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Vector Displacement Maps (VDM) now in Blender!


Jan van den Hemel writes:

Vector Displacement Maps, for years an amazing feature in ZBrush, are now available in a Patch Build of Blender 3.5. For sculpting this is huge news.

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Jan van den Hemel

Hi, my name is Jan and I help companies by creating short videos for their websites and internal use, mostly as a freelancer for agencies. I post daily one-minute tutorials for Blender users and wrote the popular "Blender Secrets" e-books.


  1. What would make this feature even more powerful is if it was combined with vertex colour painting. So you could have a brush for a vector displacement map with colours as well, and add something like a whole coloured detail onto something in one brush stroke. Just click and bam there's a rusted bolt or flesh toned ear or whatever.

  2. I'm new to Blender and I'd like to use the VDM but have no clue how to import it. I know how to install add-ons but I don't see the file I downloaded in the Add-ons. So how do I install the VDM?

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