Adobe Substance 3D | Common Questions

Frequently-asked questions about the Adobe Substance 3D products and plans.

General Questions

Yes. You can download any Substance 3D app and try it for 30 days for free.

No. Substance 3D apps are sold exclusively in the Substance 3D plans.

Licensees of the Higher Education Creative Cloud All Apps EDU plan will receive an entitlement to the Substance 3D apps at no additional cost. 

Substance 3D Collection apps are available for free for Students and teachers here.

Sign up for access to the Substance 3D Modeler beta through the Adobe Prerelease site here.

The Substance 3D Modeler beta is available for free, all you need is a Creative Cloud account to join.

Your Substance 3D plan includes high-quality 3D assets, available to download every month.

All assets are royalty free and usable across all your commercial and creative projects.

Substance 3D assets are not included in the Higher Education Creative Cloud All Apps EDU plan, or the Substance 3D Student and Teacher Edition.

More powerful hardware and graphics processors improve the experience with the Substance 3D apps. 

Learn more about hardware requirements here.

Yes, the Substance 3D Collection for enterprise.

Learn more about the solutions for enterprise customers here.

Stager is a new 3D app to compose and render 3D scenes that offers a variety of new features.

Feature Substance 3D Stager Adobe Dimension

Bounding Box Snapping

Collision based transformation

Standard transformation tool

Universal transform tool

Align & Distribute tool


Adobe Standard Material 2.0

  • Displacement & Tessellation

  • Sheen

  • Clearcoat

  • Anisotropy

  • Emission

  • Ambient Occlusion

  • Subsurface Scattering

Painter > Send to Dimension interop

Adobe Standard Material 1.0

  • Standard PBR

Substance materials (SBSAR)

Images as material layers (Decals)

UV generation

UV export



Substance environment lights

Physical lights (point, spot, area)

Photostage (environment light + backplate + camera)

Environment lights

Image lights

Multi camera objects with size and background per camera
Single resolution output

Improved quality in the real time engine

Improved performance in the ray tracing engine

GPU support for Windows

GPU support for NVidia only

Learn more about Stager here.

The Substance 3D texturing plan includes Painter, Designer, and Sampler apps, and up to 30 3D materials a month. The Substance 3D collection plan includes Painter, Designer, Sampler, and Stager apps, and up to 50 3D assets a month. 

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After you subscribe, the Substance 3D apps will be available in your Creative Cloud desktop application to download and install.

Substance 3D is included at no cost in Creative Cloud plans for Higher Education colleges and universities. Assets are not included in the Higher Education plan. K12 institutions are not included in this offer at this time. Substance 3D texturing apps are available for free for Students and Teachers here (non-commercial use, learning purposes only).

Yes, unused credits are carried over to the next month.

You can continue to use purchased assets after cancelling your subscription.

You cannot use unused credits after cancelling your subscription. However, if you resubscribe, unused credits will become available for use again.


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