NanoTile Textures – new plug-in by Joseph Drust

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NanoTile Textures is an unofficial plug-in by Joseph Drust that allows for the creation of tiling textures using NanoMeshes inside of ZBrush 4R7. With this new plug-in, ZBrush 4R7 users will be able to create seamless tiling textures using NanoMesh indexes, while still respecting Polypainted and textured NanoMeshes. Artists will also be able to generate ZBrush-rendered BPR, Preview, Albedo, Ambient Occlusion, Normal, Bump, Polygroup ID, and Height maps. What’s more, this handy new plug-in will create 256, 512, 1024, 20148, and 4096 resolution textures.

Check out NanoTile Textures on the ZBrush Central forums for installation instructions and further information.

 

New! Introduction to ZBrush 4R7 video series

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The Gnomon Workshop has released its long-awaited Introduction to ZBrush 4R7 video series. This incredibly detailed tuition by Madeleine Scott-Spencer provides the most comprehensive set of instructional videos ever created for ZBrush. Over the course of 12 hours of instructional videos, Madeleine provides a detailed explanation of each tool and process from a practical approach with an emphasis on technique.

For more information about the topics covered, chapters, and specifications, head to The Gnomon Workshop website, plus check out this sample video:

Go Go Power Rangers

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The robots in Joseph Kahn’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers bootleg film were blocked-out, detailed and cleaned up in ZBrush. Ingenuity Engine‘s VFX supervisor Grant Miller told fxguide in a recent interview: “We made heavy use of kitbashing for each robot’s mechanical framing. We’ve collected loads of gears, gizmos, and hydraulics over the years and can pretty quickly throw something together that looks like it might function in the real world. The robot’s plating and coverings were then added in ZBrush and cleaned up using ZRemesher.”

Read the full article on fxguide, and check out a before and after VFX breakdown:

Power/Rangers- VFX Before and After from Ingenuity Engine on Vimeo.

Print your own Hillary Clinton

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Seven years after the Obama action figure was created, we have Hillary Clinton! FCTRY has just launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign which asks for $15,000 US to begin the mass production of a Hillary Clinton figurine. The couple behind FCTRY, Jason Feinberg and his wife Alyssa Zeller, hope that the action figures will become a national sensation, like that of the Obama version.

Hillary was sculpted by Mike Leavitt for FCTRY. You can also download Hillary and print her yourself from Thingiverse!

Read more about the project on 3DPrint.com, and check out the Kickstarter campaign.

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Feline fine

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Jose Alves da Silva’s latest project involved compositing a couple of musicians into a scene with a 10-foot ZBrush cat! The musicians form the band Quinta-Feira 12, and the lucky cat was sculpted in ZBrush before joining the duo for their new musical adventure.

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3D printing doodles

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Kids Creation Station
is the 3D printing service from media site 3DP4E that transforms doodles into full-color 3D prints. A ZBrush designer will actually sculpt the children’s drawings into 3D models, which are then printed in full-color gypsum through the Zcorp/3D Systems Color Jet Printing process.

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3D Artist magazine issue 78

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The latest issue of 3D Artist magazine celebrates the launch of ZBrush 4R7 with a 7-page special feature, plus a 3-page review, 7-page tutorial, and 3 hours of videos.

‘Return of the King: ZBrush 4R7’ is the title of the magazine’s software feature in this issue, taking an in-depth look at what 3D Artist has touted “the biggest software upgrade of the year”. Contributors include Daniel Bystedt, Joseph Drust, Joannis Karathomas, Ryan Kingslien, Geert Melis, Tristan Schane, David Schuktz, and Maarten Verhoeven.

A fantastic ‘Build a Robot in ZBrush’ step-by-step tutorial heads up the ‘Pipeline’ section of the magazine. Written by Mariano Tazzioli, the detailed article comes complete with downloadable tutorial files to help you follow along with the artist.

In issue 78, you’ll also find a glowing review of ZBrush 4R7! Piotr Rusnarczyk has reviewed the upgrade for 3D Artist, awarding it 5 out of 5 stars for features, performance, design, and value for money. He reported: “The truth is that after a few hours of fun with ZModeler, we forgot about GoZ entirely. Model editing is a pleasure with ZModeler. The simplifications are great: we can control the grid direction by using the tip of our pen and the menu is hidden under the space bar. ZBrush’s programming team have created new tools with the user’s workflow in mind.”

Find out what else Piotr had to say about ZBrush 4R7 in 3D Artist magazine issue 78, on sale now.

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The CG Student Awards

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The prestigious CG Student Awards are now open for submissions! If you’re a student specializing in visual effects, feature animation, or next-gen gaming, you could be in with a chance to win one of 25 internships at major studios around the world, as well as a chunk of the $360,000 prize pool!

Find out more about the CG Student Awards, and follow the Awards on Facebook and Twitter.

3D-printed shoes win Jimmy Choo Award

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Zoe Jia-Yu Daiis is breaking the 3D mold with a project that pushes the limits of shoe-making with the introduction of 3D printing. While traditional footwear manufacturing has relied on the same techniques for decades, Zoe Jia-Yu Daiis – a fashion graduate and shoe designer – decided to turn to 3D printing to shake things up!

Her collection of nature-inspired 3D-printed shoes pushes the limits of traditional shoe-making methods. “It was clear that 3D printing could not only achieve this, but would also allow a large amount of flexibility in the design stage, as well as allowing me to push the limits of design structures,” Zoe Jia-Yu Daiis told 3ders.org in a recent interview.

ZBrush was one of the software packages used to create the 3D models for this project, alongside 3ds Max, Rhino, and Maya. Find out more in the full article by 3Ders.org.

Bigger than T-Rex?

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A documentary that aired on PBS looks at how ZBrush helped recreate the digital skeleton of a Spinosaurus Aegypticus, the biggest predator to ever walk the planet!

Using a CT scanner to digitize the discovered bones, the 3D images captured are accurate to a fraction of a millimeter! Paleoartists can then use ZBrush to assemble a virtual dinosaur. “We have, just now, moved into the digital age for dinosaur reconstruction, in the sense that you can go literally from a bone to a digital model of a bone, to a digital skeleton, which you can simplify enough that you can make it move, you can make it walk, you can ultimately put skin on it,” said Paul Sereno, National Geographic Explorer.

Check out the insightful documentary. At roughly 38 minutes, you’ll see ZBrush in action!






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