How to import and export between Sketchup and Blender

In this article we will take a look at how we can utilize Blender as Sketchup modelers and export/import textured models between the two programs. We will use Blender version 2.80 and Sketchup maker 2017. To export and import Sketchup files into Blender we will also look at a way to bring .skp files into […]

How to use snapping tools in Blender

Snapping is really one of those tools that you can’t 3D model without. It is a good idea to get a solid understanding of what it is and how it works early on when you start modeling. Blender has several uses for snapping and different levels it can operate at. How to use snapping? The […]

How to accurately measure in Blender

Blender is first and foremost a software targeted at artists but sometimes you just want to build your house or some home DIY project and that is when measuring is important. Blender has multiple tools to accurately measure distances and support for multiple units. Another huge topic that needs accurate measuring is architectural visualization and […]

How to set up background reference images in Blender

In earlier versions of Blender there was a system for setting up backgrounds in your 3D from the right side properties panel in the 3D view. However, in 2.80 and beyond this system has been removed. Instead, we use objects in our scene to act as the background reference image. How to set up a […]

Blender shape key basics guide

Shape keys, or previously called Relative Vertex Keys (RVK) in Blender is a simple and effective tool to set up basic animations or different versions of the same object. In other applications shape keys can also be called morph targets. How to use a shape key in Blender?  Select your object. Go to the object […]

How and why do we apply scale in Blender?

Applying scale in Blender is a big mystery to many Blender users. Most 3D artists know that when a tool isn’t working as intended, you apply the scale. But why? How and why do we apply scale? In object mode, you select your object, hit “ctrl+a” and select scale. Most commonly this is done during […]

How to solve bevel problems in Blender

I have been working with a Blender course that has over 40.000 students and one of the most common questions people have is about bevels. In this article, we will look at the most common problems that people have when it comes to beveling in Blender and how we can solve those problems. How do […]

What objects to model as a beginner 3D artist

When I began 3D modeling, I had a hard time deciding what I should model. With time though, I found out that it is a silly question, but an important one. Let’s look at what we can model and how it can help us to grow fast as beginners. What should I model in 3D? […]

How to use cryptomatte for masking in Blender

Cryptomatte is a new feature in Blender that will allow us to create masks based on materials, objects and even groups of objects. It is the kind of function that you never thought you needed but once you have started to use it, you can not live without. Considering how advanced masks you can make […]

Blender box mapping workflow, a quick look

If you are like me, you are lazy. Making a UV Map for every object takes time and even if I am still sitting in my chair while doing it, it involves an internal meltdown. At least for me. Sometimes. Box mapping to the rescue! Box mapping is a way to project a texture onto […]

More than 30 Blender modeling tools explained

Blender has a large array of modeling tools. They range from modifiers to curve tools, metaballs and mesh tools. In this article, we will focus on the tools we use for mesh objects. We will look at the modeling tools in Blender starting at the more common ones and working our way towards less common […]