CharlesL
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Flatten a Curved Section of a Mesh
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You can do this fairly easily if you use proportional editing and scaling. Turn on proportional editing: Select the top layer of vertices using box select: Scale (S) along the Z axis (z) then press ...

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Understanding mirroring and inverting an object
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The mirror tool (CTRLM) actually inverts the model by scaling it -1. This will flip the model, but will also invert the normals. Here's what the docs say: The mirror tool in Edit mode is similar ...

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Is it possible to make Blender a Y-up world?
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It's obviously not perfect, but here are a few things that will make Blender "act" like Y is up. Navigation You could change all the shortcut keys so that Y was sort of the top. Gravity Change ...

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How can I make sharp geometric 3d models look more realistic?
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Beveling is by far the easiest thing to do and will have a very positive impact on your realism. The other answer showed how to bevel with the bevel modifier. If you want more control, you can bevel ...

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What is the technical difference between softbody and cloth simulation?
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I'm not sure about speed and optimization but there are some differences between the two. Here is what the documentation says about the softbody simulator: A Soft Body in general, is a simulation of ...

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Can I use a custom Splash screen?
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You can do that with a custom build of blender. The image is located in the source at: /blender/blender/release/datafiles/splash.png If you're interested here's a link on how to build blender from ...

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How to distribute an object to a hexagonal grid?
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Given the shape that you have pictured above, you can do this fairly easily with a couple of array modifiers. Start by creating a sing "cell" of the grid by adding an array modifier to the object. ...

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X-Ray Mode is Not Working
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Your issue is you pinned the mesh settings in the properties panel, so you can change the settings of any other objects. Simply de-pin it so you can change the settings of the other objects: Then, ...

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How can I tell if Blender is using all 64 GB of RAM?
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You can tell how much memory Blender is currently using by looking in the info bar: You can use that to see if Blender's memory usage is hitting a plateau, but it seems to me your issue is your ...

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Python: is it possible to import another text block?
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Yes it is possible. Name your text block (with .py on the end, otherwise you can't import it). You can import a text block using the text block's name without it's extension: import mypythonfile ...

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Slice the top of a cone
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Use vertex bevel in edit mode. To do that: Press Tab to enter edit mode. Right click the top vertex to select it. Use vertex bevel (ShiftCtrlB) and use your mouse to adjust the bevel amount: Press ...

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What does the F in front of brush names mean?
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It stands for Fake User. Since the default brushes all have fake users, the "F" shows up in front of the name. Note: This applies to many other data-blocks, not just brushes, its just noticeable ...

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Viewport Animation Paths
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There is an add-on for that called Motion Trail that allows you to edit the curves in 3D space. You can enable in the User Preferences under the Add-on tab.

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How do I remove unwanted Transform Orientations?
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It is possible to delete a transform orientations by selecting it, hitting Space, and searching for Delete Orientation.

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Cycles baking testbuild gives black image (no displacement used)
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You need to recalculate the normals of the object (Edit Mode > CtrlN). If you don't, the normals will all face inward (where there is no light).

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How to get additive blending in cycles?
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I think the only way to make a material add to what's behind it is to use compositing. To separate the added material from the rest of the scene, your going to have to use RenderLayers. Move the add ...

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Spin tool is not shown in toolbar when trying to spin a curve
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The spin tool does not work with curves, it's specifically made for meshes. There aren't really any alternatives other than rotating around the 3D cursor. To rotate around the 3D cursor: Press . to ...

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Randomly place and scale objects?
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The best tool for this situation is the randomize transform tool. It's not a tool that has a shortcut key and it's buried in the object menu (Object > Transform > Randomize Transform), so the ...

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How to Use the Mapping node?
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Looking at your node setup it looks like you are using Blender's automatic mapping. While the mapping node may be used to scale the Generated map around, it won't affect your textured/material views. ...

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How to get selected edges length?
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You're going to have to first enable an addon in your preferences called Measure Panel. Next, go to the 3D view and press N. Scroll down to the very bottom and press the activate button on the ...

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After updating to Blender 2.68 Driver Scripts are no longer automatically excecuted
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You can turn this setting off in the user preferences by unchecking Auto Run Python Scripts: See the wiki for more information.

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Lighting and shading Orange juice
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The SSS material is the one your going to want to use. The reference is showing light scatter. The issue your having is lighting. There's not enough light for that edge to show. Here's what I got ...

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How can I transition between two shapes?
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I would recommend using shape keys. Shape keys will warp between one shape to another. To use shape keys. Create the default mesh, then go to edit mode and scroll down to the shape keys section. ...

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How to set a principal point for a camera
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The Cycles render engine is so realistic, you can create your own pinhole camera (http://bensimonds.com/2013/03/04/cycles-experiment-pinhole-camera/). While this is cool, what I think your really ...

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Interactive output in blender
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Rendering an animation will create a movie file(or a string of .pngs) which is not an interactive format. It sounds like you want to create an interactive application with the Blender Game engine. To ...

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How can I pause a render in progress and then resume it at a later time?
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If you're rendering an animation, render out the frames individually as PNGs first. If do so, you can stop rendering a frame and come back to render the rest later without any corruption. Once you ...

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How to capture lighting in video shots?
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The easiest thing to do to get similar lighting in your scene is to use an HDRI environment map (tutorial on how to get it: http://www.otake.com.mx/Apuntes/Imagen/EnviromentMaps/). Basically, you take ...

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ATI Radeon HD 7770 no GPU rendering?
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OpenCL isn't fully supported yet (which is what AMD/ATI cards use to render): Cycles has two GPU rendering modes: through CUDA, which is the preferred method for NVidia graphics cards; and OpenCL,...

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Where are some places to get reference images for modeling?
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One site that I commonly use for references is actually Pinterest. You can find some pretty useful boards on there. A few of the medieval weapons boards I found: http://www.pinterest.com/...

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Select multiple faces at once
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You can also use the lasso select tool by pressing Ctrl, left clicking and dragging:

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