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!
Amazing Jonas Ronnegard shared a tutorial about getting height alphas to work with smart materials in Substance Painter. This free step-by-step tutorial might help you optimize your texturing workflow and learn more Substance tricks.
You can also get his smart material metal set for Substance Painter.
This set contains:
– 20 Metal smart materials,
– 2 Tutorials,
Height alpha to smart material
How to edit smart materials tips&tricks.
– Shield SP scene.
– Shield OBJ + PNG textures.