Alright, you’ve made the decision. You’ve finally decided to learn Blender, so you can model your characters for a video game, an animated film, or even design a 3D environment. Either way, congratulations! Once you learn Blender, the possibilities are endless.
First things first, you must download the software. To do it, just go to www.blender.org in your browser, and once you land in the page, click on the “Download” button. Blender works on Windows, Mac, and Linux, so make sure you choose the version that fits your OS.
Once it’s downloaded, just click on the file so it can launch the installer. It may take a few seconds to get ready, so don’t worry.
Unless you have a very specific reason for you to want the software to be installed in a different location, we recommend just leaving the defaults that the program suggests. Read and accept the User’s License Agreement and hit “Next” each time to advance through the process.
When you reach the final screen, just go ahead and click “Install”, and lastly, hit “Finish” when it’s done.
After this, you should have a shortcut on your desktop. Double-click on it, and… Congratulations! You now have Blender on your computer.
Tip: For the purpose of this course, we will be using Blender 3.0, but if for some reason you need a different — older — version, those are also available for you to install. When you go to the webpage, just look for the “Download” tab in the upper section (not the button on the landing page).
Then, look for the “Previous Versions” section, on the top bar. Once in there, you’ll get access to Indexes containing all Blender’s versions, even the 1.0. Just select the one that goes with your OS and system build, and follow the installation process.
Please keep in mind that significant changes have been made between versions, so if you use an older one (pretty much any version older than 2.8), you will have a different interface.
So, in order for you to take the most out of this course, we highly recommend you to install the 3.0 version which, by the time of making this course, is the most recent one.
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