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Author: Neal Hirsig

Lesson 02 - Manipulating Objects in 3 Dimensional Space


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Neal Hirsig


Lesson #2 continues the examination of Blender's interface and begins to focus on manipulating objects and understanding 3-Dimensional space. This is followed by an examination of the basic elements on the sub-object level (vertices, edges and faces). Here is also and introduction to the camera view.

Suggested Texbook Readings:

Read Chapter 3 of the John Blain "Complete Guide to Blender Graphics" - Creating and Editing Objects (pages 49-84)

Video Tutorials:

02-01 - Adding Mesh Objects In Edit Mode
02-02 - Naming Objects
02-03 - Deleting Objects
02-04 - Undo - Redo
02-05 - Blender Layers
02-06 - Global And Local Orientation
02-07 - Center Point Object Origin
02-08 - Pivot Points
02-09 - Outliner Editor
02-10 - Camera View
02-11 - Duplication
02-12 - Mesh Smoothing

02-13 - Camera - Lock To View

PDF Tutorials:

castle modeling

Lesson 02 - 02A - Castle Modeling

Castle Modeling PDF Tutorial
Castle Modeling Complete.blend

castle texturing

Lesson 02 - 02B - Castle Texturing (Optional)

Castle Texturing PDF Tutorial
Castle Modeling Complete.blend
Castle Texturing Complete.blend


Arrange a number of scaled/modified torus objects in a configuration that looks something like this image. (Variation) - Add and angle to each of the torus objects.