Blender 3D Complete Volume One
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Go from newbie to pro with this in depth series designed to help you reach a "better than University" level of training.
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What Will I Learn?
create complex 3D models and scenes using Blender's in depth modeling tools. You'll be able to apply what you learn to scenes and assets for games, animation, and film.
Work through several modeling exercises as well as a larger lab to cement what you've learned.
Grasp difficult concepts necessary to work at a professional level.
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  • You'll need Blender, and we'll go over how to get it. The only other thing you need is a desire to learn 3D art. I can help you make incredible, professional work even if you can only draw stick figures!

Master the modeling tools that make Blender one of the most used 3D packages in the World! This course is for students that want a deeper understanding of 3D art.

Blender 3D Complete circumvents "quick start" guides and teaches you the tools on a deeper level. You'll build long term memory and skills that can be applied to games, film, and VFX.

Learn and master the modeling tool set for this incredible 3D package!

  • Concise videos on each tool.
  • Easy to follow, convenient to reference later.
  • 3 different mini projects from beginner to advanced techniques.
  • Large, professional level lab for use in a later animation.
  • Comprehensive instruction in Blender's modeling tools.
  • Broken into volumes for complete, professional instruction.
  • Projects require your creative input. Create your own work!

Start your education the right way!

You'll receive more education in modeling than most training gives you for the entire software. This course is meant to teach you for a lifetime career or hobby. No shortcuts or holes in your learning here! Just solid, university level instruction!

Instruction, reference, quizzes, challenges, and projects! Learn the skills to create a portfolio of your own work. Learn the tools with enough depth to bring your ideas to life.

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3D Buzz has been teaching students 2D and 3D art for over a decade, and now we're bringing that experience to Udemy. No flash or sales pitch, Just real world, professional training!

Who is the target audience?
  • Have you always wanted to learn 3D art, but found the software available complex and intimidating? Do you have the interest but don't feel that you're "artistic" enough? This course is for you! This course uses small, specific videos designed to teach Blender's tool set in a relaxed, non-threatening way. The videos are designed to act as a future reference point to easily go back and review. Additional project based videos will show you how to apply the skills you've learned using your own creativity. No monkey see monkey do here! This course is for students willing to invest the time to achieve professional results.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 58 Lectures Collapse All 58 Lectures 07:13:34
Understanding the Blender Interface
9 Lectures 01:12:26

In this introduction video, we'll discuss the goal of the series, and the various formats the training will be delivered in. Not every video will have each teaching method in it, but rather the training is created to make your learning progression go quickly. More importantly, it will help you achieve professional results, even if your interest is only as a hobbyist.

Preview 02:37

You'll get familiar with Blender's default interface, what the main panels mean, and how to manipulate the layout and change panels as needed. This video will go a long way towards making 3D modeling less intimidating right off the bat! Be sure to go through the quiz at the end to absorb everything!

Preview 08:09

Working in 3D requires a good base understanding of the navigation tools at your command. You'll need to understand how the 3D axis' work, view angles, view types, shading modes, Blender units, and the navigation controls themselves. That may sound like a lot, but we'll break down each topic together. With a little practice, you'll be flying around in Blender in no time!

Preview 09:09

You'll dig deeper into Blender's navigation controls, and continue to learn Blender's hot keys. Hot keys are the "key" to working efficiently in Blender so it's important to really practice and drive those home. You'll also pick up a couple of new rendering hot keys to show off what you're learning!

Preview 08:32

Blender works in two basic modes, Object mode and Edit mode. In this video you'll get your feet wet with making selections in Object mode. There are quite a few ways to go about this, so we'll look at them all. You'll be able to quiz to be sure you've got a good handle on it as well!

Selecting Objects

Translating objects in 3D means to move, rotate, or scale them. Effective use of the translation tools is vital to your studies. You'll see the multiple ways you have at your disposal for moving objects in Blender! This isn't a long video, but it is very important! Be sure you nail the quiz on this one!

Translating Objects

You've covered the move translation for objects. Now it's time to get familiar with two other transform tools at your disposal. Rotation and scaling. By the end of this video, you'll be able to place objects in your Blender scene, and move, rotate, and scale them to create more complex objects.

