The release comes with a new AI-powered version of Image to Material and a new AI Upscale feature.
Adobe has officially launched Substance 3D Sampler 4.2, a new and improved version of its picture-to-3D material and photogrammetry software, previously known as Substance Alchemist.
The release comes with a slew of new features and enhancements, with one of the most notable upgrades being those to the application's Image to Material tool, which can generate material channels, such as Base Color, Roughness, Normal, Displacement, and Metallic, from a single image. According to the team, the tool has been boosted by AI, improving the quality of the generated materials, and now supports a wider range of materials.
"Now, Image to Material has been trained on all material types, generating better results for fabric, plastic, wood, etc.," comments Adobe. "The updated version has a new parameter to select the material type to generate accurately all channels and automatically adjust the range."
Another notable addition introduced in 4.2 is the novel Upscale layer, which can significantly enhance the features of your material or image by either doubling or quadrupling its resolution.
This functionality allows you to improve the quality and level of detail in low-resolution textures while maintaining feature consistency across maps during texture enlargement. The Upscale filter enhances the Base Color, Roughness, Normal, Height, and Metallic channels of your material.
The release also includes a new Layer Resolution system that grants you full authority over the resolution of each layer. Each layer can adopt either the resolution of your document size or the resolution of the layer directly beneath it.
The resolution is prominently displayed on each layer, making it easy to visualize the impact of your work on the material's resolution. This empowers you to enhance material quality while also optimizing performance when working on your assets.
Moreover, the team has also shared a couple of insightful tutorials providing an in-depth explanation of 4.2's new features: