Customizing the Library

The default library offers enough assets to keep you busy for a while, but when you will start building your own substances, there is good chance that you want to directly access them from the library as well.

Substance Designer comes with all the necessary features to create your own custom libraries of Substances (and other resources too), by telling Substance Designer where to find them.

How to add resources in the library?

Step one: specify the location

In order to add new resources, the first thing you have to do is tell Substance Designer where these resources are located.

The Library supports monitoring of both local folders and folders shared over a network.

To do so, go in Project Preferences to manage folders to monitor.

Once you have added the proper path to the preferences, Substance Designer will scan the folders and add the proper content to the library.


Don't forget that any change you make to the monitored folders will be taken in account inside Substance Designer.

Therefore, make sure to choose properly the location of the folder you want to use, in order to not delete content by mistake.


In order to classify the assets, Substance Designer looks at their names and types, but also scan the information you add into the node.

Therefore, you can specify a group for the node, or decide to not show a resource in the Library by setting the "Hide from Library" parameter (in the Parameters view) to True

Step two : configure folders and filters

Adding your personal asset sis great, but if you want to have more control about how the content is organised, you can use folders and filters.


Create a filter


You can create your own filters with their own parameters.


A filter must be contained in a folder, so you should start by creating a folder with the Add folder   icon:



To create a filter, click on the folder that will contain this filter and click on the Add a new filter  icon:


This will automatically open the Edit panel, so you can edit the filter's parameters.


 Edit a filter


Click on the Edit  icon to open the Edit panel.


In this panel you can create rules for the filter, change the Filter's name and select in which project the filter will be stored.


Each filter's rule is displayed on one line:




The first drop down list lets you chose the kind of resource to display:




The second drop down list sets the sorting parameter:




You can use the "URL" parameter and then put the path in Contains to monitor a specific folder.



The third drop down lists sets the rule:



The 4th field allows you to put some text.