Substances in 3ds Max 2011 - with Gary Davis

Posted by Louis Marcoux, 17 December 2010 7:00 pm

A new material map type has been added in 3ds Max 2011 with the Advantage Pack (for customers on subscription) called "Substance". This post shows the value of Substances and gives a few tips on how to use them efficiently.

Part 1: Introduction to Material Creation with Multiple Maps

Before talking about Substances, this introduction video shows the traditional workflow for creating realistic materials with multiple maps. It shows the different effects obtained by the various maps in a Standard Material.

Part 2: Using Substances to Generate Multiple Maps

In this video, you'll see how to replace the traditional workflow for creating materials by a new workflow using Substances. You will see how Substances offer a much greater flexibility when refining materials with multiple maps.

Part 3: Tips on How to Better Work with Substances (Gary Davis)

Gary Davis covers a few tips on how to visually browse Substances and he introduces the Substances Player from Allegorithmic.

Here is the script that Gary mentions in his video. userdata/fckdata/4952/RenderSubstances.rar

And here is the link to the creators of Substances.

Jamie's Jewels : A New Blog for 3ds Max!

Also of note, Jamie Gwilliam, our colleague from London UK has started a new blog on 3ds Max. His tips and tricks are very useful and i strongly recommend a regular visit to his page:

Happy holidays!



Posted 21 December 2010 10:43 am

Actually, the broken glass pattern is already shipped with 3ds max, you should find it in your Maps/Substance/Noises/ folder.


Posted 21 December 2010 10:44 am

Great stuff Gary.

matt radford

Posted 4 January 2011 10:23 pm

SuperCoon, material creation is quite simple. for non refractive, non subsurface materials, it requires generally a diffuse map, a reflection color map, a reflection gloss map, and a bump map. displacement optional depending on your renderer. Besides that, the key things to keep in mind are fresnel falloff - generally using the IOR from refraction - and your balance between reflection and diffuse. remember, more reflective things have less diffuse contribution.

and as for making the refl color and gloss maps, i like to use utility nodes and prepare to remap my values so that i can change things without touching the texture.

watch your ray depths and bam - lighting


Posted 3 February 2011 12:30 pm

Cool! So substance are kind of procedural maps on steroids! They can look quite nice and work with vray!

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