Here is a list of best free character creator software for Windows. Using these software, you can create 3D human characters, game player characters, cartoon characters, etc. With some of these software, you can also create realistic human characters. To start character creation, you can either use inbuilt base models or external 3D models. However, some software also allow you to create a complete character from the scratch. To create characters, you get a ton of tools in each software using which you can set posture of characters, gender of characters, ethnicity of the character, clothing of characters, etc. There are a lot more parameters that you can customize with available tools to make characters look as real as possible.
These character creators can create all types of characters. However, using them is quite complex, especially due to the presence of a large number of tools. Plus, to work with some software, you definitely require some prior knowledge about them. Apart from 3D character creation, you can also create 3D animation and 3D models with these freeware.
My Favorite Character Creator Software For Windows:
MakeHuman is my favorite character creator software because it allows you to quickly create characters using inbuilt base models. Plus, defining posture, facial expressions, gender, clothing, etc. is also easy when compared to other software. Plus, its ability to produce realistic looking human character is also quite impressive.
You can also check out lists of best free Cartoon Maker, 3D Animation, and 3D Modeling software for Windows.
MakeHuman is a free character creator software for Windows. This software is mainly used to create 3d human characters of different genders and ethnicity. It makes designing and creation of a 3d human character really easy. By default, this software provides a basic human structure on the interface using which you can create a complete human model. Besides various 3D models, you also get multiple fields to add various attributes to the model.
Let’s take a look at features to create character model and make it look more realistic:
- Modeling: This field provides tools to modify Face Attributes, Arms & Leg Attributes, Torso Attributes, Gender Attributes, etc.
- Geometrics: From here, you can select different Clothes, Hair Types, Teeth Types, Eyebrows, Eyelashes, Tongue, etc. attributes.
- Skin/Materials: Using this field, you can choose Skin Color, Eye Color, Eyelashes Color, Tongue Color, etc. Plus, different types of hats can also be selected from here.
- Pose/Animate: Using it, you can basically change skeleton structure, posture, and facial expressions using various available attributes.
- Rendering: From here, you can render your final 3D human model in any resolution, with or without anti-aliasing. After rendering, you can export the model as Mesh Formats (collade, filmbox, ogre3D, etc.), Gig Format (BioVision Hierarchy BVH), and Maps Formats (Light and UV maps).
Apart from these main fields, it also provides a set of handy tools on the toolbar like Front View, Back View, Top View, WireFrame, Smooth, Symmetry, etc. Overall, it is comparatively easy to use character creator software than other similar software. Home Page Download Page
Blender is a free and open source character creator software for Windows. It is quite a popular and advanced software which is used in 3D Modeling, 3D animation, 2D animation, Simulation, VFX, Game Creation, Video Editing, Rendering, Scripting, etc. You can do a lot of things including 3D character creation with this, but it is quite difficult to create 3D characters with this software. So, I recommend you to refer to this character modeling tutorial before you start creating characters using Blender.
In this software, you can create a character by importing and scanning a picture of a real human, by importing 3D model files (3D Studio, X3D, etc.), and by using some predefined solid models like Sphere, Cylinder, etc. Plus, a lot of additional tools is also provided by it to carve base solid models or 3D files into a character.
Some of the important tools to create 3D character are:
- Character animation pose editor.
- Non-Linear Animation (NLA) for independent movements.
- IK forward/inverse kinematics for fast poses.
- Envelope, skeleton, and automatic skinning.
- Easy weight painting.
- Mirror functionality.
- Bone layers and colored groups for organization.
- B-spline interpolated bones.
After creating a character, you can save or export it as 3DS, FBX, PLY, X3D, STL, etc. formats. Home Page Download Page
DesignDoll is another free character creator software for Windows. Using this software, you can create 3D doll models with varying postures. In it, you get a generic doll model as the base that you can modify to create characters. Besides this, you can import external 3D structures or models as well to add the base model.
