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Quickstart - A quickstart guide for beginners

Manual content:

Last updated 18.09.2017 - added the missing chapter Skin modifier in the pdf 5.7 Modeling - Modifiers.pdf

Installing
Interface
Editors
Data System
Modeling
Painting & Sculpting
Rigging
Animation
Physics
Rendering
Blender Render engine
Cycles Render engine
Freestyle
Open GL
Compositing
User Preferences
Advanced
Troubleshooting
Glossary
About this Manual
Pipeline
Game Engine
Bforartists History

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Single complete PDF file of the Bforartists Manual

Bforartists Manual as editable odt format
 

Manual Update History

 


Reference Manual:

Please feel free to download the PDF-Files to read them offline or on mobile devices.

Installing

1 - Installing Bforartists.pdf - 95 Kb

Interface

2 Interface.pdf - 1.64 Mb
2.1 Bforartists Standard Keymap.pdf - 300 Kb
2.2 Layouts.pdf - 1.09 Mb
2.3 Grease Pencil - 718 Kb

Editors

3.0 Editors.pdf - 0.97 Mb
3.1 Editors - 3D View.pdf - 3.6 Mb
3.1.1 - 3D View by tools - Tool Shelf.pdf - 11 Mb
3.2 Editors - Animation.pdf - 912 Kb
3.3 Editors - UV-Image Editor.pdf - 2.1 Mb
3.4 Editors - Video Sequence Editor.pdf - 1.5 Mb
3.5 Editors - Movie Clip Editor.pdf - 800 Kb
3.6 Editors - Text Editor.pdf - 65 Kb
3.7 Editors - Node Editor.pdf - 500 Kb
3.8 Editors - Properties Editor.pdf - 100 Kb
3.9 Editors - Outliner.pdf - 190 Kb
3.10 Editors - Info Editor.pdf - 70 kb
3.11 Editors - File browser.pdf - 70 kb
3.12 Editors - Python Console.pdf - 350 kb
3.13 Editors - User Preferences.pdf - 827 kb
3.14 Editors - Toolbar Editor.pdf - 813 kb

Data System

4 Data System.pdf - 333 kb

Modeling

5.1 Modeling - Meshes.pdf - 6.9 Mb
5.2 Modeling - Curves.pdf - 630 kb
5.3 Modeling - Surfaces.pdf - 410 kb
5.4 Modeling - Text.pdf - 530 kb
5.5 Modeling - Metas.pdf - 430 kb
5.6 Modeling - Empties.pdf - 110 kb
5.7 Modeling - Modifiers.pdf - 5.9 Mb

Painting & Sculpting

6 Painting and Sculpting.pdf - 1 Mb

Rigging

7.1 Rigging - Constraints.pdf - 1.25 Mb
7.2 Rigging - Armatures.pdf - 2.15 Mb

Animation

8 Animation.pdf - 1.75 Mb

Physics

9.1 Physics - Introduction.pdf - 125 Kb
9.2 Physics - Cloth Simulations.pdf - 360 Kb
9.3 Physics - Dynamic Paint.pdf - 263 Kb
9.4 Physics - Fluid Simulation.pdf - 440 Kb
9.5 Physics - Particles.pdf - 745 Kb
9.6 Physics - Smoke Simulation.pdf - 460 Kb
9.7 Physics - Soft Body.pdf - 490 Kb
9.8 Physics - Rigid Body.pdf - 357 Kb
9.9 Physics - Force Fields.pdf - 230 Kb
9.10 Physics - Baking Physics Simulations.pdf - 76 Kb

Rendering

10.1.1 Render - General.pdf - 1.45 Mb
10.1.2 Render - Camera.pdf - 500Kb

Blender Render engine

10.2.1 Render - Blender Render Engine - Materials.pdf - 3.38 Mb
10.2.2 Render - Blender Render Engine - Textures.pdf - 1.63 Mb
10.2.3 Render - Blender Render Engine - Lighting.pdf - 2.29 Mb
10.2.4 Render - Blender Render Engine - World.pdf - 232 Kb
10.2.5 Render - Blender Render Engine - Render Layers.pdf - 46 Kb
10.2.6 Render - Blender Render Engine - Render Passes.pdf - 360 Kb
10.2.7 Render - Blender Render Engine - Motion Blur.pdf - 125 Kb
10.2.8 Render - Blender Render Engine - Anti-Aliasing.pdf - 432 Kb
10.2.9 Render - Blender Render Engine - Edge (Toon) Rendering.pdf - 230 Kb
10.2.10 Render - Blender Render Engine - Render Quality.pdf - 44 Kb
10.2.11 Render - Blender Render Engine - Performance Consideration.pdf - 61 Kb

Cycles Render engine

10.3.1 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Introduction.pdf - 123 Kb
10.3.3 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Lamps.pdf
10.3.4 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Nodes.pdf - 629 Kb
10.3.5 Render - Cycles Render Engine - World.pdf - 260 Kb
10.3.6 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Camera.pdf - 216 Kb
10.3.7 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Render Features.pdf - 55 Kb
10.3.8 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Cycles Settings.pdf - 988 Kb
10.3.9 Render - Cycles Render Engine - GPU Rendering.pdf - 69 Kb
10.3.10 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Render Baking.pdf - 80 Kb
10.3.11 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Optimizing Rendering.pdf - 1.16 Mb
10.4 Render - Render Output.pdf - 165 Kb
10.5 Render - Post Processing.pdf - 200 Kb

