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How to make beveled 90 degree corners on a curve better?

I know the title is a mouthful, but this is the problem: I made a curve with 90 degree corners, like so: I then beveled it, and this was the result: As you can imagine, this isn't very pretty. I'm ...
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Weird line in my mirrored mesh

was following a tutorial where I stumbled into this weird line in my mirrored mesh (sorry for the feet lol) You can also download the blender file
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How can I recreate geometry using a photograph?

I am trying to change the floor covering using a picture. How can I define the floor?
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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 can I pause a render in progress and then resume it at a later time?

I would like to pause a render that I have started, with the intention of resuming it at a later time (but during the same Blender session). How can I do this?
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How to determine lens undistortion values for motion tracking?

In the camera setting in motion tracking, how do I tweak the K1, K2 and K3 value properly. I was told that these values are not necessary to tweak but I do want to adjust it, just for the sake of ...
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How would I import/export Blender's preferences?

I constantly stay up to date with each new release of Blender, but this means my preferences are wiped clean each time. How do I export/import these preferences to avoid loosing my carefully crafted ...
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How to simulate a rope?

I'm trying to simulate a rope (that later might get pulled on the ends*) that interacts with some obstacles. So far I created a plane as the floor and a cube as an obstacle, and activated "collision" ...
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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 get world-space matrix of any pose bone?

Is there a command for getting world-space matrix of pose bones, same as obj.matrix_world for objects? I found pose_bone.matrix, ...
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Why should triangle meshes be avoided for character animation?

I've read many times that triangles should be avoided in meshes, too give one reference: "Introducing Character Animation with Blender by Tony Mullen" says that equilateral triangles work fine as long ...
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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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Is it possible to use the startup.blend UI layout in older files?

Is there a way to open files without changing the UI layout? Sometimes in older files the layout will be in the old 2.4x style, which can be annoying. One way would seem to be appending everything ...
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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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What is causing disabled options when adding a mesh/curve object to the scene?

Sometimes when adding an object to the scene I see that all options (on toolbar or in window after pressing F6) are disabled. Can anyone tell me when can this happen? What is causing it and how to ...
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Can screen layouts or workspaces be locked?

Is there a way to lock screen layouts so that when you change them while working, such as by switching editors around or resizing them, those changes don't affect the original state of the active ...
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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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Add the Same Modifier to Multiple Objects at Once?

Is it possible to add a modifier to more than one mesh at once? I have a lot of unique objects, and I want to set a subdivide modifier to them, would I have to do each one individually? I have ...
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What is the the ASC-CDL node?

The color balance node in the compositor can be switched to use the ASC CDL How is it used? How is this different from Lift/Gamma/Gain? How do the Offset, Power, Slope options affect the image?
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Node for setting render colour, regardless of lighting

I'm trying to make a material node setup to set final render colors, regardless of lighting conditions. Is such a setup possible?
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How to properly unwrap my mesh?

Is there a way to automatically unwrap my character? If not, is there a tutorial or something?
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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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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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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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Physics are not simulated past a certain frame?

I've set up the physics of a swinging wrecking ball and set the animation to run for 240 frames. This was not long enough for the entire "swing" of the ball-and-chain. I'm unable to reset the ...
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Where is the startup file stored?

I need to reinstall Blender but I want to backup my startup file first. Where is this data stored?
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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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Landscape topography from grayscale image

Trying to do some golf course layouts in 2.73a. Would like to use topo elevation info. Currently have grayscale .jpg of site - top view. How do I get this into Blender as a "lumpy" plane?
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How do I completely remove an image from my .blend file?

I'm creating a model for a 3D game that will eventually be exported using a custom Python script. This model makes heavy use of UV textures. However, the project now references a bunch of images that ...
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Possible to control a Driver from a Group Node input slider?

