Substance Painter and Substance Designer are two of the most popular 3D texturing software tools. The Painter and Designer applications, which were developed by Allegorithmic, have become a standard tool at studios around the world for texturing game assets and creating tileable, dynamic and modular textures, respectively. Substance Designer is also used to create a base material library where the materials can be used in other applications like Substance Painter.

Normally, Substance software’s indie monthly plan costs $19.90/month and $239/year while the PRO cost $99.90/month and 990/year but 3D animation tools aren’t exactly cheap, Allegorithmic is offering both Substance applications for free. The free education license is aimed at students and teachers.

The free applications come with all the standard features and tools that the commercial versions offer as well as free updates. The free updates will come as long as the user remains in full-time education. However, these applications could only be used for personal learning.

How to Get the Substance Painter and Substance Design for Free?

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To get the Substance Painter and Substance Design, simply upload your student ID and download the code for the software. You can download the free education license here.

The free education license is valid for a year and it’s renewable. Substance applications could be used at home on a personal computer. For teachers, the free versions cannot be used on school computers; they cannot be used to in class to teach. Educators could access these applications at qualifying institutions.

For individuals who wish to obtain the free licenses for their schools, you are eligible for discounts. You can check out the discounted prices here and get more information here.  

Although the free education license is offered for personal use, Allegorithmic implied that the applications could be used for commercial work as well. But just to make sure you don’t violate the terms, stick with the personal use.

Apart from offering Substance Painter and Substance Designer for free, Allegorithmic is also offering the Substance B2M for free. This tool is used for generating PBR outputs from a single input image: base color, normal, metallic, roughness, ambient occlusion.

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How to Get the Substance Painter and Substance Design Trial Versions?

You can try any of Allegorithmic’s software applications for 30 days, including plugins for 3DS MAX. MODO, Houdini, and Maya here.

All Substance applications are fully featured, regardless of the license type. To get the trial versions of these tools, just choose the category that fits your occupation or organization and download.

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