To Substance or Not To Substance: That is the Question
The Steam versions of Substance Painter and Designer are on sale for $105 (american dinero) and these appear to be perpetual licenses, with at least a year worth of updates from what I can tell. The steam versions will eventually stop updating but you can definitely still use them for life it sounds like.
Substance Designer 2020 on Steam $105
So on to my question. I have already purchased Layer Painter, bPainter, and Mask Tools as blender add-ons and these along with other blender workflows can produce amazing results (add-ons not required haha).
I'm not great at any of them.......yet. bPainter is the one I am using the most in my spare free time. I am just a hobbyist and enjoy the journey as long as I can get where I want to go. Currently my results are not great but I don't think it is because Blender is holding me back. More-just I lack experience currently in these areas.
Should I invest in Substance based on what I already have versus what these programs do wonderfully? What I am really trying to say is: Should I incorporate it into my workflow as a hobbyist who is on a journey to learn and master his craft Modeling, Texturing, Making Materials, and exporting to Unity........eventually (the time required is not a huge problem)?
I have the money purchase so that is not the issue. The issue is really just I want to get good at the art of materials and texturing. In a way maybe I am afraid that the easy road is substance and it will take away from my learning.
The sale ends July 9, 2020 so I have some time to decide. Input and comments are definitely welcome though I could use some good input from jlampel, theluthier , rrationalrats , spikeyxxx michaelmirn frikkr and anyone else who wants to speak to this.
I want to know from those who have experience from both sides and can give their own input. Not really looking for comments like: "blender sucks go Substance" or viceversa haha. Just wanting some decent feedback regarding the topic from the viewpoint of being a hobbyist. It's also not like I would never do texturing in blender if I bought substance.