Hey there Blender fanatics! 👋
There is allot of Blender training available this year here at CG Cookie and across the net. All of which is very encouraging for the Blender community as a whole. More education means more Blender users, and more things are being created!
To reflect on the year and give a pulse of what the cookie community here is munching on, here is a list of the most consumed Blender training content on CGC so far this year.
Which ones have you taken?
Top five Blender courses so far this year on the Cookie
While these could be labeled as tutorials, here at the cookie we call them courses to give a sense of the scope they cover.
1. Fundamentals of Digital Sculpting
Learn all the essential tools, features, and techniques about sculpting with Blender 2.8. This tutorial course will lay the foundation of using Blender's sculpt mode, applying that knowledge to sculpt a shark creature, so that you then sculpt anything you want.
2. Learn Blender 2.8 Basics [free]
In this tutorial video series, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Blender 2.8x to begin pursuing your career in 3D modeling, animation, video game asset creation, visual effects, and more.
Even if you’ve never touched software like Blender 3D before, you’ll be able to walk away from this course with a confident understanding of the basics.
What's more: the tutorial series only takes an hour to watch.
3. Fundamentals of Mesh Modeling in Blender
How can you start 3D modeling in Blender 2.8? This tutorial course will take you through all the essential mesh modeling workflows and useful Blender tools. Included is a mini-project for practice, plus a graded modeling exercise.
4. Modeling, Texturing, and Shading a Treasure Chest in Blender 2.8
With Blender 2.8 the future of 3D has arrived. Start creating today with this fun, stylized treasure chest project! From 3D modeling to texture creation to shading and lighting, this video course teaches it all. The best part: everything you learn here can be applied to countless Blender projects.
5. Build and Animate a Low Poly Rocket in Blender 2.8 for Beginners
This Blender video course takes beginners through modeling, surfacing, animating, and simulating an epic low-poly rocket launch sequence in Blender 2.8.
Top five Blender tutorials so far this year on the Cookie
With our Blender courses being packed with multiple lessons, exercises, and quizzes. CG Cookie's tutorials tend to be single lesson bite-sized Blender education. These are great for picking up something to watch in the afternoon or over the weekend.
1. Create a cool morphing effect with animation nodes in Blender
Many motion graphics animations use transform and morph effects between different pieces which usually ends up in really impressive results. While Cinema 4D might be the first solution that comes up to your mind when thinking about motion graphics, it is also possible to get this type of effect in Blender, with the help of the Animation Nodes add-on.
2. Create two easy motion graphics in Blender
In this Blender video tutorial, I will show you two easy motion graphics that are very versatile for many applications. Let's have some fun with nodes and UVs!
3. Capturing a simple environment map for compositing CG elements using mirror balls
In this Blender video tutorial, we'll look at an inexpensive way to capture your own environment map using a mirror ball, then using Blender to integrate CG elements into your photographic background.
4. How to create an abstract 3D scene in Blender
You will create realistic cement or concrete material, great for many kinds of scenes, including architectural visualization. The abstract shape may look complicated, but it's actually quite simple to make.
5. Painting stylized skin in Blender
In this Blender video tutorial, we build on the knowledge we learning in the tutorial on painting using layers to create a nice stylized skin texture. It demonstrates how procedural methods can be combined with hand-painted methods to create a unique result. Be sure to also tinker around with the project files to cement the knowledge!
Not too shabby of a list. Have you watched all of these above? If so I'd love to hear which one was your favorite below. Happy Blending and thanks for being part of the Cookie community! 🍪