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Subject: Blender 2.8 and Above Tips Tricks and Tutorials


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Wed, 08 May 2019 at 7:39 PM edited Fri, 24 September 2021 at 9:26 AM
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With all the buzz about Blender 2.8 and since the beta releases have become more stable felt it was time to start a Tips Tricks and Tutorials thread so all can start exploring and sharing information they have come across that will befit our community here. I am going to start it off with this new info demo I found on Blender Nation that is about the new features in the add mesh category so jump in and post anything you come across that might be useful

Blender 2.8 extra meshes and primitives to start your project, the best included free add-ons

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Miss B ( ) posted Wed, 08 May 2019 at 8:32 PM

Cool! Thanks for the link Lobo. Anything informational about version 2.8 will be greatly appreciated. 馃檪

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Thu, 09 May 2019 at 7:48 AM
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I am actively going thru stuff daily and when I find gems I will be posting them here going to start working in 2.8 myself to get my brain migrating to the new version as well easier to explain things when I understand them myself

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Miss B ( ) posted Thu, 09 May 2019 at 11:24 AM edited Thu, 09 May 2019 at 11:30 AM

Well, I still need a new laptop with an updated OpenGL, but I just found a link to this video on YouTube, and thought folks might be interested in seeing it. I haven't watched it as yet.

Blender 2.80 Homestretch Weekend Summary

Sounds like the official 2.8 non-beta release will be out soon.

Edited to Add: OK, just checked, and there's no specific tutorial info, this is just a guy talking about where 2.8 is, and where it's going as far as development.

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Fri, 10 May 2019 at 7:24 AM
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Thanks for sharing Miss B I am sure it could answer some question on members mind

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Miss B ( ) posted Fri, 10 May 2019 at 12:43 PM

You're welcome Lobo, and that's exactly why I thought posting the link would be beneficial.

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sat, 01 June 2019 at 9:20 AM
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Here is a new tutorial I do not think I have given the particular subject enough exposure in the forum in the past so here goes

Blender 2 8 modular plant creation with modifiers

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Miss B ( ) posted Sat, 01 June 2019 at 1:24 PM edited Sat, 01 June 2019 at 1:24 PM

BOOKMARKED!!! I always wondered how Lisa Botanticals created such wonderful plants and trees. 馃檪

Of course, I have no idea what modeling software she uses, but this would give me an idea of at least where to start.

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sun, 02 June 2019 at 9:41 AM
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I have not given enough attention to these types of tutorials and so will keep my eye open for more either building out door environments which I know CG Geek on You Tube has a couple of forest and jungle tutorials on build such environments and there is a pretty good one on Udemy called Blender 2.79 Nature environment creation it is 20 hours long but goes into detail of how to make unique leaves branches it is I think the most complete series I have ever seen

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Miss B ( ) posted Sun, 02 June 2019 at 2:02 PM

Oh, I'll definitely have to check that out, as so far I have liked the classes I've signed up for at Udemy.

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Mon, 03 June 2019 at 12:03 PM
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It is a long course 20 hours I got it myself during one of the sales hope to start it during the summer it looks like it will cover allot

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Fri, 21 June 2019 at 10:33 AM
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New Updated video on Modifiers in Blender 2.8 All Blender 2.8 modifiers explained. (updated)

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Miss B ( ) posted Sat, 20 July 2019 at 11:18 AM

Oh, that's going to come in handy. I have one of his video tutorials on the Node Editor bookmarked. I'll have to bookmark this one too. Thanks for posting it. 馃檪

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sun, 21 July 2019 at 9:18 AM
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Yes it does look like a very basic and not complicated beginners tutorial to become familiar with the new interface and modeling in 2.8

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Tue, 13 August 2019 at 11:17 AM
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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Thu, 22 August 2019 at 8:59 AM
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A great find by Robyn one of our long time members Blender 2.8 Beginner Tutorial - Part 1: Up and Running

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Mon, 26 August 2019 at 8:16 PM
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Not really tutorials but a sort of transitional info guide by CGCookies Moving from Blender 2.7 to 2.8

