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Update: version 1.0.1 now compatible with Substance 3D Designer 2020.2.2 or above.

HairTG-Feather is a procedural feather texture generator for Substance 3D Designer. It generates PBR (Physical Based Rendering) textures for game engines or renderers as well as outputs which may be used in 2D works/illustration. It is provided with 2 manuals and a 4-part, 2h+ video tutorial.

Artwork generated with HairTG-Feather was nominated for the Substance 3D Designer Insanity Awards 2020!

Note: HairTG-Feather was formerly named "HairTG-Surface, Feather Edition". They are the same product and content, only the naming has changed.

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  • The feather tool in sbsar form plus various utilities.
  • 12 example feathers (sbs).
  • Example tiling graph and feather cover graph (sbs).
  • A User Manual and a Reference Manual.
  • A 4-part, 2h+ video tutorial.

Main Features

  • Generation of procedural PBR (Physical Based Rendering) feather textures of variable shape, density, color and many other configurable aspects.
  • Extensive shaping controls at the feather, barb and shaft levels.
  • Curve support enabling to vary parameter values along the length of the feather or the barb (up to 19 parameters per vane may be driven by curves).
  • Simulation of the afterfeather section (thin hair/barbula at the bottom of the feather) with curve-driven break-up within barb components.
  • Handling of break-up sections inside the vane’s barb using curves.
  • Outputs the following PBR maps: Mask, Alpha, Depth (Height), Color, Flow (Direction), Normal, Roughness, Ambient Occlusion up to 8K in resolution.
  • Outputs Grayscale and Color Art maps suitable for 2D/illustration purpose, each of them supporting multiple display modes.
  • Per-vane properties so each vane may have a different shape/color etc. Some properties are also common to both vanes.
  • The overall 2D curvature of the feather can be designed in the 2D view using control points.
  • Multiple colorization modes, including per barb component and vane overlays.
  • Configurable shaft thickness, height and coloring.
  • Vane and feather 3D aspect configurable with depth profiles.
  • Tiling tools to assemble feathers into single large textures.
  • 2D and 3D renders inside Substance Designer.


HairTG-Feather is compatible with the following versions of Substance 3D Designer:

  • 2020.1 to 2020.2.1 using 1.0 version of the tool.
  • 2020.2.2 or above using 1.0.1 version of the tool.

License notice

Licenses are single seat only. You cannot resell or distribute the package or some of its content into a form that would expose it to reuse.

License types

Commercial Studio: the tool and generated textures may be used for commercial projects, for individuals, schools or companies with revenue above USD $100K a year.

Commercial Indie: the tool and generated textures may be used for commercial projects, for individuals, schools or companies with revenue below USD $100K a year.

Non-commercial: for personal use (not companies), the product can be used for non-commercial projects.

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