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Formulas used in compositor Mix node?

I'm trying to understand how the fac and clamp values are used in Mix compositor node: E.g. ...
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What's the best source/way of learning geometry nodes? (Except of the basics) [closed]

This question could be marked as opinion based or off-topic, but to be honest, there are few places to ask this. There's this question which could be an answer, but I feel it's too related to ...
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How can I download the Blender open movies in the highest quality available? [closed]

I have a rural internet connection, which means limited bandwidth and sometimes problems with streaming. Sometimes, for example, we can't stream something to our living room TV because we get frequent ...
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Where window.screen belongs in this code?

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Where can be found official and updated docs about how prefixes and other naming conventions may add or block blender functionalities?

This took me many hours to finally really guess the problem: two bones, one I can add a keyframe, the other I receive this message "no suitable context info for active keying set", how to ...
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https://www.blender.org/download/ vs https://download.blender.org

I had seen that there are two sites for blender with the term "download" in it, I know that https://www.blender.org/download/ is what's usually used for downloads so what is the other for? ...
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Help with texturing a test model

I made an animated box with the intent of importing it into GZDoom as an MD2 for testing. The problem is that I can't get this whole UV mapping thing down. The MD2 exporter won't let me export the ...
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Why does F3 return nothing searching for dyntopo?

I'm looking for the checkbox dyntopo (2.91). F3 returns nothing. How can I find it without asking here or searching the web?
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How to find anything by query in blender (not F3)

How do I find the checkbox for denoising (cycles) by searching for denois. The manual [0] is no help, I can't see ...
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How to submit changes for Blender's online documentation?

I often refer to https://docs.blender.org/api when I'm working on scripts. I also often find that there are places where the documentation is unclear or even incorrect. I was wondering if there was ...
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2.9.X Theme to for 2.76b... our lab pc can't run version upper from 2.76b

2.9.X Theme to for 2.76b... our lab pc can't run version upper from 2.76b ... i am teacher and i want teach blender to our student our lab is old becouse we in thired world country (poor country) i ...
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Why is the "Randomize" option missing from my Array modifier (in 2.91)?

According to the Blender 2.91 Manual, the Array modifier has a "Randomize" option: Array Modifier: Randomize Mine, however, does not. Is there something I'm missing? I am so used to being ...
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Blender's structure, folders, subfolders, files, modules. What is a best turorial on that and where to find it

I'm new to blender structure and coding, I have played around with blender before, nothing serious, just designing things in 3d view with the mouse and using some textures to coat things. I have done ...
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Looking for code files

I'm working on a project that will be evaluated in my university class "image processing and computer vision": I'm trying to recreate some experiment we studied in class with Cycles and, in ...
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Is there documentation for the Industry Compatible Hotkeys?

I am using the industry compatible hotkeys. However I ran into this problem where whenever I follow a tutorial, I have to use the search bar to find the function of whatever command they did with the ...
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Is it possible to apply textures in Blender 2.8? [duplicate]

I'm following along with Blender's docs, trying to apply a texture to a object's surface. The docs for Applying Textures appear to show screenshots of an older version of Blender (perhaps 2.79?), and ...
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Can I print the manual since I can't follow the online tutorials as the type is so small I am 89!

Blender looks like a great program, but the online tutorials even with windows magnification the text is too small to read and at the same time work on a project - with only one monitor available. I ...
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how can I benefit from blender python API documentation?

I'm a beginner at python language. I browsed the blender python API documentation, I didn't understand how to use it or benefit from it to know more about blender functions and classes. For example: I ...
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Code behind the Simple Deform Modifier

I would like to improve the documentation of the Simple Deform Modifier. Therefore, I have inspected the source code (click here to view online. The math is 'do-able'. For example: the transformation ...
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Are all images in Rigify documentation for Blender 2.79 valid for Blender 2.82 and 2.83?

Today (March 4, 2020), I compared the Rigify official documentation for the following Blender versions : A) 2.79 (https://wiki.blender.jp/Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/Rigging/Rigify), B) 2.82 (https://...
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How to find out bug list for particular versions?

Hi I have installed blender 2.81 and it has issues that are different to 2.8. How can I find out what bugs are for my version rather than all versions like bug tracker etc? Geodesic domes crashes my ...
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What's the best book to learn blender? [duplicate]

Just as the title says, I am looking for beginner's book for blender. Specifically I want to learn special effects and 3D models. Anyone got any suggestions?
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Where can I find a proper API reference?

I can't believe I have to ask this, but where do I find an actual API reference for Blender scripting? I just can't seem to find one. I see tutorials but no proper reference documentation. For ...
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How to display a projected texture on a mesh?

