Getting Back Into Zbrush – Essential Features Overview

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ZBrush can be a hard software to learn and in this ZBrush video tutorial, we do a recap of the different features. It’s helpful for people who already know ZBrush (students, freelancers, etc) but havent used it in a while – or for beginners to ZBrush who wants a learning tutorial to quickly get an overview of the most essential ZBrush features.

Introduction to ZBrush

Introduction to ZBrush 2020

Ultimate hotkeys and UI

Ultimate ZBrush UI & Hotkeys

– Hotkeys –
Pan – Alt RMB
Rotate – RMB
Zoom – Ctrl RMB
Perspective – P
Help – Ctrl while hover over features
Subdivide – Ctrl D
Up – D
Down – Shift D
Polyframe – Shift F
Useful Brushes
Standard – BST
ClayBuildup – BCB
Smooth – Shift
DamStandard – BDS
Move – BMV
Size – S
Intensity – U
Symmetry -X
Paint Mask – Ctrl Paint
Remove Mask – Ctrl Alt Paint
Invert Mask – Ctrl Click Outside the model
Clear mask – Ctrl Drag Outside the Model
Blur Mask – Ctrl Click on the model

– Time Stamps –
Ligthbox – 01:25
Clearing Canvas – 01:50
Edit Mode 02:03
Navigation – 02:51
Perspective and Focal Length Camera Settings – 03:27
Feature Help – 03:48
Polymesh3D – 04:08
Subdivisions – 04:38
Matcaps and materials – 06:19
Moving Lights – 07:17
CamView -07:28
Brushes – 07:58
Brush Size and Intensity – 10:04
Saving (Ztools, Zprojects) – 11:03
Importing – 13:05
Exporting -14:14
Masking – 15:18
Hiding polygons – 17:07
Polygroups – 18:51
Subtools – 19:42
Solo/Isolate Selected – 23:04
Gizmo – 23:35
Layers – 25:20
Displacement Map Settings – 27:49
Final Disp Settings – 30:07
Backface Masking – 30:24
Custom UI and Hotkeys – 31:10

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  • Artmhdesign

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    A lot of 'nice little friendly buttons' ! 🙂 Thanks for this overview! 👍

  • Supreme Sculpts

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    ive heard of this new software, sculptron, is it any good?

  • Mathew Morgan

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I have a UI tip to share. See how in the subtool palette the subtool names are on a black background, and the active subtool is on a marginally blacker background, so marginally it may as well be the same black? Kinda dumb I think. So if you go into preferences>icolors the black background of the active subtool is controlled by icon shadow. Change it to another color, anything but black, I have mine green, and now when you glance over at the subtool list, you can see instantly which one is active.

  • Alteraz

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Anyone else fed up of brushes causing big stroke steps instead of a seamless clean line? For some reason a lot of my brushes do this.. and the one brush i really wish i could use is the chisel but its just horrible. Lazy mouse and step slider dont do shit, i still see steps or plenty of jagged edges on hi division.. nothing to do. Frustrating…

  • Nswayze22

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I used to purchase your tutorials and go over your videos and while they are really good. The Discord community you guys have going on has really put me off from going back.

  • Tom

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    "Naviguation is quiet simple"

  • Uncle Jessy

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    OMG this video is perfect! I havent used it in 2+ months and already forgot a number of things

  • NikolaNiKucu

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I am guilty of this
    Thank you for the video reminder

  • الحسين علي محمد

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Thank you for the tutorial it's so useful.

  • Sam Worth

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    *Getting Back Into Zbrush BECAUSE BLENDER SUCKS

  • Gatz Art - 3D Artist

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Great video!! Thanks for always bringing people back to their creativity!! You guys are awesome 👍👍

  • Miles Hatcliff

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I would really appreciate a video talking about common zbrush problems in terms of usability. For example, I was getting rid of a chunk of my model and it left stubborn creases that won't go away. I can't find anywhere how to fix this!

  • Brice Hubert

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Thanks for the video ^^ will you do a demo of the new free zbrushmini ? 🙂


    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    awesome thank you 🙂 🙂

  • manishka trehan

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Amazing video guys..
    Your video helped me a lot in learning 3d and art in general..
    I mainly do everything in blender and substance..
    But recently I tried the the trial of zbrush 2020 and I have to say that it is great..
    Just a few days ago zbrushcoremini was launched I tried but its just too limited….
    Soo I was hoping to get the permanent licence for zbrush core…
    Can you guys pls do a review of the both the software

  • Vimalraj Ravichandran

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Hi Henning! Thanks for the video. It was a quick refresh!! Regarding the displacement, '32bit' and 'exr' doesn't work when 'Merge' option is ON.

