It's on! Let's download Blender and set it up

It's time to download Blender!

Let’s make sure that you have the most recent version of Blender 2.8 installed! You can download Blender 2.8x from

The download process is smooth and fast, regardless of your operating system.

When you open Blender, it should look something like this...

Before you begin: let's discuss your mouse

Blender is built around a 3-button mouse, which has a left-click, a right-click and a scroll wheel in the center.

These controls are used for navigation and are crucial for smooth use of Blender. Using a trackpad just won't give you the nimbleness and ease of use, so I'd strongly recommend that you order a good quality 3-button mouse.

If you want a bit more Blender history, here is why Blender's default selection changed from right-click to left-click with Blender 2.8 (and not everybody is happy about it). 

No 3-button Mouse? No problem (for now)

While a 3-button mouse is hugely recommended, for now, you will do just fine with a trackpad and will be able to follow along with the next lessons.