Chuck Trafagander Creates a Leaf Height Map, the Start of a Complete Leaf Generator in Designer.
There is no doubt that substance designer is a fantastic kit that can create anything that your heart desires. If you are hung up on the technical bits for building elements, you might want to check out Chuck Trafagander’s Get Learnt channel. Trafagander posts “the ultimate” series that recreates an ultra-realistic material with each tutorial. His latest looks at something that is more compartmental: Creating a height map for a leaf from scratch with Substance Designer.
The tutorial works as the first step in creating a leaf generator that can place and scatter leaves for a variety of situations. Once you have the Height Map, it will be easy to drag and drop it into future projects.