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Note: Blender must be in English for some functions of Cloth Weaver to work properly
Once you have downloaded the Cloth Weaver .zip file, open and unzip this folder. (Some web browsers may automatically unzip zipped folders.) Now you will see 2 .zip versions of Cloth Weaver: One version for Blender 2.8 and another for Blender 2.79. Keep these files zipped up.
- In Blender, go to File → user preferences → Add-ons and “install Add-on from File”.
- Locate the ClothWeaver.zip folder for 2.7 and choose install…
- In Blender’s 3D viewport: press ‘t’ to open the Left toolbar
- In Blender, go to Edit → user preferences → Add-ons and “install Add-on from File”.
- Locate the ClothWeaver.zip folder for 2.8 and choose install…
- In Blender’s 3D viewport: press ‘n’ to open the Right toolbar
Offline Mode (v4.0-4.5)
Cloth Weaver can be used offline by clicking ‘Switch to OFFLINE Mode’ in the top panel. This mode does not require an internet connection, but do keep in mind, this copy’s license key will remain ‘active’ until you manually de-activate it by clicking ‘Switch to Online Mode’.
Preparing your character
*IMPORTANT: Turn off or reduce any subdivision modifiers/levels on your characters. Highly dense meshes will slow down the simulation. Lower poly characters and clothing work best. Make sure there is nothing else visible in your current 3D view besides your character and the 2D clothing. Move items to different layers when possible.
In the Cloth Weaver Panel, click the checkbox if your current character is a Manuel Bastioni Lab or IMVU character. This will automatically scale the clothing templates to the default character size.
Select your character (make sure you don’t select a rig) and click “Add Collision to Character” in the Cloth Weaver panel. View your character’s modifiers tab and make sure the ‘collision’ modifier is moved above any subdivision, but below any rigs/armatures.
Having your character in a T-pose or A-pose works best when creating clothes. This helps reduce cloth overlapping and collision problems.
Preparing your clothing
(v4.5) Create a ‘Guide’ and align to your character. In the “Templates” tab, choose a guide to create. Then scale, rotate and move the guide to fit your character similar to our example 2B. Example: After aligning the guides to your character, checkmark “use Shirt Guide” to auto-align the templates to your character’s shirt area. You must un-check a the tickbox before you can select the other guide’s box.
Manually adjust the alignment of the 2D clothing template/pattern to your character. Make sure the clothing extends beyond the character. Do not allow the 2D template to touch or intersect with the character. IE: The sleeves are above the shoulders and extend over the arms. Same with the body. There needs to be enough fabric when the clothing wraps around the entire body.
Manually adjust alignment of 2D clothing template to character mesh