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Introduction to 3D Animation with Blender Online Workshop - Recommended Full-Time Study Schedule

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Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5

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8:00-9:50Workshop Overview, Software & Interface CheckIntroduction to the Video Sequence EditorBasic Video Editing with Blender, Creating Playable Video FilesUse the Video Editor to Watch the Solar System SceneUse the Video Editor to Watch Your Array Modifier Scene

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Blender OverviewPrimitive Shapes and the Tool ShelfEdit Mode & Extrusion Modeling, Extrusion Modeling ExerciseIntroduction to the Text Tool, Text ExerciseIntroduction to Curves and Paths, Related Exercises

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Jump Into 3D: Your LogoSimple Shapes Scene 1Edit Mode Mistakes and First-Aid for Your MeshFonts and Formatting, Related ExercisesAnimation with Curves and Paths, Related Examples

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9:50-10:00Morning BreakMorning BreakMorning BreakMorning BreakMorning Break

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10:00-NoonIntroduction to Mouse Controls, Mouse Controls ExerciseIntroduction to the Fisheye Camera RigMaterial Channels, Material Channels ExerciseAnimate (Almost) Every Value, Related ExercisesIntroduction to Metaballs, Metaballs Exercises

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Flight ModeHow to Append the Fisheye Camera Rig to an Existing SceneThe Subdivision Surface Modifier, Subdivision ExerciseThe Screw Modifier, Related ExercisesProportional Editing Mode, Related Exercises

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Selection Methods and Pitfalls, Selection ExerciseSet Fisheye Camera to DefaultExtrusion Modeling ProjectLathe Modeling, Related ExercisesProcedural Displacement with Modifiers and Textures, Related Exercises

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Scene Composition with the Fisheye Camera Rig, Fisheye Scene Composition Exercise

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Noon-1:00Lunch BreakLunch BreakLunch BreakLunch BreakLunch Break

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1:00-2:50Perspective and Orthographic View Modes, View Modes ExerciseBasic Materials, Materials ExerciseScene Organization with the "N-Panel" & the OutlinerThe Bevel Modifier, Related ExercisesObject-Controlled Texture Coordinates

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Transformation Controls and Coordinate Systems, Transform Controls ExerciseBasic Textures, Textures ExerciseIntroduction to F-Curves (Animation Curves), F-Curve ExercisesThe Boolean Modifier, Related ExercisesThe Simple Deform Modifier, Related Exercises

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The Ten Cube ChallengeBasic Lighting and Shadows, Lighting ExerciseCommon Rotation Problems, Rotation ExercisesThe Edge Split Modifier, Related ExercisesThe Build Modifier, Related Exercises

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The Solidify Modifier, Related Exercises

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2:50-3:00Afternoon BreakAfternoon BreakAfternoon BreakAfternoon BreakAfternoon Break

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3:00-5:00Basic AnimationProduction OrganizationParenting, Parenting ExercisesThe Remesh Modifier, Related ExercisesIntroduction to the Cycles Renderer

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Animate Your LogoSimple Shapes Scene 2Solar System ProjectThe Array Modifier, Related ExercisesCycles Material

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Render Your Logo SceneRender Shapes Scene 2Render Solar System SceneArray Modifier ProjectCycles Render Settings

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Render Array Modifier SceneThere's a Lot More to Learn!