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.
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Positive (41 reviews) - 95% of the 41 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Oct 2, 2012

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May 9

Big 3D-Coat Challenge Has Started!

Contest theme: Steampunk Vehicle


Show your best creativity to design a steampunk-themed image and win $1000 alongside a copy of 3D-Coat Professional as the top prize!

Sculpting or UV mapping and texturing of your model must be done in 3D-Coat. Rendering and post effects may be done in 3D-Coat or other applications of your choice. The model submitted needs to be the one never published (publicly shown) before.

Submit your creations by starting your own topic in this forum thread. Post your final image as well as screenshots of the work-in-progress assets with your comments in the topic created.

Prize pool:
  • 1st place - $1000 + 3D-Coat Professional
  • 2nd place - $500 + 3D-Coat Professional
  • 3rd place – 3D-Coat Professional

Contest timing: May 10 – July 10, 2016.

Follow the links below to find out more about the contest:
http://3dcoat.com/community/contest/
http://3dcoat.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=19259

Good luck with the challenge!

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TF2 Workshop Support



Your 3D models can be auto-compiled directly to the Team Fortress 2 Workshop from within 3D Coat!

About This Software

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.

Key Features


  • Live Clay released! We are glad to finally release long-awaited "dynamic tessellation" Live Clay sculpting tools. With Live Clay you won't bother anymore about resolution of your entire object, as now you'll have desired level of details only where you need it!
  • Interface revised! New style. New Iconic look. New Start Dialog. New shaders preview, and more.
  • Speed increased everywhere 3 to 10x. This is mostly related to Win version, Mac and Linux versions got speedup too, but Win version speedup is especially impressive!
  • Painting emissive and colored specular introduced
  • Painting over voxels/vertex painting introduced
  • Possibility to retopo big meshes 10-50M and more
  • Dozens of new tools and options
  • New Spline drawing mode
  • Major update of texture baking functions
  • High-speed boolean operations in surface mode, hardsurface modeling with sharp edges
  • Special tools for Product/Prototype modeling
  • Overall speed, quality, and stability improved!
  • Scripting via "C++ like" – Angelscript

3D-Coat Educational version vs. the Professional version

3D-Coat
  • No commercial usage, but you may earn money from TF2 and DOTA 2 items.
  • Textures size to export is limited to 2048x2048
  • Limited to 7 layers
3D-Coat Professional
  • The ultimate set of 3D-Coat tools and features.
  • Rights to use 3D-Coat commercially.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz or better
    • Memory: 512Mb or better
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Video Card: 9600/Nvidia 5600 128Mb or better
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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Overall:
Positive (41 reviews)
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EasyTarget
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
I am a 22 year veteran professional 3D Artist working on a AAA best selling game. 3D Coat is my secret weapon.

Yes some people may say this is a great program for 3D beginners. But let me clarify. The only thing that makes it beginner is that it's easy to learn. This software is so ridiculously legitimate it should cost 10x what it does. Don't be fooled by the price. I use coat in combination with 3DStudio MAX and because of it I'm one of the fastest on the team putting out some of the best work. It is a very powerful and friendly program that really suits the needs of next gen environment artists. I primarily use it for voxel sculpting organic and hard surface props.

I use Coat 90% of the time when I need to sculpt. I use ZBrush about 10%. 3DCoat is where it's at baby. If you buy it and create work to sell please get the professional version. These developers deserve it. ZBrush is a grand and MAX is basically a monthly car payment now.

For $99 you would be insane not to buy it if you are a 3D Artist.
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◢◤OG Dr. CroSsFiRΞ◢◤
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Brilliant modelling program. It is on par with Zbrush and the baking tools are incredible. Retopo tools are very much like Topogun, you can retopo your models quickly and efficiently. It is very easy to learn once you know the workflow which is pretty much standard.

PBR viewport which also has the same shading model as Unreal Engine 4 so what you see in 3D - Coat will be what you get in Unreal Engine 4 which really solves the problem of having to export and import to check any changes you have made with your models.

Great application, easy to learn, you can get amazing results with this and I highly recommend it!
I use it first time to make CS: Go skins but now also for Game development

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=597868894

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=510331718
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Spudnick
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 19
Amazing software, and good value for money, 10++
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ScrotieFlapWack
( 407.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Brilliant modelling program. It is on par with Zbrush and the baking tools are incredible. Retopo tools are very much like Topogun, you can retopo your models quickly and efficiently. It is very easy to learn once you know the workflow which is pretty much standard.

PBR viewport which also has the same shading model as Unreal Engine 4 so what you see in 3D - Coat will be what you get in Unreal Engine 4 which really solves the problem of having to export and import to check any changes you have made with your models.

