I'm frustrated that I can't bevel an edge. The change is in a larger area than I would like and I can't get a smooth edge. I'm trying to learn Blender having used 3dsmax and maya before, but something doesn't seem to make sense. I can't get the same level of border control as I did in other programs. Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong?
This is happening as a result of non-uniform scale. What this means is that you have scaled your object in object mode, and not "told" blender to adjust proportions accordingly. To fix this problem, enter Object Mode, select your object, press Ctrl+A and select "scale".