Sculptris – Product Review

Sculptris – Product Review

Product Description:

Sculptris is an elegant, powerful and yet easy to use 3D sculpting software, allowing the artist in you to simply focus on creating amazing 3D artwork. Gone are the technical and often tedious constraints typically associated with digital art.

If you’re new to the world of digital sculpting, Sculptris is the ideal ground on which to get started. If on the other hand you’re experienced in CG, what you will find in Sculptris is a blazingly fast way to realize your concepts.Sculptris

It’s intuitive, fun and user friendly, so you can focus as an artist on pure creativity.

What’s more, the skills you learn with Sculptris directly translate to ZBrush. The models that you create with Sculptris can even be sent to ZBrush with the click of a button using the GoZ™ functionality!

Since releasing our award-winning ZBrush more than a decade ago, Pixologic has become recognized for bringing ground-breaking innovations into the world of digital art.

ZBrush is the most widely-used digital sculpting application in today’s market and is the industry Standard. When you’re ready to take your Sculptris creations to the next level for detailing, rendering and integration into even the largest of projects, we welcome you to ZBrush with its host of robust, unique and revolutionary tools.

Review:

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Sculptris from Pixologic, the makers of Zbrush, is a 3D sculpting program with a simplified interface and focused toolset robust enough to create high quality 3d models that can be further refined with Zbrush.  I love Zbrush but when it comes to sculpting it can be quite a challenge to deal with Zbrush’s complex interface. Pixologic has simplified this by creating Sculptris which is also of benefit to those who do not wish to pay the $600+ for Zbrush.

Your toolset includes smooth, inflate, pinch, rotate, flatten and other actions. You can increase the size and strength of your brush and symmetry allows anything you do to the object to be done on both sides at the same time.  Chances are you already know all this. What you really want to know is how Sculptris stacks up to the rest, is it easy to use and are there any issues.

The interface is very easy to use and you can paint/texture the model directly in Sculptris.  What I really love about Sculptris is how easy it is to use with a Wacom Tablet.  I couldn’t do that very well with Zbrush.  Painting and texturing is about as easy and self explanatory as it can get. A stark contrast from Zbrush’s complexity.  I’ve experimented with every 3d sculpting package as well as Blender’s sculpt tools and Sculptris is the easiest to use and with Wacom accessibility it’s a breeze to model.

One of the things I’d like to see included with Sculptris and other 3D modeling programs is a much greater stock library of basic models to start sculpting from.

I encourage you to view image galleries of sculpted 3d models not just from Sculptris but from other tools as well.  Artists have done some amazing stuff.

If you are new to 3d digital sculpting then I would recommend picking up a good book or find some good Youtube videos on clay sculpting before you start creating your masterpieces.  One of the reasons I can jump in and create professional looking models is because I’ve had experience with clay sculpting in the past.  – Written by: Richard Green

Check Sculptris out for free at Pixologic.com

Demonstration videos:

I’ve included a hand picked playlist of Sculptris videos to show you what the software can do.


Check Sculptris out for free at Pixologic.com

Sculptris Requirements

Sculptris is hardware rendered. More powerful graphics cards will yield a more fluid sculpting experience. Please ensure that your video card drivers are up to date by visiting the chipset manufacturer’s website. (NVidia, Intel or AMD/ATI).

Windows

Operating System: Windows XP SP2/Vista/Seven.
Processor: 1Ghz Pentium 4 and above (or compatible).
Memory: 1 GB of RAM.
Graphic Card: ATI or NVidia card with openGL 2.0 support.
Screen Resolution: 1024×768

Recommended: Wacom or compatible graphics tablet

Mac OSX

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5/10.6.
Processor: 2Ghz core 2 duo and above (or compatible).
Memory: 1 GB of RAM.
Graphic Card: ATI or NVidia card with openGL 2.0 support.

Screen Resolution: 1024×768
Recommended: Wacom or compatible graphics tablet

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