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Blender For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Jason van Gumster

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Chapter 13

Letting Blender Do the Work for You

In This Chapter

  • Playing with particles
  • Simulating physics with soft body and rigid body dynamics
  • Working with cloth simulation
  • Creating fluid animations with Blender's fluid simulator

When animating, some actions are difficult or very time consuming to get right, such as explosions, fire, hair, cloth, and physics-related actions like moving fluids and bouncing objects. In order to get these actions to look right, one solution is to let the computer do the work and create a simulation of that action taking place. You use variables like gravity and mass to define the environment, and the computer calculates how the objects in the scene behave based on the values you set. Using the computer is a great way to get nearly accurate motion without the need to key everything by hand. That said, don't make the mistake of thinking simulations always give you a huge time savings in animation. This assumption isn't necessarily true, as some highly detailed simulations can take hours, or even days, to complete. Instead, think of simulations as a way to more reliably animate detailed, physically accurate motion better than you might be able to do by hand alone.

image This chapter only scratches the surface of what you can do with the simulation tools in Blender, so you should certainly look at additional resources, such as Blender's official online ...

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