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  • LuisCherubini
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    The Bezier Mesh Shaper by @RN is proving to be inherent to the way I model nowadays :)

    https://gumroad.com/l/bezier_mesh_shaper

    Made this little 10min explanation of its main features:


  • musashidan
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    @cookedpeanut not quite. Max 2020 chamfer mod has taken it to the next level with the new features added.
  • IgorKlints
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    Hi all, i've made small addon for `Bake 3D Cursor orientation to your object`. You'll can find the same very useful tool in Maya wich call 'Bake Pivot'. I hope it will be helpful in your work!
    Link for download : https://gumroad.com/l/IESDi






  • Prime8
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    Hi all, i've made small addon for `Bake 3D Cursor orientation to your object`. You'll can find the same very useful tool in Maya wich call 'Bake Pivot'. I hope it will be helpful in your work!
    Link for download : https://gumroad.com/l/IESD



    Didn't know the 3D cursor has a rotation in 2.8, nice.
    This add on is basically doing a "set origin to cursor" but considers the rotation as well, is that correct?

    Would be nice if they extend the usability of the cursor rotation as well, e.g. new object align to the rotation, add numeric input.
  • cookedpeanut
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    Hi all, i've made small addon for `Bake 3D Cursor orientation to your object`. You'll can find the same very useful tool in Maya wich call 'Bake Pivot'. I hope it will be helpful in your work!
    Link for download : https://gumroad.com/l/IESD
    I guess that you copied the wrong link into the post... But I like Lord of The Rings so, why not, I guess...
  • pior
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     The last letter seems to be missing from that Bake Cursor link -
    https://gumroad.com/l/IESDi

    Looking extremely useful !!

    [edit] - ha, oddly enough here on 2.8 (2019-03-02) I am not getting the proper surface orientation when placing the cursor on a surface - hence not getting the correct transform after clicking Bake Cursor. Not a problem with the addon itself of course (it is properly applying the information provided by the cursor) - just likely a 2.8 bug.
  • Peris
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    Prime8 said:
    Hi all, i've made small addon for `Bake 3D Cursor orientation to your object`. You'll can find the same very useful tool in Maya wich call 'Bake Pivot'. I hope it will be helpful in your work!
    Link for download : https://gumroad.com/l/IESD



    Didn't know the 3D cursor has a rotation in 2.8, nice.
    This add on is basically doing a "set origin to cursor" but considers the rotation as well, is that correct?

    Would be nice if they extend the usability of the cursor rotation as well, e.g. new object align to the rotation, add numeric input.
    I was just looking for something like this! Thank you :D
  • MACHIN3
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    Preview of a tool to convert Grease Pencil strokes into panel decals in DECALmachine.

    Blender's GP line tool, actually works on curved surfaces now, so I won't even have to port my Tape tool over.  I hope there is a polygon tool coming however.



    There's also some MESHmachine at the end(Unbevel, Fuse, Unf*ck). Turns out my chamfer and fillet toolset, works perfectly for panel decals (poly strips).




  • IgorKlints
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    Hi all, i've made small addon for `Bake 3D Cursor orientation to your object`. You'll can find the same very useful tool in Maya wich call 'Bake Pivot'. I hope it will be helpful in your work!
    Link for download : https://gumroad.com/l/IESD
    I guess that you copied the wrong link into the post... But I like Lord of The Rings so, why not, I guess...

    Hey, it's funny i had missed one leater `i` in the end of my link )) thanks.

    pior said:
     The last letter seems to be missing from that Bake Cursor link -
    https://gumroad.com/l/IESDi

    Looking extremely useful !!

    [edit] - ha, oddly enough here on 2.8 (2019-03-02) I am not getting the proper surface orientation when placing the cursor on a surface - hence not getting the correct transform after clicking Bake Cursor. Not a problem with the addon itself of course (it is properly applying the information provided by the cursor) - just likely a 2.8 bug.
    Ok, yeah b2.8 has this is problem, dev guys should fix it.

    I've find way get around this problem, waht we need to do:

    1. For first we must dive into edit object mode,
    2. then selected one element of object 'Face, Edge or Vertices'
    3. Set cursor orientation to 'transform' ( top left corner) and switch on 'transform orientation' on 'Normal'.
    4. turn on our move 'GIZMO'
    5. and for now if we to align 3d cursor with snaping by any area of model, we will get correct 3d cursor orientation by normals
    Prime8 said:

    This add on is basically doing a "set origin to cursor" but considers the rotation as well, is that correct?


    Yes you right that 'considers the rotation'. This is similar tool what has Maya which called 'Bake Pivot'. I maya guy so..)

    ```Would be nice if they extend the usability of the cursor rotation as well, e.g. new object align to the rotation, add numeric input.```
    Dev guys should fix this is situation.
    MACHIN3 said:
    Preview of a tool to convert Grease Pencil strokes into panel decals in DECALmachine.