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Miss B ( ) posted Mon, 26 August 2019 at 9:38 PM

BOOKMARKED!! I'll definitely need that when I'm able to install and use 2.8. Thanks Lobo! 馃檪

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sun, 08 September 2019 at 10:47 AM
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OK here here are two free full tutorial courses that I think are worth mentioning to learning Blender 2.8

Blender 2.8 Swimming Pool New Full Tutorial + Free Material Bundle Included

Blender 2.8 Beginner Tutorial

Read the description on both to learn how to get the free resources

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Thu, 05 December 2019 at 7:34 PM
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Miss B ( ) posted Thu, 05 December 2019 at 10:41 PM

These are looking good, so thanks for the links.

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Fri, 06 December 2019 at 8:49 AM
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Yes that one is not to long and looks very useful

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sun, 17 May 2020 at 5:14 PM
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Just posting to refresh thread

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Torquinox ( ) posted Sun, 14 June 2020 at 9:02 AM
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Thanks to mishaps with various free standalone sculpt programs and a discussion with Miss B, I fell off the fence and landed in Blender 2.83 sculpt room. I was happy that I could get some interesting results immediately and while bumbling around blindly; but I found some beartraps as well.

So, the next step is quest for info, and that means Youtube Videos. This Grant Abbitt how-to is a good place to start. Grant Abbitt has a whole sculpt playlist and appears to be some sort of Blender god. Wow!

I would also watch the 2.83 sculpting Update video.


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sun, 14 June 2020 at 11:21 AM
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Yes Grant Abbitt does have some very good tutorials on sculpting and CG Boost has a nice Blender 2.8 Beginners Course that includes sculpting and is a free course that includes a good keyboard short cut cheat sheet that is also worth looking into if you are interested

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Torquinox ( ) posted Sun, 14 June 2020 at 11:31 AM
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Hi Lobo, Thanks for that.


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sun, 14 June 2020 at 11:58 AM
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Any time 馃憤

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Torquinox ( ) posted Tue, 16 June 2020 at 2:32 PM
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I've been working with B2.8x sculpt features and thought it might be a good idea to look at retopo techniques. I found some tutorial videos from Flipped Normals that might be of interest. These guys show how do retopo without an addon. It goes pretty well once you learn the techniques.

They have a for beginners retopo video, a face retopo demo, and a full-character workflow video.

Also, they have one for the Polybuild Retopo Tool that was added in B2.81.

It's good stuff!


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Wed, 17 June 2020 at 10:40 AM
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thanks for sharing Torquinox 馃憦

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Torquinox ( ) posted Wed, 17 June 2020 at 2:10 PM
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Thanks Lobo! I do my best! 馃榿

I should mention, anyone who watches the full character workflow video will see (as I did) that it's done in Z-brush and Substance Painter. That's not exactly what we want, but I'm thinking more about the process than the programs for that. There are demos for Blender-based workflows in Grant Abbitt's library. He has a 3-part B2.79 demo for making a low-poly game character.


Torquinox ( ) posted Fri, 19 June 2020 at 1:30 PM
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I found a hard-surface modeling tutorial from CG Cookie. It's from June 2018 and takes place in B2.79b, but the discussion of modeling techniques transcends version. It's the video translation of a livestream. It's long, too. But it's a good discussion with an overview of different hard-surface modeling technologies and examples of problem-solving for subdiv techniques. The bevel tool is very important there!

There are 2 more parts demonstrating how to model a vehicle. Part 2 is exterior, part 3 is interior. I have not watched them yet, but I expect they will be illuminating.

If the videos seem too long, I recommend turning on the CC and cranking up playback speed as much as comfortable. For this, I was ok 2x. If you can't follow the action, then turn it down. But people speak very slowly in tutorials!


Miss B ( ) posted Fri, 19 June 2020 at 1:48 PM edited Fri, 19 June 2020 at 1:49 PM

Thanks for the link Torq, as I happen to like CG Cookies tutorials. I'm also more comfortable with hard surface modeling, though I've never attempted modeling a car before.

