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Open Source ZBrush Alternatives

The best open source alternative to ZBrush is Blender. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to ZBrush and nine of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to ZBrush are Bforartists, SculptGL, Armory 3D and Dilay.

ZBrush alternatives are mainly 3D Modelers but may also be 3D Painting Apps or Game Development Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of ZBrush.
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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.
    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

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    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

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    has been doing things Zbrush 2021 just implemented; also open source with community add-ons

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  2. 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.

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    SculptGL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    SculptGL is a browser-based 3d-modeling application.

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    Almost everyone thinks SculptGL is a great alternative to ZBrush.
  4. 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.

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    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.
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    Armory is a game engine not a sculpting software like Zbrush

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    Zbrush is for sculpting primarily on the other hand armory is a game engine.

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    Dilay

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Dilay is an open source, easy to use 3D sculpting application. With an update, roughly, one every 2 weeks, it is well maintained.

    Discontinued

    Last commit 2018

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    Instant Meshes

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Instant Meshes: A free quad-based autoretopology program.

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  7. Dead Deer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows Phone
    • Daydream

    Dead Deer is a 3D modeler, 3D game maker, and a 3D demo maker designed to create games.

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    TrueSculpt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android

    Model a virtual clay ball by pushing or pulling it with your fingers.

    Many tools available: draw, smooth, flatten, paint, undo/redo, symmetry, ...

    Imagine something, sculpt it and share with others.

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    CrackArt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    CrackArt is a free open source 3D paint and texturing application that includes Texture Painting, Texture Baking, Procedural Materials and Textures, and much more.

    Discontinued

    The domain is long dead and the SourceForge project has not been updated since 2013.

    Texture painting
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