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Zen UV is a powerful and efficient UV mapping tool for Blender, a popular 3D modeling and rendering software. It streamlines the process of unwrapping and editing UV maps, allowing users to create clean and optimized UV layouts with ease. With Zen UV, artists can quickly and accurately map textures onto their 3D models, ensuring precise alignment and minimal distortion.
Its intuitive interface and advanced features, such as automatic seam detection and interactive pinning, make UV unwrapping and editing more efficient and less frustrating. Zen UV is a valuable tool for anyone working with complex UV mapping tasks, providing a seamless workflow and helping artists achieve high-quality results in their Blender projects.
Features of Zen UV
- Zen UV Transform tool. Move, Rotate, Scale, Fit, Align and Flip Islands in 3D View and UV Editor using Zen UV Gizmo.
- Stack System. Stack and Unstack UV Islands automatically and manually. Extremely useful for increasing Texel Density and baking.
Relax Operator. This is a new unwrapping method that is well suited for working with organic models.
- Trimsheet system. Create Trimsheets and Move, Rotate, Scale, Fit, Align and Flip Islands inside Trims.
World Orient operator that rotates UV Islands the way they are oriented in the model.
Checker Map System is a node-based system that contains Checker Textures designed specifically for Zen UV.
- Square and rectangular formats. Check UV’s state on the model without ruining existing materials!
Copy/Paste Operators. Copy/Paste parameters (Structure,TD, Position, Size) between Islands/Faces/Maps.
- Quadrify Islands Operator to straighten rectangular-shaped UV Islands.
Full set of Transform operators. Move, Rotate, Scale, Flip, Fit, Orient, Sort and Align Islands and Elements (vertices, edges, polygons).
Display Flipped operator to display Flipped Islands in UV Editor.
- Finished System. It helps to control and manage the state of unwrapping UV Islands (Finished/Unfinished) by tags and visually.
Different Pack Engines. Yes, you can use UVPackmaster 2, 3 and UV-Packer with Zen UV.
Zen Unwrap Operator to mark selected edges/faces as Seams and/or Sharp edges and Unwrap by Marked edges after.
- Unwrap Constraint operator to unwrap Islands along a certain axis.
Match and Stitch operator to match Islands position, rotation, scale and stitch vertices if it’s possible.
Marking System that helps you to mark Seams and/or Sharp automatically by angle, by existing UV Borders/Sharp Edges, and manually.
- Seam Groups. Work with more than one Seam set!
Texel Density. Get, Set, and Check Texel Density of UV Islands.
Sticky UV Editor for quick access to UV Editor.
Advanced UV Maps. Duplicate, remove, clean, and rename UV Maps of the selected objects in sync.
- Hard Ops add-on integration. It allows displaying UV manipulations in 3D View!
Smooth by Sharp (Toggle). Set hard/soft edges for perfect normal map bakes in one click!
Quick Support on the Discord channel.
Zen UV 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, 4.0
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How to install Zen UV
- 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