Getting started with 3D
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Installation done? Then you're ready for take off.
Start up Blender as described in the installation section. Start-up should be finished within a few seconds.
What you see is the contents and window layout of the $HOME/.B.blend file. This file is a regular Blender file and is the default file that loads automatically on start-up. A user can create his own default windows, pre-set Materials, models, directories, etc. You can save the user defaults at any time by pressing CTRL+U.
Quick-start guide pt 1
3D view manipulationThe largest window is the 3DWindow. It displays a Mesh plane (the square), a Camera and a 3Dcursor.
The translation and zoom options are also available as buttons in the header of each 3DWindow; press and hold these buttons with LeftMouse, and move the mouse.
All view-related commands are located in the numerical pad.
View pre-setsThe standard pre-sets 'Top', 'Front' and 'Side' view are also available via the numerical pad
The view selected is indicated in the header button.
View modesThe 3DWindow has three modes for viewing:
Blender layers are used to organize work and control visibility. Each Object has a layer setting, Scenes and 3DWindows have layers as well, to determine which Objects are visible.
Currently, there are 20 layers available. Press MKEY to move an Object to a certain layer setting.
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