I have encountered a problem with Python scripting for Blender.

I have a script which recieves meshes via an external source, and adds them to the scene. A specific type of mesh is added to the second layer. If such a mesh is created, a second RenderLayer is created and Freestyle-Rendering is activated. So far, all of this works as I wish. But I want to add specific Freestyle-Brush-Color to each of this meshes, and so I want to create a Lineset with a linked LineStyle for each one.

Problem now: How can I create and manage the LineSets. I can create a LineSet for the active RenderLayer but without name, and the creation method does not return a handle to that LineSet. How do I cleanly and efficiently retrive the newly created LineSet so that I can add a LineStyle and other settings to it?

My RenderLayer-related code so far:

LineRenderLayer = None
    if not "PolyLineLayer" in bpy.context.scene.render.layers:
        bpy.context.scene.render.use_freestyle = True
        bpy.context.scene.layers = [True] * 2 + [False] * 18
        bpy.context.scene.render.layers["RenderLayer"].layers = \
            [True] + [False]*19
        LineRenderLayer = bpy.context.scene.render.layers.new("PolyLineLayer")
        LineRenderLayer.use_freestyle = True
        LineRenderLayer.layers = [False] + [True] + [False] * 18
        LineRenderLayer = bpy.context.scene.render.layers["PolyLineLayer"]

    bpy.context.scene.render.layers.active = LineRenderLayer


The last line is the main problem. It does not take a name as parameter and does not return anything. But I need that created Lineset for further configuration.

I use Blender in version 2.70

Thank you for your help!

Greetings, Dragonseel

  • $\begingroup$ You can access the linesets data from bpy.context.scene.render.layers['PolyLineLayer'].freestyle_settings.linesets[] while I expected ....linesets.new() to work, it doesn't, so I'm not certain of a better way to create new LineSets. $\endgroup$
    – sambler
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 3:00
  • $\begingroup$ So I just assume the new lineset will be added as the last entry in the lineset collection? Because I do not know anything about it. It gets a name like "LineSet X" but I don't know the number. Searching for it would be difficult. $\endgroup$
    – Dragonseel
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 14:21

1 Answer 1


It is an API design bug that the collection of line sets does not have a .new() and .remove() method. I will address this problem as soon as possible, preferably in the next Blender 2.71 release.

  • $\begingroup$ Fixes were made in the Blender code repository and will be part of Blender 2.71. $\endgroup$
    – T.K.
    Commented May 11, 2014 at 13:48

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