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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Video Tutorial: Pimp your Blender (Learn How to Customize Blender's Interface)

In this video tutorial, we'll take a look at how easy it is to customize the look and feel of Blender's interface.

We'll be covering:

  • How to Not Screw Up your Default Settings
  • Customizing your Colors
  • Customizing your Icons
  • Customizing your Font
  • Customizing other Interface Details
  • Customizing the OpenGL Lighting
  • Your Default Settings File
  • Customizing your 3D Editing Cursor
  • Exporting your Custom Theme
  • Customizing your Blender Screens

Additional Resources:

Note: Here's another great pimptastic feature in Blender, noted by Lucidor/Rodicul. It's the Smooth View option:

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Trip Eight said...

This looks like it's going to be cool. Can't wait to see it, downloading now! =D

Anonymous said...

i've just downloaded it , it's really kool and i used Death Note Font on it... it's really kool ^_^

Anonymous said...

Nice but once I made a icons directory (installing new icons) and put all the PNGs in it, it wont show up in blender (and also not in the dropdown menu in Blender itself.

Kernon Dillon said...

Just to be sure:

- what version of Blender are you using?
- the path for the icons should be "C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender\.blender\icons

Kernon Dillon said...

Yes, that's an interesting font! Hopefully the next major release of Blender will have even more ways to customize the interface.

Anonymous said...

Tried both the original 2.45 and graphicall build number 559 (with new particals), and in both versions I had to make a new map (standard the map icons wasn't there).
And yes I copied all the icons in that map (although I haven't installed it on my C drive, but that shouldn't be the problem.)

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you didn't mention smooth view in the view and controls settings.

Set the value to 1000 and have a nice smooth animated flip when you switch between top, front and sideview. :^)

Personally I like to have it more snappy at 300 ms.

Kernon Dillon said...

Hey Thanks!!

You know, I looked at that and the feature's name and tooltip are so poor that I couldn't figure out what in the heck it was supposed to do! I thought it had something to do with animating and I couldn't see any kind of effects that it was having LOL.

So, I figured if I hadn't used it in all of the time I've spent using Blender, and had never heard anything mentioned about it, that it must be something trivial.

It's definitely trivial but DAAAANNG!!, it definitely fits into the pimptastic category!

Thanks for the smooooth tip! I'll add it to the post.

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked it. :^)

Anonymous said...

how do i import a custom theme

Kernon Dillon said...

You'll need to place the theme's python file (.py) into Blender's scripts subdirectory. On Windows, it's located at "../.blender/scripts".

You can then start Blender, open a Scripts window, and locate the new theme in the Scripts->Themes submenu.

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