Backdrop Palette v2.1

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Contributor: Marcelo F. Bortolini
Backdrop node 'add-on' python script that helps u to manage: background color, icons & position/size (•‿•)
11.0, 10.5, 10.0, 9.0, 8.0 or later
Linux, Mac, Windows
13 Feb 2018


W H A T   I S   I T ?


This is a backdrop node add-on* python script  that helps you to manage Backdrop Colors(using Adobe Color themes files[*.ase]), Icons & Position/Size Eassiiillllyyy. After installed, you just need to create a regular backdrop node as you would normally do and you will see new features added to it.(╹◡╹)  ** added nuke 11 support ** 




001. You can precisely position your backdrop node(backdrop position parameters exposed):


002. Change Background Color with just one click:


003. Change Color Palette whenever you want to (yes! it will remember your last selected theme...yes..yes...good.. good):


004. You can download more palettes from Adobe Color CC website( 4 free, u just need to create an Adobe user ). You don't even need to restart nuke after it, once a .ase file is in the '/themes' folder(you can use the 'open palettes folder' button to find it) it will auto update the dropdown list:


005. Fetch and add several icons to your backdrop by just typing a few letters(just like using nuke's node graph):


H O W   T O   I N S T A L L 


01 - Download this Script using the grey “download” button then extract the contents.

02- Copy contents into your home directory’s “.nuke” folder.
- Linux: /home/[login name]/.nuke
- Mac OS X: /Users/[login name]/.nuke
- Windows: C:\Users\[user name]\.nuke

03 - If the destination folder already contains a “” file, open it in a text editor and append the contents.


*(it's not really a gizmo, it's just a python knob added on top of a nuke's backdrop node, so nothing will break if you need to pass your .nk file to someone else. - ♥‿♥)

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+1 # Rafael Casagrande 2018-01-29 12:39
Awesome! Really useful to keep your script organized!
0 # stephanie broussaud 2018-02-05 00:31
hey Marcelo,
I just added all your contents folder and I get an error message
" error interpreting this plugin"
I've removed my file and just keep yours.
0 # Marcelo F. Bortolini 2018-02-05 14:10
Hello Stephanie,
I tried to emulate your error here( on a pc and a mac ), but couldn't find that issue. Are u running nuke on a Linux? BTW, this tool is not working on nuke 11 yet(don't have it yet to fix/test). Any additional info about your error would help me a lot.
0 # stephanie broussaud 2018-02-11 22:33
Hey Marcelo,
Thanks for your answer.
I'm using Nuke 11 .. So that's probably why it's not working (yet)
+1 # Marcelo F. Bortolini 2018-02-12 17:43
Script updated to Nuke 11(pyside2).
0 # Jonathan Delefosse 2018-02-24 16:26
Really cool, I download Node Helpers from your github to have all the package.

The only problem I found is that you remove the Z Order so we can't organize de layering of backdrops.
+1 # Marcelo F. Bortolini 2018-02-26 14:38
Hello Jonathan, Glad you like it and hope it will help you. regarding the zOrder u are right, it's not on the Backdrop's "Backdrop tab" but you still can find it on the "Node" Tab(which is the "original" backdrop tab. I can/will propagate that to my tab in a near future(i forgot bc it's something that I rarely use). Thanks for this feedback.
0 # Jonathan Delefosse 2018-02-26 17:10
Oh cool, my bad I didn't see the node tab.
Thanks for your fast reply !
0 # João Rodrigues 2019-03-12 12:49
REally Amazing!!!
Thanks a lot!
0 # Nicola Borsari 2019-08-17 12:32
I love it but why does it create an expression link if you copy paste a backdrop??
0 # lou cannizzo 2019-12-08 19:25
Will this work with Nuke 12? Also I have Timur Khodzhae's version installed. Will it work with other versions ?
0 # Remco Consten 2020-01-14 09:53
Love the tool, It only seems to be linking the font size when you copy the backdrop over. It then breaks once you change the size again.

Would it be possible to remove this expression linking? It tends to get a real expression mess once you have loads of backdrops in your comp.
0 # Claudio Arcia 2020-10-29 13:10
Hey Marcelo..Really cool to use it..BUT I cant add another *.ase file. I created palletes with photoshop, ilustrator, and in the "collor pallete" drop menu I select the .ase files and appears all black colors that I cant select.
Any help?
+1 # lou cannizzo 2022-10-07 03:45
Is there any upgrades or work arounds to get this to work with Nuke 13.2 ?

0 # eric martin 2023-01-05 21:21
2nd this!
0 # greg alex 2024-01-15 12:38
Hi thanks for this tool, I get lots of errors when running nuke after I installed and follwoed your instructions, I run Nuke 15 on windows 10

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