Serif is working on 3D texturing tools in Affinity Photo
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Serif is working on 3D texturing tools in Affinity Photo

Friday, April 17, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker

Andy Somerfield, main developer of Affinity Photo, has released a fascinating preview screenshot of the new 3D texturing features in Serif's popular image editing software.

The image, which was published in a thread on the Affinity forums for game artists, shows an OBJ file, which is displayed in a new model window on the user interface, and the UV-unpacked texture in the view window.

According to Somerfield, both the diffuse and the normal map are processed and a preview of the result is shown in real time on the 3D model.

Not yet an alternative to special texturing tools such as substance products
Although fans of Affinity Photo see it as a permanently licensed alternative to Adobe Photoshop, it's still a bit early to see it as an alternative to texturing tools such as Substance products, which are also owned by Adobe.

Somerfield comments that the toolset is "early days" and that "it cannot promise this for (Affinity Photo) 1.9," but Serif "will contact the beta community to help us ensure this." that we get it. " this right".

If you're interested in more immediate alternatives to the substance tools, you may want to read our stories about the ArmorPaint open source 3D texture painting tool and the free Quixel Mixer material authoring tool.

Pricing and system requirements
Affinity Photo is available for Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.9+ and iOS 12+. New desktop licenses are priced at $ 49.99. The iPad Edition costs $ 19.99. The current stable version is Affinity Photo 1.8.

For more information on the 3D texturing tools in progress in Affinity Photo, see the product forums

Tags: 3D texturing, Adobe, Affinity Photo, Affinity Photo 1.9, ArmorPaint, diffuse card, image editing, model control panel, new functions, normal card, OBJ, perpetual license, Photoshop, price, Quixel Mixer, real time preview, Substance Alchemist, Substance Designer, Substance Painter, system requirements


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