How to start blendering

So, you’ve decided to learn Blender. You downloaded the software, started it up and was greeted by a lonely cube and a whole lot of strange-named buttons to click. Maybe you tried some stuff out, which is a great way to learn by the way, but now you’re left wondering “What now? How will I ever learn all of this?” Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. That’s why I’ve made a handy guide for you on how to start blendering.

Keyboard shortcuts

First things first. If you want to get blendering and get blendering fast it’s important you learn some of the keyboard shortcuts. They are definitely worth the time, as knowing at least the basic shortcuts will drastically improve your work speed. I recommend you memorize these six because you will use them the most. You’ll probably learn the other shortcuts as you go, so don’t worry about it too much.

  • Shift + A, for adding new objects to your scene
  • Control + Z, for reversing your last step
  • Shift + Z, to show a quick rendered version of your scene
  • X, to delete the selected object
  • S, for scaling (type x, y or z while scaling to move along these axes)
  • G, to move objects/vertices/edges through your scenes (again, type x, y or z to move along these axes)

Try all six shortcuts out in your scene to see how they work and to get a feel for them. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to go to the next part of starting in Blender, also known as…

Tutorials

The best way to start something you know little about is probably watching someone else do it and following their steps. That said, it’s also important you follow the right people so you don’t learn wrong techniques. Always see if you can find out if the teacher is a professional so you won’t get stuck with bad habits. That said, it’s also important to look at the end result before you start. Whether you spend 20 minutes or 5 hours finishing whatever the tutorial teaches, it’s a waste of time if the end result isn’t something you would show your friends or family.

To help you get started on the right track, here are some easy to follow tutorials.

The Donut

I like donuts. There’s something I like even more than donut’s though, and that’s a nice render of one. In this tutorial, you will learn how to navigate, model, light and position objects in Blender. The videos might look long at first, but Andrew does a very good job of keeping you busy while you learn. If you’re just starting out it’s well worth your time to check it out.

lightbulbs

If you’re looking for a tutorial that’s a bit shorter, this is it for you. In under 2 hours, you’ll make this great looking lightbulb scene that you can use as a background for quotes or as a pc background. This video is also made by Blender Guru, so the quality is top notch and you’ll learn a great deal for sure.

Lightsaber

This one is for all the Star Wars fans out there. In this 2 part tutorial CG Geek teaches you how to make your very own lightsaber. It’s a pretty short tutorial with a lot of results, so if you really want to become a Blender Jedi, this is your chance.

If you follow at least one of these tutorials you should be on your way to becoming a Blender artist. It’s best to start small and not overdo things, especially when you’re just getting started. Always aim for the best results, but don’t spend more than 2 weeks on one render. This way you’ll learn as much as possible without getting tired of working on the same thing for ages.

 

Good luck blendering,

Jesse Davis

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