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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 can I enable the Laplacian Lightning Generator?

The Laplacian Lightning Generator addon broke with some recent API changes, as reported in this bug. Attempting to enable it results in this: ...
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How to save an image without antialiasing in cycles?

I think this question has been raised numerous of times, but I have yet not found an answer that works. I'm rendering game graphics with cycles and I need them to be saved in RGB, without any alpha ...
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How to set up custom controls - Pan using Mouse 4 + MMB

I would like to change my user preferences to pan the 3D view using Mouse 4 button + Middle Mouse Button and dragging it. This is the same as SHIFT+MMB. I would like to use Mouse 4 instead of shift. ...
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How to get accumulated render time of animation

When rendering an animation in the render window on the top right you can see the render time of the last frame. But where can I see the sum of the render times of all frames?
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How to select even/odd keyframes with python?

I want to automate the process of selecting only even/odd keyframes from dopesheet/action editor using python, anyone here can help me? I also want to delete it after selecting only even/odd ...
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Is there a way to set initial state with rigid bodies?

Let's say I set up a Rigid Body simulation in Blender (not in GE), and then run the simulation for a number of frames. Is there a way to tell Blender to use the current state and position as the ...
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How can I query the panels in the Tool Shelf from a script?

I would like to query the panels in the Tool Shelf, regardless of the context. Also I would like to query the tools that are in a certain panel. The idea is that my script can check if a certain panel ...
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How do I export animation data stored in actions using the Python API?

I am writing an exporter for a custom format, and I would like it to export each action as a separate animation. Based on what I've learned so far, I think the exporter would have to look something ...
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Why do the objects in this rigid body simulation rotate too slowly?

I was attempting to simulate a bowling ball impacting a set of pins, however the pins just slide away instead of going flying like they should: As you can see, the origins are in the correct place. ...
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Finding the armature owning a bone

I'm trying to write a script that constructs a transformation from a bone to an object (for "attaching" objects to animated armatures in a game engine). I can easily find the currently selected bone ...
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Blender show array instances as wireframe

I have an array in my scene and my computer has some trouble showing them in the viewport. Is there any way that I can get the instances to show up as a wireframe mesh or maybe even a point cloudor ...
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Create Square Array

I have an object that I want to make a square array like a 3x3x3 cube. I want be able to change length and count for one axis and have all the other ones follow.
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What is an efficient way to remove loose vertices?

I have a mesh that has some vertices between edges that do not need to be there. How can I easily remove these vertices without selecting them manually? I tired using limited dissolve but that get rid ...
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Look through Spot Light

I have a spot light in my scene and I want to accurately place it. I know there was a way to do this in 2.55, but that doesn't seem to work anymore. How can I look through my light?
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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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Equivalent of the old beauty button for subdivide?

I'd like to subdivide a mesh, but only cut the long edges of the quads. So, with all faces selected, I want to halve the quads instead of quartering them Beauty and short were settings for the ...
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What is branched path tracing and how is it useful?

I noticed recently that there is a new option in Cycles for "branched path tracing", can someone explain what this does in easy to understand terms? Should we expect faster render times or less ...
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Selecting faces on object from UV editor window

I can't see this as an option so is there a way to select faces or islands and have them show up as selected faces on the object in 3D view. In programs such as maya it is possible to work from ...
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How can I bake the physics cache of linked objects?

Imagine you have a rig that consists on bones and everything, and that in that setup you also include curve objects to do some physics simulation. All these rig objects would be part of a group for ...
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Show mesh vertices ID

I am try to do something based on the ID of a vertices. I want blender to show me the vertices ID. How can I have blender show me the ID in the viewport? I do not see an option in the Mesh Display tab....
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Can I increase the frame rate of an animation while keeping it the same length?

I made an animation in 24 fps and when I render it, I see quite a few bits that are choppy, rendering in 30fps would improve this. The problem is that makes my movie shorter. To keep it the same ...
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How to get a property value not in current frame?

I'm trying to make a driver which gets a property value not in current frame, but frame+2 for example. How I can do that?
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Generate multiple renders of same scene, each at a different resolution?

I would like to generate several renders of a static scene, each render being a different size (eg 1024x1024, 512x512 etc). ...
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Blender game character not responding to game logic

I created a basic male figure and rigged it using the rigify add on. I also created a simple walk animation action. I attempted to turn the rigged model into a game character inside the blender game ...
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Cycles hybrid rendering

The Cycles render engine can render both on the CPU and the GPU. I often render over-night so I do not need my computer to be responsive. Is it possible to render with Cycles using both the CPU and ...
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How to convert a text object directly to an ngon?

