Questions tagged [workflow]

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

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Workflow: Cloth simulation without disabling armature

The typical workflow for cloth is to have areas that are attached to the body be Pinned, and influenced by an armature limited to the Pinned group. The rest of the garment would not be influenced by ...
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How to use dual scroll wheel mouse in Blender?

I've seen some mice with an extra scroll wheel like the Logitech MX Revolution. Is it possible to use this in Blender? If so, what is a good use for it? I currently have a MX518 mouse, which has ...
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sending Data or Values to linked Objects in Blender 2.80 / 2.81

I work a lot with linked data and library objects or linked collections. Is it possible to send values or variables between the different hierachical structures ? So for example: SCENEFILE (var = ...
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Blender 2.8 Outline Width is still thick on setting 1?

I truly wish I could avoid having to ask for help on things like this... In Blender 2.8 object mode the wireframe displays with an extra thick outline. If I go to the outline width (default 2) and ...
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How can I bake a normal map with smooth, beveled, edges, when the low poly has sharp ~90° edges?

Background I have been trying to solve a seemingly simple problem with normal map baking in Blender 2.9 since last weekend. I wanted to make sure that I read and researched as much as possible before ...
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ACES workflow in Blender

Q.: What is the correct way to import ACES 2065-1 encoded EXR files into Blender whilst keeping the look identical to what I saw when exporting from Davinci Resolve? In both application I select the ...
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How to center the 2D Cursor in the UV Editor (Quickly)?

Is there a way to center the 2D Cursor to the UV Editor (Quickly)? Similar to pressing Shift+C in the default 3D Viewport?
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Hotkey to navigate scenes in Blender 2.8?

In Blender 2.7, i could change the layout with Ctrl + ← and Ctrl + →. In 2.7, the scene was layout dependent, allowing me to navigate the scene this way. However, in Blender 2....
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Can Blender automatically reload external script files when they are changed?

I came across this question: Is it possible to run a script from an external editor without reloading the file? Which also was asked over here in a similair format: Workflow for developing add-on/...
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Modelling in blender without mouse wheel. How to completely move mouse wheel modal functionality to custom keyboard shortcuts?

How to edit modelling operator modal\contextual hotkeys? I'm using blender with a tablet since the beginning. And it doesn't have mouse wheel. I'm really fond of blender shortcut system, and how it is ...
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Extracting 3-d forms for producing organic shaped model from various flat parts

I am a carpenter. Looking for a way to build organic shapes and curves in 3-d rendering that we can then extract 3-d pieces to understand the geometry required to build the form from multiple pieces ...
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How do I save my undo history as well to my blender file?

I want to get my entire session's undo history back when I load a Blender file. This would allow me to undo as far as would have been possible, had I not closed Blender. Can any in-built feature or ...
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Create tube from two edges

I have two edges that represent the top and bottom parts of a tube: I would like to be able to create a tube from that which fills in the rest of the data automatically, interpolating between the two ...
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How to copy and paste a single modifier?

I have multiple objects with different sets of modifiers, but I want all of them to have the exact same Array Modifier. Unfortunately the only way I've found to copy and paste modifiers is to select ...
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“Chocolate truffles” in Cycles

I'd like to create a chocolate truffle (using Cycles), like in these images: And I'd like to figure out how to have some of the cocoa powder fall off when this 'truffle' falls onto a plane. Sorry ...
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Is there a way to re-bake only the end part of an existing bake?

I'm trying to do some physics based animation, and of course the longer the animation gets, the longer it takes to bake. However, I don't need to keep recalculating the first parts of the animation, ...
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How to crop image based on Alpha in Compositor?

I wonder if there is any way to crop a image based on alpha data like this: The reason I want to do this is that I want to crop the White area of another image (of the same dimension to the Alpha ...
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Linked Duplicates vs Collection Instances

I'm pretty new to Blender, and am trying to wrap my head around some basic workflow stuff. I have been modeling a small truck which has several reused components (tires, suspension, windshield wipers)....
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Is a Directional/Flow Map Necessary for Hair Cards?

I'm currently creating hair cards for my character and from what I've researched, it seems that I need to create the following hair cards for everything to look good: (1 Diffuse/Albedo map (2 ...
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Pack specific external file

How can I pack exactly 1 specific file into the .blend on Blender 2.82? In external data, I have many texture files. Some I use in all my ...
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How do you quickly clear the mask when texture painting like when sculpting?

I know that in Sculpt mode you can use Alt+M and Alt+I to clear or invert it. This is super important for a fast workflow. I tried to make my own new Mask Flood Fill shortcut under Image Paint by ...
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Blender 2.80 to Blackmagic Fusion

What is the best way to export camera animation from Blender 2.80 to Blackmagic Fusion. There is a script addon published on BlenderArtists which is perfect however it has not been updated for Blender ...
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Reference image workflow with local view in 2.8?

I am aware that reference images are now empties and must be selected to be brought along into local view (Blender 2.8 Reference images in local view). However, I've set up my scene so that reference ...
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Refactoring tools for Blender?

Are there any refactoring tools for Blender that are currently alive and work with the latest Blender releases? By refactoring I mean making changes to data, such as objects and groups, where links ...
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How can I model the Trek Madone 9.0 frame?

I tried modeling a road bike in Blender, unfortunately, I had no luck with it so I decided to ask the blender community. The bike I intend to model is the Trek Madone 9.0 and really I only need the ...
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How to start modeling a van (the inside frame)?

