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Aliased edge around light source in cycles

Often when a mesh light is visible in the camera, the edges are not anti-aliased. No matter how many samples I do, the lamp border always looks jagged and pixelated. Is this a rendering error? How ...
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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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Generate curve from equation

I've been trying to design a dynamic sculpture which I can only define with exactitude through mathematical equations. Now, the equations yield only lines, like you can see in the animation below: I ...
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How can curves be converted to meshes?

Is is possible to remove the curves and only have the mesh of a tree that was created with the saplings add-on? I'd like to apply a decimate modifier to have a few low-poly trees, but this doesn't ...
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Where can the viewport clipping parameters be changed?

Zooming in to inspect texture details in 3D view clips some closer faces like shown in the image. It's not the camera view so changing camera settings doesn't help. Where can the distance to the ...
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What's the purpose of the EEVEE rendering engine?

Is it an alternative to Cycles, or just for the 3D viewport?
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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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Cut straight lines with knife tool

How can I get the knife tool to snap to the same spot on another edge to get a straight cut. Here is an example of what I want to do: When the line turns green the cut is straight. How can I do this ...
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How does EEVEE work?

We all know what Cycles is, at least to a first approximation: Cycles is a path tracing engine [...] Specifically, cycles is a "backwards" path tracer, which means that it traces light rays by ...
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poll() failed, context incorrect? - Example: bpy.ops.view3d.background_image_add()

I keep on getting context errors in the Blender Python API. I don't understand the issue of the context in the API, how do I know which is the correct context? Thanks!
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Installing an addon

There is this addon that was built called Window Generator 2. It can be found at this BA thread. However, when I go to the download link it shows up in a new tab as a bunch of code. How can I ...
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How to create a seamlessly looping ocean

Is there a way animate the ocean modifier so it loops continuously? I would like to make an animation where the last frame seamlessly goes into the first without the ocean "jumping": How can I ...
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Custom trackpad pan/zoom/rotate behavior add-on

I'm trying to write an addon to customize the trackpad panning, zoomimg, and rotating gestures, but can't find a way to read the actual trackpad parameters for position and so on. The properties in ...
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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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What does the simplify AO bounces value do?

I recently discovered that turning on Simplify in the Scene panel, and setting "AO Bounces" to 2, reduced my render times from 30 minutes to 10 minutes. A three times speed improvement! But... I still ...
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How can I convert an SVG to a mesh?

In Blender, extruding and beveling of SVG imported objects, works very well when they are still bezier objects, but the conversion of a SVG path to a mesh is very ugly, with a lot of unnecessary ...
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How to render an animation as video in Blender?

Yesterday I was working on a simple animation, an animated logo. Here is an image of the progress: I already have the animation working and everything is okay with the project, but I can't figure ...
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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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Scale Space Between Multiple Objects

If I have multiple objects selected can I use scaling to make the objects closer together (without rescaling the objects)?
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How do I prevent soft body balloons from crumpling when they hit walls?

In the last homework project for my Blender class, I had to make a balloon bounce across a ceiling as a soft body driven by wind. I fiddled with the constraints but it always crumpled on impact with ...
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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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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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How to animate morphing a rectangular plane into a sphere

How to make a grid-to-sphere animation like this?
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How to merge 4 adjacent, coplanar faces into a single face

I have a plane consisting of 4 squares - take as an example a subdivided plane. How can I merge these faces into one?
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Control Cycles material nodes and material properties in Python

How can I define the different properties of an Cycles material? Such things as glossy, glass, diffuse, RGB-color, emissive via Python scripting?
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Pose Mode: How to reset transformed armature to its rest position?

I got a problem with pose mode. Like the heading says, I haven't found yet a possibility to reset the already transformed armature so that it exactly does look like the rest position (though it is ...
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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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What's the fastest way to select every other vertex of an edge ring?

What's the fastest way, without using Python, to select every other vertex of an edge ring with an even number of verts?
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Is there a way to batch render multiple scenes?

I have animations in 4 different scenes in my Blender file that I would like to batch render. Is there a way to batch render all the scenes, instead of only the scene I am working in?
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Is there really a way to make a true toon shader material in Cycles?

Is there a way to make a true toon shader material in Cycles? Here's, in order of importance, what would be ideal to find in such a shader: Must use Cycles Must be an actual shader Must not rely on ...
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Can I run a Python script step by step in Blender?

Can I run a python script step by step with normal blender, a build, external software or an addon? I'm developing a script (town generator) and I want to to execute the code step by step like a ...
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How can I duplicate a mesh along a curve?

I want to outline a curve in the form of text with a mesh (UV-sphere, cube etc.). How can I do that while saving mesh geometry without using the Curve modifier?
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Techniques for modeling a network of blood vessels

If you've ever seen anything like Body Worlds or the Bodies: The Exhibition you'll know how they dissect individual organ systems and put them on display with a technique known as plastination. For ...
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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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How do I exit a node group?

I selected a bunch of nodes that I wasn't using and that weren't connected and thought that I would see if I could group them. Well, Blender let me group them alright, but now there is a green ...
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How to make 3D LUTs and use them in Blender?

Now that I understand a little bit more about how to work with Wide Dynamic Range workflow , scene referred datas and OPS(ASC CDL) node, I'm asking myself how to go further and create my own 3D LUT ...
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What is the best way to unwrap a sphere?

After reading How to get perfect UV sphere Mercator projection? It seems that there is no perfect solution for getting rid of the stretch at the poles of UV spheres. According to What is the ...
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How to round corners of plane?

How can I cut an arc into a square plane? The gif above shows what I want to do, but, in another software.
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Model a simple 3D spiral shape?

I need to model a simple spiral shape. I imagine the best way to do this is with curves, but I am unsure how to create a perfect spiral shape with curves. What's the best/easiest way to make a spiral ...
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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 can I reset my menus?

I accidentally opened too many menus (or windows) and I want to reset them to default. It is really annoying, and effecting my animation. Thanks
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Can I use a custom Splash screen?

The default Splash screens are cool, but I'd like to add some of my own work to remind me of how awesome I am (no, not really). Is it possible to customize/change the splash screen?
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Change radius for proportional editing

When proportional editing is enabled in edit mode, then if you select and drag a point, nearby points will also move with it. The effect has a certain radius. How can you set this radius? According ...
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How to edit Parameters for an Object after it is created?

When you first add a cylinder, you have the option to change the number of vertices, etc, but once you do anything else in blender, it seems you no longer can edit those parameters. Is there a ...
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How to show textures in the 3D View editor?

I have added some textures to objects in blender but the textures don't show up until I render the file. it can be difficult to know what the objects look like without rendering it. is there a way to ...
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Best place to put bug reports?

What websites or other resources do users of Blender have available to them to report bugs or problems with the program? I would like to get this issue cleared in Q&A format so that we can link ...
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Organic yet accurate modeling with the golden spiral

Foreword First off, let me say that I am profoundly amazed at the orderliness in nature. If you haven't heard about the Fibonacci sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ...), you should check it out. ...
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What is the fastest way to create a curved plane?

For a background, a lot of times I need a vertical wall, horizontal bottom, and a nice connecting curved surface between them in front of the camera. So far, I have used two methods: Deform a plane ...
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How do I create a reflective white material?

I'm pretty new to this and this is my first question here, any help would be greatly appreciated. So basically what I want to achieve is a floor material as seen in this photo... ...the reflections ...
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How to merge vertices in Blender?

I am attempting to create my first 3D character just for practice. Being one of my first 3d models I going through the learning curve needless to say. In doing so I find myself creating many extra ...

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