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Pixologic's ZBrush 3 stands at the forefront of digital 3D sculpting and 2.5D painting, a new medium that is taking the art and entertainment worlds by storm. Visual effects artist Eric Keller shares his expertise and talents in ZBrush 3 for Windows Essential Training. He presents the concepts behind digital sculpting, shows how to produce fantastic images using the unique ZBrush toolset and interface, and demonstrates the power of the Digital Clay and Sculpting brushes. To offer a richer understanding of the application, Eric gives a guided tour of the interface and addresses the most common problems experienced by new users. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you're using the topology masking feature of the Transpose tool, you'll notice that it always automatically adds blur to the mask. Now most of the time this is very helpful but sometimes it might get in the way. I'm going to demonstrate how to deal with this by working on the demo soldier model. This is one of the models that loads with Zbrush. He's in Edit mode. I'm going to mask everything but his arms. To do this I'll switch to the Move function, which activates Transpose. I'm going to hold Ctrl and drag on the model.
Sometimes it's easier if I drag on the shoulder here. There we go. That's better. And you notice when I let go there's some blurring there. Blurring is meant to help you out actually because you want a nice smooth transition when you go to move parts of the model, but in some instances, if you don't want that blurring you can remove it by going to the Masking sub-palette of the Tool palette and click on SharpenMask. That will remove that blur. If you want to control the amount of blurring globally every time you use the Transpose tool you can actually go to the Preferences and under Transpose, there's blur controls here. These sliders will allow you to adjust the blur so every time you hold the Ctrl key and drag out the Transpose tool to make a topology mask, that blurring will be determined by the settings here in the Transpose section of Preferences.
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