Add-ons are a mechanism for further extending Blender’s functionality and making a wide variety of features available. In addition to externally available add-ons, Blender has many built-in add-ons that can be used free of charge and without additional downloads.
This article describes those built-in add-ons.
- 1 What are add-ons?
- 2 Built-in add-ons
- 3 Install additional add-ons
- 4 How to upload to STYLY
What are add-ons?
As mentioned above, Blender’s add-ons are a mechanism that allows you to extend Blender’s functionality and add new features.
Because of their nature, add-ons are managed separately from Blender itself and include functions that are specialized for a particular task.
Many functions of add-ons are not translated and may be unstable, and since it is rarely assumed that add-ons are enabled in books and online articles, the actual screen may differ from the description; as a result, the use of add-ons is recommended for advanced users only.
However, there are many add-ons that are useful in certain usage scenarios, and add-ons can increase the potential of Blender, so let’s take advantage of them!
All add-ons can be activated from a dedicated menu. To open the Preferences screen, go to “Edit” and select “Preferences.”
Next, click on the “Add-ons” button.
Check the checkbox next to the name of the add-on you wish to use to activate it.
In the case of Blender, the add-on will be loaded and enabled immediately without requiring a restart.
However, in some cases, errors or other problems may occur, so we recommend restarting Blender just in case you have enabled or disabled the add-on.
Press the “▶” button on the add-on to display the add-on information, and you will see the following items:
- Description: Add-on overview.
- Location: Locations of menus and other areas where add-on functions can be found
- File: Location of the script where the add-on was installed
- Warning: Any warnings, such as unstable operation of the add-on
- Internet: Buttons to open links to the documentation, bug report form, etc.
In some cases, the add-on’s individual settings and other information may be displayed below.
There are three main add-on statuses. You can press button 1 to toggle between “Official,” “Community,” and “Testing.”
You can also specify multiple categories by holding down Shift and pressing the button.
Add-ons provided by Blender.
“3D View: Math Vis (Console)” in 2 above is an official add-on.
Add-ons provided by third parties.
“3D View: Precision Drawing Tools (PDT)” in 3 above is a community add-on.
There are no built-in add-ons currently being tested, but in some cases there may be add-ons that belong in this category, in which case it will appear as a dedicated category.
- WarningWarnings are not a dedicated category, but if there is some kind of warning, such as “3D View: VR Scene Inspection” in 4 above, a dedicated icon will appear.
In the case of this add-on, it is a development version, indicating that it is a preview release.
This series of add-ons is mainly related to 3D display.
- 3D Navigation
Adds a button to the sidebar to control the display.
- Math Vis (Console)
Adds functionality for generating shapes based on mathematical formulas.
Displays the length, area, angle, etc. of the object. Similar functions are also built into Blender itself.
- Precision Drawing Tools (PDT)
Provides functions that can be used to perform modeling with a high degree of accuracy and to perform modeling based on CAD-like numerical values.
- Stored Views
Allows you to save multiple views and switch between them at the touch of a button.
- VR Scene Inspection
Provides the ability to view scenes and perform simple editing using VR goggles (HMD). A separate compatible VR device is required.
This series of add-ons includes adding curve patterns and shapes that can be generated using curves.
- Assign Shape Keys
Adds the ability to define other curves for a curve, such as morphing.
Adds a feature to add a curve-following motion similar to Cinema 4D’s C4D Tracer.
- Curve Tools
Adds functions to add or change curves, similar to Cinema 4D’s C4D Tracer.
- Extra Objects
Adds several curved objects.
Adds the function to generate ivy-like objects.
- Sapling Tree Gen
Adds the ability to generate trees based on presets or create new ones.
- Simply Curves+
Adds features to simplify curves.
This series of add-ons provides additional mesh types.
- A.N.T. Landscape
Adds the ability to create objects suitable for the terrain based on random noise
Adds specialized functionality for modeling buildings
Adds the ability to make screws, nuts, etc. You can also set the shape of the head and the number of grooves.
Adds the ability to attach a science fiction-like representation to the surface of an object.
- Extra Objects
Adds numerous object shapes, such as gemstone and honeycomb shapes.
- Geodesic Domes
Adds the ability to create dome shapes based on many types of geodesics.
This series of add-ons provides functionality for creating animations.
Adds functionality to assist in creating animations for vertices, surfaces, etc.
- Bone Selection Sets
Adds the ability to create and edit selection sets of bones. Selection Sets is a feature that can be used to organize multiple bones for easier animation editing.
