Best apps to create your digital 3D twin.
As of late, a lot of people have been really getting into creating their 3D Avatars for a wide variety of use cases. Many apps have surfaced to fulfil this newfound need that help you create your personalised 3D Avatars. In this article, we have curated the five best apps for you to create your personalised 3D avatars. Creating avatars with these apps is an excellent way for beginners to get into 3D Avatar creation because these apps make the creation process very easy, and many of the use cases can be addressed when you have your 3D Avatar created from one of these apps.
Ever since 2021, everyone wanted to join the buzz around the ‘Metaverse’. When Facebook rebranded itself as ‘Meta’, there were a lot of questions like “What is the Metaverse?”, “How does the Metaverse work?”, “Is Facebook the Metaverse?” etc.
It’s been a year since the Metaverse hype train took off, and things have cooled off a bit ever since. We’re slowly getting answers to what the Metaverse is and what it can do. Yes, we don’t have the answers and developments on the rate we expected, but it is still growing at a healthy rate. To clear doubts even further, we took up the task of answering some of the most Frequently Asked Questions around the Metaverse on Quora. You can read it here.
When it comes to joining and experiencing Metaverse environments, you need your 3D Avatar to help you get started on your Metaverse Journey.
Just a quick note before we dive right in: If you have doubts and confusion related to 3D Avatars and their types, you can read our article titled “Types of Avatars in the Metaverse”. It’s an all-you-need-to-know beginner’s guide to understanding 3D Avatars and their types. We’ve also explained the motives behind creating each type of avatar to give you a robust context behind avatar creation. Do give that one a read.
Now, let’s look at the five best apps that help you create the best 3D Avatars on the go and easily! Be it cross-platform gaming, stickers or even your social media content, these five apps ticks all of those boxes when it creates your avatar.
- Adobe Express
Flam: 3D Avatar Creator
Flam is your one-stop solution for the most hip and trendy cross-platform compatible 3D Avatars. You can create your avatar in multiple ways on this app by selecting a ready-made avatar, clicking or uploading a photo of yourself to get started, or creating your avatar right from scratch.
Once you choose your preferred method, Flam’s creative suite provides you with various customisation and personalisation options to play around with. You can control your facial features, clothing, complexion, hair, accessories and more!
Another great benefit of creating your Avatar on Flam is that they are cross-platform compatible. This means you can use them on any platform you need, and also, they are created and optimised in such a way that they are animation and rigging ready! Fun fact: Flam is not only an Avatar Creator App. You can create 3D content on the Flam App!
So what that means is you can create your 3D Avatar in minutes and animate it with a single click! This is easy and perfect for those just getting into 3D content creation. You can even use the 3D content you create with your avatars on social media platforms like Instagram to create stunning reels!
Instagram by Meta
If you’re not aware of Instagram’s new avatar feature, yes, you can create Avatars on Instagram as well. Let’s take a brief moment to understand how you can create avatars on Instagram. To get started, click on the app’s Profile section and tap on ‘Edit Profile’. Under your Display Picture (DP), you will see the option that says ‘Edit Picture or Avatar’. Click on the second tab that says ‘Create Avatar’
The avatar creation starts with the skin tone selection screen. Once you’ve selected your skin tone, you can personalise and customise your avatar. Some options allow you to customise hairstyle and colour, outfits, body types, face shapes, and fashion accessories. Take some time and create your personalised avatar to get the desired results.
Once you’re done with the avatar creation, you may think, “What is the use of this Avatar?”. The options here are limited as you can use this only as stickers in messages and reels. You don’t get the cross-platform compatibility and neither the option to animate or rig them as you can in Flam to create content.
If you’re looking for an app or web app that can help you create some graphics with the avatars, you can try Adobe Express. Personally, I am not a massive fan because creating your avatar it’s more like working with PNG resources. You can select those resources and place them on a face type. If you’ve worked on Adobe Photoshop before, you’ll soon notice that it’s easier to do this on Adobe Photoshop rather than on Adobe Express.
It is important to note that when discussing Avatars in Adobe Express, you only get to work with 2D cartoonish avatars. You have no option of creating a hyper-realistic avatar like you can on Flam and animate them. The biggest bummer here is you need to have a paid Adobe CC subscription to use this tool.
Similar to Adobe Express, Canva has limited options and templates for Avatar creation. Surprisingly, the aesthetics of these templates were more pleasant to the eye than the templates on Adobe Express. But on the other hand, when you look at the use cases of 2D Avatars and simple graphics, Adobe Express provides a broader range of customisation options.
Due to its limitations, Canva Avatars can only be used to make some excellent Instagram posts and even ads in some scenarios.
Most of us have already used Bitmoji to make customised emojis. It’s simple and fun. As of late, they have started providing the Avatar SDK to developers so that they can use the platform and make functioning Avatars for use cases like video games.
But, if you’re not a developer., you can only use these as stickers in your chats. Similar to Instagram, it can be used only in the Meta Apps and only as stickers in chats or reels.
You may have noticed: I’ve mentioned Flam a lot in this article. Yes, I have done so because it is a no-brainer when it comes to avatar creation. Also, no other app provides you with functions like creating a 3D experience, converting it into 2D in real-time, and making it ready to be shared on social media. Flam has made 3D content creation and experience accessible for everyone and creating 3D content or avatar is no longer a ten-hour tedious task like it used to be.