The Blender is a 3d modeling and animation program that is free to download and use, because it’s open source software. Unlike most software it has a unique interface, and the first thing a new user will notice is that you cannot select by left clicking as with many other programs.
This is one of the reasons many newbies decide that they cannot learn to use Blender. Most new users are quickly discouraged when they open the program for the first time and begin left clicking on things and nothing happens. Blender is, by default, set up to use a right click to select objects. And what many advanced users and obviously new users do not know is that Blender is very customizable; you can quickly switch the setting for selecting items to left clicking in the user preference window.
To switch the method of selecting objects to left clicking simply go to ”File>User Preferences” a pop-up window will appear. Next, click on the ‘Input’ tab and on the left side under the section titled ‘Select With’ just click on the ”Left” button. Now, click the ”Save User Settings” button in the bottom left corner of the Window and close the Window by clicking the ”X” in the top right corner. Now you can select objects by left clicking.
However, leaving the default settings is recommended for new users for two reasons. Right clicking to select objects only takes a little getting used to, and changing the default settings may affect the way other commands function.
The developers have, in my opinion, worked very hard to improve the users experience. The interface is not what one may expect, but considering all that Blender 3D can do it is a relatively easy to learn software.
New users can find many helpful free video tutorials, documents and forums online to help them as they learn to use the program. There are many Blender 3D books now available too.
What can Blender do? It’s a 3D modeling program that allows users to create, rig and even animate characters and scenes. But this is just the bare basics, Blender has a sculpt mode that keeps getting better with each updated release. The Blender Game Engine (BGE) now uses logic blocks, and the physics can create realistic hair and particles. Simulate flowing water, smoke, fire and use the wave modifier to animate rippling water or crashing waves. In recent releases Cycles Render and Node Editor has been improved to help artist created stunning, life-like 2D or 3D renders. This only touches the surface of what this free, open source software can do.
Are there things that could be more user-friendly? Absolutely, but that is true with many commercial programs. Are you considering learning CGI or 3D animation? Perhaps, you have been thinking about creating a video game, but cannot afford the cost of software or classes. The Blender software may be the answer.
Blender 3D has enabled thousands of users to learn skills they may never have had the opportunity to, and the developers are always open to feedback, bug-reports and suggestions. Just go to the official website to download Blender and browse around. There is a lot of useful information to help you get started.