Shortcuts by Palette

1 Keyboard Shortcuts

1.1 General

Popup selection (on PC only)
Tools – F1
Brushes – F2
Strokes – F3
Alphas – F4
Textures – F5
Materials – F6 (with cursor off canvas area)
Show QuickMenu – Spacebar or Right Mouse click
Show/hide floating palettes – TAB
Assign custom hotkey – Ctrl+Alt+click on item (store hotkeys in Preferences> Hotkeys submenu)


1.1.1 Lightbox and Spotlight

Show/hide Lightbox – , [comma key]
load selected item – Double-click on Lightbox thumbnail (texture/alphas will be loaded into Spotlight if it is active)
Turn on/off Spotlight – Shift+Z
Show/hide Spotlight Dial – Z


1.2 Brush Palette

Show Brush pop-up – B
Standard Brush – B – S – T
Smooth Stronger – B – S – S
Move Elastic – B – M – E
MPolish – B – M – P
ClipCurve – B – C – C
ClayLine – B – C – L
Select Masking Brush – hold Ctrl while selecting brush from popup
Select Selection or Clip Brush – hold Shift+Ctrl while selecting brush from popup


1.2.1 InsertMultiMesh brushes

show all meshes in brush – M


1.2.2 Change the Brush hotkeys (pop-up palette)

Here is what you have to do:

  • Click B to bring up the brush palette.
  • Then click the letter that you want to narrow down to, in this example click C.
  • With C clicked all you will see is the brushes that start with C. This is when you will see the next letter that selects the brush.
  • At this point you can hold CTRL+ALT to change the shortcut to whatever you want by just clicking on the brush and then click your new shortcut.

NOTE: Keep in mind that when you do this ZBrush automatically replaces the shortcut of another brush if you select a shortcut that is already assigned.


1.3 Color Palette

Select Color under cursor – C
Switch Color – V
Fill Layer – Ctrl+F


1.4 Document Palette

Actual Size – 0 [zero]
Antialiased Half Size – Ctrl+0
Zoom In – + [plus sign]
Zoom Out – [minus sign]

1.5 Draw Palette

Draw Size – S
Focal Shift – O
RGB Intensity – I
Z Intensity – U
Perspective – P
Floor Grid – Shift+P


1.6 Edit Palette

Undo – Ctrl+Z
Redo – Shift+Ctrl+Z


1.7 File Palette

Open Project – Ctrl+O
Save Project – Ctrl+S


1.8 Layer Palette

Clear Layer – Ctrl+N
Fill Layer – Ctrl+F
Bake Layer – Ctrl+B


1.9 Marker Palette

  • Markers will only show when Edit is turned off
Remove Marker – Ctrl+M


1.10 Movie Palette

Snapshot to Movie – Ctrl+ Shift+! (US) Shift+Ctrl+PageUp (UK)
Go to Previous Camera key frame Dot – LEFT ARROW
Go to Next Camera key frame Dot – RIGHT ARROW


1.11 Preferences Palette

Store Configuration File – Shift+Ctrl+I
Load User Interface Configuration File – Ctrl+L
Save User Interface Configuration File – Shift+Ctrl+Alt+I
Show/hide Lightbox – , [comma]


1.12 Render Palette

Best Preview Render (BPR) – Shift+R
Render All – Shift+Ctrl+R
Cursor Selective Render – Ctrl+R


1.13 Stencil Palette

Stencil On – Alt+H
Hide/Show Stencil – Ctrl+H
Coin Controller – Spacebar


1.14 Stroke Palette

Lazy mouse – L
Replay Last Stroke – 1
Record Stroke – 3
Replay All Recorded Strokes – 2


1.15 Texture Palette

Turn on/off Spotlight – Shift+Z
CropAndFill – Shift+Ctrl+F
Grab Texture From Document – Shift+Ctrl+G


