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Sculpting a Creature with ZBrush and Photoshop

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Bring creatures from the depths of your imagination to life with ZBrush and Photoshop, in these tutorials from concept artist and Face Off champion Rayce Bird.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Character Discovery
  • Introduction to character discovery
  • The story behind the character
  • Searching for originality
  • How to use inspirational images and references
2. Sketch It Out
  • Introduction to sketching it out
  • Sketching silhouettes in Photoshop
  • Light painting
  • Adding intriguing details
  • Refining your final character choice
3. Sculpting with Dynamesh
  • Introduction to sculpting with Dynamesh
  • Using ZSpheres to create basic anatomy
  • Adding to the anatomy with Dynamesh
  • Prioritizing forms and detail
  • Working with gravity and movement
  • Adding eyes, horns, and fingers
  • Adding wardrobe and accessories
4. Detail Refinement
  • Introduction to detail refinement
  • Remeshing the sculpture
  • Subdividing the mesh
  • Creating the basic surface skin texture
  • Adding wrinkles, creases, and additional textures
  • Incorporating asymmetry and ultra-refinement
5. Coloring Techniques
  • Introduction to coloring techniques
  • Using PolyPaint for the base coat and materials
  • Cavity painting
  • Adding basic texture
  • Adding basic shadowing
  • Using images in Spotlight
  • Adding asymmetric details
6. Using Transform Tools
  • Introduction to using transform tools
  • Introducing the Transpose Master
  • Masking and adding gizmos
  • Finishing touches
7. Lights and Rendering
  • Introduction to lights and rendering
  • Preparing document for rendering
  • Creating new lights
  • Lighting terminology and purpose
  • Rendering in BPR (Best Preview Render)
  • HDRI lighting
8. Compositing in Photoshop
  • Introduction to compositing in Photoshop
  • Opening renders in Photoshop
  • Renders and blending modes
  • Adjusting layers and intensities
  • Creating a background
  • Composition and story
  • Custom painting in Photoshop
9. Finishing Touches
  • Finishing touches
  • Digitally painting with texture
  • Adding atmosphere and extra lighting
  • Color correcting and adding noise
  • The final creation: Reviewing our process
  • Next steps

Taught by

Rayce Bird


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