This page is here to try and hold blender information and tutorials.
It is very much a work in progress but I will continue to try and get more and more information here.
- 1 Basic UI Control
- 2 Simple Object Selection
- 3 Simple Objects Editing
- 4 Editing Objects
- 5 Creating your own objects
- 6 Using that darn 3D cursor
- 7 Using Boolean Operations
- 8 Other Modifiers
- 9 Working with SVGs
- 10 Working with STLs
- 11 Object Cleanup
- 12 Simulations
- 13 Sculpting
- 14 Rigging
- 15 Lighting
- 16 Animation
Basic UI Control
Blender is known for having a steep learning curve. That usually stems from the UI (which has dramatically improved over the years) and from left click not doing what most people expect it to do.
Moving your view around the scene
It helps to have a 3 button mouse (two normal button and a scroll wheel). MAC users will find themselves using the modifier key a lot
Using your mouse wheel and click forward to zoom in and back to zoom out
Using your mouse wheel, click and hold down the wheel (middle click and hold) and move your mouse to rotate around the center of the screen.
Using your mouse wheel and the Shift key, hold down the wheel and move your mouse around to pan the scene
With the numlock enabled, each key press represents a specific axis to jump to.
Pressing 7 will display a top-down view parallel to the X-Y axis. Pressing 1 will display a forward view which is parallel to the X-Z axis. Pressing 3 will display a right view which is parallel to the Y-Z axis. Pressing 9 will rotate your view to the back/opposite of your current view. Pressing 2,6,8,4 will slowly rotate your view in that 'specific direction' between orthogonal views.
Pressing 5 will switch the view between Orthogonal and Perspective formats
Pressing . (period) will zoom to the currently selected object
Splitting and Joining Views
At the top/bottom corners of every 'window' inside blender, there are little icons (hashes) that allow you to split the current window
into a new one or join the current one with another one.
This allows you to have multiple views in whatever configuration you desire.
The splits can be vertical or horizontal