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Hi 3D Artists, my name is Merlin
I discovered my still growing passion for Blender during my Game Design education in 2015. I immediately fell in love with this amazing software and quickly gained a lot of experience thanks to the unstoppable Blender Community.

Time to give something back
My videos were created to teach upcoming Blender Artists everything they need to know to get started with the software and extend their knowlege.

For beginners and advanced Blender-users
Valuable know-how - Well explained - Step by step - Easy to pick up.

Btw. I'm not your casual school teacher
Because we are too cool for school! My content is designed to be educational and enjoyable to watch.

"Soak up tutorials / Challenge Yourself / Experiment / Be Patient"
— Andrew Price, Blender Guru -

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Beginner Series 10

Free Tutorials 0

Premium Courses 2
S01E01
3D Prolog
Skill Up
S01E02
Install & Prepare
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S01E03
User Interface
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S01E04
3D Navigation
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S01E05
Select Objects
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S01E06
Add & Delete Objects
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S01E07
Transform Objects
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S01E08
Undo & Redo History
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S01E09
Open & Save Projects
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S01E10
3D Principles
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#01 Edit Mode
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# 02 Face Types
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#03 Snapping
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#04 Proportional Editing
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#05 Edge Slide
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#06 Loop Cuts
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#07 Knife Tool
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#08 Extrude / Inset
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#09 Modifiers
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Blueprints with Blender
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Hard Surface Character
Creation Course
Skill Up
Sci-Fi Hallway Game Asset
Creation Course
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Blender Beginner Series - S01E01 - Prologue

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Today is my 30th birthday and I finally managed to finish the prologue video for my upcoming Blender Beginner Series. I hope you enjoy the intro to the show while I’m grinding to release the first episodes asap.

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Basics: Orthographic View

For accurate modeling using reference images or blueprints it's crucial to be able to manage all the different views in Blender. You don't want your model to look like a scientific experiment gone wrong.

Shortcuts
Front Orthographic   NUM 1
Right Orthographic   NUM 3
Top Orthographic   NUM 7
Switch Orthographic   NUM 9
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Basics: Selecting

Selecting objects in Blender is basically the same like in any other software, just hover your mouse over the object you want to select and click on it - it's that simple and so magical.

Shortcuts
Selecting   LMB
Multiple Select   SHIFT (hold) + LMB
Select All   A
Deselect All   A, A
  ALT + A
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Basics: Adding / Deleting

In 3D modeling the rule of thumb is to start simple. You create a base mesh and start editing it to a more complex shape. There are no limits - you can start off with a cube and make it become a car. Blender provides you with a variation of base mesehs to choose from. And if you accidentally created something evil you should better know how to delete it.

Shortcuts
Adding   SHIFT + A
Deleting   X
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Basics: Moving

Let's better get moving! No matter if you want to move an object or if you want to edit the shape of it - move tools in Blender will have you covered.

Shortcuts
Grab   G
Axis Grab   G, X
  G, Y
  G, Z
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Basics: Rotating

Don't get confused, it's just rotated upside down. We can make a 180° or even a 360° or anything in between.

Shortcuts
Rotate   R
Axis Rotate   R, X
  R, Y
  R, Z
Trackball   R, R
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Blender Beginner Series - S01E07 - How To Transform Objects

In Blender you have multiple transform tools to your disposal: Move, Rotate and Scale. All tools can be accessed by the user interface, but as always, memorizing the shorcuts is the most effective way to work with Blender.

Shortcuts

Move: Default
Move: Axis

G
X X
G Y
G Z

Rotate: Default
Rotate: Trackball
Rotate: Axis

R
R R
R X
R Y
R Z

Scale: Default
Scale: Axis

S
S X
S Y
S Z

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Basics: Shading Types

Oh man your in a bad shape - but don't worry, we can fix that with a single mouse click. Ok honetsly we need two mouse clicks, and there are also only two types of shading: flat (not fat I said flat!) and smooth.

Low poly art = flat shaded
High poly art = smooth shaded

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Basics: Undo / Redo

Wow can you do that again? Of course I can - just watch and be astonished.

Shortcuts
Undo   CTRL + Z
Redo   CTRL + SHIFT + Z
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Basics: Saving

Game over - reload last checkpoint?
Dude were are in Blender, oh your right - nevertheless you can save your projects and reload so you don't have to start over again.

Shortcuts
Quick Save   CTRL + S
Save Menu   CTRL + S
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Advanced: Edit Mode

So all you have learned so far was in Object Mode, now you should be ready to explore edit mode - just take my hand and don't get lost in there.

Shortcuts
Toggle Edit Mode   TAB
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Advanced: Face Types

Stop looking at my face! Well faces in Blender will make your actual shape visible and we only have 3 types of faces so should pick them up quickly.

Triangles   Consists of 3 Verticies
Quads       Consists of 4 Verticies
N-Gons     Consists of more than 4 Verticies

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Advanced: Snapping

Oh snap I didn't saw that coming. We can snap to anything in Blender: verticies, edges and faces!

Shortcuts
Snapping Menu   CRTL + SHIFT + TAB
Activate Snapping   CRTL (hold)
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Advanced: Proportional Editing

Why do you pick them one by one? It's the 21st century an we've got proportional editing.

PS: don't grow a beard while modeling!

Shortcuts
Toggle Proportinal Editing   O
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Advanced: Edge Slide

Slightly different to the grab function, because your selection will slide on it's connecting edges. Just like a slide on a kids playground, but in Blender it's way safer - you just can't fall off.

Shortcuts
Edge Slide   G, G
Extend Sliding   C
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Advanced: Loop Cuts

Creating cuts without slicing must be only possible in Blender - I told you it's magic!

Shortcuts
Add Loop Cuts   CTRL + R
Increase / Decrease Cuts   MW
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Advanced: Knife Tool

As sharp as a razor blad there is nothing it can't cut trough! The knife tool works similar to loop cuts but you can place your cuts free hand - just don't cut your hand tho!

Shortcuts
Knife Tool   K
Fix Angle   C
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Advanced: Extrude / Inset

Extruding is like duplicating your selection and pulling it in or out. In addition to that insetting only work on faces and will kinda do the same - your selection get's duplicated and you can scale it down.

Shortcuts
Extrude   E
Inset   I
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Advanced: Modifiers

Now let's get really advanced here: modifiers are a non destructive method of changing different settings of your mesh. And there are a lot to choose from. Now you know we are using a 3D software - your Microsoft Paint skills are useless here.

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Free Courses: Blueprints with Blender

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Premium Courses: Hard Surface Character Creation
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Platform Skillshare, Gumroad, Udemy
Level All Levels
Length 7h
Software Blender 2.8
Scope Hard Surface Modeling
Creating Realistic Materials
Creating Light Setup
Creating Camera Setup
Rendering With Cycles
Result Accurate Darth Vader 3D Model
Bonus Original .blend File
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Premium Courses: Sci-Fi Hallway Game Asset Creation
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Platform Skillshare, Gumroad, Udemy
Level All Levels
Length 5h
Software Blender 2.81, Unity 2019.2.19f1
Scope Blender: Hard Surface 3D Modeling
Blender: Converting High Poly To Low Poly
Blender: UV Unwrapping
Blender: PBR Material Creation
Blender: Emission Light Setup
Blender: Texture Baking
Blender: Rigging & Animating
Blender: Exporting 3D Models
Unity: Importing 3D Models
Unity: Emission Light Setup
Unity: Scene Building
Result Game Ready 3D Environment
Bonus Original .blend File
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