    Blender's GP line tool, actually works on curved surfaces now, so I won't even have to port my Tape tool over.  I hope there is a polygon tool coming however.



    There's also some MESHmachine at the end(Unbevel, Fuse, Unf*ck). Turns out my chamfer and fillet toolset, works perfectly for panel decals (poly strips).





    So cool work Man. Look forward you will release it for 2.8. And i will push your tools for my work in studio.







  • MACHIN3
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    So cool work Man. Look forward you will release it for 2.8. And i will push your tools for my work in studio
    Thanks man, FWIW, DECALmachine IS released for 2.8.  Just not this tool or exporting.
  • IgorKlints
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    MACHIN3 said:
    So cool work Man. Look forward you will release it for 2.8. And i will push your tools for my work in studio
    Thanks man, FWIW, DECALmachine IS released for 2.8.  Just not this tool or exporting.
    Yeah i know about DECALmachine, but don't use this way in work yet. I'm waiting MeshMachine for 2.8. I know MM has for 2.7 but i just start from blender 2.8 and organised all there for my flow. Also wainting final release 2.8 without all bugs
  • pior
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    @MACHIN3

    This greasepencil approach seems like the perfect logical culmination for panel line placement. It makes so much sense !

    And to an extent it could also be very useful for retopo work, as it seems to produce perfectly aligned strips that could then be used as primary loops. Excellent stuff.

    I could also imagine it being used for assets not relying on an external trim sheet. For instance : placing the intended panel lines using GP and DM, and then moving the UVs over a tiny tiling part of a regular texture. Then the only thing left to do is to cut in the strip into the model and voila, a standalone asset with a fully self-contained texture and perfect panel lines, without even the need to bake down the panel lines themselves.

    Fantastic.

    @IgorKlints : thanks for the tip ! For some reason this doesn't seem to work in the version I am using but I haven't tried the latest just yet, will investigate.

  • thomasp
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    Anyone else here having issues on Windows with Blender taking an eternity to start up (or to open the file dialog if the app is already running) if a network share is not/no longer accessible? I have been dealing with this for years but was hoping it would have been addressed by now - but latest official 2.79b and 2.80 still show this behaviour.

    Cleaning out bookmarks and recent files as suggested does not help.
  • joebount
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    thomasp said:
    Anyone else here having issues on Windows with Blender taking an eternity to start up (or to open the file dialog if the app is already running) if a network share is not/no longer accessible? I have been dealing with this for years but was hoping it would have been addressed by now - but latest official 2.79b and 2.80 still show this behaviour.

    Cleaning out bookmarks and recent files as suggested does not help.
    Nothing on my side, it starts actually really fast. For a second I thought you were actually talking about Maya.
    Have you tried on a different system? What are your specs at the moment?
  • thomasp
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    It appears to be strictly a Windows problem and only happens when a mapped remote drive that was available at the start of a Blender session goes offline. From then on any new Blender instances are f*cked. Never had the issue on Mac when losing access to files from the other side. I don't have another Windows box to test.
    I can verify that the drive mapping has been removed and no files from that drive are stored in the recent files nor bookmark list. Fresh scene too so I am quite confused why it would still be holding out for the network at all.

  • ant1fact
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    This FreeIK stuff is nuts, it actually makes me want to animate stuff :cold_sweat: :D
  • melviso
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    ant1fact said:
    This FreeIK stuff is nuts, it actually makes me want to animate stuff :cold_sweat: :D
    Yep, its like animating in 2d now. No more constraints on rigging to a large extent :wink:
  • musashidan
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    Is Free IK animating the bones directly, or does it use controllers? Reminds me of Animation Master from waaay back.
  • melviso
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    @musashidan ; I think it animates the bones directly I haven't gotten it yet (very busy with other stuff). This is how rigging should have been from the very beginning The fact that u can pin any bone or group of bones opens up a lot of possiblities while animating. say u place a finger on the floor, u can pin that finger and adjust the rest of the body towards that finger, u can also move the root of the skeleton from one bone to the other.
    I intend to get it at some point. This is going to make rigging dope. I am just thinking of how easy it would be to rig and animate a motocycle using this.
  • musashidan
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    @melviso for me it's not so much about the rig as it is about the animation workflow. How it handles gimble and inbetweens, especially as it seems to be an fk/ik/ragdoll hybrid. Animating bones directly can be a real pain, I'd much rather a controller GUI.

    Definitely looks interesting though. I haven't animated a character in a while, but I'd live to try it.
  • melviso
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    @musahidan ; Thats very true. Here is a vid showing animating with the addon:


    It is the first release version. The dev will probbly add more features in time if the sales do well I hope. The bones are easy to select with xray mode turned on.so u don't select the mesh only the bones from what I see in the vid. 