Great application, easy to learn, you can get amazing results with this and I highly recommend it!
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DKarn
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
Okay so this program is amazing. Now I have taken a lot of classes doing CADD so I have a little more than a basic understanding of working in 3D space, that being said the biggest issues that I have with this program is that the controls for working in their 3D space is not what I am familliar with. I also wish there where some more options for primitives, such as pyramid shapes or a way to add pick points to a model you are working with. Other than that I have found this to be a great program to get into 3D modeling.
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Mash
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 11, 2015
"Your 3D models can be auto-compiled directly to the Team Fortress 2 Workshop from within 3D Coat!"

Thanks for the false advertising
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( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 22, 2015
3D-Coat is the bees knees
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Mithril
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 9, 2015
Wonderful product... but the updates are oh so rare.
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I Cant Aim
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26, 2015
Reason for purchase: To aid in making CS:GO skins.
Right.... after using the full trial and then buying the product, heres what ive scraped up.

Pros:

I only use this to make csgo skins, its done with ease
The price for what your getting is much cheaper comparing to major studios.
F**kin fantastic UI.

Cons:

Regular crashes when importing 'Zlayers' back from photoshop
Odd occasions the full UV texture doesnt show up
When importing the UV back into 3d-coat, it uses mass amounts of memory.
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SilverWolf
( 143.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1, 2015
Fantastic program at an accessible price for anyone looking to get in to modeling/sculpting or veterans looking to try something new. Even tho I've only used a hand full of features so far, this program has a lot of potential and an intuitive interface. Offers the possibility to do an entire project without the need of another software.
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saintinel
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18, 2015
This software is recommend for those who has no experience with 3D modeling. For them it is really an easy-to-use-tool.
I worked in the past with 3D Studio Max and I hoped this software was also alike, but I was wrong... This is only for the modeling purposes, not for animation etc. For that you need other software, if I understood it well.
Nevertheless I am still positive because of the user friendliness and getting fast any result from scratch.
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UnReal-4-Life
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17, 2015
once you get use to it it is the best steam has to offer when it comes to making something that is yours not a repoduction or hybrid of other prefab stuff I really starting to become dependent of it.

If you dont have it you are missing out.
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AnD4D
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1, 2015
Good program, but crashes like crazy. Every time I try to generate a UV map for my model, it crashes without explanation. Because of this, I can't make use of the program.

In the end, I decided to work on a completely new object. Much less complicated. Now, I'm running out of memory as well as getting the crash when I try to use the AUTOPO feature to create a UV. My machine has 8gb memory... so I have no idea how it's running out.

I'll recommend it when the frequent and sadly predictable crashes are fixed.
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mitm
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2014
Neutral.

In the field of design & 3D software I like small studios over the big companies. They are important because they are the driving force and the only competition to the +-10 global players. I also like the "attitude" of Pilgway studio in general, but not in all areas. That's why my rating is neutral, otherwise it would be negative.

Why don't I like 3D coat:
1.) Inconsitency: You can find that in most parts of 3D Coat as well as the accompanying stuff. There's a lag of a common thread starting at the license models (Steam / their website / both mixed up with conditions that likely won't stand a lawsuit in any country) continuing in documentation, general presentation, logo, icon, texts and in the software itself. It looks and feels like a car someone build in his own garage. That person was dedicated and did a highly sophisticated work, but it is still a huge difference to a car comming from a companies assembly line. If you earn enough with this software my wish would be you get a guy that fixes all of the above. Make a consistent look, make consistent licence models that fit for "real life" (e.g. beginner / intermediate / pro), pricing, website and so on.

2.) User interface: It's horrible. It's worse than Blender 2.49 and I worked with that back in the good old days. The interface needs a complete overhaul in my opinion. Slider value inputs e.g. aren't sliders, they are text you have to click & drag. Stuff pops out, moves, appears, dissapears. And this clumsy interface is packed with so many options I've never seen before in any software in my whole life.
It looks like more and more features where brought into it over the years, but no one knew where to put em. There are different right click menus everywhere. The options are the opposite of self explanatory as the whole ui is the opposite of being intuitive. I'm sure most senior user will hate me for this, but I'd say throw out at least half of those options and make the rest user friendly. There are even more problems with the user interface, the viewport navigation is, sorry to repeat myself, horrible. Standard functionally, e.g. like scaling a texture isn't there or hidden under some obscure menu or symbol somewhere. Settings like for the mouse buttons are found not in one place but in numerous. I can configure what my middle mouse button should do in at least three different places. Outcome unknown. Inconsistency.
In the preference I find "Set default keys" next to "To default keys", which wouldn't be as confusing if could set actual key shortcuts somewhere in this dialog, but I can't.

