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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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Why is it important to apply transformation to an objects data?

I've watched several tutorials and very often they applied the location, rotation or scale to the object when they transformed it in Object Mode. They always said it is important, but why?
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How to emulate a Number Pad and 3 Button Mouse?

I have a MacBook Pro. Since it's a laptop, it does not have a number pad. It only has the numbers at the top of the keyboard. Can I emulate the number pad so that I can access the hot keys for top ...
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How to model effectively using exact measurements?

I always struggle when trying to create a floor plan or furniture. How do I model using exact measurements.
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Using 3rd party Python modules

I'm currently developing a script for Blender to handle Mesh Frequency Decomposition. The script is nearly complete, but i need one more thing: The SciPy library to compute eigenvalues and ...
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How do I clear the render border?

In the 3d viewport I am using a border region to only render things inside the selected region. I did this with CtrlB. I cannot get rid of the region. How can I make the border disappear?
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How to make a model cast shadows onto the world texture/background?

In most of my models, I usually end up setting a world background using an HDRI image of some kind or another. This has always been really useful for lighting in general or as a background for my ...
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How to Make Multi User Objects Single User?

I duplicated a few objects with Alt+D and now I want to apply some modifiers to them, however I can't, because they are multi-user objects. I tried U > Objects but I still can't apply the modifier. ...
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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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How do I make multiple Blender objects into one?

Situation I have obtained some blender files & licences for 3d models of transit vans and some trucks. Currently, when I export these objects to .obj files they are rather large, take a while to ...
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How to illuminate the darkness inside glass objects in Cycles?

My model has a clear plastic (or glass) dome with objects inside. The objects appear dark. I've tried the glass shader with color 100% RGB, with very small IOR, and using just a refraction shader. ...
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Snap object on top of surface of other object

How do you snap an object on top of the surface of another object? I tried using the shrinkwrap modifier but that produced weird results. If I have a cone, and a cube - I want to move the cone around ...
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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 do I convert materials from Blender Internal to Cycles?

I know this may be a tough or confusing question, but I have numerous existing materials I created and reuse for a project, which were all prepared for Blender Internal. Now, I want to start the ...
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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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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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Camera to user view? [duplicate]

Let's suppose we have a medium-poly mesh, and we want to snapshot several different closeups by just flying in the camera or using the user's perspective to flyover. Is there a keyboard shortcut for ...
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Is there an easy way to align two objects on a specific axis?

Other than manually typing in locations, is there an easy way to align objects on an axis like you would in Visio?
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How can I create a water material in Cycles?

I'm creating a scene with large amounts of water that will be readily visible, containing refraction and at various angles. The scene is an indoor long-course swimming pool, about 50 meters, all of ...
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How to reduce fireflies in Cycles?

I often use Cycles' built in Glass BSDF shader to achieve realistic refraction effects, but in many cases, it seems that Cycles' glass caustics creates an unfortunately large number of fireflies (...
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Setting the pivot point of an object [duplicate]

I have a sword that currently rotates around a pivot point thats off of the actual object. Im new to blender and im not sure how i would go about changing it so that the sword rotates around the ...
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How to create a mirror shader?

I would like to know how to create a physically correct mirror material in cycles. How can that be achieved as realistic as possible? From Wikipedia: Mirrors are manufactured by applying a ...
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Any good free materials libraries online? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there's any addons or online libraries of materials I can download. I've found one called online_mat_lib, but then discovered it was from 2008 and ...
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How may I create a continuously looping animation?

I would like to create a continuously looping animation that repeats itself constantly and without my help (I do not want to create one animation and then copy and paste it over and over again). A ...
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ASCII Art in blender using Animation Nodes

ASCII Art is the use of ASCII characters to draw images an shapes. I was wondering if it is possible to convert an image into an ASCII Art using Animation Nodes in blender. Here are some examples for ...
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How to make a holographic reticle shader in cycles

Does anyone have a lead on how to set up a shader in cycles to mimic the behavior of hologhraphic sights in blender, as shown in this image? I don't want to have to try and figure out exactly how to ...
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How can I make the mirror modifier work right?

When I add a mirror modifier it sometimes doesn't mirror correctly, giving me an overlapping mesh. How can I fix this?
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How can I use an array modifier to create individually manipulatable objects?

I often use an array modifier (or two) to quickly create a grid of identical or symmetric objects, which can be really useful when modeling all sorts of man-made objects. Once I've made the grid, ...
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What are the differences between Orthographic and Perspective views?

In risk of being off topic for broadness and discussioness... but I think in the end it's a question that can't be avoided. Can someone please finally explain the difference and why we need both?
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Object not visible in render

I have a model which you can see here (camera perspective). In the second image, you can see how the render turned out. I'm at my wit's end trying to figure our why it's not showing up in the render....
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How can I round the edges of a mesh?

I have looked at other similar questions on this site but couldn't answer my question. I have a model made of cubes the edges look very sharp (I would put a picture here but I don't have the required ...
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How can I make a wrought iron basket?

I'm want to know how to make something like the wrought iron shapes as shown in the picture.
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Can Blender render animated gifs?

I need to save an animation as an animated GIF. Can this be done from Blender? cheers.
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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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Preview rendering the current view from the viewport?

How can the current viewport view be rendered as a preview?
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How to make rig that reacts to gravity or seem to behave physically correct?

Here's a nice, strangely familiar hat. It's rigged with three bones. Let's say I want the hat to fall like a real hat would, and bounce around when the character which it's attached to moves. I could ...
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How do I measure a distance between two points?

I would like to measure the distance between the yellow points in this image: How can I do it? My goal is to cut the cube using the plane, but I must set a precise distance between the plane and ...
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Cause of black artifacts in render?

I was following this tutorial on creating a watch and noticed that when I rendered the watch, some pieces were messed up. I'm new to 3D modeling and I've just learned Blender, I can't explain it well,...
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Why does part of my model disappear when I zoom in on it in the 3D Viewport?

I'm having an odd issue - When I try to zoom in on a detail using my MMB, the "camera" in the 3D view seems to be cutting off the exterior surface of my object and showing me the inside instead. I'd ...
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Best Place to put Feature Requests?

The only place I am aware of is the Features & Proposals section of the official wiki.
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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 give an image or video a TV screen effect?

I thought it would be interesting to create a .blend that filters any regular video or image with vintage television look. Edit: Although this question initially arose from my desire to create a ...
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How to reduce vertex count on a mesh [duplicate]

I need a way to fix this mesh. It has way to many faces and when I import the .stl to other programs it gives me a broken polygon message, I want to 3D print this object in matter control once I fix ...
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Move 3D cursor back to center hotkey? [duplicate]

Is there a hotkey to move the 3D Cursor back to X=0 Y=0 Z=0?
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Procedurally generating wear on an object?

What are some techniques for procedurally generating wear (chips, cracks, dents, etc.) on a mesh object? For example, what are some ways I could do something like this: but with more dents and ...
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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 to unlink a linked-duplicate? [duplicate]

All is in the question, we can duplicate object with SHIFT+D but also with ALT+D, which is quite handy, because as you know every changes done on a linked duplicate object will be repeated on others ...
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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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Why are some faces in my mesh darker?

While rendering a mesh with smooth shading on, I get a dark region/shadow on certain faces. The effect is more evident when smooth shading is applied to a mesh containing ngons, with the ngons turning ...
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Can I use the timeline to erase keyframes?

Is it possible to use the green bar in the Timeline to erase keyframes? Is there someway to do something like erasing keyframes by scrolling over them instead of removing them one by one?

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