Substance Painter - symmetry texturing techniques
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Substance Painter - symmetry texturing techniques

Learn texturing techniques for text symmetry, radial symmetry and mirror symmetry
4.9 (5 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,742 students enrolled
Created by Lukas Partaukas
Last updated 6/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Mirror symmetry techniques
  • Radial symmetry techniques
  • Mask projection techniques
  • Creating PBR clay material
  • Ornamental Illustration painting on 3D asset
  • Basic 3D render in Substance Painter
  • Basic Substance Painter UI knowledge is recommended but not required

Substance Painter - Symmetry 3D Texturing Techniques


This ‘Substance Painter - symmetry texturing techniques’ course will teach you everything you need to know about symmetry functionality use within the Substance Painter software to speed up your workflow and to create custom ornamental patterns. The video lessons will take you through an entire process for texturing a decorative vintage vase which is provided as free asset within the resource pack.

The course will teach you how to make the best use out of the mirror functionality within the 3D space as well as the UV coordinate space. Learn how to make use out of radial symmetry to create intricate patterns for symmetry. Write on the 3D object symmetrically without any distortion.

Course for all levels

This course was made students of all experience in mind. This Substance Painter course will allow any beginner to follow it through with ease as it includes a briefing lesson showing the basics of camera manipulation within the software to help you get familiarised with its movements. The lessons will cover different symmetry techniques and ways of using them which will benefit Substance Painter users of any level as it will help you build a stronger foundational understanding of symmetry tool and all of its uses.

On-screen keys

The entire course is recorded with on-screen key stroke and mouse click viewer making sure that a Substance Painter user of any skill level will be able to follow these lessons with ease throughout this course. The buttons are scaled and positioned to be viewed from any sized device so it can even be watched using a smartphone at your own comfort.

Create PBR material

This Substance Painter course includes a lesson showing you how to create a basic clay material by blending in multiple alpha masks provided within the default Substance Painter software in order to create a detailed physically based rendered material for the vase. The course will show you how to overlay multiple material masks to blend in hue and roughness values in order to give us a desired PBR realism. Learn how to make use out of texture filters and other tools such as tri-planar projection to make the best use out of the built in alpha texture maps and create a seamless material for our 3D asset.

Symmetry tool overview

Create ornaments

Learn how to create custom ornaments using default basic alphas provided within the Substance Painter. Follow along this tutorial to see how you can make the best use out of your camera view to help you paint masked areas. Learn how to make use out of both, the perspective and orthographic view to help you get the least distortion for the drawn detail.

Mirror symmetry

Learn how to add detail to your 3D asset simultaneously on both ends in order to speed up your texturing process. Make use of the UV texture space and draw directly onto UV shells to get better texturing results for the prop. The course will teach you how to use mirror tool in combination with other techniques to texture a 3D model.

Radial symmetry

This course will teach you all the necessary information for how to draw multiple brush strokes simultaneously around an object. It will show you how to make use out of the tool’s functionality to effortlessly create rings around a 3D asset. Go over multiple ways for which you can use to tool and its radial count to paint texture detail in a variety of scenarios with different size and spacing to create a unique asset. Learn how to approach an object which is not completely radial symmetrical and how to use masking overlay techniques to fix the fundamental flaws of the radial symmetry for when the brush doesn’t give the right strokes due to mesh variations.

Text symmetry

Make use out of the projection tool functionality in order to create a symmetrical text without any unwanted mirroring distortion that causes it to be flipped over often making the text unreadable. Create any text on the asset in this non-destructive method and learn how you can quickly make simple adjustments such as changing its positioning and adjusting font scale.

Who this course is for:
  • Game design artists
  • 3D modellers
  • 3D prop artists
  • 3D texture artists
Course content
Expand all 15 lectures 01:43:20
+ Substance Painter Set-Up
3 lectures 14:31

Setting up a resource pack provided for the Substance Painter

Project set-up

Camera basic navigation tips for begginers

Basic Substance Painter navigations

Material layering to create PBR clay detail using masking techniques

Creating PBR base material
+ Symmetry techniques
10 lectures 01:17:50

Showcasing mirror symmetry settings within Substance Painter

Preview 04:40

Creating basic ring mask for the front and back sections and making use out of othographic views to texture this 3D model

Preview 08:55

Making use out of UV texture view to symmetrically texture handles of our 3D asset

Mirror symmetry within UV space

Introduction to radial symmetry and how to use it within Substance Painter

Radial symmetry basics

Learning how to paint horizontal stripes easily using radial symmetry tool in Substance Painter.

Creating horizontal stripes

Learning how to draw ornamental patterns for our 3D model using radial symmetry

Painting basic radial ornaments

Modifying alpha paint brush masks to create texture ornaments within Substance Painter

Creating ornamental patterns

Creating a more intricate texture pattern using radial symmetry for our 3D object

Creating ornamental illustration part 1

Continuing off to create texture patterns by making use out of brush properties in order to make an aesthetic ornament

Creating ornamental illustration part 2

Learning how to make use out of spheric projection tool in Substance Painter in order to create a custom text for substance painter and making it symmetrical on front and back of our 3D asset

Creating mirrored text
+ Substance Painter Rendering
1 lecture 08:24

Creating a rendered image of our fully textured 3D asset by making use out of Substance Painter's Iray renderer

Iray render set up