Substance Painter | 3D Painting Software

Overview

The new generation of texture painting

Substance Painter is a brand new 3D Painting app with never before seen features and workflow improvements to make the creation of textures for 3D assets easier than ever. It is acknowledged as the most innovative and user-friendly 3D Painter out there.

  Winner, Best New Application.

Paint full materials, in real-time

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Choose your brush, select a material, tweak it if needed and then start painting! Each stroke applies all channels at once and the render is instantaneous, making it the most interactive 3D Painter out there. Paint multiple materials on one mesh, with each map going up to 4K resolution.

 

Next-Gen viewport

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Preview your painting in a Physically based (PBR) viewport for accurate material feedback. Create beauty shots of your assets using one of the best optical effects technology out there (Yebis 2 by Silicon Studio) adding antialiasing, color correction, DOF, glare, bloom and much more .

 

Particle brushes

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Throw dirt, fire or even make it rain on your object and watch the realistic weathering effects unfold in real time! Any material can be painted with particle brushes and these can be tweaked to an infinity of variations. Advanced users can also create their own particles using the editor (available here) provided by Popcorn FX.

 

Use any rendering shader

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Import your own custom shaders and create your own channels to paint on. You can also use pre-built shaders such as the standard PBR (Physically-Based) or even one of the non-photorealistic rendering shaders we provide, like a simple toon shader

 

Substance effects and brushes

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Apply custom or predefined Substance-driven masks and effects onto layers and layer masks to create realistic wear & tear or weathering. Paint Substance materials (parametric textures) on the model, tweaking their parameters to get the desired look (and paint your own imported Substances as well).

 

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Next-Gen 2D Painting

Introducing a fully shaded 2D view with free canvas rotation and seamless 2D painting. This takes the best of both worlds: the seamlessness of 3D painting and the convenience of a flexible 2D view.

Fully non-destructive workflow

Change the resolution at anytime and Substance Painter will recalculate every stroke almost instantaneously. Switch your UV set and it will reproject your strokes automatically (no need to have perfect UV’s to start painting!).

Shelf

Substance Painter comes with a dense preset library of materials, tools and effects that are tweakable, making the possibilities infinite. You may also import and organize your own assets in the shelf.

Unified material stack

Tired of endless layer stacks? Have all your maps unified in one layer only and edit them all at once or separately.

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Substance Painter

Substance Painter is the new generation of texture painting, with never-before-seen features and workflow improvements to make the creation of textures for 3D assets easier than ever.

 

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Substance Painter is also available on Steam.

Version 1.1 - New Features

Substance Painter version 1.1 is out! Here is what's new.

Mask by material ID

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Substance Painter 1.1 greatly enhances mask creation with ID maps. The new Color Selection feature provides and easy to use, one-click solution for automatically creating complex layer masks. When using the “Add mask with ID selection” feature, the viewport automatically switches to show the ID map and the Color Picker allows you to pick multiple values that combine to create a mask from different ranges in the ID map.

 

Copy/Paste of layer stack between materials

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The “Copy content” and "Paste into content” commands allow you to copy content from one texture set into another. This greatly enhances usability and workflow as you no longer have to repeat texturing processes and you can easily share material data across texture sets.

 

Output export to PSD

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With PSD export, Substance Painter will combine all selected outputs and merge them into a single PSD file. PSD export is a great time-saving feature if Photoshop is used in your pipeline or you need to deliver PSD files to clients or vendors.

 

Lazy Mouse

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When activated, Lazy mouse allows for very precise control of the brush and is perfect for drawing smooth curves and lines. With Lazy Mouse, the stroke is pulled behind the mouse cursor and is controlled by the distance defined by the Lazy Distance.

 

Other updates

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  • Angle follow: allows the alpha to follow along the brush stroke with a correct angle. Especially useful to create line patterns such as zipper, stitches or trims.
  • Backface culling: an option to restrict the painting to normals facing the brush, avoiding distorsion at steep angles or painting on the backfaces of thin surfaces

This release also includes significant performance improvements, especially when it comes to painting in 4K!

And last but not least: many bug fixes.

Resources

Windows
  • OS: Windows 7 (64bit) / Windows 8 (64bit)
  • RAM: 2GB minimum - 4GB recommended
  • GPU: DX9 - DX10 - DX11 - Shader Model 3.0
  • Video Memory: 512MB minimum - 3GB recommended
Mac OSX
  • OS: Mac OSX 10.8 and higher
  • RAM: 2GB minimum - 4GB recommended
  • Video Memory: 512MB minimum - 3GB recommended
Documentation
Find all the documentation for the Allegorithmic products
Tutorials
Discover our tutorials to become a master of Substance Painter!
End User Licence Agreement
View the End User Licence Agreement

Tutorials

Getting started #1 - UI Overview

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Getting started #2: Creating project and material painting

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Getting started #3: texturing the body part 1

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Getting started #4: texturing the body part 2

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Getting started #5: texturing the body part 3 (Substance Effects)

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Getting started #6: texturing the shoes

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Getting started #7: texturing the head part 1

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Getting started #8: texturing the head part 2

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Getting started #9: texturing the head part 3

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Getting started #10: texturing the helmet (and exporting)

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Free Trial

Substance Painter - Trial

Try Substance Painter, the new generation of 3D Painting! Substance Painter trial is fully-featured, but you cannot export your maps.

Buy

Substance Painter

Substance Painter is the new generation of texture painting, with never-before-seen features and workflow improvements to make the creation of textures for 3D assets easier than ever.

 

View the EULA

Pro License
Indie License

                                               

 Pro LicenceIndie Licence
Full FeaturesYesYes
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 Painter on a project as a freelancer?YesYes, is your company/entity makes less than $10K per year in revenue.
If I purchase in Beta, will I get the full version 1.0 when it's released?YesYes
How many versions upgrade will I get?                All the upgrades for 1.x versions for free.All the upgrades for 1.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.