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Painting with photos

From: ZBrush 3 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Painting with photos

If you want to use a photograph to actually paint colors on to a model, you can do this using the Projection Master Plugin. I'm going to draw my female version Head model on to the canvas and switch to Edit mode and press F to center and let's increase, level of Geometry. Now Projection Master is a plugin that's been part of the Zbrush for a while. In older versions of the Zbrush it was used to apply colors to a model and a lot of that functionality has been replaced by Poly Painting. And there are few areas Projection Master still could be very helpful and one of those is applying photographs as a color to a model.

Painting with photos

If you want to use a photograph to actually paint colors on to a model, you can do this using the Projection Master Plugin. I'm going to draw my female version Head model on to the canvas and switch to Edit mode and press F to center and let's increase, level of Geometry. Now Projection Master is a plugin that's been part of the Zbrush for a while. In older versions of the Zbrush it was used to apply colors to a model and a lot of that functionality has been replaced by Poly Painting. And there are few areas Projection Master still could be very helpful and one of those is applying photographs as a color to a model.

So I'm going to switch to the BasicMaterial here. So I don't have any more of that red color from the Red Wax material. When I'm using Projection Master once again I will be painting colors directly on to the vertices of the model. So the more vertices I have in my model, the better the texture will look. Now I'm actually going to divide this model one more time so it has five levels of subdivision. I'm going to import a texture and this texture is going to be the Seamless Stone Texture that I created. This is a Seamless texture that I created using a photograph in Zbrush.

Now you can see it's applied as a texture to the model already but we can see that UV Seam is right here. This is not what we want, we want to have something that when we are -- placing the texture a little bit more intentionally. Now that I have that loaded I'm going to turn Textures off but it's still available you can see it's up here in the User Textures. Before I start Projection Master I should create a blank texture that I can use on my model and Projection Master will take all of the changes that I make and transfer to that texture. So I'm going to go to the Texture palette, set my texture to I'm going to choose 2048x2048, choose New, its going to create a white texture here in the Texture palette and now I can start Projection Master and to do that I just click on this button right up here and it starts the plugin and I get this little window right here.

So what Projection Master is going to do is its going to drop my model to the canvas temporally. So its going to freeze it in space so I can no longer rotate it around and while its frozen I can make changes to the model and when I'm finished it will pick up the model again and apply those changes to the model. You can actually apply colors, shading, material or you can even use the brushes to change the surface of the model. However most of the times you are probably just going to use the Sculpting brushes in Zbrush to make changes to the model. So for right now I'm just going to choose Color. I want to have Fade so that as it wraps around the surface it fades out a little bit. I could choose Double Sided if I want the texture to repeat on the other side, it gives a little preview when you click on that but I'm going to use Single Sided for now. So these settings are just fine. So I'm just going to choose Drop Now.

It doesn't look that much different to start off with but you can see I have all my 2.5D brushes are now available to paint directly on the model and I'm going to choose the Directional brush. This won't work for our textures. So right now I have the default texture that's applied to that brush I'm going to switch to my Seamless Stone Texture and I'm going to change the Draw style to DragRect and finally I'm going to turn Rgb Intensity all the way up so the full texture is applied to the model and now when I drag on here I can see my Stone texture is being applied and as I'm dragging using the directional brush I can actually change the direction here.

So I'm going to focus on just applying to the front. So the paint brush is applying this color just as if a projector were shining the projection right on it. As it wraps around the surface it's going to fade out a little bit. So I have to make sure that I concentrate on just those parts that face the front of the canvas. If I had a photograph of a woman I could also apply that to this face as well if I wanted to start off with the photograph of the skin texture but this is going to be statue. So I'm using stone instead.

Well I'm satisfied. I can click on the Projection Master button again and it allows me if I want to pick it up now. So I want to do that, it will convert my changes to the texture and you will see that here in the Texture palette. You can see those colors little bit applied to the texture. As I rotate the model you can see how it fades out on the side. Let me go to the side view here and start our Projection Master again. Maybe this time I will turn on Double Sided so I could do both sides of the face at the same time, then I'm going to choose Drop Now and then once again start painting that stone color on all the parts of object that face the camera. If I wanted to get in there and do some detailing I could switch to something like this Simple brush, take the draw size down and to start paint colors, let's turn Zadd off here and I could paint color on the model if I wanted do, like some kind of crack or something like that.

