ZBrush 2021.6.6 is Available NOW


ZBrush 2021.6.6 is a FREE upgrade for all registered ZBrush users.

ZBrush 2021.6.6 Update

This release brings feature parity with ZBrushCore and ZBrushCoreMini.

Of special note, Chisel 3D and VDM (Vector Displacement Mesh) brushes now work with Sculptris Pro mode, providing an easy way to build out your base meshes uses pre-sculpted elements.


  • Added several new Chisel 3D brushes.
  • VDM Brushes have been updated to work with Sculptris Pro.
  • The mesh resolution for the CurveAlpha brush can now be adjusted using Brush >> Alpha and Texture >> Max Alpha to Mesh Size.
  • Increased the alpha tolerance when using Mesh Extract. The cut-off level is now exactly 50% gray.
  • Decimation Master has been updated to work on older macOS versions, matching the system requirements for ZBrush itself.

ZBrush 2021.6.4 Update


  • LightBox will now also show folders with a period in the name.


  • Resolved issue reported with brushes not working consistently when using a stored Undo History.
  • Dots display mode.
  • SliceRect and TrimRect brushes now work as they did in previous versions.

ZBrush 2021.6.3 Update

This version includes updates that affect the ZBrush experience, as well as introducing new features:


  • A dot has been added to DynaMesh Resolution, offering a different skinning mode. When off, ZBrush will use classic skinning for DynaMesh operations. When on, DynaMesh will automatically increase resolution for smaller objects.
  • PolyGroup Select Growing. This will allow the user to select a few faces of a PolyGroup and grow the selection to only the polygons that contain the same polygroup.
  • Curve Flat and Curve Flat Snap brushes have been added. These brushes are perfect for drawing out hair cards for games or creating a ribbon.
  • Curve Tube and Curve Tube Snap brushes can now support gradient PolyPaint color.


  • Set lasso Stroke “Smoothness” to zero by default (to allow for improved accuracy).
  • SpotLight will no longer readjust all images when adding more images.
  • PolyGroup color ID Assignment improved.
  • GoZ has been updated to work with Maya 2022.
  • GoZ has been updated to work with 3DSMAX 2022.
  • Decimation Master has been improved to handle decimating meshes up to 100 million polygons.
  • Stored Undo History will now display a red bar when the undo is stored on a SubTool that is not the selected SubTool.


  • The Material Diffuse and Specular sliders updated to high exponential (in order to increase accuracy when using small values) .
  • The default ZModeler welding tolerance to be 5.
  • The Brush Modifiers slider to show values from -100 to 100.
  • The IMM Selector will only be shown if the brush has more than one mesh. With this change, ZModeler will not show the default included mesh in order to conserve space.
  • Raytracing AO default Samples slider will be set to 256 by default.


  • Keyboard value entry in sliders when CTRL or SHIFT key is pressed.
  • ZIntensity / RGB / Draw Size values not being stored when typing in the values.
  • Deleting the first curve when using brushes with Curve Mode enabled will no longer produce unexpected results.
  • Projects with active Gizmo Deformers will now load properly.
  • Fixed stability issues related to NanoMesh.
  • The “As Line” brush curve mode now works as expected.
  • Selection Marquee is now as accurate as with previous versions.
  • Double option for Arrow3d primitive now updates the mesh.
  • Using the Gizmo on 3D primitives now works as expected.
  • Crease Lvl will be retained when making adjustments to the mesh with ZModeler.
  • DragRect stroke works as expected in 2.5D mode.
  • Eliminating spikes in geometry when using layers + triangles + crease.
  • Decimation Master progress bar is now displaying properly.
  • LIVE Boolean Show Issues will now display correct results when used on meshes created with the Folder>Make Boolean option.
  • MaskRect and Mask Square strokes no longer shrink when used.

ZBrush 2021.6.2 Update

This update changes the Sticky Hotkeys feature in response to user feedback.

  • Preferences >> Interface >> Click >> Use Sticky Keys has been added. It is disabled by default.

ZBrush 2021.6.1 Update

This update provides important fixes and includes a quality of life enhancement.


Added a new preferences slider to control the timed activation of the Sticky Keys feature:

  • Preferences >> Interface >> Click >> Sticky Keys Activation Timer
  • Smaller values = faster activation of sticky keys.
  • Larger values = slower activation of sticky keys. At maximum setting, this effectively disables the feature.


  • Project all fails to execute, or executes slower than usual.
  • Using the “S” hotkey to resize the brush not working as expected due to the Sticky Keys feature.
  • Unable to create a flat mesh from the selected alpha.
  • Pressing the Alt key while creating a Balloon mesh creates a mesh that is too close to the camera.
  • ZBrush fails to launch when anti-virus software prevents ZBrush from properly accessing files.
  • ZBrush fails to launch on Windows 7 or 8.0 (missing .dll error)
  • Seams created when using Sculptris Pro on a partially visible mesh with multiple PolyGroups assigned.

