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Substance 3D Painter Alternatives

Substance 3D Painter is described as 'has the tools you need to texture your 3D assets, from advanced brushes to Smart Materials that automatically adapt to your model. Breathe life into your art' and is a 3D Painting app in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Substance 3D Painter for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Steam and Blender. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Substance 3D Painter are ArmorPaint, 3D-Coat, Paint 3D and Quixel Suite.

Substance 3D Painter alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be 3D Painting Apps or Image Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Substance 3D Painter.
This page was last updated May 10, 2022
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Substance 3D Painter has the tools you need to texture your 3D assets, from advanced brushes to Smart Materials that...

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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.

    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
  2. ArmorPaint takes advantage of a render engine found in the Armory project. Armory is an open-source 3D game engine with full Blender integration, turning it into a complete game development tool.

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    ArmorPaint vs Substance 3D Painter opinions
    Almost everyone thinks ArmorPaint is a great alternative to Substance 3D Painter.
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    Open Source, Free, Blender and Armor Integration.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    Most of the Substance Painter features included for free. Nice interface and Open Source. It's not officially released yet so ther binaries are paid for (donation) until it's 1.0 release.

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    Armor Paint is a True Altertative, do almost all of the work of Substance Painter, community supported, Open Source, Blender and Armor integration.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. 3D-Coat icon

    3D-Coat

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    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.

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    3D-Coat vs Substance 3D Painter opinions
    Most users think 3D-Coat is a great alternative to Substance 3D Painter.

    3dCoat is sculpting software that also textures. No node-based texture creation here.

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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    Paint 3D

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    Paint 3D is Microsoft's totally rebuilt and enhanced version of Microsoft Paint built for Windows 10 and with extensive 3D support as well as other helpful, long-needed additions like pen support and easier cropping feature.

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  5. Quixel was founded in 2011 by Teddy Bergsman and Waqar Azim, based on the vision of substantially speeding up how creators build digital environments, by giving them access to a vast and ever-expanding library of 3D building blocks, and easy-to-use tools to greatly simplify the...

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    Has a LOT of features but does require a current version of photoshop

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  6. PixaFlux is a node based image processing application. PixaFlux creates and edits images in a non destructive way, using a node graph to organize the workflow without restrictions of size, position or color mode.

    PixaFlux converting an image to Lab color mode and applying a curve adjustment node.
    PixaFlux vs Substance 3D Painter opinions
    This alternative is disputed. PixaFlux is still a legitimate alternative to Substance 3D Painter, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    PixaFlux is more similar to Substance Designer rather than Substance Painter.

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  7. Autodesk Mudbox icon

    Autodesk Mudbox

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    Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting and texture painting software offers 3D modeling professionals the ability to quickly and easily create highly detailed organic and inorganic 3D assets.

    Inspired by artists, built to deliver.
    Autodesk Mudbox vs Substance 3D Painter opinions
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    Mudbox is a 3D editor and texturing program. Substance painter is ONLY for PBR texture for 3d models.

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  8. MARI icon

    MARI

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    MARI is a creative texture-painting tool that can handle extreme projects. MARI was developed at Weta Digital to handle the massively complex, highly detailed look development work demanded of the texture department by projects such as District 9, The Lovely Bones, and Avatar.

    Quicker start-up and export
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    BodyPaint 3D

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    BodyPaint 3D - For all Your 3D Painting Needs.

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    MagicaCSG

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    A lightweight signed distance field editor and renderer.

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