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

    Many people are asking ow to emulate the 3 button mouse- you have to adjust it to be able to do so. Open Blender-File Menu-User Preferences-Input tab-look for emulate 3-button mouse.

    11 months ago

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      You also have to remember to click that save button on the bottom of the settings page.

      11 months ago

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    Rotate and Scale doesn’t seem to work. I can press the buttons but the object doesn’t move for rotate or scale. What am I doing wrong?
    This is on a Mac with Mac OS 10.11.5

    11 months ago

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      You don’t give much information to go on. When you select the object do the edges highlight in yellow? Have you tried selecting it through the object>transform>rotate menu? If you are using hot keys is the curser in the 3d viewport when you press the key? Pretty much just a shot in the dark here. 😉

      11 months ago

      • Another possibility is that Snapping is enabled, causing the transform to not activate initially until the mouse-movement threshold is passed.

        If this is the case then pressing SHIFT+TAB, markfn, will toggle snapping off.

        11 months ago

      • Sorry for the lack of information, I wasn’t sure what would be needed so this was a start. Anyway, the problem seems to have been corrected, probably by a restart. Should have tried a restart before asking.
        Mark

        11 months ago

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    I can’t navigate!

    11 months ago

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      I’ll need more info than that. What kind of mouse are using? Have you changed any of the keymap options? Is everything default?

      11 months ago

      • oh, I’m using 2 mouse button.

        11 months ago

      • But I have enabled the “emulate 3 button mouse” button (I forgot if it’s a button or not) so I can navigate again. I got this from another guy.

        11 months ago

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    I’m not sure if this question has been asked yet but how do you mimic the middle key on a laptop mouse? :S

    12 months ago

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    Nothing happens when I use the middle button, it can zoom in but nothing else. When I try to access user preferences the app closes on its own.

    12 months ago

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      Open Blender than in File Menu go to user preferences. Click on input button and under Mouse section enable “emulate 3 button mouse”. Now you can use alt key instead of middle mouse button

      12 months ago

      • Sorry for taking long to reply, what I’ve been saying is besides that the middle button doesn’t work and that when I try going to user preferences like you replied, Blender closes. As I click user preferences Blender just disappears off the screen. Is their any way to fix this?

        12 months ago

      • Thank you so much!

        11 months ago

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