How to create a tea pot in Blender with Cycles Render?

Hi people, today I will show you how to easily create a tea pot in Blender with Cycles Render engine. Do you know that Blender 2.75 and above actually comes with a few ready made objects beside the Monkey? One of the ready made objects is the Tea Pot. Yes! We are going to make a tea pot today! Alright, without wasting your time lets get started. Open up Blender and follow the below instructions to create your first tea pot.

1 Select Cycles Render from the properties window header and make sure you also select Object Mode from the 3D Window header.

blender cycle
Blender Cycles Render
Object Mode
Object Mode

2 Right click on that default cube then pressed the x key on your keyboard and select Delete from the pop up panel to delete that cube.

Blender delete object
Blender delete object

3 Next pressed Shift-A to bring up the Add pop up panel then select Mesh->Extras->Teapot+.

Blender Tea Pot
Blender Tea Pot

Now you should see the Teapot on the screen.

teapot blender
teapot blender

4 The next thing you need to do is to smooth that tea pot, with the tea pot already selected (if it is not selected then right click on it to select it, you will see the tea pot get surrounded by orange border which means it has now been selected), next click on the Object Modifier tab on the right hand sidebar panel.

object modifier
object modifier

Then click on Add Modifier selection box to open up the Add Modifier panel and select the Subdivision Surface modifier.

Add Modifier
Add Modifier

Next under the Subdivisions section of that modifier change the number for both View and Render to 3.

blender subdivision surface
blender subdivision surface

Now the surface of the tea pot should become smoother!

Blender Tea Pot
Blender Tea Pot

5 So far so good, now for the fun part, under View tab at the 3D Window header select Front then select View Ortho.

Front View
Front View
Blender Ortho
Blender Ortho

Now you should end up with below view.

blender front ortho
Blender Front Ortho

6 Next we are going to create a plane under that tea pot as earth. Left click on the bottom center of that tea pot to position the Blender Cursor (the one with red and white line circle) at the base of the tea pot, then press Shift-A and select Mesh->Plane. Next pressed S, X, 10 and the Enter key on your keyboard to scale the plane to 10 times it’s original size in the x direction. Do it one more time but this time is in the Y direction, S, Y, 10 then Enter.

7 Next it is time to work on the color of the tea pot. Select the Tea Pot again by right clicking on it. On the right sidebar select the Material tab then click on the New button to create a new material for that tea pot.

Material Tab
Material Tab
New
New

8 Under the Surface selection box which is under the Surface section of the Material panel select Mix Shader.

Mix Shader
Mix Shader

9 Select Diffuse BSDF from the first Shader selection box then click on the color bar to bring up the color wheel and select any color you like!

Diffuse BSDF
Diffuse BSDF

10 Select Glossy BSDF from the second shader and then click on the color bar to bring up the color wheel and pick any color you want. Also set the Roughness to 0.3.

Glossy Shader
Glossy Shader

11 That is it for the tea pot part. Now right click on the earth (the plane we have added earlier) to select it. Repeat the same process again by first creating a new material for your earth and so on.

12 OK, we have done coloring both the earth and the Tea Pot.

13 Next we need to create a plane which will reflect the light source and thus creates a shinny surface for the tea pot. Use Shift-A then Mesh->Plane just like before to create the plane. Next bring the plane up and above the tea pot by clicking and dragging the blue arrow upward then release your mouse button to position the plane at the location you want. Then move the plane to the left of the tea pot by clicking and dragging the red arrow to the left then release your mouse button to position the plane at the location you want.

blender
blender

14 Next resize the plane just like the first one. S, X, 10 then Enter. S, Y, 10 then Enter. The next thing we need to do is to create an angle to deflect the light which hits on the plane. Pressed the R key then rotate the plane about 45 degree then left click once you have done. The plane should now looks like below.

Blender Plane Rotate
Blender Plane Rotate

15 Next with the plane selected we will go back again to create a new material for that plane. Follow the same procedure as before to create a new material for the plane. This time leave the color to white and select Emission for it’s surface. Leave the Strength to 1.000.

Emission
Emission

16 Next right click on the light source and select the Sun tab under the Lamp section on the right hand sidebar panel.

light source
light source
sunlight
Sunlight

17 Next left click and dragged the blue arrow of the light source downward to the bottom of the tea pot and release the mouse. Do the same to the red arrow by dragging it further to the right of the tea pot. Now pressed the R key to rotate the light beam upward about 235 degree CW toward the direction where the light reflection plane is located. Alright, that is it for the light source.

Light source angle
light source angle

18 We are almost there, now pressed the N key to bring up the object property panel then under Lock to Object section checked on the checkbox beside Lock Camera to View then pressed the N key again to close the property panel. This will fix the camera view on a fix location so we can now move the objects within the rectangle area of that camera (you will see what do I mean by that later on).

