Blender 2.8 Basics Tutorial pt. 1 I Interface & Navigation for Beginners

By CG Cookie

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***What’s inside this tutorial***

[0:49] Let’s install Blender on your computer!
[01:35] “Do I actually need a 3-button mouse?”
[03:04] First look at Blender and your default settings
[05:20] Exploring Blender’s interface: “What’s all this stuff?”
[07:32] Option A: Navigating your 3D Viewport with a 3-BUTTON MOUSE
[11:58] Option B: Navigating your 3D Viewport with a TRACKPAD

In this tutorial video series, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Blender 2.8x to begin pursuing your career in 3D modeling, animation, video game asset creation, visual effects, and more.

This is a multi-part series: this video focuses on Blender’s notoriously confusing interface (don’t worry, we’ll take it slow) and how to navigate in 3D space. We will also talk about why having a 3-button mouse is better than using a trackpad – though if a trackpad is all you have at the moment, don’t worry, you will still be able to follow along.

Even if you’ve never touched software like Blender 3D before, you’ll be able to walk away from this course with a confident understanding of the basics.

Stay tuned: in the following parts of this series, you will even make your own 3D rocket 🚀

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