Blender Basics

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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.

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  • Replies: 1

    Hi,

    I’ve noticed recently, this has to be something I pressed, that when I press “z” to toggle shading mode or “tab” to toggle edit/object mode I get a radial menu that has all the choices. This is nice but annoying since I can no longer “toggle” I have to press hotkey then move and select option. Its more of a pain. It just happened this morning so I know it was a fat finger error. How do I fix this back to being just a toggle buttin?

    Thank you for the most comprehensive and FAST tutorial series EVER! I should know I’m a tutorial junkie! but I’m already feeling i won’t need to be after finishing your tutorials!

    Thanks again,

    Will
    http://www.theartoframos.com

    1 year ago

    • Replies: 1

      Hey William, sounds like you’ve enabled the Pie Menus add-on. You can disable this via File > User Preferences > Add-ons.

      Cheers!

      1 year ago

      • Oh my gods that feels so much better. Guess I was click crazy. Thank you sir!

        1 year ago

  • Replies: 1

    When I select a handlebar to move the object, the object does not move on the axis I want to. It moves all around the view. Please help me with this?

    1 year ago

    • Replies: 1

      I am sorry for troubling you guys but I figured out my mistake. I was holding the Right Mouse Button instead of the Left Mouse Button.

      1 year ago

      • Cheers! Additionally if you LMB+drag in the inner white-circle of the widget you can also free translate.

        1 year ago

  • Replies: 1

    I have a logitech performance mouse. Can I create a third button?

    1 year ago

    • Replies: 2

      You can enable Emulate 3-button Mouse in the User Preferences > Input, which will let you use ALT+LMB in place of the MMB.

      1 year ago

      • is that user prefer on blender or on my mouse. Sorry, I am really new at this.

        1 year ago

      • I found it…thanks very much…:-)

        1 year ago

  • Replies: 2

    I use a Mac with a Magic Mouse, are the “touch” methods of panning, orbiting and panning just as good as using the 3rd button (or alt 3 Button Emulation Modifiers)?
    Which is the better to use on Mac?

    1 year ago

    • Replies: 1

      I use a Mac with a Magic Mouse, are the “touch” methods of panning, orbiting and panning just as good as using the 3rd button (or alt 3 Button Emulation Modifiers)?
      Which is the better to use on Mac?

      1 year ago

      • Personally I don’t like the Magic Mouse, but it will work, you may just need to finagle it a bit.

        I would highly recommend getting a standard 3-button mouse for working in Blender. You won’t regret it.

        1 year ago

    • Replies: 0

      Apologies for the double post… The touch methods I’ve sussed out are:

      Panning: Shift + Swipe (any direction)
      Orbit: Swipe Left / Right (Up / Down and other directions don’t work)
      Zoom: Ctrl + Swipe Up/Down (Left / Right and other directions don’t work)

      1 year ago

  • Replies: 2

    What if I’m doing this on a laptop?

    1 year ago

    • Replies: 0

      There are laptops and then there are laptops. I am currently working solely from a laptop.

      1 year ago

    • Replies: 0

      I frequently work on a laptop.

      For me I just enable Emulate Numpad via File > User Preferences > Input.

      This enables me to use the top row of number keys to navigate the viewport.

      1 year ago

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