Joseph Drust’s MatCap Baker plugin in action, in a fan video created by YouTube user zbro z.
Ubisoft lead character artist Joseph Drust has released two new free ZBrush plugins: Insert MeshMaster and MatCap Baker. (Actually, they came out earlier, but we only spotted them in a recent Pixologic newsletter.)
Insert MeshMaster speeds up the creation of Insert Mesh brushes by combining settings from the Stroke Panel and Brush Palette.
MatCap Baker creates a baked MatCap texture from a UV-ed model. According to the Pixologic newsletter, it applies the texture and a displacement map to a Plane3D object, allowing for MatCap extraction.
The plugins are available from the ZBrushCentral website alongside seven accompanying real-time videos recorded by Drust showing the new tools in ZBrush 4R4 in use to model gear for military characters.
Read the thread on ZBrushCentral (includes download links and the accompanying videos)