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Export Polypaint from Zbrush to Blender


Rico Cilliers writes:

Quite a few people have asked about this, here's a video that explains how I get polypaint color information from Zbrush to Blender.

You can download MeshLab here (it's free and open source)

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Rico Cilliers

My name is Rico Cilliers, and I live in Pretoria, South Africa. I've been doing cg art and design for around 8 years now, I'm completely self taught in almost all areas of digital art... from 2D painting and design to sculpting, modelling/texturing and animation, but I specialize in modelling and texturing (high or low-poly asset creation), and character design & modelling.


  1. There's an easier way to do this, without the need for Meshlab: just export as an FBX (Zplugin ➔ FBX Import/Export) and import the file in Blender. FBX contains vertex colors.
    This also works the other way round: you can export a vertex-painted mesh from Blender to ZBrush using the FBX format.
    An additional remark: ZBrush uses a different way of vertex painting than Blender. Blender's method is true vertex painting, while ZBrush uses polygons to store paint data. This may cause slight differences when importing a vertex-painted mesh from Blender into Zbrush, but not the other way round, because Blender's vertex color method is more accurate and maintains all of ZBrush's vertex color data.

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