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loveandormoney
I installed Blender for Linux. Now I am searching for a good manual,
maybe I can find something in a book or in the www.
Can somebody help me?
My problem is, I bought 3 books, but they are to much difficult to me.
They started on the first 3 pages with a family around a table.
But I am looking for very simple examples: How to create a red ball and stuff like that.

Regards
saratdear
Have you gone through the official Blender wiki?

http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual

Here are two more sites with very good tutorials -

www.blenderguru.com
http://cgcookie.com/blender/
zaxacongrejo
To start you should forget about books till you get more used to the interface
i recommend you to search at YouTube are you looking for just normal 3d or fractional sculpted stuff?
loveandormoney
Thank You for Your help.
I copied Your links on my Stick.
Thank You.
The problem is
I was buying 3 books. And they are all to much difficult for me.
Book 1 creates on the first 3 pages a frog and a forest.
Book 2 describes only all buttons.

And
http://www.blenderguru.com/
explaines a spaceship.

I am looking for very very very easy example.
Create a ball.
Create a surface for the ball like that.
Or
create A 3D and then move the A in a circle.

So what I did find on one page in the manuals, I am very slowly, I need 20 pages.

Thank You.



Is Inkscape necessary.
zaxacongrejo
again try youtube 5 minuts you will be able to do it
loveandormoney
Thank You for experience.
I learned computer-using by books.
I never tried to learn it by video.
So
by Youtube it is easy to learn blender?

So the videos are very short.
Should I search there for examples?

Regards
zaxacongrejo
it will be easier to get used to the interface because you will find stuff much easer just search blender in YouTube

saratdear
Try Youtube videos, like zaxacongrejo said. The official Blender Wiki (the first link I posted) does start off with pretty much basic stuff) and you can take it forward from there with other advanced stuff.
zaxacongrejo
Let me warn you of something like in all complex software, at the beginning you will feel surrounded by walls, lost 3 days later, and forgotten if you don’t use it much, so my best advise if you really want to learn 3D modeling watch some YouTube tuts ,keep reading ,and try to find exercises doesn’t matter if in the end you will keep the works or not what really matters is the time you spent doing them and getting used to the software interface
loveandormoney
saratdear wrote:
Try Youtube videos, like zaxacongrejo said. The official Blender Wiki (the first link I posted) does start off with pretty much basic stuff) and you can take it forward from there with other advanced stuff.

Yes.
This is the problem.
Also with Linux.
For example
I studies Corel Draw.

I needed one week for
created a rainbow egg with the word on the top: Good morning.

But
there a tutorials more easy to understand then others.

What do You mean by "interface".

The most easy way for learning
Linux
Blender
Chinese
Corel
Assembler
and so on:
Workshop with 10 other students.


Thank You for help.
zaxacongrejo
Interface is the software ,it’s the bridge between you and the programing language of the software you are using but let’s forget about that word
in this case i was referring to the software that you see at your screen, you see the best and faster way to get used to it is by utilization and time spent on it .
If you are starting from 0 you better search for "how to create a cube in blender" for example
Them you watch and then you create your own cube
Now imagine you want to copy your cube in order to stay with 2 cubes
Than you search for another tutorial about let’s say
”How to copy an existent shape on blender “
Again you watch and you do the same, doing this kind of things you will know how to zoom. How to use the axis, how to spilt shapes, copy, glue, extrude etc
Do you relay have to use blender?
loveandormoney
Good morning.
Thank You for Your friendly help.
This is a manual, I can understand.

After reading Your post,
I startet BLENDER.
In the middle there is a cube.
I tried to manipulate him.

The only thing I could do was:

Cube
Click the button "add".
Click the button "Metaball"
Click the button "Ball".

Now I can seem the cube has three round holes.
I think, there are six holes now.

Then I saved in a new directory "blendworkshop" this picture.

Can You help me?
How can I make the cube "red"?
How can I save or how can I export this picture to gif or jpg?


Thank You again for Your friendly help.


Regards
zaxacongrejo






hello i hope this help
loveandormoney
Sorry,
the last post is emtpy.
Only white.
Maybe my computer is working wrong.

Thank You for help.
zaxacongrejo
hi
no is not empty the problem is your flash player

update here http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
loveandormoney
good moring. Thank You for help. There is flash on the computer.
For example I can see video files.
What do I do wrong?
Regards
Can I save the video and look at a dos-computer?

This is here Linux.

EDIT


I visited my neighour.
He is using DOS.
So I could see
there are 3 videos.
Is this right?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ix6_j-PMtSE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_potdsUkcCA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bvqcHGOQMDU


Are these the URLS?
Can I download the videos witz GETVIDS and then watch them with VLC?


Thank You for help.
zaxacongrejo
loveandormoney wrote:
good moring. Thank You for help. There is flash on the computer.
For example I can see video files.
What do I do wrong?
Regards
Can I save the video and look at a dos-computer?

