-Amazing live paint mixing and realistic brushes
+Free version allows exporting to various formats including png
+Many brushes and brush options
+Good layer support
+No disturbing ads even in free version
-No obvious way of changing the brightness of brush color (it’s easy to change the hue and saturation though). EDIT: you can change it from the paint bucket symbol at the top (confusing because a paint bucket symbol usually means a fill tool)
-Limited size options for canvas
-No obvious way of transforming (rotating scaling etc) what you have drawn. You can accomplish it via copying and pasting a selection to another layer though.
-No numeric way of setting color values (makes copy pasting colors from other apps difficult.
+Good brush selection
+Fast and no lag
+Easy to transform parts of image
+Clear, solid user interface
+Seems very stable (zero crashes so far)
+Great layer system
+Supports pressure sensitivity
+Paid features are now available to all users.
-Online community discontinued so the development has likely halted
-Very nice paint mixing
-Amazing drawing tutorials for learning drawing
-Seems quite professional
-Requires CC paid subscription to be useful
Medibang Paint is not very well known in the segment of Android drawing apps, but it’s actually a very decent contender. I will need some more research before listing the pros and cons but one definite pro is that the app is free. It also seems to have free desktop versions for both Windows and Mac.
In this tutorial we take you through creating a python script that will perform the typical initial steps for setting up mirror-modifier based box modeling work:
-Add a cube
-Take it to edit mode
-Scale it to half the size on x-axis
-Move it 0.5 units right on the x-axis
-Select the face that is on the center axis
-Delete that face
-Add the mirror modifier
-Turn on clipping for the mirror modifierContinue reading “Creating your first Python script in Blender”
Sometimes it’s useful to see the 3d world you are creating from multiple different angles simultaneously. Many 3D programs like 3Ds Max even offer quad views that have four different angles available. In Unity you can view your scene from multiple angles in the editor by right-clicking on the scene window tab at the top and choosing “add tab” and then “scene”. You can now drag and drop this new scene window tab to a place in the interface that you prefer and change it’s view angle to your liking. One way of working could for example be to have always one top view available and next to that one free view.
The workflow between Cycles and Unity hasn’t been very optimal because the FBX exporter in Blender doesn’t support the node based Cycles materials.
Blender 2.8 brings significant improvement to the game developer workflow along with it’s new glTF exporter and the Eevee render engine.
Here we have a PBR textured public domain asset in EEVEE. We can select materials and check how the nodes are mapped to the principled shader. We have a standard RGB image for the albedo/base color input. The metallic and roughness texture maps are just grayscale images, so for the sake of efficiency they have been mapped to to blue and green channels of an RGB image.
And we have a normal map plugged into the normal input via the normal map node.
Let’s see how easy it is to transfer all of this into Unity.
I’ll select the entire object hierarchy by control clicking the parent object in the outliner.
The let’s go to file, export, glTF 2.0.
Let’s only export the selected objects by checking this checkbox. There are plenty of other options as well and the glTF standards supports also animations, including shape keys.
While Blender is working, let’s prepare Unity for the import by downloading the UniGLTF package from Github.
Well simply install this as a custom package and now we have the UniGLTF menu option up here, from which we can choose import. Unity want’s us to save the imported objects as a prefab so let’s do that.
Now this does take some time, so we’ll speed up the video a bit here.
After the import has finished, we can simply drag the prefab into our scene and marvel at how Unity has automatically placed all the texture maps correctly.
This will make the life of game developers a lot easier.
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Did you create some texture maps in Quixel and wanted to use them in Blender’s new EEVEE render engine? You plugged them into the principled shader but the outcome looked very different from what you had in the 3DO preview of Quixel? Maybe especially the metals looked way too dark and almost black?
Here is a simple workflow that seems to work pretty well between Quixel and EEVEE:
1. When you create your project, make sure you choose the metallness workflow.
2. Add your materials.
3. Export with the exporter into PNG files using the Metalness PBR (Disney) -preset.
1. Give your object a material with the principled shader.
2. Plug in the following texture map files into the following inputs in the principled shader:
-Albedo to base color
-Metalness to metallic (set node to non-color data)
-Roughness to roughness (set node to non-color data)
-Normal to normal map node and that to the normal input (set node to non-color data)
Now your metals and other materials should look pretty close to how they looked in Quixel 3DO.
Q: How do we change the 3d-cursor location in 2.8?
A: Hold down shift and right-click.
Q: How can I remove doubles in Blender 2.8?
A: It’s now called “merge by distance” and you can find it from edit –> mesh –> cleanup –> merge by distance. It works similarly to the old functionality, so you specify the distance at which vertices merge to one vertex.
Q: Where is the button to start an animation render in EEVEE/2.8?
A: f12 renders a still image, ctrl+12 renders animation. You can also start it from the “render” drop-down menu in the top bar.
Q: Where is the 3d-viewport manipulator widget (arrows for moving stuff around)?
A: Enable it from the toolshelf (the tool that looks like arrows to four directions).
Q: How can I change the scrubbing for the timeline to left mouse button?
A: Go to edit –> preferences –> Input and find the category called “animation”. There you can set the “Change frame” property to the left mouse button.
Q: How do we deselect in 2.8?
A: “A” selects all, alt + “A” deselects all. You can also hit “A” rapidly two times in a row to deselect all.
Q: How do you select keyframes in the 2.8 dopesheet?
A: With the left mouse button, unless you change timeline dragging to the left button, in which case you need to hold down shift.
Q: How can I get to the search feature that used to open with spacebar?
A: Press F3.
Q: How can I enter the camera fly mode? Shift+F doesn’t seem to be working.
A: Search with spacebar (or F3) for “walk” or change the shortcut from preferences –> Input –> 3D view ” view navigation ” input. The current new shortcut is Shift + ~ which doesn’t work on all keyboards.
