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Book: Creating add-ons for Blender


Michel Anders writes:

Hi all,

I am happy to announce my new, short-and-sweet, information packed book on creating add-ons for Blender.

If you have some Python experience already, this primer can get you up and running with writing your own add-ons for Blender in no time. It starts with the basics of creating a simple operator and then guides you all the way to creating parametric meshes that include modifiers and data layers.

It is available from Smashwords and selected online retailers, and of course you can sample it first on my blog.

I kept the price really low but if you order it from Smashwords in August, Blender Nation readers can use this coupon XF62M to get it for the even lower price of $2.99

I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I did writing it!

About the Author

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Michel Anders

Although a Blender user for over ten years, I have to admit that I am an enthusiastic but (very) mediocre artist at best. I discovered however that I really enjoyed helping people out with programming related questions and a couple of years ago when Packt Publishing was looking for authors on the BlenderArtists/Python forum I stepped in. So far this has resulted in several books: Blender 2.49 Scripting, Python 3 Web Development and recently I started self publishing books on Smashwords and Blender Market. The current list consists of: Creating Add-ons fro Blender, Open Shading Language for Blender and my latest: Blender Add-on Cookbook I maintain a blog on Blender related things, 'Small Blender Things' and I keep an eye on the coding forums at BlenderArtists where you can also contact me via private message if you like, my nickname there is 'varkenvarken'. Recently I started offering some Blender add-ons on BlenderMarket, the first one is called WeightLifter, a vertex group tool, which is now accompanied by Space Tree Pro, an environment aware tree modeler for ArchViz and IDMapper a tool to create ID maps easily for Substance painter. I live in a small converted farm in the southeast of the Netherlands where we raise goats for a hobby. We also keep a few chickens and the general management of the farm is left to our cats. This arrangement leaves me with with enough time to write the occasional book.


  1. justrandomblenderer on

    Bought this book. Really good. I have been trying to find good resources for creating my own addon.

    I have taught myself some Python for couple of years and I find this book easy to follow.

  2. Glad I bought it. Full of clear explanations and examples that answer questions I've been having. Nice to have this resource--thanks!

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