Volume Preserving Smoothing is new addon for smoothing meshes while trying to maintain object shape.
smooth mesh while maintaining main object shape
border mesh vertices will slide together with rest of the mesh, to get nice even distribution, or they can be frozen
mirror modifier aware = center vertices wont move away from symmetry line
ability to define sliding rail edges (marked as sharp) – vertices will move only along those rail edges.
three edge tension methods (Uniform, Proportional to edge length, Inverse to edge length)
optimized with NUMPY
There are 3 algorithms – some are better in specific cases – eg.
Infalte smooth works ok for round convex meshes.
Vol smooth is often best but bit slow
Laplace smooth is usually ok.
Video with examples how this addon works:
Hair Tool addon for blender to simplify creation process of low/medium poly hair models
This addon will help you generate hair mesh ribbons with uv’s from bezier/nurbs curves. It is how most current games are doing hairs for characters.
Hair Tool workflow
ability to generate and interactively comb hair ribbons based on blender particle hairs (since 1.8 version)
generating hair ribbons from mesh surfaces
ability to uv unwrap and preview textures on hair curve ribbons
easy and convenient switching back and forth between curve ribbons and mesh mesh, while preserving uv’s
ability to adjust ribbons radius profile over strand length to taper the ribbons shape
ability to convert Grease Pencil strokes to Particle Hair
ability to convert Curves to Particle Hair
ability to generate Curves/Ribbons from Particle Hair
Randomizing ribbons UV (you can draw multiple uv boxes, that will be randomly picked for each ribbon strand).
Powerful Curve Resampling – increase, decrease curve/ribbon points amount, while preserving it’s tilt and radius.
Generating vertex color and weights gradients for ribbons.
Video tutorial mostly about generating curves from mesh surface, with some tips and tricks, problem solving and stuff:
https://youtu.be/WE0aBe8SNlsVideo showing: creating particle hair from grease pencil, generating curve ribbons from parent particle hair with children, resampling curve ribbons and other stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLHbzCXOijgVideo showing interactive hair ribbons combing :
https://youtu.be/mUZ9y-eWos8 Video showing new feature: ability uv map curve ribbons, and extra modeling tool for curve ribbons- ‘
Linear deformer‘: https://youtu.be/gtbhmYEKGZENew linear deformer (modified version of Mira Tool) tool can be found on
Video about hair shader: https://vimeo.com/229043427Video about creating texture:
discord server where you can report bugs. Basic workflow for generating curves from mesh surface:
First step is to generate base shape of hair. For that use grid mesh, created only of quads. Mark one border of this mesh with sharp edges – those will become roots of hair splines:
Press ‘ Curves from surface‘ button located in left Tool Shelf -> Tools, to generate curves from selected object. Generated curve settings can be modified using ‘ F6‘ hotkey. You can adjust stuff like hair amount, length, add some noise etc. Or you can do some manual tweaking here going into curve ‘Edit mode’.
To add ribbons profile to generated curves, press ‘Generate Ribbons’ button. There are some settings to play with under ‘F6’ hotkey. Use ‘Align tilt’ to align curves rotation to source mesh (head) .
You can now uv map curve ribbons by going into UV editor and search for ‘ Hair UV’ operator under spacebar. Left click and draw rectangular shape, in uv Editor, to define the uv bounds for hair strands. If you assign material to curve ribbons, use ‘ Curve Ribbons UV refresh‘ to update material uv mapping. You can convert curve hair to mesh ribbons by using ‘ Curve ribbons to mesh ribbons‘ – now they can be exported to game engine. Any time you want, you can go back to curve ribbons by using ‘ Mesh ribbons to Curve ribbons‘. Curve Ribbon operations:
Curve Simplify- Allows to reduce point count. Good for reducing polycount on hairs .
Resample Curve. Allows to increase/decrease number of points each curve is made of. It keeps the original strand radius and tilt.
Smooth Curve – smooth strand points (eg. to reduce noise)
Taper Curve – change strands radius over length
Align Curve tilt – lets you align cure tilt to target object surface.
Randomize Curve Tilt – change curve tilt over its length
Select Tips/Roots – lets you select first/last points on curves. There is randomize option under F6 properties. Mesh Ribbon operations:
Add Ribbon Vertex Color – create black and white color gradient from strand root to tip
Add Ribbon Weights – create vertex weight gradient from strand root to tip
UV hair operator (found under spacebar) – Left click and draw multiple rectangular shapes, in uv Editor, to define the uv bounds for hair strands. Press enter to confirm. Interactive hair combing:
Interactive Hair Combing – panel is displayed in left Tool Shelf, when combing Blender particle hair. Enabling it will generate interactively updated curve hair ribbons. In that panel you will have option for smoothing, embedding, aligning tilt etc. of generated strands. Convert operations – let you convert Particle Hair to (ribbon curves), curves to Particle hair, Grease Pencil to Curves etc.:
Ribbon to Curves/ Curves to Ribbon – allow for switching between ribbon curve and ribbon mesh state. Usually you will want to do hair modeling in curve state, and then do UV in ribbon mesh state.
Particle Hairs to Curve – generate curve ribbons from Particle hair. Align their tilt to head with ‘Align Tilt’ checkbox, and embed hair roots deeper into the scull using ‘Embed Roots’ parameter.
Particle Hair from Curves (this can be used to convert zbrush fibermesh to blender Particle Hair system). Select curves and target mesh (that will receive Particle Hair) and use ‘ Particle Hair from Curves‘ to convert curves object to blenders Hair system.
