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April 12, 2023

October 20, 2021- Using Substance 3D Painter with Cinema4d

Today we’ll be checking out Adobe (formerly Allegorithmic’s) Substance 3D Painter. It’s a little like the built-in 3d Paint feature in Cinema4D, but with lots and lots of extra features, including procedurally generated textures, painting and stamping tools, filters and effects, lots of presets, and a giant archive of user made and prefab substances.

After this class students should be able to:

Unfortunately Substance apps aren’t currently installed on the lab computers, so let’s try to get Painter installed on your personal machines, before class if possible. Substance painter is on the lab computers now!

Installing Substance Painter

Substance and Student Licenses

This used to be complicated, but now it should be simple- download “Adobe Substance 3D Painter” with your student Adobe Creative Cloud account. For more info check here.

Substance painter workflow with C4D

This is the “hard way” (the way I’ve been doing it), there is also now a $25 plugin that will automate this process and live link between substance and c4d, I haven’t used it yet, but looks pretty simple!

Also, the following method is for the standard renderer, but as we all know, the arnold renderer looks a lot better. I found this tutorial on how to export substance painter textures to an arnold material in C4d.

Exporting a model from C4D to paint in substance painter

uv mapping

Sometimes UV unwrapping is hard, I made a fbx with clean UV’s (the one named compooter.fbx) that we can use in class if needed

uv mapping

Import and paint in Substance Painter

new sp file

Bake the mesh in sp

Exporting Textures from Substance Painter for C4D

For the standard renderer -

For Arnold renderer -

Exporting Textures for a website using Modelviewer.js

Do you want to embed a 3d model into a web page? Modelviewer is a javascript library that will let you do it, here’s how to prepare model files for it in Substance Painter-

Importing Textures into C4D

render in c4d

Importing Textures into Unity




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