  • Michael Beyene

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Need this. Been in the revolution for the last month.
    It's been a whiiiile.

  • Genesys

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    This is a great refresher which I desperately needed yesterday, nonetheless it's here now, so I greatly appreciate this! Thanks Henning!

  • River and The Fox

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I’ve missed you two! Love this , thankyou

  • cperiodj Johnson

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    In one of your videos, you talked about saving as a project vs saving as a tool. One you of said you preferred saving as a tool but then stated you would explain later. I think it was the intro to zbrush video but can you elaborate on this or tell me what video you elaborate on it?

  • lideli luciano

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Thank you for this. As I can see is a common issue cause I haven't been able to use Zbrush for a couple of months already since my computer was kept by my ex in the divorce and I haven't been able to get one yet. I was thinking of having to start all over again watching tutorials which worried me a little bit cause I feel like I forgot pretty much everything, but this video will save me a lot of hours. Thanks again and I love all your videos!

  • Crane

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Facepalm I've been trying ZBRush on and off for almost a year now and I did not realize the UndoHistory save, I literally had files I'd given up on cus I had too many subtools and I got tired of deleting save history.

  • angel salva

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    hi can you make a mecha robot, is this please, I like this robot but i don't know to model 🙁 is this

  • Jacob Nodarse

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I just started using Zbrush and honestly, this was a video I was looking for thank you so much. Honestly gonna sign up for that brush beginner course

  • Trantor The Troll

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Watch out Guys! you're talking about Zbrush, and Zbrush isn't Blender, there will be a Blender Cultist in the comments telling everyone there is no reason for learning Zbrush "or any other program" because "Blender can do EVERYTHING, AND it's FREE!" so therefore there is no reason for any other program to exist.

    "i wish i was joking btw. ive been seeing more and more of those kids in every sort of comment section"

  • mike lavelle

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Exactly what I needed, the general advice about best practices really helps.

  • Thomas Briggs

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Zbrush – the only application that is hostile to the gui interactions of every other program. When you get fluent in several programs you depend on muscle memory for navigation and hope that they all can be set up to work in a mostly similar manner. All except Zbrush.
    It is a necessary tool in production but that doesn't mean its coders respect the users. I have used it for about 15 years, owned it for 10 and use it almost daily. Doesn't mean I admire the way they do things.
    Thanks for this, however. There is always something to learn.

  • lazanha747

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    The video started really well, but when you guys started talking about displacement maps it got really confusing

  • ZephrusPrime

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Please do a video for taking a character +(gear and props) from ZBrush-and full prep to bring into Blender to render with EVEE.

  • Barry Ryan

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    great idea for a tutorial and just in time for me!

  • NymezWoW

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    ZBrush has probably the worst User Interface/Experience i have ever seen. Some aspects of it are so bad it’s almost insulting. It‘s unmatched toolset is the only thing that keeps it up. The moment another sculpting tool catches up in terms of functionality i think they are going to be in deep trouble to keep their customers.

  • Reginald Condol

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Thank God for this, I literally was just thinking about how I haven't touched zbrush in so long. This helps a lot and zbrush UI is always confusing the first time you get back to it

  • akhil saluru

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Very helpful thanks 😊

  • Buskers' Square

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Thanks for the video! I just got your guys' intro to zbrush from your website. Do you think I'd be able to do that tutorial with zbrush core or is standard zbrush necessary?

  • Hamad Cervantes

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I've been using zbrush for about a month. I've become good at it thanks to your zbrush videos. The thing that I'm struggling with right now is how to sculpt certain area. For example, how to add the mouth cavity.
    Just one simple question. When I'm sculpting, to get the proportions right I sculpt the skull separately first, then append a sphere on top to sculpt muscle and skin. Do you consider this workflow a waste of time?? Should I practice sculpt the face without sculpting the skull first?
    Sometime I thinks it's a time consuming, but sometime I think that over time I would have bunch of skulls sculpted that I can use for future projects

  • KonradGM

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    Can we get a video about upcoming zbrush mini taht is free stripped dow nzbrush version? really curious about your thoguths and how different it is compared to original zbrush 😀

  • 80468046

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    You guys are wizards. I was literally saying to myself "I should go back into zbrush… Let me watch an old flipped normal video" and here comes this video. Lol Burn the witches. Lol

  • Haidar Hero

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    That was very very very helpful >.<Thank you. I havent used it for a while and almost forget some tools

  • Danilo Anton

    8 Tháng Tám, 2020 - 3:19 chiều

    I'm very early

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