1.16 Tool Palette

Save Tool – Shift+Ctrl+T
Divide – Ctrl+D
Lower Res – Shift+D
Higher Res – D
Edge Loop – Ctrl+E (partially hidden mesh)
Remesh Dynamesh sculpt – in Edit > Draw mode Ctrl+Drag Background
HD Geometry
Toggle in/out of HD Sculpting mode – A (cursor over mesh)
Render all HD Geometry – A (cursor over background)
View Mask – Ctrl+H
Invert Mask – Ctrl+I
Mask All – Ctrl+A
Grow mesh portion – Ctrl+Shift+X
Shrink mesh portion – Ctrl+Shift+S
Grow All mesh portion – Ctrl+Shift+A
Outer Ring visibility – Ctrl+Shift+O
Group Masked and Clear Mask – Ctrl+W
Preview Adaptive Skin – A
Activate ZSketch Edit mode – Shift+A (with a ZSphere armature in Edit mode)
Preview Unified Skin – A


1.17 Transform Palette

Activate Symmetry – X
Draw Pointer – Q
Move – W
Scale – E
Rotate – R
Edit – T
Center mesh in canvas (when in Edit mode) – F
Draw Polyframe – Shift+F
Point Selection Mode – Shift+Ctrl+P
Set Pivot Point – Ctrl+ P
Clear Pivot Point – Shift+P
Snapshot object – Shift+S
Show/hide Spotlight Dial – Z


1.18 ZPlugin Palette

Misc Utilities
Increase Draw Size by set units – ]
Decrease Draw Size by set units – [
(set increment in the Zplugin>Misc Utilities>Brush Increment slider)
Projection Master
Projection Master – G


1.19 ZScript Palette

Load ZScript – Shift+Ctrl+L
Reload ZScript – Ctrl+U
Hide ZScript – H


2 Mouse Actions

Toggle ZAdd and ZSub – Alt (hold down)
On Layer thumbnail, toggle all layers on/off – Shift+Click
Select layer on which clicked pixol resides – ~+Click canvas (US) @+Click canvas (UK)
Move layer contents up/down/sideways (X & Y)- ~+drag (US) @+drag (UK)
Show item description (when Popup Info is switched on) – Ctrl+cursor over item
Move item to custom interface position – Ctrl+Alt+drag (when Enable Customize is switched on)
Remove item from custom interface position – Ctrl+Alt+drag to Canvas (when Enable Customize is on)


3 Edit Mode Actions


3.1 Navigation

with a 3D mesh in Edit mode –

Free Rotate – Click & drag Background
Move – Alt+Click & drag Background
Constrain to 90-degree rotation – Click+drag, press Shift
Scale – Alt+Click, Release Alt, drag Background
Rotate around Z-axis – Shift, Click, release Shift, drag

(For best results turn off RightClick Navigation in the Preferences>Interface menu.)


3.1.1 Right-Click Navigation

(Turn on RightClick Navigation in the Preferences>Interface menu.)

Move – Alt+Right-click & drag (can be over the model)
Scale – Ctrl+Right-click & drag (can be over the model)
Rotate – Right-click & drag (can be over the model)


3.2 Masking

Paint mask on object (alphas/strokes can be used) – Ctrl (hold down)
Delete or paint reverse mask – Ctrl+Alt (hold down)
Reverse mask – Ctrl+Click Background
Clear Mask – Ctrl+Click+ drag Background
Constant-intensity mask – Ctrl+Click, release Ctrl, drag (starting off mesh)
Alpha-intensity mask (using MaskPen or MaskRect brush) – Ctrl+Click & drag

(select alpha while holding Ctrl)


3.3 Topological Masking

in Move, Scale or Rotate mode – Ctrl+click+drag the action line on the model


3.4 Partial Mesh Visibility & Clip Brushes

Show mesh portion – Shift+Ctrl+Click, release keys & drag (green selection area)
Hide mesh portion – Shift+Ctrl+Click, release keys & drag – press Alt (red selection area)
Move selection or clip area – ‘press Spacebar without releasing mouse/pen
Show entire mesh – Shift+Ctrl+Click Background
Show only selected Polygroup (on fully visible mesh) – Shift+Ctrl+Click
Hide selected Polygroup (on fully visible mesh) – Shift+Ctrl+Click twice
Hide selected Polygroup (on partially visible mesh) – Shift+Ctrl+Click
Reverse visibility – Shift+Ctrl+Click & drag Background
Hide edge loop – with Lasso option selected, Shift+Ctrl+click on edge that crosses loop
ClipCurve add soft direction change – click Alt once
ClipCurve add sharp direction change – click Alt twice
reverse clip area – Alt (hold down)


