The new animation tools ZBrush offers allow us to approach turntable renders with more of an eye toward presentation: The ability to animate layers, materials, and display attributes opens the door to a host of possibilities in presenting our finished work. This series of tutorials will explore how we can use ZBrush's Timeline features to create a turntable that contains elements of an animated scene that provides more of a context for the models. We will plan out different render passes and utilize different ZBrush materials to create them, and then bring our renders into After Effects, where we'll explore a number of different techniques for bringing the ZBrush renders to life. By the end of the tutorial, the different techniques and ideas we'sve explored will hopefully give us a broader idea of the potential for making the turntable render itself a part of the creative process. Software required: ZBrush 4R4, After Effects.
Introduction and Project Overview Hey there, folks, this is Brad Groatman. I'm a freelance modeler and animator here in the Northeastern US where I've been teaching 3D character design for the past three years. And in this series of videos we're going to be looking at some of the more recently added animation tools in ZBrush that gives you all kinds of freedom to play around with how you finally present your finished model. We'll be starting with a scene which is actually pretty much already finished. It's modeled, it's textured, but we're going to look at this really with an eye toward presentation. What can we do to make this final presentation more interesting to look at? So we're going to look at some of the more recently added timeline tools that ZBrush has. We're going to do some animated layers, and we're going to create a number of different render passes which we can then take into After Effects and put together in a really cool way and play with some of the effects that After Effects gives us, as well. We'll create some particle effects, some color corrections, some interesting little masking effects, and in the end we'll have the tools to create a final presentation which is really cool, really interesting, and a lot more fun than a simple turntable. We have so much to do, so let's get started in the next lesson.