ZBrush Sub-Surface Scattering

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In this demonstration Tony Reynolds starts off by creating a sub-surface scatter material in ZBrush and then renders out a portrait with BRP into render layer passes. From there he takes the layers into Photoshop to composite them into a final image.

Tony Reynolds also created the Portrait Production DVD. Make sure to check it out for a wealth of information on skin shading.

kirt (not verified)

January 31, 2011 - 4:51pm

Thanks for taking the time to do this video, I enjoyed it very much. Now I have even more reasons to get your other tutorials.

Carlos Eduardo De la Rosa (not verified)

January 31, 2011 - 8:57pm

WOW... thank you thank you...

Ysengrin (not verified)

January 31, 2011 - 11:38pm

Very nice tutorial and final image, Im just wondering if the sss material is already in zbrush? or you create one by yourself. Thanks It will improve my work a lot!

Anonymous (not verified)

February 1, 2011 - 4:56am


Anonymous (not verified)

February 1, 2011 - 4:56am

thanx alot

Anonymous (not verified)

February 1, 2011 - 4:57am

thank u


February 2, 2011 - 12:09am

Thank you for great tutorial... I have 1 problem. on final composition how to do ambient occlusion as layer mask? can Anyone help me out i am stuck their..

Edit : Got it.. Smiling



February 2, 2011 - 3:54pm



February 2, 2011 - 8:18pm

Ysengrin   - I used the base SSS shader from the DemoSoldierSSS project and altered the settings heavily. My material can be downloaded if you purchase the tutorial.

Anonymous (not verified)

February 4, 2011 - 6:24pm

Please consider supporting Eat 3D by purchasing a HD version of this video that comes with the project files. The purchased version comes with 1 HD MP4 file at 1280x720, the final composited PSD, and the .ZMT zbrush material file.

Anonymous (not verified)

February 4, 2011 - 6:25pm

Thanks for taking the time to do this video, I enjoyed it very much. Now I have even more reasons to get your other tutorials

Anonymous (not verified)

February 4, 2011 - 6:26pm

If you want to "turn off" the diffuse or specular layers in the material, instead of changing values to zero you can click the circle graphic in the shader layer button. It's an on off switch allowing you to deactivate the layer for fine tweaking.

Anonymous (not verified)

February 7, 2011 - 4:32pm

Free vid not working


February 7, 2011 - 4:50pm

The video works fine. You are probably on a network that is blocking RTMP streams. Please check with our network admin. Thanks!!

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March 8, 2011 - 12:28am

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March 9, 2011 - 9:41am


mathew4512 (not verified)

March 10, 2011 - 11:40pm

I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading.Thanks for nice info. It’s useful for me. Can you give me some more information with details Travel Deals

Shiv kumar

April 1, 2011 - 3:53am

hai Gyass

 this video is like to him

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Anonymous (not verified)

July 21, 2011 - 8:51am



September 6, 2011 - 3:30pm

Is there anyway for me to download this video?

I remember sometime ago there was an option to download these free videos by paying. I would like to buy this and another "free" video so I can have them on my computer. But I'm not finding the option anymore. Did you guys stop allowing the download of the free videos? 


December 11, 2011 - 10:24pm



December 11, 2011 - 10:24pm


Mahmoud A.Ali

January 12, 2012 - 1:03pm

very good Tony,i like it.

anand21580 (not verified)

February 2, 2012 - 4:18am


Jay Chi (not verified)

April 23, 2012 - 10:19am

Billion thanks, this is awesome!

Anonymous (not verified)

May 13, 2012 - 9:23am

so good

krishu (not verified)

September 3, 2012 - 9:14am

just thank you is not enough..really awesome and anyway thanks.. lovely

Anonymous (not verified)

November 9, 2012 - 8:14pm

Where can I purchase the this tutorial?


November 10, 2012 - 8:33pm

@Anon, You can't purchase it. It's free Smiling

AliTaheri (not verified)

May 29, 2013 - 8:26pm

Wow Very nice thank you


September 9, 2016 - 1:04pm

very good


September 12, 2016 - 4:18pm

Was the file removed? It download as just 9K for me and when I try to open it is gives me an error.


May 16, 2017 - 12:09pm

I'm a newbie with zbrush and was hopping to try some  of you video tut's


May 16, 2017 - 12:11pm

I guess this video is not available anymore