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In ZBrush 4 Essential Training, Ryan Kittleson introduces ZBrush to artists making a transition from another sculpting program or who may just need some help with the finer points of this powerful digital arts package. The course covers the most popular tools and techniques for digital painting and sculpting in ZBrush, and explains how to export the models and texture maps to other programs for use in games, film, fine art, or 3D printing. The course also highlights the new features in ZBrush 4, such as ShadowBox, clip brushes, and LightBox. Exercise files are included with the course.
UV Master is a plug-in for ZBrush that you can download for free from the Pixologic web site. It creates UV maps for you by cutting up and flattening a 3D model. Before we can use it, we have to install it because it's not part of the main ZBrush software. ZBrush needs to be closed in order to install plug-ins, so make sure you do that first if you have that open. Now let's go to the Internet and download the plug-in. Go to pixologic.com. Now we need to go into the ZBrush menu here and click Downloads.
Now click ZBrush Plugins down at the bottom. And if you scroll down, you can see that there's lots of plug-ins to choose from. The one we want is UV Master. Go ahead and choose your operating system. I'm on a Mac, so I'll click this one, and I'm just going to save this file to the hard drive. You want to make sure that you have some way to open zip files. If you don't have a program for that already, there are many free options to be found online. And I'll just right-click on this, show it in finder, and we'll unzip it.
Okay, so inside that zip, there is this file here and a folder with another file. We are just going to select these two and right-click and copy. Now, I need to navigate to the ZBrush Program folder, and inside this folder, there's going to be another folder called ZStartup. And there is ZPlugs and I just want to right-click and paste directly into here. All right! Let's restart ZBrush and hopefully, if we did everything correctly, the plug-in will be available.
All right, let's look up in the Zplugin menu. All right, there it is, UV Master. All of ZBrush's plug-ins installs the same way, so feel free to download and install any others that you may be interested in.
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