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Gaffer is an open-source lighting and rendering workflow tool for Blender, designed to enhance the lighting and shading capabilities of the software. It provides a powerful and flexible node-based interface that allows artists to create and control complex lighting setups with ease. With Gaffer, users can create realistic and dynamic lighting effects, such as global illumination, area lights, and light linking.
Gaffer also offers advanced features like light groups, light linking, and shader overrides, which give artists precise control over the final look of their scenes. It is a valuable tool for professionals and enthusiasts alike, empowering them to achieve stunning and realistic lighting results in their Blender projects.
Features of Gaffer
- Node-based workflow: Gaffer provides a node-based interface that allows artists to create and manipulate lighting setups easily. This intuitive workflow provides a high level of flexibility and control over lighting effects.
- Global illumination: Gaffer supports global illumination techniques, such as path tracing and photon mapping, to achieve realistic lighting and shading effects in scenes. It accurately simulates light bouncing off surfaces, resulting in more natural and visually appealing renders.
- Area lights: Gaffer allows the creation of area lights, which are essential for simulating real-world light sources like lamps, windows, and light fixtures. Artists can adjust the size, shape, and intensity of these lights to achieve the desired lighting effects.
- Light groups and light linking: Gaffer offers the ability to organize lights into groups and control their influence on objects selectively. This feature allows artists to efficiently manage complex lighting setups with multiple light sources and control the interaction between lights and objects.
- Shader overrides: With Gaffer, artists can override the default shader assigned to objects, enabling them to fine-tune the appearance of specific objects or parts of the scene. This feature is useful when artists want to apply custom materials or modify existing shaders for more control over the final look of the scene.
- Real-time feedback: Gaffer provides interactive and real-time feedback, allowing artists to visualize lighting changes instantly. This iterative process helps artists make informed decisions about the placement, intensity, and color of lights, saving time and improving the overall efficiency of the lighting workflow.
Gaffer System requirements
- 64-bit dual-core 2Ghz CPU with SSE2 support
- 4 GB RAM
- 1280 × 768 screen
- Mouse, touchpad or pen + tablet
- Graphics card with 1 GB RAM, OpenGL 3.3
- Blender version 2.93, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
Gaffer Free Download
Gaffer v3.1.19 (Blender)
How to install Gaffer
- Install Blender First
- Open the software, click Edit (EDIT) → Preference → Plug-in (Aadd-ONS) → Install
- Restart Blender, you can see the installed plug -in in the file → user settings → plug -in