**HW0: Warming Up with Blender** # Getting Blender Blender is a free and open-source 3D graphics software. We will use Blender 3.0 for the course. To download it, go to [https://www.blender.org/download/](https://www.blender.org/download/) and choose the version that fits you. Blender doesn't have automatic update so when you want to update it, you will need to download it. To save the trouble, you can download Blender via [Steam](https://store.steampowered.com/) and it will handle the update for you. ![Blender](./images/blender.png height=500) If you already have an older version of Blender, you can still use it if its version is at least 2.8. Blender's user interface has experienced a significant change since [2.8](https://www.blender.org/download/releases/2-80/) so if you have an older version, it won't be easy for you to follow the assignment. There are many old tutorials online that use the older versions of Blender so make sure to keep that in mind while looking for external resources. # Introduction to Blender In this section, we will point you to some of the official video tutorials on how to use Blender. In later assignments, we will assume that you know the basic operations in Blender so please check them out. These tutorials are for Blender 2.8 but the operations and interface are the same in Blender 3.0. 1. [What is Blender?](https://youtu.be/MF1qEhBSfq4) 2. [Viewport Navigation](https://youtu.be/ILqOWe3zAbk) 3. [Interface Overview](https://youtu.be/8XyIYRW_2xk) 4. [Select & Transform](https://youtu.be/hTL6AKR8YDs) 5. [Add & Delete](https://youtu.be/JSAobQPRLwc) 6. [Collections](https://youtu.be/u_yIGGhubZs) 7. Polygon Selection and Editing 1. [Object and Edit Mode](https://youtu.be/34FBeC9mktE) 2. [Creating Meshes](https://youtu.be/VqzKWxw3IXc) 3. [Mesh Selection Mode](https://youtu.be/yqe7kC7Fk-I) 4. [Extrude](https://youtu.be/2qD_tcPMhOs) 5. [Loop Cut](https://youtu.be/-pCf3DjsEBg) # Addtional Resources The tutorials above should be enough to get you started on modeling. If you like these tutorials and want to learn more about Blender, you can finish the [YouTube playlist](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa1F2ddGya_-UvuAqHAksYnB0qL9yWDO6) where these tutorials are from. If you want to get your hand dirty, you can watch the famous [Blender beginner tutorial](https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjEaoINr3zgFX8ZsChQVQsuDSjEqdWMAD) by Blender Guru, where he will introduce you to Blender 3.0 through modeling and rendering a donut. And if you prefer reading manuals, there is a Help menu on the top of Blender that will take you to various manuals.