need the graphic skills necessary to create the proper character wardrobe to match the look from the movie itself. But not to worry, Darth Martin is here to help you along your path! Follow the steps below to create Master Yoda for your iClone Star Wars cast or watch the high-speed video build provided at the bottom of the post.

  • Load the Moe Overcoat avatar into the scene ( be sure you have the CloneCloth for Stout Man vol.1 content  installed first )
  • Click the Head tab from the top
  • Select the Load Image button to place a previously saved custom .JPG image of Master Yoda found here
  • Crop 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, use the Scale and Move tools greatly here to get a proper fit
  • Click OK to apply the changes and create a custom Master Yoda face
  • Name and Save the new head as Yoda
  • In the Modify Panel, under the Facial Feature portion of the menu select the Head option
  • From the different Head Morph options choose Devil
  • Adjust the Strength slider to edit the size and amount of morph that Master Yoda requires
  • Select the Mouth button to customize the teeth position
  • Use the Move values and the Height and Width sliders to properly fit the Mouth inside the head
  • Choose a Teeth Template to place a custom set of teeth in the avatar ( for this example I use the Sharp template )
  • Select the Eyes button to customize the characters Eyes
  • Choose an Eye Template to place a custom set of Eyes in the avatar ( for this example I use the Dark template )
  • Use the Scale values and the Narrow/Wide slider to re-size the eyes
  • Use the Move values to properly fit the Eyes inside the head
  • Select the Faces button
  • Edit each Facial Feature individually until you achieve the proper shape for Master Yoda’s head
  • Click the Actor tab from the top once again
  • Select the Skin button
  • In the Modify Panel, under the Material and Texture settings portion of the menu
  • Use the fly-out menu and select Face to activate the face texture channels
  • With the Diffuse Map selected for the Face, click the Launch button to open the image for editing in an external editor ( for this example I use Photoshop, but any image editor you are comfortable with )
  • Edit the Facial image paying close attention to the Ears ( for this example I use the Liquify and Clone Stamp tools to stretch the Ear textures and even out the skin problem areas )
  • Save Over the existing .JPG image
  • Return to iClone
  • Click the Update button to apply the edits to the Face texture ( it may take a few tries to get the Ear texture fitting just right with the Head Morphed shape of the mesh, so all you need to do is re-edit and re-save and repeat )
  • Select the Avatar button
  • In the Modify Panel, use the Adjust Proportion sliders for each part of the both you wish to scale ( for Master Yoda I suggest you adjust the Head, Neck, Shoulders, Biceps, Forearms, Upper and Lower Torso, Thighs, Feet, Hands and Fingers…pretty much everything! )
  • Click the Upper Body button to begin editing the CloneCloth template
  • In the Modify Panel, with the Diffuse Map selected for the Upper Body, click the Launch button to open the CloneCloth template for editing in an external editor ( again for this example I use Photoshop )
  • Open a previously saved custom .JPG image of Master Yoda’s Robe found here
  • Copy the image over to the CloneCloth template image, this will create it as its own layer on the template file
  • Create a custom CloneCloth design using the copied .JPG Yoda Robe image by Cutting, Copying and Pasting the Chest and the Arms as their own layers
  • Use Transform tools to fit the Chest and Arms to the template for the Front and Back
  • Merge all Layers then Save over the existing Upper Body .JPG image ( be sure you can step back in History to retrieve the Front and Back layer for later development of the Opacity Map )
  • Return to iClone
  • Click the Update button to apply the edits to the Upper Body texture ( it may take a few tries to get the Robe texture fitting just right with the UV CloneCloth Template, so all you need to do is re-edit and re-save and repeat until your pleased )
  • Return to your external image editor and make a selection of the Robe layer you created
  • Fill the entire selection with Solid White this is to make this area 100% visible when applied to the avatar
  • Invert your selection and fill the outside background area with Solid Black to make this area 100% invisible when applied to the avatar
  • Use a Solid Black Paint Brush tool to create frayed edges on the ends of the sleeves and the bottom of the cloak
  • Go to File Save As
  • Save the file in the .JPG format
  • Name the file Yoda Robe OPACITY
  • Return to iClone
  • Select the Opacity Channel for the Upper Body
  • Click the Open button to import the new Yoda Robe OPACITY
  • Navigate to the file and double click to apply (notice the change to the hard edges of the CloneCloth mesh to a much softer look and feel )
  • Repeat the process for the Lower Body making it a Solid Brown texture to match the inside of the cloak
  • Click the Add button under the Scene Manager
  • Name the avatar Master Yoda

Advanced Character Customization in iClone3.2 covers a light-year in ground as far as the combined areas and features it takes to really get that perfect character match. Creating Master Yoda could not be as well done without the Devil head morphing option that was new to iClone version 3, or the Moe, CloneCloth for Stout Man vol. 1. As new features, functions and content becomes available to users, it opens new creative doors that allow artists to explore characters and creations that they may not have been able to before due to one small aspect or another. Body and Head modification make the Master Yoda avatar not only possible but completely believable to even the most hard-core of Star Wars fans, so use these features to their fullest potiental in relation to cool and ineresting characters and content as well. For more information regarding Character Sub Node Proportion Adjustment be sure to check out the Online Beta Index. 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 Advanced Character Creation of Master Yoda. Enjoy!

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