ZBrushCore 2021.6.2 Notes

Matthew Yetter
Matthew Yetter
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Maxon is pleased to release ZBrushCore 2021.6.2.

This new version makes ZBrushCore more powerful, bringing it in line with the current ZBrush feature set while maintaining its vision of being a stand-alone sculpting application.

Many of the new features are shown being used in our live stream:

ZBrushCore 2021.6.2 Special Event Stream





Mesh Balloon

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.

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.

More Deformers

The following Deformers have been added to those previously included with ZBrushCore:

Offset, Inflate, Scale, Skew, Stretch, Smooth, Smooth All


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.


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.

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.

Turntable Movies

Render a turntable movie to show your model off from all sides. This can then be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo for sharing on ZBrushCentral or elsewhere.

3DConnexion 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.

These devices are only compatible with ZBrushCore 2021.6.2 and ZBrush 2021.5 or above.


In addition to the major updates listed above, ZBrushCore includes enhancements in other areas:

  • The last saved project will now be opened when ZBrushCore starts. (Can be disabled in Preferences.)
  • Sticky Hotkeys can be turned on in Preferences. This feature allows you to control a slider by holding its hotkey and then moving the cursor left or right to adjust its value. Releasing the hotkey saves the setting.
  • LazyMouse has been added to brushes that use the Lasso feature.


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