Substance Designer 4 | Texturing Software

Overview

The industry standard for PBR texturing

Substance Designer is a node-based texture compositing tool that allows you to create Substance files or bitmap textures. You can use it to texture assets and also bake model information (ex: normal, displacement, curvature etc.). It contains a wide library of tools, materials and procedural effects to help you achieve your goals in a fully non-destructive workflow.

Next Gen Texturing Workflow

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Material Layering: 1 node VS hundreds of layers

Substance Designer 4 is the first texturing tool to introduce a material layering workflow.
Tired of messy layers ? Fit everything you need in a few compact and handy nodes. Let Substance connect all the channels for you and focus on what really matters: your art.

Non linear

You are free to make any change you want at any time, and all your changes will automatically be applied to all the outputs of your substance (diffuse, specular, normal, etc), so you can create and edit complete texture sets in a much faster way than with traditional tools.

Non destructive

Non-Destructive authoring workflow means you can revert all the actions you are making without losing any of your work. No more "I can't come back to that point"!

Next Gen Real Time Preview

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Amazing Post-Effects

Substance Designer 4.3 integrates Yebis 2 from Silicon Studio, the most advanced middleware for post effects. Thanks to Yebis 2, you can visualize your assets in the 3D view as you imagine them: add glare, flare, depth of field, anti-aliasing, light shafts, etc. to mimic your game engine or simply make amazing beauty shots.

 

Physically Base Rendering

Substance Designer 4 allows you to create maps for Physical Based Rendering shaders.
You can visualize your materials directly in the 3D view with our embedded PBR shader, or import your own.

Dedicated Features

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Extensive Preset Library
Substance Designer 4 offers a new library of textures and effects. This includes 30 PBR Substances and 50 PBR textures from Gametextures.com. Filters and generators will allow you to add tear and wear on full materials, create realistic damage in one click and keep full control and consistency on the final result thanks to relevant tweakable parameters.
Bitmap + Vector + Procedural
Use what is needed, whatever the situation and your preference, Substance Designer can handle it: a bitmap you paint right within Substance Designer or in Photoshop and link against in your graph, a vector graphics for a text or logo, a purely procedural noise using our unique FX-Maps system, you have all the tools at your fingertips in Substance Designer 4.
Baking
Substance Designer lets you extract automatically useful info from the mesh, like vector graphics UV Atlas, Ambient Occlusion, Curvature, High Poly - Low Poly Tangent Space Normal Map (and much more) that can be used to drive your texturing process...
Batching
Substance Designer is a parametric tool at its core, meaning you can replicate your most common operations and spend more time polishing your art.

Substance Native Support

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They are using Substance Designer

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Kenneth Lammers, Technical Art Director, Microsoft Game Studios

"Having a tool like Substance Designer greatly speeds up the process of creating textures since you don't have to worry about re-authoring a texture just to change a color or add more rust to some metal."
Kenneth Lammers, Technical Art Director, Microsoft Game Studios

Fred Wong, Technical Art Director, 2K China

"Substance has been a game changer for us. Not only does Substance Designer help us in the iterative process of creating large pools of textures quickly, it really changes the way we have to think in terms of where the future is headed."
Fred Wong, Technical Art Director, 2K China

In-depth

Substance Designer gives you powerful and easy-to-use tools to create your textures.

Compositing

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Material Layering
Substance Designer 4 is the first texturing tool to introduce a material layering workflow. Tired of messy layers ? Fit all you need in a few compact and handy nodes. Let Substance connect all the channels for you and focus on what really matters: your art.
Non destructive / Non-linear authoring workflow

Non-Destructive authoring workflow means you can revert all the actions you are making without losing any of your work. No more "I can't come back to that point"!

A hub for your resources
Substance Designer is a hub for all your texturing resources, allowing you to composite all of them to get your texturing done: Mesh, Bitmaps, PSD, Parametric noises, Substances, Vector Graphics...
Multi-Output
Substances are multi-output. Create all your output maps such as normal, height, specular, etc. in one single graph, from the same information.

3D View

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Real Time Visualization
The 3D View allows to visualize in real time on your mesh directly all your texturing work. And thanks to Yebis 2, you can as create amazing post effects directly in the 3D view.
PBR shader
Visualize your materials directly in the 3D View with our embedded PBR shader.
Import your own shader
The 3D View lets you import your own shaders, or use some already embedded.
DX11 & Tesselation
The 3D View supports DX11 and tessellation with nVidia GPU.
Multi Materials
Display multi materials in the 3D View.
Update other tools in real time
This feature allows Substance Designer materials and textures to be updated in real-time in any other software (Marmoset Toolbag 2, Unreal Engine 4 and Unity to name a few)!

