Create lifelike characters with dynamic wrinkles in Character Creator and iClone

Reallusion Character Creator 4.2
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Ready to revolutionise your digital creations? For too long, realistic digital humans have been a luxury reserved for big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. Underfunded indie studios simply couldn't compete. But Reallusion believes everyone should have access to cutting-edge tools for creating lifelike characters. 

It's been working to develop a solution that's not only accessible but that's also incredibly easy to use for both 3D character creation and character animation. The result is the newly-added Dynamic Wrinkle system in Character Creator and iClone.

The groundbreaking technology is a game-changer for industry professionals who dream of creating characters with unparalleled realism and personality. With facial expression morphs triggering high-resolution wrinkle maps, you can achieve an astonishing level of detail and expressiveness that truly brings your characters to life.

The Dynamic Wrinkle system is intuitive, customisable and suitable for game and cinematic characters of any gender, age, and ethnicity. You can even fine-tune the nuances that make each character unique, ensuring that no two characters are alike.

But what really sets the new wrinkle system apart is the combination of two cutting-edge technologies: Flow Map and Wrinkle Constraints. These work in tandem to create realistic and stylised wrinkles that are perfect for pushing the boundaries of realism for digital human actors and giving comical expressions to cartoon characters.  >> Learn more: Dynamic Wrinkles

The new Dynamic Wrinkle System takes 3D character animation to new heights. Not only does the release introduce an advanced Look-At Mechanism in iClone, but the system also breathes life into lip-syncs and emotive performances that let your digital actors express realistic awareness of their surroundings in real-time simulations. >> Learn more: Look-At Mechanism 

On top of that, iClone 8.2 takes software performance to the next level with Progressive Texture Loading. Animators can now begin editing animations immediately, without having to wait for all the heavy textures and materials to load. This innovative feature not only accelerates the LiveLink pipeline between iClone and Unreal or NVIDIA Omniverse but also sets the stage for concurrent GPU rendering, delivering faster, smoother results than ever before. >> Learn more: Progressive Texture Loading

In addition, the Auto Setup plugin for Unreal, Blender, and Unity can now import and utilise realistic wrinkle animations from iClone and Character Creator, giving your 3D characters an unprecedented level of detail and realism.

Reallusion’s real-time blended wrinkle expansion pack, Wrinkle Essentials, is designed to enhance the realism and character depth of both realistic and stylised characters. With a vast selection of high-quality wrinkle patterns to choose from, you can easily customise and find the perfect fit. These wrinkle assets utilise the General wrinkle standard, making them compatible with any existing CC3+ character so you can animate in iClone and export to Unreal, Unity and even Blender.

>> Learn more: Wrinkle Essentials Content Pack 

With a slew of customisation options at your fingertips, you have complete control over the final result. And the best part is that The Dynamic Wrinkle system is completely free with the trial or purchase of Character Creator and iClone. That's right, you can dip your toes in the water and if you get hooked, upgrade to unlock all of its features when you are ready. So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution and discover the most advanced wrinkle system on the market today!

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.