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09 September 2004, 03:13 AM
Hi ...I just wanted to post my first effort with this awesome software. A Gallimimus of sorts ... still ahve yet to figure out half of the tools though!! Quite a bit different than Deepaint of the old studiopaint.. but way more versatile IMHO. If only I could figure out how to the Zspheres :eek: c & c welcome...


09 September 2004, 03:55 AM
looks great to me, nice detail. man I dig zbrush

09 September 2004, 01:30 PM
If only I could figure out how to the Zspheres :eek: c & c welcome...

If you have the 'Practical Guide' (ZBCentral pdf file) there is a step for step walkthrough on z-spheres.

Nice dino!
I'd get some specularity on the skin, lizards have that.

Keep em comin

09 September 2004, 06:36 PM
Ah master Kanga ...Thanksfor your tip. I will finally have to fo some reading in that manual !! Re: the Spec value however... I actually have a question about that. It seems that Z has no way of generating and independent spec map inside the program ? normally if this were the case I could cook something up by hacking the colour map and doing some treatment to it in PS, but with the GUV tiling .... the UV's are pretty cryptic. Is there a way in Z to generate a Spec map for export??


09 September 2004, 10:21 PM
Hi skip!

Read your mail a bit late but I guess beter than never.

I will start out by saying I am new to ZB so any advice I give might not be the best way to do things.

If you are rendering in ZB itself then a study of material will get you up to speed on specularity, but if you want to render in an outside application then a specularity map will make things more realistic.

Here is how I plan to do it.
Have a version of your model without any texture (colour) applied. Make your base colour black. Create a new texture with resolution 2048x2048 (quarter, half or double this whatever you need) then spray white where you want the specularity to be. Export the texture like you would normaly for another application (see the practical guide on this) a tiff format is recomended as it has greater bit depth. Load the bitmap into your material editor as a specularity map. 3DMax has a special slot for this. Then specify how strong you want the specularity to be and also what colour.

That should work.

If you find a better way to do this I would be glad if you would let me know.

Greetings Kanga

09 September 2004, 10:26 PM
hello!.. if you render in zbrush, the simplest is to paint directly values of a material, with more or less specularity, on your tool... in other words, you can paint diffrents values on very small areas, and change from one to another...

09 September 2004, 09:56 PM
Thanks Celmar..that sounds exactly what I would like to do ...but can you tell me if you can then export that material's painted specular value for use in another program? .. like Kanga has suggested. That would be awesome !!!


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