ZBrush: Digital Sculpting and Painting Software

January 13, 2015 | Greg Astill

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Happy New Year to all our customers.  We’re happy to announce that the Hub at the Toronto Reference Library has just acquired a really cool 3D design and sculpting software.  The program we have added to some of our computers is ZBrush.  ZBrush is developed by Pixelogic, the same company that also has made Sculptris, a free software package with limited tools but certainly exposes users to this technology at an easy to use level.

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Image Courtesy of ZBrush Gallery

ZBrush is a digital sculpting tool that combines 3D/2.5D modeling, texturing and painting. It uses a proprietary "pixol" technology (see below) which stores lighting, color, material, and depth information for all objects on the screen. The main difference between ZBrush and more traditional modeling packages is that it is more akin to sculpting.  Built within an elegant interface, ZBrush offers the world’s most advanced tools for today’s digital artists. With an arsenal of features that have been developed with usability in mind, ZBrush creates a user experience that feels incredibly natural while simultaneously inspiring the artist within. With the ability to sculpt up to a billion polygons, ZBrush allows you to create limited only by your imagination.

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Image Courtesy of ZBrush Artist: Gregory Callahan

ZBrush is used for creating high-resolution models that you can use for movies, games, and animations.  Lots of high power companies use the program and is most known for being able to sculpt medium to high frequency details that were traditionally painted in bump maps. It is for this reason why ZBrush is used by everyone from art enthusiast to major film and games studios. Leave technical hurdles and steep learning curves behind, as you sculpt and paint with familiar brushes and tools.

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Image Courtesy of ZBrush Gallery

So come on down and try this amazing software package today.  A significant amount of tutorials can be found online to help get you started, and take advantage of the Hubs graphic tablet to make the drawing a little easier.

Some great resources to get you started with some of the more popular tools, you should check out these great videos that were posted by Gamestar Arts on their Youtube channel.

If you want to check out some alternatives that are free, check out Blender and the already mention Sculptris. 

See you then!!!
Greg

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