I’ve owned ZBrush and lightwave for about one year now, and use it to paint simple 3d models (like screws, and bottles). Any thing too complex (multi limbed organisms), or textures as high as 4096 by 4096, and the bugger will crash, every, single, time.
Just like the instability problems which seem to be posted with regularity on the Newtek forums, Pixologic says they are “working on it.” However, judging from the extraordinary progess Pixolator and Co. have shown from 1.23 to 1.55b, I’d say they, at least, are sincere.
As far as the interface goes, I wonder why users here feel its horrid. Other than the tiny text, its fairly customizeable. You can drag just the functions you need from each pallette, into your own pop-up type menu, and close off the side pallettes all together. Plus, to get new users started, you only need to press <ctrl> while hovering your mouse over a tool to get a detailed description of what it does and how to use it.
Lightwave, on the other hand, requires 800 lbs of manual, and $1200 additional investment in video tutorials to learn how to model humans and texture frogs. Blech.
Check out the “Quicklinks” on pixolator.com. You’ll find one of the most extensive tutorial sites for any piece of software anywhere, for free.
Like with any program, the longer you use it, the easier, and more sensible it feels.
Though nobody cares, I say ZBrush is the most enjoyable 3d program available today. You can truly have an unlimited number of polygons in any scene on basically an prehistoric rig. (I’m running a 1Ghz PIII and can ‘snapshot’ millions polys into one scene. Though once snapped onto the canavas the 3d models become 2.5D pixols. Since I’m only into creating stills, and absolutely hate the animation process, it doesn’t much matter.
ZBrush is an excetional stand alone program, and works well with simple geometry from other horrid apps. But, its “texture master” 3d paint process feels too premature and unstable for any in depth, photorealistic-style texuring.
Then again, 3d texturing was never what this program was meant to be. ZBrush is about idea generation, and intricate concept art / 3d illustration and having fun.
At least for an anti-animator like me.
Right now, if you’re looking for a 3d paint app only, perhaps Bodypaint 2 will be more to your liking.
Good luck with your decision.
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