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The default Splash screens are cool, but I'd like to add some of my own work to remind me of how awesome I am (no, not really).

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Is it possible to customize/change the splash screen?

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You have to build this with Blender.

It is located at /blender/release/datafiles/splash.png(old svn link) (new git link).

Just replace1 this file with a similar one.

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  • 1Here is a link to the entry on the wiki on how to correctly change it.
  • You can grab an old template here which should still work and size your image accordingly (src). The template is also in the same directory as splash_template.xcf
  • BlenderCookie has a tutorial on building Blender (download from archives) in which the author changes the splash screen. (He uses mac but the majority of process can be done pretty much the same way for other platforms)
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  • $\begingroup$ Currently, more cmake is used, how would you do it? $\endgroup$
    – user58715
    Jul 26, 2019 at 22:29
  • $\begingroup$ This is cool! I have been wondering if you could do this. $\endgroup$ Dec 29, 2019 at 19:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Nate_Sycro27 Yep and now that blender is super easy to build you can literally download some tools and type a few commands and that's it. $\endgroup$
    – iKlsR
    Dec 30, 2019 at 0:32
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You can do that with a custom build of blender.

The image is located in the source at: /blender/blender/release/datafiles/splash.png

If you're interested here's a link on how to build blender from source: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Doc/Building_Blender

If your on Mac, CGCookie has a tutorial (archive) on how to build blender with custom splash screen.

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    – user58715
    Jul 26, 2019 at 22:29
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It's also possible to use Application Templates with custom splash screen.

On Windows you would create a bl_app_templates_user folder in your preferences scripts folder - C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Blender Foundation\Blender\4.0\scripts\startup\bl_app_templates_user\ This folder can contain a folder with your template with startup file, add-ons, themes, keymaps and other things and if you include a custom 1000x500px png image called splash.png, it's going to be the splash screen if you start Blender with --app-template your_template_name argument (template name is the name of the template folder in bl_app_templates_user\). You can see system templates in Blender's installation directory(something like C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender 4.0\4.0\scripts\startup\bl_app_templates_system) and could copy one to start creating your own from it). So after creating a template just make a Windows shortcut with a target like "C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender 4.0\blender.exe" --app-template my_template and use it to start Blender:

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