I'm new to Blender, and have a specific request... Something I'm struggling with in Blender. I'm first, sorry for my grammar, english is not my native language ! I hope you'll understand everything ! ...
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VSE freeze trail effect

I am talking about this: The only way I see to replicate this effect - is to messing around with spline masks and motion trackers. But are there any quicker approaches, because they (TV guys) did it ...
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Is there a way I can batch Auto Smooth hundreds of objects?

I have well over a hundred objects in Asset Management folders that I need to set as smooth and then set Auto Smooth to 40 degrees. Does anyone know if there is a way to do this so I don't have to ...
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How to use Blender to size 3D objects based on photograph and a reference object

I am a Blender beginner and therefore hope that this question is not too basic for the pros. I am trying to reverse engineer the dimensions of a riverbed based on a photo taken by a drone and a 3D ...
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Is there a way to hide all particles in a scene?

Pretty straightforward, I am looking for an option or key command to hide all the particle systems in the current scene. Is this possible or do I need to write a script?
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Blender over SSH crashes with X Error

I am using Fedora 26 PCs and ssh to connect from one PC to the other. Blender version 2.78c cannot run over a SSH connection, but surprisingly version 2.77a has no problem with that! When I run ...
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How to get Model to have an Outline

I've just finished sculpting a skull and now I want to create a render looking like that: And freestyle just doesn't provide a similar result. Here is my model: And here is with freestyle: Options:...
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Rendering multiple scenes and joining them into one

I am starting a new architectural project of an airport, and I am trying to create a scene where an aeroplane is landing on the runway. Now before I even start doing it, I am interested to know if it ...
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Compare two blender files

I'm manipulating .bvh files from CMU and need a way to quantify the difference in movement from one blender file to another. The rig, mesh, and position of the actor is held constant while the ...
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What is the best way to re-create plastic chair pad piece?

This small chair pad (it's a metal bar stool, Ikea) broke and I thought I would use this as a good first Blender project. My question is which way to build something like this? Starting from a solid ...
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Is there an easy way to see what is consuming the most memory?

Is there an easy way to see what is consuming the most memory? For example: -Objects / Object data -Textures -Lighting -Particle Systems -Material duplicates -Caches -Anything else that can cause ...
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Is it possible to make a “jiggle bone” respond to a shape key? Is there a better way to create “bounce” with shape keys?

I am testing animation techniques on a simple character. I have an armature with "jiggle bones" set up, and the "jiggle bones" are effective in creating a wobble in the plump parts of my character, ...
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Is there an 'insert mesh' brush or addon for blender's sculpting workflow?

I've been spending more time sculpting in Blender. I would love to see a brush like Zbrush's insert mesh brush. The insert mesh in Zbrush draws a primitive of your choosing right on the mesh in the ...
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What method is more efficient for making duplicate of an object: mirror it with modifier or instancing it?

I wonder what method i should use for making copies of original object, what is more memory/render efficient: mirror my object with modifies - "Array" or "Mirror" or instancing my object with Alt+D?
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Duplicating a group - (right now it just puts it as a sub group when you do)

First you make a group from 3 items When you select the "entire group" When duplicating The following happens: The items are not in a new Group. I can understand that when you copy items inside a ...
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What's the difference between this two “default” material setups?

I watched a tutorial video that shows how to do bump mapping. I have tried to do what I saw in the video, but I found some a difference in new material creation. When I press create a new material I ...
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Is it possible to use SublimeBlender on a MacOS?

I tried installing the blender addon and the sublime 3 package (https://github.com/svenfraeys/SublimeBlender). Installing went all well and I can enable the blender addon to start the connection. But ...
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Is there a Blender equivalent to switch layers in 2D animation?

So, in 2D software like Anime Studio Pro, there's a thing called switch layers. Basically, you draw artwork on various layers, group them, and can then keyframe switching between them. It's an easy ...
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How to properly import Image as Plane with Alpha Channel in Cycles?

I am making an 2-D animation using images-as-planes with alpha channel. I am using the Cycles render engine. I am using Blender 2.75. How do i properly import 300 dpi images, with alpha channel? ...
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How to change the edge loop direction?

No, i don't mean rotating the faces. I can't understand exactly how could i change the direction of the edge loop flow! And the problem is theoretical - i need to keep quads and i need to change the ...
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Why I don't have Undo History in Sculpt Mode?

When working in Sculpt Mode, I don't have an Undo History of my brush strokes when pressing CtrlAltZ. Is this a regular behaviour or a known limitation?
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Modify light source so it will only create highlights and not reach into shadowy crevices?

My model has many protrusions and crevices. I am satisfied with the shadow that currently exists in the crevices, but the protrusions need more highlight to create a sense of volume. How can I ...
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make blender faster while working. not concerned about render speeds

So, to start off. I'm a member of cgcookie.com. they offered some pretty good tips, like turning of VBO and stuff. Still, I just feel like for having an home built i5 and an GTX970 card and 16GB of ...
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Cycles Integrating glass into live footage

I'm trying to integrate transparent objects rendered with cycles into live footage. The problem is that when compositing, even with alpha, the original grey sky is rendered through the glass instead ...
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Directional gravity for irregular shapes

I saw the gravity demo video by @GoranMilovanovic and it was pretty cool. Unfortunately, it didn't help with my specific situation for two reasons. I'm mainly trying to do my game with just logic ...

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