LIVE ZBrush Sculpt-Off to Start 2019 ZBrush Summit.

ZBrush Summit

Only a matter of days after our 3D Friday event (which you should definitely register for), Pixologic are back with the 2019 ZBrush Summit! Kicking things off is the LIVE Sculpt-Off on Thursday 26th September.

24 contenders, 3 hours, only one champion. Who will walk away with the glorious ZBrush heavyweight belt this year?

You can watch the event all around the world as you’ll find it streaming on ZBrushLive, Twitch.tv, Facebook and YouTube.

From September 26th to 29th, Pixologic will be taking over Hollywood’s prestigious Gnomon School facilities to deliver the ultimate ZBrush experience.

The live sculpt-off will lead into 3 days of presentations, which is a great way for digital artists to connect not only with the Pixologic team, but also with prominent figures across a range of industries. Many of the demonstrations feature assets previously unseen outside the studios, and presented by talented artists using a variety of techniques relevant to real-world applications.

If you’d like to try ZBrush for yourself, contact us today about a free trial!

ZBrush 2019.1 Available Now as a Free Update

ZBrush 2019

ZBrush 2019.1 is now available as a free update for all users, and Pixologic strongly recommend upgrading to this latest version as soon as possible. It includes several new features as well as a number of enhancements or fixes within both the ZBrush feature set and various plugins.

How to Update

For users with serial numbers including subscription licenses, there are three methods that you can use:

1 – Close ZBrush, then browse to its folder on your computer. Run the ZUpgrader application that you will find there. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the update.

2 – Download the updater application for either Windows or macOS. Place this application in your ZBrush 2019 folder before running it. Then simply follow the on-screen instructions.

3 – Uninstall ZBrush 2019 and delete its folder. Then log into My Licenses where you will be able to download the stand-alone ZBrush 2019.1 installer. Run that to reinstall ZBrush, then (if requested) activate it again.

For floating license users, please have your IT team submit a Support ticket with Pixologic to receive the update instructions

 

Feature Additions

  • A new split mode, which isolates the current SubTool from all others, displaying them on separate sides of the screen.
  • A Screensaver has been added which (after a predefined amount of time) will display curated images straight from the ZBrushCentral.com community. Unlike your operating system screensaver, this one will only affect the ZBrush application window.
  • A new “Groups Intersection” mode has been added to the Smooth Brush Modifiers.
  • GoZ has been updated with support for Adobe Photoshop® 2019, Autodesk Maya 2019 and Autodesk 3DS Max 2020.
  • The FBX format now supports up to 64 cameras at import and export. Imported cameras are listed in the Camera selection list in the Draw palette. FBX will now support up to FBX 2019.

 

 

Plugins

  • SubTool Master, with a new Show Hidden Points function.
  • ZAppLink
  • Scale Master
  • 3D Print Hub, with better handling of large STL files and support for more STL formats on import.
  • Intersection Masker
  • FBX Import/Export
  • ZBrush to Photoshop
  • ZColor
  • Decimation Master
  • Image Plane

 

Improvements

  • A pop-up message is now displayed when exiting Edit mode, asking for confirmation.
  • SubTool folders now support Move Up and Move Down functions.
  • SnapShot 3D with reference images will no longer apply a DynaMesh Boolean process. (Pressing ‘Sub’ is now required for the SpotLight image to be cut out of the DynaMesh surface.)
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts for macOS to now create a Folder with Command+F.
  • Updated keyboard shortcuts for macOS to go full screen with Command+Ctrl+F rather than creating a new folder.
  • Saving and loading files across a network have been improved.

 

Stability and Fixes

  • Ctrl+Shift brushes no longer jump when holding Space Bar.
  • Assigning a hotkey now gives a warning if the hotkey is already in use.
  • Snapshot 3D snapping points now respects canvas Zoom.
  • Support has been added for .jpeg and .tiff image file extensions.
  • Total Points Count display has been improved.
  • Improved Boolean generation.
  • Crease Level slider will update results when Dynamic Subdivision is enabled.
  • Dots display mode is now disabled when Transparency mode is active.
  • Improved stability of the Surface Noise editor.
  • Improved stability when switching rapidly between Edit and Move modes.

