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Sculpting the Blender Way

By : Xury Greer
Book Image

Sculpting the Blender Way

By: Xury Greer

Overview of this book

Sculpting the Blender Way is a detailed step-by-step guide for creating digital art with the latest Blender 3D sculpting features. With over 400 reference images, 18 Sculpting in Action videos, and dozens of 3D sculpture example files, this book is an invaluable resource for traditional and digital sculptors looking to try their hand at sculpting in Blender. The first part of the book will teach you how to navigate Blender's user interface and familiarize yourself with the core workflows, as well as gain an understanding of how the sculpting features work, including basic sculpting, Dyntopo, the Voxel Remesher, QuadriFlow, and Multiresolution. You’ll also learn about a wide range of brushes and all of the latest additions to the sculpting feature set, such as Face Sets, Mesh Filters, and the Cloth brush. The next chapters will show you how to customize these brushes and features to create fantastic 3D sculptures that you can share with the ever-growing Blender community. By the end of this book, you'll have gained a complete understanding of the core sculpting workflows and be able to use Blender to bring your digital characters to life.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Expanding and collapsing the Toolbar and the Sidebar

Both the Toolbar on the left side and the Sidebar on the right side of the 3D Viewport can be expanded to show more of their contents or collapsed entirely while we aren't using them.

We will spend a lot of time with the Toolbar since all of our sculpting brushes can be found there. Tools can be chosen from the Toolbar by clicking on them. Only one tool can be active at a time; the active tool will be highlighted blue. By default, the Toolbar is in a minimized state, so all we can see are icons. It can be very helpful to expand the Toolbar and display the names of the tools next to the tool icons. Expanding the Sidebar will also give us more information while we work with our tools.

Let's learn how to expand and collapse the Toolbar and the Sidebar.

Getting ready

If you haven't already loaded the sculpting preset, do so now. The tools available on the Toolbar will be different for each Interaction Mode...