4 Transpose

  • with a 3D mesh in Edit mode, click W, E, R and draw the orange action line
  • click on the mesh to reposition the action line aligned to the surface normal
  • to align to an axis, click the end of the red, green or blue axis line
To move action line while drawing – hold Spacebar
To move action line after drawing – click+drag orange line or center orange ring
To change action line end point position – click+drag orange end ring
  • Quick tip: in Move/Scale mode, Alt+click+drag on the mesh (not on action line) to move or scale mesh


4.1 Inner (red/white) ring actions

These actions apply to the inner red or white rings of the action line. The terms center or end refer to the position on the line.

Move mode – W

Move – click+drag center
Duplicate mesh – Ctrl+click+drag center
Bend mesh – Alt+click+drag center or end point
Stretch mesh – drag end point furthest from mesh
Flatten mesh – drag end point next to mesh
Inflate – Right-click+drag end ring furthest from mesh
Create Edgeloop & extrude – with partially masked mesh, hold Ctrl and click+drag center point

Scale – E

Scale – click+drag end point in line direction
Scale along axis – click+drag center point
Create Edgeloop and deflate/inflate – with partially masked mesh, hold Ctrl and click+drag center point

Rotate – R

Rotate around end point – click+drag other end point
Rotate around action line – Click+drag center
Joint bend – Alt+click+drag end point (rotation around same point)


5 ZSphere Edit Actions

5.1 Draw mode

Add a child ZSphere – drag ZSphere
Delete ZSphere – Alt+Click ZSphere
Add a child ZSphere at same size – Click+drag, press Shift
Add a child ZSphere and scale Link Spheres – Click+drag to size new ZSphere, press Ctrl+drag
Insert ZSphere – Click Link-Sphere

with Tool>Adaptive Skin>Use ClassicSkinning on:

Sphere Define magnet/ break mesh – Alt+Click Link-Sphere


5.2 Move mode

Move ZSphere – drag ZSphere
Pose (Natural-linked move) – drag Link-Sphere
Move Chain – Alt+drag Link-Sphere


5.3 Scale mode

Scale Zsphere – drag ZSphere
Inflate/deflate chain – Alt+drag Link-Sphere
Scale chain – drag Link-Sphere


5.4 Rotate mode

Spin chain – drag ZSphere
Control twist – Alt+drag Link-Sphere
Rotate chain – drag Link-Sphere


6 Timeline

Place a new key frame – click on the Timeline
Select an existing key frame – click on the key frame dot
Zoom Timeline in/out – click on selected key frame dot
Move selected key frame – click+drag dot to new position (dragging off end will delete)
Store new data in existing key frame – Shift+Ctrl+click on the key frame dot
Delete a key frame – click+drag dot off the Timeline
Copy selected key frame – Shift+click on the Timeline at the point where you want the copy
Copy multiple key frames – Shift+click on all the key frames dots to be copied, then Shift+click the Timeline
at the point where you want the copies
Create Transition key frame – Ctrl+click on an existing key frame dot
Create Rigid key frame – Alt+click on an existing key frame dot
Play the Timeline (will play as a loop) – Shift+click on the Timeline cursor
Stop the Timeline playing – click Esc
Record Timeline as a Movie – Shift+Ctrl+click on the Timeline cursor
(set the cursor to the start first using the LEFT ARROW)


7 Custom UI and Configuration

Move item to custom interface position – Ctrl+Alt+drag (when Enable Customize is switched on)
Remove item from custom interface position – Ctrl+Alt+drag to Canvas (when Enable Customize is on)