Designed for professional cg artists and novices, Blacksmith3D provides artists with easy-to-use tools to create high quality art. 3D artists who are using popular modeling, animation and rendering packages find Blacksmith3D very simple to integrate into their pipeline and enhance the quality of their art in a short period of time. 2D artists, who are looking to experiment with 3D software, find Blacksmith3D very intuitive, as it has a common 2D paint application look and feel. And, the PRO-7 edition comes with our Texture Transformer version 2 software that is great for converting skin texture maps from many popular figures to another from cr2, duf, pz2 or mc6 file formats, and can even handle the transformations in a batch process to save time.
Get all of the version 6 painting and sculpting tools:
The 3D Painting is fully loaded with features to give the artist precision, power, and sophisticated drawing and detailing tools. Unlike any other 3D painting or 3D morphing solution, Blacksmith3D offers direct integration with Poser and DazStudio products with OBJ/CR2 import/export and PP2/DUF import abilities along with it's MAT and MOR exporting capabilities.
The morphing tools features a set of Chisel & Hammer tools, which allows the artist to sculpt fine detail or make big changes. Optimized to work with existing model topology, these tools enable the artist to carve details where it was previously not possible with simple brush strokes. For example, the Contour Chisel allows the are artist to simply draw curves and the model's surface conforms to that shape. Carve new detail where you never thought possible. This whole new class of tools makes Blacksmith3D a massively powerful and intuitive morphing solution. Blacksmith3D's morphing functionality utilizes Soft Selections allowing you to deform objects in a very intuitive way. The hotter portions of the object deform the most and the cooler parts deform the least. In this way, you can easily create smooth and continuous morphs, with little effort.
Have a background object that needs texturing? Hate UV mapping. use the "Paint Setup Wizard" to automatically UV map the object with the click of a button, paint a quick texture and drop it into your scene. This entire process can be done in under 2 minutes ( see tutorial videos )! Don't waste time manually UV mapping background objects and props. Click a button and keep going!
Prefer to paint in Photoshop or GIMP, but want true 3D painting capabilities? Use the "Projection Brush" to create high resolution "snapshots" and paint directly on them in your 2D application of choice. Reload the snapshot into Blacksmith3D and apply the changes. Works across UV seams and map boundaries naturally!
PLUS get these new features in version 7:
NEW Hair Creation and Editing tools
The Hair tab exposes tools for the creation and editing of hair objects for 3D characters. The hair is created and edited using a industry standard for 3D hair based on two main elements.
• A skull cap, or growth surface, which serves as a foundation for hair to grow out of.
• Flat, rectangular strands, which use a combination of transparency and color maps to give the illusion of many individual hair. A hair piece can be created from scratch, given the raw geometry used for the growth surface. Also, an existing hair piece can be edited as it is, or have additional strands added to it.
For users that do not use a drawing tablet, and for creating special effects like small hairs on a surface, the Auto Pressure feature can vary the simulated pressure for each paint stroke. To create a hair effect, the Auto Pressure Midpoint may be set to a small value like 5%, to create a fatter base and a thinner tip.
Stroke smoothing will automatically smooth out the path of the paint stroke to give a curvier effect. This will dramatically decrease "jitters" in the paint stroke that may be due to painting with a mouse or other pointing device that does not offer the natural motion like a stylus.
Optimized Painting Speed
Painting speed has been optimized for overall speed, and to reduce bottlenecks/lag when applying paint strokes to multiple high resolution textures.
Export and import subsets of your project using Templates. Templates can be customized specifically for your workflow. Examples of what can be stored templates.
• Complete character setups - Apply your own custom default settings for any character simply by importing the template. May include default textures, morphs, display groups, presets, etc.
• Image Map Layers - Create a template that stores only certain layers that can be reused in other projects.
• Morphs - Create templates for common morphs that will be reused often.
• Hair - Create templates for starting your hair projects, including custom growth surfaces, hair textures, etc.
• Almost anything that exists in a Blacksmith3D project can be stored and reused in a template.
