ONE BY ONE: Using the Lattice Modifier in Blender!

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I love Blender…

And sometimes it does things better than the competition, IMHO. The first time I tried to apply a lattice in Blender, I couldn’t work out how it worked at all. In every other piece of software I had used, you picked your polygon object and applied the deformer. The software worked it out.

Lattices in Blender are part of the modifier stack and, therefore, require connecting. I think there is an addon that does it automatically, but going through the motions is a good way to learn. one of those “Learn the rules to break them” situations.

Anyway, here is a simple guide top using lattices for animation and why they do more than the ones in, for example, Maya.

Sorry, Autodesk, yet again!

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: Learn The Skin Modifier in Blender

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I love Blender…I’m getting predictable, aren’t I..? I know it. But I do. Plus the modifier stack is ace. Nothing new, there’s been one in 3DSMax since it was 3D Studio.

One of those modifiers is called the Skin Modifier. it’s a way of taking all on the edges of your model and forming a cage around them, at the same time turning off the underlying structure, so it’s good for cages, fences and all sorts of structures like that.

The thing is it wasn’t meant for that. It was meant for making more organic shapes, either for rigging automatically to make trees or brachiating structures that needed animating or, more importantly, for prototyping simple models quickly as a base on which to develop, so it has been amazing for making simple creatures that can be worked up in sculpt mode.

As you’ll see here, I am no means a sculptor. there are far better people out there who can each you about that.

But I can show the principles of how to start making a structure that you can sculpt later.

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 Screw Modifier in Blender

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I love Blender…

It rocks. Period. And when it comes to modelling I am finding more and more that I can do faster iterations of objects than in Maya.

With the modifier stack in play, I can duplicating and making a new version can be done in minutes. But what about the simple things? What about revolving a profile to make a solid object? Where is that function? I can’t see revolve? Or Lathe? Or anything that sounds like turn-me-around-to-make-a-solid…oh, Screw does that?

Yes, the Screw Modifier does exactly that. And more.

Screw thread? Yes! Animatable Spring? Yes! Watch this video to find out how.

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 – Multiresolution Modifier

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I love Blender…

But the one thing I know I need to spend more time on within it is Sculpting. It’s not my strongest point. However, even though a lot of people use it for sculpting, there is actually more you can do the the Multiresolution modifier than just “subdivide” and “Sculpt”

So a quick modifier One to One look over. Hope you like it.

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Speedthru: Hovercar

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I mentioned in the last video post that I love modeling. I do. So I thought I would set myself a speed challenge to build a 3D car in 3 hours. And I did it. Pretty Much. I did make it a bit easier for myself by removing the need for wheels, going down the hover car route, but that in and of itself brought up a couple of challenges.

Anyway, I sped up the recordings and, apart from a small section where I built the wing mirrors which was lost due to unforeseen recording naming issues, it’s all down here, from Default Cube to fully shaded.

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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