2D/3D Program News

Quick Poser Tip: Measurement Tools - Updated
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Thursday, 12 July 2018 10:00

With Poser users asking, "How tall is Paul?", we thought this would be a good time to resurface this blog post by Charles Taylor. Poser 11 and Poser Pro 11 include the Measurement Tool, which can help you scale the height of most figures.

Jewelry Design in ZBrush at Evotech Pacific Symposium August 24-25
Source:  Pixologic: ZBrush Blog
Monday, 09 July 2018 19:40

Jewelry designer and Pixologic friend Nacho Riesco is going to be a presenter at the Ecotech Pacific Jewellery Tech Symposium in Sydney this August. If you find yourself in Australia next month, the event takes place August 24th and 25th at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. Nacho will be covering techniques to create organic jewelry designs using ZBrush as well as offering one on one tutorials. As most jewelry design is still done using CAD based workflow, Nacho offers a progressive and most importantly, artistic approach to modern jewelry making which you can learn about firsthand!

Zbrush is my main tool, from concept to final product. I don’t use any external CAD software, so I have been developing all the ZBrush software’s potential to apply it into jewellery design.

See examples of Nacho Riesco’s jewelry designs on ZBrushCentral

Learn more and purchase tickets to the event here!

ZBrush Summit 2018 News
Source:  Pixologic: ZBrush Blog
Monday, 02 July 2018 19:00

 ZBrush Summit 2018 News

The 2018 ZBrush Summit is fast approaching!

The ZBrush Summit is a three day event happening September 28 through 30 in Los Angeles, CA and streaming LIVE around the world.

You can look forward to presentations from top ZBrush artists, the Live Sculpt-Off, interviews, contests and the annual ZBrush Awards.


There will also be ZBrush workshops taught by some of the most prominent artists in a variety of industries! Whether you are interested in VFX or film, video game asset creation, character design, or simply want to sharpen your ZBrush skills, you can learn from the best in the business with this special opportunity. Workshops have limited availability and must be registered for in advance. 

Stay tuned for the schedule and registration information.

In addition to the exclusive workshops, the ZBrush Summit will be offering a full slate of live presentations that will be streamed LIVE around the world. Of course, the best seats in the house are in the studio (there’s nothing like being there in person!) but no matter where you are, you can be in on the action. You can even communicate directly with the presenters via social media and possibly have your questions answered live.


Friday, September 28

  • Kris Costa
  • ZBrush in Digic’s Character Workflow
  • Blur Studios
  • Framestore: Pushing Characters Through the Pipe
  • Pixologic Demo

Saturday, September 29

  • Method Studios: Creating Creatures for Spots & Features
  • Double Negative: ZBrush Kaiju Creation for ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’
  • Santa Monica Studios: Creating Modular Architectural Assets Using ZBrush
  • Pablo Munoz Gomez: Make it Happen in ZBrush – The Workflow
  • Zack Petroc: Using ZBrush to Create Content for Story Pitches
  • ZBrush Awards Ceremony

Sunday, September 30

  • Michael Pavlovich: Using ZBrush to Facilitate Smarter Production
  • Epic Games: Fortnite
  • Insomniac Games: How ZBrush Helped Build Spider-Man
  • Joe Menna: Engineering Toys & Collectibles for Production


Are three days of ZBrush action not enough for you? You’re in luck! On September 27 we will once again be holding the Live ZBrush Sculpt-Off, featuring twelve artists in each of two categories (Organic and Hard-Surface) going head-to-head in a themed ZBrush sculpting competition. You can watch the event unfold during a LIVE stream and then vote for the winners. 

Throughout the past year, you’ve been voting on your favorite images posted here at ZBrushCentral and we are pleased to now announce the nominees for 2018. Every post between June 15, 2017 and June 14, 2018 was eligible for an award. 

Please congratulate all of this year’s nominees. Their work has been exceptional! 

Then come to the ZBrush Summit, where this year’s winners will be announced live at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 29th, 2018. For those of you who cannot attend the Summit in person, it will also be LiveStreamed to the world.

The nominees contending for this year’s awards are:


In addition to those listed above, there will also be an 
HONORARY AWARD. This is traditionally given to a luminary of the industry — someone who has had great impact not only within the digital art world but also for ZBrush itself. The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at a later date.

To qualify for a nomination, works must have been posted at ZBC between June 15, 2017 and June 14, 2018. Nominations for threads required a minimum of 6 images. ZBrush must have been an integral part of the creation process to qualify. For collaborations (including studios), all artists names will be present on the award that both worked on the project and posted images within the winning ZBrushCentral thread.

Don’t forget that you can already vote for the winners of next year’s awards! Just click the Vote button found over any image throughout the year running from June 15, 2018 through June 14, 2019.

Sign up here to get on the official ZBrush Summit mailing list and be among the first to be notified about all Summit-related announcements!

We look forward to seeing you there! 

How To Make Beautiful Realistic Physical Materials in Poser - Updated
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:00

Originally published by Charles Taylor in September 2016, we have had several questions about Cycles lately and thought it might be a good time to remind Poser users of this blog. 

FREE Moho Content and World Cup Animation Contest
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Friday, 15 June 2018 13:45

In honor of the 2018 World Cup, we are providing you with free content used in our World Cup animation, along with an animation contest! 

To celebrate the start of the 2018 World cup, Smith Micro has a surprise for Moho users! If you haven’t watched our World Cup animation yet, check it out below!

Adding a 3D Effect to Your Pictures with Moho Pro 12! - Updated
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 11:00

Originally published in October 2016, we think Moho users will find this useful to help liven up their pictures with 3D effects.

Smart Warp is one of the most exciting features included in Moho Pro 12. This feature is powerful, yet so easy to use. It allows you to create a mesh and use it to animate images in any way you want.

Channel Your Inner Stan Lee With Poser - Updated
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:15

Originally published in January 2016, we thought it was worth resurfacing to show an important part of the Poser feature set, in this case for comic book creators.   

Rebel Against the Ordinary - Expand your Creative Horizons with Rebelle 3
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Monday, 30 April 2018 18:51

For years we've been providing illustrators, animators, designers and digital artists with the tools they need to unleash their creativity. That is why we are excited to expand our portfolio of graphics software solutions with Rebelle 3, the best real-media painting software available on the market.

Whether you're just starting out with digital art or you're a seasoned professional, Rebelle 3 will expand your creative horizons by enabling you to use realistic watercolors and acrylics to produce stunning, true-to-life artwork on your Mac or PC.

4 Steps to Animating Your Toys in Moho - Updated
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:46

Originally published in May 2016, we felt it was important to bring this to the surface. As you will see, this can have broad appeal to not only the professional animator, but also to the hobbyist just looking to get started. Happy Animating!  

With Moho you can animate just about any object you'd like! Just take a photo of it and go from there! In this post we will show you how to animate your Teddy bear as an example (because we know you still have one)!

4 Ways Poser Pro 11.1 Speeds Up Your Visual FX Pipeline
Source:  GRA-FIX The Smith Micro Software Graphics Blog
Thursday, 12 April 2018 14:20

Originally published in July 2016, this article has been updated for Poser Pro 11.1 with additional ways Poser can improve this important process.  

Today’s artists and studios need to increase the efficiency of their production pipelines. That requires the best technology to be successful. For freelance artists and teams that are part of a large production studio, Poser Pro 11.1 offers several ways to create your 3D art more efficiently. Here are just a few of the ways you can speed up your visual effects pipeline with Poser Pro 11.1.

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