Q: Why can’t I see parent-child relationships in the outliner like in the old version?
A: You can, if you switch to the “Scenes” mode in the outliner. Unfortunately locating selected objects with “.” doesn’t work in that mode yet. Control-clicking on a parent object will select all the children just like in 2.79 though.
Q: How can I make a new scene or duplicate a scene in Blender 2.8?
A: Hit F3 and type in “scene” in the search box, it will give you the option to make a new scene with the same options as in Blender 2.79.
Q: How can I switch scenes in Blender 2.8?
A: Change outliner mode to “scenes” and simply click on the name of the scene you want to use. Unfortunately this feature seems prone to crashing Blender at the moment.
Q: How do you switch between vertex select mode, edge select mode and face select mode in 2.8?
A: These buttons are in the top row now. But there is also awesome news: the shortcuts are now much better than before: 1 for vertex select, 2 for edge select and 3 for face select.
Q: Why is ctrl+click extrusion not working in 2.8?
A: There is a “extrude to mouse cursor” tool now in edit mode. Just click on it and start clicking with the mouse.
Q: How can one hide the HDRi background when rendering in EEVEE?
A: Hiding it from the viewport while working is a bit more complex, but hiding it from the actual render only requires one to set film to transparent in the render settings, just like in Cycles.
Q: How can I hide a collection of objects from the render?
A: Simply uncheck the little checkbox next to the collection name in the outliner.
Did you know that you can easily save certain bones into a group in Blender so that you can selected those bones quickly when needed? Simply use the bone groups feature to group your bones into different groups that can then be selected from the same bone groups panel. This comes particularly handy when using the pose library: you probably want to create matching bone groups for the poses that you are creating, especially now that the poses are only saved and applied for the bones that you have selected. You can even give different groups of bones different color to be able to visually separate them from each other.
Here’s the process of adding bones to a bone group:
1. Select the bones you want to add to the group (in Pose mode for example)
2. Create a new bone group with the + button
3. Hit the assign -button
Now you can easily selected that set of bones any time from the “select” button.
In this video we match the color of two different images:
Getting the started with the new grease pencil tool in Blender 2.8 can be a bit tricky at first. In this post I will simply list some “gotchas” that I bumped into in case it may help others:
Why can’t I create a fill color for my object with the fill-tool?
I’m clicking inside a closed stroke, but the stroke seems to be getting thicker instead of a fill appearing.
You probably need to set the fill opacity alpha to 1. it’s zero for materials by default which makes the fill transparent.
How can I tween or interpolate between grease pencil shapes?
The basic tween workflow can be tested like this:
-Draw a shape
-Duplicate the first keyframe on the dopesheet timeline (shift + d) and move it further in time
-Go to this second keyframe and enter the sculpt mode
-Change the shape of the stroke by sculpting
-Go between these two keyframes and from the “interpolate” menu on the top choose “sequence” to have Blender automatically create the in-betweens
Why does the brush size and strength change from what I set it to be in the top bar when I try to sculpt my strokes with grab tool in sculpt mode?
Still working on the answer for this one! 🙂
What’s the difference between “Draw block”, “Draw ink”, “Draw Marker” “Draw Noise”, “Draw Pen” and “Draw Pencil”?
Try them and you will see they all produce a different kind of stroke. The Draw Ink -brush doesn’t seem to do ink-like angles when painting with a mouse, but using a pressure sensitive tablet and pen helped.
How do I create new grease pencil layers or collections in 2.8?
You can add new layers to grease pencil by selecting the little pen icon in the properties area (one tab before the materials tab) and creating layers there.
Where does the white background come from when using the new 2d-animation project preset?
N-panel –> “grease pencil paper”
How do I select the grease pencil material before starting drawing?
The option to select the material beneath the brush selection is grayed out for some reason. But here’s how you can choose your material colors before drawing anything: go to the materials tab and create a new material slot there. Add a new material to the material slot and change the settings to what you want. If you now draw with the grease pencil, new strokes should get this new material.
How can I assign different grease pencil layers different materials? At the moment changing the material seems to affect all grease pencil layers. I would like my fill layer to have a different material from my line art layer.
Take the grease pencil object to edit mode, add a second material slot, add a new material to it, select the lines you want to affect (hiding the eye of the other layer can help), and click assign.
How can I change the origin of the grease pencil object?
Place the 3D cursor where you want the new origin and go to object –> set origin –> origin to 3D cursor. Unfortunately this will also move move the location of the object. Now there is a very strange workaround at the moment (probably due to a bug), but you can set the position back to the original position after changing the origin by doing the following: object –> snap –> selection to cursor. And after that undo once and it seems to return to it’s proper location.
How can I quickly switch between draw mode and sculpt mode with a keyboard shortcut?
I’m not sure if there is a default shortcut yet, but you can easily assign your own shortcut by opening the menu item, right clicking on it and selecting “assign shortcut”. The fastest and most future proof way might be to open up the pie menu with ctrl+tab and switching between the modes from there.
Basic workflow suggestion for 2.8 Grease pencil:
-Add a new empty grease pencil object in object mode (shift+a keyboard shortcut). This step is needed to be able to activate the draw mode in the next step.
-Switch from object mode to draw mode
-Select your pencil/brush type from the left side tool panel
-Modify your brush settings from the “tool settings” panel in the right side property buttons -area. You might want to try the turn on the “active smooth” for example to get an interesting, smooth and accurate drawing experience even with just the computer mouse.
-Sculpt your strokes in the sculpt mode. You can for example add width variations to the stroke with the width tool.
-Go to the materials tab and change stroke color and add a fill (change fill opacity to 1 first)
That’s it for now, I will append this article with more questions and answers as I continue studying the tool.