Welcome to the wonderful world of cg art! My name is Prince and i will be your tour guide through elysuin and get you started on some blender techniques. Here is a starter :
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Finished Projects - don’t post things you are making but things you have finished. Most people put there last render of there “work in progress” here.
Work In Progress (WIP) - put your works along with questions concernign them here. Refrain from posting questions about something you haven’t yet started (ex: I want to make a box how do i begin?)
General - ask any question concerning blender, yafray, python, or photo editors (gimp or photoshop preferably others could go in Other Software) or really anything you want alot of people to see as most people only look at the general section unless they want to look at specific sections.
Animation - ask questions concerning animation, animating, rigging, rendering, if it gets rendered as an avi then it belongs here!
Python - aks questions concerning python programming, installing, scripts, and anything python related.
Game - ask any question concerning game creation and animating
Other Software - ask questions concerning other software (blender, yafray, python, and major photo editors aren’t really concidered other software)
Weekend Challenge (WC) - once a week on thursdays a new topic is chosen and throughout the weekend you are to render an image of the topic then on monday the voting for best image is started and on thursday it is closed and the new subject is chosen by the winner.
Speed Modeling - never quite understood when topics were assigned or anything but here you have one hour to make something just like the WC.
There are other sections such as Off Topic, News and Elysiun help but i don’t find really any need for those (that is meant to be a compliment). FAQ for elysiun help is usually all you need - and search should be used before asking any questions!
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It is good to see that you started with tuts already - that is the way to go. no one really like people who ask how to do something the when they just joined when there are hundreds of google tuts on blender! Good places to go are the www.blender3d.org homepage and go to tut section then go to the elysiun tut section and also you may want to check out the blender manual for how to stuff. you may have already done this but you should install python, yafray, and a good post production editor (pp) such as photoshop or gimp or free ones like ultimate fx and the like. Create a File called user in your Blender install directory called user or somthing then put files in there like Sound, Textures, Scripts, Finished Projects, WIPs, Blends, Tuts, XMLs … and then put your files in here.
The GUI - When you start blender you see a screen with a cube, light, camera. I think this is boring so i always change the cube to a shere, add 3 point lighting, a texture, and a sky then with later versions of blender add reflections to the sphere and set osa to 16 and render big. Then to save this as user default press Cntl U. Other things such as user file locations are set in the top part of the screen.
The Textures - Google image searches yeild great images that can be used for textures. Just be careful to use as specific as topic then go less specific if needed. Also be weirry of search topics that might yield riske images! to fix this save preferences as safe search strict. This will keep adult images from showing.
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any other concernig sources ask them here or PM me (i am going offline the 18th so not after that!) and i’ll get back to you!
Hope this helps!