This documentation is intended as a text guide to accompany the first video in the 'Getting Started' set of videos.
After opening Blender, click "General" on the Blender splash screen. After clicking, you will be on the "3D viewport" with the default cube
The 3D Viewport is where you will be 90% of the time while working on your projects
First, delete the cube by left-clicking on the cube and pressing the "Delete" key. You can also delete the cube by pressing "X" and clicking delete.
The other two objects you see are the "Camera" and "Light". We wont be using those in this part of the tutorial, so try deleting them yourself.
Next, press "Shift + A" to get a drop down menu. Go to "Mesh" and select "Monkey."
Right-click on Monkey and click "Shade Smooth".
You will see a set of property tabs on the right side. From those tabs, select "Material Properties", then select "New" in the menu.
Click on "Base Colour" and select a colour you will like your monkey head to be. NOTE: To see the effects on the model, press "Z" and click on "Material Preview" from the pie menu.
Challenge: Come up with something unique by playing with the other material settings
Ensure your monkey head is selected by left-clicking on it.
On the left side of your screen, you will see several options. Left-click on "Move". Three arrows will then appear on your monkey head.
Left-click and hold on each one of these arrows to move your monkey head.
Red Line = X axis Green Line = Y axis Blue Line = Z axis
Click in the center of the monkey head (where the white circle is) to freely move your object.
If you have moved your monkey head and want to get it back to the center, Press Ctrl + Z to undo.
NOTE: You might have to press Ctrl + Z multiple times
The hotkey to move an object is "G". Imagine "G" for Grab.
Next, press "G" and then press X,Y, or Z to move your object along one of the colored lines, or axis. Left-Click to set it in place.
Finally, press "G" again and click and hold Middle Mouse Button (MMB) and drag, to snap your object to one of the axis (the colored lines). Left Click to set in place.
NOTE: If you don't have a scroll wheel, go to the edit drop-down in the top left corner of Blender's interface. Enter the preferences menu. Choose input. From here, go to the mouse section and tick 'Emulate 3 Button Mouse'. You can now press alt + left-click as a replacement for a scroll wheel.
With your monkey head selected, Left-click on "Rotate".
Left-click and hold on the colored arcs around the monkey head to rotate the object. Clicking in the center of the object will cause it to rotate freely.
The hotkey for rotating is "R". Press "R" and then press X,Y, or Z to rotate your object along one of the colored arcs, or axis. Left-Click to set it in place.
Challenge: Try and get the monkey head to face you.
Next, with your monkey head selected, Left-click on "Scale".
Left-click and hold on the colored arrows around the monkey head to scale the object in different directions.
Clicking in the center of the object will cause it to scale evenly in all directions
The hotkey for scaling is "S". Press "S" and then press X,Y, or Z to scale your object along one of the colored lines, or axis. Left-Click to set it in place.
NOTE: Scaling back to the original size can be difficult, try using Ctrl + Z to undo instead.
Created by: Anthony Gallas