About ZBrush® 2019
ZBrush sets the industry standard for digital sculpting. Its features enable you to use customizable brushes to shape, texture and paint virtual clay in a real-time environment. When you use ZBrush, you’ll be working with the same tools used by film studios, game developers, toy/collectible makers, jewelry designers, automotive/aviation designers, illustrators and artists worldwide.
ZBrush 2019 continues in the path of creativity and productivity with major new features allowing artists to work even faster, especially focusing on creating hard-surface and mechanical shapes with greater ease. While working, or as a final during creation you will be able to produce stunning nonrealistic rendering with instant feedback. ZBrush 2019 also helps you to be more efficient with its new Folders organization system, it’s rewritten automatic retopology tool, and a new camera system. Your art will change forever.
Non-Photorealistic Rendering (NPR)
See your 3D artwork in a whole new way with the new NPR system. Give that final 3D sculpt a hand drawn 2D style and even take your sculpted creations into the pages of a comic book. With the ability to add overlaying textures, apply a halftone printed paper style, draw a dark outline around the 3D model or apply a number of built-in presets, the new NPR system will open up an entire world of artistic possibilities.
Read more about NPR here.
Spotlight v2.0 with Snapshot3D
Spotlight v1.0 gave artists the capability to project any texture’s color information onto a sculpted surface as PolyPaint. It also allowed the very same textures to be applied to the surface of any model as sculptural details.
Spotlight v2.0 includes all the original features and also makes it possible to convert any gray-scale image (alpha) into a 3D model. The source images can be modified or combined through Boolean-type addition or subtraction to create even more complex 3D shapes. The model generated by this system can serve as a base for sculpting or even be used with our Live Boolean system to create intricate works of art.
Read more about Spotlight v2.0 with Snapshot3D here.
Our automatic retopology toolset has been a key component in the modern ZBrush artist’s workflow. It now goes to the next level with ZRemesher v3.0. The enhanced systems can maintain creased edges and automatically detect sharp surface angles, ideal for mechanical models. The result is also a more efficient final polygon count… with an increase in speed!
Read more about ZRemesher v3.0 here.
Speed up your productivity with the efficient new Folder System. Far more than an organizational tool, this feature also makes it possible to apply actions to all contained meshes at once such as Move, Scale, Rotate, Duplicate, Delete, Hide/Show PolyPaint, Live Boolean and more.
Read more about SubTool Folders here.
The camera system is upgraded in ZBrush 2019. Artists can now precisely match the focal length of imported photographs and 3D renders. It is also now possible to export or import the ZBrush camera settings for use in any 3D application, opening the path of rich 2D composited illustrations, using the powerful ZBrush BPR or NPR renderer mixed with other 3D rendering solutions such as KeyShot.
The ZBrush Universal Camera offers complete control over the Focal Length, Crop Factor and more. It supports undo and redo of camera movements. There is even storage of various camera settings, making it easier than ever to find that perfect final composition.
Read more about the Universal Camera here.
The Intersection Masker plugin allows you to generate a Mask where geometry islands intersect on a selected SubTool. It’s the perfect solution for creating complex masks with just a few clicks.
Read more about Intersection Masker here.
The ZColor plugin is your new color manager for any digital painting tasks. It features a set palette of colors, chosen to best express the mood you wish to create and allowing for consistent results. ZColor files can also be shared with others, helping teams to create a cohesive look across projects.
Read more about ZColor here.
Other Additions and Changes
The various additions added in ZBrush 2019 or changed since ZBrush 2018 which are not covered elsewhere in this documentation.
Read more about the Other Additions and Changes here.
ZBrush 2019.1 additions
For changes and additions introduced in the 2019.1 release see the ZBrush 2019.1 additions page.