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XPS Tutorial- Adding Heads to New Bodies by aydean XPS Tutorial- Adding Heads to New Bodies by aydean
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As requested by *drakl0r, learn how to attach a head to a different body in XPS! I kept the descriptions in this tutorial short and to the point since I've been over most of this stuff in previous tutorials. It really is the same basic process each time. ^^ Also, if you have any questions or issues, feel free to ask, and I'll try to help if I can.

More XPS Tutorials by aydean!

{OTHER TUTORIALS}
For other tutorials relating to MeshModding in XPS, check out:
XNAaraL's Tutorials at TRF
Tutorials by *Lilacatz

{CREDITS}
HAIR ~ (forgot to credit it above, my bad!) Lucy Stillman by ~lips--like--morphine
HEAD ~ Jill REbirth by ~ItalianUtent
TORSO ~ Archaeologist Long Outfit Lara by ~HailSatana
LEGS ~ Jill Casual by ~LittleMissWesker
All models/characters/original textures (c) their respectable owners
XPS is a free program based off of Dusan's XNALara posing program.
XPS is coded by Dusan and XNAaraL.
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:iconaddieredfield:
AddieRedfield Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thank u!!!! You saved my life ;)
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pm58790 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
What you're gonna do when you a problem like this?
sta.sh/01bolxjnqh4g
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pm58790 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
I think I got issue when the mesh modding. I got trouble putting the head onto the body. But it's impossible to put in the exact position.
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CaWoow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GREAT TUTORIAL ^^ I have a question? where can I find the latest version from XPS? XNALara? or the update?
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
You can find always the latest version from XPS
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:iconcawoow:
CaWoow Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thanks ^^ i will take a look there. ^^
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aydean Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's at XNAaraL's blog, which I always lose track of... usually, if you Google it, it'll pop up. 
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CaWoow Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thank you very much i will take a look there ^^
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
:lol:
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Isobel-Theroux Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial, it's really easy to follow :)

One question though after I attach the head and save it and everything when I reload the model, under optional stuff her head if listed, is there any way to fix this?
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aydean Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, if you get a program called Notepad++. Open the mesh's file in N++ and you're be able to rename to remove the (+) before the head's attached bone. Honestly, though, the fact that the head is shown with the (+) doesn't affect the model. The only reason you'd need to fix this is if it just annoys you personally. 
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Isobel-Theroux Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks I'll check it out :)
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TDLBallistic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does this also apply to thighs/torsos?
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:iconaydean:
aydean Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much. The bones you attach with will change, obviously, but it's the same basic principles. 
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TDLBallistic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I delete parts?
because right now I'm just smooshing characters together and it looks hellish.

shadowofanassassin.tumblr.com/…
Sent it to a friend cause it's her character I'm working on but, yeah
YOU CAN TELL I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I'M DOING
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aydean Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To do that, just follow this tutorial. You're basically going to tell XPS to hide the meshes you don't want to show by making those meshes "optional" and then having the program delete them. Follow the tutorial carefully, and it'll get you there. :] Be sure to reset all the posing before saving the models or else the meshmod won't work properly. 
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TDLBallistic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tried to isolate Samus' head...
Everything went well, but after I saved it at a GenericItem and tried to add it into a scene an error message came up.
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aydean Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's the error? Try saving it again without the textures (then copy the textures over manually). That usually fixes many of the possible problems. 
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TDLBallistic Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loading model "data\Characters\Humans\Pan\Pan_Head\xps.xps" failed.
Could not find file 'E:\XNALara_XPS\data\Characters\Humans\Pan\Pan_Head\xps.xps'.

at System.IO._Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
at System.IO.FileStream.Init(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Int32 rights, Boolean useRights

BLAHBLAHBLAH

You get it.
So try saving without textures?
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aydean Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, seems the textures are corrupt and/or missing. Try saving without the textures and then coping them over manually. That usually solves the problem.
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CaxceberXVI Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
every time i do this thehead that i add snaps to the bigger models root bone, is there any way i can fix this?
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DIDpedoTED Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
May i ask is there a tutorial for why some models can't be mesh modded and make it available?
I notice some models that are already mesh modded i tried to like.....add a sunglasses to the models head and it turns up above her head(floating)Please reply ASAP=)
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972oTeV Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I have a little problem... k45.kn3.net/B/D/2/E/E/8/B8C.jp…

(i follow all the steps like the pic, and i put the upper neck, but that bone appears like a: unused head upper neck)

please tell me what im doing wrong :(
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Residenteebles Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
OMG thank you so much for this!! it helped me to make my first ever OC! i cant stress enough the problems i was having but i got there in the end! im so proud of myself!

