Language Functions

Localization and Language Functions

This section describes the functions dedicated to language management and cre­ation. They are all found in Preferences >> Language.

Language Selectors (English, French, Japanese, etc.)

Select the language of your choice and ZBrush will switch to it. This operation may take a few seconds or longer, depending on your computer speed.

Custom (language)

Switch the currently selected language to an editable, custom one. Setting this lan­guage will enable most of functions found in the Custom section.

Show English

No matter what language ZBrush is currently using, this button displays English on the fly, without loading time. It is convenient when you are in need of displaying ZBrush in English, such as when following a tutorial in English.

Show Notes

The Show Notes displays the AutoNotes that have been translated into languages other than English. These AutoNotes are currently limited to a few functions found in ZBrushCore.


This function creates a custom language based on the currently loaded language. It then becomes possible to use the translation tools. Without a custom language, it is impossible to translate ZBrush. This protects you from accidentally damaging one of the translations included by Pixologic.


Use the Import function to load a custom language that has previously been export­ed – including one shared by someone else. By loading a language, you will overwrite your existing custom language if you have one.


The Export function lets you export your entire language translation, including the icons, as a single file. To provide your translation to other users, simply share this file with them.


Note: The Modifiers XML files (for the Gizmo 3D) are not part of the exported file and the corre­sponding _zc.xml files therefore need to be provided separately.


To save your translation progress, click the Save function found in the Custom sec­tion. You can alternatively click the Save button found in the Edit window.

It can be useful to set a hotkey to this function.

If you attempt to exit ZBrush without having saved your translation you will be asked whether you would like to save your work.


The Edit button will open the Edit window. Please read the corresponding section above to learn more.

Auto Edit

The Auto Edit mode enables the capability to do ALT+Click on a button to translate its content or Shift+click to edit an icon. Please read the corresponding section above to learn more.

Reload Notes

The Reload Notes function will force ZBrush to reload the AutoNotes file for the cus­tom language. The AutoNotes will only be visible if Show Notes is enabled.

Reload Icons

The Reload Icons function will force ZBrush to reload the icons associated with the custom language to display any modifications that you made to them.

Show Untranslated

The Show Untranslated function will recolor the interface to display in red all items that are not translated or are only partially translated. (These are the ones that are dis­played with Red and Orange circles in the Edit window.) Once an item has been fully translated, it will switch to the regular white color.

It can be convenient to assign a custom hotkey to this function.