Best 3D Painting Software

3D painting software enables user to add color and detail to 3D objects created with 3D modeling software. These products provide various paintbrush tools and colors to customize models, as well as sculpting and texturing functions to add depth and detail to characters and environments. These products are often used by animators and graphic designers to prepare models for implementation in games, movies, and other forms of media, as well as 3D rendered images. 3D painting tools are often included as a feature in 3D modeling programs, but can also be sold as standalone solutions.

To qualify for inclusion in the 3D Painting category, a product must:

  • Be included in or import images from 3D modeling programs
  • Provide a variety of brushes and tools for painting, sculpting, and detailing 3D models
  • Allow users to save in-progress and finished projects for immediate use or to be uploaded into 3D rendering or animation platforms

3D Painting Software Grid® Overview

The best 3D Painting Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Mudbox, ZBrush, and Substance Painter
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders High Performers include: 3D Coat
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution.
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Sculptris
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    Create and modify high-quality 3D geometry and textures with intuitive digital sculpting and painting tools.


    ZBrush is a digital sculpting and painting program that has revolutionized the 3D industry with its powerful features and intuitive workflows. Built within an elegant interface, ZBrush offers the world’s most advanced tools for today’s digital artists. With an arsenal of features that have been developed with usability in mind, ZBrush creates a user experience that feels incredibly natural while simultaneously inspiring the artist within. With the ability to sculpt up to a billion polygons, ZBrush allows you to create limited only by your imagination. Designed around a principle of circularity, the menus in ZBrush work together in a non-linear and mode-free method. ZBrush gives you all of the tools needed to quickly sketch out a 2D or 3D concept and then take that idea all the way to completion. You can create realistic renders directly in ZBrush with lighting and atmospheric effects. With the many powerful export options, you can easily prepare your model for 3D printing or use within any other digital application. Because ZBrush users are enabled by its powerful software processing, you can sculpt and paint with millions of polygons without having to worry about purchasing expensive graphics cards. It is for this reason why ZBrush is used by everyone from art enthusiast to major film and games studios. Leave technical hurdles and steep learning curves behind, as you sculpt and paint with familiar brushes and tools.


    Substance Painter gives you all the tools you need to texture your 3D assets.


    3D-Coat is the one application that has all the tools you need to take your 3D idea from a block of digital clay all the way to a production ready, fully textured organic or hard surface model.



    Cheetah3D is a powerful and easy to learn 3D modeling, rendering and animation application which was developed from the ground up for Mac OS X.


    The easiest way to create in 3D... and the most fun!


    Ultimate Unwrap 3D is a specialty Windows UV mapping tool for unfolding and unwrapping 3D models.


    Geomagic Freeform is a multi-purpose 3D sculpting design platform that lets you create complex, sculptural, production-ready 3D models and quickly prepare them for 3D printing, or mold and die manufacturing.


    Sculpt equips you with virtual clay to take the intimidation out of making something from nothing. Mold, modify or mash-up an original design or import and adapt an existing model with ease. Sculpt is intuitive, versatile and the ultimate empowerment tool for 3D design.


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