A Blender Quickstart

A tour of Blender's modeling, uv mapping, rigging, animating, and rendering.
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A Blender Quickstart

A tour of Blender's modeling, uv mapping, rigging, animating, and rendering.
80 reviews


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Do you belong in this course?

  • Do you know how to model, texture, rig, animate, and render in another 3D program and want to see how it is done in Blender?
  • Or do you know how to model, texture, rig, animate, and render in an older version of Blender (like 2.4x series) and want to see how it is done now?

If you answered “yes” to either of the above questions, then this course is for you. It’s only 1.5 hours, and in realtime--from scratch--you'll build, texture, rig, animate, and render a pencil hopping. If you are looking for a beginner’s course for 3D, this is NOT for you. #blender #b3d

“Just love the way it’s explained” - Rama Raju

“Helps you get a quick and practical start” - Kalpana Pandey

“It looks simple but covers a lot of topics” - Leandro Voltlino

“This really helped with animation skills” - Mark Diaz

“Got me using Blender again after many years away” - Justin Dike

“I enjoyed the fast pace and step” - James Burke

“Fun project with useful skills” - Heidi Broderson

“I went from knowing very little … to having fun in an hour.” - Mark Smith

“I thoroughly enjoyed this tutorial series” - Greg Peart

    • Install Blender 2.68a or later
    • Experience modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, and rendering in other 3D software
    • Over 20 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
    • Show someone with experience modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, and rendering in another 3D program how it is done in Blender
    • Show someone with experience modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, and rendering in an older version of Blender (like 2.4x series) and how it is done in Blender now
    • Give you an overview of major Blender features
    • Create a simple character
    • Render a movie or PNGs for a game sprite
    • People new to Blender but not new to 3D
    • People who've used Blender in the past and want a refresher


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  • SECTION 1:
  • 1

    Welcome to A Blender Quickstart! Note that left clicks will have blue circles around them and right clicks will have red circles to help you see and distinguish them.

    The zip file is good it if you get stuck. In it are all the .blend files you'll see me save in the course, as well as the images for the textures, and the output folder containing a .mov and a series of PNGs.

  • 2
    Getting Blender

    Hopefully you already have Blender, but if you don't you can find it at Blender.org.

  • 3
    If you're on a Mac

    If you're on a Mac and you hear me say "alt", substitute "opt".

    But if you hear me say "control", use the "control" key NOT the command key.

  • 4
    If you don't have a number pad

    No worries if you don't have a number pad. You can either use the menus or change your preferences to use the numbers on the keyboard in the same way you use the the number pad.

  • 5
    If you don't have a 3-button mouse

    If you don't have a 3-button mouse (or just don't like using it) you can change your preferences to emulate a 3-button mouse.

    NOTE: I enable it for this course because that's a personal preference (even when I have a 3-button mouse).

  • SECTION 2:
  • 6
    Modeling the Pencil

    Model a pencil from scratch by extruding vertices and using the spin tool.

  • SECTION 3:
    Texture Mapping
  • 7
    Marking Seams

    You'll mark seams on your mesh to help Blender know how to unwrap your pencil.

    NOTE: I have enabled "Emulate 3-button mouse" for this course (see lecture 5). So when I say "ALT LEFT-CLICK" around time 2:10 it will not work if you've not enabled the emulation of a 3-button mouse. You can use the middle-mouse button instead.

  • 8
    Unwrapping and Painting

    You'll unwrap the pencil, add an image, and paint the right on the pencil.

  • 9
    Normal Mapping

    Now you add teeth marks to your pencil via a normal map.

  • 10
    Specular Mapping

    Erasers aren't shiny, so you'll create a specular map to control the intensity of the highlights.

  • SECTION 4:
  • 11
    Subdivision Surface and Edge Split

    You'll add the Subdivision Surface modifier to increase the geometry of the mesh and then the Edge Split modifier to make some sharp edges. Along the way you'll learn to specify which edges are sharp on the mesh. You'll also learn how to pin your UV map so you can unwrap it again.

  • SECTION 5:
    Adding to the Model and Maps
  • 12
    More Normal Painting

    Yes, more normal painting (as opposed to abnormal painting). Time to tweak the normal map.

  • 13
    Adding More Detail

    You'll add more detail to the color map.

  • SECTION 6:
  • 14
    Rigging and Weight Painting

    You'll create a very simple rig and do some weight painting to associate your mesh with the bones of the armature.

  • 15
    A Simple Jump

    Just a quick, simple animation using the Timeline.

  • 16
    A More Animated Jump

    Now you'll add some style to your pencil's jump. You'll create a jump action in the Dope Sheet and work with keyframes for rotation and location. You'll be adding, moving, and removing them.

  • SECTION 7:
  • 17
    Rendering a Movie

    You render the pencil out to a QuickTime movie file with a motion blur.

  • 18
    Rendering PNGs

    Finally, you'll adjust the animation to render the jumping pencil out to a series of PNGs that are base 2 friendly dimensions using an orthographic camera. A good technique for using as an animated sprite in games.

  • SECTION 8:
    Video Sequencer
  • 19
    Viewing PNGs in the Video Sequencer
  • SECTION 9:
  • 20

    Thank you for taking A Blender Quickstart, I hope you've enjoyed your tour of Blender!


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  • Ogr02
    Great tutorial

    Great tutorial to make an introduction of all characteristics of the program

  • Steve MacIntyre
    Short and very comprehensive - an excellent beginners tutorial

    I like how this beginners course covers almost every aspect of blender to get familiar with it. Modeling, texturing, rigging, and animation. It's short, to the point, and most importantly you work through a project while learning. Learning while doing is far superior to just sitting through a long lecture learning what each button does without any context. For this reason alone, I'd recommend anyone interested in learning blender to try this tutorial. For game artists new to blender, the tutorial on how to render to a sprite is pretty useful bonus!

  • Gary White
    Blender Quickstart

    John will help you with any problems you have with this course, so don't be afraid to email him.

  • Darrin Rapoport
    Simply awful

    Not a course at all. Simply "click this and press that". No explanation whatsoever. Don't waste your time or money. Avoid!

  • Stefan Steinbauer
    Great possibility to meet Blender

    This is the base course I recommend to my friends when they ask how to learn Blender. It will give you a wonderful base you can use to go into deep or to start your own small projects. I love it.

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