New: Allegorithmic Substance Painter 2018.1 Now Available + Tutorial Course

New: Allegorithmic Substance Painter 2018.1 Now Available + Tutorial Course
New Products, News, Tutorial Mar 16, 2018 at 09:08 AM

The new release includes several improvements a smashing new user interface style with new icons, colors, and behaviors; a new PBR real-time viewport, new UI elements, performance improvements and more. Plus, watch a full tutorial series on Substance Painter 2018!

This information is from the Substance Painter team and posted to the Allegorithmic Blog by Jeremie Noguer. Be sure to check out the original post for more images.

Improved Look and feel

An Improved look and Feel

New Visual Style

Over the years we've frequently received feedback that, while our tools share the Substance name, they are quite different visually. As the Substance ecosystem continues to grow, we felt it was important to develop a common look and feel across all our software. This is the first step in this direction and you will see the other tools follow suit later this year.

Revamped Toolbars, Shortcuts and Layout

When working on a project, Substance Painter’s UI can quickly become cluttered with windows and settings, and navigating through it all can be cumbersome. We’ve added several new elements to help in this regard:

A new Dock Toolbar: Closing a window automatically docks it to the Dock Toolbar. It can then be summoned back temporarily by clicking on its icon. Each window can also be torn away from the toolbar to become persistent again.

New Contextual Toolbar: A new toolbar on top of the viewport displays shortcuts to commonly used settings of the currently selected tool. This bar also contains viewport options as well as shortcuts to the Render mode and the baking interface.

Quick Menu: A right-click in the viewport now summons the current Tool or Fill Layer settings under your cursor, allowing you to easily access all of your tool settings even in full-screen mode.

Revamped Viewer and Display Settings: Lighting, Camera, and Display settings are now merged into a single tabbed window while shader parameters get their own separate window, cutting down on the clutter these settings were causing together and making shader adjustments and custom shaders much easier to manage.

Drag and Drop Assets Directly in the Viewport: You can now grab any material or smart material from the shelf and drop it onto your mesh directly, bypassing the several steps needed to apply the material manually.

New Painting Experience

Even though we’re talking about Substance Painter here, painting has never been, by our own admission, the tool’s forte. Well, this is about to change, starting now! Improvements in the handling of pen tablets and new performance optimizations mean that you should experience smoother painting and stroke curves in 4k, even on lower-end laptops.

Improved Seam Padding

Seams are now almost invisible even when painting across badly distorted UVs or very different texel ratios.

Improved Performance

Several areas went through a much-needed cleanup, and performance has been improved across the board. Project loading, saving, viewport performance, shelf loading and thumbnail generation all benefit from this spring cleaning resulting in an improved user experience overall.

Improved Stability

We’ve been cutting through bugs to deliver a more stable tool, but as always if you see something, say something! Let us know about any issue you might encounter through the Feedback and Bug Report tools in the Help menu.

New and Updated Content

New 3D noises have been added to the Procedurals section of the shelf while a new 3D Gradient generator allows you to create linear gradients and masks in 3D space easily: switch to the Position map view, pick colors on the start and end points of your gradient on the mesh and voila!

Smart Materials and Smart Masks have also been updated to use the latest mask generators.


Get Substance Painter Now!

If you subscribe or have a Substance Painter maintenance license, you can download the new version now.

Buy Substance Painter             Try Substance Painter free for 30 Days!   

Other options

Allegorithmic Substance Pro - Annual Plan  - Use the latest versions of Substance Painter, Substance Designer, Substance B2M and access to Substance Source (30 assets to download every month).

Allegorithmic - Site Licensing - The Site Licensing includes access to X number of Education Packs (includes Substance Painter, Substance Designer, and Substance B2M) and a Campus access to Substance Source with a year of updates. Yearly renewal of the Site Licensing is not mandatory and costs 50% of the price of the Site Licensing.

Allegorithmic - University Licenses - Academic Licenses are Floating Licenses. You get a single license key per software with X number of purchased activations. This number is equal to the maximum number of simultaneous users permitted. The Floating licenses work on a peer to peer basis where active licenses detect each other, so the nice side-effect is that there is no need for a server install to set them up. Must have an Academic Log-in to Purchase.


Substance Painter Spring release: new features and updates Live Steam

Live stream presented by Wes McDermott, live at 2 pm EST / 11 am PST tomorrow on March 16.


Substance Painter 2018 Course Introduction

This course from Substance Academy is almost 3 hours long and is a project-based approach to getting to know Substance Painter. 

We will texture an old lantern step by step to illustrate key workflows and techniques used in Substance Painter. We will cover topics such as creating projects, baking maps, creating and saving material presets, working with layer instances and anchors. We will also look at exporting textures and rendering a portfolio image using IRAY directly in Substance Painter.

Download assets here

Posted by Michele Yamazaki

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