2.80

EEVEE Shadow Catcher

There is a convenient opportunity in the Cycles render engine to render an object with shadows on a transparent background using material with the “shadow catcher” option. There is no such material in EEVEE render engine, however, in EEVEE we can make our own “shadow catcher” based only on nodes.

Completed “EEVEE Shadow Catcher” material you can get from the BIS library.

Autoclick in Pie Menu

To increase the speed and convenience of working with the “Pie Menu” in Blender you can use its “autoclick” option. To use it press the desired “Pie Menu” call keys, don’t release them, move the mouse cursor in the direction of the desired item, and only then release the buttons on the keyboard. You don’t need to click on a menu item, the choice is made automatically.

15 changes that you need to know when migrating from Blender 2.79 to Blender 2.80

  1. Object selection

2.79: selecting with the right mouse button
2.80: left-click selection

  1. T-panel

2.79: called by pressing the “t” key
2.80: it’s gone, functions moved to the main menu and to the context right-click menu

  1. Deselection

2.79: “a” – select all and deselect all
2.80: “a” – select all, “a – a” or “alt+a” – deselect all

Fake-bpy-module

Code autocomplete greatly simplifies writing scripts or developing add-ons for Blender. One of the best autocomplete modules for today is developed by Nutti. Last updated 20190718.

The project is hosted on the author’s GitHub: https://github.com/nutti/fake-bpy-module

The modules are distributed via pip or as a pre-generated-modules. Author also provides a module generator with which you can assemble autocomplete modules yourself.

Constants

There are three mathematical constants in Blender which you can enter in any field and immediately get its numeric value.

They are:

  • pi – “Pi” number = 3.1415…
  • e – Euler number = 2,7182…
  • tau – “Tau” number  = 6.2831…

Node displacement in Blender 2.8

In Blender 2.8, the displacement node in Cycles render-engine was changed from scalar to vector. If you simply connect a black and white height map to the Displace input of the material output node, like in Blender 2.7, it will not give the desired result.

To make the correct node displacement in Blender 2.8 add “CombineXYZ” and “VectorDisplacement” nodes to the material node tree. Connect the height map to the “Y” input of the “CombineXYZ” node and its “Vector” output to the “Vector” input of the “VectorDisplacement” node. After that, connect the “Displacement” output of the “VectorDisplacement” node to the “Displacement” input of the material output node.