Using Reference in ZBrush

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In this demonstration, Joe Harford goes over using reference inside of ZBrush.

He shows multiple ways to to efficiently set up and use reference images for many different situations within ZBrush including the grid method, spotlight, imageplane & seethrough mode.

About the Instructor:
Joe Harford is a Freelance artist passionate about high quality production artwork. He has worked with Crytek, Ubisoft, Playground and other AAA studios and now works freelance on games and cinematics. Check out his website here: 


February 21, 2013 - 5:21am

Good job, pal!

franhazard (not verified)

February 25, 2013 - 8:24am

Really love this tutorial. Just little tip you may found usefull when using Spotlight as references images. If need to use another sculpting brushes while using spotlight you can go in:
Brush Menu/Samples Subpalette/Spotlight Projection->Switch Off

I hope it helps

thanks for the free tutorials dudes!!

s3 (not verified)

February 28, 2013 - 4:02am

Thanks for the comprehensive tutorial, Joe.

Anonymous (not verified)

March 5, 2013 - 12:34pm

new DVDs ??


March 7, 2013 - 2:03am


Soon Smiling

Anonymous (not verified)

March 8, 2013 - 7:33pm

Hey Joseph

Great look at the the available ways to use references, as you said, reference is key.

You can use all tools when using spotlight, Uncheck "Spotlight projection" found in the "brush/samples" menu.

Zbrush alway assumes you are going to paint the texture so freezes out the sculpting features until you tell it so

Spotlight is boss!

Keep up the class videos Laughing out loud

PeteMac (not verified)

March 8, 2013 - 7:35pm

Didnt see someone added the tip before, my bad Laughing out loud

Anonymous (not verified)

June 19, 2013 - 9:31pm

Hey Joseph
I was wondering if there is a way to get this video for watching again in future without always have to do streaming it.. If their is a tutorial DVD for it I would definitely purchase it for future viewing to reminder myself of the different ways to use reference in zbrush..

mohammad-v (not verified)

August 3, 2013 - 11:24pm

I really appreciate that.I think it's the only video on the net about this technique.