ZBrushCoreMini stone sculpt

Welcome to ZBrushCoreMini® 2021, the mini and free version of ZBrushCore®.

ZBrushCoreMini is designed for new artists of all ages, with a streamlined interface that lets anyone jump right in and start sculpting without needing to spend time learning a bunch of menus, palettes and settings. ZBrushCoreMini is so easy and fun, you can get started right away. And you won’t want to stop! This short documentation will help you quickly understand the ZBrushCoreMini interface, as well as its main features and functionality.


Sculptris Pro

Sculptris ProWhen sculpting digitally everything is created from polygons and the number of polygons is what determines how much detail your model can have. If your mesh only has a few polygons you won’t be able to add much detail. Sculptris Pro takes the guess work out of this. It automatically adds or removes polygons as you sculpt so you can concentrate on your model!


Sculpting brushesZBrushCoreMini contains 8 of the most popular brushes from ZBrush and ZBrushCore. These brushes allow you to experience the digital sculpting revolution that defines the ZBrush family of products! In combination with Sculptris Pro these brushes will unleash your creativity. For example, if you want to add legs to your creature just pull them out with the SnakeHook brush.

    • The Standard brush is the default sculpting brush. It creates a smooth finish.
    • The Clay Buildup brush is more like modeling with actual clay. Use it to quickly block out a form.
    • The Inflate brush will inflate the mesh, a bit like blowing up a balloon.
    • The Pinch brush pinches the mesh together. This is good for creating folds.
    • Use the Move brush to change the shape your model in dramatic ways.
      Note that Sculptris Pro does not operate for the Move brush.
    • The SnakeHook brush is ideal for pulling out arms and legs or even for creating hair.
    • The Slash3 brush carves into the mesh. This is good for creating cracks and wrinkles.
    • The hPolish brush polishes the surface so that it resembles metal. It is good for adding hard surface details.

Chisel3D brushes

There are also four Chisel3D brushes. Chisel3D brushes are a quick and easy way to add 3D features to your sculpt. Add a nose, or eyes, or ears in a couple of clicks! When you select a Chisel3D brush you will see the Mesh Selector at the top of the interface. This shows the different shapes available. Simply pick the shape you want, then click and drag the cursor on your model to add the shape!


Need to sculpt both the left and right sides of a model? No worries! Symmetry has you covered. Simply enable the symmetry button and you will be able to sculpt on both sides of the model at the same time. You can turn it off again later when you are ready to break symmetry for that extra bit of realism.

Base Meshes

Base meshes
ZBrushCoreMini contains two starting models for you to choose from: a Sphere or a digital Block of stone. Either way, it is merely a starting point for you to unleash your creativity upon!


ZBrushCoreMini contains eight different Materials to give additional life to your model. Some of these materials also add RGB color. All of them allow you to display your models in different ways when exporting images for sharing with the world.

To select a material, simply click its icon and the model will immediately be updated. Use the color selector to change the look of the material further.

Real-time Ambient Occlusion

Ambient Occlusion

Sculpt with real-time render accuracy that captures every stroke applied to your mesh. Real-time ambient occlusion gives you the ability to quickly see which portions of your model might need that extra touch. Bring your creations to life in real-time with the Preview Ambient Occlusion feature.

iMage3D GIF and iMage3D PNG

Dino iMage3D GIF
Introducing a revolutionary new way to save your models! The iMage3D GIF and iMage3D PNG formats allow you share your files as special versions of the universal *.GIF and *.PNG image formats. On websites and social media, these files appear as normal 2D images as seen with the dinosaur to the left. But when someone saves that image and opens it in their copy of ZBrushCoreMini the band of “noise” at the bottom contains all the data necessary to reconstruct the image into a full 3D model!

(ZBrushCoreMini also allows saving and loading *.ZPR files for use with ZBrushCore and ZBrush. These files created by ZBrushCoreMini are fully usable in both applications. *.ZPR files created by ZBrushCore can be opened in ZBrushCoreMini in Viewer mode (see below). *.ZPR files created by ZBrush cannot currently be opened by ZBrushCoreMini.)

Image Exporting

Exporting image
Want to share a preview image of your model inside ZBrushCoreMini? Simply click the Export Image button to export an image of your model on the canvas.
Unlike the iMage3D function, this image will not contain any mesh data.

3D Printing

3D Printing
ZBrushCoreMini is built for STEM learning. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Whether at home, school or the library if you have access to a 3D printer you can export your creations from ZBrushCoreMini with one click of the 3D Print button. This will automatically reduce the polygon count of the model (while intelligently keeping details) and export a *.OBJ file that you can then load into any 3D printer’s slicing software.



Click the Turntable button to render a turntable movie to show your model off from all sides. This can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo for sharing on ZBrushCentral or elsewhere.

Viewer Mode

Viewer mode
Viewer Mode allows ZBrushCoreMini to preview any *.ZPR project files created by ZBrushCore. When these are loaded into ZBrushCoreMini you will be able to rotate and view these models in 3D. While in this mode you will not be able to make any changes to the model but you can export images of the mesh at different angles or as viewed with different materials!


ZBrushCoreMini 2021 supports seven languages for its interface: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, German, Chinese and Korean. To change languages, click the language icon at the top right of the interface.

3Dconnexion Support

Navigate in a way that frees you from a keyboard. Using 3Dconnexion’s Spacemouse line gives you the ability to navigate with just a slight touch of the controller cap. Rotate and zoom at the same time or pivot around your point of interest without breaking your sculpting stride.


    • To learn more about the ZBrushCoreMini interface see this page