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My Blender notebook

Discussion in 'Help, please ?' started by luchian, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. luchian

    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    I'll use this topic as a notebook for useful commands/operations/tricks in Blender. Some I know, some I am learning and might be useful to you also (as I know it will be to me in the future when wondering "how did I do that ?" :D ).

    #1: Split object After using the apply on an array modifier, the resulting objects will be treated as single group. In case you don't want that, one way of ungrouping this quickly is:
    - select newly created object(s)
    - go in edit mode (TAB)
    - select all (A)
    - press P
    - select Separate By loose parts

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    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    #2: Fill Let's say you have 2 edges and you'd like to fill the area between them
    - select the two edges
    - press F

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  3. luchian

    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    #3: Grouping and Parenting objects
    CTRL+G creates a new group and adds the selected object(s) to it. It is recommended to use groups just to logically organize your scene, but the objects are together without any kind of transformation relationship. If you are looking for the later then use Parenting.

    To parent objects, select at least two objects (select the Child Objects first, and select the Parent Object last), and press CTRL+P. The Set Parent To dialog will pop up allowing you to select from one of several possible different parenting types.
    You can also do the inverse operation (aka remove a parent-child relationship) via ALT+P
     
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    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    #4: Merge objects
    -select all
    -press CTRL+J
     
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    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    #5: Select linked faces
    If you have a complex object and would like to select just one "part" of it, you can use select linked faces
    - enter Edit mode (TAB)
    - hover mouse over one of the faces
    - press L

    Optional, you can isolate the selection after: SHIFT+H / Inverse ALT+H

    #5.1: Select loop
    - edit mode (TAB)
    - chose selection mode: edge, face
    - ALT+RMB on any edge/face

    #5.2: Move Cursor<>Selection
    - in Edit Mode
    - SHIFT+S
    - select whatever option suits you best
     
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  6. luchian

    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    #6: Un-triangulate mesh

    You can triangulate a selected portion of a mesh in Edit Mode by hitting CTRL+T. This converts all quads and n-gons into tris.

    You can un-triangulate the selected portion of a mesh by hitting ALT+J. This will only create quads so some manual cleanup may be necessary if you need n-gons. You can do this by selecting the leftover edges, hitting X and clicking Dissolve Edges.
     
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  7. ThOmSn

    ThOmSn New Member

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    startet to learn blendering now. any help or tips are apreciated^^

    want to make 2014 civic wtcc but need all help i can get
     
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    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    Welcome @ThOmSn . The only advice I can give you is don't compare Blender to other 3D package you might've used before, just "go with the flow". You'll soon start to really appreciate its ergonomics and ease of use. It happened to me :). I am not an expert either, but I can manage it decent enough now. I've started using it because of Assetto Corsa :).

    There are tons of tutorials out there, here are a few useful sites:
    http://www.blendernation.com/
    http://www.blender.org/
    http://cgcookie.com/blender

    Don't hesitate to create a thread in the car model section, and keep us informed. If you get stuck, or have questions, share them there. "We" 'll try to help :).
     
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  9. ThOmSn

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    thx man...but the problem is ive never touched ANY of those 3d tools^^ first i have to get used how to do simple things but the good thing is, i have a friend who is doing funny stuff in blender for about 5 years now. hope he can help me as well...thanks for your help, i will keep you informed about my progress^^ ;)
     
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    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    #7: Rearrange Blender's Windows/Workspace
    A 30 s clip on Blender's window system

     
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    luchian Administrator ACM Racing Team ACM Club Driver

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    #8: Quickly Move an object to another object's location/origin:

    In Object mode

    - select object B
    - snap the 3D Cursor to object B's origin (Shift+S > Cursor to Selected)
    - Select object A
    - Snap object A to the 3D Cursor's location (Shift+S > Selection to Cursor)
     
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    #9: Edge color in Edit Mode

    RED: UV seam
    PINK: Edge crease
    CYAN: Sharp Edge
    GREEN: Freestyle edge
    ORANGE: Bevel weight

    CTRL+E: access all edge options