ACES set up for Blender using OCIO

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Thanks to Daniel Brylka for contributing this set up for Blender 2.8 with ACES 1.1 using OpenColorIO.

Hi Steve,

thanks for sharing my page. Next time I post it directly here.

Best regards


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thanks for the contribution!!

Here is the a quick step list:

  • Download the OpenColoIO config for ACES 1.1 from this link:
  • Unzip and place the config in your user folder or on a server location.
  • Set a system variable for OCIO to this path to use it for all applications that supports it and don’t have an option in the preferences to set the path manually.
  • Or start Blender with the variable set only for Blender.
  • On the Mac I use Automator to create an App called “Blender_ACES”. In this app I use a shell script to set the variable and start Blender.
  • For Windows I use a simple .bat file.
  • I didn’t find an easier and way.
  • Happy Blending…
  • Oh, the color chart you can find here:

I updated the page and added some more images and explanations what happens when you (in this case me) forget to start Blender in ACES but having already a .blend file that contains ACEScg images. This real accident happened with tests in MAYA some years back on a cloud render farm where the OCIO environment was just ignored.


Thanks for the explanation Daniel !

For anyone having issues with Git bevause the repo is big, with big history, and not using LFS, you can use this command:

git clone --depth 1 --single-branch --branch feature/aces-1.1-config


The direct link to the .zip file (without history) is here: