It’s been a while since I posted on my blog. I’ve been busy learning to use all this great low-cost and free software myself.
In this image, I modeled a table and chair that we have in our breakfast nook, took pictures of the wood grain, and applied them to the models (this is called texturing). I then brought the models into DazStudio, applied the textures there, reproduced the chair to make a set of six, and staged them in a set called Nook: Now and Then I bought from Daz. The final image used a render plug-in for Daz Studio called Reality which ports the data to an unbiased render engine called Luxrender.
Here are the tools I used, and their cost:
Model table in Hexagon: free from Daz3d.com
Model chair in Blender: free from Blender.org
Create textures in GIMP: free from GIMP.org
Buy NOOK: now and then: $1.99 for Daz3D Platinum Members ($9.99 for non-members)
Bottle, snifter and candleholder: free from various sources
Stage in Daz Studio 4: free from Daz3d.com
Render through Reality Plugin: $59.95 from preta3d.com
Render with Luxrender: free from luxrender.net