Activation and licenses
This page has information on how to activate and manage your licenses so you can start using Designer.
Activation process per application type
The activation process depends on where you purchased or have access to Designer:
|Application Type||Activation process|
|Creative Cloud Desktop|
See the dedicated page in the HelpX documentation.
In case there are any issues the Creative Cloud documentation may provide additional answers.
|Steam edition||Launch the product directly from your Steam library.|
|Substance 3D Standalone||See the activation process described below.|
Activation steps (Substance edition)
Using the activation wizard
Three choices are available:
- Evaluate this product: generate a license file based on your hardware which will be valid for the next 30 days only.
- Activate using license file: activate the product with a license file (*.key) downloaded from your account page on the Substance 3D website.
- Activate using your account: activate the product with a username and password to connect to your account and automatically retrieve the license file.
You can manually activate Substance Designer by putting the license.key file in the following folder:
|Windows||11.2 or newer||App Data (local)||C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Adobe Substance 3D Designer|
|App Data (roaming)||C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Substance 3D Designer|
|Legacy||App Data (local)||C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Allegorithmic\Substance Designer|
|App Data (roaming)||C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Allegorithmic\Substance Designer|
|Mac||11.2 or newer||/Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Substance 3D Designer|
|Legacy||/Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Allegorithmic/Substance Designer|
|Linux||11.2 or newer||/home/[username]/.local/share/Adobe/Adobe Substance 3D Designer|
Make sure that the file is called license.key otherwise the application will not be able to find it.
You can override the location that Designer checks for the license.key file with an Environment Variable.