Jun. 23, 2021, by the Stager team
Compose State-of-the-art 3D Scenes with Stager
The new Substance 3D Stager is designed to be your own virtual studio.
A whole new software is born. Substance 3D Stager is your virtual studio, focused on giving you the best tools to put a scene together. A powerful rendering engine and versatile procedural content meet the signature Adobe approach in an app that’s both far-reaching and easy to use.
In Stager, you can build a scene with models, add materials, light your scene, position your cameras, and export your final image — or even export your scene for the web or AR.
Layout: arranging the objects
First, you’ll want to work with objects to populate your scene.
Stager provides you with a starter kit of 3D models — including customizable 3D shapes and text. To go further, you can also get elements from our library of premium content (formerly known as Substance Source), where, as of today, over 2,000 3D models are ready to be used.
And if you’d like more assets, you can use your own! Stager allows you to import most 3D model files (FBX, OBJ, GLTF, USD, and more).
Let’s place the models in your scene. To do that, your transform tools will let you simply move, rotate and scale your model. You can also decide to move your model along the surface of another object — which is how you’ll be able to position an object on top of a surface.
There are more tools to help you make your 3D models interact naturally with one another: the snapping options let you snap a model’s bounding box to the ground plane or to any other object in the scene.
And then, a tool that’s sparked endless fun inside the team: using collision to make your model interact with another. It’s a great way to place objects naturally. It works on a single object or a group: just activate the option and use your transform gizmos to move your model around. Check it out!
If there’s one thing that’s going to make sure your scene gets that extra spark, it has be the choice of materials. And the good thing is, we’re pretty good at materials! Stager lets you make the most of the full Substance ecosystem here and leverage the power of procedural materials.
You’ll have starter materials in Stager for your basic needs, and for anything more you can always check out the 3D asset library for Substance materials (that’s nearly 9,000 high-end textures for you to choose from). Whatever you pick, you just need to drag and drop it on your model, adjust, and voilà.