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Learning Blender

Postby Billy Catringer » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:49 am

For those of you who have had trouble learning Blender, here is some useful schtuff:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro

Work through the tutorials in sequence. Do NOT try to rush through them. You will learn next to nothing if you try to get it all done in one pass.

Be advised, Blender gives you anywhere from three to five ways to do any one thing. This is both a blessing and a curse. You will understand why I say that after you tackle this package.

Be advised that Blender is not like the other graphics packages you have used. Most graphics packages are designed to let you do nearly everything with a mouse. Blender expects you to do most of your work from the keyboard. After having worked with it a little while now, I have concluded that the programmers who wrote Blender made a wise choice. If in the past you have done a lot of work with Photoshop or the GIMP, you need to be ready to develop a very different set of reflexes. Blender will seem to have come from another planet when you first start working with it.

Another thing I can say from personal experience with it is that you should be prepared to work through each tutorial at least three times before moving on to the next one. You will find yourself gaining confidence in your ability to use the program and in the utility of the program itself. The package really does work well.

The link I provided will lead you to what are likely to be the best tutorials on Blender that are available. You will encounter some errors in them, depending upon which version of Blender you have installed on your machine. I can help with that to some degree, feel free to post questions here and I will do what I can to help.

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Postby krenshala » Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:11 pm


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Postby Billy Catringer » Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:40 pm


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Postby Billy Catringer » Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:08 pm

I have found another extremely good resource for learning Blender:

http://blenderunderground.com/video-tutorials/

At least some of these videos are available on You Tube, but I prefer downloading them because it is easier to switch between the video and Blender.

Having advertised this, I still recommend that users new to Blender run through the first tutorial in Blender: Noob to Pro two or three times first. Doing that tutorial first will make absorbing the information in the videos much easier.

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Postby Betruger » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:31 pm


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Postby Billy Catringer » Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:21 pm


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Postby Roger » Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:45 pm

I like the p-B11 resonance peak at 50 KV acceleration. In2 years we'll know.

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Postby krenshala » Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:11 pm


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Postby Billy Catringer » Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:07 am


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Postby Billy Catringer » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:19 am


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Postby Billy Catringer » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:32 am

Anyone working on the tutorial listed in the immediately preceding message should drop me a PM. I have some tips and warnings for you.

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Postby Billy Catringer » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:49 am


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