3.) Documentation: Maybe it's just my laziness but I couldn't find proper documentation. All users are just happy about "the tons of youtube videos" but that isnt a good replacement. Most of those videos are like "speed sculpting here" and "normal painting there". I didn't find anything starting from the beginning, guiding you through all the posibilities, at least explaining the bare concepts and different aspects of 3D Coat.

I really like you guys (the creators) for what you are doing and for being the opposite of the "evil major companies", even if you don't like me now. There's an awesome piece of software hidden under the mess above it. I hope you'll digg it out someday.
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SteelPrincess
( 538.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2014
I have used 3D Coat for quite a few small projects; I primarily use the UV Mapping and 3D Painting features and in these areas this software excels beyond anything else I have used that is similar. It is incredibly easy to use and very user friendly; I would recommend it without a second thought.
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stevenray
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 15, 2014
If you want one package to cover the whole modelling process, and do it all well, then 3DCoat is second to none. A linux version and a very affordable price seals the deal. Highly recommended.
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Feetuska
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 3, 2014
A quite simple program to build random basic shapes and carve them.
It can also get stupidly complicated if you don't know these things.

It's quite ok. Nothing especially bad and nothing especially bad. It's just a random program that allows you to make virtual clay sculptures.
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Sladus
( 52.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20, 2014
The more I use it, the more I love it. Tons of tutorials on Youtube.
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HappyClown
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10, 2014
This is the best game EVER on Steam!

I make Boobs and camel toes all day long at work!

Best office game since solitare/10.

I gave it to my co-worker, and she models ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ with it. I told her she can 3D print her creation, this made her very pleased.
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Mythic Dawn
( 111.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23, 2014
Well worth the $79.99 purchase. The program works magnificently and brings voxels to a much more of a fun level and less complicated(at least for me). Still learning more about this software, but the Youtube tutorials always make the difference in helping you understand how these types of programs work by learning it from someone else's experience.

It even has an easy port option for Hat Simulator tw- I mean Team Fortress 2! Team Fortress 2 port ^________^

I would urge purchasing this earlier and at a sale ^_^
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
407.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Brilliant modelling program. It is on par with Zbrush and the baking tools are incredible. Retopo tools are very much like Topogun, you can retopo your models quickly and efficiently. It is very easy to learn once you know the workflow which is pretty much standard.

PBR viewport which also has the same shading model as Unreal Engine 4 so what you see in 3D - Coat will be what you get in Unreal Engine 4 which really solves the problem of having to export and import to check any changes you have made with your models.

Great application, easy to learn, you can get amazing results with this and I highly recommend it!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
58.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
If you're an amatuer, who knows nothing about 3D modeling, then this is the program for you.

It's pretty intuitive after watching a few tutorial videos from their Youtube channel; and playing around with it your self. At first it may feel like learning a new language, but eventually you'll be able to create things straight from your dreams. Just think of it like playing with clay, but virtually.
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45 of 54 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Relatively powerful tool. The voxel painting it offers by far surpasses other programs of its type. It's a great tool and it's pretty fun to learn.
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
138.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2014
3D coat is must have app for 3D modeling guys. now I can't UV unwrapping and retopologizing without this awesome tool. I saved a large amount of time on my workflow because of 3D coat.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
304.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2012
High quality software, as fun to use as it is powerful.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
111.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
Well worth the $79.99 purchase. The program works magnificently and brings voxels to a much more of a fun level and less complicated(at least for me). Still learning more about this software, but the Youtube tutorials always make the difference in helping you understand how these types of programs work by learning it from someone else's experience.

It even has an easy port option for Hat Simulator tw- I mean Team Fortress 2! Team Fortress 2 port ^________^

I would urge purchasing this earlier and at a sale ^_^
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
The more I use it, the more I love it. Tons of tutorials on Youtube.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
143.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Fantastic program at an accessible price for anyone looking to get in to modeling/sculpting or veterans looking to try something new. Even tho I've only used a hand full of features so far, this program has a lot of potential and an intuitive interface. Offers the possibility to do an entire project without the need of another software.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
If you want one package to cover the whole modelling process, and do it all well, then 3DCoat is second to none. A linux version and a very affordable price seals the deal. Highly recommended.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
448.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
Great Painting tool!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2015
Reason for purchase: To aid in making CS:GO skins.
Right.... after using the full trial and then buying the product, heres what ive scraped up.

Pros:

I only use this to make csgo skins, its done with ease
The price for what your getting is much cheaper comparing to major studios.
F**kin fantastic UI.

Cons:

Regular crashes when importing 'Zlayers' back from photoshop
Odd occasions the full UV texture doesnt show up
When importing the UV back into 3d-coat, it uses mass amounts of memory.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Neutral.

