Questions tagged [workflow]

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

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How do I link vertices between two objects?

I know I can link objects by using parent-child relationships, but is there a way to link elements from meshes in two different objects, particularly vertices? The situation is that I'm working on a ...
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Creating a scene with huge amount of geometry

I'm fascinated by the beautiful images Lee Griggs is able to create with Maya modelling and Arnold rendering.. e.g: I'm attempting to reproduce his effect in Blender. My first stab at it is adding a ...
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Is it possible to unhide only part of a mesh?

So I'm working on a mesh with sub-meshes, and as I work on various bits of the project, I hide other parts to make it easier to see what I am doing. So I work on one thing and hide a few predefined ...
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Difference between compiled version and downloaded?

Is there any advantages If I compile blender from source by default then download it. Faster build? Faster render? More stable? Etc? Thx =)
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How to put a Linear Workflow in practice with Cycles

Most of you probably/hopefully heard of the Linear Workflow before. I've been doing a lot of research lately in regard to this topic and I am happy to say that I think I finally understood the theory ...
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Is there a shortcut to switch between Add and Subtract brushes, in Sculpt mode?

I'm working on some sculpting but I hate that I have to go to the Toolshelf and select Subtract, whenever I need that brush. So, while in Sculpt mode, how can I ...
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How do I “un-roll” the viewport?

Lets say that I've rolled the view port with ⎈ Ctrl⇧ Shift Scrollwheel, and now want to get it back to its original orientation. How do I do that?
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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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Why has my view snapped to this object? [duplicate]

I was messing around in blender when I noticed that my view was snapped to an object. When I moved it so did my view. What is this feature and how can I enable/disable it?
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Is it possible to split a .blend file?

Is it possible to split a .blend file, e.g when a scene has grown and exceeded a manageable number of objects? I would like to save some groups into a new .blend, texture the objects in the newly ...
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Remove double vertices for multiple objects at once

I'm using cell fracture to cut a model into a lot of objects and need to uv map the insides of the faces correctly onto the same UV map as the outside faces. By using a UV project modifier for the ...
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Modeling workflow for symmetrical indented plane

I'm fairly new to blender and don't have a good overlook of what can be done with the modifiers yet. Currently I have a plane with a more or less centered ridge, now I wanted to make an X-crossing by ...
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How to model separate parts and re-use them?

I am a new user and trying to determine if Blender can perform the 3D tasks I need for my projects. I have 4 years experience with other 3D systems. The questions are: In creating complex models ...
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Hidden surface removal

I have a blender scene with several overlapping identical objects. Is there a simple way to determine and export visible faces given a specific viewpoint. That is, i want to use Blender for hidden ...
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Bake multiple Armature animations within one file with IK

I am just working on a small WebGl project based on the three.js framework and I am just trying to switch between several animations I made in blender. I know therefore I need to bake my animations ...
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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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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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Updated version of Blender [duplicate]

I just want to make sure I keep all my user preferences. When I install the updated version of blender, how can I keep all my user preferences?
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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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BSDF options not availble in texture

I am learning Blender and I like to search tutorials but on some steps, I need to use BSDF but I have this: Is there anyway to change this?
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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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What shapes can I sculpt with?

I would like to sculpt but I don't know that shapes I can use to sculpt with. I know that the shape I'm sculpting with needs a lot of vertices to sculpt good, but I don't know all shapes to sculpt ...
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Apply a strip property to multiple strips

Is there a way to apply a strip property (n) to multiple strips without having to click on each strip individually? I'm trying to proxy/timecode large number of strips, and it's become very tedious!
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Low poly to high poly, or high poly to low poly? [closed]

Which is easiest to do—make a high poly model and then turn it into a low poly one? Or the other way around?
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Is it possible to paste in edit mode?

Is there any way to use paste in edit mode, because in edit mode CtrlV is replaced by the vertices menu. I can copy things fine but it is impossible to paste. Of course I could use ShiftD to ...
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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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Increase or decrease vertices in circle after working with it?

Is it possible to change the resolution of a circle after working with it so that it has a greater or fewer number of vertices? If this is not normally possible, but there is a workflow that keeps it ...
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Low polygon modeling vs good topology

In the picture above you can see two staircase. The top is modeled with 32 triangles to cleanly fill the gap beneath it. The lower is modeled with 2 triangles that are disconnected from the steps ...
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How do you un-triangulate a mesh?

