The simplest way to import the file is to press the
Import DAZ button at the top of the Setup menu in the DAZ tab,
which is located in the UI shelf to the right of the viewport. An
alternative is to go to File > Import > DAZ Native (.duf,
.dsf). Since we almost always need to do further work on the character
in the Setup panel after it has been imported, I prefer to use the
Either way, a file selector window appears. Navigate to the
file aiko.duf which we saved in DAZ Studio, select it and press Import
DAZ File. Alternatively, we can select the preview icon.
- Mesh Fitting: Method used for fitting meshes to morphs.
- Unmorphed Shared (Environments): No mesh fitting and meshes are shared between objects. All shaping is ignored.This is useful to save space e.g. for environments with bushes and trees sharing the same foliage, which can be realized as many instances of a single mesh.
- Unmorphed Unique (Environments): No mesh fitting and each objects has a unique instance of the mesh. All shaping is ignored. This is useful e.g. for a room with many posters and paintings which have the same underlying mesh but different textures.
- Morphed (Characters): Don't fit meshes, but load shapekeys. Not all shapekeys are found. Shapekeys are not transferred to clothes
- DBZ File (Characters): Fit characters and clothes using basic data in the .dbz file that was exported from DAZ Studio. This is the preferred method to fit character meshes and therefore the default option. It also works with .json files from earlier versions of the Daz importer.
- Viewport Color: The viewport colors assigned to materials. Since the viewport color never appears in renders, this only affects the viewport appearance, not rendered images.
- Skin: The viewport color assigned to skin materials.
- Clothes: The viewport color assigned to other materials.
There are many more options in the Global Settings panel which affect how the scene is imported. However, normally those settings rarely changed.
the Import DAZ File button, and after a short time Aiko and the camera
are loaded into Blender. We see that the viewport color does not affect
the rendered image.
The Mesh Fitting options are better explained using another scene with two characters.
With the two Unmorphed options (Unmorphed Shared and Unmorphed Unique), the Genesis character is loaded without any modification. In the first case the characters also have the same gorilla texture because they share the same mesh, and in the second case the unique meshes have different textures. With DBZ File fitting, the result looks very similar to DAZ Studio.
two viewport colors determine the viewport color of the meshes. This is
merely a visual aid during during posing, and does not affect the final
renders (in Cycles and Eevee, the Blender Internal renderer, which was
discontinued after Blender 2.79, uses the viewport color as the diffuse
color, but in that case the importer does not change it).
Here is Aiko imported with different settings of the Skin and Clothes viewport colors.
Easy Import DAZ
- Mesh Fitting: Method used for fitting meshes to morphs. This is the same option as the Import DAZ tool.
- Unmorphed Shared (Environments)
- Unmorphed Unique (Environments)
- Morphed (Characters)
- DBZ File (Characters)
- Viewport Color: The viewport colors assigned to materials. Since the viewport color never appears in renders, this only affects the viewport appearance, not rendered images. Method used for fitting meshes to morphs. This is the same option as the Import DAZ tool.
- Merge Materials: Merge identical materials.
- Eliminate Empties: Delete non-hidden empties, parenting its children to its parent instead.
- Merge Rigs: Merge all rigs to the main character rig.
- Merge Toes: Merge separate toes into a single toe bone.
- Use Favorite Morphs: Load a favorite morphs instead of loading standard morphs.
- Favorite Morphs: Path to favorite morphs. Only visible if Use Favorite Morphs is enabled.
- Face Units: Import all face units.
- Expressions: Import all expressions.
- Visemes: Import all visemes.
- FACS: Import all FACS units.
- FACS Expressions: Import all FACS expressions.
- Body: Import all body morphs.
- JCMs: Import all JCMs (Joint Corrective Morphs).
- Flexions: Import all flexions.
- Transfer Shapekeys: Transfer shapekeys from character to clothes.
- Merge Geografts: Merge selected geografts to active object. Shapekeys are always transferred first.
- Merge Lashes: Merge separate eyelash mesh to character. Shapekeys are always transferred first.
- Make All Bones Poseable: Add an extra layer of driven bones, to make them poseable.
- Convert Hair: Convert strand-based hair to particle hair .
- Rig Type: Convert the main rig to a more animator-friendly rig.
- DAZ: Original DAZ rig.
- Custom Shapes: Original DAZ rig with custom shapes.
- MHX: MHX rig.
- Rigify: Rigify.
- Mannequin Type: Add mannequin to meshes of this type
- None: Don't make mannequins.
- Nude: Make mannequin for main mesh only.
- All: Make mannequin from all meshes.
There are a few things that can go wrong during import.export documentation.
you are on a case-sensitive file system such as Mac or Linux, make sure
that Case-Sensitive Paths option is turned on. It is found in the
General section of the Settings panel. This option should automatically
be set to the correct value for a given operating system, but if the
importer complains about missing assets this may be the problem.