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Dream Textures for Blender

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CogniWerk Editor

Date: 17.10.2023

In the ever-evolving world of digital artistry, AI-powered tools have revolutionized the creative process, making it easier and more exciting than ever before. One such powerful tool that has found its way into the heart of Blender artists is "Dream Textures." Developed as an add-on for Blender, Dream Textures allows artists to generate stunning textures, concept art, background assets, and more, simply by providing a text prompt. Let's explore the fantastic capabilities of Dream Textures and learn how to harness its potential for elevating our creative endeavors.

 

Introducing Dream Textures

Dream Textures is a Stable Diffusion built-in to the Blender shader editor, which leverages the power of AI to produce visually captivating textures and artwork. One of the key highlights of this add-on is its ability to generate seamless textures that tile perfectly with no visible seam, making it an excellent choice for creating repetitive patterns and backgrounds.

Key Features:

  1. Image Generation: Dream Textures allows artists to create various textures and concept art with the help of simple text prompts. It opens up a world of possibilities, where artists can quickly explore different configuration options to achieve precisely the look they desire.
  2. Texture Projection: The add-on extends its capabilities to texture entire models and scenes with depth to image, enabling artists to bring their creations to life with rich and intricate details.
  3. Inpaint/Outpaint: Inpainting and outpainting features enable artists to fix and enhance existing images seamlessly. It can convert regular textures into seamless ones automatically and increase the size of an image by extending it in any direction.
  4. Render Pass: Dream Textures even offers the possibility of style transfer and creating novel animations with Stable Diffusion as a post-processing step, adding a touch of magic to your projects.
  5. AI Upscaling: Say goodbye to low-res textures with Dream Textures' AI upscaling, which can enhance your textures fourfold, providing you with high-quality results.
  6. History: The add-on offers the convenience of recalling, exporting, and importing history entries, making it easier for artists to revisit their creative journey and apply learned techniques.

 

Getting Started with Dream Textures

To start unleashing the power of Dream Textures, follow these simple steps:

  1. Download and Install: Head over to the official releases page and download the latest version of Dream Textures. Once downloaded, install it as a Blender Add-on by following the installation instructions provided.
  2. Model Installation: For the full 3D functionality, you'll need to install at least one Stable Diffusion model with "Depth" in its name. You can easily do this from the settings page in Blender.
  3. Accessing Dream Textures: Once installed, Dream Textures will be available via "View" and "Sitebar".

 

Projecting Textures onto Models

 

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Imagine you want to texture your low-poly models in Blender to create video game assets and environments for a retro-inspired game. Texture projection allows you to apply AI-generated textures directly onto your 3D models, considering their depth and perspective. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Select the Geometry: Ensure that you have an object selected and are in edit mode. Now, select the face or geometry where you want to project the texture.
  2. Open Dream Texture Tab: Press 'N' to open the sidebar and navigate to the "Dream Texture" tab.
  3. Enter Prompt: Type in the description of the desired texture in the "Subject" text field.
  4. Click Project: Click on the "Project Dream Texture" button to witness the AI projecting the texture onto your selected geometry.
  5. Fine-tuning: To avoid texture stretching and undesired results, select only the geometry facing the camera and adjust the camera angle as needed. Repeat the process for different sections of the model to achieve seamless and realistic texturing. You can also edit the textures in the UV-edit mode.

 

Conclusion: Texturing Made Easy

Dream Textures emerges as a powerful tool in the Blender artist's arsenal, providing a seamless and efficient way to generate textures, concept art, and background assets with AI's help. Whether you are a seasoned professional or an aspiring artist, Dream Textures can significantly enhance your creative process and open up new horizons for your digital masterpieces. Embrace the AI-powered future of digital artistry and unlock the true potential of your imagination with Dream Textures for Blender.