Sometimes I create Material Groups to be used as appendable reusable assets. Unfortunately sometimes parameters I want to control using a Group Node's slider are not available for routing to a Group ...
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Extrude Faces along Local Normals

I am trying to extrude faces of a cylinder along local normals. 3dsmax can do it easy, couldn't find how to do it in blender. The extrude region option extrudes it as shown in the first example. I ...
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How can I render an object with an hdr background?

I have an object with an hdr for the background. What do I do in Cycles to render the background with my object? How is this different from an ordinary render in Cycles? The hdr is a big one, 350MB.
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Make a gold reflective object

Brand new to blender, and I'm trying to make a metallic object that is reflective. There are lots of tutorials on youtube, however none of them are compatible with blender 2.71 with the cycles render....
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How to make VSE render faster?

I'm putting together a video from the VSE. In the sequencer window it is rendering and scrubbing at near realtime yet during output it is taking around 3x longer. The frames are taking 0.13 seconds ...
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How can I make a hexagonal grill?

How would I be able to create a grill of sorts found on the front of some computer cases such as this one
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How to cut holes in an object using another object?

I'm trying to model a M16 but I have a problem with cutting the holes on top of the handguard of the weapon. As you can see in the picture above, I have tried to cut holes into the handguard (The ...
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Animating eye texture in a head mesh

I'm trying to animate a mesh with different eye textures but it's not working. This is a texture made by me to animate but I still couldn't figure out how to do it. I've seen tutorials on the ...
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“Cannot execute boolean operation” when subtracting several spheres and cylinders from cube

This is a follow-on question as suggested by a commenter. What I'd like to do is to create a geometry with the following properties: A cube with several spherical indentations carved out on top. 16 ...
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Some Data Failed to Reconstruct, Motion Tracking

I added tracks and stuff, but then when I tried to solve motion track, there was a error that said: Some Data Failed to Reconstruct and it also said to look into the console for details, which I ...
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How to use the Alt + Right click in edit mode in Linux

I am trying to use the Alt+Right Click to select edge loops in Linux Mint but this shortcut doesn't work it is already used for Linux to reduce a window. I have checked the keyboard shortcut but it ...
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Why does subsurf modifier cause weird deformation at the end of a cylinder?

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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Cutting a circular hole in a hollow cylinder without distorting the cylinder

Whenever I try to cut out a circular hole in either a cylinder or sphere the polygons around the circular hole always have distorted normals after smoothing. Is there anyway to fix this. I've tried ...
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UV map / model turned black on saving - how to recover?

In the middle of touching up a new texture, I pressed save and suddenly my textures all turned black on the model and UV texture - just vanished. I tried reopening the file in another instance of ...
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EEVEE and Cycles render lighting differences

I get different lightning render with the same scene camera setup. Cycles render (both experimental and supported feature set) gets weaker lightning and needs more energy. How can I get the same ...
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How to make mesh lights work in Blender Eevee?

The closest I can get to making mesh lights affect their environment in Blender Eevee is giving them an Emission material and turning on "Bloom". But this isn't emitting proper light, it just looks ...
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Correct vector input to map texture light in Cycles

What is the correct vector input for a texture connected to a Cycles lamp so that I can make a projector-like textured light? I am trying to make an projector-like effect with a textured light in ...
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Any Video formats that render with Alpha Channel?

Does anyone know if there are any video formats (besides the HUGE uncompressed avis) that you can render in that maintain the alpha channel? (i.e. for after FX etc.) I used to use quicktime, but ...
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Export cycles material to unity

I have been experiencing an issue that once I have a material created and looking the way I want it, I cannot seem to export it correctly with the textures mixed. I don't know the correct words to ...
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How to aproach the modeling of duct work, piping, wiring?

I'm wondering what the best way is to approach duct work, piping, and wiring? In the past, I have used the spin tool to make corners, but I find it very cumbersome. How do you do duct work and ...
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How do you animate image texture materials in blender cycles with keyframes?

I have an image texture material on a mesh already in blender cycles 2.75... I was wondering how to change the material with keyframes so it changes to different pictures in the animation... I tried ...

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