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Rendering smoke in Cycles?

I am trying to render smoke in cycles, but the relevant blender manual page is designed for Bender Internal. I have everything set up except for the material. I imagine you would set up the material ...
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Why avoid bpy.ops?

Simple and maybe stupid question: I was reading this lot of time, that "you should avoid using bpy.ops, or "instead of ...
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Flat quads (or, why is my mesh so funky?)

I think my question relates to a fundamental of 3D modeling that I haven't picked up on yet. It's very simple: Let's say I have a flat quad. A plane on the XY plane inserted into am empty blender ...
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How do I make a 3 dimensional character out of flat picture?

I have a cartoon character (a lion) that is part of my business logo that I want to put into Blender and animate it somehow. Is there any way I can take a flat picture (JPEG) and transform it into a ...
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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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Where does console output go

I'm trying to debug a Python script by placing a print("foo=" + foo) statement in my code. But where does the output appear? It doesn't appear on the Python ...
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How to properly render smoke on a transparent background?

When rendering volumes with Film > Transparent enabled, the alpha appears to be the wrong type (premultiplied/straight). In the 3D view it works as expected: This is a known bug. Is there any way 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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What's the quickest, easiest way to point the camera somewhere in blender?

Often I want to just point the camera to an object or a specific area in my scene to get an idea of how it'll look in the render. What's the most painless hassle-free way to do this in blender? A ...
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How to make a cycles light emisson object invisible to the camera?

In my scene it is required to position the lights close to the main object like this: How I can make the light source invisible to the camera?
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How can I make a more realistic glass shader? [duplicate]

Here's a sample scene: A room with a window, a point light to project light into the room, an HDR environment outside the room and a nice Image by Rembrandt that should be somewhat reflected on the ...
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Possible to bake texture to new UV map?

I have a finished model where the UV maps overlap - lots of wood that isn't detailed to be particular to the model. I'd like to re-map the texture so that specific details can be added. I'd like to ...
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No file output after rendering?

I usually am able to render successfully to the c:\tmp folder, but when I came into work today, I rendered out the image on my work laptop, and everything seems to ...
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Extrude and bevel an imported svg curve

I exported an svg 1.1 file from Adobe Illustrator CS6. I joined all the shapes by pressing Ctrl+J. I set the curve shape to 2D. Then I extruded using the right hand side panel: So far so good. But ...
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Cycles : shadows on smooth shaded mesh, strange behavior

I wonder if this is a bug, or if I missed something... When a light hits tangentially convex surfaces with "smooth shading", the shadow on this surface seems to "partially ignore" the smoothness of ...
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Can't find the palette to alter new objects

When you add a new object into the blender scene, normally on the tool shelf a window will become available where you can put in the objects size or number of vertices etc. These options: For what-...
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Glow with depth in Blender?

What would be a way to create a glow in Blender. For that purpose I've been always using the compositor. However, that is pixels work, which means it is a 2d work. To make a 3d one, do I have to use ...
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How to get perfect UV sphere Mercator projection?

I'm trying to unwrap a UV Sphere and I can't seem to get a perfect Mercator projection. What process should I follow to get a perfect UV unwrap that looks like the black grid lines in this image?:
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What does unwrapping a model do and why is it important?

I am trying to learn how to make small games, and every time I watch a video it says that we need to unwrap it, but they never fully explain what unwrapping does or why we do it. Is it necessary when ...
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Duplicate objects transformation applies to both objects

I'm facing this frustrating "feature" that I can't seem to remedy; when I duplicate an object (and now, even when I create two completely new objects), their transformations/scaling is synchronized. ...
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How to make a circular array using offset object as center?

We know that the there is an Object Offset option for Array modifier, but when trying to make a circular array with that offset object as the center of the array circle, it always doesn't behave quite ...
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How to pass command line arguments to a Blender Python script?

Let's say we have a Python script my_script.py that does some data processing with Blender. This script accepts some arguments (e.g. ...
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How to blur a texture node in cycles material?

For a Cycles material I need to blur a texture. If the texture where a Texture Image node, I can blur the image before adding it but in my case I need to blur a Voronoi Texture and so I can't do it. ...
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How do I prevent object distortion when applying a curve modifier?

