tony camehl teaches us how he uses Zbrush 4r8 and Pho­to­shop to cre­ate a quick red car­di­nal


01 Zbrush to Pho­to­shop plugin In Zbrush 4R8, we have that great new plugin called Zbrush to Pho­to­shop, which is per­fect for quickly send­ing ba­sic ren­ders to Pho­to­shop in no time. It is a great time-saver and is ex­cel­lent for show­ing quick con­cepts or, in this case, to quickly have our poly­painted red car­di­nal crest avail­able in Pho­to­shop. 02 Find a in­ter­est­ing spot Find­ing an in­ter­est­ing spot is kind of tricky. There are a few dif­fer­ent meth­ods out there, like the golden cir­cle or the rule of thirds. We will use the rule of thirds to get an in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tion. It is im­por­tant that we don’t place our sell­ing point, the bird’s head, in the very cen­tre or on one of the cross­ing lines. We will play around and see what fits best for this par­tic­u­lar com­po­si­tion. 03 Pho­to­bash­ing starts now Af­ter we sent the poly­paint model via the plugin to Pho­to­shop and find an in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tion, we now can start gath­er­ing high-def­i­ni­tion im­ages from the in­ter­net and cut­ting out the pieces we re­ally need to lay on top of our base. Pho­to­bash­ing feels like a do­ing a jig­saw where we have to find match­ing pieces in or­der to con­tinue. We have to keep the per­spec­tive and size in mind while search­ing for good pho­tos of red-crested car­di­nals. 04 use your in­tu­ition Look­ing at the cur­rent stage of our fi­nal red-crested car­di­nal con­cept, some­thing feels wrong. Some­times it helps to just trust your in­tu­ition, which will tell us that the im­age feels empty. So to fix this we have many dif­fer­ent op­tions and now we will go with the least time-con­sum­ing one. We just go and place more branches in the back­ground to pop­u­late it a bit more. Now it feels more bal­anced and right.

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