Substance Alchemist Hands-On

Allegorithmic (now Adobe) are well known for their excellent Substance Designer and Painter texturing tools have recently released a major update for Alchemist, their Quixel Mixer competitor.  The biggest new feature to Alchemist is the AI driven Image to Material, an image importing option along side the existing B2M functionality.  From the release notes, Image to Material is describe as:

Bring the outside world into your creations. For the first time, tap into the power of AI to convert a simple photograph into a full material with incredible accuracy. No need for complex and expensive photogrammetry equipment; use pictures taken on a holiday or in your backyard, in any lighting condition.

The Image to Material filter will generate a perfect albedo, as well as normal and displacement maps which closely match the original real-life surface.

The release also adds new filters, texture importing and management tools and more.  Substance Alchemist is available as part of a Substance Subscription, and there is a 30 day fully functional trial available here.  You can check out Substance Alchemist and the new features in the hands-on video below.

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