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    SpaceMan's SpaceBook Journal On ZBrush

    I've been doing some research, for a project I'm working on, referencing images of Art Nouveau style artworks. And I thought it might be interesting for some to see how to make elements for artwork (and a general notebook of things that help while working with ZBrush) . I know there are many ways to get something done in ZBrush - I'll start here:
    To start reference work there are many places you can go - google search, Art Nouveau free clip art and your off to finding references on Art Nouveau styles as shown in this example - using ShadowBox in ZBrush.




    One place that you may not be aware of for doing searches for references for Art Nouveau styles is the Internet Archives site - a few public domain examples from there:
    Combinaisons Ornementales
    http://archive.org/details/CombinaisonsOrnementales



    Modern design in jewellery and fans (1902)
    http://archive.org/details/moderndesigninje00holmuoft



    Ideen (1904)
    http://archive.org/details/ideenleipzig00olbr



    Les menus & programmes illustrés; invitations, billets de faire part, cartes d'adresse, petites estampes du XVIIe siècle jusqu'à nos jours (1898)
    http://archive.org/details/lesmenusprogramm00mail




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    Another resource for alphas is Photoshop Brushes. By using google search you should fine 1,000s of free PS brushes. ZBrush can not import the abr file but there is a freeware program that will open the abr and save the images in the abr file as pngs which then have to be converted to jpegs (or psds) to be used with ZBrush. The freeware is abrMate.



    Here used ShadowBox with an created alpha from the abr file.



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    SpaceMan's Space Book Journal On ZBrush
    http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthr...rnal-On-ZBrush

    Wormholes were first introduced to the public over a century ago in a book written by an Oxford mathematician. Perhaps realizing that adults might frown on the idea of multiply connected spaces, he wrote the book under a pseudonym and wrote it for children. His name was Charles Dodgson, his pseudonym was Lewis Carroll, and the book was Through The Looking Glass. ***8212; Michio Kaku

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible...
    - Walt Disney

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    A follow-up to the Internet Archive resource pdf files (or google free pdf ebooks) - if you have photoshop cs3 or cs4 or cs5 there is a plugin called Photoshop PDF Processor (which is a photoshop jsx file)

    This plugin can save each page as an image file jpeg psd tiff png etc
    Here is an jpeg image reduced down to 800% of the org from the processed image.
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    SpaceMan's Space Book Journal On ZBrush
    http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthr...rnal-On-ZBrush

    Wormholes were first introduced to the public over a century ago in a book written by an Oxford mathematician. Perhaps realizing that adults might frown on the idea of multiply connected spaces, he wrote the book under a pseudonym and wrote it for children. His name was Charles Dodgson, his pseudonym was Lewis Carroll, and the book was Through The Looking Glass. ***8212; Michio Kaku

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible...
    - Walt Disney

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    Another resource for alphas for using with ShadowBox and other uses with ZBrush is free fonts and dingbats.
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    SpaceMan's Space Book Journal On ZBrush
    http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthr...rnal-On-ZBrush

    Wormholes were first introduced to the public over a century ago in a book written by an Oxford mathematician. Perhaps realizing that adults might frown on the idea of multiply connected spaces, he wrote the book under a pseudonym and wrote it for children. His name was Charles Dodgson, his pseudonym was Lewis Carroll, and the book was Through The Looking Glass. ***8212; Michio Kaku

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible...
    - Walt Disney

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    A few examples from the imported alphas done in Shadowbox - one way of creating an element library by themes.
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    SpaceMan's Space Book Journal On ZBrush
    http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthr...rnal-On-ZBrush

    Wormholes were first introduced to the public over a century ago in a book written by an Oxford mathematician. Perhaps realizing that adults might frown on the idea of multiply connected spaces, he wrote the book under a pseudonym and wrote it for children. His name was Charles Dodgson, his pseudonym was Lewis Carroll, and the book was Through The Looking Glass. ***8212; Michio Kaku

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible...
    - Walt Disney

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    Just a simple corner tool made from a ps brush in shadowbox.
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    Thank you very much for your input, it is very interesting, a hug

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    Thanks SpaceMan really good tricks in here.

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    PFC666 - Thanks

    Freewaldo - Thanks - I hope you find it useful.




    A few notes on the fonts and dingbats - pscs3,4,5 are ok but it is easier to use gimp 2.8 on a 512 canvas. The reason for this is that gimp 2.8 allows making the fonts the size you want.



    For those who might want to experiment with the fonts as alphas for shadowbox find attached some zip files - cap letters and the other numbers Art Nouveau theme.
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    A tidbit note - let's say you have found a free pd pdf book and you save out a page you like and you clean it up and bring it in zbrush as an alpha but doesn't make agood ztool in shadowbox - don't throught the alpha away yet try using the drag ret drag it on the the model (to test use the rect plane) in edit mode (or use drag dot).
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    Another tidbit of information is that sometimes the free ps brushes are very small but you would like to use the images in shadowbox or alphas for brushes. Adobe Illustrator CS5 has a live trace to vector then you can re-size the image - if you don't have Illustrator there is a free program called InkScape that will also trace the images.
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    SpaceMan's Space Book Journal On ZBrush
    http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthr...rnal-On-ZBrush

    Wormholes were first introduced to the public over a century ago in a book written by an Oxford mathematician. Perhaps realizing that adults might frown on the idea of multiply connected spaces, he wrote the book under a pseudonym and wrote it for children. His name was Charles Dodgson, his pseudonym was Lewis Carroll, and the book was Through The Looking Glass. ***8212; Michio Kaku

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible...
    - Walt Disney

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    thnx for alphas - links keep at it !!!!
    " crits n comments always welcome ! "

    " im not half as dumb as i think you look !! "



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    Gary - thanks for the intrest.

    I found a set of numbers from ps brushes they look nice and decide to attach them for experimenting with them with shadowbox (or other uses).
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    testing some alphas from ps brushes working into a sandstone look.
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    Creating an Ocean sediment image - four images. One (coral ztools I made) and the other three stages of the image.
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