Creating a Simple Model with Extrude and Inset

Although Ctrl+left-clicking for quick extrusion (as described in Chapter 4 of Blender For Dummies, 3rd edition) is convenient for creating rough models to start with, extruding by pressing E certainly has workflow benefits. The biggest benefit is the quick access to your other transform tools. Combined with Blender’s Inset operator (I), there’s some really powerful modeling that you can do. To illustrate the benefits of these tools, use the following steps to model a skyscraper from a single plane: »