- Copy Global Transform
Adds the ability to copy the deformation of a global and paste it into another object.
- Corrective Shape Keys
Adds the ability to adjust the shape keys for the edited model.
- Pose Library
This add-on is enabled by default and adds the ability to save and load model poses.
- Turnaround Camera
Adds the ability to easily attach animations to cameras that show the entire model, such as a camera rotating around an object.
This add-on provides settings for the camera.
- Add Camera Rigs
Adds the ability to set up rigs that can control the camera from a 3D view.
The add-ons in this series provide functionality primarily for Python development with Blender and for Blender on its own.
- Dependency Graph Debug
Adds functionality for debugging dependency graphs.
- Edit Operator Source
Adds the ability to display the source code from Blender operator names.
- Icon Viewer
Adds the ability to list icons used in Blender and copy their names.
- Is Key Free
Adds the ability to check if a hotkey is being used in Blender.
The add-ons in this series provide functionality for input and output in a variety of formats. Depending on the format, input only, output only, or both will be supported.
- 3D Coat Applink
Adds the ability to exchange data with 3DCoat, a sculpting software.
- Atomic Blender PDB/XYZ
Adds the ability to read the format PDB/XYZ, which is used for modeling molecular structures, etc.
- BioVision Motion Capture (BVH) format
This add-on is enabled by default and supports the import of BVH formats, which are commonly used in motion capture.
- Export AutoCAD DXF Format (.dxf)
Adds the ability to output in the DXF format used in AutoCAD.
- Export Camera Animation
Adds the ability to output cameras and markers in the .py format.
- Export Paper Model
Objects can be printed out as images that can be used to create paper crafts.
- Export Pointcache Format(.pc2)
Adds the ability to output in the Pointcache format consisting of vertex information.
- FBX format
This add-on is enabled by default. The FBX format is widely used for file exchanges such as Unity.
- Import Brushset
Adds the ability to input texture images as brushes.
- Import Images as Planes
This add-on allows Blender to import corresponding images pasted on a flat surface. It is useful when you want to bring images into your environment in a poster-like form since the aspect ratio will be imported in the correct form.
- Import Palettes
Adds the ability to read color palette information from Krita and Photoshop.
- NewTek MOD format
Adds the ability to input and output in the format used in LightWave.
- Nuke Animation Format (.chan)
Adds the ability to input and output camera information that is compatible with Nuke, a video editing application.
- STL format
This add-on is enabled by default. It adds input/output capabilities for the STL format, which is widely used mainly in CAD and 3D printers.
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 format
This add-on is enabled by default. SVG is a widely used vector image format that can be loaded in the form of curves.
- Stanford PLY format
This add-on is enabled by default. The PLY format adds input and output capabilities in a format that is primarily used by 3D scanners.
- UV Layout
This add-on is enabled by default. It adds the ability to input and output UV development images to allow them to be edited in an external editor.
- Wavefront OBJ format
This add-on is enabled by default. Since many platforms support the OBJ format, it is often used as an interchange format. This add-on provides input and output functions.
- Web3D X3D/VRML2 format
This add-on is enabled by default. This format is used to display 3D in a browser and supports X3D input/output and WRL (VRML file) input.
- glTF 2.0 format
This add-on is enabled by default. It adds the ability to input and output in the glTF format, which is often used for exchanging 3D model files.
The add-ons in this series add functionality to the interface.
- 3D Viewport Pie Menus
Adds the ability to use the pie menu in the 3D viewport.
- Amaranth Toolset
Adds useful features to increase productivity.
- Collection Manager
Adds features such as pop-up screens to manage and manipulate collections.
- Copy Attributes Menu
Extends the functionality of the [Ctrl+C] key and adds various types of copy functions.
- Dynamic Brush Menus
Adds additional features to the Paint and Sculpt menu to improve work efficiency.
- Dynamic Context Menu
Adds additional menus to the header and other menus according to the state of operation.
- Modifier Tools
Adds functions such as batch application of Modifier to the menu.
This series of add-ons provides light source settings.
- Dynamic Sky
Adds the ability to easily create natural sunlight, etc.
- Sun Position
Adds the ability to place light sources that simulate the position of the sun in the real world.
Adds the ability to set a three-point light source centered on the selected object.
This series of add-ons adds functionality to select and configure materials.
- Material Library
Adds the ability for material libraries to be used across projects.
