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Customize Realistic Digital Skins with New Substance Source Collection

Zombie by Pablo Munoz Gomez
Zombie by Pablo Munoz Gomez

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Customize Realistic Digital Skins with New Substance Source Collection

A new Substance Source material collection designed to aid in the rapid creation and customization of 3D characters has launched. Developed with the help of veteran character modelers from film and games, the “Substance Source Skin Micro Details Collection” introduces 32 original materials, each offering artists a way to quickly customize the little imperfections needed to bring a fully realized character to life.

This release is the second of two parts and features materials created with the input of character designer Pablo Muñoz Gomez. His work joins that of 3D modeler Magdalena Dadela, whose contributions debuted on May 2.

Dadela is a long-time Substance user and character modeler for Framestore’s Montreal location. Her resume includes game franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Tomb Raider, while her VFX history features Warcraft: The Beginning, Predators, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and more.

Based in Melbourne, Gomez has spent years as a professional modeler and teacher, helping to create character models for a wide variety of industries, including education, healthcare, corporate videos and the film and game industries. He recently turned that passion for creation and sharing knowledge into a resource for artists when he founded ZBrushGuides.

For this collection, the veterans worked with the Source team every step of the way, from the design of the materials for use in a variety of character designs to determining the parametric levels of each asset. Each downloadable offering can be endlessly modified to help create a photorealistic digital human or tweaked and exaggerated to produce anything from a cartoon character to a sci-fi monster.

“When it comes to character creation, perfection can actually be a negative,” said Nicolas Paulhac, product manager of Substance Source. “The best looking 3D characters are the ones that use major or minor differences to show history and uniqueness. That can make a huge difference, but it can also be time and resource heavy. That’s where this collection comes in.”

Working from dermatology publications and reference images, the team was able to recreate some of the most common skin imperfections, including natural blemishes, freckles, open wounds and even the effects of diseases. Shape, size, colors and more are all adaptable, customizable and ready-to-use, whether you want to create a realistic digital human or a zombie with rotting flesh.

Earlier this year, the Substance team released a collection of materials made in collaboration with Texturing XYZ featuring scans of human skin. Those customizable materials feature everything from pores to individual hairs, and can be used as the first level of a character’s skin. When paired with advancements to Substance Painter – including the introduction of Subsurface Scattering – artists now have even more ways to produce film-grade characters faster and with more flexibility.

The collection launches with two free materials for Substance Live subscribers to experiment with — “Arch Fingerprint” and “Skin Freckles” — available through the Substance Source library. Live tutorials from Dadela and Gomez will arrive on the Substance YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

Substance Source is available through monthly subscription which grants access to 30 material downloads per month, along with Substance Designer, Substance Painter and Substance B2M for $19.90 (Indie) or $99.90 (Pro). Professional users and teams can also buy the entire Source library plus one year of updates for $4,990. Enterprise and Education pricing available on request. Students and teachers can request a license at no cost.

Father and Daughter by Magdalena Dadela

Father and Daughter by Magdalena Dadela

Zombie by Pablo Munoz Gomez

Zombie by Pablo Munoz Gomez

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