Brushes | Substance 3D Modeler
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Learn about using brushes in Modeler and how different brushes can achieve different effects.
What is the brush?
The brush determines where and how the selected tool's effect will be applied. For example, with the Clay tool, the brush shows where clay will be added and what shape it will have. Every tool has a brush, except the Select tool which is a little special - you can learn about the Select tool here.
For tools that have a brush, you can adjust the behavior of the brush in the parameters area of the Palette. The image below shows the brush parameters for the Cube brush.
You can use different brushes with the same tool to achieve different effects, just like painting with a wide brush in real life will create a different effect than painting with a pointed brush. You can see the results of different brush shape parameters here.
💻You can resize the brush quickly with ctrl + click and drag.
🥽Use quick tune to modify the brush quickly:
If it's your first time using Modeler, it's worth spending a few minutes playing with the parameters of different brush shapes. The brush is your primary method of working with clay, so it's useful to know what options are available.
Many brush parameters behave the same way across tools. Common brush parameters are listed below:
Select the base shape for the brush
Different brush shapes have different parameters available. For example, you can adjust the width, height, and depth of a cube, or you can adjust the radius and thickness of a torus. A full list of brush shape parameters is available here.
Modify the size of the brush
Increase or decrease the size of the brush. Very large brush sizes may cause a delay between using the tool and results appearing.
|Toggle pressure sensitivity|
Pressure sensitivity allows you to dynamically adjust the scale of clay as you draw out your strokes.
|Toggle single mode||Single mode will only place a single stamp of your brush when you pull the trigger instead of constantly applying clay along your stroke.|
|Toggle Lazy stroke||With Lazy stroke enabled, the stroke is dragged behind the cursor rather than appearing directly beneath it. This helps create smoother strokes and clean curves.|
|Toggle Steady stroke||Steady stroke takes time to catch up with the cursor. Unlike Lazy stroke, Steady stroke will eventually reach the cursor. This helps create smoother strokes and clean curves.|
VR Brush position
You can adjust the position of the brush relative to the tool hand while in VR.