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Character and Scene Development in ZBrush

by Justin Marshall

In this course, you will learn how to create polished characters and more appealing scenes. Software required: ZBrush 3.1 and up, Maya 2009 and up.

What you'll learn

In this course, you will learn how to create polished characters and more appealing scenes. You will work creatively using a step-by-step approach to character and scene development in ZBrush and a time-saving workflow to character interaction, sculpting, texturing, composition, lighting, and rendering. This course contains nearly six hours of self-paced training for artists using ZBrush and Maya. Popular highlights include: Composition and Layout; Working from Sketch; Creating ZSphere Base; Adaptive Skins; Character Posing; Re-working Topology; Quick Shaping the Model; Character Interaction; Adding Multiple Pieces with ZSpheres; Appending Subtools; Adding Temporary Materials; Custom Alphas and Textures; Exaggerating Features for Appeal; Creating UVs in ZBrush; Polypainting; Converting Polypaints to Texture Maps; Exporting Displacement Maps; Exporting Normal Maps; Exporting Geometry from ZBrush; Importing Geometry into Maya; 3-point Lighting Setup; Camera Placement; Subsurface Scattering Effects; Approximations for High-quality Displacement; Using Final Gather with Subsurface Scattering; Adjusting Render Stats of Objects; Rendering Scenes in Multiple Passes; Outputting Color, Occlusion, and Depth Passes; Compositing Multiple Passes with Photoshop; Depth-of-field Effects to Final Render. Software required: ZBrush 3.1 and up, Maya 2009 and up.

Table of contents

Introduction and Project Overview
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Character and Scene Development in ZBrush
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About the author

Justin thrives as a lead modeling author at Pluralsight. Growing up, Justin found a deep interest for the computer graphics industry after watching movies like Jurassic Park, Toy Story, and The Abyss. His ambition would lead him to work at Sony Imageworks in Los Angeles on movies like Monster House and Surf's Up. Justin has also had numerous articles, tutorials, and images published in 3D World and 3D Artist. As an author, Justin enjoys collaborating with fellow authors, especially on project... more

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