In this post, I will show how I made this asphalt texture using Substance Designer. It’s pretty simple to do and you can download the original file for FREE to use as you like.
I used Substance Designer 2019 to create this texture. You can also use preview versions, but some node might not exist.
Step 1: Grayscale
The first step is to create a grayscale image. This image is the base for creating other textures maps such as normal, diffuse, roughness, height, AO, etc.
Therefore, it's important to create some level of detail since all the effort invested in this part will also contribute to the creation of the next textures.
I like to mix different types of noise maps, so I can create a good variation and make things more realistic.
These are all the nodes used:
The objective is to combine everything. The result of a blend is mixed again with another blend. I do it until the variation looks good enough for me.
I like to think about iterations. For this texture, I iterate 3 times.
After the 3rd iteration, I got a good variety of large and small details. It's time to go to the next step: the cracks.
Stop 2: Cracks
The plan is to add two types of cracks: large/deep cracks and small/thinner cracks. The amount of cracks will be exposed so the user could tweak the texture and create variation.
When dealing with cracks, you can control the size, amount, disorder, and rotation. I used this setup:
Step 3: Small Details
Still using the Environment Toolkit, I created a small rock to splatter the texture.
After splatting I blend the output with a Clouds 1 node to give color variation.
Now it's time to blend all the grayscales maps and use that to create to the others. Here is my final grayscale:
The next map is the base color. It's pretty simple since the grayscale map already has a good variation.
I used a Levels node to output a nice grayscale to create the roughness map and an Ambient Occlusion node to create the AO.
As promised, you can download this .sbs project for free on Gumroad by visiting the following link:
I also created a package that contains 3 4K texture presets and .sbs and .sbar files to use in engines like Unity and Unreal.
It's just $4.99 and you can buy on my ArtStation store.