Introducing ‘Weight Paint and Bones: A Blender Toolkit’
‘Weight Paint and Bones: A Blender Toolkit’ is a Blender addon that offers additional tools and features for weight painting and bone editing. The addon aims to simplify these tasks, making them more straightforward and efficient.
Here’s a closer look at what ‘Weight Paint and Bones: A Blender Toolkit’ offers:
Asymmetric Weight Paint Mirroring: Mirrors weight paint accurately, even on asymmetrical meshes. This feature comes with several supportive tool:
-Fill Missing Weights: This feature allows you to fill vertices on the destination side, based on the weight paint from the source side.
-Fill Only Selected Vertices: Choose to fill only selected vertices for more precision.
-Select Missing Vertices: Complementing the “Fill Only Selected Vertices” feature, this function automatically selects vertices that are missing weights in the destination group, enhancing the overall speed and efficiency of the weight paint mirroring process.
-Smooth Weights: A feature designed to refine the results by smoothing all the vertices in the destination group. An optional “Smooth Selected Vertices Only” control is available for users who wish to smooth a specific subset of vertices.
Mirror Multiple Groups: This feature allows users to select multiple groups for weight paint mirroring.
Quick Origin Positioning: This feature allows users to swiftly set the origin point to the center of selected vertices while in weight paint mode. This quick repositioning of the origin point enhances the efficiency of mirror operations, as they are based on the object’s origin point.
Brush Pie Menu and Brush Group Presets: Offers a user-friendly pie menu for quick brush switching and the ability to create custom brush groups.
Efficient Weight Paint Mode Entry: This feature allows swift entry to weight paint mode from an object selection.
Precise Bone Selection: This feature ensures accurate and effortless selection even in complex bone assemblies.
Sequential Bone Parenting: This feature accelerates the process of parenting multiple bones in a sequential order.
Batch Constraint Assignment: This feature streamlines the workflow when applying the same constraint to multiple bones.
For a detailed walk-through of ‘Weight Paint and Bones: A Blender Toolkit’, be sure to watch the comprehensive video demonstration. In this video, I explain each feature in depth, demonstrating how they work and the benefits they provide. Whether you’re considering purchasing the addon or already a user looking for tips, this video is a valuable resource.
Who is this for?
‘Weight Paint and Bones: A Blender Toolkit’ is designed for anyone who uses Blender for weight painting or bone editing. Whether you are an animator, 3D artist, game developer, or someone who needs to create or modify 3D models with complex weight distributions or bone structures, this addon can be a practical tool in your workflow.
Here are the default shortcuts associated with various features:
Brush Pie Menu: CTRL+SHIFT+E
Located in Keymap > 3D View > 3D View (Global) > Select Brush
Precise Bone Selection Pop-Up Menu: CTRL+SHIFT+Q
Located in Keymap > 3D View > 3D View (Global) > Select Bone
Efficient Weight Paint Mode Entry: CTRL+SHIFT+E (This is the same as the Brush Pie Menu, but it doesn’t interfere as it’s used in a different interaction mode.)
Located in Keymap > 3D View > Object Mode > Object Mode (Global) > SwitchToWeightPaintMode
These shortcuts are customizable, allowing you to tailor them to suit your personal workflow.