Help learning Blender

I am new to Blender and have been having difficulty learning how to use it. I have been using the Manual on blender.org (http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:Manual), but it is difficult to read and rarely interactive, so I get no hands-on experience. Is there an easier or more interactive way to learn? Should I use solely tutorials? I will eventually want to use Blender to make games, so if anyone has suggestions on more efficient ways to learn the ropes of Blender please tell me. :slight_smile:

Hmmm… well, I’ve been using blender for only about a month and I’ve been able to make a few decent models already (nothing spectacular, mind you, but good enough to use for the goal I’m after). I really don’t think there are any magical tutorials out there that will teach you everything you need to know about the program, but I found the following website VERY useful: http://www.gryllus.net/Blender/Blender24X/3D.html

Basically, there’s a huge learning curve to any 3D program if you’ve never used one before (like me), so you just have to dive in and play around until you start to understand how everything works. It takes time and there’s a lot of frustration at first, but you’ll figure it out eventually… just take it one step at a time and try not to pull your hair out. LOL

Anyway, if I can learn to do basic modeling in Blender in a month, then I’m positive that you can too. :smiley:

Thank you for the link. I checked it out and it will be very helpful. :slight_smile: The book on the wiki puts you to sleep before you even start reading, so this should help a lot. :smiley:

Here’s where I started at:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro

“Unit 1: Knowing Blender” is a bit dry and can put you to sleep, but after that, the modeling parts gets going pretty good I thought. It’s where I first learned to model with blender.

Yea, there’s a lot to learn, but I think once you get the interface down, the rest gets a bit easier…:spin: hahaha…

Randy

P.S. I would stick with 2.49 right now, as most tutorials are written for that version or similar ones, there’s a big difference in the interface between 2.49 and 2.5, so you shouldn’t put yourself at a disadvantage by starting out with 2.5.

Thank you also. :slight_smile: I noticed that for many of the pages it said that they were not fully developed. Did that make a difference for you? And (I think) I have Blender 2.49. :stuck_out_tongue:

The Essential Blender is an ebook that is free and awesome. You can also buy the book new and used everywhere.

Click the link below for the ebook:
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.4/Books/Essential_Blender

Help support new development and projects by buying this book at the official Blender.org e-shop:
http://www.blender3d.org/e-shop/

Cool! I looked at the first introduction chapter and it definitely sounds more interesting than the wiki textbook. Thank you. :slight_smile: