Tuesday, November 7th, 2023 Posted by Jim Thacker

Adobe releases Substance 3D Painter 9.1

Adobe’s Fall 2023 livestream on its Substance 3D products. The new features announced for Substance 3D Painter are now available in Substance 3D Painter 9.1, released today.

Adobe has released Substance 3D Painter 9.1, the latest version of the 3D texture painting app.

The release adds support for vector graphics in SVG format, improves handling of translucency, streamlines drag-and-drop workflow, and makes it possible to export directly to After Effects.

Support for SVG files and better handling of translucent materials
New features in Substance 3D Painter 9.1 include import of vector graphics in SVG format, plus three new ‘SVG focused’ material filters: Custom Sticker, Custom Spray and Graphic to Material.

The update also improves handling of translucent materials, with support for Opacity, Translucency and Absorption Color added to the ASM (Adobe Standard Material) shader.

New drag-and-drop workflows, and improvements to the Path tool
There are also a number of workflow improvements, particularly to drag-and-drop workflows.

It is now possible to drag and drop external assets directly into the Layer Stack, to drag textures from the Assets Panel into the Layer Stack, and to drag filters and generators onto a 3D mesh.

Users can use [Ctr] and [Alt] modifiers to control how new effects and layers are created.

The new Path tool introduced in Substance 3D Painter 9.0 gets usability improvements, with new transformation manipulators for path points, including tangent controls.

It is also now possible to copy and paste path properties, and to toggle the visibility of paths individually.

New Send to After Effects option
Other changes include a new Send to After Effects option, which exports a textured 3D mesh directly from Substance 3D Painter to Adobe’s compositing software.

In addition, temporal anti-aliasing and subsurface scattering are now enabled by default, although GPU ray tracing is deactivated by default when baking texture maps on AMD GPUs.

The software also now applies lossless compression to 16-bit images when saving. According to a tweet from Adobe’s Wes McDermott, this can reduce project files sizes by “up to 50%”.

Price and system requirements
Substance 3D Painter 9.1 is available for Windows 10, CentOS 7.0/Ubuntu 20.04+ Linux and macOS 11.0+. Perpetual licences are available via Steam and cost $149.99.

The software is also via Adobe’s Substance 3D subscriptions. Substance 3D Texturing subscriptions cost $19.99/month or $219.88/year; Substance 3D Collection subscriptions cost $49.99/month or $549.88/year.

Subscriptions to the Linux edition require a $1,198.88/year Creative Cloud Plan for Teams.

Read a list of new features in Substance 3D Painter 9.1 in the online release notes

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