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Blender 2.8 Magic in Minutes: Atlantis Space City Tutorial

Blender 3D News - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 06:50

Taumich writes: After finding a lot of people asking me for tutorials on my Atlantica Novum artwork that I made once they heard how little time it took me to produce it, I decided to finally put some time aside and produce this tutorial. It is targeted toward people who already know the blender basics [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

St3pan0va releases P0ss3ss0r free VST effect for Windows

Audio Freeware - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 06:01

St3pan0va has released P0ss3ss0r, a new free VST effect with a unique audio engine. One signal gets possessed and controlled by another, voodoo style. It was made to update that T-Pain-Cher-Kraftwerk-Robot-Daft-Punk-Vocoder...

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Kushview updates Element to v0.34.0

Audio Freeware - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 05:38


Kushview has updated Element, a modular AU/VST/VST3 audio plugin host for live performance and the studio, to v0.34.0.

Element allows the user to chain plugins together into...

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Tip on Making Concepts Art: Randomize Transformation

Blender 3D News - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 04:45

Markom3D writes: This is a very short video on how to use the randomize transformation option in Blender to help flesh out other ways of utilizing the model.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

The BNPR Show #4: Simplified

Blender 3D News - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 02:40

LightBWK writes: It is that time again for The BNPR Show: The BNPR Show celebrates stylized rendering. The highlights are: Anime Explosion vfx Simplified design in The Witness Behind the scene Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Please Enjoy! Show notes are available here.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Tutorial: Composition for Artists

Blender 3D News - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 00:35

Alvaro writes: This tutorial is for 3D Artists, Digital Artists, Photographers, Traditional Artists and so because in visual composition the basis is the same for all.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Daily Blender Tip 243: Extrude at a 90° angle

Blender 3D News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 22:30

Jan van den Hemel writes: If you've ever modeled a window frame, you'll know the challenge of extruding something at a an angle without running into scaling issues. Well, guess what - there's a super long shortcut that will make your life easier! Check it out in this quick tip.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Improved Reflection Catcher

Blender 3D News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:35

ChrisP writes: In this tutorial I show you how you a few tricks how to create a pretty nice looking "reflection catcher" for Blender 2.8 Cycles! Visit https://chrisp.zone for downloads, pics, infos, links and more...

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Write your own add-on: "Voxelize" turns anything into voxels [$,promoted]

Blender 3D News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:30

pavla writes: Create your own add-on with these 2 free lessons! Voxelize is a Blender add-on that will turn any object into neatly stacked voxels in the popular Minecraft/LEGO style. These 2 lessons give you a beginner's insight into Python to create the Voxelize add-on.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

CG Boost Fantastic Greenhouse Challenge announced!

Blender 3D News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:25

Zacharias Reinhardt writes: Hi everyone! I'm very happy to announce the 3rd CG Boost Challenge for all 3d artists wanting to improve their skills and get the chance to win prizes worth ~$3,920 provided by our awesome sponsors (many cool Blender related prizes included)! BRIEFING, RULES AND PRIZES The topic for this challenge is “Fantastic [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Full Bucket Music releases SequencAir v1.0.0 for Mac & Win (Free)

Audio Freeware - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:50


Full Bucket Music has released SequencAir, a software step sequencer/synthesizer standalone application and VST plug-in for Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS. It is written in native C++...

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Drupal 8.7.0 is available

Drupal - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:27
What’s new in Drupal 8.7.0?

This release introduces powerful features that will help us all take Drupal to a whole new level. The new stable JSON:API core module as well as the intuitive and accessible stable Layout Builder are game-changing.

Download Drupal 8.7.0

Layout Builder is stable

The Layout Builder module was originally introduced as an experimental module in Drupal 8.5.0. As of Drupal 8.7.0, Layout Builder is now stable and ready for production use! It provides a powerful, accessible, mobile-friendly page building tool that is fully compatible with revisions, workflows, and in-context previews.

