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

    When I’m opening the site on my computer to download the source it says that “Upgrade your account”,But when i work on mobile with UC Browser it is downloading freely

    10 months ago

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    Where are the notes on how to navigate using a two button mouse

    10 months ago

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    Hi, How do you make a more precise zoom? Like tha zoom with the right click in maya.

    11 months ago

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      I’m not familiar with the Maya zoom option, but there’s a few things you can do. Two of the most useful ones for me, are Zoom to Selection and Dolly Camera. For zoom to selection just press “Numpad .”, your view will instantly center on your selection and zoom in.

      The Dolly Camera is a bit hidden, but is very useful when working in perspective mode to solve the zoom slowdown issue. You can dolly the camera with CTRL+MMB click drag.

      Additionally, check out the options in User Preferences > Input to change zoom behavior, such as zooming towards selection, zooming towards mouse position, etc.

      11 months ago

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    how do you start a new scene or undo things you’ve done?

    11 months ago

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    Hi,
    I am using a macbook pro with a magic mouse. On the trackpad all movements are very smooth out of the box. I can rotate in all directions with 2 finger swipes, pressing shift at the same time gives me pans and if I pinch I can zoom. With the magic mouse it is also very smooth and natural; I can rotate and pan with 1 finger (pressing shift to pan) but I can not zoom by pinching. I think it is because Apple took of the option of pinching with the magic mouse one or 2 OS versions ago.
    Now I try to change the preferences so I could ALT + scroll with the mouse to zoom but the config screen is not taking in account the gesture on the magic mouse. Is there a way I can intruduce this manually, I mean by code?

    11 months ago

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      I’ve not used a Magic Mouse in quite some time, so I’m not certain what’s needed to enable zooming, but I’d suggest checking the Emulate 3 Button Mouse option in User Preferences > Input.

      11 months ago

      • Hi Jonathan,

        11 months ago

      • Thank you for your reply. The option ’emulate 3 button mouse’ is not giving me the possibility to do the movements I discribed in my question but holding the left mouse + ALT, so that means that I loose the possibility to select with the left mouse.

        11 months ago

      • I will ask the question on the blender forum. Maybe they know more about there. I saw that there is always reference to some python script when rolling over the shortcuts, although I do not know anything about it, I though you might lighten my path.

        11 months ago

      • PS: The option to have the everywhere else hard return (shift+return) shortcut as Submit shortcut over here is very enoying :/

        11 months ago

      • We’re planning to adjust the hotkey for submitting and will likely include some tooltips to further help there.

        11 months ago

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