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START Blender 3) - Comfortable Modeling With Recommended Initial Settings

START Blender 3) - Comfortable Modeling With Recommended Initial Settings

In this article, the introduction of recommended initial settings that you should set before modeling in Blender.

The initial settings that Toha changed while working with Blender to make it easier to use.

If you are going to start modeling with Blender, it would be a good idea to start with the recommended initial settings described in this article.


Of course, what is presented here is not absolute. I hope that you will continue to add things not mentioned here to your default settings as needed.

Let us now look at the recommended initial settings.


This article corresponds to the long-term supported version Blender 3.3 LTS.


Change the focal length of the 3D viewport

Sigma, ha!

When you are ready to start modeling, there is one thing you must check before you do so.

That is the "focal length" of the 3D viewport.
(*Depending on the 3DCG software you are using, it may be "angle of view" or "viewing angle".)

In Blender, you can check the focal length of the 3D viewport from the sidebar.


Press the N key on your keyboard to display the sidebar, and you will find the focal length item in the "View" tab. (*Sidebar display/non-display when using industry compatible keymap is Ctrl+])

The default setting is "focal length = 50mm", change this to about "focal length = 150mm". (between 150mm and 200mm to your liking)

Bllender Focal length = set to about 150mm


The shorter the focal length, the more distorted the image will be when the camera gets close.
The longer the focal length, the less distorted the image is when the camera gets close.

This "distortion" is, in other words, "perspective.
Those who do cameras or paint may be familiar with the term.

- About between focal length & distortion -
  1. It is difficult to do modeling when things appear distorted.
  2. Longer focal lengths make things look distorted.


It is recommended to set a longer focal length, especially when modeling characters and other objects.

Here, the focal length of the 3D viewport is set to 150 mm.


In another article, I wrote about how the 3D model looks different with 50mm & 150mm focal lengths.

If you're curious, the 3D viewport angle of view issue Please take a look at this~! also has an article on focal length when modeling.


Check the start of the range in the 3D viewport

Now, under the "Focal Length" item in the sidebar, there is a section called "Start of Range". In addition, please check the value here.

If you have a recent Blender, the default setting is "Start of range = 0.01m".

If the "start of range = 0.1 m" or something like that, it is recommended to change the setting to a shorter distance.

Check that the start of the Blender range = about 0.01 m.

When modeling in Blender, sometimes when you zoom in too much, parts of the object disappear from the screen, but you can avoid this by keeping the "Start of Range" value small.


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Hide cameras, lights, 3D cursors, etc. in the 3D viewport


When you open Blender, the default display looks like this.

Blender's default viewport display

The default camera, light, and 3D cursor displays are annoying and should be hidden.

Personally, I would also like to remove the object origin indicator (orange dot) as I don't need it now.


First, in the Outliner, click on the eyeball symbol next to Camera and Point. This will hide the Camera and Point lights in the 3D viewport.

Next, click on the third icon from the left in the row of icons in the upper right corner of the viewport.

This will open a window called Viewport Overlay. Unchecking the 3D cursor and origin here hides the 3D cursor and the orange dot in the middle of the object.

Hide Blender default camera and lights, 3D cursor and origin point

In Blender, almost everything visible in the 3D viewport can be managed by the icons in the upper right corner of the viewport.


If you take a closer look inside the viewport overlay you just opened, you'll see that the

Floor, coordinate axes, selection outline, wireframe, and

There are also check boxes for the following items. By turning these checkboxes On/Off, you can show/hide each of them.


You can also hide all overlay elements displayed in the viewport by clicking on the viewport overlay icon itself.

Blender with all overlay elements turned off

For now, it is good to remember that the elements visible in the viewport can be set using the icons in the upper right corner of the viewport.


*If you want to know a little more about Blender Modeling [Knowledge], please see the article How to use the header menu.


Undo [Ctrl+Z] to increase the number of times you can return


When you have done something in Blender, press Ctrl+Z on your keyboard once to Undo will return you to the previous working state. (To undo undo redo, press Ctrl+Shift+Z)

You can return to the previous state as many times as you undo, but the default limit on the number of times you can return is 32.

In fact, when working, I come across situations where I want to go back to a previous state more than 32 times. Personally, I would like to be able to go back 50 to 100 times.


Therefore, the maximum number of undo will be changed.
From the top menu, use Edit→Preferences to open a window and select System.

▽In the Memory and Limit column, there is an item for "Undo Count," so change the default of 32 to 50-100.

Blender undo count changed from 50 to 100

It seems that too many undo cycles consume memory, but Toha is not sure how much more and what the effect will be.

I think it depends on the specs of the computer you are using, so if you do more undos and Blender starts acting strangely, just undo it or reduce the number of undos a little.


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Change auto save settings


Next, change the autosave settings.

