Introduction to Blender For Beginners

The complete beginners guide to Blender and the world of 3D.
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48,763 students
Introduction to Blender For Beginners
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (2,283 ratings)
48,763 students
Gain comfortable with navigating through the Blender Interface
Learn the basics of 3D modeling, materials, texturing, lighting, animation, sculpting, particles and physics
Gain confidence in being able to tackle your own ambitious 3D projects

Requirements

  • Nothing, but at least some passion for 3D might help!
Description

Do you wish to create your own animated film one day? Or perhaps make your own game? But don't how to go about it or where to even start? If so, you may be looking around for cheap (and hopefully free) 3D software.

Blender is one such tool. It is a free, open-source 3D software that can do everything from 3D modeling, animation, rendering and game development. The tool continues to grow with newer and more awesome features being added every so often. Their current feature set is packed and rivals the most expensive 3D software today. One would have to see the awesome projects and quality renderings created by people who have not spent a cent.

In this course, you will learn the basics of (nearly) everything in Blender. Without needing to invest a whole lot of time or money, you will learn how to get started with 3D modeling, lighting, animation, sculpting, rendering, and physics to name a few with exercises spread throughout so that you can get your first experience with the software and gain overall confidence along the way. You will be one step closer to mastering Blender.

What's in this course?

The course is aimed to provide a gentle, yet thorough, introduction to Blender 3D so that you will go away with the confidence of working on your own dream projects. We won't just be looking at what each control does and call it done. The course provides a number of exercises (or mini-projects) on all the main components of 3D of which you are strongly encouraged to follow along and get your first experience with Blender. 

Specifically,

  • You will learn how to navigate through Blender and get comfortable with the user interface.
  • You will learn the bare basics of 3D modeling, lighting, animation, materials, texturing, rendering, sculpting, particles and physics.
  • You will work on small easy-to-follow exercises to help solidify your learning and gain your first experiences making something with Blender.
  • You can ask me for help anytime if you get stuck trying to do something.

By the end of this course, you will have completed your first few mini-projects with Blender. Since we cover nearly everything in Blender, this will raise your confidence

With over 60+ lectures, there is so much to learn. Don't let this overwhelm you though. The course is designed to make the learning curve as smooth and as easy as possible so that you don't have to pull out all your hair in frustration in an attempt to learn Blender on your own.

Who is this course for?

This will be perfect for the absolute beginner of Blender and the world of 3D in general. There are no nasty jargon anywhere in this course and everything will be explained in a simple easy-to-understand manner.

You are not expected to know anything about Blender. You can start this course with no prerequisites (as we'll cover how to download and install Blender). If there was one prerequisite, it would be to have some passion for 3D (or whichever project you would need Blender for). That motivation will help push you to master Blender so that your dream movie or game can come to life.

What is the expected outcome after the course?

By the end of the course, you can expect to have a good understanding of the major components of Blender. You will gain experience and hopefully confidence in being able to pull off your own 3D projects without having to pull out your hair in frustration.

After that, the outcomes are endless. As you continue to work on your projects, you start to gain confidence in learning more advanced stuff. At this stage, making movies and/or game projects becomes a thing of reality. You could even meet one of the requirements for a Blender-related job!

Best of all, the course is designed to be flexible and will continue to expand as new features get added in or if you feel that I haven't covered an aspect that you would like to learn.

Who this course is for:
  • Absolute beginners of Blender
  • Perfect for those wanting to start learning 3D
Course content
12 sections • 63 lectures • 5h 11m total length
  • Course Outline
    05:27
  • Those Dreaded Shortcut Keys
    02:16
  • Downloading and Installing Blender
    03:04
  • Summary
    00:20
  • Windows
    06:20
  • The Blender Interface
    06:08
  • Screen Layouts
    04:26
  • Scene Management
    03:04
  • Summary
    01:32
  • Overview of the Properties Tabs
    00:46
  • Render Settings
    06:13
  • RenderLayer Settings
    04:29
  • Scene Settings
    03:42
  • World Settings
    02:40
  • Object Settings
    05:46
  • Modifiers and Constraints
    04:32
  • Materials and Textures
    02:35
  • Particles and Physics
    04:30
  • Summary
    02:01
  • The Blender "World"
    03:49
  • Selecting Objects
    03:21
  • Transforming Objects
    09:29
  • Transforming the View
    08:36
  • The Toolbars
    02:54
  • Shortcut Keys
    05:31
  • Summary
    01:11
  • Objects in Blender
    05:33
  • The 3D Cursor
    01:13
  • The Edit Mode
    03:35
  • Vertices, Edges and Faces
    05:54
  • Loop cuts, Subdivision and Extrusion
    07:08
  • Modifiers
    09:07
  • Exercise: Creating a Vase
    07:31
  • Summary
    01:42
  • The Cycles Rendering Engine
    03:33
  • Cycles Shaders
    10:02
  • The Powerful Shader System
    05:30
  • Texturing
    04:29
  • UV Mapping
    07:09
  • Exercise: Leaf Texturing
    07:42
  • Summary
    01:57
  • Lighting Types in Blender
    09:02
  • Creating Awesome Lighting
    12:08
  • Exercise: Lighting up a Simple Interior Room
    08:29
  • Summary
    01:59
  • The Sculpt Mode
    02:57
  • The Basics of Sculpting
    08:07
  • Dynamic Sculpting in Blender
    06:42
  • Summary
    01:18
  • The Concept of Timeline and Keyframes
    02:55
  • 2 ways to animate in Blender
    08:12
  • Animate everything in Blender
    03:11
  • Summary
    01:27
  • What are particles?
    01:45
  • Using Blender's particle system
    09:13
  • Exercise: Creating hair
    12:14
  • Exercise: Making it rain
    09:56
  • Summary
    00:44

Instructor
Self-taught Filmmaker, 3D Animator and Educator
Danan Thilakanathan
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 3,262 Reviews
  • 73,407 Students
  • 8 Courses

Hi, my name is Danan. I am a Software Engineer by day and a Filmmaker/Animator/Educator by night.

I started out making an animated short film for fun using Blender a few years ago. It was during this time did I realize I had a huge passion for 3D filmmaking. I have spent the past 5 years making animated short films and have learnt a great deal about the entire process of filmmaking and animation.

This is something that I do as a hobby. Animation and filmmaking is something I'm quite passionate about and I spent a few years trying to learn and master this skill. Through heaps of trial and error and researching on my own, I feel I have come a long way. I would now like to impart this knowledge towards others who feel a similar way. 

I know very well, animated filmmaking is hard. Very hard in fact. One of my main goals, is to make the learning process easier for other people. Feel free to check out any of my courses and I hope I have helped you in your quest to achieve your dream! :)