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Here's my notes on blender. I'll keep adding to it as I learn more.




  • Always render the front towards -Y (create Monkey object to see the default orientation)

Non default settings

Status bar

Right click the status bar to enable Scene statistics.

  • Enable Orbit around selection
  • Enable Auto depth
  • Enable Zoom to mouse position



ManipulatorThe manipulator is the tool that allows you to move, rotate and scale objects in the 3d viewport.


VertexA vertex is a point in 3d space. It is the most basic element of a 3d object.
EdgeAn edge is a line between two vertices.
FaceA face is a flat surface between three or more vertices. Sometimes called Polygon.
MeshA mesh is a collection of vertices, edges and faces, that create a shape.
ObjectAn object is the combination of a mesh, the material and the texture. Two objects can share the same mesh.


MaterialparametersA material is a set of properties that define what an object looks like when rendered.
ShaderlogicA shader is a program that consists of rules and logic and runs on the GPU to determine the color of each pixel of an object based on different conditions.
TextureimageA texture is an image that is placedon the surface of an object to give it a move realistic look.

Important hotkeys


Blender shortcuts depend on the mouse cursor position.

Mouse navigation

  • MMB to rotate view
  • Shift + MMB to pan view
  • Ctrl + MMB to zoom view
  • Alt + drag MMB to rotate view (90-degree snap) in orthographic mode

Keyboard navigation

  • Numpad 2, 4, 6, 8 to rotate view
  • Shift + Numpad 2, 4, 6, 8 to pan view
  • Numpad +, - to zoom view
  • Numpad 1, 3, 7 to view from front, right, top
  • Numpad 9 to rotate view 180 degrees
  • Numpad 5 to toggle orthographic/perspective view

User interface

  • Ctrl + PgUp and Ctrl + PgDn to switch between workspaces (Layout, Modeling, Sculpting etc.)
  • Ctrl + Space to toggle editor fullscreen mode
  • Tab to toggle edit mode
  • 1, 2, 3 to switch between vertex, edge and face selection mode
  • F9 to open last operation settings
  • N to toggle right panel
  • Shift + S snap menu


  • Home to focus on scene
  • Numpad . to focus on selected object
  • Alt + Z to toggle X-ray mode
  • Z to open shading overlay

Adding an object

  • Shift + RMB to set the 3d cursor position
  • Shift + A to add object
  • Shift + C to reset 3d cursor position


  • G to move selected
  • R to rotate selected
  • S to scale selected


  • A to select all
  • A, A or Alt + A to deselect all
  • Ctrl + I to invert selection
  • X to delete selected
  • H to hide selected
  • Shift + H to hide unselected
  • Alt + H to reveal hidden objects
  • / to isolate selected objects
  • L to select linked sub-objects (vertices, edges, faces)
  • Shift + L to deselect linked sub-objects

What are your thoughts?