Redshift and Octane Tutorials

I love to watch tutorials on other artists workflows and tools. You never know what little kernel of awesomeness you’ll unravel. This rainy weekend I was trying out some of Jama Jurabaev’s tutorials and Steven Cormann’s new tutorial. Both artists are amazing and seeing their process unfold is a delight.

Jama’s tutorial is on gumroad (he has a bunch). But the ones I took an interest in are using Octane renderer and Blender.

To contrast that, Steven Cormann has just released his tutorial, Epic Matte Shot. He is using Redshift as his renderer. He does a great job breaking down his workflow.

If you get a chance take a look at both artists tutorials and their work. You will not be disappointed.

Substance Intro and Live link

It’s been a little while since I’ve talked about Allegorithmic Substance Painter or Designer. Substance painter has taken over the game industry as the premiere package to texture assets. Now they are focusing on Live Action and Animation industries. Substance Painter is a PBR (Physically Based Rendering) based Texturing software. Continue reading “Substance Intro and Live link”

Substance Painter 1

Now I am delving into the Substance Painter instead of Substance Designer. Again a very clean elegant design and UI.


Let’s load a project. Here is will ask you what type of template material/shader. You will select the Mesh you want to import. The type of file format for the Normal map. Resolution of maps. You can also bring in existing maps you’ve created in other app.


This is a little castle tower I created previously. It comes in as a default white shader. You have a 3d viewer, 2d UV viewer, layers (like Photoshop), properties tab, and a shelf.


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Substance Designer -Simple dirt texture

So, I’m messing around with Substance Designer some more from doing some tutorials through CGMA class. Can’t believe how easy and intuitive this program is.

I’m just doing a simple dirt ground texture. Let’s fire up Substance.substance1

Here you get an initial prompt on what type of PBR material you want to create. Then you just name the graph for what the material is, select the output size and bit format. Substance will create default map place holders like baseColor, Normal, Roughness, and Metallic based on the template we picked (you can add more later).


Here you can see the generic setup, cube with 4 placeholders for the maps. On the right of the cube the checkered box is a represenation of our 2d texture inputted into the material on the cube to it’s left.


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Substance Painter/Designer

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Substance Painter and Substance Designer, so I decided to try them out.

Substance is created by the company, Allegorithmic. They have created a major player in  texture creation. Tons of AAA game studios utilize their software. Substance has become a leading industry standard in creating PBR (Physically Based Rendering) authored materials. Games like Call of Duty or Uncharted were made with Substance. It is now gaining ground in VFX and Animation.


Substance Painter allows you to texture with brushes, masks, and particles; render and export easily to game engines and portfolio sites. Use and reuse presets and integrated bakers to speed up your texturing. It supports Linux, 8k export, UDIM management, and Scripting API.


Substance Designer allows you to author textures and materials using a non-destructive, node-based, procedural and scriptable workflow. You can edit complete texture sets with the non-linear workflow and see changes apply instantly¬†to all your outputs. You can Continue reading “Substance Painter/Designer”