Welcome to the CGC Community.
In this thread you will find useful information and links to our most frequently covered topics.
Often time it seems that forum users are uncaring or snobbish because request for help go unanswered when if fact they have answered the same question many times. This thread, like most of this forum, revolves around input from fellow CGC students. We don't know it all but are more often than not willing to help figure it out. So to that end please keep the following in mind when posing question about problems you are facing:
1) Check your question has not been answered already.
Discourse, the forum software used here, makes it really easy to ensure you are not starting a duplicate thread by offering some really useful tools. One such tool is a pop up box of similar post based on keywords you have typed in yours. Take time to look over the results as you formulate your post, you may not have to wait on a reply. Another is the responsive search which can be found in the top right of the screen under the magnifying glass icon. It will automatically show results for your search underneath it.
If you are having issues with Digital Painting, just type Digital Painting, and a roll-out of all the threads on that topic appears. Brilliant!
2) Include screen shots of relevant information.
If your problem is a Cycles materials in Blender, do not just include a render and a description of the problem, show us a screenshot of your node setup as well. This goes for any software and even traditional arts. A picture is worth a thousand words.
3) Include project files whenever possible.
While screenshot are all that is needed in most cases, sometimes a problem needs some hands on love. In these instances providing source material is invaluable to receiving the most accurate advice or solution.
4) Include links to tutorials
Any time you are working on a tutorial or course, presenting a link to the video can be a huge help for anyone providing assistance. This will allow the community to know exactly what you are working on, and what phase your project is in.
And be sure to stop in and introduce yourself, and view the FAQ.
Below you will find links to some of our most useful threads as well as useful services to help you make your time in our community as productive as possible.
Anyone new to CG, and/or CGCookie should check out the Learning Flows.
This infographic is a great resource for all Blender beginners.
This is also a great thread for Blender beginners covering many topics with a lot of reference.
For those of you in need of storage space for linking files, check out these services.
Google Drive, Drop Box, PasteAll, One Drive