This is here Linux.

EDIT


I visited my neighour.
He is using DOS.
So I could see
there are 3 videos.
Is this right?




http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ix6_j-PMtSE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_potdsUkcCA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bvqcHGOQMDU


Are these the URLS?
Can I download the videos witz GETVIDS and then watch them with VLC?


Thank You for help.


i sorry just noticed your post now yes 3 videos usind dos??
yes they can be downloaded
loveandormoney
Good morning.
Sorry for my bad explanations.
I did download the 3 files and now I can see them with
VLC and Linux.
Can You please write also the url
then it is more easy to me to see the files.

My neighbour is using DOS/WIN. So he could see the files and he gave me a copy of the URL.

I was watching the 3 files.
Two are much to quickquick for me.
But the one with the ball is easy.
BUT also it is very very fast.

But it is a very good workshop.
Which keywords did You use for find them or did You produce them?

Thank You.

If You know more easy workshops
using BLENDER
I shall download them.


Another thing:
I did install INKSCAPE


Same like Blender but much more easy and more 2d then 3d.

It is a good exercise for me now
first using Gimp and Inkscape to learn to create pictures.

I am sure the training with Inkscape will make it more easy for me to use Blender later.



Regards
and thank You.


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zaxacongrejo
Just search YouTube for blender there are a lot of them there
You feel lost, you don’t find anything, and you can’t do anything.
we all felt like that to, it will take you at least 3 months to get used to the interface them is simple
Keep watching videos and get a exercises in YouTube and reproduce them.
JoryRFerrell
loveandormoney wrote:
Thank You for Your help.
I copied Your links on my Stick.
Thank You.
The problem is
I was buying 3 books. And they are all to much difficult for me.
Book 1 creates on the first 3 pages a frog and a forest.
Book 2 describes only all buttons.

And
http://www.blenderguru.com/
explaines a spaceship.

I am looking for very very very easy example.
Create a ball.
Create a surface for the ball like that.
Or
create A 3D and then move the A in a circle.

So what I did find on one page in the manuals, I am very slowly, I need 20 pages.

Thank You.



Is Inkscape necessary.


Try "Blender For Dummies". This book is excellent at explaining everything.
As for create simple "Primitives" (spheres, cubes, etc.), if you are using blender version 2.63,
you simply hold "Shift" and "A" together. This brings up a menu for standard objects to add to your scene. The very first option will be "Mesh". Hold your mouse over this option and all the possible built in primitives will pop-up. Select Uvsphere or Icosphere...there is a visual diff between the two so try both. In fact, create one of each. Razz Explore all the available options in the Add menu (Shift+A), along with each item in the contained sub-menus. Also, Zaxa is correct. Youtube is excellent for this. Look up Ira Krakow. He goes step by step through animation processes and will help guide you on how to use nurbs curves (which may seem intimidating at first, but are actually very cool little tools...), etc, etc. If you need more help, let me know what you need and I'll personally post a specific video about it.

Also, Inkscape is NOT necessary. You do not technically NEED any extra programs since blender contains everything you need to create images itself. You can if need be generate an image in blender, save it out as an image (png, jpg, tiff etc) and use that as a texture for an object(the most common use of images in blender for me). So Inkscape is not required.
That said, it is EXTREMELY useful to have Inkscape, and since it's free there is no harming in grabbing it. But there is something you should be aware of. Inkscape is a Vector Graphics manipulation program. This means it uses mathematically defined curves to form images. It saves these math formulas inside an "svg" file. This is less intuitive to work with inside Blender. So if you use Inkscape, you need to take a sec to learn about exporting svg files from Inkscape as more manageable file types (it's not really hard at all so don't worry). The program has built in functions specifically for this purpose. Something that will help you get started a little quicker in making textures is MS Paint or GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), which are both free, and export images a little more easily.
Stick to free till you get to realize the level to which you rely on specialized external programs for your texture work. No sense in spending hundreds on fancy software(like Photoshop), if you are going to have use for all the extra bang it provides. In fact, GIMP is one of the top FREE rivals
of Photoshop. It allows for an enormous selection of plug-ins, allowing it many of the same capabilities of Photoshop.

Have fun! Very Happy
loveandormoney
Good morning.
Thank You both for Your friendly help.

1
Blender for Dummies I am looking. for.
This is a good ideal.
2
I prefer written instruction like the last post.
Because I shall print this post and then I shall try it later.
Videos I cannot print.

3
What keywords should I need for find videos.

Is it:

"color a cube"
"move a ball"
"give light to a cube"

?


The thing is
Blender does have a lot of opportunities.

I did watch the three videos here in the thread.
It is amazing how many opportunities does this software offer.



3 questions:
Can I create gif or gif89 with Blender?
Can I paint a star 2d with Blender or only 3d?
Is the extension of Blender name.blend?


Regards
and thank You.
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