Join Ryan Kittleson for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files, part of ZBrush: Learn to Sculpt Cloth.
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- This course has two different types of exercise files. There are Free Exercise Files that anyone can access. And there are also Exercise Files that are only for premium subscribers of lynda.com. First, let's look at the Free Exercise Files. In here, you're going to find the reference image, a ZTool of the basicbody that you can open in ZBrush, and some custom brushes. These files can be copied into your ZBrush Brush Presets for easy access. Let me show you how that's done.
We just select all these files, hit Ctrl or Command + C to copy them, and then you go and find your ZBrush program files. Mine are going to be under Program Files, Pixologic, ZBrush 4R7, ZStartup, BrushPresets, and just paste the files in here. Now, the premium Exercise Files folder contains the exercise files that will be used for every video of this course. Now, there's kind of a special way to load these into ZBrush, let me show you.
First, you'll want to open ZBrush. Once you have ZBrush open, you're going to want to make sure you've got the Project folder open here, and then just click and drag and scroll over until you see the Default Sphere. Let's double-click on this. This does a few things. It sets up a default scene so that you can load ZTools into it. Now, let's open an Exercise File. To do this, you go to Tool, Load Tool, you find the Exercise Files folder, navigate to whichever chapter you want.
Then you find the ZTool that corresponds to the video that you're watching, and open it. Now, ZBrush is defaulting to particular color and material. I like to change this, so go ahead and click on the material and change it to MatCap White Cavity. And then I also like to change the color to just pure white. If you want to match exactly the color and material that you see that I am using in this course, go ahead and make these changes. Now, if you're watching many videos in a row and you're opening up a separate ZTool for each one of those videos, it'll start to clutter and you'll end up with lots of tools in here.
So what I like to do is hit the comma key on the keyboard to bring up this menu and just go and reopen the Default Sphere every time between videos, because this will remove any ZTools that you've got open so you'll have a fresh start for each video and so I don't need to save changes, that's okay. I'll just click "No" and now I'm free to go open another ZTool without cluttering up the toolbox. Now, let me show you how to open a custom brush just in case you have a problem accessing your ZBrush Brush files.
To open a brush, you just go to Brush, Load Brush, open up the Free Exercise Files, Brushes, and access any one of these brushes. Okay, that should be everything you need to know to use these Exercise Files. Let's get started.
- Extracting cloth from a figure
- Sculpting folds and wrinkles in a shirt
- Making a flowing skirt
- Sculpting cloth from primitives
- Adding crumpled folds
- Making clothes with curves
- Creating tassels and lace trims
- Giving cloth thickness
- Correcting overlap
- Making adjustments with ZBrush Transpose Master