2. July 2015


Sometimes when you are working with Blender you want to render a beauty shot, but want to also show the wireframe of the model you are working on.  This video shows that process.  (As an added bonus, it also shows how to enable wireframe display while in Object mode in case you were wondering how ).



The Process


Select the Object you wish to render with a wireframe overlay:



Hit Shift + D to duplicate it.



Select the material on the wireframe and make it unique.



Select a diffuse color for your wireframe.  Optionally enable emit if you want the wireframe to glow slightly.



Add a Wireframe modifier to the copy



Now render:


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26. June 2015


The lattice object/modifier pairing is a under appreciated modeling tool in Blender, which makes it fast and simple to make sweeping changes to high density polygon meshes, in a way much faster than even sculpting.


This quick Blender Tip tutorial video ( available in HD here ), illustrates the process.



Basically, you envelop your existing mesh in a Lattice Object:



Like so:



Zoomed to illustrate better:



Then in object mode with your mesh selected, go to the modifiers tab and add a Lattice Modifier, click Object and select your Lattice:



Now select the Lattice object, and set the number of divisions you wish ( how many control points in each direction ):



Switch to Edit mode and make whatever alterations you wish, changes to the lattice will be applied to the underlying shape:


When done, with the Mesh selected, go to modifiers and click Apply:



You can now delete the Lattice, and tada, updated polygon mesh:



The video also shows how to set a shape key for animation if you are curious. 

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1. June 2015


Mixamo, the creator of the online self serve animation service of the same name, as well as Mixamo Fuse character creation software, were just acquired by Adobe.


I just received the following email:


Dear Mike,

We are proud to announce that as of today, our company has been acquired by Adobe. Incorporating Mixamo technology into Adobe’s world class software platform means greater ease of use and accessibility for Mixamo’s current and future users.

Over the coming months, Adobe and Mixamo will work on integrating Mixamo products and services into Adobe Creative Cloud.  For detailed answers to your questions read our handy FAQ. Or, visit the Mixamo blog for the full story.

How does this effect your Mixamo account?

  • Mixamo’s products and services will continue to operate normally and you will continue to have full access to any services that were available to your account prior to the transition, with the exception of a la carte purchases.
  • During the transition period, Mixamo will be unable to process payments including refunds, upgrades and a la carte purchases. We look forward to sharing our plans for the future in the coming months.
  • Current plan customers can continue to fully use the Mixamo service, including all its products, until their plan expires. All plans that expire before the end of the year will be automatically extended to December 31, 2015, at no cost.

  • All existing accounts will receive 10 free auto-rigs and 20 free animations in addition to any auto-rigs and animations currently remaining on the account.

There will be a lot of excitement (and questions) in the coming weeks and months, and we will do our best to keep you informed. Please post questions on our community forum or reach out to support.

Thank you for supporting Mixamo and helping us to become a premier provider of high quality characters, rigs and animations. Your artistry for storytelling has inspired us for over six years and all that passion will guide us through the new and even more ambitious challenges ahead.

We are looking forward to seeing what you will create with Mixamo and Adobe as we move forward into the next chapter!

Happy Animating,

Stefano Corazza


Interesting move.  The 20 free animations is nice.  I am not sure how the 10 free auto-rigs collides with the free auto-rigging they just announced with the release of Mixamo 2. 


To be honest, I always liked Mixamo’s business model and generally, I don’t like Adobe’s, so I doubt I am going to like the outcome of this transaction, but hopefully I will be proven wrong.

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22. April 2015


The following is a companion post containing the hotkeys used in the following video.  It is an hour in duration and attempts to teach the basics of 3D modeling in Blender.  It is a companion to this video which is also an hour in duration and introduces the viewer to Blender.  Of course if you prefer text based tutorials, we’ve got you covered there too!


The Video


The HotKeys


Blender Hotkeys



Switch mode ( object, edit ) Tab
Switch Edit Mode (Vertex, Edge, Face) Ctrl + Tab
Switch to Edit Vertex Mode Ctrl + Tab + 1
Switch to Edit Edge Mode Ctrl + Tab + 2
Switch to Edit Face Mode Ctrl + Tab + 3
Rotate R
Scale S
Translate/Move/Grab G
Select Object RMB
Select Multiple Shift + RMB
Select All/Clear Selected A
Select Edge Loop Alt + RMB
Box select B
Circle Select C
Lasso Select Ctrl + RMB
X Ray Display Mode Z
Specials Menu (Common operations) W
Vertex Menu Ctrl + V
Edge Menu Ctrl + E
Face Menu Ctrl + F
Extrude E
Bevel Ctrl + B
Knife Tool K
Connect Vertex J
Fill/Create Face F
Insert Edge Loop Ctrl + R

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26. March 2015


I just started a new concept off today, please let me know if you like it.  Basically it’s a fixed duration (one hour) overview on a specific topic, in this case Blender.  The idea is to give a cross between an introduction and a tutorial on getting started with using a certain product.  In this video we look at Blender, how to configure it, how to navigate and customize the interface, what it’s composed off and the basics of operating it.


If there is interest, I can do “An hour with” topics that are much more focused, such as “An hour Modelling” or “An hour texturing”, etc.


Additionally, this is not a deep dive Blender tutorial.  Fortunately I already have one of those!  If you are looking at specifics of learning Blender, the hotkeys, etc, please start here.


Below is an embedded version of the video.  It is also available in full 1080p on YouTube here.


The Video


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