 

ZBrush 2019 is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

ZBrush 2019 is Available Now

ZBrush 2019

The latest version of ZBrush is here, and the best part is, if you’re an existing registered user, ZBrush 2019 is a FREE upgrade!

Buy ZBrush 2019

What’s New?

ZBrush Rendering

Non-Photorealistic Rendering (NPR)
See your 3D artwork in a whole new way with the new NPR system. Give that final 3D sculpt a hand drawn 2D style and even take your sculpted creations into the pages of a comic book. With the ability to add overlaying textures, apply a halftone printed paper style, draw a dark outline around the 3D model or apply a number of built-in presets, the new NPR system will open up an entire world of artistic possibilities.

 

Snapshot3D

Snapshot3D
Featuring all the original features, Snapshot3D now also makes it possible to convert any greyscale image (alpha) into a 3D model. The source images can be modified or combined through Boolean-type addition or subtraction to create even more complex 3D shapes.

 

ZRemesher

ZRemesher v3.0
Automatic retopology is a key component in the modern 3D artist’s workflow, which now goes to the next level with ZRemesher v3.0. The enhanced systems can maintain creased edges and automatically detect sharp surface angles, ideal for mechanical models. The result is also a more efficient final polygon count with an increase in speed.

 

Folders

Folders
Speed up productivity with the efficient folder system. Much more than just an organisational tool, folders also make it possible to apply actions to all contained meshed at once such as scale, rotate, move duplicate, delete, Live Boolean and more.

 

Universal Camera

Universal Camera
New and upgraded, artists can now precisely match the focal length of 3D renders and imported photographs with the camera tool. You can even export or import your ZBrush camera settings for use in any 3D application, which opens the path to rich 2D composited illustrations when combined with other 3D renderers like KeyShot. The Universal Camera offers complete control over focal length, crop factor and more.

 

Intersection Masker

Intersection Masker
Generate a mask where geometry islands intersect on a selected subtool using the Intersection Masker. The perfect solution to create complex mask in only a few clicks.

 

ZColor

ZColor
The ZColor plugin is the only colour manager you need for any digital painting task. Featuring a set palette of colours, you can express the mood you wish to create with consistent results. ZColor files can be shared with others, helping teams achieve a cohesive style across projects.

 

ZBrush 2019 available now at CAD Software Direct .com

Buy or Upgrade to KeyShot 7 – Get KeyShot 8 Free

KeyShot 8

KeyShot 8 is on its way, and for a limited time only you can purchase or upgrade to KeyShot 7 and receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8 when released.

This is the final chance to upgrade from KeyShot 6 to lock in your free upgrade! Haven’t updated yet? Start using KeyShot 7 today and upgrade to KeyShot 8 free at release – which is just days away!

Buy or Upgrade

Using KeyShot 5?

This is also your final chance for upgrade pricing, plus receiving KeyShot 8 free. KeyShot 5 licenses will no longer be upgradeable once KeyShot 8 has been released.

 

This offer is valid for all new KeyShot purchases and upgrades from KeyShot 5 and KeyShot 6 to KeyShot 7. Versions prior to KeyShot 5 must purchase a new license. All KeyShot 7 upgrades or purchases (excluding add-ons) on or after August 15th, 2018 will receive a free upgrade to KeyShot 8. Excludes EDU products, KeyShot add-ons, and KeyShot for CAD licenses (KeyShot for Solid Edge, KeyShot for IronCAD, etc).

ZBrushCore 2018 Update Now Available

ZBrushCore 2018

An update to ZBrushCore 2018 is available now. Existing ZBrushCore users can upgrade now for free.

This ZBrushCore 2018 update includes multiple additions and enhancements. It will now become easier for newcomers to the digital sculpting world to rapidly produce models and then export it for 3D printing.

What’s New?

