How To Render A Turntable In ZBrush – A Step-By-Step Guide

Are you looking to create a stunning turntable of your 3D model in ZBrush? Look no further!

In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of rendering a turntable using the Turntable Gallery plugin in ZBrush. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, our easy-to-follow instructions will help you create a beautiful turntable that showcases your model from every angle.

So, grab your favorite beverage and let’s get started!

How To Render Turntable In Zbrush

Step 1: Download the ZBrush Turntable Document

To begin, you will need to download the ZBrush Turntable Document. Simply click on the “Download ZBrush Turntable Document” button and wait for the download to complete. Once it’s finished, unarchive the file and place it into the “ZDocs” folder (ZBrush/ZStartup/ZDocs).

Step 2: Download the Turntable Gallery Plugin

Next, you will need to download the Turntable Gallery Plugin. Click on the “Download Turntable Gallery Plugin” button that is appropriate for your operating system. Once the download is complete, unarchive the file and place it into the “ZPlugs” folder (ZBrush/ZStartup/ZPlugs). If ZBrush is already running, you will need to exit and restart it for the plugin to be activated. The Turntable Gallery plugin will be under the Movie palette.

Step 3: Set Up Your Model

Open ZBrush and click on Document, then Open. Navigate to the turntables.ZBR document you placed in the ZDocs folder and click open. The turntable document is set to 750 pixels wide and 562 pixels high. Do NOT change any of these document settings as it will cause the plugin to automatically resize and reposition your model. Load your tool and position it in the workspace however you see fit.

Step 4: Decide on the Type of Render

BPR will produce the best looking turntable. To use BPR, make sure the BPR button is switched on in the Gallery Turntable menu. Set the options you want in the Render palette. If you want to use Best render, either with BPR or on its own, then press the Best Render button in the Render palette before pressing the plugin’s Render All button.

Step 5: Press the Render All Button

A Save File dialogue box will appear asking you to save the first image file. Create a new folder with the name of your model (e.g. Darktemplar). Then save the file with the name of your model followed by two zeroes (e.g. darktemplar00). Once you have saved the file, the plugin operation will start and the images will be rendered. ZBrush will by default place the folder you created and the files in the ZMovies folder (this can be changed if desired).

Step 6: The Plugin Has Finished

A note will appear saying all images have been exported. To preview your turntable created by the Turntable Gallery plugin, press the Play Movie button in the Movie palette. Note that if you render several turntables in one session, preview movies will be added together into one. To avoid this, delete your last preview before rendering your next turntable.

Step 7: Anti-Aliased BPR Rendered Version

At a cost of render time, you can also produce an anti-aliased BPR Rendered version of your turntable by clicking BPR first before pressing the Turntable button. You can help speed up this process by turning off Shadows, AOcclusion, WaxPreview buttons found under Render>Render Properties prior to clicking BPR.

Step 8: Download and Fill Out Artist Release Form

If you have not already filled out an artist release form, please download a copy below and email it along with your zipped files. Your turntable will not be uploaded to the gallery without this form being signed.

Setting Up Turntable Gallery Preferences

To set up the Turntable Gallery preferences, go to the Movie palette and click on the Turntable button. From here, you can adjust several settings to customize your turntable. The Modifiers section allows you to adjust the speed of the turntable by setting SpinFrames. Use Spin Cycles to increase the number of times the model turns around. You can also use X, Y, Z or Scrn to set the axis of rotation.

Under Preferences, you can choose to render with BPR or Best render. BPR will produce the best quality turntable, but it will take longer to render. Best render will also produce high-quality results, but it is faster than BPR. You can also choose to include floor shadows by turning on the Floor button.

In the Output section, you can choose the size and format of your turntable. The default size is 750 x 562 pixels, but you can increase or decrease this size as needed. You can also choose to save your turntable as a series of images or as a movie file.

Once you have set up your preferences, press the Turntable button to render your turntable. ZBrush will automatically render each frame and save it to your specified output location. Once the rendering is complete, you can preview your turntable by pressing the Play Movie button in the Movie palette.

By customizing your Turntable Gallery preferences, you can create stunning turntables that showcase your models in the best possible light.