Blender Texture Brushes

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  • Blender allows us to sculpt with textures to add fine detail to each brush stroke.
  • In ZBrush this feature is called sculpting with alphas, but the principle is a little easier to understand in Blender (at least for me).
  • Here’s how to add a texture to a sculpt brush in Blender.
  • First, enter Sculpt Mode at the bottom of the screen and pick your favourite brush on the top right.
  • Scroll down to find the Texture menu.
  • By default there’s no texture applied, as shown by the red and white checkerboard icon.
  • Hit New and the icon will turn black, still indicating there’s no texture to be seen.

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We’ll see one pop up here as soon as we choose one. Now head over to the Properties Palette and find the Texture menu. It looks just like the red and white checkerboard icon from before, but it’s located on the right hand side of the screen.

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  • superfly

    Under Type, you can either pick one of your own files (choose Image or Movie from the list), or select from a variety of built-in textures.

    Written June 20, 2018
  • Take a look at the Preview to see what they look like.
  • Note that your own images will be turned into a black and white (alpha) image.
  • Now grab your sculpt brush and make a stroke on your object.
  • Alas there’s fine detail in your sculpting endeavours! Sometimes it’s difficult to see those fine additions with the default grey material.
  • Vantika

    Thankfully there’s a way to apply a different material to our objects while we sculpt, exactly like there is in ZBrush.

    Written August 17, 2020
  • DawkinsDog

    This feature is called Matcap and can be found under the Shading Tab on the right hand side of the viewport (press N to bring up that palette – I don’t really know what it’s called).

    Written October 20, 2020
  • wenth

    Tick the Matcap box and up comes a material selector. Click it to choose from a variety of different surfaces, some more shiny than others.

    Written February 18, 2021
  • The dark red clay looks almost exactly like in ZBrush, in case you ever get homesick 🙂.
  • gizmo_thunder

    Modified1 month ago. I want to add raged holes into demon wings, I'm using an opacity texture with alpha hashed.

    Written April 27, 2021
  • But the normal texture paint brush leaves mush to soft edges.
  • What kind of brushes would I need to do general texture painting. And I'm not looking for fancy alpha textures that leave scratch details and so on.
  • Would a simple round and square brush be enough to do all basic painting.
  • I think that the key to your main question is to look at manipulation of Falloff in the Brush settings.
  • I here have an example of each of the default falloff curves as brush strokes so that you can see how the edges fare.
  • 8,15822 gold badges1616 silver badges3737 bronze badges$\endgroup$2.
  • 1616 silver badges3737 bronze badges. Creating a texture for Blender from scratch can often be an extremely gratifying endeavor.
  • When you're short on time or are more interested in other aspects of the process, however, using free textures for Blender that you find online will usually be sufficient, especially when you're still learning.
  • KhaledPyC

    Not all free Blender materials are created equally, however.

    Written November 12, 2021
  • zimmerman

    Here are six of our most trusted sources for free Blender textures that will never disappoint. Only a very special type of curmudgeon can claim to hate Andrew Price, the energetic personality behind the hugely-popular Blender Guru YouTube channel. If you're a fan, you've likely heard him mention his own pet brand, Poliigon. The Poliigon site acts as an asset resource for 3D artists, and everything that you'll find on it comes directly from Andrew and his team.

    While much of what Poliigon offers is unfortunately not free, there are still plenty of textures, models, HDRIs, and brushes that you can try in your own work without handing over a dime.

    Price is a Blender prodigy in his own right, so nothing that you find on his site will be second-rate by any stretch of the imagination.

    Written April 01, 2022
  • studiosplatter

    These photorealistic textures can be used in any 3D software, too, not just Blender itself.

    Written April 03, 2022
  • Rodrigo_Martinho

    The same goes for any of the other texture downloads on this list. Poly Haven doesn't just offer the artist free textures for Blender—everything that you'll find on the Poly Haven site is covered by a CC0 Creative Commons license, which means you're free to use them in any way and in any context, no royalties or attribution required.

    Written April 22, 2022
  • Rodrigo_Martinho

    Much of the work is donated, but plenty comes exclusively from the Poly Haven team. MAKEUSEOF VIDEO OF THE DAY.

    Written April 22, 2022
  • cosmiK777

    This platform doesn't even ask you to sign up before browsing and downloading Blender materials.

    Written April 22, 2022