Preparing models for use in Stager

Learn how to prepare 3D models to use in Adobe Substance 3D Stager.  Stager is a composition and rendering application and does not include modeling tools for creating original 3D models. You can importfiles from most applications for use in Stager. Before importing a 3D model to Stager, here are some tips on how to prepare them for best results.


When importing objects created in another application, Stager respects the units for formats that store the unit information. If the imported object does not have unit information (such as OBJ), Stager uses centimeters as the default unit of measurement.

You can customize which units your document uses by changing the scene units setting.  The available scene units are:

  • Meters
  • Centimeters
  • Millimeters
  • Feet
  • Inches
  • Yards


UVs are a coordinate system used in 3D that tells the application what part of a 2D image is placed on what part of a 3D model. This allows textures and images to be placed onto the 3D model. UVs cannot be customized within Stager.

On import, Stager gives you the option to 

  • Generate UVs if none are found on the model
  • Skip generating UVs and import model with no UVs

You can change this any time in your preferences. 

Note : If your model already has existing UVs, Stager will import them as is. 

UVs should:

  • Be in the 0 to 1 positive space
  • Only overlap when the model should always use mirrored or overlapping texture patterns
  • Be relative in scale to the parts of the object
  • Be even in their distribution to minimize stretching


Every polygon has a normal property, which tells the application the direction in which the polygon is facing. Stager does not have controls for normals. Therefore, it is important that normals are set to be uniform and facing outward prior to importing to Stager as back facing and uneven normals will render black. If your model does not have any normals then Stager automatically adds them during import.