How to Paint a Game Object in BodyPaint 3D

How to Paint a Games Object in BodyPaint 3DBodyPaint 3D is a really powerful suite of texturing tools that make it so much easier to create detailed and interesting materials. In this tutorial, I'm going to introduce you to the fundamentals of how the tool works and why you should be using it.

What is BodyPaint 3D?

BodyPaint 3D is basically a powerful suite of 3D painting, UV editing and sculpting tools. It bridges the gap between a 3D application and an image editor, enabling you to do your texture work in a 3D environment. The software is either available as a standalone application or the core painting and UV editing tools are in all versions of Cinema 4D Prime and above.

Whilst some 3D painters are fairly basic, BodyPaint 3D lets you use multiple layers, multiple channels and a vast array of textures as well as powerful modelling and sculpting tools. It's also got some very smart tools which help you paint nice texture-work over even the most hideous of UV maps if you don't want to spend the time making them better. To learn more about BodyPaint 3D, check out this 'What is BodyPaint 3D?' blog post.

Learning to Walk Before you can run

BodyPaint 3D is a a big set of tools to get to grips with and it'll take quite some time before you master all the tools available. But the fundamentals are easy to learn, and they will give you a great grounding to develop your skills.

In this video, I go through how to use the painting tools with in BodyPaint 3D to produce a simple object, suitable for a games engine.

With the new Viewport improvements in R19, it’s so useful to be able to see what your product will look like whilst painting, so you can get an idea of what it could look like in situ.


In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the content browser to add pre-set textures to you object and then use the Bake Object command to turn it into an editable UV mapped object.

Then, you will learn how to use pre-set brushes to paint on different textures to the colour channel.

Using the rectangle tool, you will then add in simple bump, then add in complex bump using layers and different brushes.

Moving on, you will learn how to add in reflectance and add a shiny texture to the metal part of your box.

Finally, you will look at how to use Dodge and Burn to add detail to the colour channel and the finish touch of some text.

Try Bodypaint 3D Software for Yourself


If you'd like to try out BodyPaint 3D and have a go with all the powerful features on offer, then be sure to grab yourself a free trial. The trial gives you access to virtually all of BodyPaint 3D's features and you can also opt to activate it for 42 days of save functionality. Simply fill out the form on the link below to get started!


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