Using python in Maya 2017, I'm able to reproduce the structure of my render_setup (layers, collections and overrides) except for shaderOverride.

For a classic override, I use the instance function : maya.app.renderSetup.model.collection.Collection.createOverride()

Is there a similar command to create a shader override or do you add some specific attributes?


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You need the MTypeId of the override you want to create. Find typeIDs.py in your Maya installation folder (.../lib/python2.7/site-packages/maya/app/renderSetup/model/typeIDs.py)

As you can see, the MTypeId of a shader override is 0x58000386.

Then, just create a layer and a collection, and call your createOverride method:

from maya.app import renderSetup
import maya.api.OpenMaya as OpenMaya

rs = renderSetup.model.renderSetup.instance()

# Create layer
rsLayer = rs.createRenderLayer('MyFirstLayer')
# Create collection
rsColl = rsLayer.createCollection('MyFirstCollection')
# Create shading override
over_obj = rsColl.createOverride('MyFirstOverride', OpenMaya.MTypeId(0x58000386))

If you want to create another override, just find the according MTypeId.

Thanks to Fabrice that answered this question here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48305522/maya-python-how-to-create-shaderoverride

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