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The best software for creating 3D avatars:

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In the world of digital media, game development, animation, virtual reality and metaverse, 3D avatars have become an essential component. However, creating high-quality 3D characters requires powerful 3D avatar software. In this article, we present a selection of the best software products to help you create impressive 3D avatars. From Fuse via Character Creator up to Autodesk Character Generator, aXYZ anima, Blender, 3ds Max, Maya, Make Human, DAZ Studio, Poser and Metahuman these programs offer a wide range of features and allow you to create realistic and fantastic characters. We'll a a look at the cost to help you make a decision.

Which 3D avatar software is best for you?

The best software for creating 3D avatars depends on your needs and skills. If you are a beginner in 3D animation and modeling, you should choose a software that is easy to use, with many ready-made models and has good documentation. If you are an experienced user, you can choose a software that offers more features and control like Blender and 3dsMax.

1. fuse

Adobe's Fuse is an intuitive software with a user-friendly interface. Currently, Fuse is offered as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription. Unfortunately, Fuse is not developed further and therefore seems a bit dusty. For users who have an Adobe subscription, Fuse is an affordable solution. Unfortunately, Fuse's avatars are also very LowPoly and can hardly be costimized. Monthly subscription costs for the entire Creative Cloud start at around €59.49 per month for individuals. More information can be found on the Adobe Fuse website.


2. character creator


Character Creator by Reallusion is one of the leading software products. Currently, Character Creator is offered as part of Reallusion's Character Creator package. Here, along with iClone, there is a nice pipeline of motion capture, face capture, character creation, animation and reneder. The Reallusion products bundled together offer a very nice all round character solution. Prices for the Character Creator bundle start at around 199 € for the basic version. More information can be found on the Character Creator Website.


3. autodesk character generator

The Autodesk Character Generator is a tool that was specially developed for the creation of 3D avatars. The tool seems a bit outdated and cannot keep up with Character Creator and Metahuman in terms of realism. This is because the characters look stylized and lack detail. However, the tool can be useful if you don't need high-res avatars and the 3D people should have few polygons.   Autodesk Character Generator website.


4. aXYZ anima

aXYZ anima is a software solution for generating crowds of people. This is practical for simulating large crowds and enlivening architectural displays with virtual extras. The 3D characters can be quickly staged using paths and ready-made animations. Anima also has a very good interface to common rendering programs such as 3dsMax and Unreal. The prices for aXYZ anima vary depending on the license type and purpose of use. For example, a single user license for commercial use can cost around €599. Further information can be found on the Website of aXYZ anima.

5. blender

Blender is a free and open-source 3D editor that offers an impressive range of features for creating 3D avatars. Blender is not specifically designed for creating 3D characters. Therefore, using Blender requires some prior knowledge. So you should not expect quick results here, as Blender was not made exclusively for 3D avatars. However, there is for Blender e.g. the Plugin Human Creator. Blender also has a very good interface to Character Creator. You can find more information on the Blender website.

6. 3ds Max

3ds Max from Autodesk is a professional 3D software and, like Maya and Blender, does not specialize specifically in character design. 3dsMax is a very comprehensive software with many features. In order to achieve good results, you will need some training. The prices for 3ds Max vary depending on the subscription period and license type. Currently, prices for a single user license start at around €1,680 per year. You can find more information on the 3ds Max website.

7. maya

Maya is a leading 3D software from Autodesk and a classic. Maya is also used to create and edit avatars, but is not specialized for that. Prices for Maya vary depending on the subscription period and license type. Currently, prices for a single-user license start at around €1,680 per year, making Maya a larger investment, like all Autodesk products. For more information, visit the Maya website.

8. metahuman

MetaHuman Creator is a cloud-based software from Unreal that allows users to create realistic digital humans and export them to the Unreal Engine. The software uses AI to automate and simplify the process of creating 3D avatars. With MetaHuman Creator, users can create a fully customizable avatar in minutes. Users can select and customize the shape of the head, body, clothing and face. They can also customize the avatar's facial expressions and body language. Metahuman is primarily of interest to Unreal users as it is intended as a feature for the engine. Metahuman is superior in quality to other solutions, but is more difficult to customize than, for example, characters from Character Creator.

MetaHuman Creator is used by a number of companies and organizations, including game developers, film studios and educational institutions. The software is also used by individuals who want to create their own avatars for social media or other applications.

You can find more information on the Metahuman website.

9. DAZ Studio

DAZ Studio is a user-friendly 3D software that offers a wide range of functions for creating 3D avatars. DAZ Studio is available for free, but also offers paid content and plugins that may incur additional costs. Daz offers a wide range of assets, but they are not optimized for low-poly applications. Daz characters must be significantly reduced polygonally in order to work performantly in 3D engines such as Unreal or Unity. The asset store is full of fantasy content and scantily clad ladies. However, if you are looking for avatars for business applications, the selection is quite small. Therefore not suitable for every application. However, assets in the Daz Store are usually quite cheap. Tip: Daz is very good for shopping for women's clothing for 3D avatars.

You can find more information on the DAZ Studio website.

10. poser

Poser is probably the oldest 3D software for creating 3D avatars. I bought my first version of Poser about 30 years ago. The prices for Poser vary depending on the version and license type. Currently, prices for a single user license start at around 129 €. Poser has unfortunately aged badly. Poser has collected a lot of dust over the years. Daz is the better option, especially in terms of price. Especially because Daz and Poser are quite similar in their features. Poser also delivers models from the More information can be found on the Poser website.

11. make human

MakeHuman is a free and open source software used for the creation of 3D humans. It is a good choice for users who want to create a realistic 3D avatar and are on a budget. However, don't expect the quality of the paid software solutions.

12th Ready Player Me

Ready Player Me is an avatar creator that allows users to create a 3D avatar from a photo. The avatar can then be used in a variety of VR and AR applications. However, the avatars all have a comic book look and therefore only remotely resemble the photo. However, this software does not require any knowledge of 3D software to create avatars.

13th Avaturn

Avaturn is software that makes it possible to create realistic 3D avatars from photos. The software uses machine learning to analyze the facial features of the photo and generate an avatar that looks as similar as possible to the original. Avaturn can be used in various applications, such as VR and AR games, social media or corporate environments. The software offers a wide range of customization options so that users can adapt their avatar to their individual needs. Avaturn is very similar to the Ready Player Me approach. However, the avatars created look much more photorealistic.
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