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Pixologic ZBrush 2018 MacOsx | 1.2 Gb
Pixologic has released ZBrush 2018, the latest update to its industry-standard digital sculpting software, integrating the dynamic tessellation system from sister product Sculptris.
The release, also extends the Gizmo 3D universal manipulator system to cover 27 separate deformers and introduces a new automated system for generating poly groups. The changelog of ZBrush 2018 isn't any larger than the previous point updates - arguably, it provides fewer, albeit large, features - but once again, it's a substantial update to the software,
New Sculptris Pro mode adds support for dynamic tessellation
The biggest feature in ZBrush 2018 is also one of the longest-awaited: Sculptris Pro. The new sculpting mode integrates the dynamic tessellation system from Sculptris, the free tool Pixologic acquired in 2010. Sculptris Pro dynamically changes the polygon density of a mesh as an artist sculpts - in Pixologic's terminology, it 'tessimates' it - rather than requiring them to subdivide it in order to carry on adding detail. Unlike the existing DynaMesh system, it isn't designed simply for roughing out a model: it should enable users to create detailed finished sculpts from simple primitives without having to retopologise the mesh. It is also aimed at CAD data or 3D printed models, where topology may not be optimised for sculpting; and for meshes generated by the Live Booleans system added in ZBrush 4R8, where polygon density can vary. When working in Sculptris Pro mode, UVs are not preserved, and not all of ZBrush's existing brushes, stroke types and masking options will work: you can see a list of restrictions here. However, Pixologic says that "the majority" of the existing brushes are compatible, and that ZBrush 2018 comes with new Snake Hook brushes specifically designed to work with Sculptris Pro. The news comes just weeks after Autodesk added its own dynamic tessellation system to Mudbox 2018.2. Both Blender and 3D-Coat also have similar functionality.
Gizmo 3D manipulator now supports 27 deformers, including the new Project Primitive tool
Another key change in ZBrush 2018 is the extension of the Gizmo 3D universal manipulator system introduced in ZBrush 4R8, which now supports 27 separate deformers. Those newly supported in the update include Scale, Skew, Inflate, Remesh By ZRemesher, Remesh By DynaMesh, Bevel, Crease, Smooth and Offset. There is also a new deformer, Project Primitive: a "full creation and modification tool" in its own right. It enables users to modify a mesh by projecting 3D primitives like spheres or cubes onto its surface, deforming the surface in or out. The primitives can remain invisible, or become meshes in their own right. Users can also turn on symmetry - both "classic axis symmetry" and Project Primitive's own Radial Symmetry mode - making it possible to generate complex surface details on a model very quickly.
PolyGroupIt automatically generates polygroups based on a model's surface structure
ZBrush 2018 also introduces PolyGroupIt: a new automated system for generating polygroups on a model. Users can direct the process by clicking on the surface of the mesh to define a 'seed' point around which PolyGroupIt will generate groups, or by painting group boundaries directly with ZBrush's Polypaint toolset. The resulting groups can be adjusted by moving or deleting seeds, or growing or shrinking group edges. According to Pixologic, groups are based on surface structure rather than underlying topology, making it possible to use on both hard-surface and organic models, and on models using symmetry or DynaMesh.
New options for working with curves and generating displacement maps
Other new features include new options to reshape or smooth the curves assigned to sculpting brushes after they have been created, and to set Draw Size individually for different brushes. Workflow improvements include support for vertex colour when importing models in OBJ format, and the option to use a model's HD Geometry as the highest subdivision level when generating displacement maps
You can read a full list of smaller features here. here
About Pixologic ZBrush 2018. ZBrush 2018 brings the concept art and creative sculpting to a new level with the integration of a new technology: Tessimation which is able to add and remove polygons on the fly and combined with brushes, it becomes Sculptris Pro. Discover a new freedom of sculpting where you can add large or tiny details to anymesh without focusing on the underlying topology.
New deformers have been added which will complete your arsenal of utilities for applying simple to complex deofrmation to your model or simply using them as a full creation tool with the new Project Primitive.
And in addition to the other additions, you will find the new PolyGroupIt plugin which makes the PolyGroups creation fast and easy, especially on hard surfaces models. Don't forget that PolyGroups are everywhere in ZBrush, from manipulation, visibility and base structure for creation tools.
New Sculptris mode with new associated brushes, new deformers, multiple copy through the Gizmo3D, PolyGroupIt, new curve stroke mode as well as updated in Decimation Master and 3D Print Hub and many other enhancements combine to speed up your workflow, making it a joy to create whatever you might imagine.
About Pixologic, Inc. Pixologic, Inc. develops, markets, and supports software tools for film and video, games, graphic design, and illustration markets. The company offers ZBrush, a graphic application aimed at simplifying the science behind generating computer graphics by providing tools that give digital artists intuitive and visual control over the digital images they create. Its application synthesizes 2D and 3D capabilities in a single stand-alone tool, which enables users to sculpt and paint with various polygons. The company sells its solution through authorized resellers, as well as online for Windows and Mac platforms. Its solution is used in movies and VFX, games, illustration, advertising, 3D printing.
Product: Pixologic ZBrush
Supported Architectures: x64
System Requirements: MacOsx
Supported Operating Systems: Mac OSX: 10.8 or above
Size: 1.2 Gb
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