Questions tagged [workflow]

Questions about any workflow in Blender, or just ways to go about doing something.

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How do I bake a texture using Cycles bake

I created a interior scene and i don't know how to bake a texture using cycles bake.
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Render with a wider dynamic range in cycles to produce photorealistic looking images

To get images that seem more photorealistic, not only a much wider Dynamic Range is needed, but also having the color information desaturate towards white as it would happen in an overexposed ...
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How would you cut a shape out of an object using another object?

Coming from SketchUp one of the tools I miss most is the circle draw tool which lets you draw a circle on any face and then you could extrude it in/out. The only tool that I know of that comes close ...
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How to animate morphing a rectangular plane into a sphere

How to make a grid-to-sphere animation like this?
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How to curve my mesh

I'd like to curve my object, but I'm considering two options. The first one is to make the object up with lots of vertices, like a sphere can be. The second is to apply some kind of modifier curve to ...
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Best video format to use for multiple resavings

Okay, I'm making a video heavy on special effects and each clip will probably be run through Blender at least four times. Once for de-interlacing and setting the frame rate to 30 (I might use ...
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Render just part of a final image from Cycles?

I'm using an older Nvidia chip that hates running viewport renders, and I need to check if changes to the materials on a few objects not far from the center of my scene are (I'm rendering a floorplan ...
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How to recover overwritten files in blender

I had just finished creating a realistic human head in blender that took me about four hours to make. I then tried to open it in a new file but I accidentally saved over it. Someone please help, I'm ...
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Precisely move the 3D cursor

The 3D cursor can be moved by simply LMB clicking anywhere in the viewport. Is there a faster and easier way to position the 3D cursor?
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How do I align the viewport to a face normal?

I would like to align the view straight on to a face, perpendicular to the normal. How do I align the 3D viewport to the face of a mesh?
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How to setup Auto Save?

How do I get auto saves version saves / recovery to work? Blender 2.71 just lost 15-40 minutes of work when the whole PC crashed. I have auto save set to 1-2min. I check the 2 other versions saved ...
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How can Blender be augmented to display color critical and accurate results?

If I need to use Blender within a colour-accurate workflow, what do I have to do to set that up (including hardware calibration, etc)?
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How would I create an arch?

Is there a simple way to create an arch? Different type of arches on wikipedia. I'm interested in the Round arch or Elliptical arch type of arches.
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Workflow for developing add-on/script

I'm trying to figure out a good workflow for developing scripts and add-ons in Blender. Here's what I'm currently doing as I try my luck with a PyNode add-on: Open blender Create a text editor panel ...
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Are there significant differences between Filmic shipped with Blender and its development version?

I've just read that Filmic is not completely implemented: https://developer.blender.org/D2659. Notes: The results appear to be identical to the original Filmic config, but I left out some ...
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How can I move an object on a separate layer behind another in the compositor?

How can I make the light bar, after compositing (applying the blur effect on it), be displayed behind the ball, not in front of it?
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How to give an image or video a TV screen effect?

I thought it would be interesting to create a .blend that filters any regular video or image with vintage television look. Edit: Although this question initially arose from my desire to create a ...
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Snap object on top of surface of other object

How do you snap an object on top of the surface of another object? I tried using the shrinkwrap modifier but that produced weird results. If I have a cone, and a cube - I want to move the cone around ...
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2D flow simulation over a surface

I'm very new to blender but keen to learn more. I have used a lot of 2 and 3D modelling packages as well as a number of GIS applications. I'm just trying to work out if I can model a fluid flow over ...
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How to cut a rounded hole in a sphere?

What are some good techniques to make a rounded/beveled hole in a non-flat surface? e.g. something like the blender material preview scene: The Boolean Modifier and the Knife project tool work well, ...
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Adding thickness to a mesh in Blender

I'm using blender to make a basic model of my house and I want to hollow out the inside of the house so that the walls are slightly thicker and there are normals facing both ways, I'm not really sure ...
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How to round corners of plane?

How can I cut an arc into a square plane? The gif above shows what I want to do, but, in another software.
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How to switch between editors with shortcuts

I'm tired of pulling out windows to get the UV editor or pull down a menu in the screen sets. Is there a shortcut, with one key, to get my 3D view to UV editor/node editor? I have not found a way to ...
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How does normal baking work?

I understand that one uses normal baking to bake the normals of a high-resolution (sculpted, in the millions-of-polys range) to an image, which are then set to the normals of the low-resolution (...
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Logging renders?

Is there a simple way to log/save every render that you make in a Blender scene? Maybe an add-on? This would be helpful to visually see progress on modeling, materials, lighting, and whatnot. It would ...
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Is there a way to save composite node presets?

