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ZBrush

ZBrush

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Summary

Quality, Speed and Flexibility

ZBrush is a digital sculpting and painting program that has revolutionized the 3D industry with its powerful features and intuitive workflows. Built within an elegant interface, ZBrush offers the world’s most advanced tools for today’s digital artists. With an arsenal of features that have been developed with usability in mind, ZBrush creates a user experience that feels incredibly natural while simultaneously inspiring the artist within. With the ability to sculpt up to a billion polygons, ZBrush allows you to create limited only by your imagination.

Designed around a principle of circularity, the menus in ZBrush work together in a non-linear and mode-free method. This facilitates the interaction of 3D models, 2D images and 2.5D Pixols in new and unique ways.

ZBrush gives you all of the tools needed to quickly sketch out a 2D or 3D concept and then take that idea all the way to completion. You can create realistic renders directly in ZBrush with lighting and atmospheric effects. With the many powerful export options, you can easily prepare your model for 3D printing or use within any other digital application.

Because ZBrush users are enabled by its powerful software processing, you can sculpt and paint with millions of polygons with out having to worry about purchasing expensive graphics cards. It is for this reason why ZBrush is used by everyone from art enthusiast to major film and games studios.

Leave technical hurdles and steep learning curves behind, as you sculpt and paint with familiar brushes and tools.
ZBrush 4R6 - Windows

Highly Recommended:
  • OS: Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 32-bit/64-bit
  • CPU: Pentium D or newer (or equivalent such as AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer) with optional multithreading or hyperthreading capabilities.
  • RAM: 2048MB required for working with multi-million-polys. 6 GB recommended. (ZBrush 4 is a 32-bit application, but can use up to 4 GB of system RAM)
  • HDD: 16GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution or higher (32 bits)
Minimum System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows Vista, or newer, 32-bits or 64-bits.
  • CPU: P4 or AMD Opteron or Athlon64 Processor (Must have SSE2 : Streaming SIMD Extensions 2)
  • RAM: 1024MB (2048 MB recommended)
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution (32 bits)
Note About Graphics Cards:
ZBrush is software rendered, meaning that ZBrush itself is doing the rendering rather than the GPU. Your choice of GPU will not matter so long as it supports the recommended monitor resolution.


ZBrush 4R6 - Macintosh

Required:
  • OS: Mac OSX 10.6 or newer
  • CPU: Intel Macintosh
  • RAM: 2048MB required for working with multi-million-polys. 6 GB recommended. (ZBrush 4 is a 32-bit application, but can use up to 4 GB of system RAM)
  • HDD: 16GB of hard drive free-space for the scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution set to Millions of Colors (recommended: 1280 x 1024 or higher)
Documentation for ZBrush 4R6, PC or Mac
Within your ZBrush 4R6 folder you will see a subfolder called Documentation. This contains three PDF files. The What’s New document gives detailed information on all features that are new to ZBrush since version 3.2. The Starting Guide (ZBrush Fundamentals) is directed at people who are brand new to ZBrush. It includes helpful information to get you started, as well as a tutorial that covers the basics of sculpting, painting and rendering a model. Finally, there is a Tutorials document containing nine detailed articles by ZBrush beta testers. This document will help anyone master the new features introduced with this version.
For additional information not covered by these PDFs, please see the Wiki at www.pixologic.com/docs
Supplementing the PDF documentation are the many videos and other resources found in the ZClassroom.