3D Modeling with Poser

                            3D Modeling with Poser

I wanted to create some 3D graphics to illustrate scenes from some of my stories and novels. I've been using a program called Poser.

Poser, from Smith Micro, in its many versions, is not a typical 3D modeling program. Its function is to allow you to take preexisting 3D models, place them into a scene, and then pose them as you prefer. Poser does come with an assortment of "primitives" (basic shapes) which you can use to build simple models, but for complex things like humans, animals, spaceships, etc., you should rely on models that either come with Poser or can be purchased at the many sites which support the program.

I am currently trying to use Poser Pro 11. The software does come with a "Reference Manual," but that seems a bit more useful to the advanced modeler than a newbie like me. The Poser site has some tutorial videos. But I don't learn very well by watching someone go zip zip zip done. I like to be able to read the directions, try them, and try variations to see what happens. Searching the Internet did not turn up any tutorial books like "Poser Pro for Newbies." The best I could find was "Practical Poser 8: The Official Guide" by Richard Schrand. According to Poser's Technical Support, this book covers most everything I'd need except some of the very recent additions (which I guess newbies don't need to know about.)

As I've been learning to use Poser, I've been jotting down what I learn in a file that I call "Jack's Poser Pro Manual." If you want a really good tutorial, I'd suggest the Schrand book, but if you'd like to check out my thoughts and see what I've learned, click here for my PDF file. Just remember, 1) it's not a full-blown tutorial, and 2) it's meant for my own use. I update the file as I learn more, so if you find any of it useful, you might like to check back periodically.

You can find sources for models for Poser with a search of the Internet. The following are some that I have found useful: Renderosity, Hivewire3D, DAZ 3D, and PoserWorks. Be VERY careful: Some of these sites carry products for Poser and for a similar program called DAZ Studio. Some products are compatible with only one of these.

Below are links to images for scenes that I created with Poser Pro for my writing or just for fun. Click the appropriate button to see them.

 Pix for Stories   Pix for Fun

Page Updated: 16 February 2019
Page Created: 27 March 2013