Blender 3D Cookbook

About this book:

Establish the basic shape of a character with the help of templates, and complete it by using different Blender toolsGain an understanding of how to create and assign materials automatically, working in both the Blender Internal engine as well as in CyclesFamiliarize yourself with the processes involved in rigging, skinning, and finally animating the basic walk-cycle of the character.

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at the professionals that already have good 3D CGI experience with commercial packages and have now decided to try the open source Blender and want to experiment with something more complex than the average tutorials on the web.

However, it’s also aimed at the intermediate Blender users who simply want to go some steps further.It’s taken for granted that you already know how to move inside the Blender interface, that you already have 3D modeling knowledge, and also that of basic 3D modeling and rendering concepts, for example, edge-loops, n-gons, or samples.In any case, it’s also possible for a keen beginner to follow this book, by combining it with the manual on the BlenderWiki or preceding it with a basic Blender UI tutorial on the web.The keyboard/mouse shortcuts for the operations in the recipes are, at least in all the more relevant cases, indicated in brackets.

What You Will Learn

  • Create a basic mesh depicting the character’s overall shape and mood in a few simple stepsUse your sculpting skills to carve the character features from the meshFind the best possible flow for your edge-loops to enhance the character features and for the best possible range of deformationPaint your character to enhance the surface’s detailsMix both the Blender Internal and Cycles rendering engines in order to render materials as quickly as possible

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