Blender Arsenal | Blender 2.67 How to TexturePaint tutorial, using blender and gimp, Part 1

This gentleman who goes under the moniker Blender Arsenal has published a two parts video tutorial on how to use the TexturePaint feature with Blender 2.67 and Gimp. This video is first part of the tutorial. Here is part 2.

Girl Wonder Speaks… About Second Life | Teach Me Something Meme: Managing Your Inventory

Tymmerie Thorne of the Girl Wonder Speaks… About Second Life blog has an interesting post on how to tame your inventory. Click here to visit her blog. Please like this post if you find it of interest.

BlenderDiplom | Recover Blender Projects like a Pro

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Blender crashed? You quit accidentally? Saved over an important step? Blender offers ways to recover all of these! Gottfried Hofmann at BlenderDiplom explains three different ways to recover your Blender projects.

KatsBits | Alpha Transparency Texture basics in Blender 3D

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This tutorial by web site KatsBits explains how to get alpha-channeled transparent textures with Blender 2.5+ right.

“Getting alpha-channeled transparent textures to correctly display in Blenders main 3D View has always been a bit tricky to do because of the ‘real time’ nature of the feature. It needn’t be however, as the following tutorial explains, it is generally and relatively straightforward to get semi-opaque or fully transparent textures set-up to display correctly depending on the type of transparency required in the main work zone. The following tutorial discuses the two main approaches to getting transparency to correctly display in the 3D View.”

Canned Mushrooms | Blender 2.5 Training on Texture Materials and Mapping

As a total noob at 3d modeling and struggling my way to learn the intricacies of Blender, I am always on the lookout for useful tutorials. There are parts of the modeling workflow that are still hazy to me, and one of them is texturing. Some days ago as I was searching for some information on texturing a model I happened to find an old post in the Second Life Mesh Forum by Ashasekayi Ra where she recommended Jason Welsh’s (aka Canned Mushrooms) video tutorials on texture materials and mapping in Blender. In her words: “I’d highly recommend the Canned Mushroom Blender texturing series. It is extremely thorough and has a class type structure.”

This is the most complete course on texturing and mapping in Blender that I have ever found so far, a real gem. Over 14 hours in 106 videos available on YouTube, also available on DVD. Highly recommended.

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Central Dauphin High School | Free Blender Basics Classroom Tutorial eBook

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Apparently there are quite a few free ebooks out there on the web. This is the third find in a few days. This free ebook is authored by James Chronister and it is available through the website of the Central Dauphin High School.

There are two editions available: the 3rd edition covers version 2.49, the 4th edition covers version 2.5/2.6. I checked the 4th edition, at first glance the book covers lots of topic in 24 chapters and 178 pages. It comes with color pictures while some video tutorials are available on the web. The file is in the usual PDF format.

The download page is a bit crowded, so you’ll have to visually scan the page to find the link to download the book. Also available on the page are links to a material library and a 3D trees library. A translation of the book in Russian (no edition specified) is also available.