Tutorials

Getting Started

basics.cgc

Blender Basics – Introduction for Beginners

This tutorial series is aimed at the absolute beginner and takes you through everything from downloading and installing to modeling to lighting to render.

basics.bt

Introduction to the interface

A complete introduction to the blender interface. Discover how to navigate around blender, use the panels, customize the interface and change shortcuts.

gryllus

Blender Beginners Course

A HUGE collection of video tutorials aimed at helping new users wrap their head around the basics of Blender.

mayatob3d

Making the Switch from Maya

Covers the basics of Blender from a Maya users perspective. Aims to smooth the transition for any Maya artists looking to use Blender in substitution or addition of their current workflow.

Modeling

bm.watch

Create a Fancy Watch

Jahnu Best explains how to model, apply materials and light this scene of a fancy watch.

bg.subway

An Underground Subway Scene

In this tutorial, Andrew Price shows how to model a underground subway tunnel in Blender 2.5.

bc.head

Create a Realistic Human Head

This video tutorial series gives you a full overview of the process used to create a realistic human head in Blender.

bc.headbasemesh

Modeling a Human Head Base Mesh

In this Blender 2.5 video tutorial you are shown how to model a human head basemesh that can easily be used as a starting point for sculpting.

bd.modifiers

All Blender Modifiers Explained

Frederik Steinmetz explains all generate and deform modifiers available in Blender in short video tutorials.

bn.curves

Modelling with Curves

Discover how to use curves to trace a logo and create a finished beveled object.

bc.modeling.building

Modelling a Building

This Blender 2.5 modeling tutorial shows you the basics of modeling a entire building exterior from photo references.

bc.mesh.topology

Mesh Topology Overview

Collection of videos to understand mesh topology for modeling.

Materials

bc.intro.texturing

Introduction to Texturing in Cycles

Discover how to add textures and properly map them using the Cycles rendering engine.

bg.earth

Create a Realistic Earth

Discover how to create a realistic earth using textures from NASA and combining them together with material nodes.

bc.leafs

Randomizing Leaf Color

In this quick tip Kent Trammel shows you how a single material with a single texture can be used for several separate leaf objects, while still maintaining the ability to vary the color of each leaf.

bg.realistic.texturing

Realistic Texturing in Cycles

Use Diffuse, normal, specularity, displacement and occlusion maps to create a cobblestone material in Cycles.

bc.eyeball

Creating an Eyeball

Make use of a clever texturing technique to create this fairly realistic looking eyeball.

bd.absorption

Fake Absorption in Cycles

Fake absorption in Cycles even without a volumetric shader.

Lighting and Rendering

bc.sportscar

Rendering a Sports Car in Cycles

Discover how to render a gorgeous sports car using the Cycles rendering engine built into Blender.

bg.intro.cycles

Introduction to Cycles

Discover the difference between the old internal rendering engine and the new Cycles rendering engine.

bd.lux

Introduction to Lighting in Luxrender

Learn the basics of lighting with the external render engine Luxrender.

bg.interior

Rendering an Interior Scene with Cycles

Discover how to light, texture and render this scene using the Cycles rendering.

bd.trail

Particle Trail with Cycles

Render particles using the particle info node and learn how to adjust the lighting using the light path node.

master.lighting

Master Lighting

The ultimate guide to understanding how lighting works in Blender. Explains everything from basic 3-point lighting setups to complex hollywood style lighting rigs.

Compositing

bc.compositing

Introduction to Compositing in Blender

This course will take you through all the basics of using and understanding compositing in Blender with the node system.

bd.oldfilm

Old Film Look in Blender

Using particle systems and the Blender compositor any video can get the look of old film.

bg.compositor

Introduction to the Compositor

Discover what the compositor is and how to use it to improve your image.

bc.compo.cycles

Compositing Cycles Render Passes

Learn how to composite Cycles render passes in Blender for utmost control of your scene.

Rigging

cgm.armatures

Crash Course Blender Armatures

Rigging master Lee Salvemini gives a rapid fire crash course in using Armatures in Blender 2.5.

bc.bouncy.ball

Create a Bouncy Ball Rig

Learn how to create a basic rig to control the squash and stretch of a sphere as it is bouncing.

bc.piston

Rigging a Piston

This tutorials shows how to rig a mechanical piston for automatic deformation and easy animating.

cgm.bow

Bow and Arrow Rigging

Learn how to rig and animate a bow using IK and Limit Distance constraints in Blender 2.6.

Animation

cgm.animation

Intro to Animation in Blender

This tutorial gives an overview of the animation tools used in the new Blender 2.5.

bc.baker

Animating a Character in Blender

Learn the different tools for animation in Blender, namely the Action Editor, Pose Library, and Non-Linear Action (NLA) editor.

Dynamics and Simulation

bd.logo.dissolve

Dissolve your Logo in Blender

Discover how to dissolve your logo in Blender 2.6 using particles and the remesh modifier.

bhd.explosions

Explosions in Blender

Learn how to make a great looking explosion using Blender’s smoke simulator and particle systems!

bd.fluid.particles

Introduction to Fluid Particles in Blender

In this Blender 2.5 tutorial you are given an introduction to Blender’s SPH fluid particle system. This tutorial covers creating the fluids, collisions, and more.

bc.cloth

Modeling with the Cloth Simulation

Discover how you can harness the power of cloth dynamics to model the different layers of a theater curtain.

bhd.fracture.complex

Fracturing Complex Objects

Ever get some nasty results from cell fracturing an object? Find out why that happens, and how to edit topology to get clean results the first time.

bg.fruit.splash

Photorealistic Fruit Splash

Discover how to drop fruit into a tank of water, using Blender’s fluid simulator, then render it using the Cycles rendering engine.

bc.tornado

Create a Tornado in Blender

The process needed to create a destructive tornado with Blender’s smoke simulator and particles, complete with flying debris.

bs.fillpaint

Automatic Watercolor Paint

Utilizing the Dynamic Paint system in Blender, objects can be automatically filled with watercolor-style paint.

bd.inkdrop

A cool looking Inkdrop in Blender

Discover how to create an ink in water effect using the Blender smoke simulator.

cgm.carcrash

Animating a Car Crash

Jonathan Lampel shows you how to animate a car crash in Blender using physics and cell fracture for flying debris.

Motion Tracking

bg.camera.tracking

Intro to Camera Tracking

A complete introduction on camera tracking in Blender.

bd.sincity

Sin City Look for Videos in Blender

Learn how to apply the Sin City or spot color look to videos using tracking, masking and compositing in Blender.

bc.object.tracking

Objeckt Tracking Overview

Sebastian Koenig gives an introduction to the new feature in blender that allows you to track objects for use in 3d.

cgm.blast

Blast Effect from Inception

Learn physics in the new Blender, camera tracking, animation and more in this tutorial.

Game Engine

bc.game.character

Simple Character in the Game Engine

In this Blender Video Game Engine Tutorial, I cover setting up gravity dynamics, boxes that can be pushed around with Eddie, a “pushing” pose that Eddie goes into while doing the pushing (a “near” sensor).

cgm.env

Environment Animation in Blender

This tutorial goes through techniques to rig and animate props and environment objects that you need full control over.

tutorial python game engine

Python Scripting in the Game Engine

Learn the basics of using Python scripting with the game engine in Blender 2.6 by creating a simple script to make a vehicle gain speed and stop.

bow arrow

Bow and Arrow in the Game Engine

Learn how to shoot arrows at speeds based on how far you draw the bow back, and have those arrows stick to whatever they hit.