Reallusion releases Character Creator 4.2

Reallusion releases Character Creator 4.2

Thursday, February twenty third, 2023 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Reallusion has launched Character Creator 4.2, the newest model of its 3D character creation tool.

The replace provides the much-anticipated dynamic wrinkles system, which mechanically generates wrinkles on a personality’s face in response to adjustments in expression, including reasonable element to facial animations.

Different adjustments embody the choice to export heads in a format usable with Epic Video games’ MetaHuman framework, and updates to the AccuRig auto-rigging system and GoZ bridge to ZBrush.

Lengthy-awaited dynamic wrinkles system mechanically provides element to facial animation
The dynamic wrinkles system is among the longest-awaited options in Character Creator, having been initially scheduled for Character Creator 3.3 in 2020.

It mechanically generates wrinkles on a personality’s face in response to adjustments in expression, layering finer, texture-based wrinkles over the bigger folds of flesh generated by Character Creator’s expressions system.

The wrinkles could be triggered by keyframe animation, or in actual time by motion-capture knowledge or Face Puppet, the facial puppeteering system in Reallusion’s iClone animation software program.


Based mostly on high-resolution scanned textures, remoted into facial areas by masks
The textures themselves are derived from scans of actual actors, optimised for the topology of Character Creator’s CC3 Base+ (CC3+) characters.

The system makes use of 5 supply texture maps (regular, crease, ambient occlusion, pores and skin redness and a stream map) from which Character Creator calculates three derived 4K maps: diffuse, regular and roughness.

Masks are used to isolate particular person areas of the face – there are 13 in total, grouped into three general wrinkle units – akin to facial wrinkles like crows’ toes, frown traces and nasolabial folds.

Customers can regulate the wrinkles in any area of the face individually, both by slider-based controls, or by modifying the feel maps and masks themselves in image-editing software program like Photoshop.

Paid-for Wrinkle Necessities add-on extends the bottom set of free wrinkle patterns
Character Creator 4.2 ships with four base wrinkle patterns: two generic, and two particular to a younger male character and an older feminine character.

An additional 10 wrinkle patterns – 5 reasonable, and 5 for cartoon characters – and 48 facial morphs meant to be used with the wrinkle system, can be found by way of a paid add-on, Wrinkle Essentials.

Different new options: higher assist for MetaHumans, updates to AccuRig and GoZ
Different key adjustments in Character Creator 4.2 embody higher assist for Epic Video games’ MetaHuman framework for creating next-gen recreation characters to be used in Unreal Engine.

Customers can now export characters’ head meshes with the UV format and set of texture maps required by the Mesh to MetaHuman system for producing MetaHumans matching imported facial fashions.

There are additionally updates to the built-in model of AccuRig, Reallusion’s free auto-rigging system, and to the GoZ bridge to ZBrush, which now transfers vertex colors from the digital sculpting software program.

Updates to Auto Setup plugins imply facial wrinkles could be transferred to Blender, Unity and Unreal
Exterior the core software, Character Creator’s Auto Setup plugins have been up to date to assist the wrinkle system.

The free plugins – an official one for Unreal Engine, and semi-official plugins for Unity and Blender – streamline the method of exporting characters from Character Creator to DCC instruments and recreation engines.

You may see what’s new in every replace within the changelogs for Auto Setup for Unreal Engine 1.3.5, for CC/iC Unity Tools 1.4.4 and for CC/iC Blender Tools 1.5.4.

Value and system necessities
Character Creator 4.2 is out there for Home windows 7+. New licences have a MSRP of $299. The Wrinkle Necessities add-on has a MSRP of $199. The Auto Setup plugins are free.

Read a full list of new features in Character Creator 4.2 in the online release notes

Read more about Character Creator 4.2’s new dynamic wrinkles sytem in the online manual

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