Bakers

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The bakers embedded in Substance Designer allow to bake maps at light speed and use them for your texturing work:
  • Ambient Occlusion maps from high and low polygon meshes
  • Bent Normals maps from high polygon meshes
  • Color map from Mesh
  • Convert UV to SVG
  • Curvature maps (also called Cavity maps)
  • Normal Maps from high and low polygon meshes
  • Position maps
  • Vertex Color maps from high polygon meshes
  • World Space Direction maps
  • World Space Normal maps
batch processing *
Thanks to Substance Batchtools, replicate your most common operations on all your assets, helping you save tons of time. This batch / scripting capabilities are truly unique in the industry!

* Substance Batchtools are only available with site licenses. Please contact us for more information.

Creativity

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Bitmap Paint
Vector Graphic
Live workflow with Photoshop
Work in Photoshop, save your file, and have it automatically updated in Substance Designer.
Advanced Noise Editor
FX-Map allows you to create procedural images. It is one of the most powerful features of the Substance technology.
The most common uses of FX-Maps are creating repetitive patterns, such as stripes and bricks, and noises, such as Perlin, Brownian and Gaussian.
Noises are particularly useful in creating organic, natural-looking textures like dirt, dust, liquid spatters and so on.
Brush Editor
reate your own brush thanks to the Brush Editor.
Brush Library
Manage your own library of brushes.
Visualize in sRGB/Linear
A sRGB/Linear gamma switch is available in the 2D and 3D views for a more PBR-correct view of colors.

Embedded Content

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Extensive library of base materials
Substance Designer provides a huge library of materials, including 50 textures from Game Textures. (Those are not available in Trial).
Presets Library
A lots of presets are embedded with Substance Designer, allowing you to add wonderful graphical effects on your materials:
  • Parametric noises
  • Parametric grunge maps
  • Parametric generators: wood, parquet, brick walls, stone, etc.
  • Filters for blending, tiling, adjustment, etc.
  • Mesh adaptive filters
  • Special effects
  • PBR Base materials
  • Samples with sources
Bitmap2Material Lite
Create a full material from a single diffuse.
For more controls on the outputs, you can use Bitmap2Material 2.

Organize

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Library
Organize all your assets in the Library view, transforming Substance Designer in a hub for the texturing.

Version Control

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Version control with Perforce allows to monitor all changes in the assets created with Substance. A set of scripts has been implemented to facilitate the check in/check out of Substance files with an asset management system such as Perforce. Other version control tools will be added in further releases.

Share your work

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Substance Designer allows to easily share substance files:
  • Export with dependencies: export your .sbs files with all the dependencies, no more ghost graphs or filters missing!
  • Share your Library: share your substance library with other artists using our new alias system.

Resources

Windows
  • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32-64bit) / Windows 8 (32-64bit)
  • RAM: 2GB minimum - 4GB recommended
  • GPU: DX9 - DX10 - DX11 - Shader Model 3.0
  • Video Memory: 512MB minimum - 1GB recommended
OSX
  • OS: Mac OSX 10.6 and higher
  • RAM: 2GB minimum - 4GB recommended
  • Video Memory: 512MB minimum - 1GB recommended
Documentation
Find all the documentation for the Allegorithmic products
Tutorials
Discover lots of tutorials to become a master of Substance Designer!
Release note
View the full release note
End User Licence Agreement

Templates

Gun Template for Substance Designer 4

Fully texture a Gun with PBR with this template for Substance Designer 4. It contains the .sbs file, the .fbx and the baked maps.

Hotrod template for Substance Designer 4

This template lets you fully texture a hotrod with PBR, and is a good way to learn how PBR and Material Layering work. It contains the source files and the fbx files.

Gunformer Template for Substance Designer 4

This templates lets you fully texture robots, adding details such as rust, scratches, changing colors, etc. This package contains all the .sbs files as well as resources. There is no FBX included.

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 Pro LicenceIndie Licence
Full Features (except BatchTools)YesYes
On how many computers can I install Substance Designer with 1 license?22
Can I work on commercial projects?YesYes, if your company/entity makes less than $10K per year in revenue.
Can I use Substance Designer on a project as a freelancer?YesYes, if your company/entity makes less than $10K per year in revenue.
Can I resell substances created with Substance Designer?YesYes, if your company/entity makes less than $10K per year in revenue.
How many versions upgrade will I get?                All the upgrades for 4.x versions for free.All the upgrades for 4.x versions for free.
Can I get a Steam key if I purchase 1 license on your website?                Yes, contact us to get it.Yes, contact us to get it.
Can I upgrade to another license?                N/A.You can upgrade to commercial license for $491.