    It works with objects too

    I have been dabbing in character animation sort of recently and this makes the rigging aspect so much easier so its a huge start and very encouraging for those who want to animate but have found rigging to be quite technically technical.
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  • LuisCherubini
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    The popular operator known as

    Remove Doubles (2.79) has been renamed to Merge by Distance. (2.8)

    And was moved from the vertices menu to the "Alt+M" shortcut along with merge at first, at center, etc...


    Kinda of makes sense, it will confuse a lot of people tho.
  • musashidan
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    The Bezier Mesh Shaper by @RN is proving to be inherent to the way I model nowadays :)

    Yes, there's a similar script in Max, but honestly, Blender's Proportional Editing tool is so good that I wouldn't need it. PE in Blender is Sooooo much better than Max's equivalent - Soft Selection. I've actually made a fuss about it on the Max beta trying to get it to be like Blender. :)
  • kanga
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    Is Free IK animating the bones directly, or does it use controllers? Reminds me of Animation Master from waaay back.
    Woo Hoo! My first 3d package. What a blast from the past.
  • Chunkey
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    Hi all! 

    I have started to make the transition from Max to Blender and after making the upgrade to 2.8, I found the learning experience to be even more pleasant and intuitive (I have been a max user since 2000/2001 and have to admit, got rather stuck in my ways- 2.8's UI feels more welcoming than previous versions and the team behind the latest UI changes need to be applauded for some common sense choices). 

    I am currently evaluating whether I could use Blender 2.8 as part of my day job workflow, and so far it's ticking a lot of boxes. 

    One of the issues I did have was that we use vertex animation for our assets and then export each frame of animation as single files, which then get exported via a proprietary system to a single file format. 

    From what I understand, Blender 2.8 does not support as Animall has not been updated for 2.8, however I have managed to create a work around for not having vertex animation available, or importing vertex animated files via FBX or any other format and after a bit of research I found the following work-around which may be useful for others;

    -In the original 3D app, select the meshes that use vertex animation and duplicate them.
    -Each duplicate mesh is set to a different keyframe of animation.
    -Export the working model and duplicates to FBX and import in to Blender. 
    -Use the duplicates as blend shapes for the working model. To do this, select the duplicates and finally the working model and from the Object Data tab in the properties area (on the right side of the screen on default UI layout), select the down arrow from the Shape Key section and select Join as Shape). Example of this process can be found here: [url]https://blenderartists.org/t/solved-3ds-max-morphing-targets-to-blender-shape-keys/500221[/url]

    Another issue I am having and would appreciate some ideas on solving is that each of the blend shapes  that I have created now have their visibility powered by animation keyframes.

    So now within the viewport, the correct blendshape appears as well as any dummies within the scene being moved to the correct position.

    Another issue I have run in to is that Blender 2.8 seems to be broken. If I export the scene to FBX and import back in, the assets are less than 1/4 their original scale and orientation, animation keyframes are present in the timeline but are not animating. 

    Are there any plugins for 2.8 that exports scenes with blendshapes and animation correctly or is it a case of waiting for Blender to update the internal exporter?   



  • musashidan
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    kanga said:
    Is Free IK animating the bones directly, or does it use controllers? Reminds me of Animation Master from waaay back.
    Woo Hoo! My first 3d package. What a blast from the past.
    I never actually used it myself, but the first video tutorial I ever did on character animation was in AM. I followed along in Max and remember thinking how ahead of its time AM's animation system seemed at that time. 
  • FourtyNights
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    Blender's Proportional Editing tool is so good that I wouldn't need it. PE in Blender is Sooooo much better than Max's equivalent - Soft Selection. I've actually made a fuss about it on the Max beta trying to get it to be like Blender. :)
    Someone was trying to implement a color gradient for the weight of the influence for Blender's proportional editing. Looking forward to see it in the master branch of 2.8. https://devtalk.blender.org/t/gradient-vertex-color-for-proportional-editing/949

  • musashidan
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    @FourtyNights Nice. That fact that Blender's PE is dynamic is what makes it so good. Being able to adjust the influence with the mouse wheel as you see its effect is the single thing that makes it so effective and exactly what Max sift selection is missing.
  • LuisCherubini
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    Hey guys and girls! I'm sharing this free resource that you can find over Oleg Ushenok's Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/olegushenok#uMSoy

    Pretty much medium-poly, but can be good for general blockouts :)


  • musashidan
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    @LuisCherubini Nice find. Just donated. You're right about the kitbash kits. I got an email from Furio Tedeschi asking if it was OK to use my Zbrush IMM Armour brush on concept work he was doing for the Transformers 5 film. If Furio can kitbash other peoples' models then anyone can! :D

    As for the bevels on these models, MESHmachine would be perfect for that.


