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Pixologic released ZBrush in 2021, adding a number of new features including a Dynamics system that will change the way you work.

Pixologic ZBrush 2021

ZBrush sets the industry standard for digital sculpture and painting. With its features, you can use customizable brushes to shape, texture, and paint virtual clay in a real-time environment that provides instant feedback. When you use ZBrush, you will be powered by the same tools that movie studios, game developers, toy / collectors makers, jewelry designers, automotive / aerospace designers, illustrators, advertisers, scientists, and other artists around the world use. In fact, we even received an Oscar for the technology that powers ZBrush.

In short, ZBrush is a work of art tool designed by artists for artists. You can create models and illustrations only limited by your imagination, at a rate that allows you to stand out in today's fast-paced industry.

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What's new in version 2021?

ZBrush 2021 introduces a Dynamics system together with Controlled Cloth Sculpting and a revision of our Dynamic Subdivision function. We have also added new functions to ZModeler, introduced iMage 3D support for ZBrush and given the ability to open files created by ZBrushCoreMini in the native format.

The ZBrush engine itself has also been improved to improve performance across the board. You will find that ZBrush 2021 formulates more fluidly and takes less time to do other operations like DynaMesh.

Introduction to dynamics

Enhance your sculpting with a Dynamics system that allows any surface to be contracted, expanded, inflated, or draped with gravity. Use masking to freeze part of the mesh to create a point of interest, or use a mask to create a unique interaction that allows the surface to be rolled onto itself. Create realistic folds of fabric – even on a low-resolution layer. Place your mesh, turn on the collision volume and the controls you want, and watch ZBrush lay the fabric mesh over any other visible meshes.

Controlled fabric formation

Special brushes have been introduced that use the Dynamics engine to provide unique ways to interact with the fabric surface. As an example, you can choose where to put creases or just grab the geometry to move freely around the work area and create creases in real time. GIF The ClothTwister brush simulates a twisted cloth. ClothWind enables directional movements. ClothPinchTrails creates a pinched seam wherever your brushstroke occurs on the surface.

Dynamic Subdiv Revisited

Dynamic Subdiv provides a working preview of your subdivision levels without increasing the number of base polygons. This feature is now being developed even further by allowing you to add an adjustable thickness to each and every piece of planar geometry.

Geometry can also be added to each polygon as a fully interactive instance. Choose from the library of presets to make a surface look like canvas or jeans. Even choose armor to create repeatable chain mail.


ZBrush has now been enhanced with further performance improvements. We've redesigned the systems behind the modeling brushes along with many other popular features. Speed ​​has increased in all sectors, including faster response time with high polygon models, higher DynaMesh speeds, and much more. In addition, a new optimal option for smartly managing multithreading always ensures the right number of threads that ZBrush needs with your system for the best performance.

ZModeler updated

The already powerful ZModeler brush system has been expanded to include new functions.

Extrude edge

It's never been easier to build a plane into what you envision or construct a whole new piece of geometry that will fit into an existing sculpture. With the new function "Edge extrusion" you can create with one edge, multiple edges, complete edge loops and / or polyloops – with interactive edge snap. In addition to extruding an edge to align it with the adjacent surface, you can also enable SnapToSurface to allow the new edges to snap to an underlying surface.

Equidistant use

Equidistant Inset allows you to insert a single polygon or a range of polygons and any newly created topologies will be equidistant from the existing topology. The result is a perfect new set of polygons.

NanoMesh changes

ZBrush 2021 further expands the already powerful instantiation system of NanoMesh and now offers you the possibility to edit the instance network while it is in the scene. By combining Split Screen with NanoMesh, you can easily create and customize without adding an awkward number of polygons.

iMage 3D GIF and PNG format

The iMage 3D format provides a unique way to share both an image of your work and the 3D model itself in a single GIF or PNG file. This file can be published on any website where it can be viewed as a normal 2D image. After opening in ZBrush, the entire model can be edited with all SubTools.

Check out the many community shapes waiting for you at ZBrushCentral's iMage 3D Community Expo!

Additional functions:

  • Variable cursor size adjustment
  • The SnapToSurface option to move ZModeler points has been added.
  • File extensions Import / export functions of Collada (DAE) and Alembic (ABC)
  • Line additions:
    • With the jitter function, an alpha can jump along a line path.
    • The imperfection function applies a surface noise to the hub.

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