Blender is set by default to automatically save temporary files every 2 minutes.


Select Save & Load in the preferences you just opened. Here you will find the "Auto Save" field.

First, if you do not want automatic saving, uncheck the "Auto Save" checkbox. If you want the file to be saved automatically, set the number of minutes in the "Timer (minutes)" field to automatically save the file every minute.

Blender Auto Save On/Off and save interval

If you want to save the file automatically, you can further set the location where the temporary file will be saved.

In Preferences, under Save & Load, select File Path. In the Data column, there is a Temporary Files section where you can set the location to save the temporary files.

Set the location to save Blender temporary files

Please save the modified preference settings automatically or manually from the symbol in the lower left corner.


Also, in the "Save Version" section of the Save & Load settings, you can set whether version data is automatically created when a Blender scene is manually saved can be set.

Blender Version Data Storage Settings

The default setting is "1". When a Blender scene is saved in this state, version data (extension .blend1) is automatically created separately from the saved data (extension .blend).

If the number of versions is increased, more version data will be created .blend2, .blend3... and so on.

If the value of Save Version is set to "0", these data will no longer be automatically created.


Toha himself does not use auto-save & sets it not to create version data, but he says that Blender's save-related processing is so light that he does not mind even if save data is created frequently.

It is safer to have the auto-save! I think it would be good to use it if you are sure that you want to use it.


Blender's auto-save and how to restore from version data are explained in detail in Boukyakuno's article. If you want to know more details, please take a look~.


Uncheck Lock object mode


Click [Edit] from the top menu in Blender to open the popup, second from the bottom.There is an item titled "Lock Object Mode. Uncheck this box.

Uncheck Lock Blender Object Mode

If this is checked, it is a bit cumbersome when working with armatures (bones).


Armatures are often used in a mode called Pose Mode, where they can be rotated, etc. When lock object mode is checked, other objects cannot be selected if the armature is still in Pose Mode.

When lock object mode is checked ON↓

When Blender Object Mode Lock is checked, the armature must be in object mode before other objects can be selected.

When working on a 3D model with armatures and weights so that it can be moved, there are various inconveniences if this check box is left ON.


When the Lock object mode is unchecked, you can select other objects while the armature is in Pose mode like this

When lock object mode is checked OFF↓

Unchecking Blender object mode lock allows selection of other objects while the armature is in pause mode.

There doesn't seem to be any particular disadvantage to having the check turned off. I think it's okay to turn it off from the beginning so that you don't have to worry about not being able to select an object later on.


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Display polygon count


There is a "Statistics" item in the Viewport Overlay.

When statistics are turned on, polygon counts and other information are displayed in the upper left corner of the 3D viewport.

Display of Blender polygon count


By the way, the number of polygons is the number of "triangulated surfaces".

For more information on why a triangular surface is the number of polygons instead of a plane, please read Basics of 3D models 2) - The 3DCG World is a Collection of Polygons.



Hide the back side of the polygon


Polygons usually have a back and front, and are transparent and invisible when viewed from the back.

We talked about this in the article I mentioned earlier, Basics of 3D models 2) - The 3DCG World is a Collection of Polygons.


However, Blender's default setting is to display the polygon's backside.

For Toha, which mainly produces 3DCG for games, polygons are displayed on one side, so we would like to keep polygons displayed on one side in Blender.


To do this, first, click on the "▽" in the 3D View shading in the upper right corner of the viewport.

In the window that opens, check the "Hide back side" checkbox. This will make the polygon appear one-sided.

Blender Polygons on one side with the checkbox to hide the back side


Important! Save the startup file


This Getting Started with Blender series is being used as a START Blender 1) - Customize UI and Make It Easy to Use may be familiar to those of you who have been reading us since.

After changing the settings to your liking, remember to save the startup file.


To do this, from the top menu, click File→Default→Save Startup File→OK? window appears→Click Save Startup File again.

Blender File→Default→Save Startup File→OK?

Now that everything is saved, the initial settings are properly remembered even when you exit Blender.


Summary: Set up Blender's initial settings for comfortable modeling!


The recommended initial settings in this article can be summarized as follows.

  • 3D viewport "focal length" set to 150mm
  • Check if the "Start of range" in the 3D viewport is 0.01m
  • Adjusts show/hide of visible elements in the 3D viewport
  • Set the number of times you can undo back to about 50-100 times.
  • Autosave/no Autosave, and if autosave, set save interval and location
  • Uncheck Lock object mode
  • Display polygon count in the 3D viewport
  • Hide the back side of the polygon

The focal length of the viewport is especially important to note every time you create a 3D model.

Since I set the focal length to a long value as the default setting, I think I will not inadvertently model in a viewport with a short focal length.


Once you have customized Blender to your liking, the next step is to actually operate Blender.

