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

    Is there a good resource for setting up a Wacom tablet for Blender? I’m completely new to both, but the art program I am in is requiring us to use the tablet for just about everything.

    2 years ago

    • Replies: 0

      There’s not really, but the only thing I typically do is enable Emulate 3 Button Mouse in the User Preferences > Input. This makes it easier to navigate by just holding ALT.

      2 years ago

  • Replies: 0

    what size should images uploaded be in pixels?

    2 years ago

  • Replies: 1

    how do we move around if we have no mouse, and instead we have a mouse pad

    2 years ago

    • Replies: 2

      You can enable “Emulate 3 Button Mouse” in the User Preferences > Input, which will enable you to substitute ALT + LMB for the MMB.

      Note, this will require you to use LMB for selection, as otherwise somethings won’t work right.

      2 years ago

      • OK I literally started using this for the first time an hour or so ago.. (so this is the only video I have watched so far) and I also only have a mouse pad to use. but I don’t know where to see the user preferences.

        1 year ago

      • nvm found it but I don’t know how to use the user preferences thing :’

        1 year ago

  • Replies: 1

    How do I move around without a middle mouse button? I’m working on a laptop.

    2 years ago

    • Replies: 0

      1. go to to file
      2. go to user preferences
      3. click on the input tab
      4. on the left hand side under the preset drop down menu there should be a thing that says emulate 3 button mouse
      click on that.
      save user settings if you would like
      Then ctrl and alt plus left click zooms in
      alt and left click turns the view

      2 years ago

  • Replies: 1

    I love Blender, but I’ve had a stroke now. is everything able up to 1 hand, or a need for 2 hands?

    2 years ago

    • Replies: 2

      You can absolutely use Blender with one hand. It’ll be more difficult but it’s doable. You’ll likely need to utilize the toolbars and menus a bit more than before.

      2 years ago

      • I have some pretty severe arthritis and am working on ways to modify mouse when possible. Any thoughts on touchscreen yet? This is going to be a huge area of tech soon for the disabled.

        2 years ago

      • I haven’t used it with Blender, but I hear really good things about the Microsoft Surface.

        2 years ago

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