The 20 Best 3D Texturing & Painting Softwares



An application to generate normal / ambient occlusion / displacement maps. It can also project the texture of the highpoly model into the lowpoly mesh.

Stable release: 3.18.10 / October 2014

Operating system: Windows

License: Free



Generate a Normal, Derivative, Displacement/Height, Ambient Occlusion, Concavity and Convexity maps in around 5 seconds on a modern mid-range GPU.

Stable release: 1.0 / December 2013

Developer: Knald Technologies

Operating system: Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8 (64 bit)

License: Commercial



Lets you extract all the possible maps from a single image: this now includes PBR channels such as base color (or albedo), metallic, roughness but also normal, height, specular, curvature, AO etc.

Stable release: 3 / September 2014

Developer: Allegorithmic

Operating system: Windows and Mac OSX

License: Proprietary



A stand-alone application for the creation and editing of UV texture coordinates for 3D polymeshes and subdivision surfaces.

Stable release: v2.08.05 / November 2014

Developer: headus (metamorphosis) Pty Ltd

Operating system: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

License: Trialware


Ultimate Unwrap 3D

A specialty Windows UV mapping tool for unfolding and unwrapping 3D models.

Stable release: 3.50.06 / November 2014

Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8

License: Proprietary



Maya provides high-end character and effects toolsets along with increased productivity for modeling, texturing, and shader creation tasks.

Stable release: 2015 / April 15, 2014

Developer: Autodesk, Inc.

Operating system: Windows 7, OSX 10.8, RHEL 6.2, Fedora 14, CentOS 6.2

License: Trialware


3ds Max

3D modeling software provides a comprehensive modeling, animation, simulation, and rendering solution for games, film, and motion graphics artists.

Stable release: 2015 SP2 / 20 March 2014

Developer: Autodesk Media and Entertainment

Operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

License: Trialware



A 3D animation application that contained various computer graphics tools. Softimage 2015 is the last release of the software.

Stable release: 2015 / April 14, 2014

Developer: Autodesk

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Linux

License: Trialware



Offers fully integrated modeling, sculpting, painting, effects and animation tools in one cohesive, easy-to-use content creation package, with the added bonus of unlimited network rendering capabilities.

Stable release: 801 / 25 April 2014

Developer: The Foundry, Visionmongers

Operating system: Windows, Linux, OS X

License: Trialware



A free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline.

Stable release: 2.72b / October 21, 2014

Developer: Blender Foundation

Operating system: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD

License: GNU General Public License v2 or later

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