2021.6 Complete Notes

  • Added: CurveAlpha and CurveAlphas brushes to Brush palette.
  • Added: MeshExtrude, MeshBalloon, MeshSplat, and MeshExtrudePropDepth to Brush palette.
  • Added: ExtrudeProfile and ExtrudeProfile2 to Brush palette.
  • Added: New SnakeCurve: 1, 2, 4 and 5 brushes to Brush palette. (There is no SnakeCurve 3.)
  • Added: “Repel Strength” and “Repel Falloff” to Curve Stroke modifiers.
  • Added: “Flat” mode added “To Mesh” in the Alpha palette to allow the creation of a flat mesh that can be extruded along a curve. IMM Curve brushes will automatically use flat meshes as an extrusion profile.
  • Added: MeshFromMask support for Lasso, Circle, Rectangle, and Curve masking types.
  • Added: Ambient Occlusion plugin to Zplugin palette.
  • Added: Split the “Bend” stroke/curves option into two sub-options: “Bend Start” and “Bend End.”
  • Added: New Modes added to Picker that influence Mesh from Mask behavior: Continuous Z and Once Z.
  • Added: New Lasso stroke slider “Smoothness”.
  • Added: Lazy Mouse support for Lasso stroke type.
  • Added: Closest and Farthest modes for Continuous Z Picker.
  • Universal Scene Definition (USD) format support.
  • Hotkey behavior modified for sliders with new Sticky Hotkeys feature: Tap the hotkey for old behavior. For the new behavior, hold the hotkey, move the cursor left or right to adjust the slider, then release the hotkey to accept the setting.
  • Improved Lazy Mouse straight-line drawing. The straight line now reaches the end point exactly.
  • Improved control of curve editing.
  • Updated shading maps to 16bits, improving rendering quality.
  • The last saved or loaded project will now automatically be opened when ZBrush starts (optional).
  • Brushes that use “fast” sampling now use a marked Undo History state. This allows the application of multiple curve strokes on the mesh without overlapping.
  • Default render “Details” now 4 instead of 3. This improves render quality.
  • Modified code to auto-set the light distance to .9 for all older projects that had light distance set to 1.
  • Modified code to turn off deep/vibrant shadows for previously saved projects.
  • Modified Slider Stroke: Curve projection range to allow zero value.
  • Modified the brush icon creation button to default to grabbing the thumbnail from the screen.
  • Modified the Light Distance to be disabled when not in perspective mode.
  • Fix: Error with shading code when using Light Distance less than max
  • Fix: Rendering error in 2021.5 where the model was not rendered when using a background image with deep shadows turned off.
  • Fix: Software interaction that could cause the ZBrush program window to resize when importing or exporting a mesh.
  • Fix: Improved stability for issues reported in previous versions.


ZBrush 2021.6.4 is a FREE UPGRADE for all registered ZBrush users.

Upgrading (Existing ZBrush Users)

Please see our Knowledgebase Article for detailed instructions on how to upgrade, based upon your license type and current version number.

Mac users please note: When upgrading to 2021.6, make sure your operating system is 10.11 or newer.

Purchasing (New Users)

ZBrush 2021.6.4 may be purchased from our online store for immediate download.

ZBrush has seen a great many advancements in the last year! Click the headings below for more info about each major update.

ZBrush 2021 Features

  • Dynamics
  • Cloth Sculpting
  • Dynamic Subdiv Revisited
  • SnapShot3d Additions
  • Performance Enhancements
  • ZModeler Upgrades
  • NanoMesh Modifications
  • iMage3D Support

ZBrush 2021.5 Features

  • Thick Skin
  • Sculptris Pro Enhancements
  • Contrast Brushes
  • Curves Helper
  • Real-Time Ambient Occlusion
  • SpaceMouse Support

ZBrush 2021.6 Features

  • Mesh From Mask
  • 2D Alpha Extrusion Along a Curve
  • SnakeCurve Brushes
  • True Raytracing Ambient Occlusion

ZBrushCore users can move up to ZBrush 2021.6.


If you have any issues with upgrading or with the new features, please post in ZBrush Help & Support or start a Support conversation. Please note that account and login issues can only be handled via a Support conversation.

Happy ZBrushing!


I’m basking in the excitement and only when the thrill is diminished will I download it.
It could be weeks.
The new features are a delight.
Bravo and a hug for all.

The toy box just got bigger :clinking_glasses:


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Thanks Pixo…brilliant update…the new mesh creation tools are the biggest creation update since z spheres. Phenomenal stuff

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Great update thanks, all features very useful. new Sticky Hotkey feature awesome when change draw size.

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Hi @Harald_Schott,
If you are on Win 10, then you should uninstall Zbrush, download the full installer and then reinstall Zbrush 2021.6.

Hi @Chrischan,
you can just release the hotkey (S) and it gonna acts like in previous version.
but there is no options to disable the Sticky keys.

Hi @Warloch and welcome on ZBC
Can you submit a ticket to the support, with the all information about the bug you encounter ?

Hi @veri , Pixologic is working on a fix for windows 7/8 users, stay tuned.

Hope it help!

the problem is that i set my intensity slider to alt-< (which on the german keyboard is directly next to the shift key)
now everytime i use this hotkey the draw panel pops into the right shelf.
an option to turn sticky on or off would be nice!! :slight_smile:

Hi again ,
I have taken the first advise uninstall Zbrush and download the full progam install from my licenses and install the version 2021.6. Now it works fine for now. Thanks a lot.

Another amazing FREE upgrade! It works flawlessly on my older MacBook running Big Sur. Thank you!

Thanks for “Sticky Keys” option for this update. I was having trouble using shortcuts.


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Cool, thx @aurick. Finally the Dots display mode works again well.

*lol But only one small thing i’ve still noticed:
On the old working of Dots Display Mode, I think to remember me, that no matter what of a color a subtool had filled, if the dots display mode was active (to show the dots/points and check it), the dots/points appared always white, during moving a subtool in the canvas and checking with this the points with the mode.

But now, if a subool has got color, the dots/points shows theirselves also colored, during the active Dots Display Mode. = With this the dots are more difficult to see and to check.

But I could also be wrong that this was the case before.

at least the mode works again. Thank you, thank you, thank you for that.

thanks again for a great upgrade

with the announcement of the new ipad pro - is there a possibility of Zbrush or ZbrushCore coming as a native app to the ipad?

thank you

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Hi,how do you set your sticky keys?


When this first add in Zbrush, you could only change the settings but now,
I just closed.I’m not using sticky keys.

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