‘ Ribbons from particle hair with children‘ – gives more evenly distributed result compared to build-in child particles . Great for short Hair.
‘ Particle Hair From Grease Pencil‘ strokes painted with grease pencil, can be converted to particle hair (with some options available under f6). Checkbox next to this button, describes if you want to use Scene GPencil data (when enabled), or Object GP data (when disabled).
‘Flip UV’ option in preferences – if enabled random strands will have uv’s flipped in X-axis.
Hair Tool examples:
Hair Tool examples
Hair Tool source meshes
Quite some time passed since I described what is new in
Batchtools 1.03 version. Right now Batchtool Baker is in version 1.11, so wanted to describe new features.
baking presets – lets your save your most used setups for baking:
quick texture preview (in blender internal glsl mode – TODO: add Cycles support) – assign all baked maps to material of lowpoly object:
Added Helper icon – ‘Duplicate passes’ – duplicates current bake job, with all render passes setting – saves time when creating new bake job.
added support for Substance Batchtools 6 series this includes (you need to go to addon preferences and select Substance batchtools version 6 in menu):
ability to bake non square maps
ability to bake 8k textures
Draw Xray addon will help you to draw retopo mesh on top of your highpoly mesh, without problems of build in blender xray (no proper backface culling).
How to use:
grab addon from here
Draw Xray install it by searching addon by name ‘Xray’
go to Properties panel -> shading – Draw Xray.
You will be able to see your mesh now and few more control sliders:
Object offset – will determine how much your lowpoly object will be rendered in front of other objects. Set it to 0 to get default blender behavior.
Polygon color opacity
Edge /Vertex color opacity.
better mesh drawing when zooming in/out the vieport camera to mesh.
Hi I just finished making new blender addon – baking tool for substance designer users. It will allow you quicly bake ao, normal, ID etc. in
allegorithmic BatchTools software. Baking times will be no longer problem ;). Bad new is it will cost $ but not much (5-15$ I think). I have to test it bit more, but it should be out in 1-2 weeks.
Also PivotPro addon (free) is now available on
github. PivotPro will allow you to create temporary pivot point, that can be easily moved, snapped and used for pivot point for rotation, scaling, snapping point reference.
PivotPro in action
If you like it you can support me by giving any sum through
And here is part of manual for this addon (full manual is provided with gumroad link above):
Now you can press rotate, scale, move selected objects around red pivot point. To do this use:
shift + R to rotate box around red pivot
shift + S to scale box around red pivot
shift + G – by default behaves like ordinary grab. But if you enable snapping, box will be snapped to desired vertex/edge/face by red pivot location. Also when nothing is selected, you can use shift+G to translate red pivot to new location, eg. below I used shift+G, then ‘Z’, to move red pivot 1BlenderUnit up in Z axis.
Example of snapping with pivotPro:
Example with grid snapping:
And some stuff I made in past months:
Made in 3d coat, zbrush
Painted in PSS, CPS
Concept car made in blender
Space Man painted in Paintstorm Studio
GroupPro was made because default blender group instances are powerful, but it is not user friendly to work with. With GroupPro I managed to get rid of all annoying features of group instances:
you can edit any instances on scene, not just the ‘source’ one
you can work in recursive way – group instances, can be made of other subgroups, which can be made of subgroups etc. At any stage subgroup can be edited and saved, with all instances updated in realtime
easy mirroring of selected groups, that fixes group instance mirror
adjusting origin of group, without destroying positions of other instances placed in scene, or in another groups
nice UI, that makes group instances easy to work with
This makes working with huge scenes with lots of objects easy and gives all the pros of group instances:
less memory memory usage
easy selection of multiple objects with one click
Here is video tutorial/demo how to use addon (for version 1.0):
preventing ability to edit linked library groups – editing linked library objects it is not supported by GroupPro,
‘flip’ options correctly stores groups assigned to mirrored objects,
bounding box for edited group is now displayed only for visible objects and bbox is displayed now in xray mode to make it easily visible).
Added pop-up menu with GroupPro commands under ‘Ctrl+X’ hotkey
fixed problems with displaying instances of group that was being edited
fixed problems with ‘Set origin’ command
added ‘Cleanup’ command – deletes unused groups with content. Unused groups = groups that are currently not being linked to scene). More info with example in manual.
And here is Yamato battleship I made to stress test new addon:
Mostly having fun in 3d coat. Dynamic tessellation is way better that zremesh. No need to remesh and loosing detail like in zbrush. Pros compared to zbrush:
instances!!! (eg, sculpt one finger, and have all other updated in realtime)
ability to group objects in tree structure (child – parent). This allow of transformation of whole group of objects at once. I zbrush you can move only one tool at time (unless going with zpose)
easy way of posing multiple objects at once (no need to merge). Same goes for move brush.
easy gradient masking – awesome to pose hipoly sculpt. In zbrush you have to make lowpoly version of sculpt first to get smooth masking with transpose tool – bit time consuming.
painting with layers and blending modes.
Cool and fast booleans – especially in voxel mode. Great for hardsurface stuff
exporter for blender dosen’t seems to work. Too zbrush too 😦
I didn’t managed to export vertex color from blender back to 3d coat recently. It was pain in the .. in my last project (yellow girl),
some stuff is buggy, or not functional at but recent 4.1 release fixed lots of stuff.
bad default navigation imo, but you will be able to customize it
default brushes are not good but Artman Preset is awesome. Use custom presets
3d coat sculpt
3d coat sculpt
3d coat sculpt rendered in cycles
3d coat sculpt
3d coat sculpt
Clip Studio Paint drawing