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Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] ZBrush has so many tools that sometimes you might find yourself constantly clicking on the interface to do any particular task. Customizing ZBrush is a great way to help you save time by defining your own interface and menus. Let me demonstrate. So if you haven't noticed, my menu probably looks a little bit different than yours. And this is what I've done. I customize my own interface. So the way to do this, you go to Preferences first, and then you click on Config and then Enable Customize. And then by clicking on Control + Alt, you can select any buttons from any areas and place it on the interface the way you want. So let's say for example I want to go to File, and then have Lightbox Project on my main menu here. I could do so by doing that and then Control + Alt and then drag that button on my interface, like so. And then if you don't like the position, you can actually reposition it wherever you want. You could put it at the bottom. You could put it on the side here and on the other side here, as well. That's one way. Another thing that you can do is move things directly on the sidebars. So there's a sidebar here, one at the bottom, and then one on the left side, as well. And what you could do, so right now I have Tools in here, so let me remove it. What you could do is click, for example, on Layer, and then put it here on the left side. You could do this for any of these menus, and put them on the side that you want. And now you're customizing your own interface. Another thing that you want to do once you've made several changes to your interface, and you want to save them, you want to go to Preferences and then Save UI, like so. And then you can save your custom user interface. As you can see, I already have one. So if you want to load a user interface, you do the exact same thing. You go to Preferences, Load Menu, and then click on the interface that you saved. Open, and now I'm back to what I had before. Another thing that you can do, as you can see I have several brushes at the bottom here. What you could do is click on Brush, and then select one of the brush, and do the Control option again, and grab that specific brush to the bottom here or anywhere you want it on the interface. Once you have everything done, you can store it. So Store Config will keep it with this particular version of ZBrush. So for example, if you're working on this computer, and you always want to have the same interface once you open it, you want to make sure you store it. So loading it doesn't mean that it's going to be stored inside of ZBrush every single time you open it. So you need to store it inside of that particular version. And what I typically do, I have two computers where I have ZBrush installed, so what I do I save it first. And then store it, and then on that second computer I do the exact same thing. So whenever I make changes, I repeat the same process. Another area that might be useful, if you want to create a custom menu at the top here. So if you want to have your own buttons in your own menu, you can do so here. So, you click on Preferences, and you make sure that Enable Customize is on. Once this is on, what you could do is go to Custom UI, and then create a new menu. And then you can enter the title of your menu. Create the new menu, and then it's going to appear on the right here. And then you can basically do the exact same process. Drag new buttons inside of that custom menu that you can use. Once you're done with all your changes, the one thing that you want to do to return to normal is to click on Preferences, and then click on Enable Customize. And now your interface will be back to normal. You won't be able to make any changes, so if you do Control option and try to drag the specific button, you won't be able to unless you have this turned on. So this is how you can customize your interface inside of ZBrush.