Hidden alphas and add your own default materials & textures.
Notice anything different with the Zalphas? Yes, Zbrush 3 comes with a set of secret alpha brushes! This is not one of them Lemmo's April Fool tricks!!! For those of you who've been tearing off their hairs from all the ZCrashes, chances are, you've scanned thru the ZFolders, but wait, what's that one folder on top? it says GnomonAlphaLibrary! Inside, you'll find alphas for bumpy skins, leathery skin and scaly skin!
But how do you use all those alphas easily without loading them one by one in photoshop or clicking them one by one to see what they look like in the zbrush import alpha window? Using the alpha browser? From gnomon or marcus'? But would i load? (as of this writing, there's yet a z3 comment on those two)
For the answer, head to your ZStartup folder, where you'll find Alphas, Materials, Textures folder.
Just move the hidden alphas to your alpha folder, reload ZB and voila! Click on the usual alpha pallete and pick your previewed alpha!!! This also works if you have custom textures and materials you want to add, just add them to their respective folders.
Actually, the screenshot of the alpha pallete above is a bit of an exaggeration: I added more alphas then there is hidden within zbrush, but you get the idea. . . . April fools! :P
Last edited by feureau; 05-24-07 at 02:55 PM.
Reason: Fix images and data repair.
Yes, these alphas are included with ZBrush courtesy of Gnomon.
One important correction to your post is that you should not modify the content of the ZData folder. If you would like these alphas to be available at start up, place these in the StartUp/Alpha folder (not the ZData folder).
Placing,removing or modifying files within the ZData folder may result in unexpected behavior and is strongly discouraged.
Note: Please re-upload the missing images for this thread.
What? Me, worry? LoL Seriously, sometimes even Alfred get worried.
I thought they suppose to go to data folder since it is called the data folder, and not just show up during startup. :P
Sorry if I misguided some of you guys (and/or gals). Anyway, I haven't been having any problems with the alphas in the zdata folder, but listen to aurick, he is da Man. I moved my alphas to the zstartup folder. I'm editing the post to reflect this note too.
Also: If you're like me, who like to throw in everythng in one pile, you might put too many alphas/material/texture into the folders, and when you click the pallette in zb, some might appear outside your screen. A tip is to move the offending button to a higher location. Use Ctrl Click-drag to move the alpha button etc. You might have to enable custom UI in preference > CustomUI > Enable Customize.
Here's what my leftside buttons look like with the alphas loaded:
surgeon general's warning: too much alphas can be hazardous to your zbrushing health.
Hi feureau i see you have tons of good alpha there can you share it?
600 + Alphas, too many to see in ZB3 at once!
Folders and Catagorys will be nice to have.
Here is some info:
Please correct if need be.
Thanks for the info. I was tired of loading alphas everytime I started zbrush :P
I'm glad I found out now! Thanks!
This doesn't seem to be working for me. I've added a ton of alphas into the Startup/Alphas folder, but only a select few are getting loaded up when I start Zbrush. I must be missing something somewhere.
Nice, thanks for the info!! You got all of those from Gnomon ... I have 10 only in three folders, am I missing something?
yeah, share! share! you have some good looking alphas!
oh...and also thanks for this tip on the "hidden" alphas....not sure if i would have stumbled upon them or not.
Sure, but many of the best ones come from other sources. I uploaded some alphas I made myself to the wiki a while ago but seems it got deleted in the Z3 update. Many comes from the Gnomon ZB alpha texturing DVD. (those maybe the good lookin' alphas you were eyeing for ) There's a good skin pack over at highend3D. I'll upload some alphas I made later in this thread. Hey, if you guys like this alpha trick and you got some alphas you made yourself, please pack it and upload it to this thread. Let's make our own "hidden alpha" collection.
Originally Posted by andreseloy
No, ZB actually comes with only a few, maybe like, 10, in 3 folders, you got it right, I added alphas from other sources to mine to make it look like a lot. LOL
Originally Posted by normalnot
Fspasm, if you load the alphas normally, will it load? If it doesn't then you may need to make your alphas comply to what sadicus said. Otherwise, please check that you put them to the ZStartup/Alphas folder.
Originally Posted by frogspasm
thanks fereau very kind!
That was it. Converted everything to greyscale psd's and they loaded up from the folder, no problem.