START Blender 4) - Basic Operations! The First Thing to Learn, The basic operation of Blender is summarized on the following page. Please try to operate it while looking at this :)


Start with the basics.


If you have not yet customized your UI and windows, please read the previous and previous articles as well~.

Blender UI customization ↓

Customize Blender window placement ↓

List of comments

  1. 廣森達郎 says:

    I am 71 years old. I am a doctor by profession and have never had much contact with computers, but I am interested in architecture and decided to try making a house using 3DCG. I have been working on it by trial and error until now. Today I found your manual and it was very helpful and eye-opening. Thank you very much.
    I post my self created works on YouTube. If you search for meru/poru, you will find a clock's eyeballs. You will find my work there. I am an amateur.

    • Toha トハ says:

      Thank you for your comment, Tatsuro Hiromori~!
      Thank you very much for referring me to the article on Toha.

      At the age of 71, he is a doctor, interested in architecture and 3DCG, and taught himself Blender...! I respect your energy from the bottom of my heart!
      Like Tatsuro Hiromori, I want to be a person who is interested in new things and can take action, no matter how old I get!

      Now, I have seen Tatsuro Hiromori's work posted on Youtube.
      That's great--I didn't realize you even edit videos! What I find most amazing is that the quality of the submissions is clearly improving. (Not only the quality of the 3DCG, but also the way it is presented as a video.)
      Personally, I like the Christmas one - it's kind of soothing ^^.

      I am not in a position to say anything about other people's works, but I would like to express my opinion as a viewer.
      Tatsuro Hiromori, I hope you will continue to make 3DCG works as long as you are interested in them. I would like to make 3DCG works for a long time yet, too.
      As long as I have this passion, I will update my blog slowly, so please visit my blog again if you like.

      • 廣森達郎 says:

        Thank you very much for taking the time to look at my work, Toha.
        I am more and more motivated.
        Blender is evolving very quickly, and recently, tutorials by various people have appeared on YouTube, but they are not based on the basics like Mr. Toha's, so I found them very helpful in understanding YouTube.
        I look forward to learning more from you in the future.

      • Toha トハ says:

        Thank you for your reply, Tatsuro Hiromori~!
        I am still learning Blender, and there are many things I don't understand, but I am going to work on it steadily.
        I look forward to working with you in the future.

  2. 廣森達郎 says:

    Happy New Year!
    I would like to ask about nodes. I can make simple ones, but when it comes to subtle expressions, I cannot understand them in the tutorial. There doesn't seem to be any books on nodes. Is there a good way to learn?

    I just posted my new work and I hope you'll take a look at it:

    • Toha トハ says:

      Thanks for your comment, Tatsuro Hiromori - Happy New Year!
      As for the Blender nodes, I'm not familiar with them because I've never used them before.
      The only way I can think of to learn is to search for instructional sites or videos using keywords such as "Blender nodes"...
      Sorry I can't be of much help, but please do. ><
      I'll take another look at your submissions when I have time~!

  3. ネット音痴 says:

    Nice to meet you. I would like to ask you one question out of the blue.

    I recently started using Blender, but when I try to save a model I created, I get a message that says "file cannot be opened" and I cannot save it.

    The storage location is directly under the C drive.

    I would appreciate your response.

    • Toha トハ says:

      Thank you for your comment, Mr. Nettlesome~.
      Eh, sorry, the message about trying to save data and not being able to open the file is a bit of a mysterious error. One possible explanation is that you don't have permissions to save data directly under the C drive? Or something like that...
      Why don't you try it and save it to your desktop or something?
      If you still get the same error, then it's a problem that doesn't seem to be solvable for toha...
      I am sorry, but thank you for your cooperation in the above.

  4. DD says:

    Excuse my comment!
    My question is that in my Blender, the title bar (where the minimize and close buttons are) shows the file path (something like "C:Users\User\documents\blender.blend") where the Blender file is saved. I'm wondering if you know how to hide it...? My username is my real name and I want to hide it.... Thank you in advance.

    • Toha トハ says:

      Thanks for your comment, DD~!
      I also checked with Blender in Toha, and it shows the file path in the title bar, just like DD's!
      Looking at the Blender screen image on the blog again, it seems that either the file path is not shown because it is a new file, or the image is cropped at the title bar.
      The YouTube video also shows the working screen of Blender, but the title bar was not shown.

      How to get rid of this file path that appears in the title bar of Blender, but maybe...maybe not. Actually, Maya and other 3DCG software also displays the file path in the same place.
      If DD has a drive other than the C drive on her computer, she can save the Blender files there and the user name will not be displayed, but if there is no other drive, it is a bit difficult.
      I'm sorry I don't know more than this with my knowledge of toha................................ Thank you for your cooperation.


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