Accent Pro (Edit-mode Layers)

by Minimalist Soft in Scripts and Addons

Now you can have layers in edit mode!

Model with better precision. Accent Pro for Blender is a modeler's go to tool for efficient modeling. It promotes a proper low to high polycount workflow. Model mesh editing layers are already implemented in some 3D software packages, and now as a plugin for Blender. Accent Pro for Blender is useful for the beginning 3D artist and the professional alike.

Designed with a minimalist, universal interface, Accent Pro for Blender helps a modeler maintain another degree of efficiency while accomplishing modeling tasks. Accent Pro is for everyone. Even texture artists will find it useful in their workflow for UV maps. Accent Pro is a must-have tool for any CG artist.


Highlight features:

-Transparent to Blender’s operation.

- Locking layers for mesh protection.

- Layers save with your project file.

- Quick Solo Scroll through layers by using SHIFT + `(Accent)


Version 1.1 Released!

Updates: Fixed bug that created a slow response to saving faces over 3,000 polygons.

INSTALLATION

(Accent Pro for Blender is tested on Windows and Apple)


APPLE

Copy the Accent_Pro.py file to:

Harddrive (McIntosh HD) > Applications > Blender > Blender.app (right-click on Blender.app and “Show Package Contents”)> Contents > Resources > 2.78 > scripts > addons\

  • Start Blender and select: File > User Preferences > Add-ons \
  • Tick “3D View: Accent Pro”
  • Now you’re ready to start using modeling layers in edit mode.


WINDOWS

Copy the Accent_Pro.py file to:

  1. 64-bit: Windows (C:)\ Program Files > Blender Foundation > Blender > 2.78 > scripts > addons\
  2. 32-bit: Windows (C:)\ Program Files  (x86) > Blender Foundation > Blender > 2.78 > scripts > addons\
  • Start Blender and select: File > User Preferences > Add-ons \
  • Tick “3D View: Accent Pro”
  • Now you’re ready to start using modeling layers in edit mode.


WORKFLOW

Start a new box modeling session or begin with a low polycount model. Accent Pro can handle large polycounts if a low polycount model is started as the basis, and layers are not cleared after being saved to a given layer.

Divide the model up into the appropriate layers, being sure to name each layer and use all the faces in the model. If the layer is not set to "On, " the face will automatically hide when saved to a layer.

To save faces to a layer, press the save button. Additional faces can be added to a layer by selecting the face and then pressing the save button.


To clear a layer, press the clear button. Keep in mind that Accent Pro is designed for the precise, fast modeler, so the clear button clears the entire layer at once.


To view or hide a layer, press the layer visibility toggle button.


Thats it! Simply model as you would normally and Accent Pro does the rest.


MAIN BUTTONS

Show All: This button displays all layers at once except the frozen layers. If you accidentally hit the shortcut ALT + h to unhide all faces, reset Accent Pro by pressing the "Show All" button.


Solo Scroll: Solo scroll will set each layer to solo view as it scrolls through each layer. Solo scroll will override frozen layers and unlock them. The shortcut for Solo Scroll is: SHIFT + ' (Accent).


Invert Select: Invert select acts the same as a toggle button for selecting all visible items. Pressing it will either select the entire visible mesh or deselect it.


LAYER BUTTONS

Lock: Locking the layer will freeze the layer so that it can not be edited or accessed. When the "Show All" button is pressed, any layers that are hidden and locked will not be visible. Solo Scroll will override the Lock button.


Save: Selecting faces and pressing the "Save" button will save selected faces to a given layer. This button is accumulative as faces are selected and the button is pressed. So faces can be added as necessary to a given layer by pressing the "Save" button.


Delete: The delete button is created for speed. So, when pressed, it clears the entire layer- not selected faces.


Hide/ View: The hide/ view button will either hide or show the specific layer. This button will display a grey icon when no mesh data is present, and display a blue icon when mesh data has been saved to the layer.


For questions and support, please use the Contact button on this website located at: https://blendermarket.com/creators/minimalist

Is Accent Pro for High Polycount Modeling?

Yes. Accent Pro can handle whatever your computer and Blender can handle.

Is Accent Pro available in my language?

Accent Pro is designed with a minimalist interface. All elements are icons so that operation is universal.

Will Accent Pro really help my workflow?

Yes. If you are a professional or beginner, you'll find that sometimes it may be difficult to access certain parts of a mesh. You might want to show only certain parts of a mesh- or hide certain parts of a mesh. If you find that one mesh hiding function is not enough, then you will love Accent Pro.

Does Accent Pro do anything else besides layers?

Accent Pro is kept purposefully very simple. There is a Solo Scroll feature using the SHIFT + `(Accent) key combo. This allows you to quickly scroll through each layer starting at the first layer.

Are there unlimited layers?

Not yet... :) There are 8 layers. However, they do function very well.

How does Accent Pro Perform with Subsurfacing?

Accent Pro is transparent in operation, so feel free to use your normal workflow.

Does Accent Pro damage my mesh?

No. If you don't want to use Accent Pro any longer, simply deactivate in the Preferences > Addons menu, and be sure to hit ALT + h in edit mode to display any hidden faces. Accent Pro operates above Blender's functions, so it is non-destructive and will never corrupt your mesh.

Why does it cost $3.05?

No reason. Accent Pro works flawlessly and professionally.

Item Rating

This item has an average rating of 5 from 4 ratings by the community.

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    brent3d 4 months ago

    Great Addon, as a Lightwave/ Modo user this is priceless! Will you be developing a feature to add more layers?

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      Minimalist Soft 4 months ago

      Thank you so much for the first purchase! Infinite layers being added is a feature that likely will depend on popularity and demand. So feel free to PM us with additional comments!

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    Matthew Goodsell 3 months ago

    Great little addon, especially for only 4 bucks. It does what it says on the tin.

    If you are taking suggestions however, would it be possible to make it work in other modes as well ? For example object mode for bone placement, and weight painting mode, etc... ? If it kept mesh parts hidden outside of edit mode this addon would be priceless.

    Thanks for writing it.

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      Minimalist Soft 3 months ago

      Hi Matthew! Thanks for trying and liking Accent Pro. It means a lot to us. Thank you for the suggestions also, as hopefully this will be a standard Blender tool for artists. We have a development/ improvement path and any feedback is always welcome as it helps to create a product that users will enjoy.

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    emboo2 3 months ago

    Love this addon. Thanks for sharing at a donation price. Hope to see unlimited layers in the future. PMing suggestions for future releases. Thanks again and cheers!

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    fiendish55 2 months ago

    Really liking the addon but unlike I thought it has limited layers (only 8) which is way too less in complex characters with alot of gadgets. Also I would love to see that "Quick Solo Scroll" feature would automatically skip unactive/empty layers in the hierarchy. With these two improvements I would give it full five stars.

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      Minimalist Soft 2 months ago

      Hi fiendish55! Thanks for really liking Accent Pro! Thanks for the feedback also! To answer your comments... Please PM us for suggestions on the topic of using Accent Pro's layers with complex modeling & gadgets. The "Quick Solo Scroll" by design does not skip layers in the hierarchy in case one needed to arrive quickly at a layer that is empty. You may find that quite useful for speed. fiendish55, we're seriously listening. It's the end users who are important. Thank you very much, and look forward to future upgrades. If you'd like to offer more extensive suggestions, please PM us, we'd love to hear what will make Accent Pro better as it steadily becomes a standard tool in Blender!

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