GrayAutoBackdrop v1.2

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Contributor: Max van Leeuwen
Keyboard shortcut to make a gray backdrop with a custom label (from dialog box) around the selected nodes. Stacked backdrops will be darker.
13.1, 12.2, 12.1, 12.0, 11.3, 11.2, 11.1, 11.0, 10 or later
Linux, Mac, Windows
12 Apr 2021

This is a modified version of Nuke's own AutoBackdrop script - it makes a gray backdrop around the selected nodes, and gives a dialog box in which you can enter the label text. Stacked backdrops will be darker, and the backdrops are slightly bigger.
If no nodes are selected, you can use the same dialog box for StickyNotes!

If you often make backdrops with labels, this will save you some time. And no more rainbow-coloured backdrops in your scripts.

Keyboard shortcut: alt+b
(can be changed in the file!)


At the top of the python script, you can change some parameters (like color, scaling, etc).




nuke autobackdrop gray








1. Place the GrayAutoBackdrop folder in your .nuke folder (or somewhere else on your computer)

2. Go to your .nuke folder, and create a file called ''. If such a file already exists, open it.

3. In the file, add this line of text to the end and save it:



If you want to place the folder somewhere else than in the .nuke folder, make sure to change the path in the file so that it points to that other path instead!



Installation using NukeShared


1. Place the GrayAutoBackdrop folder in the '_AutoInstaller' repository.


NukeShared is a way of installing plugins by dragging/dropping them in folders, see my website ( for more information.








Nuke 13 compatibility

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+2 # GBoy Vega 2021-04-21 16:52
Thanks for this. The only issue i found is that the created backdrop is HUGE, a lot more than the selected nodes.

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