Rotation and Scale

Blender's default files are known as .blend files. We'll look at saving and opening .blend files. You'll also learn some ways to recover a file if you get in trouble, and some good practices to prevent trouble in the first place!

Opening and Saving in Blender

You'll get more experience with Blender's primitive shapes. By the end of this video, you'll produce a simple but good looking render to close out this first chapter. You'll also get a preview of a couple new functions!

Primitives and Rendering
Deeper into the User Interface and Manipulating Objects
12 Lectures 01:12:22

You'll learn about the sub-object components that make up a 3D mesh in Blender. You'll also learn how to access the various elements to edit your meshes on a more complex level.

Preview 05:25

Now that you've seen Edit mode, you'll learn about a method for adding a mesh to an existing mesh to make a single object. You'll also get a primer in parenting objects so they inhereit the transforms of other objects.

Combining Meshes and Parenting Introduction

3D scenes can become complex quickly. You'll learn how to name objects in Blender, as well as proper naming conventions to make organizing your scene easier.

Naming and Naming Conventions

Blender has a great method for hiding and unhiding objects. This operation is excellent for making your scene work easier to manage. Blender's layer system works hand in hand with that to make managing large scenes effective.

Hiding Objects and Blender Layers

Today we'll look at the standard undo and redo functions in Blender, as well as some often overlooked hot keys. You'll also learn how to set your own number of undo iterations in the user preferences.

Undo and Redo

In this video, you'll learn the hot key for deleting objects, and how the menu changes for sub-objects. You'll also learn what the dissolve function is and what it's used for.

Delete and Dissolve

Smoothing your meshes can be accomplished a number of ways in Blender, in both object and edit mode. You'll learn the different ways to accomplish that, how to control it, as well as using the edge split modifier to help with maintaining sharp edges when needed.

Preview 05:38

Duplicating objects is on the list of regularly used operations. You'll learn the two methods for duplicating, and the effect that has on your objects.

Duplicating and Linked Duplications

Maintaining your orientation in 3D space can be tricky, even more so for the objects in your scene. You'll learn what 3D orientation is, and how it's affected by global and local settings. You'll also learn the hot keys for jumping between them quickly and easily.

Global and Local Orientation

Everything in your Blender scene will have an origin point. You'll learn what that means, and see how it affects the changes you make to your geometry.

Object Origin

Being able to lock the camera in your scene to your movement is very important to getting the render angle you want. You'll learn how to do that, and the major pitfalls to avoid when using this technique.

Lock Camera to View

You'll learn how to change some very basic but important properties on our virtual camera. Later you'll be able to get very specific with the types of renders you want to achieve

Camera Properties Introduction
Edit Mode and Editing Methods
14 Lectures 01:32:18

You'll learn the different selection method for vertices, how to manipulate them, and a new hot key to make organic shapes much easier down the road!

Selecting Vertices

You'll learn some more in depth selections, and a neat trick! Be sure to watch past the quiz for the challenges!

Edge Select Methods

By now, selections should be pretty easy to deal with. This video is a simple review, and a quick demonstration of selection methods you might not think of in face mode.

Selecting Faces

You'll learn how to hot key your search menu for available operations. You'll also learn 3 important hot keys to help you access functions for vertices, edges, and faces.

Preview 03:23

Now you'll learn about subdividing meshes. This video, and the rest in this chapter, will cover some of the most used operations in Blender. So really drive these home!


You'll use this tool a lot in your adventures with Blender. It's an excellent tool for adding specific edge geometry with some really cool variables! One of my favorite tools!

loop Cut and Slide

You'll get to have fun cutting up some meshes! Blender's knife tool isn't just hack and slash for geometry, you can use it to make some very specific edges in our geometry.

The Knife Tool

You'll find the rip tool quick and easy to learn. However, don't underestimate it's usefulness!

The Rip Tool

Now for the elephant in the room, the extrude tool. This is the tool of tools in 3D, used more than any other. You'll get deep into extrusion types, as well as extruding faces, edges, and vertices!

The Extrude Tool

You'll learn about creating insets, an extrusion method for creating additional geometry along a surfac. Another often used operation!

Creating Insets

The spin tool let's you create lathe type operations and more. You'll have the knowledge to really bring this tool to bear for things like wine glasses, vases, or any other "spun" type geometry!