VDM: Vector Displacement Mesh Brushes

ZBrushCore 2018 introduces two new brushes: Chisel3D and ChiselCreature brushes. These Vector Displacement Mesh brushes allow you to sculpt with a 3D Alpha which will support overhangs or draw complex objects on the surface with a single brush stroke. Imagine being able to texture a dragon with overlapping scales or draw a fully formed ear without needing to re-sculpt it for every model.

 

Gizmo 3D Deformers

A new addition for ZBrushCore 2018 are the Gizmo 3D Deformers. ZBrushCore 2018 includes six of the 27 Deformers found in the full version of ZBrush. Each Deformer has a unique feature set to allow quick shape alterations that would not be possible through brush strokes.

 

Gizmo 3D Primitives

ZBrushCore 2018 also provides the Gizmo 3D with a unique way to rapidly design using simple geometric shapes. Artists can freely adjust the geometry that defines each shape, even after the shape has been applied to the surface. Convert a smooth cylinder to an octagon, adjust a sphere to have flat poles or change a cone into a pyramid – all in real time. Using this system, a few primitives can be turned into an entire library of sculptable shapes.

 

3D Text and Shape Creator

ZBrushCore 2018 comes with a complete generator for creating 3D text in real time. This makes it possible to create individual words or short phrases as editable 3D objects. You can also use an SVG file to create your own custom logo for placement on any surface.

 

Decimation Master

With DecimationMaster you can easily reduce the polygon count of your models in a very efficient way while intelligently analyzing the surface to keep all of its sculpted details. This solution is one of the fastest available and is able to optimize your high polycount models from ZBrushCore, allowing you to export them to your other 3D software packages. It can also reduce the polygon count for exporting into your preferred render application with no need to assign a displacement or normal map.

The slimmed down version of Decimation Master that has been added to ZBrushCore 2018 provides five new polygon count-controlled presets.

 

3D Print Hub

The full version of 3D Print Hub has been added to ZBrushCore 2018. This plugin offers everything you’ll need for exporting any model for 3D Printing. Find the specific size of any mesh in mm or inches. The 3D Print Hub will allow you to export an OBJ, STL or VRML file. The STL and VRML export options will also support PolyPaint color. Importing an STL file is also supported by 3D Print Hub, including any color data.

 

Other additions and changes:

  • Korean language support
  • Removed Polycount Limitations for STL and VRML Export
  • Export Scale Values
  • Size and Position Values
  • SmoothGroups Brush (in the LightBox Brush folder)
  • Updated Projection System in DynaMesh
  • New Licensing System Utilizing Pixologic ID Account
  • Dual Platform License (macOS and/or Windows)

ZBrush 2018

ZBrush is advancing yet again with the release of ZBrush 2018 – another free upgrade for all existing ZBrush customers!

Sculptris Pro Mode

This major new feature is an enhanced version of the dynamic tessellation system from our popular Sculptris application. It enables the artist to ignore the constraints of polygon distribution and simply sculpt! Sculptris Pro will dynamically add (tesselate) and remove (decimate) polygons wherever and whenever it’s needed. It actually does this during your brush stroke in a real-time process called Tessimation. This frees you to focus entirely on the look you’re trying to achieve.

Sculptris Pro is the perfect tool for concept artists and creative users who simply want to get an idea formed without worry about things like polygon distribution. It is also ideal for anyone using CAD, point cloud and other imported models without having to first retopologize the model or switch to DynaMesh.

It is also perfect for refining a model after Live Boolean has been used, where variation in polygon density and triangulation can be a challenge with traditional methods. Additionally, it allows 3D printing users to edit models which have already been optimised before being imported back into ZBrush for quick edits.

Sculptris Pro is a mode that can be enabled whenever you want and is compatible with the majority of the hundreds of sculpting brushes that ZBrush is famous for.

Deformers Extended

ZBrush 4R8 introduced the Gizmo 3D manipulator system which included utilities such as FFD Box, Multislice and several powerful Deformers. In ZBrush 2018, Pixologic are increasing this to a total of 27 deformers. Each deformer has a unique feature set to allow quick shape alterations that would not be possible through brush strokes.

