Hard Surface Techniques in ZBrush 4R5

Known in the past for being an incredible tool for organic modeling and sculpting, ZBrush actually also contains an array of tools geared toward hard-surface modeling with more and more features added in each new update. Software required: ZBrush 4R5.
Course info
Rating
(11)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 11, 2013
Duration
1h 36m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(11)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 11, 2013
Duration
1h 36m
Description

Known in the past for being an incredible tool for organic modeling and sculpting, ZBrush actually also contains an array of tools geared toward hard-surface modeling with more and more features added in each new update. This ZBrush tutorial goes over many of those tools and features using a simple project based approach. We'll talk about methods for doing simple hard-surface modeling like extrusions and defining edge hardness. We'll also cover mesh replacement to combine different meshes and use DynaMesh to create more complex, seamless, hard-surfaces very quickly. In addition, we'll talk about the Panel Loops feature and how it can be used to create raised or lowered panels, or extracted geometry with thickness. In the end you'll have a good overview of some of the many options in ZBrush for working on your own hard-surface projects. Software required: ZBrush 4R5.

About the author
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.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello. I'm Justin with Digital-Tutors, a pixelogic authorized training provider. In this series of tutorials, we'll explore some of the tools in ZBrush 4R5 that can be used to build hard surface models. Known in the past for being an incredible tool for organic modeling and sculpting, ZBrush actually contains an array of tools geared toward hard surface modeling, with more and more features added in each new update. Now, this course goes over many of those tools and features using a simple project based approach. We'll talk about methods for doing simple hard surface modeling like extrusions and finding edge hardness. We'll also cover mesh replacement to combine different meshes, and we use dynamesh to create more complex, seamless hard surfaces very quickly. In addition, we'll talk about the panel loops feature and how it can be used to create raised or lowered panels, or extracted geometry with thickness. And in the end, you'll have a good overview of some of the many options in ZBrush for working on your own hard surface projects. So let's go ahead and get started by talking about poly groups.