Getting started with Blenderseed
Blenderseed is a Blender 2.62 (and later) add-on that generates self-contained appleseed projects from Blender scenes. Once installed, the add-on presents itself as an additional entry in the File → Export menu:
Table of contents:
- Installing Blenderseed
- Exporting and rendering Blender's default scene
1. Installing Blenderseed
Blenderseed is installed like any other Blender add-on:
- Start Blender.
- Go to File → User Preferences...
- Click on the Install Add-On... button at the bottom of the window.
- Locate and select the blenderseed.py file: you will find it in the extras/blender/ directory of your appleseed installation.
- In the Add-Ons tab, in the Import-Export section, locate the row "Import-Export: appleseed project format" and click on the checkbox on the right to enable the add-on.
That's it. You should now have a new "appleseed (.appleseed)" menu entry in File → Export.
2. Exporting and rendering Blender's default scene
Let's export the default Blender scene to appleseed and render it. The default Blender scene is made of a single cube, a camera and a point light:
- Go to File → Export → appleseed (.appleseed) to open the exporter panel.
- Go to the directory where you wish to save the appleseed project, click on the Create New Directory button, type "test", then open this directory.
- Type "test.appleseed" in the file name input box, then click Export.
If there's no message and you're just back to Blender's main window, that means the export went fine.
Let's now render this scene in appleseed:
- Start appleseed.studio (check out part 1 of this tutorial in case of doubt).
- Click on File → Open Project... and open the test.appleseed project file we saved to disk earlier.
- Press F5 (or go to Rendering → Start Interactive Rendering) to start the progressive, interactive renderer.
- Press Shift-F5 (or go to Rendering → Stop Rendering) once you're satisfied with the rendering quality.
There's much more to it. In the next tutorial we will go over the various export options and settings: what they mean, what they do and in which situations they can be useful.
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