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Use Blender and Substance Painter to create This classic car


Use Blender and Substance Painter to create This classic car

 Develope 3D Modeling Skills using Blender and Substance Painter to create this amazing 3D Animation and 3D Rendering.

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Creating a classic car using Blender and Substance Painter is a multi-step process that combines 3D modeling, texturing, and rendering to achieve a realistic and detailed final product. This tutorial will guide you through the process, from setting up your reference images to the final render.

1. Setting Up Reference Images in Blender

First, gather reference images of the classic car you want to model. These should include front, side, back, and top views. Once you have these images, open Blender and set them up as background images in your 3D viewport. This will help you ensure that your model is proportionate and accurate.

  1. Open Blender and delete the default cube.
  2. Press N to open the properties panel and go to the "Background Images" tab.
  3. Click on "Add Image" and load your reference images. Position them correctly in the front, side, and top orthographic views.

2. Blocking Out the Basic Shape

Start by blocking out the basic shape of the car. This step involves creating a rough, low-poly version of the car to establish its overall proportions and silhouette.

  1. Create the Main Body:

    • Use a cube as your starting point.
    • Enter Edit Mode (Tab key) and use the Extrude, Scale, and Grab tools to shape the cube into the basic form of the car.
    • Use the reference images to guide you in shaping the front, side, and back views.
  2. Add Basic Details:

    • Add more cubes or other primitives to block out the wheels, windows, and other major components.
    • Don’t worry about the fine details at this stage; focus on getting the overall shape right.

3. Refining the Model

Once you have the basic shape, you can start refining the model. This involves adding more detail and refining the topology.

  1. Subdivision Surface Modifier:

    • Apply a Subdivision Surface modifier to smooth the body.
    • Adjust the number of subdivisions to balance detail and performance.
  2. Detailing the Body:

    • Use edge loops (Ctrl+R) to add more geometry where needed.
    • Shape the car's fenders, hood, and other body parts to match your reference images more closely.
  3. Modeling Smaller Parts:

    • Model the wheels, headlights, grille, and other smaller parts separately.
    • Use cylinders for wheels and adjust their vertices to create the correct tire and rim shapes.
    • Use planes and extrusions to model the grille and headlights.

4. UV Unwrapping

Before moving to texturing, you'll need to unwrap the model's UVs. This process involves creating a 2D representation of your 3D model's surface to apply textures accurately.

  1. Mark Seams:

    • Enter Edit Mode and select the edges where you want to create seams.
    • Press Ctrl+E and select "Mark Seam".
  2. Unwrap the Model:

    • Select all faces (A key) and press U to unwrap.
    • Use the UV Editor to arrange the UV islands efficiently, minimizing stretching and overlapping.

5. Exporting to Substance Painter

With the model unwrapped, you can export it to Substance Painter for texturing.

  1. Export the Model:

    • Go to File > Export > FBX and export your model.
    • Ensure you export with the correct settings, including geometry, smoothing, and UVs.
  2. Import into Substance Painter:

    • Open Substance Painter and create a new project.
    • Import your FBX file.

6. Texturing in Substance Painter

Substance Painter allows you to create realistic textures using a variety of tools and techniques.

  1. Bake Mesh Maps:

    • Before texturing, bake the mesh maps (normal, ambient occlusion, curvature, etc.).
    • Go to Texture Set Settings and bake the maps at a high resolution.
  2. Base Colors and Materials:

    • Start by applying base materials to different parts of the car (metal for the body, rubber for the tires, glass for the windows).
    • Use smart materials and masks to apply these base layers.
  3. Detailing:

    • Add layers of dirt, rust, and wear using brushes and procedural textures.
    • Use the paint tool to add specific details, like logos and stripes.
    • Utilize the particle brushes for effects like rain streaks or mud splatters.
  4. Refinement:

    • Adjust the roughness, metallic, and height settings to fine-tune the look of each material.
    • Use the normal and height maps to add surface detail like bolts and seams.

7. Exporting Textures and Applying Them in Blender

Once you're satisfied with the textures in Substance Painter, you can export them and apply them to your model in Blender.

  1. Export Textures:

    • Go to File > Export Textures.
    • Choose the appropriate template for Blender and export the textures.
  2. Import Textures in Blender:

    • Switch to the Shader Editor in Blender.
    • Create a new material and import the texture maps (base color, normal, roughness, metallic, etc.).
    • Connect the texture maps to the corresponding inputs in the Principled BSDF shader.

8. Setting Up the Scene for Rendering

With your textured model back in Blender, set up your scene for rendering.

  1. Lighting:

    • Add lights to your scene. Use an HDRI environment texture for realistic lighting.
    • Position area lights to highlight important features of the car.
  2. Camera Setup:

    • Add a camera and position it to capture the best angles of your car.
    • Adjust the focal length and depth of field for a more cinematic look.
  3. Rendering Settings:

    • Switch to Cycles for high-quality rendering.
    • Adjust the render settings for resolution, samples, and denoising.

9. Final Render and Post-Processing

Finally, render your scene and perform any necessary post-processing.

  1. Render the Image:

    • Press F12 to render the image.
    • Save the rendered image once it’s complete.
  2. Post-Processing:

    • Use the Compositor in Blender or external software like Photoshop to adjust color balance, contrast, and other image settings.
    • Add any final touches to enhance the overall look of the render.


Creating a classic car using Blender and Substance Painter is a comprehensive project that requires attention to detail and patience. By following these steps, you'll learn essential skills in 3D modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, and rendering. Practice and experimentation are key to mastering these techniques, so don't hesitate to try different approaches and refine your workflow. Happy modeling!