How to Add Poses to Characters

A guide on how to put your characters into desired poses and positions.

Updated over a week ago

Getting the exact pose you want can be tricky with the prompt alone, so using the pose tool allows you to be very specific with what pose you want your character in.

You can pose your character in two ways:

  1. Character pose from image.

  2. Character pose from Poser.

1. Character Pose from Image

This allows you to upload a posed image to assist the AI model with asset generation. When uploading an image, you can use the Image Similarity slider to adjust how much the generated output should match the posed image. A higher percentage of image similarity will cause the output images to match the posed image more closely.

This is useful when you have characters already posed from another art asset and you’d like to get variations on it without constantly changing their poses.

2. Character Pose from Poser


The Poser is a powerful tool that allows you to easily put your characters into different poses! To put your character into a pose, you can drag and position the poser skeleton into various stances. While in model mode, click on each of the yellow spheres to show the rotation controls. You can also view this in Skeleton Mode as well to position the character.

You can then complement this with specific descriptions like "top view" or "low angle view" to add more depth and context to your character's pose.

Once you've set everything up, press "Forge" and watch as your character comes to life in the desired pose.

Let's dive in and explore how you can create stunning poses using the Poser.

Front View


Orienting the poser

To create a front-facing pose, place the poser with its front directly facing you. The arms could be down by the sides and the legs straight, forming a natural standing position.

Modifying the prompt

Key phrases

Be sure to include these phrases in your prompt:

  • Front view

  • Top view above the waist

  • Half top view

Specific pose examples

  1. Top View Above the Waist: When you want to emphasize the character's upper body in a front view, include the phrase "Front view, top view above the waist" in your prompt. This will focus on your character's torso, head, and shoulders.

  2. Half Top View: For a more dynamic pose, try the "Front view, half top view" by positioning one of the character's arms in a raised or pointing position. This adds a sense of movement and energy to the artwork.

Back View


Orienting the poser

For a character facing away from you, place the poser with its back directly facing you. The arms can either be hanging down or stretched outward.

Modifying the prompt

Key phrases

Be sure to include these phrases in your prompt:

  • Back view

  • Top view above the waist

  • Half top view

Specific pose examples

  1. Top View Above the Waist: To highlight the character's back and upper body, use the phrase "Back view, top view above the waist" in your prompt. This will emphasize the shoulders and spine.

  2. Half Top View: To add interest to a back view pose, consider using the "Back view, half top view" with one arm raised or bent, creating an asymmetrical and engaging composition.

Top-Down View


Orienting the poser

To create a top-down view, align the poser horizontally so that you are looking down on the character from above.

Modifying the prompt

Key phrases

Be sure to include these phrases in your prompt:

  • Top-down view

  • Camera from head looking down.

  • High angle

Specific pose examples

  1. Camera from Head Looking Down: Describe the viewpoint as if the camera is situated above the character's head, looking downward. This will give the feeling of the character being observed from a higher vantage point.

  2. High Angle: Use phrases like "High angle" or "Bird's eye view" to indicate that the character is seen from a significant height above. Depending on the pose, this perspective can create a sense of vulnerability or power.

Low Angle View


Orienting the poser

For a low angle view, position the poser with its head at the bottom and its feet pointing upward.

Modifying the prompt

Key phrases

Be sure to include these phrases in your prompt:

  • Low angle view

  • Low ground angle camera view

  • Low camera looking up.

Specific poses

  1. Low Ground Angle Camera View: Describe the viewpoint as if the camera is close to the ground, looking up at the character. This perspective can make the character appear larger-than-life and heroic.

  2. Low Camera Looking Up: Indicate that the character is being viewed from a low angle, which can add drama and intensity to the pose.

  3. Add Back View for Back Shots: Chain the view with phrases like "Back view" for behind shots.

High Angle View


Orienting the poser

To create a high angle view, position the poser with its head at the top and feet pointing downward.

Modifying the prompt

Key phrases

Be sure to include these phrases in your prompt:

  • High angle shot.

  • Birds eye view

  • Top down

  • Full body

Specific poses

  1. Bird's Eye View: This perspective is similar to the top-down view but slightly angled to the side, giving a bird's eye view of the character. It's an excellent choice for more action-oriented poses.

  2. Full Body: Use this phrase in your prompt to ensure the character's entire body is visible in the high angle pose, capturing their pose in its entirety.

Jumping Pose


Orienting the poser

To create a high-angle view, position the poser with its head at the top and feet pointing downward.

Modifying the prompt

Key phrases

Be sure to include these phrases in your prompt:

  • Jumping

    + the view you want to achieve...

Specific angles

  1. Front View: Orientate the poser towards the camera and add on the view phrases like "Front view" to achieve the front view look.

  2. Back View: Add the "Back view" phrase in your prompt and ensure the character's entire body is visible whilst the skeleton faces away from you, capturing the pose in its entirety.

Example workflow:

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