Creating a Realistic 3D Backyard In Blender
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Creating a Realistic 3D Backyard In Blender

Improve your 3D modeling/rendering skills by creating a realistic backyard scene from scratch. Perfect for beginners.
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Last updated 3/2017
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Includes:
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop skills and techniques necessary to produce photo-realistic exterior renderings.
  • Improve 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, shading and rendering skills.
  • Gain experience working with Blender.
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Requirements
  • Basic knowledge of working with Blender would be advantageous
Description

Creating realistic 3D environment renderings can be a difficult challenge for any 3D artist to pull off, especially for beginners. If you've ever tried creating your own 3D environment renders and wondered why your renders always end up looking a little...flat, then you're probably missing a number of crucial steps in the modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering process.

This course aims to teach you how to create 3D environments from scratch using Blender. In this project-based course, you will get hands-on experience and create something that most of us are familiar with; backyards. Through the use of references, we will be aiming for photorealistic rendering. (Don't worry if you don't own a backyard, you will still be able to create awesome 3D backyard scenes.)

The course is aimed to be simple and easy to follow so if you are a beginner to Blender or even to 3D in general, you need not be overwhelmed.

What exactly will I learn?

  • You will start off with brainstorming ideas for your backyard scene followed by making use of references and planning your backyard scene.
  • You will learn the concepts needed to create realistic 3D environment renders and carry out the planning of your own backyard scene.
  • You will then work through and model, texture, shade and set up all the assets for your backyard one-by-one with the aim of photorealism. (this includes everything from flowers, trees, fences, grass, etc).
  • You will then combine all your assets in one scene and create your backyard scene.
  • Finally, you will bring your backyard to life by focusing on photorealistic lighting, compositing and rendering.

How will I benefit from this course?

Apart from getting the chance to show off your artwork to friends and family, there are a number of benefits to enrolling in this course.

  • You will gain an understanding of the process of planning a 3D environment scene which will set the foundation for a realistic 3D render.
  • If you are a beginner, you will significantly improve your skills in modeling 3D objects, realistic lighting as well as rendering scenes in Blender.
  • As this course is mostly project-based, you will get hands-on experience and thus, learn essential skills in a very short amount of time.
  • The course is aimed to be fun and easy to follow without much technical jargon, so you will be able to grasp the concepts easily.
  • PLUS You will get the BONUS Garden Asset Pack for FREE to play around with and enhance your own 3D backyards. The pack contains over 50 models that can be imported straight away into Blender and would be useful in any 3D garden scene.

What will happen after I finish this course?

By the end of this course, you will have completed your own realistic 3D backyard scene. You can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the process needed to create 3D environments and the best way to do that is by creating your own realistic 3D backyard scene from scratch.

You will gain motivation, experience and confidence to be able to pull off your own convincing 3D environment projects using the skills and techniques you learn from this course.

You will also have a series of awesome garden renderings to add to your portfolio. A portfolio is a great way to improve your chances of getting a job in the future.

In addition to that, you will also have over 50 garden models that you can make full use of in your next 3D backyard render.

Am I right for this course?

If you're a beginner to Blender or even to the world of 3D in general and you wish to create awesome and realistic 3D environment scenes that make people say "wow", then most definitely you are the perfect person for this course. I will walk you step-by-step everything you need to know to create a 3D backyard scene in Blender. This course may help push you to finding that dream 3D job in a shorter amount of time. Even if you're not really a beginner, there's tons of new content teaching new tips and tricks which may also be of benefit to you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner 3D modelers wanting to sharpen their 3D modeling skills.
  • Anyone interested in pushing their renders closer to a level of photorealism.
  • Perfect for beginners looking to enter the world of CG and/or Blender.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
07:53:36
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Introduction
6 Lectures 35:32

In this video, you will be introduced to the course, what we will cover and the main benefits of enrolling in this course.

Preview 02:11

In this video, you will download and install Blender on your machine to help set you up to create your 3D backyard.

Preview 03:09

In this video, we will start off by looking at ways to get motivated and inspired to create our backyard scene. Specifically, we will look at the importance of reference images and video. These can help us decide what elements we can add/avoid to our own backyard scene.

Preview 08:11

In this video, we will look at planning our backyard scene. We will design the look of our backyard by first sketching out ideas using GIMP (or Photoshop if you prefer), and then we gauge an idea of the scale of our scene within Blender. It is important to note that getting the scale right in your scene can be one of the main factors that will really help sell the idea that our render is photorealistic.

