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Substance Designer

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Substance Designer is a node-based non-destructive application that edit complete texture sets fast with the non-linear workflow and see your changes apply simultaneously to all your outputs.

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Substance review by Matt A.
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"Powerful Design Tool for Procedural Material Authoring"

What do you like best?

The vast amount of nodes you can use creates nearly limitless possibilities for an artist to create just about anything within the scope of the maps you are creating for. Displacement and Normal Map nodes allow for some crazy depth in a texture but it can only do so much but it helps in creating some convincing and realistic textures if you know how to use them correctly with the procedurally generated generated patterns you get by default, though the ability to create your own nodes and patterns further adds to what you can do.

What do you dislike?

Node system isn't as intuitive with a some what steep learning curve at least in my case. I found myself at first quite a bit lost as to what each and every node you had at your disposal did and how to use it for best effect. But there is a lot of documentation and online help that you can overcome this fairly easily with practice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a great tool and I had decided to pick it up from word or mouth, seeing demonstrations of what it could do as well as hearing that it is being used more and more in the industry. I've seen some mind blowing work done by others including some pieces shared on LinkedIn from an Artist at Ubisoft showing just how much detail you can get using it. Though to get that level of detail takes some work, the nodes system is complex and powerful, thus it requires some reading up on and trial and error to figure out what everything does and how best to use it. There are a wealth of Tutorials online though so you shouldn't be stumped for long. An Indie license (less then $100k in annual revenue) is also reasonably priced at $150 for a single license so for hobbyists, small studios and those looking for their own personal license you can't really beat that compared to the prices of other professional packages for material authoring.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating more realistic textures for 3D design that are seamless and generate all the proper maps for a more convincing texture when applied to a prepared 3D model. It can meet some demands that other software I have used couldn't. Coupled with Substance Painter, you have a great set of tools for creating just about anything in a reasonable amount of time and with that said it saves me some time when I need to create some fast and good looking base textures for baking onto my 3D models, then adding finer detail and generating all my important base maps all at the same time.

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Substance review by Anika M.
Anika M.
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"A wonderful tool to use!"

What do you like best?

I love that you can take items and change the texture and image in one spot. You can make something look however you want with the ease of just your computer.

What do you dislike?

I wasn't someone who was hired on at my job to work with design elements, but every once and a while I was asked to help create graphics and videos. When that happened I loved using the Substance Designer. We also had the whole texturing suite with the designer, painter, b2m, and source.

Recommendations to others considering the product

So there are a few options for purchasing Substance Designer. Always start by using the free trial to see if it truly is something you want to use. After that, you can purchase the designer by itself for a few different prices yearly. The first is an Indie License at $149, next is the Pro License at $990. You can also purchase the Texturing Suite like we did for a monthly and yearly option. For the Indie License suite package, it is $19.90 monthly or $239 a year, the package price for the Pro License is $99 a month or $990 a year. So they have a great deal for all levels you need!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helped us make even the smallest detail perfect in all of our marketing materials and videos. It was a great tool to make sure that our products stood out!

What 3D Rendering solution do you use?

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Substance review by User in Entertainment
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"Substance Makes Texturing A Breeze"

What do you like best?

Substance makes real time texture editing a breeze. It's a great program that has simplicity in mind and makes it a great program for everyone from beginners to professionals in the industry. Learning how to make textures from scratch is a phenomenal tool when you may not be best at photo manipulation, but can learn procedural textures quickly.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see some consolidation in the interface, it's a great program but unless you are working with 2+ screens the interface and different menu's that are key to success can sometimes hinder your view/work size.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Substance Painter is another sister fantastic program that you can switch between from. If you are using photos to create textures, CrazyBump also makes normals an ease.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to make realistic textures in a short time has drastically improved work flow and timelines.

Substance review by Bruno A.
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"Amazing piece of software"

What do you like best?

Fast, responsive, made specifically for game development, fits perfectly into the game dev pipeline. Replaces several more expensive tools. Support is very responsive and they quickly address the issues brought up by the users.

Very easy to use, but the tool is also incredibly deep.

The user interface is a great example for others to follow.

What do you dislike?

If you want to dive very, very deep into the tool you'll see there's not much documentation about the more technical features, but that hasn't stopped me at all. If you're savvy and like to tinker around, you'll be just fine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download materials created by experienced users to understand their process. This will help you!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The tool is perfect to bring consistency to the art pipeline. Empowers people to create good work.

Substance review by User in Entertainment
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"Substance designer has changed the game"

What do you like best?

What I like best about this program is how non destructive it's workflow can be. Using substance designer has changed the game for me. I can create endless materials and combinations for my 3D projects.

What do you dislike?

If anything I dislike, is that it may crash every once in a while. The program is fairly stable now, but ir can sometimes crash when using heavy nodes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is a game changer along with it's brother Substance Painter. The videos provided on youtube by them will help you get started on your journey. It will however take some practice to master it(just like any other program).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With substance designer I don't have to go and download pictures from the web to create my own tileables. By using this software I have control of what I want to create including the size. Software designer saves you the pain of using images that may not work for your texture, it will save you the resolution headaches.

Substance review by Julien M.
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"Substance Designer , the ultimate material creator"

What do you like best?

The Node-based system for the creation of material . His procedural and non destructive workflow.

I'm liking his limitless capabilities , we can create everything.

I also like , the reactivity of the support , and the very often upadates of the software.

What do you dislike?

