Sneak peek: Vector Displacement Maps in Substance 3D Painter

Adobe’s Substance 3D Painter tenth anniversary livestream. The sneak peeks for upcoming options begin round 1:02:30.

Adobe has offered a sneak peek at options in growth for Substance 3D Painter.

The options, which embody help for Vector Displacement Maps, had been proven throughout yesterday’s tenth anniversary livestream for the 3D texture portray software program.

Substance 3D Painter 10.1: help for VFX Reference Platform 2024
The subsequent model of the software program, Substance 3D Painter 10.1, will primarily be an under-the-hood replace to align with the present CY2024 spec for VFX Reference Platform.

Though Adobe described it within the livestream as “not large on [new] options”, it can add new filters, together with one alongside the strains of Substance 3D Sampler’s Embroidery filter.

The replace also needs to enhance efficiency, significantly when opening or interacting with giant tasks, and optimize the software program’s layer stack.

Additional off: updates to the choice instruments and layer stack
Additional sooner or later, Adobe plans to remodel Painter’s choice instruments to simplify workflow, and is trying into “one thing like” standard lasso and marquee instruments.

The livestream additionally confirmed what appeared to be path modifying from the layer stack, and a brand new workflow for reloading the stack with out having to replace recordsdata manually.

Neither was defined intimately, however you’ll be able to see them at 1:05:55 within the video above.

Even additional off: help for Vector Displacement Maps
Nevertheless, maybe essentially the most attention-grabbing characteristic proven in the course of the livestream was help for Vector Displacement Maps (VDMs).

Additionally supported in functions like ZBrush, Blender and 3DCoat, VDMs can be utilized so as to add element to the floor of 3D fashions.

In contrast to normal greyscale alphas, which encode floor top, VDMs are RGB maps that encode data to displace a floor in three dimensions, making it doable to generate extra complicated overhanging kinds, just like the lips within the screenshot above.

VDM help continues to be early in growth – Adobe didn’t assure that it will even make it right into a public launch of the software program – however would open up new workflows for texturing natural fashions like characters.

Worth, system necessities and launch date
Substance 3D Painter 10.1 is due “somewhat quickly”. Adobe hasn’t confirmed which model the opposite new options will develop into a part of, or when they are going to be launched.

Substance 3D Painter is obtainable for Home windows 10+, CentOS 7.0/Ubuntu 20.04+ Linux and macOS 11.0+. Yow will discover pricing on this story on Substance 3D Painter 10.0.

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