I am a beginner when it comes to Blender, so bare with me.

I painted my sculpted character with vertex paint. Now I would like to export it to .obj or something like that, and if I have understood correctly it should be possible(?) But the colors doesn't show after exporting.

I have tried .ply too, but it doesn't work either. I have searched tutorials etc. from YouTube and internet and made "Attribute" node to the "Col", but it still does nothing. I really like how the paint turned out, so it would be a shame to start over.

(Hopefully my problem is understandable, English is not my first language. :D)

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    $\begingroup$ Hi. Is your question about exporting vertex colors to a file or rendering vertex colors in Blender? $\endgroup$
    – lemon
    Nov 3, 2020 at 7:41
  • $\begingroup$ Did you used experimental Sculpt Vertex Paint tool or regular painting in Vertex Paint mode? $\endgroup$
    – vklidu
    Nov 3, 2020 at 9:01

1 Answer 1


For render - ensure Vertex Color name matches with the Name in Atribute node field.

For export -

  • PLY - exporter works for me (vertex color option is enabled by default)
  • ABC - exporter can also store vertex color data, just enable it in export options
  • OBJ - exporter doesn't have this feature. So you can export as PLY or ABC and use free app Meshlab to export as OBJ with vertex color.

Alternatively you can Bake vertex color into texture.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi. Are you sure Eevee does not render vcol? $\endgroup$
    – lemon
    Nov 3, 2020 at 8:15
  • $\begingroup$ @lemon Ha ... sorry, right. I was on old comp where eevee is not working. Thank you ... edited $\endgroup$
    – vklidu
    Nov 3, 2020 at 8:26
  • $\begingroup$ ply should work... maybe something else is involved in the question...? $\endgroup$
    – lemon
    Nov 3, 2020 at 8:27
  • $\begingroup$ Thank ypu for the answers! I have tried everything, execpt baking the vertex color to texture, since I am not sure how to do it. I thought the ply should work but I don't understand what is going wrong, hmm $\endgroup$
    – help
    Nov 3, 2020 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ As @lemon commented - are you asking to "export" or "render" vertex colors? For PLY you don't have to Bake image texture. $\endgroup$
    – vklidu
    Nov 3, 2020 at 9:15

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