MaskBuddy v1.0

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Contributor: Hiram Gifford
Create multiple 3D masks via Position/Pref & Normal data, with a variety of shapes
14.0, 13.0, 12.0, 11.0, 10.5, 10.0, 9.0, 8.0, 7.0 or later
Linux, Windows
28 Jun 2023


The MaskBuddy is used to create 3D masks based on World Position, PRef or Normal data, for use in the mask inputs of other nodes. It has a built in preview feature, to help you place your masks easier, and natively supports up to 6 unique mask shapes within one tool

You can read the full documentation for the MaskBuddy here

Tool Preview


Generate multiple masks shapes with one tool, and have them interact with each other to create more complex masks

multiple shapes preview

Press and hold Ctrl+Alt while using the Center sampler on the preview image, to you place the masks quickly

The preview image doesn't affect the render result as long as you are using the resulting masks alpha channel 

preview feature preview

 Change the type of 3D shape to suit your needs. Spheres, cubes, tori, ramps, and more are possible

Shape types preview

 The Buddy System 

This is a suite of tools I've been working on, which is designed to help compositors of all skill levels accomplish fundamental tasks, quickly and intuitively

If you'd like to learn about the other Buddy System tools you can find them here, and feel free to reach out if there are any issues, or if you have ideas to improve them!



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0 # bin zhuang 2023-06-16 06:57
actually,the pick function always pick the rgb value
i dont know why
+1 # bin zhuang 2023-06-16 07:02
oh hold the Ctrl+Alt could work ok
+1 # Hiram Gifford 2023-06-16 16:50
Yes! All the buddy tools use Nukes Ctrl+Alt sampling feature to allow the user to indirectly sample the data AOV, while simultaneously looking at the preview image. I've updated the features section above to make this more clear
0 # shakil shaikh 2023-11-29 14:22
many thanks
0 # Maria Carlota Medina Ramirez 2023-06-19 08:12
Tried making the addiitional folder "ToolSet" but even with this new folder the node doen´t appear in nuke even after restarting it.
Plis any help would be much appreciated.
0 # Maria Carlota Medina Ramirez 2023-06-19 08:37
0 # Hiram Gifford 2023-06-19 16:17
Hey Maria! The folder will need to be "ToolSets" for nuke to recognize it in the default plug-in directories

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