Link Creation Modes


Substance Designer allows you to work in 3 different link creation modes in the graph:

  • Standard (Legacy mode) - shortcut "1"
  • Compact - shortcut "2"
  • Compact Material - shortcut "3"

You can chose switch between modes at any moment in the graph toolbar by clicking on the icon , or with shortcuts.

The modes

 StandardCompactCompact Material
InputsEvery inputs are visibleEvery inputs are visibleOnly 1 input per group
OutputsEvery output are visibleEvery outputs are visibleOnly 1 output per group
LinksEvery links are visibleEvery link are visibleOnly 1 link per group
ConnectionsEach input/output needs to be
connected one by one
All the inputs/outputs from the same group
are connected at once, depending on the Usage.
All the inputs/outputs from the same group
are connected at once, depending on the Usage.

Groups

You should assign groups to the inputs and outputs in order to use the Compact mode and Compact Material mode.

You can assign a group to an output or an Input Color/Greyscale in the Attributes parameters of the node.

A group can be any string value.

Usage

The input/output usage is used to automatically plug the multiple links between nodes in Material and Compact Mode. If the usage between both input and output matches, a link will be created.