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aydean Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats! I'm glad the tutorials could be of use to you. :]
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Tony-Antwonio Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok forget my last question. I have a new problem. now when I re-open the new model , the body from the head opens with new body. I can get rid of the heads old body by making it and optional item. but it 's still annoying every single time I open the meshmod...
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Tony-Antwonio Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, everything went fine, but now when I reopen the new model, and I bump up the Gloss, only the head shines and not the body... and I need the body to be glossy to show the color of it
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roughlight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Is there anyway i can edit the model texture to remain the same without using blender or 3dmax stuff?
Like my jill she used to be shiny when i first got her i just added a few items to her body and save generic item.She lost her texture
if it's not too much trouble could let me know there's a way to just copy,paste textures?
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Serah-Lightning Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where can I download XPS ??? ;___;
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lilquickster Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
so is this all in xnalara xps? or is there something else I have to download?
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aydean Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To make meshmods, you'll obviously have to download other models that you like, but otherwise, the program comes equipped with everything you'll need. No need to download additional scripts or anything, like Blender requires. :]
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black-cat010 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
hi :)
how do u do dear :)
i got a question for u about meshmodding in xps
i know u already covered how to add (head, torso, hair...etc) to new bodies.
but the problem is when ever i tried to add a head to anew body that rigged like that or its bones names like this in this link:
black-cat010.deviantart.com/ar…
i face a problem in adding the head to the body :(
although i choose the neck to when i want to attache the head to the new body but it never works well with me and its the same if i want to add a new torso or any other parts.
so do u know how to do it correctly please?
thanks for every thing and i hope to see more tutorials in xps or even retexturing in photoshop if its possible :)
Take Care ^_______^
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aydean Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're just gonna have to figure out those bones as best you can through trial and error. Take notes if you need to. You can't rename the bones until you finish your meshmod. And if the meshmod isn't working, you're not saving your models properly. Follow the tutorial closely. 
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black-cat010 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
thank u dear :hug:
and i will keep trying till i get it right :)
Take Care ^______^
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nitrokio102 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
sorry to bother but when i save the generic model and then load it back after i reset the scene the head that i attached is missing. I saved in a new folder and followed the steps exactly can you help?
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aydean Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're not gonna like it, but my guess is you didn't save the model properly. Remember to save the separated head and the separated body on their own first. Then open the both back into XPS, pose the head to fit the body, attach, and save in a whole new folder. This'll mean you should have three folders total by the end: the head, the body, and the combined model. 

Start from the beginning, separate the head and body once more, resave, and try to attach them once more. Also be careful to select the appropriate options when saving. One wrong option checked/unchecked can cause the model to not work at all. 
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nitrokio102 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
ok thanks for the help!!!:) (Smile) 
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N7-Spectre Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this helped a bunch! :D
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IKeelYou457 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything seems to be going fine with me so far in my mesh mod after reading this tutorial, but the only problem have is that whenever I try to move her new body, her head doesn't go along with it. Like the neck just stays in place while the body freely moves around.
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aydean Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then you probably attached to the wrong bone or made some simple error elsewhere. Try modding again from the start. With XPS, it's typically all or nothing, so if you get to the end and it doesn't work, the best course of action is to just start from scratch. 
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IKeelYou457 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, thank you for responding.
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bakasolo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi aydean. I followed your tut and everything turns out  great, but I have an icky neck issue. Is there a way to fix this or a tutorial you can recommend? 

Thank you for the excellent tutorial and any help you can offer!
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aydean Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For XPS: Just avoid using that bone (which to me, seems to be the Lower Neck, which one can generally avoid.

If you want a real fix, you're gonna have to use Blender like the other commenters suggested. You're gonna have to remove that section of her neck's mesh.

Or if you want a lazy fix, if her files are transparent (most likely .png file types), you could try just "erasing" that part of the mesh's file in PhotoShop (or any image editing software) so the texture is just left blank. There may be a thin white line around the edge of the mesh as a result of this, but it'd be a quick, albeit messy, fix. 
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bakasolo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thank you for all of these ideas! I've started fiddling in Blender and have figured out how to delete the neck parts but I receive errors in xps one I load the model after editing. Something about two things conflicting.

i41.tinypic.com/2iianwy.jpg  <---- This is the error.

Thank you for any help you can offer.
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aydean Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, but I don't know Blender at all. I know what the program can do, but not how to do it. You'll have to go to someone who uses it regularly. :/
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bakasolo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thank you! :D I appreciate your help!
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MisterBipoIar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist

one quick question about this?

 

How do I clean up the bones so it doesn't say Head neck Upper > Attachted < ect. but it looks clean and the "Look into Camera" feature works..?

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aydean Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Double click each bone name (you have to rework them on at a time) and rename it to whatever you wish. But I suggest using the standard "arm left wrist" format so downloadable poses will work properly and easily on each model you meshmod. :]
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MisterBipoIar Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip but ill post the pic
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RavenDarkness7 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
My goodness, thank you for your lovely tutorials. At first I had difficulty and I kept reloading everything and trying from scratch again and again, then finally I got down to only one problem and managed to fix it. ^^ (Weird thing was went i combined the two separate parts head and body, saved and loaded it the parts I hid appeared again, I simply hid those parts again like the first time, saved again, and works just fine!) *bows to your greatness*
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