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Quick Start to ZBrush: Volume 1

by Justin Marshall

Welcome to the Quick Start to ZBrush, a series of specially constructed courses meant to be followed in sequence and which include valuable exercises to reinforce learned concepts. The lesson format for these Quick Starts will be similar to other Digital-Tutors introductory training. We'll go through ZBrush in a very methodical, step-by-step, way, making sure to cover the tools and techniques that are most important in enabling you to get up and running quickly.

What you'll learn

Welcome to the Quick Start to ZBrush, a series of specially constructed courses meant to be followed in sequence and which include valuable exercises to reinforce learned concepts. The lesson format for these Quick Starts will be similar to other Digital-Tutors introductory training. We'll go through ZBrush in a very methodical, step-by-step way, making sure to cover the tools and techniques that are most important in enabling you to get up and running quickly. Each volume of a Quick Start will build upon the previous volume, enabling us to progressively build up a complex project into a finished state. In this initial volume, we'll cover the basics of getting started working in ZBrush. We'll discuss navigation and the interface. We'll cover methods of working with primitive geometry and subdividing geometry. We'll also learn about working with multiple SubTools, strokes and alphas, and masking. In the end, we'll end up with an organic piece of geometry for the base of our overall Quick Start project. While following along with these lessons and building a project together will provide you with valuable knowledge, the real power comes from being able to take the techniques you've learned and apply them in a different way to your own work. With this in mind, you'll be presented with an assignment immediately following each volume. These assignments will challenge you to take the skills that you've learned in a particular volume and apply them to a different asset. These courses are designed to be taken in sequence, so we really encourage you to start with this volume and proceed all the way through to Volume 5, taking full advantage of the periodic assignments along the way in order to get the full learning experience. See the full Quick Start to ZBrush Learning Path.

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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