Mini-review & Competition: Introducing ZBrush 4

Meet ZBrush 4 with the most advanced tools

Design remarkably realistic creatures, people, and objects using ZBrush and the new edition of this top-selling book. Professional Hollywood animator and ZBrush artist Eric Keller combines his firsthand experience with detailed, step-by-step explanations to make you feel right at home with the interface and tools. The book reinforces the core concepts of ZBrush through fun, hands-on tutorials that will help you achieve amazing results.


About the Book:

This book is written for users who are new to ZBrush as well as new to digital sculpting. If you've never used ZBrush before, this book is meant for you. If you have used older versions of the software, you may find that this book brings you up to date with the newest developments.

Most of the lessons in each chapter are accompanied by example scene from the DVD included with the book. In addition, bonus movies are included to help you illustrate some aspects of the examples in the text of the book.

What You'll Learn:

  • Understand ZBrush's unique sculpting and painting technology
  • Take a tour of ZBrush 4's innovative interface and powerful toolkit
  • Work with digital clay and effectively use the full array of sculpting brushes
  • Master ZSpheres for armature and ZSketching for creating meshes
  • Explore exciting new tools for creating hard surface objects
  • Learn how to set lighting, create materials, and render in ZBrush
  • Create animated turntables within ZBrush to show off your work


Our friends from Wiley are giving away 5 free books. All you need to do, to enter the competition is to send us your name, post address and phone number (required for international shipping) to our e-mail, before Wednesday the 1st of November 2011.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Digital Art Basics

  • An Introduction to ZBrush
  • Understanding Digital Images
  • Understanding Resolution
  • Understanding 3D Space
  • Resources

Chapter 2: Facing the ZBrush Interface

  • The Zen of ZBrush
  • Trays and Palettes
  • The Title Bar
  • Summary

Chapter 3: Basic Digital Sculpting

  • Digital Clay
  • Using Standard, Smooth and Move Brushes
  • Subdivide Your Mesh
  • Sculpt with Symmetry
  • Sculpt a Dragon's Head
  • Masking 
  • Polygroups
  • Open the Dragon's Jaw with Transpose

Chapter 4: SubTools, ZSpheres and ZSketching

  • Append SubTools
  • Sculpt SubTools
  • Create Teeth
  • ZSpheres
  • ZSketching with ZSPheres

Chapter 5: ShadowBox and Clip Brushes

  • ShadowBox
  • Create the Car Body in ShadowBox
  • Match Maker Brush
  • Clip Brushes

Chapter 6: Remesh and Projection

  • Remesh a Surface
  • Projection
  • Remesh the Headlight and Project Details
  • Mannequins

Chapter 7: Advanced Brush Techniques

  • Brush Customization
  • Design a Brush
  • Alpha Textures
  • Brush Effects
  • Hard Surface Detail Brushes
  • Strencils

Chapter 8: Polypainting and SpotLight

  • Polypainting 
  • Polypainting Techniques
  • Image Editing with SpotLight
  • SpotLight Projection

Chapter 9: Rendering, Lighting and Materials

  • Rendering Basics
  • Render Using BPR
  • Render Using Best Mode
  • Export a Render
  • Using ZBrush Lights
  • Understanding Materials 
  • Use the Shader Mixer
  • Render Subsurface Scattering Effects
  • The Fiber Material

Chapter 10: Morph Targets, Layers and the ZBrush Timeline

  • Morph Targets
  • Use 3D Layers
  • Polypaint Layers
  • The ZBrush timeline

Appendix: About the Companion DVD

  • What You'll Find on the DVD
  • System Requirements
  • Using the DVD
  • Troubleshooting 
  • Customer Care






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