Looking for an easy-to-follow Blender 2.8 tutorial? Check out our selection of the best online tutorials to gain mastery in Blender. Most are free.
Greetings fellow Blenderheads and those who want to become one.
If you associate yourself with the latter, you probably downloaded Blender – because it’s free – gave it a go and realized there are so many buttons and inputs; it’s simply overwhelming. To top it off, Blender 2.8 was released, and the UI changes make it even harder for first-time-users, since older tutorials may not be easily applied.
While this may seem like bad news, it is quite the contrary. There was hardly a better time to get into Blender. Due to being open-source, they have a huge and continuously growing online community.
While Blender may be free, it isn’t just a tool for hobbyists. It supports the entirety of the 3D possibilities – modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. No wonder, Blender is used in a variety of professional projects, from Hollywood movies to illustrations or animated commercials.
We’ve searched the web for the best Blender tutorials out there. Improve your modeling, animating, rendering, and compositing skills as you follow the projects and pick up tips and tricks from leading 3D designers.
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Well, to no surprise, you can find literally thousands of videos – on pretty much everything – on the internet. And Blender tutorials are no exception.
We’ve scoured the logs in search of the best free Blender tutorials out there. Check out our selection.
Not only have the developers from Blender graced us with the newly released 2.80 version of their glorious – yet sometimes complex – product, but they also provided the handbook on how to operate their new software; in the form of a tutorial playlist on youtube.
It is called Blender Fundamentals 2.80, and it is precisely that. In this official series, you will learn every corner of the new interface and concepts through short, clear, and concise videos.
There are 26 short courses in total to help you master the fundamentals of the software, including interface overview, creating meshes and subdividing surfaces.
CG Geek is another promising name when it comes to Blender tutorials. While he does have some beginners tutorials, most of his how-to videos are best suited for intermediate beginners, maybe a few weeks into Blender with a bit of basic knowledge, who want to get deeper into the possibilities of Blender and EEVEE – Blenders newly added real-time rendering engine.
CG Geek takes you step-by-step through the possibilities starting with the basics as well as go into detail on bloom, subsurface scattering, lighting, compositing, materials, depth of field and several more new features of Eevee. The world of post-processing and rendering in Blender is a complex subject, but CG Geek’s tutorial is a perfect jumping-off point.
If comprising a list about Blender tutorials, you must include the guru of Blender tutorials – The Blender Guru. Without overstating, Andrew Price, is the embodiment of Blender knowledge and tutorials. On his youtube channel, he has been posting various Blender tutorials for almost a decade now.
His tutorial playlist on the new 2.80 version showcases changes in the interface and where to find all your beloved functions from previous versions. Aside from basic beginner tutorials, the Blender Guru wouldn’t deserve his name if he didn’t have dozens and dozens of tutorial videos explaining all the nitty-gritty details and special functions, that make Blender the program that it is.
The bulk of his videos were recorded on older Blender versions, but once you have a basic understanding of Blender 2.80, you can accommodate yourself easily with previous versions.
The man behind the Duckie3D channel, Nathan Duck, is a graphic designer, and amateur 3D artist. On his channel, he makes Tutorials for beginners focus on abstract still art, instead of animations. He is fairly new to the Blender tutorial game, but the viewership speaks for him. His videos are easy to understand and follow, especially because they are all recorded in Blender 2.80, which makes it convenient for beginners as they will not have to struggle with the different interfaces.
He uploads videos on a weekly basis, so be sure to check him out if you want to dip in your toes, or even your whole foot, into the creation of abstract renders in Blender and ways to make things visually intriguing
Tutor4u has tutorial videos on a whole bunch of Blender topics. From a beginner’s modeling tutorial to text animation, or how to use backlighting; whether you are a beginner or seasoned Blenderhead, you will surely find something worth watching on his channel.
Most of his videos are between 15 – 30 minutes long. Compared to some other channels, his videos are shorter, but they do teach and showcase everything clear, concise, and to the point.
Also, check out his website to find more tutorial videos.
Chocofur’s tutorial does a great job at explaining the changes in the UI that come with the newly released 2.80 Blender version. His playlist covers everything from the absolute basics to more complex topics in later videos. The videos are aimed at Blender Newbies, so explanations are held very simple, and one does not need any prior Blender knowledge to comprehend and follow the instructions.
The tutorial starts with basics mechanics like object selection, rotating, scaling, viewpoint selection, and so on, and will smoothly transition into more complex and challenging projects.
