I have been a Maya user for more than 10 years, but I mainly use Blender for my personal productions.
When I start using new software, the first thing that Toha does is "customize the UI to your liking".
If you don't know how to read or operate the software screens, it can become frustrating.
If you can't operate the software the way you want to, you get stressed out and lose the desire to learn new software and learn how to use it...
So, the first step is to customize the UI to your liking and learn to operate it comfortably.
This article will show you how to customize the initial Blender UI to your liking.
What we are doing is "customizing the UI to the UI of your choice", but we will write the UI with explanations so that you can apply it to your "own taste".
I'd rather know how to operate Blender than customize the UI! If you want to know how to operate Blender, jump to START Blender 4) - Basic Operations! Please jump to.
- Download Blender
- Change Blender menu to Japanese
- Make Blender feel like Maya
- Customize the position and appearance of the toolbar (formerly tool shelf)
- Show/Hide the sidebar (formerly the property shelf)
- Important! Save the startup file
- Summary: Customize Blender's UI to your liking!
First, download Blender from the official website.
Blender is updated daily, so there are many different versions. If you are using Blender now, we recommend 2.93 LTS or 2.83 LTS.
LTS stands for Long Term Support, a version that promises two years of long-term support.
2.93 is the newly released LTS version, and 2.83 LTS is about a year after release. 2.83 has been updated with quite a few bug fixes, so the operation is quite stable.
On the LTS download page You can download each version of data from the links under Download.
Each version has a Linux version, a MacOS version, a Windows installer version, and a portable version, so click on the Blender file you want and download it.
(*If you are unable to download the file by clicking download page, you can download it from this page).
By the way, the latest version of Blender download page looks like this. You can download Blender in the format you want from each button.
The portable version can be used without installing it on your computer; unzip the zip file and run "blender.exe" in the folder to start Blender.
Change Blender menu to Japanese
When I start Blender after installation, the menu display is all in English.
After all, Japanese is easier to understand than English. Therefore, we will change the display to Japanese.
From Blender's top menu, select
Click on Edit→Preferences→Interface and go to Translation.
Clicking on Language under Translation opens a window in which you can select a language.
Select "Japanese" from the list.
If you select "Japanese", all items below will be automatically checked and the menu will be displayed in Japanese.
However, it is safer if additional objects are not created in Japanese, so uncheck [New Data] and leave only [Tooltip] and [Interface] checked.
If you press a button like ≡ in the lower left corner of the settings window and Auto Save Preferences is checked, your changed settings are automatically saved.
Now you've got Blender in Japanese!
At this rate, I will continue to customize the UI to my liking.
Make Blender feel like Maya
As I have been using Maya for a long time, I would like to use Blender in the same way as Maya if possible. Therefore, I will customize it to a Maya-like operation feel.
Here are two ways to make Blender feel like Maya.
- Using Industry Compatible Keymaps
- Use the add-on Maya Config Addon For Blender
We will look at them in turn.
Use Industry Compatible Keymap
Blender has a keymap setting called "Industry Compatible".
Industry Compatible keymaps are keymaps that are tailored to the way other 3DCG software, such as Maya and 3dsMax, operate.
The keymap can be set in the top menu under Edit→Preferences→Keymap→Industry Compatible.
You can find more information about this key map here on the 3D person's website.
However, these shortcuts described below will not work while using the Industry Compatible keymap.
While using the Industry Compatible keymap, the toolbar and sidebar will change to the following shortcuts
Industry Compatible keymap allows you to easily create a Maya-like operation feel, but please note that some shortcut registrations may change.
Use the add-on Maya Config Addon For Blender
The "Maya Config Addon For Blender" can be installed to make Blender feel more Maya-like.
We have written an article introducing this add-on with a summary of its features, installation method, and notes. For more information, see Introduction! ~Add-on called Maya Config Addon For Blender~.
I love this add-on....
I especially like the fact that can easily switch between [ Maya-like operation / Blender / Industry Compatible ] keymaps with the button.
Unfortunately, MacOS is not supported at this time, but if you want to operate Blender with a Maya-like feel, give it a try!
