This Quick Start learning path is targeted at students and artists wanting to get up to speed learning ZBrush fast. Throughout the five tutorials in this learning path you'll take a step-by-step approach to learning everything from how to navigate ZBrush's interface, sculpting and texturing techniques as well as how to efficiently take advantage of such features as DynaMesh and FiberMesh. After completing this learning path you'll have the solid foundation in ZBrush that you'll need to move onto some of the more advanced ZBrush tutorials here at Digital-Tutors.
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Q: What is a Quick Start learning path? How do I use them and how are they different than other learning paths? A. While learning paths are a great method of organizing courses into levels, the courses in regular learning paths are still independent of each other. This means that you will be presented with different projects throughout the learning path. Think of Quick Starts as that perfect blend between a traditional learning path, the Skill-Builder series and even the popular Production Pipeline series. Quick Start learning paths are designed from the ground up to be a series of courses that should be watched together and in a specific order. Another difference with Quick Start learning paths are the assignments at the end of each course to help you be able to implement the techniques you've learned into your own projects better. As with other learning paths, we recommend that you start with the first course and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially.
Q: Do I need to know ZBrush to follow along with this learning path? A. No. This learning path is a great jumping off point for anyone who wants to learn ZBrush, regardless of whether or not you're a student who is completely new to ZBrush or an experienced artist who is wanting to add another software program to your toolbelt.
Q. Are there any tutorials that I should watch before starting this learning path? A. It is important to keep in mind that this learning path is focusing on teaching ZBrush and not 3D in general. So if you are completely new to 3D overall, we recommend that you watch the CG101 tutorials first to become familiar with some of the universal 3D terminology that will be used in this learning path.
Q. Where do I go after completing this learning path? A. After completing this learning path you'll be ready to take on some of the more advanced ZBrush learning paths here at Digital-Tutors.
Q. Can I get a Certificate of Achievement for passing all of the tests in this learning path? A. We don't currently have the ability to get a single Certificate of Achievement for an entire learning path. When you pass a test in this learning path you will receive a separate Certificate of Achievement for each course.
Q: How is the Quick Start to ZBrush learning path different than any of the other ZBrush learning paths at Digital-Tutors? A. This learning path focuses on teaching you the basics of using ZBrush. Unlike the How to Get Started in ZBrush learning path that uses a series of different projects throughout the learning path, this learning path uses a single project across the entire learning path to give a more focused step-by-step process of getting you up and running in ZBrush.
Q: Do I have to follow along with the tutorial? Can I work on my own project? A. We highly recommend that you follow along with the project in this learning path before attempting to venture off onto your own project. You'll notice that this learning path has numerous hands-on exercises built into the courses that are targeted at teaching you how to better transfer the knowledge you've learned into your own projects.
Q. What if I have questions while going through this learning path? A. We have set up a community specifically as a place for you to ask technical questions. Our community is frequented by the Digital-Tutors instructors, staff members, moderators and other helpful members that can answer your questions as you learn. You can get to the community by clicking this link.
Q: What if the version of ZBrush in the tutorial is different than what I have? Can I still follow along? A. Yes! While there are certainly new tools and features that get added with each new version of ZBrush, a majority of the core techniques taught are the same and can be transferred easily from version to version. Just keep in mind that due to file version differences it may not be possible to open project files that were created in a newer version of ZBrush if you're using an older version. And of course you can always post questions on our forums if you ever come across something that looks different in your version of ZBrush than in the tutorial.