How I got the image of my Dragonfly onto a cube in Blender 2.66a: Learning to animate series(9)

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BLENDER 2.66a:

Unwrap cube:

In Edit Mode, Select Cube

Under mesh tools, select UV mapping menu, from there select Lightmap pack, Click Ok…

Go to Cycles render: In Materials Tab, Create New material, Click Use Nodes, Choose any surface,

At the colour bar click the bullet point (the far right dark square there), Click Image texture from menu, Click OPEN,

Choose your image file…

CHANGE vector to: UV

Click RENDER…

This is how you take your own image texture & put it on a shape, here a cube, in Blender 2.66a…!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPCQDyO9cT0&list=PL217C5C3267B1D63B&index=29 This is the video tutorial where I learned how to do these steps this evening…I am grateful for the help…

Materials Notes:

Today I received the slightly used Wacom Graphire4 Tablet & Pen that I found on ebay.ca in Calgary, Alberta, & won for a bid of $30.49…

Artist Hanno Phenn had already given me the links for the newest software available, & had warned me not to use the Cds that would come with…He also got me the link for the user manual online…

So, when the tablet arrived, I already had the software installed, all I needed to do was plug the tablet in…

For the pen settings, for Blender 3d animation software, I set the bottom button to right click, & the top button to middle click…

There are also a few settings within Blender 2.66a that you have to tweak to accept the pen…

The tutorial that explains how to use a drawing tablet with Blender is only available to “citizens” of Blender cookie…A privilege well worth it for the $10 dollars a month they ask…I encourage anyone trying to use this free 3d animation software to join Blender Cookie as a Citizen in order to get all the help that you need…

cgcookie.com/blender Here is the link to Blender Cookie…

The nice thing about using a pen instead of a 3 button mouse in Blender is that when you want to select a button you just tap it, because your point of your pen is Left click on the pen…When you use a 3 button mouse, to left click, well, you have to click the left button on your mouse…Turns out clicking the left button on your mouse is more tiring than just tapping with the point of your pen…The tapping is slightly more intuitive…

Although I must say it is strange for me, using a pen & tablet, not because of the normal disorientation people talk about, but because I am using my left hand…

For some reason, though I write with my right hand, over the years, the computer mouse has sat to the left of the keyboard…

For me it just seemed logical that I would have to type with my right & mouse with my left…I thought typing was more specific, so I have been mousing with my left…

So when the tablet & pen arrived it went on the left, because I have become used to the pad being on the left…

But now I am holding a pen with my left hand…Neurologists say that in order to stimulate the brain it is good to try things one is not used to…Many people really underuse the left side of their body…So I have been encouraging my left hand to do more things over the years…I am probably a stifled lefty anyways, taught from an early age that the right hand was the correct hand…(French Roman Catholic private school at an early age)…

I am thinking that using my left hand will also help my creative side to speak louder…But wow my head feels confused about this…

 

 

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