Newbie Challenge #1 (ZB3) - Make A Brush
New to ZB3? Totally lost and don't know where to start? A bit more experienced, but rusty on alphas, or bemused by creating brushes? Then this challenge is for you!
There has been some criticism that the literature for ZB3 has not been aimed at the total beginner. So I got to wondering .. what subject would get you quickly into the ZB mindset without drowning you in detail? The answer is Alphas and Brushes. And I'm not going to give you reams to read. No sir. Instead, I've created a series of 4 video tutorials, all accessible to the true newbie. Recorded live, with commentary, I'll take you gently through most major aspects of alphas. And in the final video we'll create our very own brush .. for that is the challenge .. Create a Unique Brush.
Video 1 (12mb) : we take a leisurely stroll around the alpha palette, and consider enough technical info to get you started, without getting all geeky.
Video 2 (11mb) : we'll create our very own alphas from 2.5D painting and 3D sculpting.
Video 3 (18mb) : we'll use 2D data (from photos and from painting in ZBrush) to create 3D alphas.
Video 4 (22mb) : in this monster vid we make alphas from ZSpheres and parametric objects, we save one alpha into the Alpha palette and use the other as a base for a unique brush. We explore the brush settings and the Brush Master, and then look at brush trouble-shooting.
Phew! There's a lot here, but it should help get you started with the programme. There's no pressure to take part in the challenge itself but if you want to, simply post shots of how you've used your new brush, or pictures of your alphas, or share alphas or brushes with the community. Go to it! There's no time limit .. join in when you're ready. As always, the more experienced users are welcome to take part, or take me apart (if I've messed up anywhere!).
All videos, Right click > Save target as ..
Grab the TSCC TechSmith video codec, if the videos won't play : http://www.techsmith.com/download/codecs.asp
If you want to distribute brushes, check this WinZip tutorial to make sure you're using the best zip method : http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showthread.php?t=46874
I would like to see this happening since I don't know too much about alphas.
The sound doesn't work on this video for me.
Also the video quality is very very poor...
Maybe make a better version? Sorenson 3 codec for Quicktime is very good.
Can't watch these since they're very poor...
That's a shame. Have you loaded the TSCC codec? It's a lossless codec and although I had to reduce the size of the video to make the d/l size sensible, I can see all the text when I play it back at 200% view size in Windows Media Player. And hear my voice too.
Videos works fine here. playback in quicktime with the techsmith codec.
can never learn to much
thank you for sharing!
As a new ZBrush user, I really appreciate these videos. They are well thought out, thorough, and easy to understand.
Thank you for creating these!
Excellent, Sonja! That brush has some nice crisp edges .. did you do any tweaking in your graphics program before loading the photo in ZB? If you did, please feel free to let everyone know what techniques you used. A great start .. yay!
Thanks to everyone else for your kind comments. I'm still learning how to use Camtasia to capture sessions, so if any more experienced users know the best settings to get nice clear vids with the lowest possible memory, then please do say.
Hi Moochie, it wasn't a photo, it's a quick black on white drawing I did in ZB2 with the Zketch plugin a while ago. I'll cut the head out, invert the colors and paint a bit more black on it.
A photograph of a BMX stunt rider was used to make the alpha.
That worked out really well, George. Good stuff.
khc...if ya can give up your secret......was that a simple zb texture to alpha, or a photoshop magic to alpha thing...if so a plugin or just a few tweaks in settings.....i ask because...well heck everyone is going to plus it is a newbie thread and they all are hungry for exact information.....
if you can please enlighten us....looks cool by the way....love the wrinkle detail that showed up in the paints.