This is the profile of the object I'd like to wrap... Here is the object's profile after being wrapped... Is it possible to prevent the distortion? The following post here: http://blenderartists.org/...
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why does loop-cut-and-slide ignore some faces but not others?

why does the loop-cut-and-slide operation ignore certain faces but happily cut others?the model is symmetrical so it is a bit strange to pick 3 faces that won't get cut. I tried applying it to see if ...
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Problems with Curve Modifier

Every time I think I have the curve modifier mastered, it throws me a another curve ball (no pun intended). Why in this blend file can I not get the lights to follow the spiral curve? When the ...
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Transparent textured planes produce black artifacts

Having problems with hair transparency using cycles. I ported over a model from daz studio (have done this a few times before with no issues). Using a simple mix shader, transparent top, diffuse ...
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Subsurf and mirror modifier creating a split in mesh

I was practicing with modeling a leaf using a image reference. Everything went fine and I finished modeling my leaf, but I wanted to make it more realistic (I'll add textures later), I saw lots of ...
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The “Info” bar on top disappeared and the mouse pointer is misaligned

I have a problem with Blenders UI. The "Info" bar on top disappeared and the mouse pointer is misaligned. I reinstalled Blender 2 times, deleted every leftover files but it still does the same thing. ...
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How to find image coordinates of the rendered vertex?

I have a simple mesh of a cube. I would like to know what are the coordinates of each vertex in the rendered image (i.e. for each 3d vertex I'd like to know it's pixel coordinates). Is there a way ...
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How can I add vertices to intersection of two edges?

I need to put a point at the intersection of two edges. Below is a picture with red circles around where I need points to be placed.
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Cannot find Background Images feature in Blender 2.8

Cannot find Background Images feature to add in a photo in Blender 2.8 Where is it?
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How can I convert a node made material into an image texture?

I have a sphere having a planet material MADE WITH NODES, and I want to convert this material into an image texture; because this material is made with nodes and only works in Blender, but I want to ...
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How do I straighten UV maps?

How can I straighten ALL the vertical UV lines at once? Is there a hot keyshort cut? Or if I have to do them one by one .. is there at shortcut for that? Thank you!
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Why can't I import a SVG file from Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape?

I've tried multiple times to import a SVG file from illustrator CS5.5 to Blender 2.71 and 2.73. However, I do not see a mesh, curve, or anything pop up in my "Outliner" window. So I know its not so ...
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Importing OBJ with MTL and Image not working properly

I'm trying to import an OBJ file that has associated MTL and PNG files. There's a similar question here, but the answer is not very helpful, I just see a big blob. These are the files that I'm trying ...
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How to Straighten Curved UVs into Straight Belt [duplicate]

Showing the actual 3D model of a curving ramp. Shows the UVs of that model that blender did automatically. Shows the UV image that I need. I am going put a road texture on it., but round faces are ...
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How do I join several objects into one?

I'm creating side skirts for a truck and I am duplicating the frames I want. The problem is it's making the duplicated object into another object. How do I put it into the same one?
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How do I animate time?

I have created a storyboard where I frequently switch between slow-motion and normal motion. The scene involves a particle system, several animated objects and an animated camera. How do I animate ...
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How to align a cluster of points?

If you have a cluster of points selected like this: how do you align the points so that they create a flat plane?
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Create an interface which is similar to the material list box

How can I make a Interface which is similar to the Material-Interface within Blender via Python? It should look like these. Could you guide me to the right direction? I don't think it's in bpy.ops, ...
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Wrap curve around sphere

I couldn't find this anywhere, which is really strange, but I'm trying to wrap a curve, imported from a .svg made with a vector image program around a sphere to create the Earth. Basically, this is ...
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How to cut an object along a curve?

I want to divide this model into separate pieces to prepare it for the next stage of a project. The divide needs to be made down a curved line (which I hope is visible in picture). , I figured out ...
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Render shadows over a transparent background in cycles

I'm trying to make a logo that will be on the header of a website. What I'd like to achieve, and the reason I'm using Blender, is the projected shadows on the background looking perfectly real (as ...
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Export multiple objects to .obj

It is possible to export all object from a scene into different obj files (each object in a obj file separately)?
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Why are the longer edges being beveled more?

I'll preface this by saying I'm very new to Blender - I'm trying to put a bevel on an edge, looks something like this: As you can see, the vertical side is much longer than the horizontal side. When ...
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Some areas of the mesh are dark

I've been modeling a hermit crab and I don't know why but some areas of the mesh are really dark on some spots, like the legs and the claws. I hope you can help me fix it.
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Smooth transition between 2 materials

First of all, I would like to apologize if this question might have been asked already. So to get to the point, I need to make the transition smoother between the 2 different colored objects in my ...
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Texture is missing in Cycles?

Because I am pretty new to blender I watched the tutorial Introduction to Texturing with Cycles in Blender from BlenderCookie.com. I loaded this texture onto a sphere but then in all views the ...
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Missing vertices in Edit Mode

I have append a mesh (rex) from this .blend file. In edit Mode I see different vertices from objcet mode (see pictures). The vertices of belt are missing! OBJECT MODE: EDIT MODE: How can I edit ...

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