May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

May 28, 2024

Blender 4.1: Explore the Most Important Features

Blender 4.1: Explore the Most Important Features

Blender 4.1: Explore the Most Important Features

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The Blender Foundation has released Blender 4.1, building on the legacy of its predecessor, Blender 4.0. This latest version introduces a range of exciting updates and enhancements. In this post, we'll walk through these new features and how they can benefit your 3D modeling and animation workflows.

  1. User Interface 

Blender 4.1 debuts with a fresh splash screen. The UI remains largely similar to 4.0 but with notable tweaks. When you drag out a new panel, icons within the 'area section' now indicate options like joining, swapping, horizontal or vertical splitting.

Double-clicking an object or collection icon now selects all its children. Right-click context menus now include options for applying modifiers, showing hierarchy, and expanding or collapsing all.

There are cancel buttons in operator dialogues, improved corner rounding, drop shadows, and better handling of wide lists.

  1. Geometry Nodes

Blender 4.1 introduces several new nodes, including the Bake Node, which allows for saving and loading intermediate geometries. There are significant performance upgrades in various areas, such as faster mesh extrusion and a more efficient shortest distance path node.

There are several other new geometry nodes where you can find on Blender’s official page here.

  1. "Switcheroo" Node – Creating Custom Menus

The Switcheroo node allows for the creation of custom enum (enumerated) menus. This functionality is a significant leap in user interface customization within Blender. With these custom menus, users can effortlessly switch between various options in the group interface, enhancing the overall workflow efficiency.

  1. Drag and Drop Import

Blender 4.1 introduces drag-and-drop functionality for importing objects directly into your viewport. This feature supports various file formats, including OBG, USD, Alembic, STL, SVG, and Collada.


  1. Video Sequencer

Blender’s Video Sequencer has received significant upgrades, making it faster and more efficient for video editing tasks.

  • Chroma Vectorscope: Now maintains aspect ratio with an added "skin tone" line. It uses standard BT709 coefficients for RGB to YUV conversion, enhancing accuracy.

  • Histogram Updates: This feature is more intuitive with labels for EXR files and GPU-based drawing for efficiency.

  • Revamped Luma Waveform: The Luma Waveform now showcases greater detail and labels, alongside improved computational efficiency.

  • Luma Waveform Separated Colors: Also known as the “RGB parade,” this version is less saturated for better visibility and faster performance.

  • Default Audio Waveform Previews: Audio waveforms are now displayed by default, streamlining the audio editing process in the sequencer.

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  1. Rigging and NLA

Bone collections in Blender 4.1 are now hierarchical, allowing for more organized rigging processes. New visibility options in bone collections aid in focusing on specific joints or bones during rigging and weight painting.

  1. Rendering and Compositing

OpenImageDenoise is now GPU accelerated on supported hardware, making high quality denoising available. This feature significantly speeds up viewport rendering

It is enabled automatically when using GPU rendering in the 3D viewport and for final renders.

New nodes and updates to existing ones like Vector Blur and Defocus enhance Blender’s compositing capabilities. Cryptomatte, Defocus, Vector Blur and Keying Screen are now supported on the viewport compositor.

  1. Additional Updates

While not as extensive, there are improvements in the Python API and sculpting tools. The VSE interface now repaints faster, with improved performance in effects like glow and wipe. Updates to GLTF 2.0, Rigify, and other exporters enhance Blender’s extensibility. In addition, here are the performance improvements on Blender’s official update page that are mentioned:

In conclusion, Blender 4.1 introduces a variety of new features and updates that continue to push the boundaries of 3D modeling and animation. The Blender Foundation deserves appreciation for these enhancements, which promise to make the Blender experience even more efficient and enjoyable.

It's available for download at blender.org, where you can also support the Development Fund. Dive into this new version and unleash your creativity!


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