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D-Form Tab Options

The D-Form Tool has its own tab shown below. To open the tab, choose View > Tabs > D-Form.

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There are no tab options, so that particular button is grayed-out. The tab can be docked or left floating, as you desire. The buttons that appear in this tab are as follows.

  • Create New…: This will create a new D-Former tool that will affect all nodes selected in the Scene. Select one or more nodes, and clicking this button will present the dialog shown below, where you are asked to give the new D-Former a name. Give the new D-Former a name, and click OK. If you do not wish to create a new D-former, simply click Cancel and you will be returned to the D-Form Tab.

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Tip graphic TIP! You should always try to assign a unique name to each new D-Former, especially if you plan to use more than one. If you do not assign a name, DAZ Studio creates a default name that is followed by a number (D-Former_1, D-Former_2, and so on) in the order in which the deformers are created. If you name them yourself, you can keep track of them more easily and determine at a glance how your deformers affect the mesh. For example, it is easier to determine what a deformer named “bulge_head_upwards” is supposed to do.

  • Add Node(s): If you want to add one or more nodes to an already existing D-Former, simply select the nodes you wish to add, then click this button. You will be asked which D-Former you want the nodes added to. Select the D-Former you wish to add the nodes to, click Accept, and the effects of the D-Former will be applied to the added nodes, if the D-Former (and its field) are large and strong enough to encompass those nodes.
  • Remove Node(s): If you want a D-Former’s effects removed from one or more nodes, select those nodes in the Scene and then select this button. You will be asked which D-Former you wish removed from the selected nodes (even if there is only one D-Former, in which case only one will be displayed.) The effects of the D-Former will then be removed from those nodes. If there are no nodes left for the D-Former to effect, it will remain parented to the node it is currently parented to, but will not affect it whatsoever. Note that this will not delete the D-Former itself - you’ll have to do that manually.
  • Remove All From Node(s): This option allows you to remove all D-Former effects from one or more selected nodes. Select which nodes you want to clear, then select this option to clear all D-Former effects from the selected node(s). Note that this will not delete the D-Formers.
  • Edit Spline… : This opens the D-Form Spline Editor for the selected D-Former Field. Select a D-Former Field you wish to edit, and select this option. Full details on how to use the Spline Editor are explored in the next part of this chapter.
  • Spawn Morph… : Once you are done deforming the node(s) with one or more D-Formers, this option will create a Morph in the selected node(s)’ mesh, which will then be listed in the Parameters Tab for each node selected. At this point the D-Formers are no longer necessary to create these deformations in the node(s)’ mesh, and can be deleted or removed from the node(s). Be sure to save the figure (preferably under a new name from the one you loaded) if you want to keep the new morph permanently.
  • Create Root Control Parameter: This option allows you to save the D-Former effects as a Morph for the entire figure, instead of one or more nodes. The resulting Morph will appear as a slider in the Parameters tab when the root node of the figure is selected. Select this option if you want your work to be saved as an overall Morph for the figure’s entire mesh.