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    ZBrush Alternatives

    ZBrush is described as 'The all-in-one-digital sculpting solution' and is a popular 3D Modeler in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 50 alternatives to ZBrush for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad and iPhone. Most alternatives are 3D Modelers and 3D Painting Apps. The best alternative is Blender, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like ZBrush are 3D-Coat (Paid), Bforartists (Free, Open Source), Cinema 4D (Paid) and Armory 3D (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 11, 2022
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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.
      Blender vs ZBrush opinions
      Most users think Blender is a great alternative to ZBrush.
      it's free , more simple and has many other uses but it may not be as powerful as ZBrush in terms of performance or sculpting
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      has been doing things Zbrush 2021 just implemented; also open source with community add-ons
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      Blender is superior in every regard. Plus it's everything even money can't buy. Additionally with Blender you can do everything you can make in ZBrush plus Ultra! And above all, it's free and open source
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    2. 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.
      3D-Coat vs ZBrush opinions
      Most users think 3D-Coat is a great alternative to ZBrush.
      3D Coat, along with Mudbox are the best alternatives because they are dedicated sculpting software much so than all the others which are basically 3D design software with a sculpting feature.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      3-D coat is like zbrush+substance painter (though you might consider getting SP too). Unlike zbrush it runs on Linux which is great for #indiedev! And yes, there are some graphics tablets that have Linux drivers written for them.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago


    3. 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.
    4. CINEMA 4D is a commercial, cross-platform, high-end 3-D graphics application, produced by MAXON Computer GmbH of Friedrichsdorf, Germany.
      Cinema 4D vs ZBrush opinions
      Some users think Cinema 4D is a great alternative to ZBrush, some don't.
      Cinema 4D is not a digital sculpting program.
      Negative comment almost 7 years ago

    5. Armory is an open-source 3D game engine with full Blender integration, turning it into a complete game development tool. The result is a unified workflow from start to finish, making you work faster. No more jumping between different applications.
      Armory 3D vs ZBrush opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Armory 3D is still a legitimate alternative to ZBrush, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Zbrush is for sculpting primarily on the other hand armory is a game engine.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      tvgoing1 Armory is a game engine not a sculpting software like Zbrush
      Negative comment 7 days ago


    6. SculptGL is a browser-based 3d-modeling application.
      Almost everyone thinks SculptGL is a great alternative to ZBrush.
    7. 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.
      Autodesk Mudbox vs ZBrush opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Autodesk Mudbox is a great alternative to ZBrush.
      Of all the programs i´ve tried, this one has the most similar way of sculpting to Zbrush. So it´s also perfect if you are looking for the closest thing to sculpture with real mud, clay.. It´s a bit inferior to zbrush in sculpting options but painting is way better because it is not mesh dependant, you don´t need a million polygon to paint smallest details.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    8. MODO is a fully featured 3D content creation application, famous primarily for it's modelling capabilities, MODO also offers a fast renderer, sculpting, painting, dynamics and animation tools.
    9. 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.
      Paint 3D vs ZBrush opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Paint 3D is still a legitimate alternative to ZBrush, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Zbrush is 3d modeling. Paint 3D is mainly 2d with limited brushes
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      • Adobe Creative Cloud
      Adobe Dimension (formerly Project Felix and then Adobe Dimension CC) is the 3D design tool made for graphic designers. With extensive integration with Adobe Stock, you can easily composite 2D and 3D assets to build product shots, scene visualizations, and abstract art.
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