It's a very complicated software for the new learners . It's required many many time to understand his functioning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Despite the time it's required to understand , Substance Designer is a very great tools . He can nearly make everything you can imagine . Enjoy it !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Substance designer provide us the capacity to create from scratch differents materials and textures , that wee need for our different projects.

Substance review by Ariana Jose V.
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"Excellent tool "

What do you like best?

I like that you can take items and change the texture and image in one spot. Learning how to make textures from scratch is a phenomenal tool when you may not be best at photo manipulation, but can learn procedural textures quickly.

What do you dislike?

There's not much documentation about the more technical features but that's all i really like the program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

He can nearly make everything you can imagine, you just need patience to learn to use the tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Substance designer provide us the capacity to create from scratch differents materials and textures , that wee need for our different projects.

Substance review by Carlos D.
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"Substance Designer"

What do you like best?

Substance Designer is the best option to create procedural textures/maps from scratch in a non destructive workflow, a must have for any texture artist.

What do you dislike?

The UI can be a little annoying at the beginning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Substance Designer and Substance painter is the standard in PBR texturing solution for videogames and film without being super expensive. Also you can buy the software from Allegorithmic website or from steam, the license is really flexible offering subscription and permanent license. There's a lot of free resources from tutorials to amazing materials and masks and other amazing stuff for the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Texture creation and maps baking.

Substance review by Michael H.
Michael H.
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"Substance Designer better tools for better textures"

What do you like best?

Easy to change procedural texture settings that can be viewed in realtime. Noise generators to help with texture tiling. Ability to create animated textures with real time adjustments. in engine texture adjustments, Easy export of texture maps (Normal, ambient occlusion, opacity, height).

What do you dislike?

Having to triangulate mesh for normals. Occasional program crashes when exporting. occasional loss of quality upon export.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Still in the early stages for game development studios, but is becoming more and more widely used. A great program to add to your development cycle

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used to help speed the process of texturing assets in production. Increase quality and production.

Substance review by Roberto T.
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"Material Master"

What do you like best?

I find Substance Designer one of the best texturing softwares.

It allows for creating procedural and PBR materials, and has plug in integration with all the softwares and real time engine I am working with.

Moreover, community and documentation are very clear and easy to find.

What do you dislike?

I don't think there is something I dislike in this product.

It does its job, the user only need to learn and experiment the software to obtain better results.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I deeply recommend this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can create procedural and re-usable texture, this speed up my job and allow for more variety in my materials.

Substance review by April M.
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"Could be more user friendly"

What do you like best?

Ability to crop and customize a design any way you like to. Ability to filter images.

What do you dislike?

The system is not as user friendly as it seems. The instructions are a bit difficult to understand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wanting to give your clients a better experience and the next level of great for the future.ï

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to give our clients a enjoyable experience in a 3d manner when filling in their applications. Making them want to go through the process in a fun way.

Substance review by User in Graphic Design
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"Great baker"

What do you like best?

I tried a lot of texture/bake soft and this one can bake really heavy meshes, all maps in one pass. Without cage! Also, non-destructive workflows became real with great help tools like this.

What do you dislike?

Be more perfect?... WHERE GOD DAMN MY "BEAUTIFY" BUTTON?!!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Improve automatization

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No problems, we have now a non-destructive texturing workflow and keep our materials fully procedural. It means we can tweak everything to death (I mean the project end) and share our materials with other!

Substance review by H N.
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"Substance Designer is a great For your texturing needs "

What do you like best?

The program is great for everyone including no experienced professionals. It is simple to use and learn. The outcome is wonderful a great tool to have.

What do you dislike?

I only have 1 screen and think that 2 screens would be beneficial for ultimate sucess to view and work in a productive way .

Recommendations to others considering the product

A great tool to have with simplicity and ease

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The way you can create realistic textures is the most valuable aspect

Substance review by Srinivas J.
Srinivas J.
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"3D Painting using Substance Designer"

What do you like best?

This is painting using presets inside designer over 3d objects in layers

What do you dislike?

little more fluidity and easy interface could make it easier for beginners

Recommendations to others considering the product

to design render assets using presets or faster methods

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Painting 3D Art assets for Games

Substance review by Alejandro F.
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"step in substance designer"

What do you like best?

I really enjoyed the node graph editor during my first experience.

What do you dislike?

I think that the import settings takes too many steps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

improves the surfacing process in 3D development.

Substance review by Adamzy L.
Adamzy L.
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"3D fiber design"

What do you like best?

The 3D integrated functionality and user friendly with point straight animation.

What do you dislike?

Just the fact that I can not really say I dislike this app yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend substance Designer to all the 3D lovers. To embrace this marvelous app for there projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3D render and animation. Modeling agency designs

Substance review by Connor R.
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"Great way to make unique textures and materials"

What do you like best?

The node base system is a big plus. Also it is not to hard to learn which makes the program better and more open to all. $150 is not to much out of pocket for any user also making it a great program to obtain.

What do you dislike?

Some bugs do accrue from time to time which can mess up a how project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Unique game textures that are procedural and are at top quality.

Substance review by User
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"Lots of materials"

What do you like best?

It’s unique ability to make material designing for 3D objects makes it complex and fun

What do you dislike?

Can be hard to use but still easier than other programs similar to it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It was less for business and more for fun playing around with 3D materials

Substance review by Consultant in Hospital & Health Care
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"Comprehensive "

What do you like best?

Ability to adapt to unique needs & services, easy to use, adaptive to various functions

What do you dislike?

Really like it, nothing unfavorable. Compared to orher products, this was is on top

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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