[DAZ Studio] (3) Making hair with Hair Tool for Blender (first half)

You can download hair assets from DAZ SHOP, but you can easily create your own original hairstyle by using an add-on called Hair Tool for Blender.
In this article, we will use this add-on to change the hairstyle of the human model that was previously made up.

Alternatively, you can prepare a new human model in DAZ Studio.

  1. Create a human body model in DAZ Studio (see the previous and previous two articles)
  2. Export the human model to Blender, and create hair with Hair Tool for Blender. (Contents of this article)
  3. Export to DAZ Studio, register hairstyle and set movement
  4. Export to Unity
  5. Upload to STYLY

This is the process.

Completed image

Completed image

Using Hair Tool for Blender

Download and install the add-on

Purchase and download from here.
It is compatible with version 2.83 and 2.9x of Blender.

If you downloaded all of them as a ZIP file, unzip it, but do not unzip hair_tool_2.25.zip because it will be added to the Blender add-on as is.

hair_tool_2.25.zip

hair_tool_2.25.zip

After the download is complete, open Blender and go to Preferences from the top left icon.

Preferences

Preferences

Click Install and in the window that appears, select hair_tool_2.25.zip and install it.
Once completed, check the Hair Tool checkbox.

Hair Tool

Hair Tool

Open Blender and import the human model

You can see how to import in the previous paragraph “Exporting”.

When you save a human body model with animation from DAZ Studio as fbx and load it into Blender, you may encounter a bug where the bones get out of control, but I won’t cover it this time since it is used as a base for hair.

After importing the human model, select Genesis8Female.003 from the Scene Collection in Blender, and change the Skeleton from Pose Position to Rest Position.

Rest Position

Rest Position


Rest Position

Rest Position

Click on the bone and press the [H] key to hide it.
Hide the original hair from the editor panel on the right side of the screen.

Click on the eye icon to hide it.

Click on the eye icon to hide it.

After deselecting with A again, create a new polygon with [Shift+A].

Split the viewport into three parts, with the smaller viewpoints being Top (or Left or Right) and Front, respectively.
Don’t move these two screens, but use the larger viewport on the left if you want to see the image from other angles.

Splitting the viewport

Splitting the viewport

Prepare the polygons that will be the basis of the hairstyle.
Add a new Sphere and deform it to about the same size as the head.

Add a new Sphere

Add a new Sphere

Delete the bottom part.
This is where the ends of the hair will be.

Delete the bottom part

Delete the bottom part

Delete the top part of the head, which will be the hairline, and shrink the edges.

Shrink the edges

Shrink the edges

Make the reduced edge slightly concave and adjust the height around it to make it curved.

Make it slightly concave to make it look more natural.

Make it slightly concave to make it look more natural.

Deform the other parts of the head to fit the shape of the head.
In this case, I assumed a semi-long haircut with bangs, so I made it look like this.
You can edit the length and position of the hair bundle later, but if you can create it nicely here, it makes the rest of the work easier.

The distance between the hair and the head is changed according to the volume of the hair.

The distance between the hair and the head is changed according to the volume of the hair.

Growing Hair (Curves)

After confirming that the Hair Tool tab is displayed on the right side of the screen, select the edge you want to make hairline, right-click, and select Mark Sharp.

Mark Sharp

Mark Sharp

If the length of the hair in the front and back are different, separate the objects and create hair for each.
After selecting all the polygons for the front hair, right-click → Separate → Selection.

Right-click→Separate→Selection

Right-click→Separate→Selection

If the hair type does not have bangs, delete the polygons that correspond to these bangs.

After that, switch to object mode and select Curves from grid surface on the right.
(How to change the hair color is explained in the next two paragraphs.)

Curves from grid surface

Curves from grid surface


Curves from grid surface

Curves from grid surface


Curves from grid surface after applying bangs

Curves from grid surface after applying bangs

Adjust the length and density of the hair from the menu at the bottom left of the screen.

