BodyPaint 3D

BodyPaint 3D 3.1

Create impressive 3D textures


  • See results in real time
  • 3D work environment
  • Extended rendering


  • High memory usage

Very good

Bodypaint 3D is an image editing application that unites all the necessary 3D tools in one window: colors, materials, layers, animations and structure. Principally used to create animations for video games or cartoons it gives you some liberty in the creation process by letting you see the results of your work in real time.

Since the main screen shows your work directly in 3D instead of 2D, you can get a good idea of colors and shapes, and using the mouse to zoom in or out is really easy. The only drawback would be that Bodypaint tends to use a high level of your CPU, around 72 MB when we tested it. The program also has extended render settings offering the likes of batch rendering, render active objects or rendering a region.

Wouldn't it be great if you could have all your favorite image editing tools directly in a single 3D environment? Wouldn't it be great if they worked in conjunction with your 3D application rather than against it? Well, that's exactly what BodyPaint 3D does!

Wave goodbye to UV seams, inaccurate texturing and the constant back-and-forth switch to your 2D image editor. Say hello to hassle-free texturing that lets you quickly paint highly detailed textures directly on your 3D objects.

Forget flat compromises and paint in three dimensions. BodyPaint 3D offers the ultimate control over your textures with complete layers, filters and tablet support - all optimized for working in 3D. With BodyPaint 3D you can paint on up to ten channels with a single stroke, so a single brush can define an entire material rather than a single color. Plus, BodyPaint 3D's exclusive RayBrushTM technology lets you view the results of your painting in real-time as a rendered image.

BodyPaint 3D's Projection Painting tool makes distortion-free painting a snap. This quick and easy tool lets you paint across UV seams or even multiple objects. Even the most complex UV coordinates can be tamed with the help of a complete suite of UV editing tools. BodyPaint 3D includes three automatic UV unwrapping algorithms, including the new Optimal Cubic Mapping system.

BodyPaint 3D was created for all 3D artists and includes free plugins to exchange models and textures with popular 3D applications. These plugins transfer models, textures and UVs between BodyPaint 3D and your 3D application of choice, with no hassle at all.

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