Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!
Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!
Experienced developer Dave Riganelli has presented his experiments with the new nodes for surface scanning in Substance Designer 6. The artist did a few tests with different materials and got amazing results.
Objects scanned starting at top left:
- Cotton Sweatshirt
- Corduroy Button down shirt
- Wool knit scarf
- Vinyl fabric
- Smooth pine board
- Rough pine board
The “Smart Tile” node works pretty good although it’s output greatly varies based on how random the texture patter is. All materials here are tiled between 2-4 times, some worked out better then others
Photos were taken in RAW format , adjusted, and cropped square in Lightroom, then exported as 4k 16bit Tiff.
Tiffs were imported to Designer and put into the scanning template. Images were then rendered in Marmoset.