The All-In-One Digital Sculpting Solution Designed for the Pursuit of Art
Pixologic ZBrush sets the industry standard for digital sculpting and painting. Its features enable you to use customizable brushes to shape, texture and paint virtual clay. Plus, in a real-time environment that provides instant feedback. Be empowered by the same tools employed by film studios and game developers. Likewise, toy/collectible makers, jewelry designers, automotive/aviation designers, illustrators, advertisers, scientists and other artists the world over use ZBrush. In fact, we have even received an Academy Award for the technology that powers ZBrush.
In short, ZBrush is an art tool created by artists, for artists. It allows you to create models and illustrations limited only by your imagination. And, at a speed that allows you to stand out in today’s fast paced industry.
ZBrush 2020 empowers artists with greater sculpting flexibility via powerful additions to the award winning brush system. We have expanded the library of sculpting brushes with the new XTractor, HistoryRecall and DecoCurve brushes. In addition, you can now constrain your brush strokes to only forward gestures with the new No Back&Forth modifier.
Beyond the new brushes we’ve expanded the capabilities of the MorphUV feature, which makes it possible to view the unwrapped UV layout of a model within ZBrush. Sculpt & Paint in Morph UV allows you to sculpt and paint on the 2D unwrap of a model, applying all updates to the 3D model.
Pixologic ZBrush: Based on a Customizable Brush System
The main workflow for creating with ZBrush is based on a system of brushes. These brushes can also be modulated using the pen pressure of a graphics tablet. ZBrush will reproduce the natural feeling of a real paint brush or sculpting tool. It uses the pressure applied to the pen tip to transform your digital stroke in a variety of ways.
This system includes, for example. brushes to carve, push, grow parts, slice, cut, add details and much more.
New Features in ZBrush 2020
Sculpt & Paint in Morph UV
Now, with the ability to sculpt and PolyPaint on the UV unwrap of a model, it’s never been easier to apply long continuous strokes across a mesh. For example, applying a stroke from the waist up through an armpit to the wrist of a character. Or, apply a pattern on a mesh that is too complicated in the 3D form.
Have you ever had a difficult time reaching certain areas of a sculpt? With Sculpt & Paint in Morph UV, that is a thing of the past!
These three brushes convert detail from your model into a new alpha or texture for future reuse. Simply drag your stroke across the surface of any model to capture the details of your sculpt. The captured details can then be used elsewhere on the same model, or on any other model in the future.
Have you ever wished you could undo just a portion of your sculpting without losing everything else that has been done on the model? Now you can! This brush uses your model’s Undo History but restricts the effect to the area where the brush is used. It can also be used in the other direction, projecting Redo History from part of one model to another regardless of any topology differences.
Move Infinite Depth
Alter your brush to apply details to anything that is directly inline with the brush cursor. For example, add volume to the front and hind legs of a dog or move several vertex points on multiple individual meshes without applying a mask. The infinite depth option can be applied to several brushes.
You Can’t Pick Just One Color
Never again will you struggle contemplating what color combination to apply to a model. Now you can take any PolyPainted or textured model and adjust its color hue, intensity, contrast, gamma or tint on the fly using the new Texture Adjust by Color and PolyPaint Adjust by Color features.
Texture Adjust by Color & PolyPaint Adjust by Color
Texture Adjust by Color & PolyPaint Adjust by Color not only gives you the power to adjust the colors in a model’s PolyPaint or Texture Map, it also allows you to restrict these adjustments to specific color selections. In addition you can use color picking to mask or unmask portions of the model.
Ready, Set, Analyze & Print
ZBrush 2020 continues to widen your ability to 3D print straight from ZBrush with new mesh analysis features: Wall Thickness, Real-Time Draft Analysis and Surface Area calculations. Now anyone will be able to easily prepare a model for production!
With this feature ZBrush uses PolyPaint to provide a visual representation of what portions of a mesh could benefit from additional thickness before sending off for use with a 3D printer, CNC machine or any other rapid prototyping method. Set your preferred minimum thickness and maximum thickness, then click the button. Now use the color coded data to make any adjustments, then click again to re-evaluate with those changes. It’s as simple as that.
Real-Time Draft Analysis
The new From Draft & Real-Time From Draft options give you a fluid approach to preparing models for many specialized manufacturing options such as two-part molding or CNC printing. Use the camera plane to set your draft pull direction, then make real-time adjustments to your model to ensure a successful production pipeline. The real-time draft analysis can even be applied as PolyPaint or a mask for additional options including saving the result as a texture map.
Calculate Surface Area
Finding its Surface Area and Volume has never been easier, regardless of how the model will be used. With a click of a button ZBrush can now provide you with the bounding box size, mesh volume and surface area. At the same time, it will check for watertight integrity. All of this will not only help ensure a successful print but can also assist you in accurately estimating the amount of real-world material that your project will need.
Cam Silhouette & Cam ViewZ
With the new CamView feature you will always know the orientation of your model relative to the world axis. It provides an accurate understanding of your XYZ space, as well as offers an interchangeable one-click navigation view. Switch from front to back or left to right views of any model by just clicking on icons within the CamView. You can even load any model to create your own unique custom CamView and then share it with other users.
Real-Time Silhouette View
Sometimes you just need to look at your model from a fresh perspective, making sure that it works on a foundational level. With the new Real-Time Silhouette view you’ll be able to evaluate the overall shape of the model in a small window while still being able to see the same model with fully painted and sculpted details in the main document space. This can give you the freedom to explore new shapes or ensure that the model will read well from a distance.