Of special note is the new Project Primitive deformer. This gives the ability to use multiple primitives to reshape a mesh, cut into a surface, build up from another mesh and much more. Not only does Project Primitive offer a new, unique way to blend multiple pieces of geometry together it also empowers you to take something as simple as a sphere and turn it into a rocket ship, automobile, plane, human bust, or nearly anything else you might imagine.

PolyGroupIt

This is an entirely new way to create the polygon groupings that are so essential to a smooth ZBrush workflow. PolyGroup It accurately evaluates the surface of a model in real-time, generating intelligent groupings with a single button click. Creating PolyGroups has never been so easy! What’s more, with PolyGroup It you can add or delete, copy & paste, grow or shrink, create PolyGroups symmetrically and even use PolyPaint to trace out exactly what you want your PolyGroups to look like.

Other Additions

  • Elastic and Liquid options for Curve Mode.
  • Insert Meshes can now be rotated or smoothed along a curve.
  • Equidistant Mesh Duplication using the Gizmo 3D.
  • Remember Draw Size and Dynamic Mode for Brush options.
  • New PolyGroup by Normals option.
  • Increased output size for 3D Print Hub.
  • Snake Hook brushes for use with Sculptris Pro.
  • Option to save Startup Default Material.
  • Tessimate can also be used as a stand-alone feature, outside of Sculptris Pro.
  • QuickSaves can now be saved to any hard drive.
  • New Activation and License Management System, powered by our My Licenses web portal.
  • All licenses are now dual platform for both Windows and macOS.

ZBrush Summit 2018

ZBrush Live Sculpt-Off

September 27th • Online Only

Presentation & Workshops

September 28th – 30th • Online & On-site

Register Today

Get ready for the ZBrush Summit 2018! This September 28-30th, Pixologic will be taking over Hollywood’s prestigious Gnomon School facilities to bring you the ultimate ZBrush experience. This year the LIVE Sculpt-Off (online only) will take place the Thursday September 27th leading into the 3 days of presentations.

The annual Summit is the year’s biggest event for ZBrush community. This three day event streamed live around the world is a way for digital artists to connect not only with the Pixologic team, but also with luminaries from all segments of the industry. The days are packed with talented artists presenting a variety of ZBrush techniques used in real-world productions. Many of the demonstrations feature assets previously unseen outside of the studios.

ZBrush 4R8 – Big Live Event

Pixologic presents an exclusive live streaming broadcast event

Tuesday, June 13th at 12pm PDT on
www.ZBrushLIVE.com

Tune in for a chance to chat with the Pixologic team as they give a special demonstration
and give away prizes to a few lucky viewers!

GET TUNED IN:

You can experience the ZBrush 4R8 streaming event on ZBrushLIVE.com! The event will also be simulcast live on the following networks:

Facebook | YouTube | LiveStream

Creating Killer Visuals with ZBrush and KeyShot

(Level: Advanced)

Guest presenter and 3D Artist, Andy Jones, breaks down the process of going from ZBrush to KeyShot, showing how to level up your texture game with tips, tricks and techniques to create absolutely killer visuals. This is expected to fill up quickly so grab your spot fast. In this webinar:

  • Background and experience
  • Prepping your mind and model
  • KeyShot textures and materials
  • Lighting setup in KeyShot
  • Renders options and output
  • Tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Q&A

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Thursday 6th August, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM BST

ZBrush 4R7 Is Here!

ZBrush 4R7 is the final iteration within the ZBrush 4 series before ZBrush 5.0 and is packed with major additions. In fact, 4R7 is one of the most extensive releases since ZBrush 4 came out.

With ZBrush 4R7, you will add another set of tools to your arsenal, expanding your artistic freedom and creativity. Major features in 4R7 include, Array Mesh, NanoMesh, ZModeler with QMesh, KeyShot for Zbrush and ZRemesher 2.0.  They allow you to stay within ZBrush for more of your workflow, doing things that were either impractical or even outright impossible to accomplish before now.

The core of ZBrush is being reworked and 4R7 will be the first version of ZBrush that is released with optional 64-bit support. This will allow you to fully harness your machine’s power, not only allowing for higher polygon counts but also making it possible for you the artist to create more art in less time. Read more here.