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  01 January 2010
if you select one vertex and press/hold ctrl and + then your selection area will grow till you have selected the entire connected mesh i hope that was explained well enough and make sure you don't have anything you want to undo first this can take up a lot of your undo slots
  02 February 2010
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I can't help myself:

1. wrong forum.

2. you've quoted yourself in your own signature. Not a good way to attract clients.

3. Neither is asking for donations. Most of the people on this board got where they are by insane amounts of hard work, personal sacrifice and talent - not handouts from strangers.

4. Well done for putting a reel together and getting it online, now you really have to work hard to add (much) more content and really polish it up.

5. following on from that, AFAIK a vfx house might want to show more skills than modelling and animation, typically you'll need to add simulations, compositing, camerawork (including tracking), lighting, on-set supervision...

6. Finally, who do you want to work with? what's your ideal client? My guess is that not everyone is going to want to work the same hours as you. For example corporate clients are likely to work 9-5, and anything with a larger budget will often work 14-hour days for weeks and even months at a time. The point is, you're putting off potential clients by limiting the hours you work to your own "unique" times.

Sorry for the essay..

EDIT: just realised you've spammed other cgtalk forums with this exact same post. good luck with the ban..

Last edited by danielHinton : 02 February 2010 at 08:25 AM.
  04 April 2010
Toogle Ob: Box

Is there a way to toggle the OB: boxes like in 2.5 but in 2.49?

or any other box, I mean, toggle it to watch and select all the objects...

Here is mine:

1.When you are going to charge a texture or image you can CTRL+click the "load" button and then you will see thumbnails.

2."I" key over any button and you can animate it values, par example, you can animate the lamp energy values.

Last edited by EN1GM4 : 04 April 2010 at 11:14 PM.
  08 August 2010
New thread for Blender 2.5

Is it an idea to make a new thread, same subject, but solely for 2.5?
  09 September 2010
I don't know if you guys know this already. When weight painting, you don't have to exit the mode. Just right-click on another object and start painting.
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  02 February 2011
in 2.5 there is the new "Duplicate in new window" which makes dual monitors useful.
  03 March 2011

I'm not sure if this has already been mentioned, but you can transform vertices to a spherical shape by pressing "ALT"-"SHIFT"-"S". This is very useful if you need to extrude a round shape and don't want to use booleaning. If you got enough vertices, this works just fine.
  09 September 2011
Another trick:

Learn to draw (traditional art) and your blender work quality will increase a lot (modeling and texturing).
... Let's get it done.
  09 September 2011
Originally Posted by oktalWind: Another trick:

Learn to draw (traditional art) and your blender work quality will increase a lot (modeling and texturing).

That's the oldest and greatest trick dear fellow Blender user.
  07 July 2012
Smile Reset The Pivot Point Of An Object To Any Position Or Rotation

Update: I turned this explanation into a free downloadable PDF tutorial that is more complete with some illustrations and some extra precautions that you have to have in order not to loose your marked sharp edges and/or marked seams.

You can see and/or download it here in Deviantart:

Or here in Mediafire:

Once there in Mediafire you can find it in the Tutorials folder.

I was looking for a way to do this in Blender a long time ago and I couldn't find how to do it then one day I realized a very simple way and it's very, very useful. Read it carefully, it looks long but you can really learn it fast and it can be used very, very fast:

You can reset the pivot point (object Origin) of an object not just to those 3 alternatives of the Object/Transform menu which are:

Geometry To Origin
Origin To Geometry
Geometry To 3D Cursor

To reset the pivot point to any exact location/rotation that you may want arbitrarily make sure that you are in object mode and create a new plane with the Add Object Menu/Add Mesh/Plane then position that plane to the exact location where you want your other object's pivot point (Origin) to be and then rotate that plane in any axis that you want to the desired rotation angles. Remember that the newly created plane can be anywhere and that means anywhere inside or outside the older object. This is a very good way because a new plane's default rotation can be 0 in all 3 axes (x, y and z) and it is an object that is very easy to manipulate and control toward the desired new Origin position and rotation.

When you are happy with your new pivot point (Origin) position/rotation right mouse click your original object then while holding Shift (for multiple object selection) right mouse click the newly created plane and then press Ctrl+J to join the two selected meshes. Notice that the newly created plane has to be selected last always.

Once they are joined press the Tab key to enter Edit Mode then make sure that you are in face select mode (Ctrl+Tab+3), make sure that everything is deselected first then select only the newly created plane and delete it by using the Del key and then selecting Face. Your old object pivot point has now become the newly created plane's pivot point and Bingo!

