Blender

Introduction to the Extrude Tool: One of Blender’s Coolest Tools!

Introduction to the Extrude Tool: One of Blender’s Coolest Tools!

In the Complete Blender Creator Course video, Extruding in Blender, our instructor Michael Bridges teaches us how to use the Extrude Tool! This is an awesome tool, and you can use it to extrude faces, edges, and vertices. When you extrude you make new geometry, which you can move around, shape, etc. This tool is very versatile, because it allows you to change the shape of the objects you are working with. For example, you can take a primitive, such as a cylinder, cube, sphere, or plane, and add new geometry to make a complex object. So, let’s get creative and learn how to use this cool tool! Let’s go over some basic geometry definitions, which we will be using in Blender. What is a Face? A face is the surface of an object. For instance, a cube has 6 sides, so it has 6 flat surfaces called faces. In geometry, we call faces planes. Please see picture below: What is an edge? Edges are the lines, which form where faces join. In geometry edges are called lines. Please see picture below: What is a vertex? A vertex forms where the ends of two or more edges converge. In geometry […]

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How To Make Rotational Arrays In Blender

How To Make Rotational Arrays In Blender

Over on the course we have many students asking great questions.  Often the topic they’re talking about is covered in the course but not specific enough for their task. Alec wanted to know how to do a rotational array… so here we go! First of all we’ll open up Blender and delete the default cube and add a plane. Next we can subdivide the plane just once. This gives us enough vertices to play with to create a basic petal. Grabbing the vertices we can move them to form a petal shape, feel free to experiment with different shapes! Next we need to move the base of the petal to the centre of our scene for ease of rotating. Selecting the base of the petals vertex and holding SHIFT S, we can move the 3D cursor to the vertex. In OBJECT mode you can then move the origin to the 3D cursor. Finally we can move the cursor back to the centre of our scene with SHIFT C, and then once more with SHIFT S we can move the selected object to the Cursor. Let’s make the petal a little more 3D by quickly hopping into Edit Mode and dragging […]

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How to Slice Objects into Parts Using Face Loop Cut in Blender

How to Slice Objects into Parts Using Face Loop Cut in Blender

As vicious as it sounds, there’s going to be a time when you need to slice up a model into smaller parts. Maybe you’re going to want to create a face to extrude, maybe you decide that you want lines about which to separate the object into two. Maybe you just watch too many movies, who knows. Either way, the answer is the slicing tool. Luckily it’s super easy, all it takes is the command Ctrl + R (Same on a Mac too!!) while you are in Edit Mode (press Tab to quickly change between Edit mode and Object mode). This is the Face Loop Cut feature which first creates a loop around the object then cuts through the faces intersected by the loop.   Let’s use this loaf of bread as an example. You might have guessed where I’ll be going with this… Now, press the Tab key to get into edit mode And press Ctrl + R to bring up the slice command. If you get the mouse in the right place you should have a pink cross-section appear, thus: Either left click, or press enter, to confirm, and you should be able to move the slice up and down the length of the loaf: And that’s it! Except… […]

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How to Install Blender 3D Animation Software

How to Install Blender 3D Animation Software

You say, “Blender! I already have one of those in the kitchen!” We’re not talking about that kind of Blender! We are talking about the cool 3D Animation program, Blender! In the Complete Blender Creator course lecture “How to Install Blender”, our instructor, Michael Bridges, teaches us how to install this powerful 3D animation software. Blender is open source and free for commercial and personal use. It also has all of the tools we need to reach the sky, as animators! Now, let’s get started, with some tips and tricks for installing Blender on a Mac and PC. How to Install Blender on a PC 1).  Go to Blender’s official download page: https://www.blender.org/download/ 2).  Scroll down to the Windows download section. If you have a 32 bit operating system: Choose the 32 bit download by clicking on either “NL 1” or “NL 2”, in the 32 bit column. If you have a 64 bit operating system: Click on the 64 bit download by clicking on “NL 1” or “NL 2”, in the 64 bit column. 3). Wait a few minutes for the download to complete. We are going to save your download to your Desktop. To find your download in […]

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