Advanced Painter

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Herman Saksono - update to 1.6.0 by 3DZver

Advanced Painter is a modular brush-based distribution tool derrived from the Nature Painter script. This tool comes with 7 inks:

  • Grass: to create grasses; Grass: to create simple grasses
  • Hair [new]: used to create simple hair/fur (or as guide hair for Shag:Hair
  • Randomizer [new]: a variation of Scatterer used to randomly distribute a selection of objects.
  • Stone: to create simple stones and peebles.
  • Spaghetti: spaghetties, noodles, wires and other long things maker.
  • Scatterer [updated]: a generic but powerful object scattering tool.
  • Toothpaste: the fun but not-so-useful toothpaste generator.

Updated to version 1.60 by 3DZver

Here the list of changes and additions:
* the cource code is recompiled and optimized for support of dotNet;
* acceptance in attention of scale of source object which has been
applied to him up to cloning is added (Randomizer and Scatterer);
* the opportunity to set factor in randomness scaling of clone (min % - max %) is added (Randomizer and Scatterer);
* support of use of groups as source objects is added (Randomizer and Scatterer).

New version for download is possible here: AdvPainter v1.6.0(x32/x64) (or file attachment area below)


Additional Info: 


  1. Extract advPainter_1.5.1.mzp
  2. Start Max. MaxScript>Run Script ... and choose the extraced file. A dialog box will inform you that installation is successful.
  3. Install Advanced Painter action item (found under 'Painter' category) to your toolbar, main menu bar, or quadmenu. You set up a shortcut key or menu item for Advanced Painter the same way you would configure a regular 3ds interface item. Go to Customize / Customize User Interface, change the category to 'Painter' and assign a shortcut. Click ok. Voila. If you are having difficulty installing Advanced Painter or any other script, try checking out the script installation page, especially the videos demonstrating the process.

NOTE: Advanced Painter 1.5 requires 3ds max 5.1.

Uninstalling Advanced Painter: During setup, the the following files are copied. If you wish to uninstall Advanced Painter just delete them yourself.


Version Requirement: 
3ds max 5-2009 (32/64)
Video URL: 
advpainter_1.5.1.zip70.31 KB
advpainter_1.6.0.zip43.22 KB


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emersharif's picture

ERROR max 2016 / Windows 10.

same problem for me, impossible to install on 3dsmax 2016 / Windows 10 pro.
It looks like when you have an account on windows 10 even with admin right, you not have a real administrator access on some system files.
So that's why (in my opinion)you can not install ADV painter.

i found a solution: you have to activate the real adminsitrator account (with "net user" CMD on windows: take a look on google) and you have to boot on administrator session and give the good rights to your user account on the good folder and be able to install.
For me, i now work on the administrator session. Not the best way, but it solve the problem.

Windows 10 is good but hard to manage with those administrator rights.

Hope it helps. :)


kate_d's picture

Runtime Error

Did you ever figure this out? I got the same error message...
Would appreciate a steer...

groki's picture

3ds max 2016

Has anyone successfully installed this script in 3ds max 2016? Is this supposed to work on version 2016?
I tried several times like described, no luck.

pioneer3000's picture

How to completely delete this script?

I removed according to the instructions, but the menu category still remains.

tiger10man's picture

Fix error

run as administration 3dsmax then run scripts to install
enjoy it!!!

magicseed's picture


Very brilliant tool. The only thing I can ask for is to have an opportunity saving its presets!

ahmadreza1363's picture

install on 2014

u should install the script from max script...
drag and drup dosent work properly

freakros's picture


Try install it on 3dsmax 2014 and problems... See the screenshot to help me please.

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camil's picture

Advanced Painter error

Please , can someone help me to get rid of this error - runtime error:can't load button images:bitmap:"c:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max\2013\script\AdvPainter\scatterer_a.bmp"

A.Battikhi's picture

solving problem " runtime error "

it happens because of the way you installed it , so after you downloaded the file then extracted it ,then u should open 3dsmax as administrator , from maxscript run the extracted file "advpainter_1.6.0.mzp" .
wrong installation , when you drag and drop the files to max .

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