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5 Common Pitfalls For Blender Beginners

Posted by Aidy Burrows on Oct 20, 2014

New to Blender? Know someone who is? Seen them do these common pitfalls that I’ve highlighted here?

Please tell me of any more you think should be included on the page!

An alarming amount of people give up on Blender too early on because of a few initial stumbling blocks. I can’t say I blame them, we must have all done it with something at some point in our lives.

There’s what I think are 5 big ones here but there are others. Perhaps you could share some of your experiences (either personal or what you’ve seen from others) and I can collate them on the site, keep it updated and give newcomers the boost they need. Thanks! – Aidy 🙂

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john in hillsbobo
john in hillsbobo
you ask for personal experiences, things that impede the use of Blender . Ok here’s my addition….. I started with Blender about 12 years ago I think. The guide book that I manged to get my hands on turned out to be the tool tips. I could not find any tutorials online at that time. Then I stumble upon another program, which was not free but which cost less than half what LightWave and Max cost. Then I found a guide book which was a lot better than what blenderhead and it included a trial version. I used a trial… Read more »
Aidy Burrows
That’s great John thanks! Yeah the tooltips are a lifesaver for the new starter! I was educated in 3ds max and maya first so I was initially just looking for import and export which were there so I thought that was it. I think I was just then going through all the menus taking time to understand them, googling and so on and then came across something in the wiki or an old document somewhere. Not for this example but i’ve even trawled through plenty of developer commit notes to get a feeling for what things are doing. Back in… Read more »
Bryan J Bryce
Bryan J Bryce

Aidy, what UI add-on are you using?

Aidy Burrows

Hi Bryan, do you mean the dark theme of the UI? It’s one of the presets under the themes tab of the user preferences. It’s called ‘elysiun’, should be available by default, i just then make a couple more tweaks. But most of it is just that theme. Hope that helps! 🙂 Aidy.

Bryan J Bryce
Bryan J Bryce

OK, found that. How’d you get the gradient background and transparency in the panels? This should really be the default blender theme as it looks much more professional and modern.

Aidy Burrows
You’ve inspired me to most likely do a post about this at some point. The gradient background is found in the themes tab of the user preferences, on the left hand side choose 3dview, and then on the right hand side if you scroll down you’ll find a checkbox for ‘use gradient’. You can set the high and low colors there too. For the transparency in the panels, in the user preferences switch over to the system tab (the last one along) and then enable ‘region overlap’. This is something that doesn’t seem to work for me by the way… Read more »
blendo_kid0
blendo_kid0
Probably the biggest mistake I made when arriving to Blender was thinking that I could become a good artist by spending some bucks on the marvelous and extensively recommended “Wow Factor”, by our dear Andrew Price. I bought it probably when I had days of Blender use, and even today I never used it for anything useful. Not only that, the last “bi-monthly” update that he says we get if we buy the book was almost 4 years ago. Moral of the story: Unless you really need it, don’t go buy any training products and similar stuff. Still, Andrew is… Read more »
Aidy Burrows

Hi! I’ve not seen the Wow Factor but I do know that Andrew puts out a lot of good free stuff. I think most of these sorts of things have money back guarantees as well but I can’t be certain. I totally agree that the more recent stuff is probably the safest bet, though there are some classics from years ago out there still! Maybe i’ll do a post about that actually! – Thanks! – Aidy. 🙂

Marksism
Marksism

Reminding users to check if Proportional Editing is on or off might be useful. Even after several years of using Blender I still fall over on that one every now and again. As for the 3D cursor, I can’t see how anyone can use Blender without it.

Aidy Burrows

Ah, yes! Proportional editing can be a bit puzzling too, good addition thanks! 🙂 – Aidy.

William Ruiz

As far as RMB is concerned, I dont even think about it. Its awkward at first…..within a month, its second nature. It should go without saying that if you switch the functionality of something like RMB that the LMB will be affected. If its really that big of a problem, when you open Blender, in the splash screen, where it says INTERACTION, you can switch to MAYA or 3DS MAX style interface. Hope that helps.

Aidy Burrows

Hi William, unfortunately there are a few things broken even with the default maya/3ds max keymaps. These are all getting an overhaul though so eventually people might become less confused by their early interactions with Blender.

Personally I have to agree with you, it was a little of an adjustment but I too soon got used to all the defaults in Blender. 🙂 – Aidy.

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