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Substance Painter User-Interface—Updated With Help From Users

Substance Painter’s new UI aims to simplify the 3D digital painting experience for its users and the program offers 15 major improvements.


Earlier this month Allegorithmic released the first update to Substance Painter, bringing with it a stylish new user interface (UI) and a host of performance enhancements. The new look is designed to simplify the painting experience and offers 15 major improvements targeting everything from toolbars and windows to the screen real estate of the main viewport space.

Substance Painter New UI

“Painting is a creative process, so any update to Substance Painter needs to enhance that experience,” said Dr. Sébastien Deguy, founder and CEO of Allegorithmic. “With the help of our users, we’ve created a new, slimmed down UI that provides more space and less clutter, so artists can really zero in on what they are doing.”

01 – The new UI in the first update to Substance Painter 2018.

3D painters often paint at varying degrees of closeness, the new UI can be scaled up to 90 percent of the viewport, allowing artists to customize the interface according to their creative preference.  As they work, new toolbars, widgets, and windows will help them be efficient, providing easy access to shader parameters and tool settings. Defaults have also been installed to make the UI more intuitive to users of every skill level.

Substance Designer 2018 in its first update is also more performant. Loading times are faster and brushes and presets are up to six times faster.

The experience of tablet painting has been enhanced, ensuring a higher fidelity transfer of external gestures. In order to improve the efficiency of the process, new sliders and color-grayscale bars developed for tablets have also been added, a move that mimics a general principle of the release where all tools – for tablets or otherwise – will now be accessible with a simple click.

Pricing and Availability

The new update to Substance Painter is available today. Following the 30-day trial period, individual users will be able to subscribe to the Substance Indie or Pro plans. Substance Painter is also available for individual-license purchase, which includes 12 months of maintenance. Subscriptions to Substance Indie cost $19.90/month; Pro plans cost $99.90/month. Enterprise and education pricing is available upon request. Students and teachers can request a license at no cost.

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