Preview 13:05

In this video, we will look at some online planner tools which you can use to plan your garden scene. These tools can essentially be used to replace or even be used in conjunction with your sketches to design your own backyard scene.

Online Planner Tools
04:08

In this video, you will learn the secrets that will help push your 3D renders to a level of photorealism. You will discover the key ingredients that you will need to pay attention to, if you are to reach a level where people will wonder whether your render is a real photograph or not.

Secrets of Photorealism in CG
04:48
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Creating the Assets
25 Lectures 05:55:32

In this video, you will create realistic grass that will suit your typical backyard. We will be creating various grass strands to increase realism and also we'll be creating dead grass as this is quite common in backyard grass.

We start off by modeling the grass strands and then we apply textures and create shaders using the Cycles Rendering engine.

Part 1/3

Creating Realistic Grass - Part 1
19:52

In this video, you will create realistic grass that will suit your typical backyard. We will be creating various grass strands to increase realism and also we'll be creating dead grass as this is quite common in backyard grass.

We start off by modeling the grass strands and then we apply textures and create shaders using the Cycles Rendering engine.

Part 2/3

Creating Realistic Grass - Part 2
15:23

In this video, you will create realistic grass that will suit your typical backyard. We will be creating various grass strands to increase realism and also we'll be creating dead grass as this is quite common in backyard grass.

We start off by modeling the grass strands and then we apply textures and create shaders using the Cycles Rendering engine.

Part 3/3

Creating Realistic Grass - Part 3
12:20

In this video, we will be modeling, texturing and shading the fence for our backyard scene. We will be creating a modern, stylish looking wooden fence.

Part 1/3

Modeling the Fence - Part 1
19:12

In this video, we will be modeling, texturing and shading the fence for our backyard scene. We will be creating a modern, stylish looking wooden fence.

Part 2/3

Modeling The Fence - Part 2
11:06

In this video, we will be modeling, texturing and shading the fence for our backyard scene. We will be creating a modern, stylish looking wooden fence.

Part 3/3

Modeling The Fence - Part 3
18:20

In this video, we will be creating beautiful red flowers that will increase the beauty and appeal of our backyard render. Although we've chosen a red color for the flowers, you will be able to change the color to your own preference. 

We will model, shade and texture the flowers, stem and leaves, then use the particle system to distribute flowers and leaves over the stem.

Part 1/5

Creating the Flowers - Part 1
19:10

In this video, we will be creating beautiful red flowers that will increase the beauty and appeal of our backyard render. Although we've chosen a red color for the flowers, you will be able to change the color to your own preference. 

We will model, shade and texture the flowers, stem and leaves, then use the particle system to distribute flowers and leaves over the stem.

Part 2/5

Creating the Flowers - Part 2
17:07

In this video, we will be creating beautiful red flowers that will increase the beauty and appeal of our backyard render. Although we've chosen a red color for the flowers, you will be able to change the color to your own preference. 

We will model, shade and texture the flowers, stem and leaves, then use the particle system to distribute flowers and leaves over the stem.

Part 3/5

Creating the Flowers - Part 3
14:20

In this video, we will be creating beautiful red flowers that will increase the beauty and appeal of our backyard render. Although we've chosen a red color for the flowers, you will be able to change the color to your own preference. 

We will model, shade and texture the flowers, stem and leaves, then use the particle system to distribute flowers and leaves over the stem.

Part 4/5

Creating the Flowers - Part 4
07:12

In this video, we will be creating variations of the flower that we created in the previous lecture. After this video, you will be able to create quick variations of flowers starting with the original flower as the base.

Part 5/5

Creating Flower Variations
09:39

In this video, we will be creating plants to help compliment our backyard scene. We will be creating a plant based off a reference image and make use of the particle system to help speed up the process.

Part 1/2

Creating the Plants - Part 1
15:16

In this video, we will be creating plants to help compliment our backyard scene. We will be creating a plant based off a reference image and make use of the particle system to help speed up the process.

Part 2/2

Creating The Plants - Part 2
19:38

In this series of videos, we will be modeling, texturing and shading a realistic tree. We will be using the Sapling add-on in Blender to help speed up the process of modeling the branches. We will also make use of the Particle System to help realistically distribute branches and leaves on our tree.

Part 1/5

Creating a Realistic Tree - Part 1
09:05

In this series of videos, we will be modeling, texturing and shading a realistic tree. We will be using the Sapling add-on in Blender to help speed up the process of modeling the branches. We will also make use of the Particle System to help realistically distribute branches and leaves on our tree.

