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This course provides an overview of modeling, animating, and rendering 3D graphics in the open-source software Blender 2.6. Beginning with a tour of the Blender interface, author George Maestri shows how to create and edit basic objects, work with modifiers and subdivision surfaces, and apply materials and textures. The course also demonstrates lighting 3D scenes, setting up and using cameras, animating objects, and assembling basic character rigs.
Since this course was released, a Blender 2.7 has become available. Now, Blender 2.7 is pretty much the same as 2.6. There is a few changes, and so let me go over those so that you'll be aware of them going into this course. Now, the biggest change in Blender 2.7 is a reorganization of these menus on the left side of the view port. Blender 2.7 uses a tabbed model.
And so, a lot of the options that we had to scroll to get to in the old version are now available via tabs. And this makes it easier to find things. So, the ones that we're going to be using the most in this course are the Tools and the Create menu, but also we can create things by using the Add menu down here and the Object menu can also affect things, and those have not changed. Now when we go into Edit mode, which you will learn about in the course, notice how the tabs change and that some of the tools that we have will be in tabs rather than in the scroll menus.
Now, another very important change in Blender is the addition of a new renderer. And this is called the cycles render. Now, the 2.6 course uses the original Blender render. And that will be just fine. But if you want to learn more about cycles, we have two additional courses that you can use as follow ons to this one. And those are Rendering, Using Cycles in Blender. And then we have a new course coming out called Product Shots in Blender, which also goes over Cycles.
Now, there are a few other minor changes in Blender and we'll address those on a movie by movie basis as we go through the course. So there may be a movie that is now offered in Blender 2.7 and that's because there's been a significant enough change to merit a movie, but generally all of the 2.6 tools will work in 2.7. So, I hope you enjoy this course.
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