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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.
You may find that you've modified a bunch of brush settings and got a really cool result that you'd like to keep. Instead of memorizing how to set it up, just save a Brush preset. First, I'll go over how to install a Brush preset you may have got from somewhere else. There are lots of people on the Internet making brushes and giving them out. Included in the exercise files is a brush that I've made called the Crease brush. In order to install it, first make sure the ZBrush is closed. Now open up the exercise files and find the Crease brush files. So here it is in Chapter 3. We've got crease_icon, crease.ZBP and creasealpha.
I am just going to right-click and copy these. Now we need to find the ZBrush program folder. Inside there you're going to find a folder called ZStartup. Inside here is BrushPresets. I am just going to right-click and paste. The next time you start ZBrush, the brush will be in the Brushes palette. Let's open up a model, so we can just experiment on it. I am going to grab DefaultSphere.
Now, let's go up into the Brushes, and down here you should be able to see the Crease brush. All right! Let's try it out. It makes nice tight creases with a really smooth falloff. It's perfect for wrinkles and hard edges. It's really nice if you hold down Alt so you can push inwards as well. The effect is really nice if you subdivide the model a few times. I am going to hit Ctrl+D twice, and now let's see what type of result we get. I am going to hold down Alt. So you just get really nice crease; it looks really organic.
It's really easy to save your own brush presets. Any Stroke, Brush, and Alpha settings that you may have set can be saved. Go up to the Brush menu and click on Save. Now you can save it anywhere you want. It's probably helpful if you set it in the ZBrush BrushPresets folder. So if you go to ZBrush Program folder and you find ZStartup and then BrushPresets, you save it in this folder, then it's automatically going to be loaded up in the Brush palette.
Saving Brush presets is a great way to save time. It means that if you like a brush that you've made, you don't have to reset all of its controls every time you want to use it.
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