In-Person Seminar

ZBrush for Rhino Seminar

Goldfish rendering project
Learn to sculpt models using ZBrush, add setting with gemstone and create photorealistic renderings of your creations.

An Introduction to CAD modeling with ZBrush software

The ZBrush for Rhino seminar is a comprehensive introduction to the basics of ZBrush that creates a foundation for working with models created in both Rhino and ZBrush. You’ll be taught by GIA instructors with experience in the gem and jewelry industry and CAD modeling for jewelry.

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CAD modelers are learning that experience with ZBrush digital modeling software is quickly becoming a skill preferred by many employers. ZBrush is a popular digital sculpting and painting software used by jewelry designers, film studios, game developers, automakers, illustrators, advertisers, scientists and other artists the world over. Its features enable you to use customizable brushes to shape, texture and paint virtual clay that provides an organic look difficult to replicate with other software.


3D Fish charm model

What You'll Learn

  • How to navigate the ZBrush interface
  • Introductory sculpting techniques in ZBrush
  • A variety of workflows for adding complex surface details to a Rhino model in ZBrush
  • How to export a model from ZBrush and import into Rhino
  • How to apply gemstone settings to a mesh
  • ZBrush production settings for 3D printing

Participants will be provided a handbook of all the seminar lessons.


  • Participants must have a minimum of one year of experience with CAD modeling in Rhino3D or be a graduate of the GIA Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry course as a prerequisite to this course.
  • A license for ZBrush. A free 30 day trial is available
  • On-campus COVID vaccination requirements


This in-person seminar is offered at the GIA campus in Carlsbad, CA. The number of attendees will be limited to ensure the best experience possible.

  • March 14 - 18, 2022; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific Time)
  • August 29 - September 2, 2022; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific Time)


$1,600 USD (GIA Alumni receive a 10% discount) 


Please complete the online registration form. You will be provided information about how to access the platform after your registration is confirmed.

The continuing education offerings offered by the GIA Alumni Association™ are considered avocational or recreational in nature and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit bearing and do not lead to a GIA academic credential. They are not eligible for state or federal student financial aid programs and do not fall under the approval of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Course content, instructors and schedules are subject to change. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals and transportation.