ONE BY ONE: Everything about quickly making Ripples in Blender with the Wave Deformer!

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I love Blender… And, no surprises, I love everything there is to know about it’s toolset.

Today we are going to be talking about the Wave Deformer. Did you know you can make more than just a wave with it? Its default is to make ripples, which is great, but did you know it can also make a shockwave effect using a single ripple and adding a texture to it?

Really, it’s sooo useful. Anyway, enough of me. Enjoy the modifier and replicate it yourself.

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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ONE BY ONE: Secrets to making perfect displacement maps and using them in Eevee and in Cycles!

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I love Displacements in Blender!

How about that for a switch! Making changes? It must be a Thursday!

But don’t worry, I still love Blender.

And I love the two different ways to make displacements in blender. The Displace Modifier is a lot more powerful that people give it credit for and, of course, you can view it in the viewport. The power of Eevee. But the old “experimental” way of doing it at render time is still pretty smart. In this one by one we start off in Krita explaining the right way to make a displacement map, then use it in both Eevee and Cycles to find out which is better. It’s a close call!

Anyway, onto the good stuff”

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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Tutorial: Ancient Hilltop Part 3 – Comping in DaVinci Resolve’s Fusion! Let’s make CGI look great!

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I love Blender… …but I also love Resolve! Thank you DaVinci for keeping one of the world’s best compositing softwares – still used on TV and Film – alive and shoe-horning it into Resolve. Really. Not a hint of sarcasm, this is ultimately the best thing you ever did, DaVinci.

(Not a sponsor…yet!)

Anyhoo, here we are, all our scene animated, rendered and ready to make look like something, we are delving into the compositing world inside of Resolve.

In this tutorial you will see how to create a fusion clip, import footage whilst in Fusion, add colour corrections, extract AOVs from your EXRs and add them back over your shot to make it more sassy! Yes, Blurring emission passes to make glows? Heck, yeah!

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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TUTORIAL – Ancient Hilltop Part 2 – Making quick standing stones that look pretty good!

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I love Blender… ..and, thankfully, it’s allowing me to do the second part of the hilltop Tutorial.

Last week we created the wavy grass, today we’re taking a simple box and messing about with it, adding and removing polygons to get something more organic than the default cube.

It’s got a little of something for everyone, this one. I even stop talking at one point! Me!

Even I didn’t think that was possible!

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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TUTORIAL – Ancient Hilltop – Part 1 – Blowing grass using Blender particle system!

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I love Blender…

I loathe Blender… ha, got you there! No, I love it!

It’s particle system, however, could do with something of an overhaul. It’s not bad, what with the “boids” system for flocking and the ability to use it for hair which, incidentally, can then be styled.

The one thing I do like is that with the hair system, you can create fairly realistic looking grass. Especially, my favourite type of grass, the kind that blows in the wind. That ripple in the sunlight, like a sea, waves dancing over the surface of the ground just looks magical. Can’t get enough of it. It really reaches into my magic loving, fantasy adopting side.

So I decided to create a 3 part tutorial, covering the creation of a grassy patch of grass, followed by the creation of standing stones, including a displacement shader that makes them appear more than just stone – almost overgrown stones, if you like – and finished with a quick comp in Fusion within Resolve.

This is the part one – the flowing grass. I hope you like it.

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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ONE BY ONE: The Shrinkwrap Modifier in Blender 2.93 for retopology or surface based geometry.

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I love Blender…

Yes, I know, broken record, but I do. And some of the things that have been part of it for ages have most recently been adopted by major production software.

Shrinkwrap in Maya is relatively new, but where did it get the idea from? I wonder…

Anyway, here is a short tutorial about using Shrinkwrap in Blender 2.93 to create surface geometry, such as clothing, belts, etc. as well as a slightly more in depth look at what everything does in it. Slightly more. Stay safe, peeps!

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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ONE BY ONE: Modifiers. Today it’s how to use the HOOK modifier in Blender!

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I love Blender…

Did I mention that before? Well, it’s because I’m “hooked” on it. Hooked! Geddit!!

(Rufio! Rufio!)

Anyway, I am hooked on Blender and one of the reasons is it’s none destructive workflow that you can achieve using Modifiers.

Hooks are a big part of this, if you want to, say, add a deforming patch with falloff to a surface that you might want to edit later, or if you want to add an animating lump into a shape, or if you want to control the control points of a curve so it can be animated.

Talking of animation, you can also use them animate pin groups on soft bodies, allowing you to create capes that you can target to a character, or ropes, or even the end of a belt.

Hooks are really good. Especially if you are a one-handed Pirate.

Smee?! Smee?! I think I can hear a ticking clock! To the boats!

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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ONE BY ONE: Shading using the Geometry Input Node Random Per Island in Blender!

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I love Blender…

But I didn’t use it for ages.

I used Maya then Modo and Maya, then Maya on it’s own then Blender!

For a while there were things in Modo and Maya that were not in Blender. They’re all good for certain things, but there was an option in Modo that I loved which used a gradient to add a level of difference between each separate island of geometry that had it.

It used the object’s individual ID of each object to pull a value from the gradient, making each item with the same shader slightly different. A few releases back Random Per Island was added to the Geometry Input Node that allows us to do exactly that.

Please watch the vid and you can see some of its wonderful uses.

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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TUTORIAL – Baking out UVProject into a UVMap in Blender!

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I love Blender…

But sometimes they way it does things leads a little to the imagination.

Take converting a UV projection to a UVMap, it should be a one, maybe two click operation.

It’s not.

You need to create a UVMap for your object and then another for the original projection and then you have to make sure that the Projection UV is active, but you have to have the UVMap selected as well… It’s overly complex.

But, once you know it, it’s quick to achieve.

On occasion, this rambling 14 minutes sounds a bit off, but watch along and you’ll get the idea! Take care and speak to you soon!

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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TUTORIAL: Fspy and UVProject in Blender! – making photoreal scenes with little effort that look ace!

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I love Blender…

And I tell people a lot about how much it can do. Yet, People often think it doesn’t do the same sort of stuff that people can do in Maya and 3DSMax in regards to TV quality visuals.

A lot of visuals are faked by using real photographs. Guess what? Blender can do that too.

So on this tutorial, we talk about two things, Fspy and UVProject. Fspy is a free, open source software that creates a camera and it’s position from the vertical and horizontal planes in our picture and exports them into Blender via an addon that you get when you get the software. And UVProject is a modifier – see I’m still all about the modifiers – that makes the UV mapping for your shader correspond with the view from your camera.

Couple these two together, and you can quickly create scenes that would take forever to build and shade.

And Hollywood has been using this process for years to make environments seem real.

You can find out more about Fspy here:

https://fspy.io/

The photo used in this tutorial has come from unsplash

https://unsplash.com/photos/K5sjajgbTFw

And the person who photographed it is Nolan Issac:

https://unsplash.com/@nolanissac

Take a look at the video below to find out more. Better still, subscribe to the channel and you’ll see a new one of these every week. Sometimes a “One by One” where we talk about what each part of blender does – at the moment we are concentrating on modifiers – other times tutorials on specific things or quick tips to make your life easier.

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