Greyscale input to tempered steel effect (White = hot). Set layer to Albedo/Diffuse only! (Or specular if using spec/gloss)

Includes .sbs and .sbsar. For simple use in Substance Painter, extract the .sbsar file to your shelf: Users\*USERNAME*\Documents\Substance Painter 2\shelf\effects

Colours from 200-330 degrees Celsius. See


v2: Added independent control to mask and input
(So you can blur and control the falloff of the tempering without blurring the original stroke)
Added switch between two gradients, one strong, one subtle.

Uploaded: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago
Version: 2
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9 months ago

OMG It's so awesome! I will try it on my new sword! I was waiting for this a lot of time! Thank you Bek, nice work!

9 months ago

@nekokawaii11, Thanks, check back soon as the new (v2) version is currently pending approval (download file will be called, it gives a lot more control over the gradient.

9 months ago

omg i didnt realise how much i needed this

9 months ago

Interesting... Going to try do a burnt exhaust tip with this

9 months ago

How to use it?

9 months ago

I added this to substance painter, and then as a filter in a substance... I see color space input/output, seed and blur... nothing seems to create the heat effect. What could I be doing wrong?

9 months ago

The filter simply takes your greyscale input and applies a gradient to it. So to use this, create a layer and paint a white stroke with a soft brush and apply the filter to that layer (Deactivating all other channels on the layer other than Albedo, if using metalness shader, or specular, if using spec/gloss shader).

Once version 2 gets approved you'll get a lot more control over the mask in the form of more filter controls — they themselves don't "generate" the tempering.

9 months ago

Thank you so much Bek from few weeks i am searching this type of heated metal color variations and this mat did splendid job for my metal great work (y)

9 months ago

Works great, Bek! Thanks a lot!

9 months ago


9 months ago

VURY NICE bek <3

8 months ago

This is a really great filter.. very effective. However it doesnt seem to cross over seams very well.. am i doing something wrong? is there a work around.

7 months ago

Nice stuff Bek, thank you!

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