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DAZ 3D Alternatives

DAZ 3D is described as 'Unlike most 3D software, where 3D objects are usually created from scratch, DAZ Studio is designed to allow users to manipulate "ready to use" models and figures' and is a 3D Modeler in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to DAZ 3D for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like DAZ 3D are MakeHuman, Bforartists, DesignDoll and Poser.

DAZ 3D alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be 3D Animators or VFX Software. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of DAZ 3D.
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  1. Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking.

    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBlender offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Blender, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ Animation RiggingBlender supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBlender can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Node BasedBlender supports node editing, a form of visual programming that gives you full control over the rendering.
    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Blender.
    ⚫︎ Physically-Based RenderingPrecise rendering method for Blender to represent of how light interacts with material properties.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBlender is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
    Blender vs DAZ 3D opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Blender is still a legitimate alternative to DAZ 3D, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Too many steps to get the same results you can get in DAZ with just a few clicks. Blender has a steep learning curve and is not straight forward enough.

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    Blender is a full 3D program to create things from scratch, whereas DAZ is mainly to adjust premade models.

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    MakeHuman

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    MakeHuman is an interactive modelling tool for creating realistic 3D human characters. These models can be exported to several computer graphics and animation platforms including Blender, Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, OpenSim and Second Life.

    ⚫︎ Parametric ModelingMakeHuman can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingMakeHuman offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    MakeHuman vs DAZ 3D opinions
    Most users think MakeHuman is a great alternative to DAZ 3D.

    Similar functionality for morphing, posing, and dressing human figures. Less ready-made content, but that's offset by the fact that it's free. Pairs well with Blender which is also free.

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    Bforartists

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • MorphOS

    Bforartists is a complete 3D suite to create 3D content. It offers you the full 3D art pipeline to create game graphics, prerendered movies and stills.

    ⚫︎ Motion CaptureYou can capture and modify/animate faces, gestures, movements or objects within the Bforartists.
    ⚫︎ Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Bforartists, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableBforartists is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightBforartists consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ 3D SculptingBforartists offers tools to push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch to manipulate a 3D model.
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    DesignDoll

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Create a personalized sketch doll and make it pose. Design Doll allows the manipulation of sketch doll 3D models and the use of custom models and props imported from other programs or bought from its own marketplace.

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    Poser

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Poser is a 3D rendering software package for the posing, animating and rendering of 3D polymesh human and animal figures.

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    Most users think Poser is a great alternative to DAZ 3D.


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    VRoid Studio

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Steam

    VRoid Studio is a 3D character creation software developed for you to freely express yourself, even without 3D modeling expertise. The software is easy-to-use.

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    Xnalara

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    XnaPosingStudio is a "XNA Model Viewer" and 3D posing software based on (and compatible to) XNALara, for any 3D character. With a rather rudimentary way to make a keyframe animation. Free of charge.

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    JustSketchMe

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    JustSketchMe is an intuitive online tool for artists to configure pose-able mannequins for figure drawing. It's a simple, straightforward tool that can be used effectively for figure sketching, fashion design and comic illustration.

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    Magic Poser

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Magic Poser is a ground-breaking app that allows you to easily pose ANY number of 3D human art models with props in any way you want! A must-have app for drawing, manga, comics, storyboarding, character design, etc.

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    Face Gen

    • Windows

    The easy way to create realistic faces.

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