Update: Pixologic ZBrushCore v2021.6.2 – New Features

zbrushcore 2021.6.2 update

Pixologic has updated ZBrushCore with several new features to be more in line with the current ZBrush feature set, yet still be a stand-alone sculpting application.


ZBrushCore is exactly what its name implies: The most essential elements of the award winning ZBrush software. It includes everything that you need to get your start and make your mark in the world of digital sculpting and painting. These features are streamlined into a package that is approachable for artists of all experience levels. With ZBrushCore you can sculpt, paint and create nearly anything you might imagine.

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To learn more about the differences between the new updated ZBrushCore 2021.6.2 and ZBrush’s feature, view the comparison chart on the details tab of either the ZBrushCore or ZBrush product page.

What’s new in ZBrushCore 2021.6.2?

This new update is a free upgrade to all ZBrushCore registered users.

zbrushcore balloon brushMesh Balloon Brush

Mesh Balloon is an amazingly fast brush for creating base meshes that you will then sculpt using the rest of the ZBrushCore feature set. Simply outline your desired shape with the masking lasso. ZBrushCore will instantly turn that outlined shape into an editable mesh. You can then either jump directly to sculpting or you can continue to refine the outline — adding to it, subtracting, or cutting holes. As you modify the shape, the generated model updates in real-time so that you never have to guess what the results will be.

Lasso, circle, rectangle, and curve stroke types are supported, as are alphas. The Selection brush now also supports the precision of Lazy Mouse.

Mesh Balloon creates soft, organic shapes in a balloon-type of effect that is thicker where the enclosed shape is wide and thins near corners.

Space Mouse Support

Navigate in a way that frees you from a keyboard. Using 3Dconnexion’s Spacemouse line gives you the ability to navigate with just a slight touch of the controller cap. Rotate and zoom at the same time or pivot around your point of interest without breaking your sculpting stride.

At this time, these devices are only compatible with ZBrushCore 2021.6.2 and ZBrush 2021.5 or greater.

Thick Skin

For the true sense of adding, removing or moving clay across a surface use Thick Skin. This gives any mesh the appearance of having been sculpted as a fine art piece. Thick Skin can also be used to establish a specific plateau from which to build upon a surface to create scales and other features with consistent height or depth.

Real-time ambient occlusion

Sculpt with real-time render accuracy that captures every stroke applied to your mesh. Real-time ambient occlusion gives you the ability to quickly see which portions of your model might need that extra touch. Bring your creations to life in real-time with the Preview AO (Ambient Occlusion) feature.

Contrast Deformation

Didn’t sculpt those wrinkles deeply enough? Need to enhance the details of those fish scales for a 3D print? The Contrast slider provides you with the ability to globally enhance all sculpting details. Contrast doesn’t just bump the details. It can also be applied to smooth a surface back towards the original state before any sculpting details were applied.

Gizmo 3D Deformers

ZBrushCore includes thirteen of the 27 Deformers found in the full version of ZBrush. Each deformer has a unique feature set to allow quick shape alterations that would not be possible through brush strokes. ZBrushCore 2021.6.2 adds Offset, Inflate, Scale, Skew, Stretch, Smooth and Smooth All.

Close Holes

Need to close off a surface to make it water tight for 3D printing or you just need to close a surface in order to sculpt details across the surface? The Close Holes option provides a single click solution to close off any open surfaces on your model.

Capture & Turntable

Turntables and recording allows you to present your model in a video format by rotating the model around 360° or showing the entire sculpting process from beginning till the end.

Simply set the size and the area to record, and then press the turntable or the record button to start recording your creation.

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Posted by Kim Sternisha