The Layout Builder enables site builders to rapidly create layout templates for content that speed up the development process. It also permits content authors to easily customize individual pages with unique layouts.

The interface allows drag-and-drop management of your content blocks. It additionally supports keyboard controls and toggling the content preview on and off to give the content editor complete control of their experience while building their layouts.

The result of all these features is a state-of-the art content management solution that streamlines mass-production while also supporting unique creation. 123 individuals and 68 organizations contributed to this feature. More than 40 of the individual contributors volunteered some or all of their time.

Check out this demonstration based on the core Umami demo:

The team is working on implementing translation support for layouts in a future release.

New stable JSON:API support

JSON:API support is now included as a stable core feature. The JSON:API specification is an easy and fast way to build decoupled applications. Drupal core's JSON:API module is feature-complete and easy to use with robust out-of-the-box support and simple setup. JSON:API makes it simpler than ever to build ambitious projects. 147 contributors and 76 organizations contributed to this new feature. Among the individual contributors, more than 50 volunteered some or all of their time.

For example, by simply navigating to a URL like https://example.com/jsonapi/node/article, you can get a list of available articles on your site, and filter further from there, to display your Drupal content in decoupled websites, mobile applications, and so on.

Improvements in experimental Media Library

The experimental Media Library has numerous significant improvements in this release. The Media Library is built on top of the stable Media module, which allows reuse of images, documents, and even embedded remote media like YouTube videos. Items in the Media Library can be managed with drag-and-drop. This release improves the design and accessibility of the user interface, allows inline media creation in the library, and provides more flexible grid and table views. 310 contributors and 122 organizations contributed to this new feature. More than 100 individuals volunteered some or all of their time!

Check out this demonstration based the core Umami demo with Media Library enabled:

There are various tasks left to make Media Library stable in a future release, including WYSIWYG integration.

Revisionable menus and taxonomy terms

Custom menu links and taxonomy terms are now revisionable, which allows them to be used in editorial workflows (similarly to nodes, media, and custom blocks). The Entity system now also provides a new Update API to support conversion of further entity types. It supports converting the schema of any content entity type between non-revisionable or non-translatable and revisionable or translatable, which also works when there is pre-existing data for the entity type whose schema is being changed. All these changes improve core support for the Workspaces module.

New features in the Umami demo profile

The Umami food magazine demo is now more accessible and demonstrates more features out of the box, including a new welcome tour, Layout Builder integration for recipes, and multilingual features. The profile now includes a curated set of Spanish translations, and more languages are in the works. 187 contributors and 84 organizations have contributed to Umami, with more than 60 individuals volunteering some or all of their time.

Umami empowers first-time users to spin up a Drupal project in no time so that they can use to evaluate Drupal and learn about its major components.

On the way to Drupal 9

Drupal 8.7.0 includes optional support for Twig 2 (for sites that can patch their Composer configuration). Optional support for Symfony 4 also received a lot of contributions and should be complete in 8.8. This is important work, because Drupal 9 is planned for June 3, 2020 and will update various dependencies, primarily Symfony. Testing Drupal with updated third-party dependencies will help us get better feedback on our compatibility with these dependencies and any difficulties sites encounter when upgrading.

What does this mean for me? Drupal 8 site owners

Update to 8.7.0 to continue receiving bug fixes. The next bugfix release (8.7.1) is scheduled for June 5, 2019. (See the release schedule overview for more information.) As of this release, sites on Drupal 8.5 will no longer receive security coverage. (Drupal 8.6 will continue receiving security fixes until December 4, 2019.)

Note that new Drupal 8.7.0 installs now require at least PHP 7.0.8. Existing sites still work on at least PHP 5.5.9 for now, but will display a warning. Drupal security updates will begin requiring PHP 7 as early as Drupal 8.8.0 (December 2019), so all users are advised to update to at least PHP 7.0.8 now.