19 Now select Camera under View from the Window 3D header.

Blender Camera View
Blender Camera View

20 The above command will bring out the Camera View where you can now move the tea pot and plane to fit inside the red rectangle area where the teapot and earth will be shown on the camera. The ‘Lock Camera to View’ command helps us to stabilize the camera so it will not move around when we move the objects on the screen.

Blender Camera
Blender Camera

21 Next right click on the tea pot to select it and move the tea pot to the position you desired within the camera view area by dragging either the red, blue or the green arrow, then release it when you are done. Then do the same to the earth as well by right clicking on it to select it then drag it around with the arrows, you will want the earth to cover up all the area of the gray background so you will not see the gray background when you render the entire image. You can use the scale function I have mentioned earlier to rescale the earth as well if it does not cover up the entire gray area. The last thing you need to do is to move the reflection plane out from the camera view so it will not show up when we render the image. Right click on the reflection plane to move it just outside of the red rectangle area. You can actually move and rotate the view around by pressing on the middle mouse button and move your mouse around at the same time!

22 Alright, everything is done now. Before we proceed further lets save our creation first. Select Save under the File menu on the properties window header, give the file a name then press the Save Blender File button to save that file. You can open up the file and do further editing when you need it later on.

Blender Save File
Blender Save File

23 It is the time to do the final rendering after we have done all the hard works. Click on the Render tab on the right hand sidebar panel then under Samples part of the Sampling section change the Render value to 500. The higher this number the better the quality of the image and the longer time it will take to render that image.

Blender Render Tab
Blender Render Tab
Render Sample
Render Sample

24 Pressed the Render button under Render section then just sit back with a cup of coffee in your hand and rest for a while because rendering image with Cycles Render really takes some time to complete.

Render Button
Render Button

25 Once the image has been fully render it is time to save it to your hard drive. Select Save As Image under the Image tab from the 3D Window then give the tea pot image a name and select which folder you want the image to be saved in then click the Save As Image button to save that image!

That is it for this tutorial, oh, before we take a look at the tea pot picture lets switch from the render view back to 3d view first. Find the below tab beside the View tab on the 3D Window header and select 3D View to switch the render view back to the 3D view.

3d view tab
3D View

The Tea Pot image is ready, it is tea time! If you like this tutorial please share it with your friends!

How to apply the Latvian Gambit?

This is the first time I am using Latvian Gambit and it is really effective against the opponent with chess rating 1500 and below. If this is the first time you see this gambit in action you will probably wondering why am I offering my pawn to you, but when you realize my entire game plan it has already became too late for you. Alright, let us analysis the below game and understand how to apply the Latvian Gambit.

After my opponent moves his king’s center pawn and I move my king’s center pawn, he brings out his king’s side knight and I offered him mine king’s side pawn for free, he takes with his center pawn and I pushed my king’s center pawn up to force his knight to move, this is where all the funs begin! Enjoy the game and do share this post if you like it so more people will come and read it!

How to clean up the computer with CCleaner

There are lot of files such as temporary files, cache files and Internet history files that are already piled up on the hard drive of your computer and therefore it is time to clean them up and release disk space for other purposes. If you do not clean up your computer regularly then one day you will find out that those unwanted files will consume up till a few gigabytes of your disk space which is not the thing you want to see.

In order to clean up your computer here is what you need to do, download CCleaner and installed it on your computer, then run the Analyze feature which will scan the pc hard drive to locate those unwanted files, after that run the CCleaner to delete all those unwanted files from your pc.

You are advised to clean your computer regularly to remove those unwanted files so you can have more disk spaces to keep the important documents.

What happen when danish gambit declined

Danish Gambit is one of the most common uses chess opening by myself nowadays and I really like this chess gambit because it is easy to use and very effective when it comes to positioning your pieces on the chess board. However not every time your chess opponent will accept the gambit and therefore you need to come out with plan B. Below is one of the chess game which I have played and win when my opponent declined the danish gambit and thus makes me need to work more harder than before to win this match.

The key to destroy the danish gambit is to move the black queen to the front of the black king!

A small mistake causes the entire chess game

Today is my lucky day, I just can’t believe my luck, the opponent’s queen and knight combination almost checkmated me but it is me who wins the game! What a game!

As you can see he was in complete dominance during the first half of the game but after he had lost his queen there was no turning back for him.

The game started well for me but after wave after wave of attacked from my opponent I was unable to castle my king. He took my knight and I took his but then he made a mistake and took my other knight as well which allowed me to take his queen. He lost his confidence after his queen is gone, I continue to pressure him and finally he resigned!

When your opponent’s queen combines with knight it is extremely danger and should not take it lightly!

