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Monday, December 25, 2006

Lighted Christmas Tree (Part 3 - Lights and Garland)

NOTE: This tutorial is no longer fully-compatible with the latest versions of Blender. If you wish to follow along with the tutorial, you'll need to use Blender 2.45 or earlier. You can find earlier versions of Blender, here. A new version of this tutorial series will be created to maintain full compatibility.

This is Part 3 of 6 tutorials demonstrating the different aspects of making a lighted Christmas tree (including gift boxes). The commentary in these tutorials is minimized because my goal is to present something that will, hopefully, spark ideas of your own.

In the real world, setting up a Christmas tree is a very personal endeavor. I wanted to try and recreate that by not providing a step-by-step tutorial on exactly how to do it but, instead, simply show you ways to create the different parts that make up the tree. Part 6 will show how you can take the examples in parts 1 thru 5 and create a nice little Christmas tree of your own.

My ideas are based on an artificial Christmas tree, the kind that you would buy at the store and have to piece together on your own.

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Unknown said...

Great...for a while it seemed that we were going to be having a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree! LOL. It looks very nice and the video sound was flawless too.

Anonymous said...

Really great tutorials Kernon. Thanks.
I know these are a lot of work to prepare but I am always interested to view any you care to do :o)

BTW I would rather download them straight off. Whats with that strategy?

Kernon Dillon said...


The zipped downloads just take more time to prepare (zip the files and then uploading them). I have a good broadband connection but, for some reason I upload via ftp no faster than 58K (even though I'm able to upload as fast as 768K). Maybe it's the software (FileZilla). Anyway, it just keeps me from doing other things. But, they will definitely be available for download after I finish this series. These tutorials turned out to be a lot more work than I thought (PC limitations - time for an upgrade) but, I've learned some things in the process.

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