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Interface | Substance 3D Sampler

  1. Home
  2. Getting Started
    1. Getting Started overview
    2. Activation and licenses
    3. System requirements
    4. Shortcuts
    5. Importing Resources
    6. Report a bug
    7. Project Management
    8. Export
      1. Export overview
      2. Export Window
      3. Default Presets
        1. Default Presets overview
        2. Arnold 5
        3. Blender Cycles/Eevee
        4. Corona Renderer
        5. Enscape - Revit
        6. Keyshot9+
        7. Lens Studio
        8. Spark AR Studio
        9. Unity HDRP Standard
        10. Unity HDRP Specular
        11. Unity Standard
        12. Unity Specular
        13. Unreal Engine 4
        14. Redshift
        15. V-Ray Next
      4. Managing custom presets
      5. Managing Presets
  3. Interface
    1. Interface overview
    2. The Home Screen
    3. 2D and 3D Viewport
    4. Sidebars
    5. Panels
      1. Panels overview
      2. Project panel
      3. Assets panel
      4. Layers panel
      5. Properties panel
      6. Viewer Settings panel
      7. Shader Settings panel
      8. Channel Settings panel
      9. Metadata panel
      10. Export panel
      11. Physical Size Panel
      12. Exposed Parameters Panel
      13. Resources
    6. Tools and Widgets
      1. Tools and Widgets overview
      2. Sliders
      3. Color Picker
    7. Preferences
      1. Preferences overview
      2. Normal Format
      3. Layer Resolution
  4. Filters
    1. Filters overview
    2. Custom Filters
    3. Compound Filters
    4. Generators
      1. Generators overview
      2. Atlas Scatter
      3. Brickwall
      4. Cloth Weave
      5. Decal
      6. Embossing
      7. Embroidery
      8. Floor Tiles
      9. Gravel
      10. Panel
      11. Parquet
      12. Pattern
      13. Pavement
      14. Perforate
      15. Quilt Stitch
      16. Splatter
      17. Stonewall
      18. Surface Relief
      19. Weave
    5. Adjustments
      1. Adjustments overview
      2. Blur
      3. Brightness/Contrast
      4. Colorize
      5. Color Replace
      6. Color Variation
      7. Equalize
      8. Fill
      9. Hue/Saturation
      10. Invert
      11. Sharpen
      12. Vibrance
    6. Tools
      1. Tools overview
      2. Atlas Creator
      3. Atlas Splitter
      4. Channels Generation
      5. Channel Switch
      6. Clone Stamp
      7. Crop tool
      8. Delight (AI Powered)
      9. Height to AO
      10. Height to Normal
      11. Image To Material
      12. Make it Tile
      13. Match
      14. Multiangle To Material
      15. Normal to Height
      16. Paint Wrap *missing*
      17. PBR Validate
      18. Perspective Correction
      19. Tiling
      20. Transform
      21. Warp
      22. Warp Transform
      23. Upscale
    7. HDRI Tools
      1. HDRI Tools overview
      2. Color Temperature Adjustment
      3. Exposure
      4. Exposure Preview
      5. HDR Merge
      6. Line Light
      7. Nadir Extract
      8. Nadir Patch
      9. Panorama Patch
      10. Plane Light
      11. Shape Light
      12. Sphere Light
      13. Straighten Horizon
    8. Wear and Finish
      1. Wear and Finish overview
      2. Corrode
      3. Cracks
      4. Dirt
      5. Discarded Gums
      6. Dust
      7. Erode
      8. Metal Finish
      9. Moss
      10. Oxidate
      11. Paint
      12. Rust
      13. Scratch
      14. Snow
      15. Water
      16. Varnish
  5. Technical Support
    1. Technical Support overview
    2. Exporting the log file
    3. Configuration
      1. Configuration overview
      2. Retrieving the installation path
      3. Update Checker
      4. NVIDIA Driver Settings
      5. 3D CApture set-up on Linux *missing*
    4. Technical Issues
      1. Technical Issues overview
    5. Data or project issues
      1. Data or project issues overview
      2. Import Substance Alchemist projects in Substance 3D Sampler
      3. Materials are missing after upgrading from beta version
    6. Filter issues
      1. Filter issues overview
      2. Image to Material and Delighter are missing
    7. Interface issues
      1. Interface issues overview
      2. Fonts are not displayed correctly
      3. Main interface is transparent
    8. Performance issues
      1. Performance issues overview
      2. Color picker takes long time to open the first time
      3. Interface lags when interacting with the layer stack or other elements
    9. Stability issues
      1. Stability issues overview
      2. Crash when exporting a material
      3. Crash when using the Image to Material or Delighter
    10. Startup issues
      1. Startup issues overview
      2. Application doesn't start on Linux
  6. Features and workflows
    1. Features and workflows overview
    2. 3D Capture
    3. Export parametric assets
    4. End to end Physical Size Workflow
    5. Texture Import
    6. Use As Bitmap
    7. Adobe Standard Material
  7. Pipeline and integrations
    1. Pipeline and integrations overview
    2. Environment variables
  8. Scripting and Development
    1. Scripting and Development overview
    2. Manage installed plugins and scripts
    3. Create a Plugin with Python and QML
    4. Create a Script with Python
      1. Create a Script with Python overview
      2. Example Scripts
  9. Release Notes
    1. Release Notes overview
    2. All Changes
    3. Version 4.2
    4. Version 4.1
    5. Version 4.0
    6. Version 3.4
    7. Version 3.3
    8. Old Versions
      1. Version 3.2
      2. Version 3.1
      3. Version 3.0
      4. Version 2020.3 (2.3)
      5. Version 2020.2 (2.2)
      6. Version 2020.1 (2.1)
      7. Version 2019.1
      8. Version 0.8.1
      9. Version 0.8.0
      10. Version 0.7.0
      11. Version 0.6.1
      12. 0.6.0
      13. 0.5.4
      14. 0.5.3
      15. 0.5.2
      16. 0.5.1
      17. 0.5.0


