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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 — moving the lamp far away

There is another way to move an object which you will explore now. Notice the change in how the cube looks when you move the lamp close to the light camera:

  1. Press the 1 key.

  2. Press the Home key. On a Mac without a Home key, press the fn and Left arrow keys. This will show you all the objects in the scene.

  3. Press the 5 key on the Numpad to get the orthographic view.

  4. Observe the red and blue arrows that stick out of the lamp.

  5. Put the cursor over the blue arrowhead. Hold theLMB down and move the lamp up until it is in level with the camera as shown in the left section of the following screenshot. Note that the arrows disappear and are replaced by a line that shows you the direction you can move in. You cannot move the lamp sideways. Release theLMB when it's in level with the center of the cube.

  6. Press the 7 key on the Numpad to get the top view.

  7. Use the red arrowhead and the green arrowhead to move the lamp near the camera as shown in the center section of...