I'm working with UV Project modifier in Blender 2.81a but can't achieve the exepected result as shown on the documentation page. I've seen other questions regarding the Project modifier but all seems ...
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Re-directing Help>Manual Menu to Local Drive

I've downloaded the Manual pages to my Hard Drive and would like to access them via the Help>Manual menu. Is there a way to do this either through Prefs or the source code? Thanks.
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python api missing bpy.types.Cycles*

In 2.81 python api the bpy.types.Cycles* classes are omitted from docs but mostly still accessible ? Can they be found elsewhere in the docs ?
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Why is blender's API documentation so incomplete

I'm new to blender. I want to write some python script using Python API. But I found API in the official website is so incomplete(for example bpy.data, it has only ONE page). Later, I found I can use ...
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trouble learning to model in 2.8

I have been watching YouTube videos for 2.8 modeling and they are helpful but they are quick and assume I know stuff I don’t. I can’t fine some of the menus etc. they quickly access, and I can’t fond ...
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What is a blend file?

I am 100% new to Blender and to the Blender Manual. Could anyone tell me what a blend file is please. It is discussed at length in the manual except for explaining what a blend file is.
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Documentation on Cycles BVH traversal and intersection algorithm

Newbie to blender/cycles here. Wondering if there are any documents/papers which explain the algorithm used in Cycles for BVH traversal and intersection? Making sense of the code will be much easier ...
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Why is 'bpy.context.active_object.pose' of type 'NoneType'?

It might be my inexperience of reading too much technical documentation or little experience in python, but, I'm having a bit of trouble reading the documentation. The command that triggered this ...
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Can i open and edit reStructedText (.RST) files with Blender?

I write my own documentation for personal use in learning Blender. I use reStructedText and Sphinx. This is plain text in RST files. I used to work in a Blender text editor (and i like it). Is it ...
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Blender Manual URLs: 2.79 vs 2.8 - Not Found (404) for discontinued features

I've noticed recently that the Blender Manual often returns a 404 page since transitioning to 2.8. For example, if you search on Google for "blender game engine audio formats" the top hit is Sound ...
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Patch notes for 2.8 beta?

Where I can see it? Doesnt seem to find anywhere. And new updates are released every day it seems? Should I update Blender every day too? Afraiding of that something will be broke in updates, like ...
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How to download blender manual?

How to download blender manual link on the website is dead, is it mandatory to download the repository and build the manual to have it off line? there is no link to download the ZIP file ever, can ...
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How do I save a Blender file?

I am going through the Blender 2.79b manual online here: https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/dev/interface/splash.html I don't see my question answered in it. I have Blender open on my Mac. I have ...
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What is the difference between matrix_basis and matrix_world?

I know it is a bad question sorry but I haven't found any information about these matrices expect in the blender documentations. The docs say that matrix_basis is: Matrix access to location, ...
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Retrieving Blender wiki pages that have been taken down

My team has been actively maintaining the user's guides to our plugins using the Blender wiki, but the pages have very recently all been taken down. Who can I contact about at minimum retrieving the ...
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Which Algorithm use Blender for Motion Tracking in version 2.79?

We are using Blender for Multimodal Analysis, the Motion Tracking Module is ideal for our Workflow and we are very happy with the options and functionality of the Tracker. In order to describe the ...
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List of Menu bl_idnames? INFO_MT_file_export, etc

I am loosing my mind here. Every example addon in blender uses bpy.types.INFO_MT_file_export yet not a single doc explains where the hell the name INFO_MT_file_export comes from. The doc for bpy....
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What was the first printed documentation for Blender?

I remember buying a printed documentation from NaN a long time ago. Perhaps it was this one: 2000 "official" documentation for Blender 2.0, source In my memory the book was more in the shades of ...
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What select non manifold is for exactly?

I have some non manifold meshes to heal. And we have: ...
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2.72 version manual

Is there a manual for Blender 2.72 anywhere. I cannot use the latest version of Blender on my computer as the graphics card is not compatible. 2.72 appears to run OK but all the links to the manual ...
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Understanding official blender documentation - reset button in an Addon example

I did the Addon examples of the oficial documentation and there is something I don´t understand. In the section called "Bringing it all together" there is something about a reset button that appears ...
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If Blender API document doesn't provide enough information of a function or class, what should we do?

I ran into a fundamental problem in blender scripting. That is how to use the API document. When I ran into a function I don't know, basically, I will check the document to understand what that is. ...
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Where can I find documentation for the Blender Game Engine? [closed]

where to look documentation for the following? getCurrentScene,hitPosition,worldPosition,and others?
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Using manual offline

Thank you. Once I made a copy of it all in a folder that was not related to My Documents, it works just fine. MY Documents would launch the index but take me to links in a temp directory which told me ...
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Adding a documentation reference for a custom Object attribute

It is possible to assign custom documentation webpages for operators by using a manual map: ...
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How to read blender API manual?

I can't understand some type definitions like bones Type: ArmatureBones bpy_prop_collection of Bone, (readonly) link: https://docs.blender.org/api/current/bpy.types.Armature.html#bpy.types....
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Blender User Preferences: Images Draw Method: DrawPixels

I performed searches on the web and here in Stack Exchange but I cannot find information about the differences/advantages/disadvantages of using the various Images Draw Method choices, in particular ...
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