Second Life Sculpties in ZBrush 4R7 - ZSculpty Tools (updated Feb 2016)
ZSculpty Tools has been updated. The plugin will work with ZBrush 4R7 for PC and Mac OSX.
In this version:
*Prim initialization and Sculpty map export
*Collada DAE format export for mesh in SL
To create a SL sculpty:
1. Select one of the ZBrush Primitives.
2. Press the ZSculpty Tools>Initialize Prim button. Select an option from the dialogue box. These options will set up the primitive so that the exported sculpty map can be uploaded to SL using lossless compression. It isn't essential to use lossless compression but you will get best results, particularly with hard-surface or mechanical objects.
3. The Switch button can be used to switch the HDivide and VDivide values for the primitive. Use whichever gives the best results for your model.
4. Adjust the other values in the Tool>Initialize menu if desired.
5. Press the ZSculpty Tools>Make Polymesh button. This will create a polymesh (with adjusted UVs) which you can sculpt and polypaint.
6. When you have finished sculpting switch to the lowest subdivision level and press the Export Sculpty map button to export a map. Create any textures you want and export those separately. Your sculpty is then ready for uploading to SL. (In the SL image upload preview check 'unconstrained' to preserve the image proportions.)
* The Arrow3D primitive can be used for sculpties but the lossless compression options can't be used. Simply set up the primitive how you want before folowing stages 4 - 6 above.
* Sculpty maps can be exported from higher subdivision levels. This will give bigger maps with more detail (if the limited sculpty map format allows) but mostly they will not be suitable for lossless compression upload.
* The Scale UVs button is for scaling UVs for any mesh so that they fit within the 0-1 range. It's not necessary to use this button if you have used the ZSculpty Tools>Make Polymesh button.
To export a mesh:
1. Create your model. SL meshes should not have too many polygons.
2. Your model must have UVs assigned. UV Master is a good way of doing this.
3. If you want to use different subdivision levels for SL Levels Of Detail turn on the Create LOD switch.
4. The Smooth switch will create smoothed normals for your model. For a hard-surface object turn off the Smooth switch.
5. Press the Export SL Mesh button. Your model will be saved as a Collada DAE file which can be uploaded to SL using the Mesh Beta viewer. If there is a texture applied to your model this will be exported as a BMP file with the same name.
* If your model has Polygroups then these can be used as separate texture/material regions in SL.
ZBrush 4R7 version (64 bit & 32 bit)
1. Download and unzip the plugin file to your desktop. If the unzipping creates a folder open it to locate the ZSculptyTools_4R7.ZSC file and ZSculptyToolsData folder.
2. Copy the ZSculptyTools_4R7.ZSC file and ZSculptyToolsData folder to the ZBrush 4R7\ZStartup\ZPlugs64 folder. This installs the plugin for 64 bit ZBrush.
3. If you wish, also copy the ZSculptyTools_4R7.ZSC file and ZSculptyToolsData folder to the ZBrush 4R7\ZStartup\ZPlugs folder. This installs the plugin for 32 bit ZBrush.
4. Restart ZBrush. The ZSculpty Tools menu is in the Zplugin palette.
Latest version (4R7_06) has a separate material per polygroup/SL face, named "material_001", "material_002", etc. For merged subtools, the materials are listed in subtool order.
Note: because of changes to the ZBrush primitives, this 4R7 version has fewer options for exporting Sculpty maps made with any primitives other than the Plane3D & Terrain3D. (Mesh export as a Collada DAE file is not affected.)
Super thanks Marcus much appreciated!
I just wonder if you will add a function to turn models made from zb 3.5 into one of those there magical mesh thingies? probably a pain in the rear to do. But this is great thanks a lot
Thanks so much Marcus! I am sending you a big virtual hug!
When mesh import comes, the format will be collada. For a short time they lifted the non-disclosure agreement on the mesh beta testers and this information slipped up before they clamped down again.
I will be looking for a pipeline to move my ZBrush work into collada format. A plugin would be the best I could hope for, but failing that, I am considering taking my objects from ZBrush to Blender or Daz Studio (both free) which both export in a collada format. Of course there may be some compatibility issues. I am sure once mesh hits open beta we will be able to experiment, and it is possible that the closed beta testers may already have found the solution. I am sure a few of them use ZBrush.
If it is collada format I don't see any great problems as that's XML-based and the specification is available and free from licensing restrictions. Ultimately it would depend on if SL had any special requirements.
You rock! just pure and simple... you never fail to make a valuable contribution to artists everywhere... However I think I discovered a problem. Making a primitive 32/33, then using the plug making it a poly, then smoothing it, I get a hole in the top and bottom of the sphere, it isn't serious and easily adjusted in another 3d program however I thought i would share...
As far as the hole on the poles. I observed that this only happens when the smt button is on while subdividing.
Try this trick. Subdivide up to where you want to be and then down and delete the higher subdivisions. Then go to Geometry and select "close hole". This will create a new polgroup which sculptymaker doesn't like, so go to polygroups and select "group visible".
When you subdivide back up - no more hole. (although if you texture right up to the edges of the hole I believe you don't have any problems with a gap in Second Life on your object.
I've played around with this the fill hole thingy and I've not run into any problems with Sculpty maker. No guarentees though
Wow, TY Nancyan, put yourself up there with angels!
still a pain but no where near as much as it was before...
However, I did find a quark with that too unfortunately. try texturing and grabbing the texture from poly, I'm getting a weird line and the caps I believe messed up the UV a bit if you do a UV check. If the holes don't interfere in SL though, I will try it.