Digital Painting and Sculpting Software

digital painting and sculpting

Digital Painting and Sculpting Software

Thought we would take a look at what painting and sculpting software is available from those behind the special effects and characters created for film and otherwise. They all offer trial periods and video tutorials. Very definitely NOT free!!!

The Foundry

Offers ‘State of the art 3D painting’. The Foundry is behind the effects in Aliens and Batman and collaborates with Pixar … remember Toy Story? This software has a 15-day trial period and if you want to buy it costs: $2 013! Those looking for a job may be interested in the link to Join the Team, where opportunities are listed in Japan, London, Manchester and California.



With this software you can create production-ready 3D digital artwork. You can try out Mudbox for 30-days. Available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux. Interoperates with Maya. On Wikipedia we find, “Mudbox’s primary application is high-resolution digital sculpting, texture painting, and displacement and normal map creation, although it is also used as a design tool.” The software costs $795; there is a free version for students. You can find out more here.

Blacksmith 3D

Blacksmith 3D was mentioned in an earlier blog demonstrating painting textures. You can download a free trial version here.  You get an unlimited time trial, with all the features of the paid for product, except the save and export features are disabled. The standard version costs $99 and the Pro version $199.95. Check out the sale prices. There is also a stand-alone Texture Transformer package for $49.98.

ZBrush 4R6


Is a digital sculpting and painting program, which comes with Polypainting that allows painting on a model’s surface without first assigning a texture map. You can find an introduction video to ZBrush here.  The package costs $795.


The company says, “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.” Links well with Photoshop, and works with other apps, such as Blender, Poser, Maya, Houdini and Lightwave.

Can be downloaded for Windows, Mac and Linux. The Professional version sells for $379. You can find their tutorials here.

BodyPaint 3D

Then there is BodyPaint 3D, which can be found HERE.

BodyPaint 3D now supports the .abr format for Adobe Photoshop-compatible brushes. You can download for Windows and Intel-based Macs. The software must be registered for unrestricted use. However I was unable find the cost of a download. If you come across this, please feel free to add a comment so others can find it if they need it as well 🙂

-Val Cameron/Dreamlight

PS: If you want to create your own 3D models, and earn extra income, then head over HERE.


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