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Substance Designer: Revamped Bakers with Skew Correction!

Nicolas Wirrmann on June 29 2017 | Technology, Substance Designer, News

For Substance Designer’s first number-less release, the bakers are undergoing a deep revamp and this is only the first step into making the baking process faster and more enjoyable in subsequent releases. Other updates include improvements to the graph, the HBAO filter and the Autolevel node.


The UI has been redesigned to cover less screen space while displaying the same amount of information in a streamlined layout. This will allow us to add new interesting components to the baking UI in the near future, stay tuned.

Speed has been addressed, with the high poly meshes being loaded only once and kept in memory until the baker is closed. We can now interact with the Substance Designer UI, check the bake result in the 2D/3D view and keep the window opened.

Baking times should now be much, much shorter.

Finally, a new Skew Correction option has been added to all raytraced bakers. This will allow you to supply a black and white mask to drive the baking and avoid any distortion on hard surface bakes.


The graph size data from the Parent toolbar is now saved directly within the graph. You can now resize graph frames from any corner and borders.

Thumbnail generation times in the graph have been improved and the amount of cache dedicated to them is now customizable in the Preferences.

Finally, graph inputs can now be copy and pasted, either individually or in bulk, from one graph to another, retaining all of its properties.


The hbao filter has been updated, you can now choose between multiple levels of quality and the radius control now behaves in a more natural way. The filter can also now take a 16f/32f image input.


New renderer presets have been added to the converter, you can now translate your BaseColor, Metallic and Roughness channels to fit with new shaders: Renderman (PxrSurface), Corona 1.6, Arnold 4 (AlSurface) and Arnold 5 ((AiStandard).


The Autolevel node is slightly faster, now provides the best possible quality (the Quality parameter has been removed) and supports 16f/32f values: it will remap any HDR to fit the [0, 1] range.

For the full list of new content and fixes, head over to the release note.

Watch Wes McDermott’s live stream to get an exclusive demo of the new features in Substance Designer 2017.1:

As announced earlier,  this release is accessible for free to all Substance Designer 6 - Indie license holders, and to Substance Designer 6 - Pro license holders. In both cases, you will receive updates up to June 30, 2018.

If you do not own a Substance Designer 6 license, you can either subscribe to Substance or purchase 12 months of updates for Substance Designer.

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