Substance Painter Practice
Updated: Jan 4, 2021
This is a note for the Substance Painter Fundamentals course.
This is the final result that I have:
Create high poly-> generate low ploy and uv -> in SP project those lost details back on the low poly.
Baking Texture Maps:
Tangent Space Normal Map: Give higher detail illusion on our low-poly model
World Space Normal Map: RGB, fake effect from specific direction
Color Id Map: not necessary but help speed up material assignment
Ambient Occlusion Map: Self shadowing or contact shadows. Used for dust and dirt built up on crevices
Curvature Map: the peaks and valleys on the mesh. Do the wear along the surfaces and edges
Position Map: RGB, smooth gradient in direction. Useful for direction effects
Thickness Map: shows the thicker and thinner parts of the mesh
Create a new project
Option Compute tangent space per fragment is for Unreal 4.
Bake Mesh Maps
Use the high poly mesh to bake all the maps.
Error: High poly scene could not be loaded: Try several times/ change folder names to simpler/ high poly model needs to be fbx binary format
After baking, there are some artifacts and fix that by using match by name baking
In Maya hyper shade, different materials are different texture set in SP.
Press B to loop through different baked maps and to ensure each of them are correctly baked. Press M to view the material.
Laying down Materials
PBR Basics: Metal/Roughness workflow
Roughness: grey scale. how rough is the surface? tell the story of the asset.
Metallic: grey scale. metal material's specular is the color of object itself, while non-metallic will reflect the light's color.
Normal/Height: illusion of details.
When painting on material, we paint the selected channels at the same time by default.
And Particles are fun.
By default, fill the entire mesh with default material
Could use procedurals to control the value of roughness channel
workflow: create layers with basic properties, and then adding masks to them to create the look you want.
Using color ID map: need to create color ID mask with zbrush first by poly paint on high poly mesh.
Mask by painting: could use orthographic view, could use shift snap. And use different alphas to create different shapes.
Mask by polygon: Different fill options. fill triangle/mesh/uv shell.
Mask by bitmap: add a texture pattern for masking.
Mask by smart mask, for example, add base color high light
Override a mask effect: add a paint effect to paint over it
Folder serves as separation to maps. Seems like layers in the same folder are in the same group.
We add things on top of each other.
Smart Material: when creating smart materials, need to avoid using manually map creation. If using color selection, it will be reading the color map to assign smart material.
Don't be afraid to change any map baking to fix issues along the way.
Stamping normal maps
Essentially we are painting on different maps.
Mostly, folders help defines the different areas that different materials will be assigned to.
More like a top-down approach to build a material step by step.