Many;of;the;most;interesting applications;of;computing use;3D;technologies—from gaming;to;design,;engi-
modeling, sculpting, animation, and
• It’s available on every desktop platform. Blender;runs;on;Windows,;Mac,
and Linux with no problems, and
modeling;packages;are;incredibly;ex-pensive. Comparable commercial ap-plications;cost;thousands;of;dollars.
• It’s consistent and thoughtfully de-
Let’s get started!
easy to learn and easy to use are two
Once you’ve installed Blender, run it.
The main screen has several areas,
Object tools: The object tools are a
panel on the left. The buttons on this
loading;files.;Most;of;Blender’s;function-ality isn’t in the main menu because there
Properties window: The right-hand
window with the dizzying number of
options is the properties window. This
is dominated by a panel system with ten
different kinds of problems, and you
contains a timeline. This is used to control animations—that’s pretty cool, but
The screens are all quite flexible, and
you can size them however you wish
new ones) but for now just leave the
Blender was made by 3D modelers for 3D modelers,
and it’s been created to be easy to use.