Cinema 4D Gets Native Support for Allegorithmic’s Substance Technology

Integrated support for Substances in Cinema 4D offers games and 3D content creators all the power of Allegorithmic’s procedural material workflow.

Allegorithmic - in close cooperation with MAXON - introduces a free plugin that delivers native support for their powerful Substance technology within Cinema 4D. The new workflow was previewed in a tech demo during this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco where it was received with great enthusiasm. Allegorithmicís Substance workflow has been adopted by most AAA Game studios and is also expanding rapidly in the VFX, Design and Broadcast industries. 

What are Substances?

A Substance is a file that defines a procedural material through a set of channels. Each channel controls the parameters used to generate the textures describing specific surface attributes, such as diffuse, specular and normals. Using Substances for texturing has unique advantages, as they are:

  • Dynamic: Substances are parametric and can be tweaked at any time. You have the freedom to customize them at your leisure.
  • Multi-resolution: The parametric nature of the Substances allows you to change and increase their resolution to make sure it fits your quality needs.
  • Lightweight: Substances are very light and can typically reduce your texture package size by 90%, thus making it easier to deliver your content.

What is Substance Designer?
Substance Designer is a node-based texture compositing tool that allows you to create Substance files or bitmap textures. You can use it to texture assets and also bake model information like normal, displacement, etc. It contains a wide library of tools, materials and procedural effects to help you achieve your goals in a fully non-destructive workflow.

Substances are well-integrated into Cinema 4D. The Substance dynamic parameters are exposed in the Cinema 4D user interface. Tweak the parameters and the changes will be updated immediately in your viewport.

Where to get the Plug-In?
The Substance plugin is immediately available as a free download. offers a great introductory tutorial “Substance Designer for C4D” [. An additional goodie pack of free Substances to start with can be found here.