The Gnomon Workshop

Introduction to Substance Painter

with Christophe Desse


In this lecture, Christophe Desse introduces us to the world of Substance Painter. Starting with a detailed introduction to the tools and features, Christophe then goes deeper into the workflow of Substance Painter showing the texturing process on two different subjects. He begins with a detailed car model of a hot rod, showing various techniques that can be used to texture the various components while discussing how to handle the various material settings and maps. He then moves on to the driver, sharing his workflow for character texturing. Many different types of materials are textured and demonstrated, providing a thorough insight into Christophe’s methodology. Lastly, he shares his workflow for setting up shaders, lighting and cameras in the Redshift rendered for Maya, which offers powerful GPU rendering.

Rusky car fbx+obj and substance painter project file available to purchase at

Duration: 261 minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Christophe Desse

Technical Artist, Naughty Dog

Christophe worked as a special effect artist and modeller for advertising, tv, film, and games in France, Germany and Singapore. He is curently working at Naughty Dog in Santa Monica as an environement artist. He started to tinker with 3d software back in 1991, and is now experienced with most industry-standard packages. When he is not working on industry defining AAA titles at work ( uncharted 1, uncharted 2 uncharted 3, the last of us ,uncharted 4 ), Christophe enjoys creating cartoony or stylized characters and super charged muscle cars.

  • "This training video is a must see to every Substance Painter artist. Christophe knows the tool like no other and the fun he conveys in showing his workflow with the tool is contagious. And who can resist à French accent"

    - Sebastien Deguy
    Allegorithmic, Founder and CEO

  • "Christophe was one of the first Redshift users. His work consistently generates tons of interest in our community forums, which speaks volumes about his artistic and technical ability. Christophe has a great eye for detail. He's also a great communicator and keen in offering advice for pipeline improvements. For the last few months, Christophe has been pairing Redshift with the Substance toolset and, as you can clearly see from the results, it's a marriage made in heaven!"

    - Panagiotis "Panos" Zompolas
    CTO, Redshift Rendering Technologies

  • Learning new tools and workflows can always be a challenge, but having a good teacher makes the process much more enjoyable. Christophe has always been there supporting the concept team and helping us push our knowledge of any 3D tool or workflow we pursue. He has made the process of learning fun and challenges you along the way to push your knowledge and tools further.

    - John Sweeney
    Art Director Naughtydog

  • If you've been looking for a crash course on Substance Painter, look no further. Christophe's unique blend of technical, artistic and teaching skills will get you up to speed in no time and you'll actually have fun along the way!

    - Jeremie Noguer
    Director of Strategy Media and Entertainment - Allegorithmic