In this ZBrush polypainting tutorial, you learn how to paint a mask on the cover of your pirate’s journal to make it easier to paint the octopus legs while protecting the painting on the cover. You will also learn how to reverse the mask if you want to paint on the cover without impacting the octopus. The masking technique can speed up your painting process.
- [Voiceover] I've now given the book a first pass…of the green texture, and I'm getting ready…to actually add in the additional textures.…What I can do at this stage,…because the green has actually gone over…some of the areas of the octopus,…is I can paint in a mask that will make everything…work a lot easier for me…for all the final other paintings…that I'm going to be doing.…So I'm going to hold down mask and literally paint in…the areas of the octopus.…
Now what this will allow me to do…is reverse the mask so that I can paint in…the color of the octopus without interfering…with any of the green of the book.…I'm going to demonstrate on a small section.…And then I can also reverse that to protect the octopus…color if I want to do any further detailing of the green.…So, I'm going to just add a bit more of the mask…on the tentacle, and then tap on my background to reverse.…
If you find it difficult painting the mask…with all the color, what you can do is go down to Colorize…and actually turn that OFF,…and that will basically set everything back…
To learn how to sculpt the 3D pirate journal featured here, check out Michael's previous course, ZBrush: Stylized Sculpting.
- Setup and preparation
- Painting a metallic object
- Adding base and highlight colors
- Refining sculpt details
- Using masking
- Adding a stippled texture with Colorized Spray