Auto-assign image maps to all materials that share the same map for standard commercial characters ( e.g. Genesis characters by DAZ, Dusk/Dawn by Hivewire3D, etc. ). So if you assign a map to the material "Face", you will be prompted to automatically assign the same map to all other materials in that set like "Lips", "Nostrils" .- Texture Transformer Version 2.0 - Texture Transformer (TTv2) has received a major upgrade. Skin textures can now be converted using cr2, duf, pz2 or mc6 files AND without having to first save the texture(s) to the original/source figure (you must still own the original/source figure for TTv2 to be able to find it in your 'runtime' path). Also, we have added batch input/source files to batch output/destination files to sub-folder paths that you specific, which is perfect for vendors updating their character packs. Finally, the TTv2 packs are now distributed as files, instead of a folder containing multiple files. This makes managing your collection much easier, and hopefully will reduce confusion when updating your software. Please remember that TTv2 is only available in the stand alone version or in Blacksmith3D PRO-7, and not available in the Standard versions. A couple of the male conversions now also include an option for anatomy transformations. However, due to the way G2 and G3 have a hip replacement, the anatomy conversions only serve as a good starting point for the texture maps and will likely need some manual touch-up in your 2d application.
Fixed Assets - Content Management
Assets imported from your content libraries can now be stored as Fixed Assets in Blacksmith3D. This means that instead of saving and loading the data in every Blacksmith3D project and/or template file, they can be reloaded from their original file location instead. This makes project and template files much smaller, and faster to save. Examples of items that are good candidates for fixed assets are.
• Geometry files such as standard characters. ( e.g. Genesis characters from DAZ )
• Texture maps that are used for display, but not being edited.
Fixed assets are especially useful when creating templates, since the template can be redistributed to other users without transferring items that may be protected by copyright, etc. The end user will need to have those fixed assets installed in their content folders.
Photoshop™ ABR Import Support
Import ABR files to use as brush tips. Please note the following requirements.
• ABR version must be 6.1 or 6.2
• Only bitmap based brushes are supported
• Not all attributes of the brush are preserved due to compatibility reasons.
Texture Transformer Version 2.0 (in PRO edition)
The Texture Transformer (TTv2) has received a major upgrade. Skin textures can now be converted using cr2, duf, pz2 or mc6 files AND without having to first save the texture(s) to the original/source figure (you must still own the original/source figure for TTv2 to be able to find it in your 'runtime' path). Also, we have added batch input/source files to batch output/destination files to sub-folder paths that you specific, which is perfect for vendors updating their character packs. Finally, the TTv2 packs are now distributed as files, instead of a folder containing multiple files. This makes managing your collection much easier, and hopefully will reduce confusion when updating your software. Please remember that TTv2 is only available in the stand alone version or in Blacksmith3D PRO-7, and not available in the Standard versions. A couple of the male conversions now also include an option for anatomy transformations. However, due to the way G2 and G3 have a hip replacement, the anatomy conversions only serve as a good starting point for the texture maps and will likely need some manual touch-up in your 2d application.
Get the FREE TRIAL of Blacksmith3D Version 7 now. Please note that the Free Trial will not save or export, so any work done in the Free Trial will be lost.
Blacksmith3D is compatible with 3D Studio Max, Maya, Lightwave, Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Poser, Daz Studio, or any software applications that can import and export OBJ or FBX files and use standard texture maps (jpg, png, etc.).
Minimum recommended operating systems are;
- Windows (64 bit software for Win XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8 & Win 10)
- Mac OS 10.6 and up (must be 64 bit), Mac OS 10.5 or less (32 bit) is NOT supported
Here we provide a general guideline for the minimum hardware requirements. The true requirements will depend upon the nature of your projects (low vs. high resolution models and maps) and your personal expectations as far as performance is concerned.
- Open GL 1.1 compatible video card (most modern NVidia, ATI, and Intel GPUs supported.)
- Drawing Tablet support (optional)
- Optimized for Multi-Core Processors (Sweet!)
- Minimum 1 GHz CPU recommended
- 1 GB of RAM or more recommended, depending on usage. When editing high resolution texture maps (e.g. 4000×4000), 8 GB of RAM or more is recommended for optimal performance.
For education and product support, we have video tutorials available at https://www.youtube.com/user/blacksmith3D and an official Blacksmith3D forum at http://www.renderosity.com/mod/forumpro/showforum.php?forum_id=12459.