Blender set your own 3D view background color

  • This tutorial is for Blender (free graphics program
  • This is beginner level tutorial.
  • Tested in version 2.8

Ever wondered how can you set your view background in Blender? Somehow  I prefer brighter background so I always change it. It’s personal I guess.

Well there’s easy to do that. Even in 3 places, wherever you prefer.

How to set your own Blender 3D view color

You can set view background by accessing view options in top right of blender interface:

There’s three different ways to set background color: theme, world or viewport.

Theme viewport color

This variant is good if you always want the same viewport color for every file you open in Blender, so it’s persistent. However you need to set this color in Blender’s preferences theme settings here:

choose „3DViewport“ and scroll down for „Theme space“, click on it:

look for „Gradient colors“, and click on „Gradient High/Off“ and set the […]

Blender set your own 3D view background color2021-10-15T07:44:30+00:00

How to make awesome mesh gradients in Inkscape

  • This tutorial is for Inkcape (free vector program
  • This is beginner level tutorial.
  • Tested in version 1.0

Awesome mesh gradients in Inkscape

This tutorial is about a quick way how to create awesome looking mesh gradients from images or manually in inkscape. Mesh gradient is a like lots of linear gradients arranged in grid or network of gradient nodes.

For a simple linear gradient, here’s a great tutorial about it :–vector-14240

Mesh gradients can be useful for subtle gradients like skin, fruits, sky etc. So let’s start.


Step 1. Open Inkscape and import some reference image for gradients. I have chosen this picture to be my gradient model. (

Awesome Sunset

I chose default settings for import:

Image import

Step 2. Draw a rectangle (or any desired shape) around image, I […]

How to make awesome mesh gradients in Inkscape2020-08-17T06:38:58+00:00

Blender keyboard shortcuts or cheatsheet

As you know Blender is keyboard heavy applications, there’s always that shortcut, that I forgot. So some fellows made keyboard cheatsheets, that I share here.


Blender Infographic This guy continuously updates blender keys infographic. Link of Origin :

Image below is for versions 2.9+

Image below is for versions 2.8+

Image below is for versions below 2.7

Keyboard layouts

This one is keyboard layout view, a bit older, but keys remain the same.


Blender keyboard shortcuts or cheatsheet2021-11-11T10:44:03+00:00

Awesome free applications for artists

Here’s a list of awesome free applications I use in my work. Very useful for artists, designers and generally for everybody. I will not list here most popular and excellent free software like Blender, Gimp, Krita, only some of less known tools, that I found to be great.

1. Kuadro – your reference images manager

Every art starts from referencing. And I see a lot of people using Photoshop for their general image reference layout. But there is a better tool. And It’s freeware.

Kuadro is a tool that lets you open multiple image windows across multiple monitors, resize, rotate, crop, zoom, and organize them the way you want it on your desktop, and then save that preset for later!

The tool is portable, so all you need is the executable, no installation and it can live in your dropbox or gdrive. It’s designed to stay out of your way and be as minimal as possible.

The tool is free to download, and you can get […]

Awesome free applications for artists2019-12-02T13:55:06+00:00

Better free text to speech voices on older „Windows“

Text-to-Speech (TTS) refers to the ability of computers to read text aloud (speech synthesis). A TTS Engine converts written text to a phonemic representation, then converts the phonemic representation to waveforms that can be output as sound. Windows desktop systems can use SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 components to support speech synthesis and speech recognition.

Windows XP has a English voice engine called Sam. Beginning with Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft Anna is the default English TTS voice. It is a female voice and is designed to sound more natural. Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 and later install the Microsoft Anna voice on Windows XP systems for the voice-prompt direction feature.

In 2010, Microsoft released the newer Speech Platform compatible voices for Speech Recognition and Text-to-Speech for use with client and server applications. These voices are available in 26 languages and can be installed on Windows client and server operating systems, also on Windows 7 and Server 2003.

The […]

Better free text to speech voices on older „Windows“2021-09-27T05:34:51+00:00

How to achieve sharp offset in Inkscape

  • This tutorial is for Inkcape (free vector program
  • This is advanced level tutorial: you need to know what is Inkscape, how to create and manipulate objects, paths, fill and stroke.
  • Tested in version 0.92

2020.05.01 Important update.

Inkscape version 1.0 has been released. This version has received major updates to program. One of the new features added is new Live Path Effects dialog and new effects, one of these is the great „Offset“ effect.

Below you will find an updated instruction for versions up from 1.0 and older instruction for versions below 1.0.

Sharp offset for Inkscape 1.0 and above

Inkscape Path Effects

Select desired path to change

  1. Go menu „Path -> Path Effects…“ or press Ctrl+&
  2. Click [+] button in „Path effects“ panel

3. „Live Path Effects“ dialog opens..

4. Select „Offset“ effect […]

How to achieve sharp offset in Inkscape2020-08-04T17:54:00+00:00
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