Is there any way in Blender to save settings in your compositing node setup. For example say for my shadow catcher I have it setup for a hard shadow for sunlight, and then I also have a setting for ...
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How to make Edge Glow?

I am doing a zooming in and out animation for symbols. And it suppose to have an edge glow, like in the example photo. Is it possible to achieve without volumetric lighting because the lighting of ...
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How do I copy a property from an active object to selected objects?

I have been using the Copy Attributes add-on to copy some properties from active object to selected objects. This add-on is not enabled by default and must be explicitly enabled. But its a very useful ...
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How to model the rounded outline of a column

I need a good way to model the rounded shape of a capital, just like in the picture. My problem is, that it should be precise for architectural modeling. I could use paths, but that would be really ...
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Reducing vertex density as distance from point increases

I have a 3-D mesh of a human head (mine!), ~100K vertices. I'm attempting to simulate soundwaves entering the ears. The simulator's memory requirement shoots up as the vertex count increases by O(N^...
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Generate video sequencer project from a script

I have a number of different MP4 files. I want to create a Blender project file that has these files in a set order and each video stream starting at a set start time. I know the files, I know the ...
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How can Tris be used to an Advantage?

Tris are things you would avoid when it comes to shading, and good Topology, so do Tris do any good? Also I am currently working on Game Asset Creation and I would like to know if Tris are actually ...
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What is the fastest way to create a curved plane?

For a background, a lot of times I need a vertical wall, horizontal bottom, and a nice connecting curved surface between them in front of the camera. So far, I have used two methods: Deform a plane ...
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Create a road along large terrain

I created a terrain in blender. I have on it a base layer. The base layer comprised of two textures. These are a dirt and rock texture mixed together using another texture as a mask. On top of this ...
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Is there a smart way to apply a better transition between colours while maintaining one solid colour per face?

I recently started using blender for a project. I have tried using a color ramp with a transition between the 4 colours, but the result is too smooth when applied: Im aiming to achieve this kind of ...
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Is there a way to offset an edge? (extrude edge loop perpendicular to each edge)

I recently figured out how to do it with faces, but with edges, I can't seem to get it to work. I have a complex flat plane and i need to extend an edge loop. I tried setting to individual origins in ...
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Snap face to grid

I need to move an entire object, so that one of the faces is exactly at Z=0. What is the best way to do this? Basically, if I could select Grid or 3D Cursor in the Snap To menu, that would be perfect: ...
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Mirror changes to side of cube across all six sides

I want to create a cube with some general extrusions. This should be the same across all sides of the cube. Is there a way to make this mirrored across all six sides? I know that I could delete the ...
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Is there an easy way to align two objects on a specific axis?

Other than manually typing in locations, is there an easy way to align objects on an axis like you would in Visio?
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How can I animate the camera in a perfect circular rotation around a fixed position?

I have an object at a fixed position in 3D space. I would like the camera to circle around it while facing it. I want to path of the camera to be circular in 2D, meaning that it does not move up or ...
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How move object between scenes

I have two scenes in a blend file. How do I move a object from one scene to the other? Not between blend files, but within one blend file but two scenes.
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When is acceptable to have disconnected geometry?

Some times it's easier to add a quick sphere and move it so it intersects a part of an existing model rather than trying to connect the existing model to the sphere. When are these kinds of shortcuts ...
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How to create and render clouds in blender cycles

I am creating an outdoor scene and need to create 3d clouds. What is the best way to go about this in blender cycles. I know you can't use the cloud generator addon since cycles doesn't have support ...
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What does the button next to the Pivot Point button do?

In the 3D view port's header, what does the button next to the Pivot Point button do? The button in question has a shortcut of alt ,. It is in the red square in the picture below. What is it use for ...
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Why does Blender warp UV pelt when unwrapping tight geometry?

Often when I am modeling something I need to add some very fine detail to certain areas of the mesh so I add some very tight loop cuts in that area. However when I go to unwrap it, even if it is very ...
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How to Model Low Poly Nature Terrain

I can't seem to figure out how to model low poly nature terrain. I don't know what objects to use, and what to do from there. This is a great example. How do I make (model) this type of terrain? ...
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Model upholstery with buttons?

How can I model backrest upholstery for a bed? I Have used the Bevel command but it's not close:
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Most efficient way to round edges

In this simple model I first rounded the corner edges of the shape using bevel, with 16 segments (1st pic). Then I selected everything and applied a second very small bevel of 1 segment, to give the ...
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Is blender actually useable for engineering?

A moving design would be the final goal, but first I need to build complex shapes based on geometry as 3D modeling for engineering. Does blender have a work tree where you can rearrange the order of ...
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When is it useful to mirror?

Having discovered the mirror modifier I have been assuming I should always use it when modeling a symmetrical object. For instance, take a simple stool. Is it more efficient to model one half with a ...