Customizing Zbrush UI and my interface
Zbrush gets a bad rap for its User Interface and I think that’s due to its overwhelming amount of things you can do and its use of brand spanking new made up terminology. So to a new user it can look a little crazy, but I have something to admit…. I kinda like it. At least I like a specific thing about it, and that’s the customizing. Customizing Zbrush is simple and fast. Open Preferences, click Enable Customize then Hold down Ctrl+Alt and start dragging things around!
I’m not one to normally customize software. I just suck it up and get use to it but with Zbrush it can be a time saver and with how easy it is to change, there’s no excuse not to. There is one bad thing about it all and thats keeping straight all the different files it uses and where they go if you want to save or transport your custom interface. It’d be WAY better if it was just one file, but sadly its several and that is what is confusing. I’m gonna try and set that straight.
Here’s what you need to know:
Zbrush is a large collection of files. Brushes, meshes, materials, hotkeys, tools, everything including interfaces and interface colors. All tucked away in their folders inside the main Zbrush folder.
Then there is the Config file. This file is what stores your configuration of everything inside the app. So what we need to do is load up everything we like and customize the interface how we want, save any necessary files then store our config file so the next time we open Zbrush everything is right where we left it.
My Interface and Hotkeys
Included Materials by Zbro and Glauco Longhi Shout out to those guys for making some of my favorites! be sure to check them out if you haven’t, they both have some tutorials and videos. Zbro has all kinds of stuff
I’ve placed the files in the same directory structure as they should be in your Zbrush directory.
Once all the files are in place load up Zbrush and load the user interface and the Color file, you can also cycle through these by clicking the buttons in the upper right until they come up (it just cycles through files in that folder) The materials and Hotkeys are already ready to go.
Be sure to save your startup config!
Once you get everything all nice and how you like save the config so Zbrush starts up the way you want. Do that by going Preferences>Store Config or feel like you’re programming the Matrix by pressing Ctrl+Shift+I