Part 2/5

Creating a Realistic Tree - Part 2
04:36

In this series of videos, we will be modeling, texturing and shading a realistic tree. We will be using the Sapling add-on in Blender to help speed up the process of modeling the branches. We will also make use of the Particle System to help realistically distribute branches and leaves on our tree.

Part 3/5

Creating a Realistic Tree - Part 3
15:25

In this series of videos, we will be modeling, texturing and shading a realistic tree. We will be using the Sapling add-on in Blender to help speed up the process of modeling the branches. We will also make use of the Particle System to help realistically distribute branches and leaves on our tree.

Part 4/5

Creating a Realistic Tree - Part 4
12:15

In this series of videos, we will be modeling, texturing and shading a realistic tree. We will be using the Sapling add-on in Blender to help speed up the process of modeling the branches. We will also make use of the Particle System to help realistically distribute branches and leaves on our tree.

Part 5/5

Creating a Realistic Tree - Part 5
10:15

In this video, you will create realistic pine trees. Using the Sapling add-on only, we will tweak the settings to shape out our pine tree and then shade and texture the trees so that it will look good when rendered.

Creating the Pine Trees
19:55

In this video, we will create the walkway that will direct people from the back of the house to the clothesline. This will help to add more visual interest to our backyard. We will model, texture and shade the walkway from scratch.

Part 1/2

Creating the Walkway - Part 1
19:01

In this video, we will create the walkway that will direct people from the back of the house to the clothesline. This will help to add more visual interest to our backyard. We will model, texture and shade the walkway from scratch.

Part 2/2

Creating the Walkway - Part 2
10:17

In this video, we will model, shade and texture a realistic clothesline from scratch. We will be creating a clothesline using a real image of a clothesline as reference. We will carry out 3D modeling techniques such as extrusion and loop cuts. We will also look at making use of curves when we create the wire where the clothes will hang off from.

Part 1/3

Modeling the Clothesline - Part 1
17:31

In this video, we will model, shade and texture a realistic clothesline from scratch. We will be creating a clothesline using a real image of a clothesline as reference. We will carry out 3D modeling techniques such as extrusion and loop cuts. We will also look at making use of curves when we create the wire where the clothes will hang off from.

Part 2/3

Modeling the Clothesline - Part 2
19:01

In this video, we will model, shade and texture a realistic clothesline from scratch. We will be creating a clothesline using a real image of a clothesline as reference. We will carry out 3D modeling techniques such as extrusion and loop cuts. We will also look at making use of curves when we create the wire where the clothes will hang off from.

Part 3/3

Modeling the Clothesline - Part 3
18:56

Useful Resources
00:40
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Assembling and Designing the Backyard
4 Lectures 42:10

In this video, we will setup all the assets that we created from the previous section to be ready to be imported into our final backyard scene.

Setting Up The Assets
04:45

In this video, we will import all our assets that we created in the previous section and design and organize them so that it will be ready to render.

In this part, we will bring in the fence, walkway and grass as well as set up the ground where our grass will grow.

Building The Scene - Part 1
17:40

In this video, we will import all our assets that we created in the previous section and design and organize them so that it will be ready to render.

In this part, we will setup the grass using the Particle System and also bring in all the remaining assets into the scene as well as setup a test render.

Building The Scene - Part 2
17:13

In this short timelapse video, you will see the little tweaks that I made to the backyard scene. 

Tweaking The Scene (Timelapse)
02:32
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Pushing for Photorealism
4 Lectures 39:11

In this video, we will light up our backyard scene. We will look at pushing for photorealistic lighting through the use of HDRI images.

Lighting the Scene
10:03

In this timelapse video, you will see my process of adding in the extra little details that will help make the backyard scene more realistic and "lived in".

Adding Details to the Backyard Render (Timelapse)
01:31

In this video, we will carry out post-processing on our backyard render using the Blender Compositor. The compositor can help push our final render from "good" to "wow".

Adding the Final "Pop" to the Render
18:56

In this video, you will learn how to animate your scene to sell the effect that it was taken from your phone. This can also help push the realism of your final animation video overall.

Animating Realistic Camera Movements
08:41
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 01:11

In this video, we will summarize everything that we've covered in this course and finally come to the end of the course.

Summary
01:11
About the Instructor
Danan Thilakanathan
4.4 Average rating
558 Reviews
12,652 Students
4 Courses
Self-taught Filmmaker, 3D Animator and Educator

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! :)