View Full Version : Background Images In ZB like LW?

12-07-2012, 08:44 AM
This is a question for all the Zbrush gurus out there. Is there a way to use background images that can be used for reference like we can in LW? I find this invaluable when modelling something that needs to be a realistic replica. I'm going through Ryan Kingslien's training (awesome by the way) but the zombie character is modelled off the cuff.

12-07-2012, 08:56 AM
Youtube tutorial


12-07-2012, 09:33 AM

12-07-2012, 09:48 AM
Adrian, sorry i don't answer your question, just a general comment.
Yes tutorials....i got zb and i have to say the learning curve is steep, relying entirely on long tutorials, with many steps bypassed or not up to date with the latest zb4r4. The proof is your question. Old fashion instruction booklets where you can simply search for 'background reference picture' in an index, are becoming things of the past. Tutorials are too long in my opinion and are clearly used for advertising, but...that's the way it is, like maths...only fools think that learning maths or chinese MUST be fun and easy. So, to produce those great things zb is capable of, you have to sweat it. I accept that, old brains like mine must probably accept to stick to fewer softwares and these questions about 'which software is the best' become irrelevant at some point, as in my case i could not dedicate enough time to learn them.

Perhaps the fact that it is hard to learn a new software, is actually good. It is a filter to eliminate excessive competition. It is also clearly in the interest of the soft makers to make the learning a bit fuzzy or incomplete, in order to leave some space for a third party tutorial market.

12-07-2012, 10:05 AM
here is an actual video: http://www.pixologic.com/zclassroom/homeroom/lesson/insert-mesh/
You must scroll to "Grid Image Plane "!
This is komfortable, i think.

12-07-2012, 12:03 PM
Totally agree about the fact that it's a steep learning curve. What I'm doing is a little each day (say 15-30 minutes) and I have to say I'm finding it fun even if it is challenging and mentally exhausting! But I'm excited about getting to that stage, as I did with LightWave all those years ago, when it just "clicks" and I can let my creativity run free.

Thanks Rave for the second link - whilst the Youtube one is great there's no sound and right now I need to be hand-held through everything I do :-)

12-10-2012, 02:32 PM
If you want written docs for Zbrush, here' s the link. http://www.pixologic.com/docs/index.php/Reference_Images

Here' s loads of free Zbrush videos

The pixologic website also has lots of tutorial videos to watch and show how to use the new features.

12-11-2012, 03:08 AM
Great links, thanks! I now have literally over a hundred hour of stuff to go through!