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Torquinox ( ) posted Fri, 19 June 2020 at 2:23 PM
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My pleasure, Miss B. This could be another exciting adventure for you! That would be good. 馃榿 I'm looking forward to seeing how they do an interior.


Miss B ( ) posted Fri, 19 June 2020 at 10:34 PM edited Fri, 19 June 2020 at 10:36 PM

Yes, I'm not sure how much interior work folks do on vehicular products, so should be interesting to see. It's one thing to do an interior of a house, or at least one or two rooms, but cars are so much smaller, you have to wonder how much they can actually put inside.

That said, I wouldn't be surprised if they model the interior first, and then build the exterior around it.

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Torquinox ( ) posted Sat, 20 June 2020 at 7:28 AM edited Sat, 20 June 2020 at 7:31 AM
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Interiors are important, and they are sometimes a weak point in vehicle models. Miss B, I think you're spot on about desigining the interior first, especially for spacecraft.

I sat through all 3 hard surface/car design videos and I have some thoughts about what I saw. The presenter makes the argument that nurbs are obsolete. Maybe in games and consumer 3D that is true, but I find that highly unlikely for industrial design. There is a fairly technical discussion to be had about that, but TL;DR: I think the CG Cookie guy is mistaken about that. With that being said, I liked Video 1 the best of the three. If you don't already know it, learn the Diamond. Seems very useful!

Video 2 is a sensible presentation of edge modeling using a blueprint. You can get much the same content from this Cryptonix video. Yes, I watched this one, too. This technique seems like a poor man's version of nurbs modeling, but it works. The technique is laborious. There is little discussion of modeling tires and wheels in any of these videos.

Video 3 is the one I was most interested to see and seemed the least immediately helpful. It's a demo of edge modeling without a blueprint. The idea of making a little guy out of ik bones was interesting. I may give that a go. But that video did not really deliver as much illumination as I hoped.

Enough videos for now. Time to work. 馃槈


Torquinox ( ) posted Thu, 23 July 2020 at 5:19 PM
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Hello again! Here's another channel to check out. If you're interested in low-poly modeling, Imphenzia has quite a lot to say about it. He has many videos revolving around 10-minute modeling challenges. But he also has a much longer video, Learn Low Poly Modeling in Blender 2.83. It's loaded with tips and tricks as well as how-to. I recommend checking it out!

Some of these videos are very long! I like to watch them fast as possible and sometimes rewatch the highlights. I suggest increasing the playback speed and turning on subtitles. If you have 2 monitors, you can open Blender in one and play the video in the other. Then you can work along with the video, pressing the pause button as needed to do more in Blender before moving on.


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Wed, 11 November 2020 at 9:08 AM
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Torquinox ( ) posted Fri, 13 November 2020 at 7:58 PM
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Cheers Lobo! Let's talk about Josh Gambrell's new free Booleans tutorial set on Gumroad. I'm on his mailing list. This one looks very cool and it's not completely dependent on HardOps or other pay-extra plugins. It centers on built-in BoolTool and techniques for using that. I can't vouch for the whole thing because I just downloaded it - over 600mb for 21 movies - but I'm already learning new tricks.

This may be old news and everyone knows it but me, but I think we should be able to use Blender to emulate a lot of the modeling functionality from 3D-Coat. That is, we should be able to use high-poly subdivided primitives with booleans to generate complex surfaces on the fly and then do retopo at the end to get a nice clean mesh for mapping, animation, etc. It would be sort of a hybrid of sculpting and poly modeling. What do you think?


