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How to Set/Calculate pole angle of IK constraint so the chain does not move?

How to calculate the exact pole angle so when I add Pole bone the IK chain does not move?
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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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How can I easily animate cutaway views on multiple objects?

I'm trying to create animated cutaway views on multiple objects in my scene. For example, in my car model, the seats and other interior objects are separate objects. This question talks about using ...
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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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What techniques have been used to repeat geometry or other detail to the infinite horizon?

When I composed my first hopping cube video I would have liked to have the camera pitch up enough to show the horizon, except I didn't have enough geometry to extend the cobblestone street and the ...
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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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Can I use Cycles materials with Blender Internal?

Is it possible to have a mesh coloured and textured in cycles and then have it displayed in internal? The only reason I ask is because I am building a log cabin and want to put some windows in. When ...
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Glow effect invisible on transparent background

I'm trying to render a lightsaber on a transparent background to use as game sprites. I've followed a tutorial on youtube to create the glow/blur effect and it worked great on a black background but ...
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I accidentally set an object as camera, how do I undo this?

I have a problem with rendering in cycles. In blender render my object is rendering fine, but in cycles when I pushed F12 I got only this: One more thing: when I click 0 on keyboard I'm not in camera ...
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How to set render engine in blender?

I'm new to blender. How do you change the render engine in blender 2.7 ? According to this video, the button should be along the top. I've searched google, and the blender documentation with no luck....
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Smooth shaded model has odd shading

I'm currently working on a model of an X-wing that I'm intending for use in a game and running into a bit of trouble with the shading of the mesh. The upper nose is rounded off where the sensor cone ...
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One part of the render layer glowing?

Take a look at this pic. I want only the eyes to glow without the armor glowing too (The armor got a glossy shader). How can I do that?
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Rendered aspect ratio different from the viewport's camera view

Why would there be a difference in aspect ratio between a rendered image, and the camera perspective in the viewport? My render is getting squashed to fit a different aspect ratio. Here is a scene ...
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Render Border's related check boxes - How do they work?

Render Border, is a great little function for reducing render time while experimenting, but what does the 'Render Border' check box in the Properties >View panel do - apart from turning off the red ...
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Rendering fire animations with transparent background

I'm creating a simple fireball sprite for my game and I want to render a fire animation. I would like to get the upper images with transparent background, but when is set the transparency on under ...
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Why are there non-visible objects in my final render?

Have Blender on about 4 machines rendering animations. Just spotted on one of the machines its rendering something different from the actual scene that I have setup. Top window shows a different set ...
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How to view the system console message after Blender crashes?

I am testing a script in Blender game engine. I can view the helpful message on the external system console when the script throws exception. Sometimes the bugs of the script cause the Blender to ...
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Why are my render times 30+ minutes, but other people's are ~3 minutes? [duplicate]

I am currently using Sheep It! to render my blend (built on v2.68c) on multiple computers, and I noticed something rather strange. According to the log on-site, the frames rendered from other people's ...
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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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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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Iridescence In Cycles?

Is it possible to create an iridescence shader in Cycles? Specifically for something like DVDs, soap bubbles, engine oil, etc.. I know about this technique for a DVD material, but it doesn't properly ...
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Render just part of a final image from Cycles?

I'm using an older Nvidia chip that hates running viewport renders, and I need to check if changes to the materials on a few objects not far from the center of my scene are (I'm rendering a floorplan ...
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Post-processing Lightsabers in Blender

I've been studying JamesVillanueva's lightsabers for a while now, and have tried to recreate the effects in Blender. The trouble I'm having is with the blade in the compositor. Keep in mind that I'm ...
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How to assign a new material to an object in the scene from Python?

How can I assign a new material to an object in the scene via Python?
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Matcap materials as a material for render?

Is it possible to use Matcap materials as an actual material for a model so that I can render with it? There are certain parts that I want to apply specific Matcaps textures to but I want to actually ...
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How do I make animations a steady speed?

When I make an animation, it always starts out slow, then speeds up, then slows down at the end. I cannot figure out how to fix this.
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How can I add motion to a rigid body?

I'm trying to create a bowling animation and I want the ball to hit the pins. I already added the Rigid Body physics to the objects but can't get the ball to move. Obviously I could just add ...
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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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Morph targets: A sphere shape turning into a cylindrical unwrapped sphere shape

I'd like to do an animation where a globe will unwrap it's texture. Go from this to this , but in 3D space, so it will look exactly as its unwrapped form. The only methods I have on mind are ...
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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 to get silhouette with contour rendering in Cycles

For an architectural visualization, I would like to use MakeHuman models, but: Only get them to render white with a black outline (on reflection surface too, if possible). Interact with light like ...
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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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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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Why doesn't my unwrapped model appear in the UV Editor?

I'm trying to unwrap a cube (I know, super complicated). I've got the seams marked, the UV editor open in a 2nd window, and all the geo highlighted. When I tell the cube to unwrap nothing happens. ...
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Exclusive lighting

Is (or will be) there any sort of light linking in Cycles, or a method to get a light to affect only certain objects that doesn't involve compositing two or more different render layers? Sort of what ...
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Cyclic orbit animation

I'm trying to make one object orbit another. But I want it to repeat, rather than stop at 100 frames. It seems there is no option for this. Is there a way to make this happen?
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Physics cross-simulation interactions?

For example, rigid bodies and fluid. I know it's kind of possible by setting the rigid bodies as fluid obstacles, but it's not "true" interaction in that the fluid does not affect the rigid bodies... ...
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Shoulder deformations

I'm trying to work out this shoulder deformation. I can't figure it out. Is there anything wrong in my armature? Should i add bones and keep more control of my mesh or use shape keys? Here is my ...
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Spherical emitter does not illuminate very well?

I remember when I was recreating my bathroom and I modeled the lamp and gave it a glass material, but when I came to the lighting it got confusing. I modeled a sphere in the lamp because in real life ...
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Making an Emission shader emit a different colour of light than the colour assigned to the object?

I am making a skydome and I have a texture hooked up with an emission shader for it, however, since the dome is blue it only emits blue light. Is there a way that I can have the whole sky illuminated ...
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Getting “experimental” true displacement to work

I have been trying to achieve a true mesh displacement on meshes for quite some time, without ever getting it to work. If I understand it correctly, this experimental feature would allow me to easily ...
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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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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 to use multiple HDRIs

My question is, how would I make the visible HDRI/Enviroment Map be image 1 and then have reflections as Image 2? If someone can post a node setup, or a .py file that would be great <3 I was ...
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Will increasing samples reduce fireflies?

Will increasing the samples eliminate fireflies? I know that the question of reducing fireflies has been already asked, but i want a straight answer on whether it will help or not.
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Error AL lib: UpdateDeviceParams: Failed to set 44100hz, got 48000hz instead. What can I do?

I have Win 10 and when I open Blender I have the error: AL lib: UpdateDeviceParams: Failed to set 44100hz, got 48000hz instead
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Can't get my model out of wireframe mode

I'm new to Blender and this site, so I apologize in advance if I'm not following any of the proper etiquette. I'm no artist, but I'm trying to learn Blender so that I have some programmer art for me ...
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Subdivision Surface not making things smooth as they are in the tutorial I am following

I am currently trying to develop my modeling skills, and following a tutorial found on YouTube. The tutorial teaches how to create an anvil. At 19:10 or so into the video, a subdivision surface ...
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How to put a mask into 3d space

I'm trying to make a vfx scene where a mesh I created passes behind an object in real life/the video. I've tried to make a mask around the real object, but that makes all of the objects that are ...
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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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