When you first launch this software, you get a default doll model on the main interface. You can easily change the posture of the model by changing the Model Tag. Model Tag basically enables visual joint movement points from where you can change postures of joints and body. Some more tags like Positioning Tag to change the position of the model, Scale Tag to control the length and thickness of each part of the model, etc. are also available. These are the basic tags to set the posture of a doll according to your liking. Apart from tags, you also get three important sections named as Item, Camera, and Tool to make further modifications to the model.
Let’s take a look at these sections and what they offer:
- Item: This section allows you to add 3D boxes and more 3D doll models to the main canvas. Plus, you can also import and add background images, and move doll model and 3D boxes 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.
- Camera: In this section, you can zoom to a selected part of the model and also view the model from various different sides like front side, backside, left side, etc. You can also enable or disable camera view from here that allows you to manually change the camera view by providing Horizontal, Vertical, X, Y, Z, axis values.
- Tool: It is a very important section to fine tune small postures of the doll model. To perfect the posture, it provides various libraries like Hand library (contains multiple hand gestures), Foot Library (contains multiple foot postures), Large Screen Mode or Full-screen modes, etc.
Once the doll model gets completed, you can export it as 3d models, flat Models, or save it as TWD file. Home Page Download Page
Bforartists is the next free open source character creator software for Windows. This software offers a complete 3D suite to create 3D content. In it, you can create game graphics, prerendered movies, and stills. In terms of its functionality, it is quite similar to Blender which offers the same set of features and tools. This software also uses base 3D models to create characters. However, you can also create a complete character from the scratch with this software. You can import external 3D files of mainly 3D studio, X3D, FBX, etc. formats. Once a model gets imported, then you can view it in various layouts like Animation Layout, UV Layout, Compositing Layout, Scription Layout, etc.
To create a character through this software requires a lot of skill and I recommend you to use these tutorials to know more about working of this software and ways of creating characters using it. Similar to Blender, it also possesses a ton of tools which directly contributes to the complexity of this software. However, for experienced users, it is an ideal software to create 3D characters and animations. Home Page Download Page
DAZ Studio is the next free character creation software for Windows. It is a very comprehensive software and is used to create 3D characters from the scratch. To create characters, it provides a dedicated set of tools on the left part of its interface. Some important tools provided by it are Figures (to select a base model based on Gender), Hair (to select different types of hairs from the model), Anatomy (to select internal and external structure and posture of model), Wardrobe (to select clothes for your model), Lights (to change light source), etc. These tools make the task of character creation really easy. In it, you also get tools to easily move and look around the model like Universal tool, Rotate tool, ActivePose Tool, Scale Tool, and etc. Once your 3D character gets completed, you can export it as FBX, BVH, DAE, CR2, U3D, etc. formats. Overall, it is another good character creator software that makes character designing easy compared to various other software. Home Page Download Page
Misfit Model 3D
Misfit Model 3D is one more free character creator software for Windows. It is quite a basic character creator software when compared to some other similar software which can create real-life human characters. With it, you will only be able to create cartoon characters as realistic characters cannot be created in it. Apart from characters, you can also create 3D animations in it. The main interface of this software consists of four separate windows which allow you to view a character from multiple views (top, right, left view, and 3D view) at a time.
In this software, you can import basic 3D character models (mm3d, ms3d, md2, etc.) to create a cartoon character, human character, etc. Once the model gets imported, you can immediately view it on the main interface. Now, use its various tools tabs namely Tools, Primitives, and Groups, to shape the base model as a character. In Tools tab, you get tools like undo, redo, create rectangle, bone joint, polygon, etc. Primitives tab provides features like subdivide faces, make face from vertices, align selected, duplicate, and more. The Groups tab helps you edit character material, metadata, multiple elements of characters, and texture coordinates. After the creation of a character, you can save it as mm3d, ms3d, md2, and obj formats. Home Page Download Page