Hot ZBrush How-Tos

How To: Add Zspheres to a sculpted character in Zbrush 3.1

So, you want to add some weird things, like horns to your 3D animated character in Pixologic's Zbrush 3.1 sculpting software. Well, you've come to the right place. This video tutorial will teach you how to add Zspheres to your sculpt in Zbrush and why. Your 3D animated model will look great when you stage another object and add it to your character.

How To: Use Projection Master in Zbrush

This 3D modeling software tutorial shows you how to work with the Projection Master tools in Zbrush. You will learn how to work with proper UV textures and UV mapping as well as how to properly project textures on a model using projection master. This will give your Zbrush model fairly crisp and accurate textures without blurred edges, as you may get from other projection mapping methods.

How To: Mirror geometry in Zbrush

This software tutorial shows you how to mirror geometry when modeling in Zbrush. This is a more non-organic method of sculpting in Zbrush but it allows you to duplicate details on both sides of an object without having to redo the details. Learn how to mirror geometry in sections using masks, and how to make sure the seams line up and keep your scuply accurate in Zbrush.

How To: Create blendshapes to animate faces in Zbrush

THis video from accredited 3D art instructor Andrew Klein covers how to create symmetrical and asymmetrical blendshapes using the 3D sculpting program Zbrush. This is a fairly complex process, utilizing transpose masking features, move brush, smart resym, and morph target tools to accomplish its goal of creating a really cool animated 3D mask.

How To: Use basic sculpting methods in Zbrush 3.1

Are you fed up using Zbrush? Are you just not cut out to be a 3D digital sculptor? Nah, all you need is a little practice. Check out this three-part Pixologic video tutorial on how to use the basics when sculpting a head. You'll see how to make the perfect 3D animated head, and you'll learn how to make an imperfect head. You'll learn how to form with a few tools, and be on your way to great 3D animated character modeling. NOTE: the tutorial starts by using a squirkle, NOT a square mesh - if y...

How To: Apply texture maps to a creature in Zbrush 3

This four part tutorial is Lesson 11 in the Zbrush series from Jason Welsh. It explains almost everything you need to know to texture a 3D creature in Zbrush. Part one teaches you how to produce a color map, part two goes over 32 bit normal maps and Displacement maps, part three covers 16 bit displacement and normal maps, and the last section covers spectral maps.

How To: Use polygroups in Zbrush 3.1

Jason Welsh shows you how to use polygroups in Pixologic's Zbrush 3.1 3D sculpting software and explains the difference between a subtool in a polymesh structure, when combining. So, for all you 3D modelers out there, if you want to make great animated characters, this is a good video to check out.

How To: Create a good workflow for sculpting in Zbrush

This 5 part tutorial goes through the right steps to use when sculpting a creature or character in Zbrush. If you do things in the right order, it will be easier and create a better result. First, establish a workable base mesh, then make your bust, then part three is to create realistic eyes, part four covers choosing a base material to start painting on and lastly, creating the teeth and finishing up.

How To: Paint on a model in Zbrush

This 3D modeling software tutorial is all about UVs and using them in Zbrush. Learn how to paint on a model and why it's important to use proper UVs on a model not just in Zbrush but in any 3D modeling package. Learn how to poly paint in Zbrush and use UVs to keep the resolution where you need it.

How To: Sculpt the details of a shoe in 3D using Zbrush

This video from accredited 3D art instructor Andrew Klein covers some basic techniques for using Zbrush to sculpt the details of a 3D model of a shoe. He already has a basic model of a shoe when he begins, so you should be at the level where you can sculpt that before you watch this video, but here you will learn some cool tricks for elaborating your model and making it look like some real fashionable footwear.

How To: Topologize a head in Zbrush

Once you get the roughed in form of the Head done it is now time to Re-topo the head for better structure. This tutorial will show you how to use the topology tools in Zbrush to do this. This lesson follows "shape a human head in Zbrush" but is not necessary to do if you just want to learn topology tools.

How To: Sculpt fabric in 3D using Zbrush

Fabric is challenging to depict in art because of its many folds and the complex ways that light plays off of it. This video from accredited 3D art instructor Andrew Klein will teach you how to sculpt fabric using the popular 3D sculpting program Zbrush. He outlines the forces that can be applied to fabric and how to model those forces digitally in your art.

How To: Use the Zbrush 3.1 interface

If you're starting out using Pixologic's Zbrush 3D sculpting software, then you might want to learn the interface. In this video, you'll see how to work inside of Zbrush 3.1's interface, so one day you'll be the digital animator you wanted to be. But beware, 3D modeling is not easy, unless you've done it before.

How To: Use Andrew Loomis's art for reference in Zbrush 3.1

Before you start sculpting in Pixologic's Zbrush 3.1 3D modeling software, you'll want to have references to follow by. So, check out this video to see how to use Andrew Loomis's art books for referencing while sculpting in Zbrush. You'll see where to get Loomis's books on the Internet and what best to work with for your 3D digital animation. Modeling with Zbrush will be a breeze if you have reference to go off of, because you need it.

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