A few caveats:

The disadvantage of this is that your old object will become the new object and therefore you may have to do a few things like for example rename it to give the new object the old name it had but it is a very, very useful thing no matter what. Materials are not usually a problem cause the newly merged object will retain the multiple materials assigned to the older one.

I'm quite experienced with Blender now (I can model a helluva lot of things) but I'm not a full expert in it yet and you have to be careful that if you have for example animation keys assigned to the old object that you don't loose that or anything like that and I'm not up to date with the current Blender in the animation department and with a few other things! And I don't know if Blender provides an easy way to assign all those properties of the older object to the new one so be careful with this. Save before you try.

But this is something that you will usually use while modeling anyway and then when you are done with that you can proceed to animate and assign keys and that sort of thing. Use it in the modeling stages of your mesh before you start doing anything else with it. Just learn how to use this and when to use it and it has been invaluable to me in many occasions.

If anybody knows a simpler way to do this and with so many changes in the new Blender 2.5x and newer versions it wouldn't surprise me if there was an easier way to do so, if there is, please post it here for everybody. That's all.

Last edited by PixelOz : 07 July 2012 at 09:20 AM. Reason: Adding a few additional points
  08 August 2012


Important correction!
- The previous file that I uploaded was the wrong one and it had only 1 page. It was supposed to have 5 pages. Now this is the complete version. It also has now a Spanish version here:


¡Correción importante! - El archivo anterior que había cargado era el incorrecto y solo tenía 1 página cuando se supone que tuviera 5 páginas. Esta es la versión completa.

Español - Hay otra versión de este tutorial en Español en mi galería en Deviantart. Puede encontrarla aquí:

Last edited by PixelOz : 08 August 2012 at 03:54 AM. Reason: Adding Spanish tutorial links.
  12 December 2012
Wow, I've learned so much reading this.

I love Blender 2.4x, the hidden interface makes it so instinctive. I've used clunky3dsbabelmax for a decade, and that old version of blender I started learning is like a dream come true. All the operations I had to go through lots of little windows and modifiers to achieve are practically all available to me from the keyboard in Blender 2.49b.

My contribution is Shift+Ctrl+C with a face selected offers that face's orientation as a new orientation system. (or view/Transform Orientations/Add while a face is selected but who has the patience for that? lol just hit shift ctrl c) You can shift through them with Alt+Space.

When editing armatures, if I have bones set at 45 angle or w/e odd angle like for the arms, I rotate the armature to 45 while it's in object mode and edit it flat that way, then reset the rotation and it's back how it was.
  04 April 2013
There are so many things that haven't been mentioned in here. Addons! The 2.5 series has heaps of addons that aren't enabled in the shipped binary. File>user preferences (or ctrl+shift+U) and go to the addons tab.

The most useful addon I have found is the 'loop tools'. This is under the mesh menu on the left, or you can search for it using the searchbox up top. Enable it and press 'w' to see a new 'loop tools' menu item there. Use 'bridge' to fill the gaps between edge loops. This has a few limitations but it is one of the most time saving features I have found.

Set custom hotkeys by right clicking on any menu item and selecting 'create shortcut'. I use ctrl+b for bridge (default is bevel but just right click that in the 'w' menu and select 'remove shortcut').

Ctrl+U to save user settings - this includes enabled addons and custom hotkeys.

Ctrl+R to cut along a face loop, mousewheel to change the number of edgeloops you want to make.

Shift+E for edge tools menu and use 'edge slide' to move an edgeloop along its perpendicular edges (give it a go).

Alt+D in object mode to make a data linked duplicate of the selected mesh, then when you go into edit mode on either mesh and make changes, they will be updated to every data linked mesh. Great for instancing or modular pieces.

More addons include the 'cogs' and 'pipe joints' addons for extra meshes to help speed up certain modelling projects. They are awfully highpoly and if you work in lowpoly for games like me then you just have to delete a few edgeloops: alt+RMB on an edge to select the edgeloop, x>delete edgeloop to delete the edgeloop and bridge the affected faces.

There's so much more, I assumed everyone knew all these...
  04 April 2013
If you link a file you can create a proxy by pressing ctrl-alt-p
  04 April 2013
Quick vertex welding
1. Turn on auto-merge editing (Mesh menu)
2. turn on Snap - vertex - closest.
3. select and drag vertex
4. while still dragging vertex, press and hold Cntl
5. Drag to desired vertex.

They will automatically be welded.

Quick edge extrusion
1. Select vertex or edge.
2. Hold cntl and click left/right mouse button (whichever you have setup for your default), where you want the new vertex/edge to be.

The new vertex/edge will appear in correlation to your viewing angle. Also it will follow the flow and attempt to blend the previous edge angle.

If you Shift and Cntl, it will not blend angles of the previous edge.

I hope that makes sense.
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