Customize the position and appearance of the toolbar (formerly tool shelf)
Next, we will customize the "toolbar" to a nice look.
* This is the part that was called the tool shelf in Blender 2.7.
I am somewhat of a proponent of placing the tool-based menu on the right-hand side. In the default configuration, the toolbar is on the left side, so we will move it to the right side.
You can swap Toolbar positions using Blender 2.7 keymap.
For some reason, in Blender 2.93 LTS, I can no longer swap positions the way I did in 2.8!
(*In case of Blender 2.83 LTS, you can also do it this way ↓)
In Blender 2.8, the position can be moved without changing the 2.8 standard keymap.
First, bring the mouse cursor over the toolbar and press the F3 key.
Type "flip" in the menu search window that comes up, and you will see the menu flip range. By clicking on the flip range, you can swap the position of the toolbar from left to right.
Boukyakuno's website also introduces How to swap positions in Blender 2.9 or later. However, it is a bit of a hassle for me, so I will do it the old-fashioned way. The method is as follows.
First, from Blender's top menu, select Edit→Preferences→Keymaps→Blender 27X.
With the keymap changed to the Blender 2.7 keymap, bring the mouse cursor over the toolbar and press F5 on the keyboard. The toolbar will then move to the right.
(*To return to the original location, place the mouse cursor over the toolbar again and press F5).
Once the position has been changed, the keymap settings should be restored.
If you put the toolbar on the right side, it will look like this~.
Finally, change the look of the toolbar to make it a little more obvious.
Click and drag around the side of the toolbar and pull it horizontally. The width of the toolbar will then change and the name of the tool will be displayed.
It is hard to understand what kind of tool it is if it is just a mark, but this is a little easier to understand.
Incidentally, there are some useful shortcuts to remember regarding toolbars.
If you are looking at the Blender work screen and feel that the toolbar is in the way, you can comfortably hide it with the T key.
Show/Hide the sidebar (formerly the property shelf)
There is a "sidebar" that is usually hidden but is quite important when working in Blender: try pressing the N key on your keyboard within Blender.
You will see something new on the right side of the Blender screen. This is the sidebar.
In Blender 2.7, this part was called the property shelf or property region.
Normally, there is no problem if this is hidden, but in fact, when you are using Blender, the information you want to see is often in the sidebar.
I would like to remember the N key shortcut and be able to use the sidebar.
Incidentally, the position of the sidebar, like the toolbar, can be swapped left and right.
Customize the position and appearance of the toolbar (formerly the tool shelf) in the same way that the sidebar, which is on the right side of the screen by default, can be moved to the left side of the screen.
This is what it looks like with the sidebar swapped to the left and the toolbar to the right.
Important! Save the startup file
Now, for now, I want to save my customized UI settings so far.
If you exit Blender without saving your settings, all your customizations will be lost.
After changing the UI or initial settings in Blender, be sure to "Save Startup File".
To do this, from the top menu, click File→Default→Save Startup File→OK?
In fact, Blender's UI settings are stored in each saved Blender scene data.
If you change the UI and save the scene, when you open the scene, the UI will be replaced with the settings stored in the scene. (* There is another way to open data without loading the scene's UI settings. )
So what this "Save Startup File" is doing is saving over the data of the first scene that is opened when Blender is launched.
When you start Blender, a scene opens with a square object in the middle, but that was a startup file that had been opened.
If you save your preferred initial settings in this startup file, it will be easier to work with Blender in various ways.
Once you have customized Blender to your liking, remember to "Save Startup File".
Summary: Customize Blender's UI to your liking!
In this article, in preparation for getting started with Blender, we first customized the UI like this.
- The menu display changed from English to Japanese
- Blender operation changed to a Maya-like feel.
- Changed the position and appearance of the toolbar (formerly the tool shelf)
- Check to toggle show/hide sidebar (formerly property shelf)
- Save startup file
It looks a bit easier to use than when I first opened Blender.
But we want to make it easier to use, so the series on customizing Blender will continue for a while longer.
Please stay with us if you'd like.
Customize Blender window placement ↓
Recommended initial settings for Blender ↓
Basic operation of Blender ↓