I'm going to switch back to the Directional brush here and maybe lower the intensity and drag little bit more on the stone texture over what I just painted here just to make it look little bit more like it belongs there and then when I'm happy, I will just press Projection Master and pick it up after few second. There we have it, and you notice it's on both sides. I can export this is a texture or if I wanted to, I could actually convert this to colors on the model and then continue Poly Painting. So I go to the Tool palette, choose Texture, I'm going to turn on RGB, turn off Zadd and I do Texture to Color and there we go. This is actually now a color that's painted on the model. So I started off with a photograph there and now I can go with my brush and continue to Poly Paint.

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ZBrush 3 for Windows Essential Training

80 video lessons · 10395 viewers

Eric Keller
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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
      30s
    2. Using the example files
      46s
    3. Overview
      1m 11s
  2. 26m 18s
    1. Understanding pixols
      1m 58s
    2. Establishing canvas size and color
      2m 30s
    3. Positioning 3D objects
      4m 33s
    4. Working with trays and palettes
      2m 52s
    5. Sculpting models in Edit mode
      3m 12s
    6. Discovering sculpting brushes
      5m 29s
    7. Saving models
      1m 27s
    8. Managing memory in ZBrush
      1m 44s
    9. Setting interface preferences
      2m 33s
  3. 1h 52m
    1. Customizing the startup 3D meshes
      5m 44s
    2. Deforming 3D models
      5m 11s
    3. Activating symmetry
      4m 35s
    4. Creating armatures with ZSphere
      8m 28s
    5. Posing armatures with ZSphere
      8m 54s
    6. Working with levels of detail
      7m 33s
    7. Masking geometry
      5m 43s
    8. Hiding and showing polygons
      6m 29s
    9. Organizing geometry using polygroups
      8m 57s
    10. Extruding geometry with edge loops to make necks and ears
      10m 11s
    11. Creating sharp edges with the Crease tool
      4m 19s
    12. Adding parts to your model with subtools
      5m 18s
    13. Posing models with Transpose pt. 1
      7m 35s
    14. Installing the Subtool Master plugin
      4m 29s
    15. Posing models with Transpose pt. 2
      13m 52s
    16. Installing the Transpose Master plugin
      5m 7s
  4. 58m 51s
    1. Sculpting with brushes
      11m 22s
    2. Choosing stroke types
      2m 20s
    3. Using Lazy Mouse
      4m 28s
    4. Sculpting fine details with alphas
      5m 9s
    5. Creating alphas
      6m 46s
    6. Creating stencils from alphas
      9m 28s
    7. Storing morph targets
      6m 4s
    8. Isolating details with 3D layers
      6m 23s
    9. Building surfaces by extracting meshes
      6m 51s
  5. 1h 13m
    1. Picking colors
      3m 2s
    2. Applying textures
      4m 15s
    3. Creating seamless textures
      3m 8s
    4. Painting models
      7m 51s
    5. Mapping 3D model texture coordinates
      5m 32s
    6. Adding sculpture reference planes
      11m 21s
    7. Applying materials
      4m 10s
    8. Modifying standard materials
      10m 17s
    9. Applying MatCap materials
      2m 22s
    10. Creating MatCap materials
      9m 9s
    11. Creating bump maps
      5m 55s
    12. Painting with photos
      6m 31s
  6. 6m 7s
    1. Exporting models
      2m 30s
    2. Importing models
      3m 37s
  7. 1h 1m
    1. Getting started with 2.5D tools
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying paintbrushes with stroke types
      3m 42s
    3. Positioning strokes and models on the canvas
      5m 14s
    4. Using snapshots
      7m 32s
    5. Understanding ZSub and ZCut
      4m 2s
    6. Creating document layers
      7m 47s
    7. Applying transparency
      3m 23s
    8. Lighting the canvas
      9m 3s
    9. Rendering in ZBrush
      6m 10s
    10. Tuning shadows
      4m 53s
    11. Baking lighting into the graphic
      2m 15s
    12. Creating a sense of depth using fog
      2m 37s
  8. 7m 12s
    1. Recording ZBrush movies
      3m 23s
    2. Using macros and ZScripts
      3m 49s
  9. 20m 50s
    1. Can't rotate or move the model
      1m 0s
    2. Can't sculpt on the model
      59s
    3. Can't adjust the lighting
      47s
    4. Can't control disappearing strokes
      52s
    5. Can't move objects smoothly with the Gyro
      2m 2s
    6. Can't move the model on the canvas
      1m 40s
    7. Can't see some parts of the model
      38s
    8. Can't subdivide the model
      2m 27s
    9. Can't control the pivot of the model
      2m 2s
    10. Can't maintain symmetry
      1m 37s
    11. Can't control subtools
      2m 28s
    12. Can't rotate with Transpose without distorting the model
      1m 51s
    13. Can't activate the Transpose tool
      1m 0s
    14. Can't get rid of blurriness on the mask
      1m 27s
  10. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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