In the field of design & 3D software I like small studios over the big companies. They are important because they are the driving force and the only competition to the +-10 global players. I also like the "attitude" of Pilgway studio in general, but not in all areas. That's why my rating is neutral, otherwise it would be negative.

Why don't I like 3D coat:
1.) Inconsitency: You can find that in most parts of 3D Coat as well as the accompanying stuff. There's a lag of a common thread starting at the license models (Steam / their website / both mixed up with conditions that likely won't stand a lawsuit in any country) continuing in documentation, general presentation, logo, icon, texts and in the software itself. It looks and feels like a car someone build in his own garage. That person was dedicated and did a highly sophisticated work, but it is still a huge difference to a car comming from a companies assembly line. If you earn enough with this software my wish would be you get a guy that fixes all of the above. Make a consistent look, make consistent licence models that fit for "real life" (e.g. beginner / intermediate / pro), pricing, website and so on.

2.) User interface: It's horrible. It's worse than Blender 2.49 and I worked with that back in the good old days. The interface needs a complete overhaul in my opinion. Slider value inputs e.g. aren't sliders, they are text you have to click & drag. Stuff pops out, moves, appears, dissapears. And this clumsy interface is packed with so many options I've never seen before in any software in my whole life.
It looks like more and more features where brought into it over the years, but no one knew where to put em. There are different right click menus everywhere. The options are the opposite of self explanatory as the whole ui is the opposite of being intuitive. I'm sure most senior user will hate me for this, but I'd say throw out at least half of those options and make the rest user friendly. There are even more problems with the user interface, the viewport navigation is, sorry to repeat myself, horrible. Standard functionally, e.g. like scaling a texture isn't there or hidden under some obscure menu or symbol somewhere. Settings like for the mouse buttons are found not in one place but in numerous. I can configure what my middle mouse button should do in at least three different places. Outcome unknown. Inconsistency.
In the preference I find "Set default keys" next to "To default keys", which wouldn't be as confusing if could set actual key shortcuts somewhere in this dialog, but I can't.

3.) Documentation: Maybe it's just my laziness but I couldn't find proper documentation. All users are just happy about "the tons of youtube videos" but that isnt a good replacement. Most of those videos are like "speed sculpting here" and "normal painting there". I didn't find anything starting from the beginning, guiding you through all the posibilities, at least explaining the bare concepts and different aspects of 3D Coat.

I really like you guys (the creators) for what you are doing and for being the opposite of the "evil major companies", even if you don't like me now. There's an awesome piece of software hidden under the mess above it. I hope you'll digg it out someday.
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20 of 37 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
its awesome
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
538.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
I have used 3D Coat for quite a few small projects; I primarily use the UV Mapping and 3D Painting features and in these areas this software excels beyond anything else I have used that is similar. It is incredibly easy to use and very user friendly; I would recommend it without a second thought.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2015
once you get use to it it is the best steam has to offer when it comes to making something that is yours not a repoduction or hybrid of other prefab stuff I really starting to become dependent of it.

If you dont have it you are missing out.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2015
This software is recommend for those who has no experience with 3D modeling. For them it is really an easy-to-use-tool.
I worked in the past with 3D Studio Max and I hoped this software was also alike, but I was wrong... This is only for the modeling purposes, not for animation etc. For that you need other software, if I understood it well.
Nevertheless I am still positive because of the user friendliness and getting fast any result from scratch.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
3D-Coat is the bees knees
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
Love this 3D coat program software. and you can make items in Team Fortress 2 some hat misc and more
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I am a 22 year veteran professional 3D Artist working on a AAA best selling game. 3D Coat is my secret weapon.

Yes some people may say this is a great program for 3D beginners. But let me clarify. The only thing that makes it beginner is that it's easy to learn. This software is so ridiculously legitimate it should cost 10x what it does. Don't be fooled by the price. I use coat in combination with 3DStudio MAX and because of it I'm one of the fastest on the team putting out some of the best work. It is a very powerful and friendly program that really suits the needs of next gen environment artists. I primarily use it for voxel sculpting organic and hard surface props.

I use Coat 90% of the time when I need to sculpt. I use ZBrush about 10%. 3DCoat is where it's at baby. If you buy it and create work to sell please get the professional version. These developers deserve it. ZBrush is a grand and MAX is basically a monthly car payment now.

For $99 you would be insane not to buy it if you are a 3D Artist.
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3 of 17 people (18%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
A quite simple program to build random basic shapes and carve them.
It can also get stupidly complicated if you don't know these things.

It's quite ok. Nothing especially bad and nothing especially bad. It's just a random program that allows you to make virtual clay sculptures.
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