Updating your site from 8.6.15 to 8.7.0 with update.php is exactly the same as updating from 8.6.14 to 8.6.15. Drupal 8.7.0 also has updates to several dependencies. Modules, themes, and translations may need updates for these and other changes in this minor release, so test the update carefully before updating your production site. Read the 8.7.0 release notes for a full list of changes that may affect your site.

Drupal 6 and 7 site owners

Drupal 7 is fully supported by the community until November 2021, and will continue to receive bug and security fixes throughout this time. From November 2021 until at least November 2024, the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support program will be offered by vendors.

Drupal 6 is no longer supported.

You can now use the stable migration path for monolingual Drupal 6 and 7 sites with the built-in upgrade user interface. For multilingual sites, there is experimental support; please keep testing and reporting any issues you may find.

Translation, module, and theme contributors

Minor releases like Drupal 8.7.0 include backwards-compatible API additions for developers as well as new features.

Since minor releases are backwards-compatible, modules, themes, and translations that supported Drupal 8.6.x and earlier will be compatible with 8.7.x as well. However, the new version does include some changes to strings, user interfaces, internal APIs and API deprecations. This means that some small updates may be required for your translations, modules, and themes. Read the 8.7.0 release notes for a full list of changes that may affect your modules and themes.

This release has advanced the Drupal project significantly and represents the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and contributors from various organizations, as well as testers from the Minor release beta testing program. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Drupal 8.7!

Creating Beautiful Scenes with Animation Nodes (Blender 2.8)

Blender 3D News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 07:20

Curtis Holt writes: Hi everyone! In this video, I'm going to be showing you how to use animation nodes to create beautiful, reactive scenes in Blender 2.8. All demonstration blend files shown in the video are available in the video description. Thanks for watching!

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Video: "Kobe dog" + Breakdown

Blender 3D News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 05:15

Meet Kobe Dog, a funny animated short about typical dog day. Do you often leave your sandwich on the table? Artur Marcol writes: Hello, I want to share with you my latest animation made in blender 2.8 grease pencil. It's my first 2d production, but I've already loved doing it :) My name is Artur [...]

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Sonex Audio releases free Upright Piano and updates Pro Pianos Collection for Kontakt

Audio Freeware - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 01:19


Sonex Audio has released Upright Acoustic Piano, for free, and updates Acoustic Piano Collection, an extensive 144 GB collection of 9 grand pianos from around the world for NI Kontakt...

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Blender 2.8 Wrap Handle with modifiers

Blender 3D News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 00:30

yoji writes: Hi everyone, Here is my last tutorial about wrap an handle with modifiers in english and french as usual! Enjoy! English: French:

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Daily Blender Tip 242: Easily add clothes

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 22:30

Jan van den Hemel writes: What if you've spent lots of time rigging and weight-painting your character, and then you want to model some clothes and add those as well? Not to worry - you can transfer the weight painting to the clothes quite easily. In this quick video I'll show you how.

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

36 Days of Type: Rocket Blaster Mode

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 14:45

DerekElliott writes: Hi BlenderNation! Here's the next timelapse from my 36 Days of Type challenge. This one's a bit different but has some awesome smoke effects and other cool techniques. Let me know if any of the parts here would be interesting as a separate tutorial of their own!!! Thanks for watching

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Categories: 2D & 3D Animation

Mix Challenge - Competitions in May 2019

Audio Freeware - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 14:13


The Mix Challenge competitions start off with two games this month.

The following challenges are currently open to compete in:
Mix Challenge #054: Have the chance to...

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Part 2: Watercolor Effect + Ink Outlines in Blender 2.8

Blender 3D News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 12:30

ChrisP writes: This is Part 2 of "Watercolor Effect + Ink Outlines" Blender 2.8 Video Tutorial - watch part 1 here. In this tutorial series I show you how to create a simple, reusable Toon-Shader how to create interesting black ink outlines using the built-in "Fresstyle" feature how to use the compositor to create a [...]

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