Learn the Foundations of Blender
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Learn the Foundations of Blender

Start Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering your own amazing 3D scenes
4.8 (57 ratings)
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273 students enrolled
Created by Darrin Lile
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Model 3D objects and scenes
  • Create realistic materials
  • UV map 3D objects and assign textures
  • Light and render a scene using the Cycle render engine
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  • No prior knowledge of 3D animation or Blender is required. You can download Blender at www.blender.org.

Learn the fundamental concepts and techniques of Blender, the incredible free, open-source animation suite. Learn to create 3D models, materials, uv maps, and textures.  Learn to light and render your scenes with Blender's Cycles render engine.

Build a strong foundation from the start, so you can build your 3D skills quickly and efficiently.

  • Blender Modeling Tools
  • UV Mapping
  • Materials and Textures
  • Cycles Lights and Rendering

Learn the fundamental 3D skills you'll need to create your own animations and visual effects.

Learning to create and texture 3D models opens the door for you to create your own incredible animations, visual effects, and video games. Blender is free to download and use for any purpose and has proven itself to be a powerful tool for independent and commercial projects all over the world.

Blender provides an excellent low-cost way to learn the fundamentals of 3D modeling, texturing, and rendering. Since 1995, it has been growing in features and usage in the animation and visual effects industries.

Content and Overview

In this course you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and skills that will allow you to create three-dimensional models in Blender. We’ll begin with Blender’s interface and navigation tools, and move steadily into the foundational modeling tools like Extrude and Loop Cut. We’ll talk about building up complex objects from basic shapes, and you’ll be introduced to some of Blender’s Modifiers, like Mirror and Subdivision Surface

We will then talk about using Blender’s Cycles render engine to create materials for our objects, light our scenes, and create stunning renders. We first look at Blender’s camera and render settings. We will then go over the different kinds of lights that Blender has to offer. And we use the Node Editor to create and modify the materials for our scene. The interaction of materials and lighting is an important part of any scene, and this course provides the fundamental concepts and techniques for achieving great renders in Blender.

Finally, we will talk about what UV mapping is and why it is needed. We’ll go over the tools that Blender has available for us to UV map our 3D objects. And we’ll look at how to export your UV maps out of Blender so you can build textures in image-editing programs like GIMP. We’ll then bring these textures into Blender and assign them to our objects using the Node Editor. In addition, we will work with Blender’s Texture Painting tools, and examine how we can paint textures directly on our 3D models.

Reference images and textures are available to download with their corresponding videos.

"I love your tutorials! For the first time, I'm able to understand Blender! Thank you so much!" -Jade W

"Great work, Darrin. You make a great teacher as well as a fantastic 3D artist. I really appreciate your work; can't wait to see what you do next! -theLegendofSamuel

"I just wanted to say how much I appreciate these high quality tutorials you put out!!! You are truly an inspirational person. -Zach B

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students just beginning with Blender, who have no experience with 3D modeling and rendering.
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
3D Modeling
16 Lectures 03:00:57

Edit Mode and the Extrude Tool

Duplicating Objects

The Loop Cut and Slide Tool

Rendering a Scene

The Array Modifier

Assembling Complex Objects

The Subdivision Surface Modifier

Continuing the Lego Scene

Snapping Tools

Beginning the Lego Character

The Mirror Modifier

Creating the Character's Arms

Creating the Hands

Finishing the Lego Scene
Materials and Lighting
10 Lectures 01:30:28
Render Settings

Blender Lights

Lighting a Scene

The Importance of Scene Scale

Creating Materials

Assigning Multiple Materials to an Object

Using a Noise Texture for Displacement

Using HDR Image

Cleaning Up Your Renders
UV Mapping and Texturing
15 Lectures 01:53:44
What is UV Mapping?

Seams and Scale

UV Coordinate Space

Assembling and Exporting a UV Map

Using GIMP to Create a Color Map

Applying the Texture Map in Blender

The Align UVs Tool

Creating a Color Map

HDR Images for Reflections

Getting Ready for Texture Painting

Using a Texture with the Brush

Using the Stencil Brush Mapping

Painting on the 3D Object

Adding Bump Displacement
About the Instructor
Darrin Lile
4.7 Average rating
518 Reviews
2,898 Students
6 Courses
Blender Foundation Certified Trainer

Darrin Lile is an animator, developer, and Blender Foundation Certified Trainer teaching courses in computer animation and game development. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas and has worked as an animator, a producer of educational films, a sound editor for film and television, and as a computer security analyst.