  • Prime8
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    Hey guys and girls! I'm sharing this free resource that you can find over Oleg Ushenok's Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/olegushenok#uMSoy

    Pretty much medium-poly, but can be good for general blockouts :)



    @LuisCherubini  Nice stuff indeed, though it looks like Blender has problems with the custom normals.
    You don't need to add the weighted normals modifier and activate sharp edges, just delete the custom normals and you get the same result with auto smooth.
  • musashidan
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    @Prime8 ; I'm getting identical smoothing using both FW custom normals+keep sharp, and clearing the imported normals and Autosmooth. Left is FW and right is Autosmooth

    And here are the 3ds Max (custom)normals

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    @Prime8 ; I'm getting identical smoothing using both FW custom normals+keep sharp, and clearing the imported normals and Autosmooth. Left is FW and right is Autosmooth

    And here are the 3ds Max (custom)normals

    @musashidan Yes they are identical, that's what I wrote. I thought it might be better to remove the custom normals instead of using a modifier, performance wise and you can do it that way when using 2.7.

    I just assumed the custom normals are not correct, because his screenshot looks much smoother around the bevels, but after seeing your 3ds Max screenshot, I think that might not be the case.
  • musashidan
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    Prime8 said:
    Nice stuff indeed, though it looks like Blender has problems with the custom normals.

    Sorry, I thought you were having trouble with the imported normals.
  • Jarvgrimr
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    I hope this is the right thread for this, but can anyone direct me as to how to 100% the weight of a bone on a selected mesh... I don't want to have to manually paint weights, and in 2.7 it looked like there was a UI section where I could select the bone, and just write 100% weight and it would apply to the whole mesh. Any help/thoughts?


  • Prime8
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    Prime8 said:
    Nice stuff indeed, though it looks like Blender has problems with the custom normals.

    Sorry, I thought you were having trouble with the imported normals.
    I appreciate the help.
    What I meant was that Blender doesn't import the custom normals correctly, that's why they look wrong right after the import.
    I tried the fbx files of the other kitbash set, the imported normals look the same as if using one of the methods above, therefor I guess the problem is related to the obj file or importer.

    Jarvgrimr said:
    I hope this is the right thread for this, but can anyone direct me as to how to 100% the weight of a bone on a selected mesh... I don't want to have to manually paint weights, and in 2.7 it looked like there was a UI section where I could select the bone, and just write 100% weight and it would apply to the whole mesh. Any help/thoughts?


    It only shows up in edit or weight paint mode.
    If you don't want to deform the mesh and the whole objects is attached to one bone, which I guess is the case here, just parent to the bone without deformation, in that case you don't need to apply any weight or vertex groups.


  • Deforges
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    Can't seem to find a clear answer on this - how can I set the autosmooth default value from 30 to 60? 
  • Jarvgrimr
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    Prime8 said:

    It only shows up in edit or weight paint mode.
    If you don't want to deform the mesh and the whole objects is attached to one bone, which I guess is the case here, just parent to the bone without deformation, in that case you don't need to apply any weight or vertex groups.


    Ah I see, it only showed up in Edit mode for me, but not in Weight Paint mode. Odd. However, that solved it. Thanks buddy!

    I went into the relations section, and tried this way of doing it, but it kept on moving the mesh when I attached it to the bone. I'm guessing it's something to do with my mesh pivots and my bone pivot not matching... but I got it to work with the above method :) cheers again mate!

  • Prime8
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    Jarvgrimr said:
    ... but it kept on moving the mesh when I attached it to the bone. I'm guessing it's something to do with my mesh pivots and my bone pivot not matching...

    You need to activate "keep transformation" when parenting it to the bone. I'm not sure if it works when changing it directly in the Relation settings.
    Edit: just realised the "keep transformation" switch seams to be a bit buggy for me, pressing it multiple times doesn't change it back and sometimes it shows active but isn't... strange
  • LuisCherubini
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    @LuisCherubini Nice find. Just donated. You're right about the kitbash kits. I got an email from Furio Tedeschi asking if it was OK to use my Zbrush IMM Armour brush on concept work he was doing for the Transformers 5 film. If Furio can kitbash other peoples' models then anyone can! :D

    As for the bevels on these models, MESHmachine would be perfect for that.


    @musashidan
    You can now say that you were responsible for the little bolts in Optimus Prime!  :D Oh, every single VFX artist journey 

    @Prime8 I didnt know about that! Looks faster than applying the WN indeed! 
  • musashidan
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    Prime8 said:
    I appreciate the help.What I meant was that Blender doesn't import the custom normals correctly, that's why they look wrong right after the import.I tried the fbx files of the other kitbash set, the imported normals look the same as if using one of the methods above, therefor I guess the problem is related to the obj file or importer.



    Yeah mate, I think the .OBJ importer is busted. I exported both .obj and .fbx from the Max scene and the normals were broken on the .obj, but good on the .fbx.


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