I am trying to save a packed image (generated via texture painting). To do this, I call unpack(), which should save the image, but I can't find it on my hard drive (Linux, blender 2.73). Does there exist a way for further customization (such as setting the image file format, file name, directory to save into, ..)?


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The docs reference unpack

Given an image with the super descriptive name 'Untitled':

enter image description here

>>> bpy.ops.image.unpack(id='Untitled')
Warning: AutoPack is enabled, so image will be packed again on file save
Info: Saved packed file to: /home/zeffii/Downloads/textures/dances_packed.png


If you look in console you'll see where it saved to.

But it is possible for certain to use plain old .save() too. Opening a .blend where the image is packed I did

bpy.data.images['Untitled'].filepath = '/home/zeffii/Desktop/some_name.png'

And it stored straight to desktop

Things I don't know

How to save as a different file type, and how to force a different save directory for the unpack command.

  • $\begingroup$ Worth noting that you can call unpack without resorting to bpy.ops - bpy.data.images["Untitled"].unpack() - See: blender.org/api/blender_python_api_2_74_release/… You can set the filepath, then call unpack $\endgroup$
    – ideasman42
    Apr 29, 2015 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ cool. will work that into the answer. Thanks again! $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Apr 29, 2015 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ @ideasman42 why might I get the error RuntimeError: Error: Image not packed when running image.unpack() , the image is listed in datablock outliner in packed_files.. $\endgroup$
    – zeffii
    Apr 29, 2015 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ I called unpack directly on an Image instance, didn't use ops. There was no Info issued. Where's the catch? $\endgroup$ Apr 29, 2015 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ @zeffii, not sure, maybe this should be a bug report. $\endgroup$
    – ideasman42
    Apr 29, 2015 at 22:03

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