Zen BBQ is an add-on designed to streamline the process of creating, adjusting, and visualizing bevels in Blender. It offers a comprehensive solution for artists who want to enhance their models with realistic bevels without altering the underlying geometry. Whether for visualization, concept art, or game development, Zen BBQ provides tools that simplify and enhance the beveling process.

Key features:

  • Enhanced Visualization: Incorporate bevels to catch light and better define object shapes, enhancing the realism and appeal of models without modifying the geometry.
  • Concept Art Design: Facilitate the creation of unique objects by merging mesh elements smoothly, enabling the design of intriguing shapes. This feature is highlighted by Tor Frick’s contributions.
  • Game Development Efficiency: Zen BBQ bevels can be baked into normal maps for game development models, eliminating the need for time-consuming support loop cuts in high-poly models.
  • Comprehensive Bevel Shader Control: Gain full control over the Bevel Shader Node in Cycles, allowing for both global and individual edge and vertex value adjustments.
  • Versatile Measurement Units: Set bevel radius using a wide range of units, from millimeters to kilometers, inches to feet, and more.
  • Customizable Preset Groups: Utilize existing bevel preset groups with varying units or craft custom ones to suit specific needs.
  • Material-Friendly: Zen BBQ embeds its values into mesh attributes and integrates with materials in a non-destructive manner, preserving the original material properties.
  • Smart Render Preview System: Instantly preview bevel effects with a single click.
  • Viewport Display System: Visually differentiate between bevel presets using color-coded viewport displays.
  • User-Friendly Interface: Navigate effortlessly with an intuitive user interface, complete with multifunctional main and pie menus.
  • Dedicated Support: Access prompt assistance via the Discord channel.