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Blender 3D Basics

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Blender 3D Basics

Overview of this book

Blender is by far the most popular open source graphics program available. It is a full featured 3D modeling, animation and games development tool used by millions all over the world ñ and it's free! This book is for those looking for an entry into the world of 3D modeling and animation regardless of prior experience. Blender 3D Basics is the entry level book for those without prior experience using 3D tools. It caters for those who may have downloaded Blender in the past but were frustrated by its lack of intuitiveness. Using simple steps it builds, chapter by chapter, into a full foundation in 3D modeling and animation. Using Blender 3D Basics the reader will model a maritime scene complete with boats and water, then add materials, lighting and animation. The book demystifies the Blender interface and explains what each tool does so that you will be left with a thorough understanding of 3D.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Blender 3D Basics Beginner's Guide
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Controlling the Lamp, the Camera, and Animating Objects

Time for action — seeing the bottom view, rear view, and left side view

Sometimes you also need to look at an object or scene from the bottom, from behind or from the left. These keys will help you:

  1. Press the Ctrl key, and the 7 key on the Numpad.

  2. Press the Ctrl key, and the 1 key on the Numpad.

  3. Press the Ctrl key, and the 3 key on the Numpad

  4. Now, alternate pressing the 1, 3, and 7 keys on the Numpad, and pressing them with the Ctrl key depressed.

What just happened?

You know to use the 1, 3, and 7 keys on the Numpad to change views. To see from the opposing angle of a view, you press the Ctrl key and the number for the view on the Numpad. Ctrl+7 shows the bottom view. Ctrl+1 shows the back view and Ctrl+3 shows the left side view.