Is there a way to convert a text object directly into an Ngon? Very often when using text it's necessary to convert it to a mesh for further manipulation. However, the resulting mesh is full of ...
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How can I create a convincing sea material in Cycles without using the ocean modifier?

I'm trying to render a sea scene animation, but using the ocean modifier and huge subdivisions isn't feasible due to the large scale. Luckily it's a calm sea and seen from quite a distance, but there ...
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How to show to the user a progression in a script?

I'm making an python script which create a lot of object and this could take a lot of time. My question is how to show to the user of my script, the "progression" of the script? For now I print an ...
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Why can I no longer easily navigate inside of this mesh?

While originally modeling a mesh, I was able to easily re-orient my view to inside of the mesh. In the process, I made the following changes: made the mesh completely hollow (removed some extraneous ...
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How can I quickly move/translate an object to the center location/position of another object in a static scene?

This question relates to positioning static objects while modeling. This is not a question about how to move objects dynamically/programmatically like in a game context. For example, I need to ...
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How can I create a hollow sphere with regularly spaced holes?

My latest attempt has involved a hexagon shape repeated with array modifiers. I then tried wrapping this over a sphere with the shrinkwrap modifier, but that didn't seem to work so well. I couldn'...
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Separate preview/render border settings possible?

I like to render using the cycles in the viewport. To speed things up I use the render border (Ctrl+B) to mark a small region of interest. However when actually render (F12) the border is still there. ...
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How to remove line sample?

You can sample the pixels of an image in a line with the Sample Line option in UV/Image editor > Properties Region > Sample Line, then dragging a line across an image. However, I can't figure out ...
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Blender Stereoscopy, What glasses

I see that blender supports Steroscopy in the viewport. What kind of modes are there and which glasses are needed. I am not sure if this is considered off-topic but it is useful to know nevertheless. ...
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Weird deformation between large ngon and edge ring

My problem is simple. I think that the strange deformations on the top are there because there are so many vertices in one face. How do I fix this while maintaining nice topology? Although I ...
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Removing automaticly generated (automatic weights) weight paint

I'm very new to the topic of weight painting, and have just parented several meshes to a rig. It all works well, except for one issue at the shoes (the bone of one leg not only drags that leg, but ...
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Duplicating surface of cube adds a circle to it

I have recently started learning 3D modelling in Blender and I am making model of a Rubik's Cube. Here is what I have done: Added Bevel and Subdivision Surface to the default cube for smoothing its ...
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Render Animation on still scene, No BVH reloading

I have a scene I would like to do a fly-through on. There are quite a few polygons. This means that blender spends quite a lot of time loading the scene before it stars to render it. It should not ...
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Troubleshooting Blender's Memory Use (Memory Statistics)

I've got a model I've been working on for a few weeks here. The file itself is 2.1Mb and there are no textures used. Although the full model is 3 million polygons, it's all subdivision and mirroring ...
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Blender not recognizing GPU [closed]

I am using blender 2.66.1 and I have a gtx 580 installed. I am using Zorin OS 7, which is based on Ubuntu 13.04. I am in the blender preferences and for 'Compute Device' I only have the CPU. Whats ...
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Make Particles Point Towards the Camera?

How can I make all the particles in a particle system face the camera?
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Proper way to remove unused linked Group data-blocks

In the outliner i have a local library called "Current File" and a linked library called "//foo.blend". Is this the proper way to remove all unused group-datablock-links from the "//foo.blend"-library?...
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How to animate multiple lines

I wonder what would be the best way of animating multiple 2 dimensional lines in blender. Lets say I have lots of line, that are parallel and have some sort of rule, kind of like a PCB board with ...
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Digits of precision of vertices coordinates

Vertices coordinates are float or double values ? Is it possible to see them with full precision and not only with the limited precision of the text fields ? Or better is it possible to see the bit ...
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Capture a partial screenshot in the BGE

I am looking for a way to capture just a portion of the screen in the game engine. I was using the built-in render.makeScreenshot(path), which only captures a full-...
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How to change a ui color from within the console?

I'm trying to change ui colors from within (blender's) console. I'll admit it's a peculiar idea (common sense suggest to import the "xml") but I want to propose 3 or 4 "color hacks" for blender's ...
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Efficient way(s) to render point clouds of 3D scan datas in cycles

Problem: I would like to render a 3D scan data (so no volume) containing only vertices (no faces or edges) with colour informations in cycles. Tried so far: I tried particles (spawning spheres on ...
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How can I make a duplicated object (Alt + D) a single object again? [duplicate]

I copied the properties from one object to multiple objects and then duplicated these objects with AltD, now I want to convert them to single objects to modify specific ones.
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Does Blender support other Python implementations?

I am aware that blender can use .py scripts. But sometimes these execute fairly slow, compared to compiled code. There are several other Python implementations, ...

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