You can also visit his website for more information, news, and interesting interviews with other Blender artists.
Chocofur does release new tutorial videos weekly, so be sure to check out his channel for more videos.
Grant Abbitt is a 3D artist, filmmaker, and teacher; specialized in Blender and producing 3D graphics and animations as well as instructional videos.
In this series of videos, Grant Abbitt offers a complete beginners guide for people with no prior Blender experience. He has even got multiple tutorial videos out already on the new Blender 2.8 version. While many beginners tutorials on Youtube are still made with older versions of Blender, this video series is right in time and can be helpful especially for complete beginners, who struggle to understand Blender anyways and do not want to be overwhelmed by having to switch between two versions to understand their doing.
Also, visit his website for further – intermediate and advanced – tutorials. All of them are free.
Apart from their website, where they offer multiple in-depth tutorials and courses on Blender (see below), CG Cookie also provides an ample amount of content for free on youtube. The playlist featured is aimed at complete Blender novices, showing you the rudimentary basics of the software and how to create your first small 3D objects, such as a planet orbited by a moon, or other fun little objects. The vides are mostly 2-3 minutes long and give you a broad overview of the possibilities and functions of the program.
But that’s not all. Also seasoned Blender veterans can get their money’s worth (not literally, as it’s free) with advanced videos, such as UV-mapping, fracture modifier, or rigging. Be sure to check out their channel regularly as they upload videos every week.
Blenderartist.org is the largest forum for blender artists worldwide, with over 4.5 million posts and a very active and – especially – helpful community. Whether you want to exchange ideas or find out more about Artwork, coding, game engines, contests, or simply just tips & tricks, you can have a field day in the intended subsection.
Especially tutorial-wise; be it beginner tutorials, Blender 2.80 related tutorials, or specific topics, such as cartoon explosions, rigging and thousands more. With over 300k users, no question should be left unanswered in the forums.
Check out the home of the Blender Comunity here.
YanSculpts, as the name might suggest, focuses mainly on sculpting in Blender. Sculpting is one of the most artistic and creative skill to have as an artist, allowing you to create characters from your imagination or your favorite concept artist. His channel features over 200 videos full of tutorials, tips, speed sculpts, time-lapse videos, and more on character sculpting and art advice.
Aside from his blooming youtube channel, he also offers pay-to-view tutorials on gumroad.com, such as Sculpting in Blender for Beginners.
This course will allow you to have the necessary knowledge to get started, even if you have never used Blender before, taking you from the basics for beginners, to sculpting a stylized face, a bonus tutorial on hand painting realistic skin, and a 30-minute commentary on sculpting Evie. Prices per course range from $29 – $39.
The youtube channel Mandala Motion uploads daily short Blender Tips videos, for almost a year now. At the time of writing, they are currently at around 350 videos in that playlist. The videos range from a couple of seconds to 2-3 minutes and target keyboard shortcuts and commands or how to use certain textures, compose color correction and so on.
Absolute beginners may have a hard time following these (short and compact) tips, so they are suited a bit more for the intermediate user who knows their way around the basics of Blender. Regardless, great video-tips and at a reliable daily interval.
Everything changed when the Blendernation was discovered.
BlenderNation provides articles on Blender news, art, tutorials, and development updates. The founder of BlenderNation was one of the first to write Blender tutorials on the web. Over the years Blendernation established itself to one of the leading Blender related sites.
In the tutorial section, there are countless videos and written instructions on all the functions and possibilities Blender has to offer. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned Blenderhead, here you can always learn something new, as well as and stay in touch with the community, find out news, contests and much more on a daily basis.
Check out their website here.
Courses to really get into the matter are great. Especially if they are free of charge. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) is a public engineering institution located in Mumbai, India.
Well, don’t worry, you do not have to travel all the way to India to enroll in one of their courses. They offer a number of online courses, such as Basic 3D Modeling using Blender, or a followup course Basic 3D Animation using Blender. The course has 4 weeks of content, covering the basics of modeling, texturing, and lighting; combining slow-paced video tutorials, quizzes, activities, and hands-on assignments. During the course, learners will create 3D models of simple objects, enabling you to apply these concepts and create similar new objects.
Skipping from one YouTube tutorial to the next, to find the right one, can be unsatisfying at a certain stage. Or maybe you need to acquire yourself with a certain trade of the Blender craft that has little to no tutorials on Youtube.