- Material Utilities
Adds features such as easy assignment of materials to objects.
This series of add-ons adds the ability to generate meshes and deform them.
- 3D Print Toolbox
Adds useful features for creating models for 3D printers that will help identify problems when outputting models on a 3D printer.
- Auto Mirror
Adds functionality to easily perform tasks such as cutting and mirroring meshes.
- Bsurfaces GPL Edition
Adds the ability to perform modeling and retopology work in conjunction with grease pencils.
- Edit Mesh Tools
Adds a variety of functions for editing meshes.
Expands the functionality of the [F] key shortcut for creating surfaces to allow surfaces to be created in more cases.
- Inset Straight Skeleton
Extends the ability to split and inset polygons.
Adds functions related to loops, such as bridging two distant vertices as a loop shape.
Adds the ability to snap the cursor to a face, vertex, etc., to streamlines your work.
Adds features such as generating geometry based on calculations.
- tinyCAD Mesh tools
Adds features such as the joining of contact points, as commonly found in CAD.
This series of add-ons adds functionality to the node’s interface.
- Node Arrange
Adds functionality to organize nodes for easier viewing.
- Node Presets
Adds the ability to load another blend file with defined nodes so that the node groups present in that file can be used.
- Node Wrangler
Adds functions to make the node screen easier to use.
This series of add-ons adds functionality to manipulate and modify objects.
- Align Tools
Adds the ability to align to the active object.
- Bool Tool
Adds functions such as defining masks and performing Boolean processing.
Adds the ability to perform processes such as carving out objects.
- Cell Fracture
Adds the ability to split objects into random shapes to create a cracked look.
- Edit Linked Library
Adds the ability to edit linked objects.
Normally, linked objects cannot be edited, but this tool makes it possible.
- Grease Pencil Tools
Adds useful functions for drawing with grease pencils, etc.
- Object Color Rules
Adds for the ability to edit the display colors on objects and wireframe displays.
- Real Snow
Adds the ability to make snow fall on top of objects.
- Scatter Objects
Adds the ability to dust objects.
- Skinfy Rig
Adds functionality for creating objects from bones.
This series of add-ons adds functionality to Paint.
- Paint Palettes
Adds the ability to set palettes and output when painting.
This series of add-ons adds support for rendering engines and more.
- Copy Render Settings
Adds the ability to copy rendering settings so they can be used in multiple sessions.
- Cycles Render Engine
This add-on is enabled by default. It enables the use of the Cycles renderer, which comes standard with Blender.
- Freestyle SVG Exporter
Allows Freestyle output to be output as an SVG file. Freestyle is a feature that allows line drawings to be rendered.
Adds functionality for using the Persistence of Vision ray tracer.
- UI Animation Render
Adds the ability to render the Blender UI as an animation.
This add-on adds functionality related to rigging.
Adds functionality to automate rigging based on objects.
This add-on adds functionality to the sequencer.
- Power Sequencer
Expands video editing functions, adds menu items, etc.
This series of add-ons adds features to Blender as a whole.
- Blender ID authentication
This add-on provides functionality for logging into Blender Studio (formerly Blender Cloud). It cannot be used by itself; it is used in conjunction with a dedicated add-on. Some functions require a fee.
- Demo Mode
Adds the ability to repeatedly play multiple Blend files. This add-on is mainly used when you want to repeatedly play back Blend files for demonstration purposes.
- Manage UI translations
Adds useful features to translate Blender and add-ons.
- Property Chart
Adds functionality to facilitate the editing of object properties.
- Scene Information
Adds a panel to the scene properties item that allows you to reference the number of objects in the Blend file, etc.
This add-on adds functionality to the UV editor.
- Magic UV
Extends the ability to edit UVs.
This add-on adds functionality to the video editor.
- Refine tracking solution
Allows for more accurate tracking by taking projection errors into account when performing motion tracking.
Install additional add-ons
You can download or purchase additional add-ons for Blender to add even more diverse functions.
Many authors have released add-ons on Blender Market, Gumroad, and more recently BOOTH, and these add-ons are also available as source codes on GitHub and other sites.
How to upload to STYLY
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How to upload to STYLY
How to upload to STYLY via Unity app.
For questions about STYLY, bug reports, and requests for improvements, please contact at STYLY FORUM.
By using add-ons, you can customize and use Blender in your own way.
We encourage you to start with the built-in add-ons and explore the configuration of your own.
Edited by SASAnishiki
Translated by passerby1