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Fri, 13 November 2020 at 8:44 PM
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I just got that today the Boolean tutorials and have not had a chance to view the videos yet but I do own several of their other tutorials and they are well worth the investment. I think one of the issues with Boolean work flow is the bring the models into other applications that do not handle Boolean so well like both Poser and Daz and retopology has to be part of that work flow if your planning on using with any other software package now been hearing allot how the retopo work flow in 3D Coat is coming a long way I have not had a chance to experiment with it but would be very interested in seeing any info that includes Blender in the mix. 3D Coat's Blender App Link seems to be very stable and have heard some positive things about it and that it might actually be a bit more stable than the ZBrush add-on for Blender so might be worth looking into using the 3D Coat app link to make creating with in Blender then retopo in 3D Coat might have to play with that in my head a bit

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Torquinox ( ) posted Fri, 13 November 2020 at 9:15 PM
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3D Coat does indeed have some wonderful retopo tools! But I've been learning a lot about retopo in Blender, and it really does let us do a good job! It might make sense to use an algorithmic retopo tool like Instant Meshes 3D Coat makes my machine run hard even when there is nothing on the screen. It's kind of weird that way. Very interesting, cool program. Creating in Blender and doing retopo and textures in 3D Coat is an expected workflow for 3D Coat. But Blender keeps getting better.


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sat, 14 November 2020 at 10:02 AM
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I will have to look at Instant Meshes at the moment most of the things I consider making are not to complicated that requires allot of retopo work but have been looking at more hard surface and scifi builds like bots and drones but still in the learning status on those things. I have this growing library of modeling tutorials but I need to kick myself out of learning and just tackle something on my own with the knowledge I have accumulated if that makes sense confidence seems to be my worse enemy I can explain things for other to understand but do not have the confidence to take my next step.

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Miss B ( ) posted Sat, 14 November 2020 at 4:04 PM

Ohhhh, that's coming along nicely Lobo. 馃槃

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Torquinox ( ) posted Sat, 14 November 2020 at 6:09 PM
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I see, yes. That will look nice when it's done, Lobo. I'll be interested to see your bots and drones, too. I agree about tutorials. They're great, but the real test is to do something of your own with the knowledge.


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Sat, 14 November 2020 at 9:15 PM
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Well this is part tutorial and I have made some adaptations and modifications to make it work in Poser which the tutorial on its own merit would not import properly into Poser due to some of the booleans that the tutorial uses so I have had to rework the model to eliminate the Blender Booleans granted means few more polys hear and there so at least in that regard I think I am modifying the modeling style to sort of make it my own. So I am trying just is a process of doing different things to eventually make it work for what I would like to achieve in the long run

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Thu, 17 December 2020 at 5:12 PM
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Some simple Blender projects for beginners that a good starting point if you are looking to learn Blender

9 Simple Blender Projects for Beginners

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Miss B ( ) posted Thu, 17 December 2020 at 10:40 PM

Ohhh, a nice group of tutorials. I'm especially liking the one for the table lamp, as that's a similar type lamp to the one they have in the Blender class I'm taking at Udemy. Thanks for the link Lobo. 馃檪

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Lobo3433 ( ) posted Fri, 18 December 2020 at 8:41 AM
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Miss B posted at 8:40AM Fri, 18 December 2020 - #4407851

Ohhh, a nice group of tutorials. I'm especially liking the one for the table lamp, as that's a similar type lamp to the one they have in the Blender class I'm taking at Udemy. Thanks for the link Lobo. 馃檪

Glad you like Miss B 馃憤

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Torquinox ( ) posted Tue, 26 January 2021 at 7:46 PM
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Here's an outgrowth of my search for texture and paint plugins. I found these tutorials about procedural texturing. One is a webpage and the other is this video. The video is a lot to absorb in very little time!


Lobo3433 ( ) posted Tue, 26 January 2021 at 8:07 PM
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Thanks for the share Torquinox have you looked at any of the tutorials on YouTube by Grant Abbitt he has some pretty good texture painting tutorials and they are usually 10 to 25 minutes long but covers the subject at a reasonable pace

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Torquinox ( ) posted Tue, 26 January 2021 at 10:17 PM
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Cheers Lobo! I've seen some of Grant Abbitt's tutorials. They're quite good. I'll have to look up the ones about painting and texturing. Thanks! :)


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