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"Once you eliminate the facts, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."
— Arthur Conan Doyle's cousin, twice removed.

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  • Import / Export Types [Added: 12 Sep 2018]
    Import / Export Types
    As they appear in the menu File -> Import:
    .dae - Collada
    .abc - Alembic
    .3ds - 3D Studio
    .fbx - Autodesk FBX
    .bvh - Motion Capture
    .ply - Stanford
    .obj - Wavefront
    .x3d - X3D Extensible
    .wrl - X3D Extensiblemore
  • Transparent UV Shadow [Added: 06 Sep 2018]
    Transparent UV Shadow
    If you've UV-mapped a transparent image to a material, and no shadow is being cast, it's probably because the receiving object doesn't have Receive Transparent checked in the objects material (under the Shadow property)!

    A video demonstrating this issue:more
  • Lock Camera to View [Added: 31 Aug 2018]
    Lock Camera to View
    Because I'm old, and because I can't remember where I put my car keys or the "Lock Camera To View" option in Blender, I offer the following keepsake!more
  • # Resources [Added: 27 Aug 2018]
    # Resources
    Texture Haven: Free images.more
  • Shadeless Material [Added: 20 Aug 2018]
    Shadeless Material
    Easy in Blender Render. Not so much in Cycles.
    It's easier to just add the nodes manually rather than trying to use the graphical interface. Just do it!

    Using the nodes above, notice the shadows on the wall and picture frame (lower rail), but not on the "picture":more
  • Notes [Added: 12 Aug 2018]
    Notes
    Manual:
    Aligning
    Alignment
    View to Object
    Your object isn't aligned with the Cartesian coordinates. You'd like to view it in Edit Mode straight-on, without changing the objects orientation. Press-and-hod the Shift key while pressing the normal viewing keys. For example pressingmore
  • Transparent Image Overlay [Added: 30 Jul 2018]
    Transparent Image Overlay
    Seems so simple, once you've hit the right combination, doesn't it?
    From left: 3D View (set to Rendered), the Nodes, the (1) Material:

    The overlay image:more
  • Performance Improvements - Cycles [Added: 02 Jun 2018]
    Performance Improvements - Cycles
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gSyEpt4-60>
    *x 01 Reduce the number of light bounces
    Render Panel -> Light Paths -> Max/Min
    Adopted: 3/3

    *x 02 Use Portals

    *x 03 Use GPU
    I change this, and just WOW what a difference!!!
    Settings in TWO places:more
  • Shadow Catcher [Added: 01 Jun 2018]
    Shadow Catcher
    I wanted to create transparent images I could use as layers in Photoshop. The text and/or objects needed to cast shadows without visible planes.
    * *ckb Add your text and/or objects.
    * *ckb Add your "shadow plane" to Blender.
    *more
  • Paste Into a Mask [Added: 24 May 2018]
    Paste Into a Mask
    So simple, it hurts.
    *ckb Create a mask on a layer
    *ckb Alt-Click on the mask to edit the mask
    *ckb Paste!
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzvv0DfvJm8>more
  • Simple Bump Map Texture [Added: 10 May 2018]
    Simple Bump Map Texture
    I ran a simple test using the same basic image on three panels, and three different techniques
    to apply a texture:
    * Texture only
    * Texture with a Bump Map
    * Texture using Multiply node (something I saw in the 1st Cycles tutorial I watched and I wanted a comparison).more
  • Flaming Text [Added: 26 Apr 2018]
    Flaming Text
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtgFippR3PE>
    Step-By-Step
    Our Results:

    Our PS2 Source:

    Checklist
    Should (he said) follow the video.
    - *ckb New Document (1280px x 720px @72dpi)
    * *ckb Background: Black
    - *ckb Enter text
    * *ckb Adjust size, color, font, etc.
    - *ckbmore
  • Memes [Added: 03 Jan 2018]
    Memes
    Resolutions
    As-if we're going to keep 'em, right?
    File Name: [ resolutions.psd]
    File Type: Adobe Photoshop Image (.psd)
    File Size: 1.78 MB (1,869,002 bytes)
    Size on Disk: 1.78 MB (1,871,872 bytes)
    Image Dimension: 580 &times; 387 pixels [8.056 &times; 5.375 inches]more
  • Photoshop Help [Added: 30 Dec 2017]
    Photoshop Help
    I own Photoshop CS2. Your version may vary. But most of this is useful across versions.
    In PS CS2, you can find most of this in the Help under:
    Help Topics > Work area > Tools
    Toolboxes
    In PS CS2 Help under:
    Help Topics > Work area > Tools > About tools and the toolboxmore
  • Read File [Added: 19 Dec 2017]
    Read File
    Yes. You can read a file. In JavaScript.
    I had a couple buttons at the bottom of a page you could click to get different topics, and I'd display the contents in a div (called "helptext") at the very bottom.

    function dynoHtml(x) {
    var oHelpTxt = document.getElementById('helptext');
    var sIncDir = './includes/';
    var sFileName;
    if ('about' == x) {
    sFileName = sIncDir + 'about.html';
    } else if ('help' == x){
    sFileName = sIncDir + 'help2.html';
    } …more
  • Vegas / Facebook [Added: 24 Nov 2017]
    Vegas / Facebook
    Vegas: 13.0 (Build 373) 64-bit
    Using a simple "joke" made of several still images and text, I was trying to reduce file size. Original size using Internet 1920x1080-30p was 36,563KB (~36MB). I've got it down to 7,430KB (7.4MB).
    1st Testmore
  • Layers [Added: 12 Nov 2017]
    Layers
    Layer Masks
    Non-destructive editing. Good, quick tutorial:
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrKR07ofRRE>more
  • Conform Text to a Surface [Added: 24 Oct 2017]
    Conform Text to a Surface
    Good tutorial on using displacement maps.
    <http://www.designpanoply.com/blog/how-to-conform-text-to-a-surface-using-a-displacement-map-in-photoshop>
    * *ckb Open the background image
    * *ckb Click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 1 pixels.
    * *ckb Click Image > Adjustments > Desaturate to make it black and white.more
  • Moraff Mahjongg / Time [Added: 27 Aug 2017]
    Moraff Mahjongg / Time
    Converting .Net Ticks to Epoch
    I've got Moraff's Mahjongg XIV International (sorry, but seriously, Roman numerals for a Chinese game?). There are numerous issues with their code, one of which is granting awards. So I figured-out what programming software and database they were using so I could fix their accounting issues!more
  • Die Gracefully [Added: 03 Jul 2017]
    Die Gracefully
    Had a situation where we needed to do useful things before dying when opening files, like send SMS text messages to people on call in the dead of night. Here's a possible solution.

    eval {
    open PAPERIN, "<", $sPaperIn or
    die "Can't open file $sPaperIn: $!";
    # "or die" triggers eval
    };
    if ($@) {
    # do something useful before actually dying, here,
    # like send an SMS text message.

    print "We failed to open the file.\n";
    print "$@\n"; …more
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