Technology ยป 3D Modeling

Information, Tutorials, and Projects for the 8th Grade 3D Animation class.

Projects

Creating 3D Images

Blender 3D - 3D Text

3D Text Video

Learning outcome

Students will be introduced to the Blender interface. The terminology of Blender is introduced.

  • Object - A creation on the Blender work area (e.g. sphere, plane, text)
  • Material - Adding a surface to an object to be displayed with the object is rendered (e.g. diffuse, glass, hair, emission)
  • Render - The calculation process that creates the final picture or animation

Notes on using this tutorial

  • The Add menu in the tutorial is on the top left of the screen. The blender you are creating the Add menu is on the lower left
  • When Rendering the first time, use a Sampling of 10 (instead of 128 which is the default) to get the quick view. Your final render will use at least 1,000 samples.

Blender 3D - Cup and Cloth

Cup and Cloth Video

Learning outcome

  • Introduction to wireframe mode and using the selection process to modify a mesh.
  • Using the modifier to modify the mesh (e.g. adding a solidify modifier to create a thickness to an object.
  • Adding collisions between objects to simulate real life objects.

Notes on using this tutorial

  • The Add menu in the tutorial is on the top left of the screen. The blender you are creating the Add menu is on the lower left
  • When Rendering the first time, use a Sampling of 10 (instead of 128 which is the default) to get the quick view. Your final render will use at least 2,000 samples.

Blender 3D - Wood Cup

Required file to be downloaded for use with this video

  1. woodsample.jpg
Wood Cup Video

Learning outcome

  • Continuing to understand modifying a mess by using wireframe mode.
  • Learn to use the "deform" function to modify a mesh in a random fashion.
  • Using the Composite Editor to apply an image file to map onto the object we are working with.
  • Using the Node Editor to visually manipulate the object. The node editor will be used to use the color of the image file to show a displacement (depth) on the object.

Notes on using this tutorial

  • Make sure you download the image file from this webpage instead of the video tutorial webpage.

Blender 3D - Realistic Chain

Required file to be downloaded for use with this video

  1. ground.jpg
  2. outdoors.jpg
  3. surface.jpg

Realistic Chain Video

Learning outcome

  • At this point, you are expected to have some knowledge of how Blender works and have an understanding of the interface and keyboard shortcuts. There will be an Increased the use of keyboard shortcuts to speed up the development of 3D objects, and less (or no) instructions on commands you have previously used.
  • Increased use of the Node Editor.
  • Notes on using this tutorial

    • This is an intermediate level tutorial, and there is an expectation that you have had previous knowledge of using Blender. You will need to pause the video at times in order to follow along.
    • The Rigid Body Tools are now contained in the Physics Tab on the left hand side menu, instead of the Tools tab as instructed in the video.

Blender 3D - Soccer Ball

Required file to be downloaded for this video

Soccer Ball Video

Special instructions for the soccer ball in our version of Blender

Learning outcome

  • Learning how to use add-on features will be discussed (in the supplemental video).
  • Introduction to the use of Edge Select and Face Select and how to dissolve unwanted edges

Notes on using this tutorial

  • The video will ask you to install an add-on to Blender, but in the version of Blender you will be using the add-on is already a part of Blender. Watch the supplemental video first in order to understand how to turn-on the add-on.
  • After doing the subdivide of the surface you are asked to use the ctrl-numpad 1 to decrease the selected area of the surfaces. This will only work if you are using the minus sign on the numpad.

Blender 3D - Pool Balls

Pool Balls Video

Learning outcome

  • Being able to merge two objects in a boolean fashion (to only keep where two objects intersect).

Creating 3D Animations

Blender 3D - Text Transformation Animation

Sample Image

Video Tutorial

Learning outcome

  • Introduction to the Particles System section to change the text into particles.
  • Understand how to add a force field (turbulence) to an object.
  • Using keyframes within an animation to set postions where actions start or stop.
  • Understanding the difference between rendering a picture and rendering an animation.

Notes on using this tutorial

  • When ready to create the animation, open up the Output section of the Render tab and select your Libraries->Videos folder to put the output file into.
  • For the File Format, select FFmpeg video. Then under Encoding select h264 in MP4 to create an MP4 type video to turn in.

Blender 3D - Chocolate Animation

Sample output

Video

Learning outcome

  • Learning to create a "loop cut" on a surface. This will allow you to add more vertices on a surface with subdividing the surface.
  • Converting text to a Mesh to be able to manipulate it.
  • Using keyframes within an animation to set positions where actions start or stop.
  • The use of Dynamic Paint to set up waves on the chocolate bar.

Notes on using this tutorial

  • When ready to create the animation, open up the Output section of the Render tab and select your Libraries->Videos folder to put the output file into.
  • For the File Format, select FFmpeg video. Then under Encoding select h264 in MP4 to create an MP4 type video to turn in.

Blender 3D - Text Dissolve Animation

Sample output

Video

Learning outcome

  • Use of particles and a force field to scatter the particles
  • Use of keyframes to have the text show and then disappear to give the appearance of dissolving into particles.
  • Use of keyframes to cause the particles to shrink to give the appearance that they are dissolving.

Notes on using this tutorial

  • When ready to create the animation, open up the Output section of the Render tab and select your Libraries->Videos folder to put the output file into.
  • For the File Format, select FFmpeg video. Then under Encoding select h264 in MP4 to create an MP4 type video to turn in.

Blender 3D - Clock Animation

Required file to be downloaded for use with this video

  1. clock_face.png

Sample output

Videos (3)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3 - creating the animation

Learning outcome

  • A faster paced video that requires you to have previous knowledge and experience in order to recognize Blender commands quickly.
  • Creating multiple shapes of different sizes from similar UV Spheres.
  • Use of the Video Sequencer to combine multiple PNG files into a movie file.
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Notes on using this tutorial

  • Sometimes when you are creating the clock face, when you scale the z axis to 0 the object disappears. Try opening the options window by selecting n and then under the Transform section, go to Scale: and change the z-axis to 0 there.
  • Feel free to download a clock face image from the Internet if you don't like the one provided. Use an image that does NOT have the clock hands on it
  • At 11:57 in the first video, there is an overlay message that states you will have to select the clockface.png.
  • After adding the Lattice, you will be asked to add Shape Keys and then rename them. The video has a "name" box, but your version of blender does not have this ability.
  • This video request that you save each frame as an individual PNG file instead of a single movie file.
  • For the File Format, select FFmpeg video. Then under Encoding select h264 in MP4 to create an MP4 type video to turn in.

Blender 3D - Pepper Splash Effect

Sample output

Videos (2)

Part 1 Part 2

Learning outcome

  • Introduction to porportional editing.

Notes on using this tutorial

Blender 3D - Wood Chipping Text Animation

Sample output

Video

Learning outcome

Notes on using this tutorial

Blender 3D - Fantasy Text Factory Animation

Sample output

Video

Blender 3D - Planets Colliding Animation

Sample output

Video

Blender 3D - Earth

This tutorial can be difficult to following and the author expects that you have sufficient skill and background knowledge to be able to achieve this spectacular rendering of the plant earth. This tutorial can be used as a replacement for other tutorials - see Mr. Campbell for details.

Sample output

Earth Tutorial required files