Hair Settings:  
Generation Method Vertex Position
Hair Type Bundle type (polygon, Bezier curve, etc.)
Radius Thickness
Strands count Number of strands
Points per strand Number of vertices per strand
Offset up to tip/root Offset up to tip/root
Clumps clamp
(Clumps falloff) Clamp falloff
(Clump influence) Clump influence
Randomize Spacing Randomize the spacing between hair strands
Randomize Length Randomize hair length
Transitions:  
Contrast Contrast
Offset Offset
Noise Settings:  
Noise Amplitude Noise amplitude (to make hair stand up)
(Length Constrain) Length constrain
(Noise frequency) Noise frequency
(Per strand noise) Noise per strand of hair
(Frequency) Overall frequency
Snap Amount Snap the tips of the hair

Checking the Generate Ribbons checkbox will turn the tube-shaped curve into a ribbon-like shape.
The width can be changed using the Strand Width setting below it.
In the Hair Type setting, I chose Nurbs, but you can use polygons, Bezier curves, or whatever you are comfortable with.

Adjusting the hairstyle

From the Convert/Generate menu on the right side of the screen, let’s try to change the hair.

Convert/Generate

Convert/Generate

Click on Generate Braid to instantly create a bunch of braids.

Generate Braid

Generate Braid

Click Generate Curls to give your hair a perm-like curl.

Generate Curls

Generate Curls

You can adjust the parameters in the lower left corner of the screen.

After adjusting parameters

After adjusting parameters

You can easily create a braided ponytail or twin drills by creating one or two strands of hair in advance and applying them to the hair.

You can use the Taper Curve in CURVE OPERATIONS to change the combing and volume of the entire hair.

Change the curve -> OK, the ends of the hair are now lighter.

Change the curve -> OK, the ends of the hair are now lighter.


Be careful not to add too much volume, or the silhouette will become square.

Be careful not to add too much volume, or the silhouette will become square.

The hair ends are buried in the shoulders, so adjust them slightly.

Activate Proportional Editing.

Activate Proportional Editing.


Use the size of the circle to determine the range of influence of the movement.

Use the size of the circle to determine the range of influence of the movement.


After adjustment

After adjustment

Change the color of the hair

This is reflected within Blender, and is useful if you want to simulate the hair color.
In DAZ Studio and Unity, you will need to set a new color.
Switch to the Shading tab and click on the upper right mark of the node “HairParameters” that appears when the hair is selected.

HairParameters

HairParameters

You can use the Color Ramp to change the color of the hair itself, and the Metallic Color to change the color of the hair when light is reflected on it.

HairParameters

HairParameters

Painting the scalp color

To prevent the skin of the head from showing through the hair, texture painting is used to make it invisible.
Switch to the Shading tab, select the human model, and then select Face from the textures.

Click on the icon of the node where the texture is assigned in the shader editor and select Use file current directory.

When the file list appears, assign the made up texture created in the previous article.

Use file current directory

Use file current directory

Switch to the Texture Paint tab and paint in the same color as the desired hair color.

Texture Paint

Texture Paint

The border between the hair and the forehead is fine, but the top of the head will stand out if there is no color, so paint it well.

Texture Paint

Texture Paint

DAZ Studio’s human body model has two separate textures, one for the front and one for the back, with the ears as the border, so we need to save both textures.
First, save the face texture by clicking Image→Save (or Save As if you don’t want to overwrite it) at the top of the Image Editor on the left.

Save

Save

After that, select the texture named Torso from the Texture Slots at the top of the Texture Paint, and when you are sure that it is well painted, save it using the same procedure as the face texture.

Torso→Save

Torso→Save

Once you have the ideal haircut, click on Curve ribbons to mesh ribbons to change the curve to mesh.

Curve ribbons to mesh ribbons

Curve ribbons to mesh ribbons

Wait a few seconds, then switch to edit mode to check.

The curve has been converted to a mesh.

The curve has been converted to a mesh.

This is the end of the work for this project.
Thanks for your help!

In the next article, we will export the hair model to DAZ Studio, set up the movement and import it into Unity.

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