Have you ever wondered when you were looking through digital art galleries how the artists get their Poser characters to look so life-like? One of the ways digital artists do this is with a little post work that gives their Poser characters luminous, healthy, and glowing skin. And now I’m about to let you in on this little secret as well. Before I show you how to help your characters get their glow on using Paint.net, if you haven’t already, you can download your copy of Paint.net here: http://www.getpaint.net/index2.html
Step 1: Render your picture with a black background and save it as a jpeg.
Step 2: Open your Poser picture in Paint.net.
Step 3: If you haven’t already make sure all your windows such as layers, tools, and the color palette are available. If not go to the Windows drop down menu and select them all. You can even elect to make them translucent by selecting that option if you like.
Step 4: Select the Wand tool, and then use it to select your character only. It may take you a few tries before your whole character is selected. Start out by clicking on your Poser character with your mouse. Most likely this first try will not select all of your Poser character, but only those parts of him/her that are the same color as you clicked on. You can hold down the control key to continue selecting whichever parts of your Poser character still need to be selected, until your whole Poser character has been selected. This will be obvious by the rotating, blinking white dotted line outlining your Poser character. If you have any flashing rotating areas inside the outline of your character then the whole character has not been selected, and you’ll need to hold down the control key and select whatever is flashing. If by chance you accidentally select the background too, you can go to the Edit drop down menu and select Undo to get rid of your last selection.
Step 5: Once your Poser character is selected, go to the Edit drop down menu and select Copy. Then go to the Layer drop down menu and select Add New Layer, and then back to the Edit drop down menu and select Paste. This will past your character without the background onto the new layer.
Step 6: Go back to the Edit drop down menu and select Deselect. This will make it so your Poser character is no longer selected. Make sure you have copied your Poser character to the new layer before you take this step, otherwise you will have to re-select him/her.
Step 7: Go to your Layers window and deselect the Background layer by taking the check mark out of the little box. You should now be looking at only your character with a gray and white checkered background. Don’t worry you haven’t deleted or lost your background, you are just making it invisible for a moment or two.
Step 8: Now you want to duplicate the layer that has just the figure. Go to Layers on the drop down menu and select Duplicate Layer. So now you should have two layers with just your figure on them and the gray and white checkered background.
Step 9: Go to the Effects drop down menu and select Blur and then Gaussian Blur. Choose a 10 pixel radius for the blur which seems to work best when adding a glow to the skin of your Poser characters.
Step 10: Double click on the layer that you have added the Gaussian Blur to, open the Layer Properties window and change the mode to Screen and the opacity to 60.
Step 11: Duplicate this layer as well. Then open the Layer Properties window and change the mode to Overlay and the opacity to 100.
Step 12: Now you can play with the opacity on the overlay and the screen layers till you get the effect you want. I ended up with a screen layer with an opacity of 255, and an overlay layer with an opacity of 100 to get the glowing effect I was looking for for my Poser Character.
Step 13: Once your figure’s skin is glowing to the extent that you would like, go to the Image drop down menu and select Flatten. This will flatten all your layers into one and then you can save your picture as a jpeg.
I love adding a glow to the skin of my Poser characters because it gives them a much more life-like appearance. I’ve even had a few people think my pictures were actual photos of real individuals! So, now you know how to add a glow to your character’s skin, and you too can give your Poser pictures some extra life.