ZBrush 4R7

We dis­cover if Pixo­logic’s new­est re­lease will ap­peal to 2D artists think­ing of branch­ing out…

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Price

$795 (sin­gle user li­cense) rtists want­ing to move from 2D into the third di­men­sion are faced with a raft of de­ci­sions. There’s usu­ally a hefty fi­nan­cial out­lay at the end, so you need to get this right.

Are you look­ing for a so­lu­tion to help with en­vi­ron­ments where you can paint over a blocked-out world, en­sur­ing that your per­spec­tives are cor­rect? Or do you feel the need to cre­ate high-qual­ity fin­ished ren­ders en­tirely in 3D? At the other end of the spec­trum you may just want to add a lit­tle depth to your flat art­work. Pixo­logic be­lieves that it of­fers a tool for all of the above, with ZBrush 4R7.

ZBrush has a wealth of tools and abil­i­ties for many kinds of work, but it has stayed true to its ori­gins of be­ing a

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Web www.pixo­logic.com 2.5D app, so if you want to add some impasto to your dig­i­tal paint then it can do this with ease, en­abling you to adapt light sources as well as me­dia.

Even so, the user base for ZBrush has be­come a hard­core group of 3D artists work­ing across the cre­ative in­dus­tries, from jew­ellery de­sign­ers to film con­cept artists. This, in part, is due to its un­ortho­dox but in­tu­itive in­ter­face. In use ZBrush is very dif­fer­ent from other 3D soft­ware, so if you feel you may de­velop this side of your work keep that in mind, be­cause you’ll need to learn yet more in­ter­faces if you move on to other pro­grams.

Although ZBrush is an odd beast, it’s easy to get to grips with, and is pow­er­ful to boot. The mod­el­ling tools mean less switch­ing across to other pro­grams: it’s evolved into a fully fea­tured poly­gon mod­eller. Adding fine de­tail and repli­cat­ing pieces to gen­er­ate in­ter­est is sim­ple with the new In­stanc­ing tools, and if you need to gen­er­ate a high-qual­ity ren­der there’s a new plug-in to send your project to the (not in­cluded) KeyShot ren­der en­gine.

In sum­mary, con­fi­dent artists will get a lot out of this ver­sion of ZBrush – es­pe­cially if they’re keen to ex­pand their cre­ative skill set.

July 2015

Of course, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily want all of your 2D cre­ations to come leap­ing out at you from the screen…

The new Dy­naMesh tool, akin to sculpt­ing with clay, en­ables you to cre­ate in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters quickly.

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