Blendit - Full dynamic material blending of objects

Main features:

  • Easily create material blend of selected objects with active
  • Non-destructive operations: create, apply, remove material blends
  • Option of executing the operations for all blends of source object
  • Real time dynamic blends works in viewport, Eevee and Cycles
  • Option automatic create material from blended objects
  • Option to Blend Normals of objects
  • Easily tweak individual blend of object
  • Easy tweaking of all blends of source object
  • Preserve texture scale from source object with mapping options:
    1. World space: Geometry node - Position output
    2. Object space: Texture Coordinate node - Object output
    3. UV v1: Texture Coordinate node - UV output + Blendit Transfer UV
    4. UV v2: UV Map node + Blendit Transfer UV

Note that for the version 1.3 there are many limitations, restrictions and some bugs.
I plan to figure out most of it in new versions.

Limitations:

  • Only one blend per object supported
  • Two source objects can’t be blended together
  • The add-on only works with the first material slot
  • You shouldn’t rename Blend materials for proper functionality
  • You shouldn’t remove original materials for proper functionality
  • You shouldn’t rename Blendit modifiers for proper functionality
  • The quality of the blend depends on mesh density
  • Only an UV map with Active Render can be transferred
  • Multi-user material doesn’t support different blend source objects
  • Auto Smooth turns on when Blend Normals is used
  • You must use UV mapping and Transfer UV to blend Normal maps
  • Used simple inaccurate blending of normal maps
  • Automatic connected Displacement and Volume outputs aren’t supported
  • Limited support for input nodes depending on the source object
  • Mappings inside node groups are not affected
  • Blender 2.90+ bug, crash when switching to UV Edit of source object
  • Blender 2.90+ bug, crash when switching to Edit Mode of source object

Changelog:

Blendit v1.1

  • Implemented full support of Frame Nodes
  • Fixed issue with Reroute Node and full support of these nodes
  • Fixed issues caused by incompatibility with other add-ons affect material nodes

Blendit v1.2

  • Automatic linking of unconnected node mapping input
  • Basic warning if unsupported mapping is used
  • Basic warning if unsupported nodes are used
  • Fixed blended material doesn’t work in Cycles
  • Fixed transfer of active UV Map instead of UV Map with Active Render

Blendit v1.3

  • Full support of material nodes (ColorRamp, RGB Curve, Vector Curves)
  • Small performance improvement through better modifiers settings
  • Auto Smooth option added to Settings (recommended to turn-off in Cycles)
  • Added switches for Simple and Advanced blend modes
  • Advanced mode - added option to tweak the minimum blend distance
  • Advanced mode - added option to tweak the gradient of the material blend
  • Advanced mode - added option to tweak the blend of normals
  • Fixed issue and added warning if objects have no materials
  • Fixed Transfer UV doesn’t have ideal mapping when Blend Normals disabled
  • Fixed Auto smooth did not return when blend was removed
  • Fixed UV Map node could have non-existent UVs assigned
  • Fixed applied blend shows sliders without influence

Planned features for next versions:

  • Show/hide blend switcher
  • Tweak multiple normal blends of objects at once
  • Option to create a unique material per object
  • Option stack and handle multiple blends on objects
  • Operations for individual blends in the stack
  • Supported blend according to height maps
  • Accurate blending of normal maps
  • Option to use template materials
  • Option to deform geometry at the intersection
  • Supported blend with multiple material slots
  • Support for different blend sources for multi-user material
  • Supported automatically connected Displacement output
  • Supported automatically connected Volume output
  • Supported transfer of multiple UV
  • And more…

Available on Gumroad

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Brilliant!

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Impressive!

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Don’t give him to much credit. He just turned it into a addon.

The techniques mentioned in the links do not achieve what the add-on can do. Show me full dynamic blends for viewport and Eevee. And make it just by one click.
Don’t be mean, I made this add-on for you too. It was not easy.

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So you’re not using dynamic paint, data transfer modifier and nodes?

@spiv this looks very handy. Can i bake the textures for using with other Renderers like Luxcore. And what means tier 1 ? Don’t i have updates.?!

I don’t use all these things together that are mentioned.
I just use what Blender offers…
I don’t understand why you have a problem with my efforts to make life easier for Blender users.

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I’ll send you future replies in PM. Don’t want to start debate and hijack your thread.

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Yes, you can bake textures without problems.
Tiers offer small bonuses for you. I will update higher tiers first. But all tiers will be updated.

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Thanks, i need this. :+1: :grin:

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These errors occur in testing.
blendit
I’m on linux

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Same error here. I’m on Windows, Blender 2.9

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Thanks for reporting. I know how it fix, but I can’t replicate it. I don’t know what is source of problem. I suspect it’s caused by another add-on. Can you send me a .blend file?

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@spiv Thank you for the hint. @BauDouin It’s the Image Layers Node Addon from @akaneyu. After deaktivate all works fine.
Many thanks for Blendit :+1:

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I have reported a few issues from users and they are probably all caused by other add-ons.
I will fix it as soon as possible.
It is not a problem to adjust your blend material as you need. For now I have chosen the most universal setup. I plan to implement the option to use material presets.
Thanks for feedback.

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this addon costs a lot and does too simple things. Looks like selling snow

So don’t buy it and make it yourself. Not very useful info.

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It was some other addon with me too, managed to sort of make it work. Tried it with simple colours and it does what it should, but as soon as I load in a PBR setup I get a different error.

Interesting error. Did you try to deactivate other add-ons and then restart Blender? I’m working on an update and I hope it will fix all these issues.