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Substance Painter is a brand new 3D Painting app including never seen before features such as Particle Brushes and Material Painting.
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014
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Beta 12 in action!

September 17

Beta 12 is out, along with a cool new video showing off some real time weathering action!

Change list

  • Added: Eye dropper
  • Added: "Preserve stroke position" option added to the mesh reimport dialog for when the bounding box changes.

  • Updated: Normal map for Cymourai default mesh
  • Updated: Improve tool view interface (colors are wip)
  • Updated: Move the menu "Help->Settings" to "Edit->Settings"
  • Updated: Save the export path in the "Export all channels" window
  • Updated: New levels GUI with histogram display
  • Updated: Better asset management (Drag & Drop of resources in the Library & Shelf, Reload resources, Delete unused resources)
  • Updated: Switch from "diffuse" to "basecolor"
  • Updated: Sliders editing adjustments - Allow dots in addition to commas and improve Levels values edition
  • Updated: Fill layer: increase maximum tiling value
  • Updated: Default environment map

  • Fixed: Bad reflexion artefacts on extreme angles
  • Fixed: Broken specular/gloss export
  • Fixed: Links in the "about" window of painter don't work
  • Fixed: Crash with OSX Yosemite
  • Fixed: Mesh are saved triangulated
  • Fixed: The color shortcut of the Tool window send to emitter instead of grayscale
  • Fixed: Color picker stays open when switching from layer to mask
  • Fixed: Can't save material from a fill layer
  • Fixed: Enable resizing of the three regions of the shelf

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Beta 11 and Release date!

September 4

Substance Painter Beta 11 is out! We are nearing the end of this adventure (and the start of a new one) and are ready to make a long-awaited announcement: Substance Painter 1.0 is being wrapped up and will be released on October 15th, with some milestone new features :)

Here are the changes and addition to the latest build:

  • Added: Add a splitter between the 3D and 2D views
  • Added: Use a gradient background in the 2D/3D views
  • Added: Interface for the Levels histogram
  • Added: Merge shelf and library
  • Added: No save action required when creating or updating a preset
  • Added: Import assets in the shelf through Drag and Drop
  • Fixed: The name of buttons is displayed over in the main toolbar

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“Substance Painter is that magic application; there's always more great features to make your life easier!”
Laurens “Xoliul” Corijn - Technical Artist, EA DICE

“Substance Painter is like a look into the future of asset creation. It puts other methods to shame with it's comparative speed and feature set. It's a really exciting step forward, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.”
Carlos Montero - Environment Art Lead, Cryptic Studio - Project Lead, Black Mesa

“For 20 years, mainstream 3D paint solutions have relied on the same manual approach from one program to the next. Along comes Substance Painter, which has the potential to shake things up, innovate and revolutionize the way we visually create in films, games and other digital mediums.”
Gee Yeung - Creative director, visual development artist for film, Dreamworks Animation Studios

About the Software

Substance Painter is a brand new 3D&2D Painting app featuring never before seen features and workflow improvements to make the creation of textures for modern games easier than ever.

At Allegorithmic, we have a long history of working very closely with our customers, from the small independents to the largest AAA studios. Today we want you to help us design the ultimate painting tool and bring innovation and state of the art technology to every artist out there at a fair price.

This Beta version will give you access to the Indie license once it is released. As with our other tools, the non-commercial license allows you to create and sell assets on the Workshop for any Steam game!

If you purchase this product on Steam, you will as well get a licence on our website to use Substance Painter in standalone :)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We authorize the use of the Indie version of Substance Painter to any indie / company generating less than US$10K a year in revenue (based on prior fiscal year). If you are above this limit you should purchase/upgrade to the Pro version on the Allegorithmic website.
For particular cases, please contact us directly so that we can find a relevant business model.

Main Features
  • Particle Brushes - Throw water, dirt or even fire at your object and watch the realistic weathering effects unfold in real time!
  • Material Painting - Paint full materials at once, lay the groundwork for your textures or paint small details in seconds!
  • Physically Based Viewport - Preview your painting in a next-gen viewport for accurate material feedback.
  • Automatic Reprojection - Modify your UVs or topology at any time without ever losing your work.
  • Substance Brushes - Use your Substances as brushes and unleash parametric painting!
  • 2D Seamless Painting Paint in 2D across seams thanks to the unified 3D/2D pipeline. Massive time saver and unique feature in digital painting application!
  • NEW - Multi-Material - Paint on the different ID of your mesh!

We know Substance Painter is still rough on the edges and we plan to keep on polishing it and adding new features until we all feel it is simply the best tool of its kind and that it's ready for release. Your support, your feedback and your enthusiasm will maximize the chances for this to happen.

Here is a sneak peek at what's coming to Substance Painter this year.

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 - 64 bit mandatory
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: VRAM 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated GPU are not recommended
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 - 64 bit mandatory
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: VRAM 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated GPU are not recommended

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: 10.7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated GPU are not recommended
    • OS: 10.9
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Integrated GPU are not recommended
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
219.2 hrs on record
I would give my life for this program. I litterally have no other ambition more than making beautiful #(* to send over to this program. I often waste hours enamoured over my own work and often with the viewport looked worse so I'd be able to get back to work. The particle brushes are a welcome addition and also are the grand work of wizards. I dont know what they're gonna do next but my heart cant take much more of it. I never said this about a software company *sniff* but I love these guys. God bless Wes McDermott.
Posted: June 28
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Even at this early state, I would say this is probably the most useful and intuitive of the texture painting apps. I've tried quite a few and had trouble getting good results, but with Painter I am able to get really good results. Especially combined with Designer.
Posted: June 5
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
This software is awesome!!! This is what next gen workflow should be like. Making painting your models sooo much easier. So much more fun. The particle brushes are icing on the cake. For example, say you want rust on your mech; well how does rust get on metal objects??? Use the rain brush and find out :D. it has normal map brushes and check this out. If say you add scales like a lizard as a bump map. The particle paint brushes react to that bump map :D. Thats awesome!!! The lighting system is awesome. The user interface is awesome and very easy to get used to and very customizable to your liking. You can change heights of your UV maps for more or less detail. Their is a layer system much like photoshop or illustrator or any other painting program (except this is for 3d models). Their aren't very many brushes to use though. But it does use alpha brushes like many 3D sculpting softwares and I'm sure they'll add more in the final product. All in all I give this product a 10/10 a must buy for anyone making 3D models for animations, movies, or just for fun.
Posted: April 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
I find it interesting that the #1 global achievement (almost 30% of all users) is sending a crash report. Yet, only 2% have launched the app more than 50 times.

I've only used this app a couple of times myself. So far, I like it. PBR looks great. Easy to pick up. There's a bit of a learning curve to get anything really good. Seriously, 3D Coat, Mudbox and Z-Brush don't seem to have PBR. Bravo to Substance Painter for being on the cutting edge! Why the hell am I spending so much on programs like 3DS Max and Mudbox?
Posted: June 30
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Unique, after a year can compete with MARI.
Posted: July 9
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89 of 111 people (80%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Particle painting and PBR materials are just some of the surprising and innvoative features Substance Painter comes with. It's on the right track to become an awesome program, if you purchase it now in early access state you can suggest new features and help the developers to make a better package, so if you are interested in 3D painting or texturing for game development in general you should try the demo and then purchase it if you like it.
Posted: March 6
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