This section of the blog has all my articles related to Blender. The articles are a collection of news, tips, and tutorials.
AvaStar now has the ability to work with vertex normals. Why would you want to work with vertex normals? Watch the video.
Figuring out how to use the new shape keys isn’t too hard. Gaia Clary has provided free help, which I link to below. Figuring out what you will do with them is another challenge. It looks to me like using shape keys will be most useful to those making clothes for Standard Sizes and custom … Continue reading
April 9 – Machinimatrix updated AvaStar. The announcement is here: Avastar 1.4-5. AvaStar now has the ability to use custom shape keys. This doesn’t mean the shape keys can be loaded into Second Life™. It does mean you can use them to speed your design while working in Blender. As the video shows, (if you … Continue reading
Blender released a new version 3/31. The short list of improvements is: Cycles got several precision, noise, speed, memory improvements, new Pointiness attribute. Viewport has new cool compositing features, outliner now manages orphan data-blocks better. Modeling now allows custom normals, and transferring data layers between meshes! Massive improvements to hair dynamics and editing tools: a … Continue reading
Gaia is working on better and easier use of shape keys in AvaStar. Watch the teaser: These are only for use in Blender. They cannot be transferred into Second Life. SL shapes are baked into the viewer, meaning users cannot change them. But, they should allow us to make our various shapes for clothing and … Continue reading
Gaia is asking for feedback regarding what changes to make in AvatStar during 2015. See: Avastar 2015 where to go? You can pick 3 items: Implement: “The Mesh machine” (for easier fitting mesh attachments) Make basic video(s): “Blender for SL Noobies” Make Video: Fitted Mesh (basics) Add Sample Models Make basic video: “Create Attachment” Update … Continue reading
Issanou Kamardine is sharing the 3D brushed developed for Issanou’s personal use. The video show them in action. There is also an addon that is supposed to improve sculpting work flow. More info and download links on Blender Nation.
Gaia Clary at Machinimatrix.org is running a 50% off on Sparkles for AvaStar users. It ends February 15, until then Sparkles Pro: US$15 web* – US$7.50±/L$1,800* in-world, with 1 year of updates. (Prices are a bit unclear. I checked and the regular price is/will be $15.) If you are not sure what Sparkles is… the video is a preview. … Continue reading