This page presents the Properties panel of Substance Designer, its layout and the different rollouts and categories and parameters you can find within. It is focused on properties for Substance Graphs. Functions, MDL Graphs and FX maps have simpler layouts.

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The Properties panel is a context-sensitive panel that changes based on your selection in the Graph View and the Explorer window.

It  lets you change the properties of selected nodes and resources, together with the Graph View, it  is probably your second most used UI panel in Substance Designer.

The Properties panel is split into a few different rollouts, depending on your selection, for example:

  • Base Parameters, and Input- or Specific Parameters for nodes
  • Attributes and Metadata for most nodes and Packages

A key feature of the Substance Ecosystem, Exposing parameters, is done through the Properties panel.

Nodes & Substance Graphs

Nodes and Substance Graphs have a slightly overlapping set of property categories, and their functionality is similar.

Base Parameters and Attributes are identical between Nodes and Graphs.

Nodes offer Specific Parameters or Instance Parameters (depending on if they are Atomic nodes or Instances), as well as Input Values for working with Values in Substance Graphs.

Input and Output atomic nodes are exceptions as they feature Integration Attributes and Conditions for visiblity. These two sets of properties can also be accessed centrally in the Graph properties, under Inputs and Outputs.

Graphs have a few extra categories. Input Parameters lists exposed parameters, Inputs and Outputs list all properties of Input and Output nodes. You can find all Graph properties explained in detail on a dedicated page. 

MDL graphs

MDL Graphs have properties for individual nodes inside the graph, which simply list properties (similar to Specific Parameters) and for MDL Graphs themselves.

MDL Graphs have an Attributes and MDL Annotations area for metadata, as well as a Graph Inputs section for exposed graph inputs.

Resources & Packages

The Properties panel also responds to selection changes in the Explorer window. It can serve as another way of selecting a Graph (instead of double clicking an empty area), and also lets you change Package and Resource properties.

Packages have Information, Attributes and Metadata sections. The package metadata is described on a dedicated page.

Resources have properties specific to their type, detailed on dedicated pages.