Blender is a powerful and versatile 3D software that can be used for modeling, animation, rendering, simulation, and more. But did you know that you can also enhance your Blender experience with addons? Addons are extensions that add new features or improve existing ones in Blender. They can help you save time, create amazing results, and unleash your creativity.
In this article, we will introduce you to 10 free Blender addons that you need to try in 2023. These addons are compatible with Blender 3.2 or higher, and they are easy to install and use. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you will find something useful and fun in this list. Let's get started!
BlenderKit is a built-in addon that comes with a separate library of 3D models free and paid alike. It is a very quick way to create scenes and import models. The paid version costs $6/month, and gives you access to more models and cloud storage. You can browse and download thousands of assets directly in Blender, from furniture and vehicles to characters and animals. You can also upload your own models and share them with the community.
2. UV Packer
UV Packer will optimize your UV space and do it very quickly, it is also great for very large models, when the default blender UV packer isnât enough. UV mapping is the process of projecting a 2D texture onto a 3D model, and it can be tricky and tedious to do manually. UV Packer is an addon that automatically packs your UV islands into the optimal layout, maximizing the texture resolution and minimizing the distortion. You can also adjust the margin, padding, rotation, and alignment of your UVs with ease.
3. ND: Non-destructive Modeling
ND is an addon for the non-destructive modeling of hard surface objects. It allows for extrusion of 2D sketches, as well as including a variety of stacked modifier groups and Power Modifiers which essentially give non-linear workflows a whole new level of speed and options. Non-destructive modeling means that you can edit your model at any stage without losing any detail or history. You can also switch between different modes and styles with a single click.
4. Mouse Look
Mouse Look gives Blender some Z-sculpt type navigation features and is made for people using Tablets and iPads. If you are using a pen tablet or an iPad to sculpt or paint in Blender, you might find the default navigation cumbersome and limiting. Mouse Look is an addon that lets you use your pen as a mouse cursor, and control the view with gestures like zooming, panning, rotating, and orbiting. You can also customize the sensitivity, speed, and buttons of your pen.
5. Mechanical Creatures Starter Kit
Made by the sound, lighting, and 3D design tutorial maker Polyfjord, The Mechanical Creatures kit includes parts, procedural materials, and animated rigs all for creating little mechanicall creatures and objects like in the video above. If you are into steampunk or sci-fi aesthetics, you will love this addon. It lets you create unique mechanical creatures from scratch or from presets, using modular parts like gears, pipes, wires, and joints. You can also animate them with realistic movements and sounds.
Tracky is a camera tracking addon that takes data from iOS devices, and converts it into blender tracked footage. Camera tracking is the process of matching the movement of a virtual camera to a real one, which is essential for creating realistic composites or VFX shots. Tracky is an addon that simplifies this process by using your iPhone or iPad as a motion capture device. You just need to record a video with your device, import it into Blender, and let Tracky do the rest.
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