Create materials in 3d with ZBrush's PolyPainting

Build textures and materials as you learn to paint directly on your 3d models with ZBrush using Polypainting!
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

In this series, we jump into creating textures in ZBrush using polypainting. We'll examine the mesh and review references for the model and then we'll do a small exploration into matcaps and colors. We'll then begin to layer in a foundational skin tone before using the spray brush with an alpha to help create the imperfections usually found in skin. We'll use cavity masking to help us creating some shadowing and then the spray brush again to help give our demon head a five o'clock shadow! We mock up some ideas for eye coloration before finally adding a base color to the horns to contrast with the skin of the demon!

(Students - please look under Section 1 / Lecture 1 downloads for the source files associated with the lesson.)

More about the Instructor:

Stephen Wells is an expert 3D modeler for characters, props, vehicles, weapons and environments and have created both high and low polygon assets for game productions. He has over 20 years experience in creating a variety of game assets for several different genres (fantasy, sci-fi, combat, superheroes, horror, etc) using 3ds Max, Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush, Mudbox, Topogun, and xNormal. As an enthusiastic instructor, he loves creating video tutorials on a wide variety of subjects to help students better their skillsets.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Photoshop or a similar image editing software
  • Pixologic's ZBrush

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to use ZBrush to master Polypainting to create materials and textures in 3d
  • Learn to master the ZBrush Interface to speed up your workflow
  • Render out texture maps to create convincing materials for your ZBrush sculpts

Who is the target audience?

  • Intermediate to Advanced users who already know the basics of ZBrush
  • Users who want to learn 3d painting with ZBrush

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Section 1: Blocking in the Base Materials
Introduction to Polypainting
Review of Model and References
Matcaps and Masking
Laying a Base Skin Colour
Continued Skin Speckling
Adding a Five OClock Shadow
Adding Lips With Spotlight
Creating Variations for Eyes
Section 2: Refining Smaller Details
Adding Details to the Eyes
Using Spotlight to Add Colour Base to Horns
Creating Colour Details in Horns
Adding in Some Wrinkle Shadows
Refining the Five OClock Shadow
Adding in Skin Aberrations and Patterning
Section 3: Surface Materials and Presentation
Maps and Reviewing Anatomy
Using Layers to Create Backscatter Base
Adding Muscles Striations
Adding Deeper Tissue Colours
Adding Some Imperfections
Creating a Quick Specular Map
Bonus Lecture: Further Learning with 3dmotive

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Instructor Biography

3dmotive LLC, High Quality 3d and Game Art Training by Industry Pros!

3dmotive is High Quality 3d and Game Art Training by Industry Pros! Whether you are brand new to the world of Game Art, 3d, Architecture or Film - or maybe just interested in brushing up your techniques for intermediate or advanced levels of 3d with a focus on video games, 3dmotive is your one-stop-shop for all your 3d and Game Art related tutorials! Got questions? Interested in a new course topic? Let us know!

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