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    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

    Top 6 3D Painting Software

    • Substance Painter
    • Mudbox
    • ZBrush
    • 3D Coat
    • Sculptris
    • Cheetah 3D

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    (31)4.7 out of 5

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

    (47)4.1 out of 5
    Entry Level Price:$240 for 3 years

    Create and modify high-quality 3D geometry and textures with intuitive digital sculpting and painting tools.

    (77)4.6 out of 5

    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, ZBru

    (20)4.3 out of 5
    Entry Level Price:568 USD

    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.

    (20)3.9 out of 5

    (12)3.7 out of 5

    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.

    (14)4.2 out of 5

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

    (7)4.1 out of 5

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

    (4)3.6 out of 5

    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.

    Build complex scenes and render beautiful final frames with 3D animation software

    (27)4.0 out of 5

    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.

    (1)4.5 out of 5

    Allegorithmic, an Adobe company, is the developer behind Substance, the industry standard for texturing and material authoring.

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    3D Coat
    Cheetah 3D
    Substance Painter
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