I know that you can triangulate a selected portion of a mesh in Edit Mode by hitting CtrlT. This converts all quads and n-gons into tris. How how can this be reversed, combining coplanar triangles ...
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How to re-encode video without losing quality

I finished rendering an animation with audio into the default H.264 lossy settings. I then realized the audio was 1 frame off and I also altered the song that I used in the video. So my two questions ...
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How to simulate deformed metal

I would like to know if there is a good way to simulate crumpling metal, I have tried soft body and cloth sim's without much luck(although for some deformation the soft body sim dose work). Maybe it ...
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How do I create a smooth slope to join 2 planes of different elevation?

I'm trying to model a slope to connect 2 different planes together as shown here, but I'm not sure how to do it. I've tried using the sculpt tool but it did not give me the desired effect. This is ...
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How do I curve a brick mesh into a hexagonal shape?

I'm trying to model a brick tower that looks like this: However, the tower has a hexagonal shape. With the curve/deform modifier, I can create a circular shape, but not the intended hexagonal ...
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How to change dimensions of an object proportionally?

I need to change the 3 dimensions of an object, but only by changing one dimension. That is, if the object has the following dimensions: height: 2 units (Z) width: 0.5 units (Y) depth: 0.1 units (...
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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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Workflow for UV orientation

How to I deal with unwrapped UVs orientation? Delete the default Cube. Add a Cylinder Edit mode and edge select the Top and the Bottom and a single connecting edge. Make them into seams UV Unwrap (...
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Array modifier on parent and all of its children

I have a parent with a lot of children. I want to use an array modifier on the whole lot of them, including the parent, but, when I add an array modifier to the parent, only it gets duplicated. One ...
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How to integrate Zbrush with Blender for long run animation projects?

I have years of experience with Zbrush though I am learning blender right now. I would like to model characters in Zbrush bring them into Blender for animation. Please let me know what is the best ...
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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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Set all selected objects to be displayed as wireframe

I have positioned blocks as a rough draft of the area I plan to build. I did this with the high-poly models and high-res textures but I have to replace them all with the low-poly, low-res version ...
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Rendering unconnected edges

I have a 2D base image on which I'd like to overlay a set of edges (several thousand), where each edge has a value determining its color. For example: My plan is to add each edge as a separate ...
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Can I model a house in a way that I can turn details on and off?

I am building a model of my house with a view to using it to explore different changes as part of a major redecorating project. I have done some work using sketchup, but have run into problems because ...
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Workflow and image/video formats for rendering high quality photos as animations?

I want to preserve as best I can the quality of digital photos taken in RAW format and then rendered as animation sequences in Blender. My workflow is as follows: Process RAW (.cr2) images with ...
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flat area to sphere or turn to half of sphere

I recently made a flat surface and turned it into a rounded shape and sadly forgot on how that was achieved within Blender. the wished result is on the far right. I tried to make it now with the "to ...
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How do I cut a semicircle into a curved surface?

How can I cut a semi-circle out of a curved surface, such as this: As you can see from the picture, the circled area is one I'm having trouble with. I can't seem to find a way to cut a hole into a ...
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Changing family of many metas

I've got a few hundred meta balls making up an object. I'd like to duplicate it, and convert it to a mesh. It seems that the duplicated metas end up being in the same family as the originals, so ...
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Find users of a material / texture / image which is not displayed in the outliner

How can one search by name for a material / texture / image datablock that is not displayed in the outliner, for example because it's buried somewhere deep inside a node tree? Let me please describe ...
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2D tracking: problematic rotation stabilisation

Using Blender 2.70 to stabilise moving shots. The shot in question has extended duration and the camera moved around a lot, but the image is fairly stable. Thus we need to get rid of small bumps, and ...
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How do I create a transition from a curved surface to a flat surface?

I'm currently clueless as to how to morph a curve smoothly into a flat surface. As you can see in the image below, the black area has a flat surface, but changes into a curved surface in the red area. ...
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How to move an object with sound?

I'm making an intro with music, and I have objects that need to move with the music. It's not on the beat, slightly random, so I can't use regular intervals. Is there a way to do this? I'm not sure if ...