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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.
So the ZBrush interface is very flexible and you can customize it to fit your own working style. So I have got my oldMan model open here and I'm in Edit mode and I want to rearrange things on the interface so that I can just focus on the sculpting. The ZBrush interface comes with a number of presets that you can use and these presets can be found by clicking on these buttons right here in the upper right hand corner of the interface. By clicking on these, I can start moving through various interface arrangements, if I just want to focus on the model by itself and not have any of the other controls other than these menus up here. I can click until I reach this interface, now these buttons will cycle through all the various interfaces, so I can just get to it by clicking it a number of times. Now as I'm working, I can focus on just the model itself. If I need to bring up the brush controls, I can simply right click on the canvas and hold, and the brush controls appear.
Now I'm using a digital tablet, so on my particular setup the button on my pen is set to right click. So I just click it and now I can change the brush size, I can change the Focal Shift. I can change my Sculpting Brush. I can even switch models. So this is a nice way to keep a nice clean interface so I could just focus on my artwork and I'm not distracted by all the other things on the interface. You can take a look at some of the other layouts that are available and see if another layout fits your working style better than the default layout.
In addition to this, you can also cycle through various interface color settings. Just by clicking on these buttons, there are a number of presets here. If you want to design your own interface colors, all the controls are available in the Preferences palette and there is a lot of them. To change a color for a particular button, you just click on the slider here and pick from the interface. You can see I'm changing these button colors just by selecting on the interface. Now when you have an arrangement that you like, you can save these to a file and load this when you start your ZBrush session.
You may find that you are happy with the default interface layout, but it's nice to know that you have a number of choices available to you, as well as the ability to customize the colors to fit your own personal working style.
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