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Substance Bootcamp

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Substance Bootcamp

Unlock the world of 3D texturing with Adobe Substance Suite in this bootcamp led by industry expert Christina Ryan as you bring to life a production-ready skateboard and scene.

9 Lessons
61 Enrolled
4 Hours



Are you passionate about digital art but find 3D texturing a bit intimidating? Dive into the world of Adobe Substance with this comprehensive bootcamp course, designed to demystify the complexities of 3D texturing. Led by Christina Ryan, a distinguished Lead Texture Artist at Industrial Light and Magic in Sydney, this course is your gateway to mastering one of the industry’s most powerful creative toolsets.

Meet Your Instructor

Christina Ryan, a Texture and Look Development Artist at ILM, combines creative vision with technical expertise to bring models to life with photorealistic textures. With experience in major film projects like Thor: Ragnarok, Tomb Raider, and Captain Marvel, Christina not only brings a wealth of professional knowledge but also a passion for mentoring the next generation of artists.

Course Overview

Adobe Substance is the premier suite for 3D texturing, used extensively in the digital arts for creating detailed, realistic textures for games, films, and animations. This bootcamp will take you from basic concepts to advanced techniques, empowering you to transform your digital artworks into textured masterpieces.

What You Will Learn

  • Fundamentals of 3D Texturing: Begin with the basics of texturing and understand the core functions of Adobe Substance.
  • Advanced Texturing Techniques: Learn to create complex textures and materials that react realistically to different lighting conditions.
  • Real-World Application: Apply your skills to practical projects that simulate real-world challenges and scenarios.
  • Dynamic Presentations: Master the art of presenting your textures through dynamic video turntables, enhancing their visual appeal.

Capstone Project

By the end of this course, you’ll complete a portfolio-worthy project that showcases your ability to create compelling and intricate textures using Adobe Substance. This project will not only solidify your skills but also serve as an impressive addition to your digital portfolio.

Beyond the Software

  • Professional Insights: Gain valuable insights from Christina’s extensive industry experience to understand the nuances of texture development in professional settings.
  • Community Support: Engage with a supportive community on Discord, where you can share your progress, receive feedback, and connect with fellow creatives.
  • Monthly Prizes: Stay motivated with the opportunity to win monthly prizes for outstanding work, adding an exciting competitive edge to your learning experience.

Why Enroll in Adobe Substance Bootcamp?

Enrolling in this bootcamp isn’t just about learning to texture; it’s about investing in your growth as a digital artist. You’ll emerge with the skills to tackle ambitious projects and a competitive edge that sets you apart in the digital art world.

Are you ready to transform your creative visions into textured realities? Join the Adobe Substance Bootcamp and start your journey to mastering 3D texturing today!

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Learning Outcomes

Embrace Substance Suite Power

Delve into the immersive world of the Adobe Substance Suite, where you'll harness the creative potential of Substance Sampler, Painter, and Stager to craft stunning 3D textures and scenes.

Craft Your 3D Skateboard

Embark on a thrilling journey to transform a blank skateboard into a masterpiece. Discover the art of texturing as you breathe life into your skateboard using custom materials and textures.

Engage in Artistic Collaboration

Join our vibrant learning community on Discord, connecting with fellow enthusiasts. Share your progress, seek feedback, and inspire one another as you create unique skateboard artworks.

Elevate Your Digital Artistry

Master Substance Painter and Stager's intuitive tools and techniques. Elevate your digital artistry by adding these industry-standard software to your creative arsenal, advancing your skills in 3D texturing and rendering.

Tell Captivating Texture Stories

Incorporate storytelling into your textures. Explore techniques like adding dirt, scratches, edge wear, creative coloring, and graffiti to convey compelling narratives through your skateboard art.

Showcase Your Artistic Journey

Learn to present your work like a professional. Utilize Substance 3D Stager to create visually stunning scenes that showcase your textured skateboard in its full glory, ready to impress viewers and potential collaborators.

Badge: Substance Bootcamp

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Awarded to members that have completed the Adobe Substance Bootcamp course in Rookies Learning. Earning this badge demonstrates your expertise and commitment to your professional development. Display it proudly on your Rookies profile to showcase your achievements and stand out from peers.

Substance Bootcamp


Christina Ryan

Christina Ryan

Texture & Look-dev Artist | ILM

Christina Ryan is a Texture and Look Development Artist at ILM. Her role incorporates both creative and technical skills to develop textures and give models photo-realistic surface qualities. She is also actively involved in the education program to mentor the next generation of young artists.

During her time at Rising Sun Pictures, she has worked on a number of movies, including Thor: Ragnarok, Tomb Raider, and Captain Marvel.

Course Roadmap


Settle in to the course, meet your instructor, join the private server and get setup.

Introduction 5 Min View Lesson
Join Server 6 Min View Lesson
What is Substance Suite? 3 Min View Lesson
Install & Setup 15 Min View Lesson


Work through over 2 hours of video training and create your first photorealistic digital asset with Substance Suite.

Reference & Research 30 Min View Lesson
Building Your Materials 40 Min View Lesson
Texture Detailing 35 Min View Lesson
Rendering & Staging 40 Min View Lesson


Sometimes homework can actually be fun. Share what you've learned, create your own #RookiesSkateboard, and win big.

Skateboard Assignment 60 Min View Lesson

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Start your journey with Substance Bootcamp!

Join our vibrant community and elevate your skills from beginner to professional with our Substance Bootcamp course. Experience engaging learning modules crafted to help you advance confidently in your creative journey.