ZBrush 1.55b has several features which enable you to customize the user-interface (UI) to better fit your workflow. One of these features is the capability to automatically close an opened palette when a different one is accessed. This results in having only one palette open in a palette-tray (left-tray, right-tray, or both). When this feature is activated, the palette-trays behave similarly to the familiar pull-down menu, which allows access to one single menu at a time.
One possible use of this feature is creating an Alphabetic-UI in which all ZBrush palettes (except the Tool palette) are placed in the left-side tray in alphabetic order, while the Tool palette is placed in the right-side tray. Since the palettes on the left remain in constant order and are alphabetically listed; locating a palette is fast and consistent. New ZBrush users, as well as seasoned ZBrushers, may benefit from the simplicity of this configuration.
As seen above, this configuration was further enhanced by placing the most frequently-used drawing & editing buttons in a horizontal, easily accessible, floating palette.
Usage Tip: When frequently accessing one of the palettes on the left-tray (such as the COLOR palette within a texturing-session), you may click on top-right corner of the palette and drag it to the right tray. This will allow the palette to remain open and easily accessible during the session. At any time, clicking on the Custom button (at the top-right of the ZBrush window) will restore the palette to its original place within the left tray.
Click here to download the UI configuration file
1. Click on the above link and download the AlphabeticUI zip file.
2. Extract the zipped file and place the UICustom.cfg file in your ZBrush folder. (If you already have a UICustom.cfg, simply rename it to avoid conflict with the new file. If needed, you will be able to restore your current configuration by restoring the file-name to UICustom.cfg)
3. Launch ZBrush and test-drive this configuration
Feel free to add your favorite UI-configuration and UI-related tips to this thread