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

    For the Inset tool, I find that sometimes it won’t give the option of adjusting the width for adding loopcuts and will automatically inset the faces selected by a certain amount. The last part isn’t a problem since I can press control and adjust the inset, but not having the ability to adjust the width is quite annoying. Why does this happen? and how can I fix it?

    6 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      Typically this is due to the position of your mouse relative to the geometry being inset.

      Blender re-uses the settings from the last time the operator (the tool) was run, so that’s why it’s insetting to a specific amount each time, but there’s nothing stopping you from adjusting this further.

      5 months ago

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    Any recommendation pro/against OSX trackpad?

    6 months ago

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      My main recommendation? Get a 3-button mouse. You won’t regret it and your life will be so much easier in Blender!

      You can work with a trackpad, but it’s much more difficult and inefficient.

      5 months ago

  • Replies: 2

    my middle mouse button isn’t working how do i navigate around without it

    6 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      never mind i got it

      6 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      Blender has a great feature called 3 Button Emulation for users who do not have a middle mouse button at all, allowing the use of Blender with only a left/right mouse button.

      At the bottom the About section, there is a link showing how to setup 3 Button Emulation. :)

      https://cgcookie.com/course/blender-basics/#about

      6 months ago

  • Replies: 0

    Never mind.

    7 months ago

  • Replies: 1

    Where do I find “user preferences”?

    7 months ago

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