LevelUp Digital Intro to Plugin Creation
LevelUp Digital Intro to Plugin Creation in Substance Designer : Dive deeper into the inner workings of Substance Designer with Ben Wilson’s tutorial about creating and understanding how to make powerful plugins. In this tutorial, you will get a full introduction into how to create a simple plugin, giving you a real-world example of using the API.
This tutorial is for any artist looking to broaden their technical knowledge of the software. Ben starts by providing an overview of Designer’s API, covering everything from it’s architecture, classes and functions, to common pitfalls.
Follow along as Ben develops a property cycler plugin from start to finish, a tool that enables you to speed up your workflow. His complete process is covered in this tutorial, beginning with planning the structure, to adding UI elements and custom hotkeys, and finally to packaging the plugin for distribution.
Whether you’re a aspiring tech artist, or just looking to learning how to create your own plugins, this tutorial equips you with the basic knowledge you need to start creating your own custom plugins.
Ben Wilson is a Material and Technical Artist in the games industry. He has over a decade of experience and has worked on a number of AAA titles, such as Wolfenstein 2: New Colossus, Doom Eternal and Tom Clancy’s: The Division.
Ben has spent many years working with Substance Designer and enjoys exploring new workflows and ideas.
Much of this, is creating robust and easy to use tools inside Designer, which extends to the Python API with plugin creation.
Ben engages the community by offering tutorials and mentorships to help fellow artists learn and grow inside Designer. He has also collaborated with Allegorithmic on their Substance Source Signature series as well as given various talks on his workflow and techniques.
- Getting Setup
- API Structure
- Working with Nodes
- Intro to Plugin Creation
- Plugin Structure
- Registering Callbacks
- Adding Toolbars
- Adding Actions
- Framework Setup
- Looping Behavior
- Output Format Property
- Plugin Distribution
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