ZBrush 2021 review

Is Pixologic's latest version of ZBrush worth the upgrade?

5 Star Rating
ZBrush 2021.5
(Image: © Pixologic)

Our Verdict

ZBrush 2021.5 is a solid release packed with creative and helpful features.


  • Curve Helper makes placing pipes and ropes a breeze
  • Real-time ambient occlusion
  • ZModeler enhancements
  • Support for 3DConnexion devices


  • No revamp or interface design

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For over 20 years now Pixologic has released its annual ZBrush upgrade, and this time followed it up with an additional point release. Although this 2021.5 release may offer nothing in the way of a revamp or interface redesign, it does add more power into already established areas of the program. (Also note that an even newer 2021.6 release is already available, which builds further on the release reviewed here).

The most noticeable new feature in 2021 was the addition of a Dynamics panel adding cloth functionality. This was a well-needed addition as competing programmes like Blender (and others in our best 3D modelling software roundup) have already added strong dynamic cloth tools and specific cloth brushes are available in their sculpting featureset. 

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The Verdict

out of 10

Pixologic Zbrush 2021

ZBrush 2021.5 is a solid release packed with creative and helpful features.

Glen Southern

Glen runs SouthernGFX, a small Cheshire-based studio specialising in character and creature design, which creates assets for TV and film. Clients include SKY, Wacom and Oculus Medium and the studio has an impressive project list that features 3D models for Game of Thrones' house sigils. He's been using and training ZBrush for over 15 years and is a Wacom Ambassador for the UK and Ireland.