Friday, May 7, 2010

MEL: jgViewportBackgroundColor - Change/Save/Load Viewport Background Colors

This is a script I use from time to time as a quick and easy way to change your Maya viewport's background color. You can use the slider to adjust value or click the color image to bring up a palette and choose a new shade.

If you want to get back to your favorite color quickly, there's a save and load feature as well.

Simply source in Maya to use.

Download the Mel Script Here: jgViewportBackgroundColor.mel

3 comments:

  1. Hey Jay,

    I don't know if you've been playing around with Maya 2011, but it does the background a bit differently than previous versions. In previous Maya versions, you just had one color for your background, whereas in Maya 2011, there are three colors that create a gradient. This means you need 3 statements to change the background (to one flat color instead of a gradient) instead of just one. So, the Maya 2011 code should look like this:

    displayRGBColor "background" $R $G $B;
    displayRGBColor "backgroundTop" $R $G $B;
    displayRGBColor "backgroundBottom" $R $G $B;

    It should be simple to update your jgViewportBackgroundColor.mel script and add an IF statement based off your previous script that checks the Maya version number. If the Maya version is 2011, do 3 displayRGBColor statements and if it's any other version, do just one displayRGBColor statement.

    Hope that helps you out some and keep up the great work. This blog has been a great help to me and so I can only hope this returns the favor. Cheers.

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  2. I actually just installed 2011 yesterday so I haven't had a chance to test much yet...thanks for the heads up man! I'll have to update the script in the morning. I'm glad the blog has been helpful for you and thanks again for the tip.

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