Sampler's workspace is made up of the viewport, the left and right sidebars, and a number of panels. Each panel is dedicated to a specific purpose, so different panels are useful during different parts of the creative process.

Workspace overview

The workspace is where you will spend most of your time in Sampler. By default the workspace consists of six areas:

A. The Application menu bar shows the current project name. It also holds the File, Edit, Window, Help, and License menus.
B. The Left sidebar holds shortcuts to some filters, the Viewer Settings panel, and the Channel Settings panel.
C. The Project and Assets panels.
D. The Viewport displays the asset you're currently working on.
E. The Layers and Properties panels.
F. The Right sidebar gives access to the Metadata and Export panels.

The Application menus are covered in more detail below. Panels, the Viewport and the sidebars each have their own articles.

Customize the workspace

Sampler's workspace is fully customizable, so you can find a layout that works best for you. If you ever want to reset the panels to the default layout, use Window > Reset to default layout.

Rearrange panels

Click and drag the title of a panel to start moving it.

You can dock a panel on the edges of the viewport or other panels: drag the panel over the edge where you'd like it to be docked and a blue highlight guide will appear. When you see the line appear, drop the panel to dock it.

Open and close panels

Use the X at the upper right of a panel to close it. Closed panels are stored in the sidebars.

To open a panel again, click the relevant icon for the panel in either the left or right sidebar. This opens the panel temporarily. Drag the panel out to keep it open permanently.

The Left Sidebar holds the following panels when they're closed:

  • Assets
  • Project
  • Viewer Settings
  • Shader Settings
  • Channel Settings

The Right sidebar holds the following panels when they're closed:

  • Layers
  • Properties
  • Physical Size
  • Metadata
  • Share
  • Exposed Parameters

Application Menus

The Application menu bar shows the current project name. It also holds the File, Edit, Window, Help, and License menus.

Use the File menu to create a new project, open an existing project, or save your current project.

Use the Edit menu to undo and redo actions or access your preferences. To learn more about preferences, go here.

Use the Window menu to reset your workspace to the default layout.

Use the Help menu to learn more about Sampler or find out how to fix issues.

TutorialsOpens Sampler's tutorials page. Tutorials cover everything from the basics of using Sampler to advanced techniques that can accelerate your work.
Release notes

See what changed in recent versions of Sampler.

DocumentationSee the documentation. The documentation provides information on all aspects of using Sampler.
Keyboard Shortcuts

See a full list of keyboard shortcuts. Using shortcuts can help you work faster than relying on your cursor alone.

ForumOpen the forums to join the conversation with other members of the Substance 3D Sampler community, or submit your own posts and suggestions.
Report a bugReport a problem with Sampler.
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