Freestyle

10.6 Render - Freestyle.pdf - 2.89 Mb

10.7 Render - Workflows.pdf - 1.2 Mb

Open GL

10.8 Render - OpenGL Render.pdf - 115 Kb

10.9 Render - Audio Rendering.pdf - 107 Kb

Compositing

11 Compositing.pdf - 3.89 Mb

User Preferences

12 User Preferences.pdf - 843 Kb

Advanced

13.1 Advanced - Command Line.pdf - 84 Kb
13.2 Advanced -  Scripting & Extending Bforartists.pdf - 236 Kb
13.3 Advanced - Application Templates.pdf - 299 Kb
13.4 Advanced - Working Limits.pdf - 46 Kb

Troubleshooting

15 Troubleshooting.pdf - 151 Kb

Glossary

16 Glossary.pdf - 103 Kb

About this Manual

17 About this Manual.pdf - 38 Kb

Pipeline

18 Pipeline.pdf - 129 Kb

Game Engine

19 Game Engine.pdf - 92 Kb

Bforartists History

20 Bforartists History.pdf - 92 K


Single complete PDF file of the Bforartists Manual

BforArtists_094_Manual .pdf - 93 Mb, around 2200 pages

This is the complete Bforartists manual as a single PDF file for offline useage. It contains all the chapters from above. 

Please download the file! Right Click at it, save target as ...

To read it online is possible. But has a high loading time since it is pretty big. So you better download it once, and read it offline.


Bforartists Manual as editable odt format

http://www.bforartists.de/data/manual/bforartists_manual_odt.zip - 193 Mb

This is the whole manual in one zipfile in *.odt format. This is the file format for Libre Office or Open Office.

If you find a typo or want to help the project and extend the manual, then please be so kind to download the file and modify the part for which you have improving changes.

Please don't forget to send the improved file back to us. You can attach the file in the forum or the tracker for example.

Thank you very much!


Manual Update History:

18.09.2017 - added the missing chapter Skin modifier in the pdf 5.7 Modeling - Modifiers.pdf, updated the Bforartists_094_Manual.pdf download

15.09.2017 - The update to Bforartist 0.9.4 brings quite a few changes. The structure has changed.

Files added:
10.3.3 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Lamps.pdf
10.3.7 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Render Features.pdf
10.3.8 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Cycles Settings.pdf
10.3.9 Render - Cycles Render Engine - GPU Rendering.pdf
10.3.10 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Render Baking.pdf
10.3.11 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Optimizing Rendering.pdf
10.4 Render - Render Output.pdf
10.5 Render - Post Processing.pdf
10.6 Render - Freestyle.pdf
10.7 Render - Workflows.pdf
10.8 Render - OpenGL Render.pdf
10.9 Render - Audio Rendering.pdf
13.1 Advanced - Command Line.pdf
13.2 Advanced -  Scripting & Extending Bforartists.pdf
13.3 Advanced - Application Templates.pdf
13.4 Advanced - Working Limits.pdf

Files deleted:
10.3.2 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Render Settings.pdf
10.3.6 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Lamp.pdf
10.3.7 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Camera.pdf
10.3.9 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Features.pdf
10.3.10 Render - Cycles Render Engine - GPU Rendering.pdf
10.3.11 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Open Shading Language OSL.pdf
10.4 Render - Freestyle.pdf
10.5 Render - OpenGL Render.pdf
13 Scripting & Extending Bforartists.pdf
14 Command Line Arguments.pdf

Files modified:
2 Interface.pdf
2.1 Bforartists Standard Keymap.pdf
2.2 Layouts.pdf
3.1.1 - 3D View by tools - Tool Shelf.pdf
3.14 Editors - Toolbar Editor.pdf
10.3.2 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Materials.pdf
10.3.4 Render - Cycles Render Engine - World.pdf
10.3.5 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Nodes.pdf
10.3.6 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Camera.pdf
10.3.11 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Optimizing Rendering.pdf
13.2 Advanced -  Scripting & Extending Bforartists.pdf
18 pipeline.pdf
20 Bforartists history

20.7.2017  - Fixed the chapter 2.2 Layouts. It contained images with the old blue layout
30.06.2017. Modified the chapter 3.1.1 - 3D View by tools - Tool Shelf.pdf. Deleted the chapter 10.3.12 Render - Cycles Render Engine - Render Baking.pdf as obsolete. This informations are now in the chapter 3.1.1 - 3D View by tools - Tool Shelf
11.06.2017. Modified the chapter 3.1.1 - 3D View by tools - Tool Shelf.pdf
03.05.2017. Added the new chapter 3.1.1 - 3D View by tools - Tool Shelf.pdf

 


 

Licensing:

The Bforartists manual is in parts under Public Domain license and in parts under OCL License. Please read the Open Content license text in case you want to modify the files that are under OCL license. http://www.bforartists.de/wiki/open-content-license

The current Bforartists manual is partially based at the Blender 2.76 manual. The OCL license requires crediting the involved persons. Which is impossible since Blender did not do that. So i have to break the license here too. But Blender has a page where at least some of the currently active manual writers are listed: https://developer.blender.org/project/profile/53/


You want to get involved?
Have a look at the "Get Involved"-Page here: http://www.bforartists.de/node/3

See also here: http://www.bforartists.de/content/developer-faq

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