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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.
Before we get into the meat of ZBrush, I just want to talk about screen resolution for a minute. Right now, I've got the screen resolution on its highest setting and everything that you can do in ZBrush is visible on screen right now. However, when we record this course we're going to be using a lower screen resolution. And that means a few things are going to get cut off. Most notably, there's a few buttons right down here below the Rotate. All this from Polyframe down is actually going to be cut off on the screen when we record this course.
So if there is anything that needs to be done on those buttons, I'll just mention that it's down below where we can see. Something else that's going to happen is right here with the spotlight down on the lower part of the screen, a few of these buttons are going to be jumbled on top of each other. That's okay. We're not really actually going to use any of those buttons, but just be aware it might look a little confusing. There's one other thing that's going to look a little bit off, and that is this ActivePoints and TotalPoints section; it just says how many polygons are in our model at once.
That part is going to be kind of squished off to the edge as well. If you need to see that, you can just click on this button right here and that'll scoot over at the palette on the right side and allow you to see how many polygons are in your model. Even if you're working at a lower resolution yourself, you can still do everything that needs to be done. But instead of pushing a button, you might have to use a hotkey combination on the keyboard. That's okay. I'll be showing you all those hotkeys as we do the course.
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