Luckily, there is also a buck load of online Blender courses, you can book, that follow a curriculum, set exercises, and allow students to get feedback and interaction with the tutors.
Well yes, they do take money for it, but overall it’s reasonable pricing for the trade you can learn.
The Blender 2.80 LaunchPad course, by the guys from CG Boost Academy, can be the kickstart to your Blender journey.
This course will teach you everything essential to start your journey as a 3D artist. All the crucial fundamental principles, tools, settings, and workflows are explained, giving you the ability to create simple yet beautiful 3D animations, step-by-step. If you have some experience already, this course will help you to fill in the missing gaps and smoothly enter the new and exciting land of Blender 2.80.
A whopping amount of 15 hours of content awaits you. The courses are split into 15 chapters and ~200 short videos, mostly between 2 and 10 minutes long. All videos are made clear and understandable, with English audio and captions. If it still happens, that you get stuck at any point, hit the discussion section under each lecture. There you can ask questions, share your renders, and give or receive feedback from the guys of CG Boost or the other students.
Check out their website for more information.
Created by artists for artists, CGCookie is an advanced learning platform designed to help you thrive as an artist.
Over the years, CGCookie has grown to become one of the leading digital art educators with more than 500,000 users globally, though the essence of the company hasn’t changed. They continue to operate as a small team of dedicated artists who love working together and still know many of their users by name.
They offer courses for a wide range of skills, from a total beginner to advanced artists. Whether you’re brand new to 3D, or you’ve already got 3D skills, there’s training in the library for you (and they add fresh content regularly). Many courses and tutorials are free (and also available on their youtube channel); for other classes, you have to sign up for a membership. You can start your seven days trial for free. Afterward, it is about 29 $ per month, but you can cancel your subscription anytime.
You can sign up to your free trial or check out their other stuff on their website.
The Blender Cloud platform, operated by the Blender Institute, is a subscription-based cloud computing platform.
There are over a dozen courses available for in-depth training such as scripting for artists, Blender for 3D printing, motion graphics, character animation, and many more. Each session has multiple sections.
Aside from the numerous tutorials and design guides, it’s also a platform you can collaborate and share your projects with friends or other Blender users. It is also a resource with 1000s of textures available, including plugins. And you also have access to smaller artist based workshops, such as speed modeling, or cartoon character creation.
You can sign up on a monthly, quarterly, or even year based membership starting $9.90 per month. All-in-all if you want to get really into Blender, a subscription might be worthwhile. The amount of knowledge and tutorials is worth way more than the monthly $9.90.
Check out their website to find out more about the tutorials they offer, and much more.
The guys from CG Masters provide high-quality training courses and free tutorials, ranging from beginner guides to specific skills like hard-surface modeling or other nitty-gritty little techniques. You can learn the tricks and tools of the trade from experienced trainers certified by the Blender Foundation.
Note that most of these tutorials are set up for previous versions of Blender, so as a complete beginner, the switching between multiple versions can be hard to understand. One can hope though the guys from CG masters will update their material soon, to fit the new 2.80 version.
Apart from the many free youtube tutorials, they also offer pay-to-view tutorials on their website. Prices range from $10 – $60, depending on the length of the course.
Udemy.com is the world’s biggest online learning platform. It has more than 30 million students, and 130,000 courses in over 60 languages.
They also offer multiple Blender courses. From discovering the software to polygonal modeling, object mode, edit mode, different rendering engines, scene lighting, realistic material creation, texturing, digital sculpture, animation, simulations, compositing, all these notions will be addressed in this training and will allow you to progress in the software. From the freelance graphic designer to the company wants to integrate open source, you will surely find the right course.
The courses are continuously updated to the newest version, as well as including student feedback to make the sessions all the more fun and educational.
Price ranges are relatively high up to $200 a course, but then again they do comprise of up to 60 hours of study material.
Check their website to find out more.
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate or academic subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda video library top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
Get an overview of the toolset in Blender 2.80, with this introductory course. The course provides a thorough overview of the Blender feature set, as well as practical production techniques that combine know-how with a healthy dose of how-to. Dive into specific techniques, such as scene layout and modeling, sculpting, texturing and shading, 2D and 3D animation, dynamic simulations, rendering, and video effects. Each lesson helps you gain the control and skill you need to create professional artwork for multiple platforms: games, movies, and animation.
Check out their website, to get more information or find many other courses.
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