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Project Overview: Tough Guy

By Rudy Massar
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Date Added: 31st May 2013
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ZBrush

When you have accidentally ended a line below the green circle, you have to redraw that line again. First you need to get rid of the existing lines. Hold down Alt (or Option on Mac) and draw little horseshoes that embrace the ends of the polygon lines (Fig.11).

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Fig. 11

Creating the New Mesh

When you don't want thickness, set the brush size to 1. Click somewhere on the body to create the new mesh.

Now we need to separate the jersey from the body. Since the body is a duplicate, we can hide and delete this part. With Ctrl + Shift pressed, click on the body. This will hide the jersey, but when you click the body again it will swap the two pieces. Now with the body hidden, go to the Geometry tab of the Tool palette, open Modify Topology and press Del Hidden.

Hemline

The hemlines can be created in a few simple steps. Because the borders of the jersey are ring loops, you can easily select them in ZBrush:

1. With the Lasso Selection brush active, hold down Ctrl + Shift and click exactly on an edge to hide the entire ring.
2. Do the same with the other borders so only the middle part of the jersey remains. Next, open the Polygroup tab and hit GroupVisible.
3. With these polygroups we can easily select the loops of the jersey. Hold down Ctrl + Shift and click on one of the ring loops. This will hide the mid-part of the jersey.
4. Left with the loops on screen, open the Edge loop of the geometry tab. Here you'll find the new Panel Loops feature.
5. This function can be used to extrude the hemlines with the following settings:

• Loops: 1
• Double: Off
• Thickness: 0.01
• Polish: 0
• Bevel: 0

6. Now the loops are extruded, we need to crease the edges because we don't want the edges entirely smooth when subdividing the mesh (Fig.12).

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Fig. 12


Crease Edges

We can use the CTolerance settings so ZBrush can crease the ZTool automatically. Using a value of 60 for the Crease Tolerance gives a perfect result. Because we also don't want hard edges all the way, set the CreaseLvl to 2. This means that after the second subdivision level, the crease edge doesn't apply anymore and the edges will be smooth. This technique will produce nice round edges (Fig.13).

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Fig. 13





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