First previewed during the 2020 ZBrush Summit, this final release for ZBrush 2021 includes features that enhance everything from Sculptris Pro to ZModeler. It even brings 3Dconnexion support to ZBrush! The new features and enhancements in ZBrush 2021.5 will benefit every ZBrush sculptor… and it comes as yet another FREE upgrade for all registered ZBrush users. Read on to learn the exciting details concerning the features and enhancements available to you in ZBrush 2021.5.
Just the Right Touch of Detail
For the true sense of adding, removing or moving clay across a surface use Thick Skin. This gives any mesh the appearance of having been sculpted as a fine art piece. Thick Skin can also be used to establish a specific plateau from which to build upon a surface to create scales and other features with consistent height or depth.
Join ZBrush Artist Pablo Munoz for a series of introductory tutorials showing what’s possible with the new Thick Skin feature in ZBrush 2021.5
Sculptris Pro is a dynamic tessellation sculpting workflow that enables you to ignore the constraints of polygon distribution and just — sculpt! Sculptris Pro makes it possible for you to begin with any shape or model, whether it has ten polygons or millions of polygons. There is absolutely no need to worry about having enough polygons to capture details. With Sculptris Pro you can simply brush across the surface. Sculptris Pro will dynamically add and reduce polygons wherever and whenever it’s needed, freeing you to focus entirely on the look you’re trying to achieve.
ZBrush places a library of over 400 sculpting brushes at your fingertips. Activating Sculptris Pro will transform each of these brushes into a system for empowering creativity without limitations.
Give it a Boost
Didn’t sculpt those wrinkles deeply enough? Need to enhance the details of those fish scales for a 3D print? The Contrast slider provides you with the ability to globally enhance all sculpting details while the Contrast brushes make it possible to focus on specific areas to heighten your sculptural details. Specific depths can be applied on an individual basis and even be adjusted in real-time, giving true freedom to experiment.
Contrast doesn’t just bump the details. It can also be applied to smooth a surface back towards the original state before any sculpting details were applied.
Put a Bow on It
Need to tie a knot around that character’s waist, create a flow of wires through a mech or apply laces to a shoe or boot? Curves Helper is your answer! It’s simple: draw any shape with ZSpheres and adjust it to fit your needs. Then with a simple click, convert the ZSpheres into an editable curve that will now allow any surface to be applied along the curve.
Continue your edits in Curve mode, including swapping out the geometry being applied along the curve.
Sculpt with real-time render accuracy that captures every stroke applied to your mesh. Real-time ambient occlusion gives you the ability to quickly see which portions of your model might need that extra touch. Bring your creations to life in real-time with the Preview AO (Ambient Occlusion) feature.
Did Someone Say Slice It, Crease It and Fill It?
Don’t let the walls of your topology restrict your creative process. Slice your topology along an edge, face or point to control the direction in which you want to take the construction of polygons.
Once you’ve got everything in place, apply a crease to multiple edges with two clicks to maintain that crisp edge needed for your next hard surface model.
Use the Fill PolyGroup option to mark the faces where you will add an extra layer of topology to create a suit of armor or the right touch of detail on a utility knife.
Pick Your Rotation
Lock your model to one rotational axis to give you that real world feeling of working on a sculpture stand, just like the clay masters did. Use the Axis Rotation option to specify a degree of rotation for your model during a presentation meeting or limit your viewing area of interest to just one portion of the model.
More than One Navigation
Navigate in a way that frees you from a keyboard. Using 3Dconnexion’s Spacemouse line gives you the ability to navigate with just a slight touch of the controller cap. Rotate and zoom at the same time or pivot around your point of interest without breaking your sculpting stride.
Two new Render Presets have been added.
A new Radial Overlay filter lets you focus your render on a specific part of the scene.
Various plug-ins have been updated.
Four new demo projects have been added to be used as a base for many sculpts.
Several brushes have been added to take advantage of the Thick Skin feature.