Blender Basics

Blender Basics

If you’re new to the Blender 3D creation suite then you’re in the right place! With this free course Jonathan Williamson walks you through your first steps with Blender, helping you conquer the initial learning curve. It’s designed for beginners – even those whom have no experience with 3D whatsoever.

Getting Started with Blender

Learn the raw basics of Blender to get you over the initial learning curve.

Get Started with the Basics of Blender

If you’re new to Blender then you’re in the right place! Through this free course I’m going to walk you through your first steps with Blender, helping you conquer the initial learning curve. This free course is designed for beginners, even those whom have no experience with 3D whatsoever.

I will help you start moving in 3D, showing you how to navigate Blender’s 3D viewport and how to add, remove, and manipulate objects. Additionally I’ll introduce you to Blender interface, helping you overcome it’s quirks and use them to your advantage.

Next steps?

If these Blender Basics have piqued your interest then the next step is to learn modeling. Lucky for you we have a complete course designed just to get you started with the Fundamentals of Mesh Modeling in Blender. The mesh modeling fundamentals is a part of our membership, which is built specifically for aspiring Blender artists like yourself, enabling you to ramp up your skills quick through clear, concise, and structured learning.

If you’re using Blender with anything but a 3-button mouse, then read this page to learn how to Emulate a 3-button Mouse.

Lesson Questions and Answers

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  • Replies: 1

    Hi I just started this course. i usually work with a drawing tablet for my 2D art, can it be a replacement for anything within the programme or do you strongly recommend the 3 key mouse?

    1 month ago

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      Many people use Blender with a tablet. My recommendation is simply to enable Emulate 3 Button Mouse so you can then navigate with ALT+Pen click and drag.

      1 month ago

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    I got the mouse thing figured out, but is there a way to zoom without a three button mouse? Or a mouse in general?

    1 month ago

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      Most trackpads allow you to zoom with Two Finger scroll, or you can enable “Emulate 3-button mouse” via User Preferences > Input. Doing this will let you zoom by clicking and dragging while holding CTRL+ALT.

      1 month ago

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      You can also zoom with the + and = keys on your keyboard, but being on a laptop you’ll likely need to enable “Emulate Numpad” via User Preferences > Input before they will work.

      1 month ago

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    Do I have to have a mouse to be able to fully use Blender? I have a mousepad and a touchscreen on my laptop as of the moment

    1 month ago

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      A mouse is not absolutely required but it is very recommended. You can work with a trackpad but you’ll like it find it much more tedious and slow than a mouse.

      1 month ago

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    I am on a desktop-PC using a full keyboard with NUMPAD on the right hand-side. I get no response with the 1, 3, 5, 7 or period(.), when trying to change view-port selections. I followed your instructions from File>User Preferences>Inputs>Emulate NumPad. This is for laptops with the reduced key options. But this is the only way I can get my full keyboard with the right hand-side NumPad. To navigate scene views. Is there other settings or something I am missing, Thank you for your time.

    1 month ago

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    I don’t understand. I can’t do anything in blender.

    2 months ago

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      There’s a tab called File at the top. Click on it and select User Preferences. Turn on “Emulate 3-Button mouse”, and then you can use Alt and Left click instead of middle mouse button.

      1 month ago