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Blender is a powerful open-source tool for 2D and 3D graphics, full-on animation, compositing, and post-production. It is used to create movies and special effects, even in HD. In Blender Essential Training, Roger Wickes offers new Blender users a thorough explanation of its interface, tools, and features. He also demonstrates practical techniques and shows how to access the online and openndash;content resources of this amazing tool. Specific 3D techniques covered include navigating in 3D space, using cameras and lights, and rendering. Roger demonstrates how to rig, animate, and composite a character over live action. Exercise files accompany the course.
A really cool feature that was just added to Blender is called the grease pencil. In the old days we use to actually use Grease Pencils and they were like wax, pieces of stick inside of a plastic holder and you used to use them for drawing on glass and Radar screens and plotting tables and things like that. So if we come here and we want to go View > Grease Pencil and the Grease Pencil is a way of drawing per frame. So we are going to start of on Frame 1 here, and we are going to click Use Grease Pencil and go into Draw Mode.
Now, you have a bunch of layers and you can have different colors of layers and stuff like that and I'm going to just add one layer here. Pick a nice little color, something that has contrast that you can see, that is into drawing and like that. And now we just want to say okay. As we start to watch this video, let's see what happens to her eyes and notice how she blinks and the Opacity and the Thickness of the Pen is controlled here. And so as she blinks, she is looking around and she starts to open her mouth and as her mouth reaches maximum opening, I'm going to go ahead and trace her jaw line.
Now, what I'm doing I'm just studying this animation. I want to see how things change over time. This kind of a way of pointing out what the differences are and as I draw this second shape, the first arrow goes away and then I can draw my next shape here, so I can see as the things change and mark up the animation or in this case this video, and then I can do the same thing over here. So, lets say if I right here, I want to start the blink right here, so now I want to go ahead and View Grease Pencil, Use Grease Pencil, Go into Draw Mode and I can also do a 3D view too.
But we'll just use like a nice bright Red color, we'll say we want to start the blink and after the blink, we want to start the A. So we can also then zoom out and like say look, we want this body line to go this way. We want the breathe more, and breathe up and so this is the way of just marking up some animations, so that later on when we go and we have an idea of what to do in order to refine our animation.
These Grease Pencil layers are saved in a sub directory underneath your Blend folder, so if you start to see some Grease Pencil folder is coming that's what being saved in those folders. So that's the way, you can use Grease Pencil to both study, mark-up and communicate between let's say the director or maybe other members of the team as to ways in which to improve or observe great things in the animation.
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