ZBrushCore Is OUT!

ZBrushCore is here!

There’s been a lot of hype since Pixologic announced the new ZBrushCore a few weeks ago. Well, the wait is over and you can now get this streamlined version of ZBrush which is designed for people new to 3D that want to get into the world of 3D sculpting, 3D printing and illustration.


I had the chance to play and test the ZBrushCore BETA for a few days and all I have to say is that: it is a fantastic piece of software. It is the easiest way to introduce ZBrush to any new user, you can think of it as a replacement for Sculptris, but waaaaaaay more powerful.

I put together a series of short video tutorials to introduce this software to new artists. The videos and resources are available HERE in case you are interested.

In case you didn’t watch it the announcement during the ZBrush Summit 2016, let’s tackle some questions that might be floating in the air…

How much is it?

ZBrushCore is USD $149.95.

You can get it from the Pixologic store here (single license)

What is the deal with WACOM and ZBrushCore shipping together?

Yes that is correct. You can get the Wacom intuos 3D and ZBrushCore in a bundle for USD$199.95 (AUD$$299.00).

Here is a little unboxing / review video I did about the Intuos 3D


Who is ZBrushCore for?

It is for someone new to 3D (or to ZBrush), and it is very easy to learn. In my opinion, if you are already familiar with ZBrush or have been working with it for a while, you have no need for ZBrushCore. However, If you want to start your journey into the 3D word, then ZBrushCore is definitely the way to go.

Pixologic said: “ZBrushCore is designed for users who are new to 3D as well as illustrators, students and 3D printing enthusiasts.” so in other words, it’s a introduction to ZBrush, where you are able to learn the ‘core’ concepts and fundamentals that make this software so powerful.

Here is a quick time-lapse of one of the ZSpheres animals I made (The Kangaroo):


If you are a student, for instance, and open ZBrush with no prior knowledge to how it works, you are going to get frustrated (at least that’s what happened to me at first). Because let’s be honest, ZBrush has a lot of features and can do a lot of things. With ZBrushCore, on the other hand, as soon as you open it you can get sculpting straight away.

Open ZBrushCore… and sketch.

Some people might say that ZBrushCore is a heavily cut down version of ZBrush, which in essence, it is. However, people saying that, are likely to be already advanced ZBrush users so they ‘feel’ the absence of some features. I see it more as a ‘filtered’ version of ZBrush, yes it has less features, but it gives the new users only the necessary tools to create awesome stuff really fast!

Put yourself in the shoes of a new artist, and take a look at ZBrush menus and palettes:


Compare the image above with the ZBrushCore UI:


ZBrushCore, eases the transition… While still allowing the artist to create very professional and detailed artwork.

These are some sculpts I made while testing ZBrushCore

So what exactly is the difference between ZBrush and ZBrushCore?

In a nutshell, ZBrushCore is the same ZBrush software but without some features and tools. This is a good thing for the new user! I remember when I started with ZBrush, it took me a long time to figure out the 2.5D vs. 3D mode and all that. In ZBrushCore there is no such thing, your are permanently in 3D mode sculpting away!

Here is a rough list of the main features that are included or not in ZBrushCore, based on my time playing with it, (for a full list check the official site)

ZSpheres: included

Adaptive skin: included

ZSketch: not included

Subdivision: included

Dynamic Subdivision: not included

Dynamesh: Definitely included!

Extract operation: included!

ZRemesher: not included

Project All: not included

Polypaint: included

Deformation: included (some)

Transpose line: included

Panel Loops: Not included

Array Mesh: Not included

NanoMesh: Not included

Fibermesh: Not included

Layers: Not included

Morph Target: Not included

Surface Noise: Included

Displacement and normal map: Not included

Decimation Master: Different, it’s called: Optimize for 3D Print.

UV Master: not included

Anything new?

YES! The 3D GIZMO! Although, the next ZBrush 4R8 will also include the gizmo (based on what we saw during the ZBrush Summit 2016), at the moment, only ZBrushCore user will enjoy this fantastic addition.


EDIT: One additional thing I forgot to mention, is the ability to change languages. You can even edit it and create your own!


So, apart from having multiple languages and the Gizmo, there is nothing radically new in ZBrushCore, because that would defeat the purpose (I think) of learning ZBrushCore and then transitioning to ZBrush.

Having say that, there are a couple of cool things that are worth mentioning:

Interactive Light

Under the plugins palette, there is a nice little button that allows you to interactively move the light’s direction with the mouse pointer.


Home Page button

This button opens up the slider window that appear when you first launch ZBrushCore. This is a good place to get tips, keep up to date with news and access pixologic’s training.


Lightbox startup projects

Lightbox is obviously not a new feature, but there are tons of really cool “start-up” projects that you can use to begin with your next sculpture.



‘Nuff said!

The only question is… do you want the bundle of ZBrushCore with the Wacom tablet or you already have a tablet and just want ZBrushCore?

Here is how you get started:

Get ZBrushCore, or get ZBrushCore with Wacome Intuos 3D

For more info and free training, bookmark this page: ZBrushCore.com

Want more?

There will be a full series of mini tutorials about ZBrushCore coming very soon to the ZBrushGuides so keep an eye on the START HERE page or on this post. You can also subscribe to the newsletter below and I’ll send you an email when they are ready.
Share this with anyone you know that wants to start doing some awesome 3D stuff. If you have any question or thoughts about ZBrushCore, drop a line on the comments below. Cheers!.

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