Ball hits Cube is a simple fun game but is really hard to win

Ball hits Cube is a game which I have developed a few years ago and it is still one of the flagships on my gaming site. This game is now an offline game so you do not need to be online to play it!

The concept behind this game is really simple, a player will start off the game with a fix amount of canon balls that he will use to destroy a cube which is moving toward him, if the cube is destroyed before it reaches the target then he will win the game and moves on to the next stage, the unused canon balls will be carried into the next stage as well so he will have more canon balls to destroyed the next moving cube. If he fails then it is game over and he will need to start all over again.

The cube will become thinner on every new stage so it will be more difficult to destroy the cube because a cube will move faster when it is thinner. My personal best for this game is stage number 5 but you can certainly do better if you have played the arcade game before.

To start the game press the ‘3’ key, press spacebar to launch the cannon ball, press < to decrease and > to increase the range of the ball!

If you like this game please recommend it to your friend so more people can play it!

How to remove malware with Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a software which I used to scan and remove the malwares from my computer. I have tested this anti malware software already and it proves to be very effective when it comes to removing rootkit and malwares from our pc.

I highly recommend those of you whose computer has been infected by malwares to use Malwarebytes to remove all those malwares. The people behind Malwarebytes really understand what they are doing and this software has been kept up to date so it can detect and remove the latest malware on the Internet which creates trouble to your infected computer.

The process of using this software is very simple with just a few clicks on a few buttons and the tool will then scan and remove the malwares on your computer. So far I feel satisfy with Malwarebytes and I believe you will too once you have used it to remove malwares on your computer.

Remove Search.so-v.com redirect (Removal Guide) from Firefox

This page contains instructions on how to remove Search.sov.com from Firefox. Search.so-v.com is not a virus but instead is a search engine which once you have installed it on your computer then it will redirect all the search results from the Google, Bing and Yahoo search box to Search.so-v.com. It will also become the first page you will see every time you open up your Firefox browser. Sometime when you visit a page you will get redirected to Search.sov.com as well so I really think this search engine might be up to something! Alright, lets get into business, in order to totally remove Search.sov.com from Firefox all you need is to carry out the following steps.

  1. Download Malwarebytes from it’s website and installed it on your computer.
  2. Run the malwares’ scan to remove all the threats that include Search.sov.com on your computer.
  3. After the threat has been removed you still need one more step which is to manually remove Search.sov.com from your Firefox browser. Under the search bar of your Firefox browser opened up the Change Search Settings page then scrolled down to where it says One-click search engines box, select Search.sov.com then click on the remove button to completely remove this search tool from your Firefox web browser. 
  4. I have used AVG to detect this software before but nothing comes up so AVG is not the tool you need to remove Search.sov.cofrom Firefox. This also confirmed my earlier prediction which Search.sov.com is actually not a virus but instead just a search engine which we really do not need!

Watch video or listen to audio on your android phone with this android application

Purity Player is an android video application for those of you who uses the movie player or audio player everyday. The file size of this application is around 2mb and thus it is a very lightweight application. The features of this application are as follow:-

  1. You can create a new Playlist with the Create Playlist feature which is under the pencil menu. Once you have created a video playlist you will see it appears under the folder menu. To add a video to any of the video playlists you will do it on the video player page. You can also do the video streaming and downloading with the correct mp4 or 3gp video url!
    Purity Player
    Purity Player
    Purity Player
    Purity Player
    Purity Player
    You can add a video to a playlist on the video player page

    Video Playlist
    This is how the video playlist looks like once you have created a playlist and added videos into it
  2. This player allows you to only play audio and not the video, you need to tab on any videos from the video list and select the play audio feature to play only the audio of that particular video. Besides that you can also play, delete and rename that video.
    purity player
    Play video, delete video, rename video or only play the audio of that video
    Rename video
    Rename Video

    Purity Player
    You will see that video appears on the notification tray when you only play the audio of that video
  3. The video player has all the features that a standard video player should have such as play, pause and increase the sound volume or screen brightness by swapping your finger up and down on the screen. If you pressed the folder menu on the video player page then you will get back to the video playlist page (where you come from) and the next time you play that video again the video will be played from it’s previously stop position.

    Purity Player
    video player

This android video player will play both mp4 and 3gp video files and it supports both tablet and mobile phone. You can download it through this link!

If you have any question regarding this android video player please leave your comment under this page.

The chess game ended in checkmate!

Black piece is more superior than the white piece on the chess board, black controls almost 90% of the center board and thus white has no where to move but to stay in the corner of the chess board. The game ended with a checkmate after black forced the white queen moves away from the top square! White starts off with it’s queen pawn and black counters with the queen’s pawn as well.

This game looks simple but it is actually not that simple. The victory can go either side but it is black who wins it!