Learn the basic concepts, tools and processes you will need to design and 3D model interior scenes.
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Content and Overview
In this course you are going to learn the whole process of creating a photo realistic interior bathroom scene. The course uses the very powerful free and open source software suite Blender.
The course is designed for practical learning that walks you step by step through the process from laying out your ideas on screen to creating custom 3D models, right the way through to adding materials, lighting, cameras and rendering the final scene.When you complete this course you will be able to use Blender as the complete drafting and 3D visualization package. With the latest release of Blender comes a feature packed design suite waiting to be discovered.
Take total control
www.Blender.org is where you will get the latest version of Blender.
www.Gimp.org is where you will get a copy of Gimp
Blender will be the software covered in this course but as you develop with Blender Gimp will become a very useful image manipulation program.
Once you download it follow the install instructions and jump on into lecture 3.
Add-ons are additional features packed with Blender but need to be enabled to take effect. In this lecture we quickly cover this process. Blender uses right mouse button as the default select so we switch that to left, for ease of use.
The Add-ons I enabled were:
3d View: 3D Navigation
3d View: Layer Management
3d View: MeauserIt
3d View: Modifiers Tools
Add Mesh: Extra Objects
Add Mesh: Archimesh
Add Mesh: Extra Objects
Object: Bool Tool
Pie Menu: UI Pie Menu Official
We are dealing with metric units of measure in the course so we begin by setting this system in Blender. This is very straight forward but important because we are drawing to real world scale and want all object as close to real world dimensions as possible.
Which one of the following Editors is NOT part of the Blender default screen arrangement?
Blender has a very nice tool for drawing on your computers screen called the grease pencil. This tool has been enhanced recently and you can do some very cool things. In this lecture I quickly show you the grease pencil and some of the features it contains.
Quick question on the grease pencil
In this lecture I just expand a little on the introduction to the grease pencil and demonstrate how this tool can be used to get your rough ideas down on paper (so to speak).
One of the great things about Blender is its ease of use. This is especially true when working in the 3D editor and as demonstrated in this lecture where I go through the process of setting out a 2D plan of our bathroom. I will admit this takes practice and plenty of patience to quickly layout your ideas in this way, but with anything worth mastering, you have to put in the time.
Planning out your drawing in 2D format is a great way to both visualise the room you want and eliminate any design flaws before they become part of the final draft.
Blender has a great text feature that gives you full control. We only use this feature in a 2D format to label our objects but if you dive further into the text you will discover to change fonts, add thickness, animate almost every part of it, add material and even export it to a 3D printer.
Just like everything in Blender you have loads of options when it comes to the camera. You can add multiple cameras, change their sensor size, change the lens type, add depth of field, the list goes on. In this lecture we switch the camera type from perspective to orthographic and use this lens type to render out a 2D floor plan.
The measureit add-on provides a great way to add dimension to the drawing. In this lecture we cover the basics this great feature has to offer.
Thomas mc Donald is a 3D Designer currently living in Kilkenny Ireland who has a passion for 3D modelling and animation and using Blenders powerful software allows his imagination come to life like never before.
Over the past 12 years he’s worked on various 3D Modelling programs designing for production. Having discovered Blender a number of years ago and realized its amazing potential for creating, the future has no limits.