Preview 06:42

You'll learn about this operation inside the spin operation. It will become a staple if you plan to model spaceships, cars, jets, or bikes.

Spin Dupli

You'll learn about the screw tool, not modifier, at a basic level. We'll cover why it might, or might not be your best choice for this operation type.

The Screw Tool

One of the best for last in this chapter. The bevel tool is high on the list of often used tools. You'll get used to how it functions before we move on to this chapters lab!

The Bevel Tool
Chapter 3 Lab: The Seaside House
5 Lectures 54:57

You'll start by roughing out the shape of your stone bridge using many of the editing tools you just picked up in chapter 3.

Chapter 3 Lab: A

First, at the end of this video I give a hint. That hint is like Portal's cake. It's a lie. I was thinking object, not curve, so the duplication I mention is NOT available. That said, now we really get some detail going on our bridge. You'll also learn some new modifiers like Curve and Array!

Chapter 3 Lab: B

You'll do some simple primitive modeling, and really add some realism to your bridge. By the end your bridge will be complete, and you can move forward with your scene.

Chapter 3 Lab: C

Before we finish up, you'll get a chance to use the a fore mentioned screw modifier to add detail to your scene. If you desire that is.

Chapter 3 Lab: D

Last one! You'll get a look at my final piece, and discuss my requirements for YOUR final piece. This is what you've been training for! Bring your creativity to the table and show me what you've got!

Preview 05:40
Understanding Pivot Points in Blender
5 Lectures 29:26

This pivot point is the type of pivot you'd expect to see when you think of transforms and rotations. You'll see how your meshes react!

The Active Element Pivot Point

The median pivot point is the "center of gravity" pivot point. That sounds straight forward, but you'll see some unexpected results in edit mode.

The Median Pivot Point

You'll find this pivot point very handy. Apart from the default median this is one you'll come back to time and again. Spend some time playing here and get really familiar!

Individual Origins

This pivot may be the most intuitive to use. You'll get to see how it can get out of hand as well, and may not always suit your needs.

Cursor as Pivot

This final type of pivot reacts slightly differently than median. You'll learn a nifty trick for seeing your mesh and bounding box at the same time. You'll also see what the hot keys are for pivot points, and why you generally shouldn't use them.

Bounding Box Pivot
Modeling 2.0
13 Lectures 01:52:05

You'll learn what an empty object is and how they can help you while modeling. You'll also get a look at how they can help with animations.

Working with Empty Objects

You'll learn how to apply a background image for reference modeling. You'll learn the default method and why it remains useful for controlling your work.

Preview 04:59

Time to learn about a relatively new empty object, and how it can be used to place our background reference. You'll learn the advantages and disadvantages over the default method.

Empty Objects for Backgrounds

You've seen a taste of parenting before. Now you'll get in-depth and see how incredibly useful this operation can be.

Parent / Child Relationships

You learn how to combine objects and sub-objects. You'll also learn how joining order can affect object origin.

Joining and Separating Objects

We've touched on a few modifiers already. You'll learn one of the most used, and most useful of them all.

Subdivision Surface Modifier

You'll get in depth with a new form of modeling. Curves! You'll learn about curves as well as their sub-components, how to turn them into a mesh, and create a cat logo to practice. Then it's challenge time!

Bezier Curves, Circles, and Handles

Blender calls this operation beveling. In other packages you may have heard it called lofting. You'll get full command of this operation.

Beveling a Curve "Lofting"

The second part of beveling along a path, lathing. You'll see how similar this is in function to the spin tool.

Beveling a Curve "Lathing"

You've put the snap menu to use previously. It's handy for simple transforms, but sometimes you need more. You'll learn the extra tool set Blender gives you for more complex operations.

The Snap and Align Tools

You got a taste of this tool in the Seaside lab. You'll now get command of all the available operations with this powerful tool.

Proportional Editing

You'll get your feet wet with text objects in Blender. You'll learn about the need to be careful with hot keys when editing text objects, as well as all of the panels and options available to get your text object looking how you want.

Text Objects

In this final volume video, you'll get a good look at using additional curve objects and modifiers to manipulate your text the way you want. And of course, a final challenge!

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