Export Textures and Substance Materials

Learn how to export assets to external applications.

Which methods you should use to export your assets often depends on which application you plan to use them in. Below we cover each of the ways of exporting content.

Bitmaps and Substance Archives

There are two methods you can use to export materials to other applications:

  • Substance Archives (SBSAR) are powerful and customizable.
  • Bitmap files can be used in applications that don't support Substance Archives.

The SBSAR format allows you to customize parameters but also adjust the resolution of the images the SBSAR produces. The process of creating a Substance Archive is called publishing.

Keep the following in mind when publishing SBSAR files:

  • For SBSAR files, you publish the package, not the graph.
  • All graphs contained in a package will be contained within the SBSAR file.
  • Any settings or parameters of a graph that you exposed will still be available in the SBSAR.

 

Bitmaps are locked in resolution and functionality. They are a snapshot of the state of your graph at export time.

It's good to keep the following in mind when exporting a bitmap:

  • For bitmaps, you export the graph outputs, not the package. Packages don't generate bitmap content, graphs do.
  • Output nodes determine the bitmaps that can be exported from a graph.
  • You set the exported filetype for all outputs/bitmaps together.

Publish Substance Archives

If your Substance file has not been saved, you will first be asked to save an SBS file before determining where the SBSAR file is saved.

You can only publish SBSAR files through the Explorer window. Right-click a Package and choose Publish .sbsar file... You can also use the keyboard shortcut ctrl + p (option + p on macOS) to access the same dialog. 

A screenshot of the Publish SBSAR dialog.

Customize the File path and Archive compression, then click Publish to complete the process.

If warning text appears, you should probably Cancel and attempt to fix the issue. 

Nota:

The warning "Non-Relative to parent x1 output size parameter" means that the graph's width and height resolution is not dynamic. You're being warned that it won't be possible to generate textures from this package at a resolution of your choosing.

You can fix this specific case by opening the graph properties and setting the Inheritance method of the resolution to Relative to parent.

Export Bitmaps

You can access the Export Bitmaps Dialog in two ways:

Right-click on a graph and choose Export outputs as bitmaps.

export explorer

Click the Tools icon on the Graph toolbar and choose Export Outputs...

export from graph

In the Export outputs dialog you get some options to customize your export.

The Export outputs dialog is pictured below. To adjust the resolution of exports, change the resolution of output nodes on the nodes themselves of with the Parent Size setting in the graph toolbar.

Export From graph

Destination

Change where the files will be saved. Use the ... button to browse your local files.

Format

The file type used for all exported files.

Pattern

Pattern presents you with a method to generate filenames based on metadata keywords. You can always see a preview filename below for verification, based on the first output.


You can read about all available options here:

  1. $(graph) - name of the current graph
  2. $(identifier) - identifier of current graph
  3. $(description) - description of current graph
  4. $(label) - label of current graph
  5. $(user_data) - custom user data
  6. $(group) - output group

Outputs

Toggle on or off specific output nodes and output groups from your graph.

Automatic export

Check this to automatically re-export graph outpus whenever a change is made. This is only applied to the current graph. This setting can use many system resources and slow down Designer depending on your settings.

The Batch tab has many of the same options as the From graph tab. Under the Batch tab, you can also adjust the Output Size of all outputs at once.

What's next?

You've covered how to export graphs. Find out how to expose parameters so that you can adjust your materials directly in other applications.

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