Tool Summary #

Blender is a powerful 3D graphic design tool that can be used for multiple types of projects including animation, 3D modeling, rendering, video editing and effects, game creation, and more. It is free to download and has numerous editing options.

Quick Facts #

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Open Source: Yes
  • Recommended For: Advanced users

Things to Know #

It is extremely helpful to have a mouse when using Blender, because it is not designed to work on a trackpad. It is possible to simply use a trackpad, but it is much more doable with a mouse. It will also be helpful if you have a keyboard with a number pad on it, but it is not required; if necessary, you can adjust your settings in Blender to make your number keys act as a number pad.

It may be useful to have a list of Blender hotkeys (commands used by pressing different keys on the keyboard) easily accessible while you’re working.

Blender supports almost any image, video, or 3D file format.

Getting Started Guides #

Official Blender 2.90 Manual – This is the official manual on Blender’s website. It is quite lengthy, so it is recommended that you watch the Blender Beginner Tutorial series below.

Blender Beginner Tutorial Series – Blender Guru – In this helpful video series, you learn your way around Blender by making a donut. There are 4 “levels” in total, but the first level will get you started on the basics of 3D modeling.

Additional Resources #

List of Blender hotkeys by Blender Guru

Blender vs. Fusion 360

Need Help? #

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