Learn Blender: Software for 3D Modeling Animation and VFX

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Learn the full 3D pipeline with CG Cookie so you can start creating independently. Our structured learning flows guide you from basics to breakthrough, fast.

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    Realistic 3D Characters

    Create, model, and sculpt your characters in Blender, then breathe life into them with materials, lighting, and textures.

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    Next-Gen Game Assets

    From idea to import, create real-time, professional assets for your own game, then bring them to life in Unity.

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    Compelling Animation

    From a bouncing ball to a full short film, master the timeless Principles of Animation to create the illusion of life.

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    "Wow" Visual Effects

    Take your scene to the next level with amazing VFX, from the basics to creating photo-realistic environments.

Go Beyond Just Watching Tutorials

Join livestreams, check your progress through quizzes, take exercises, and share your results for peer feedback.

  • Model a First Person Weapon

    Exercise: Model a First Person Weapon

  • Modeling Weapons for a First Person Shooter

    Course: Modeling Weapons for a First Person Shooter

  • Creating Hair Cards for Realtime Characters

    Course: Creating Hair Cards for Realtime Characters

  • Creating Grass in Blender

    Course: Creating Grass in Blender

  • The Blender & Substance Texturing Workflow

    Course: The Blender & Substance Texturing Workflow

  • Animation Workflow & Body Mechanics

    Course: Animation Workflow & Body Mechanics

  • Intro to Normal Map Modeling for Games

    Course: Intro to Normal Map Modeling for Games

  • Creating a Looping Corridor

    Course: Creating a Looping Corridor

Blender 3D Modeling Animation and VFX F.A.Q.

  • Can I learn how to make my own games or animated movies?

    You sure can, and more! Creating something like that is no piece of cake, but our courses will walk you through the process, show you the pitfalls, and point you in the right direction if you get stuck.

  • What is Blender and who uses it?

    Blender is a globally used 3D creation suite. It’s open-source and 100% free which makes it popular among artists and studios. It’s been used in Hollywood movies, and is supported by Valve and AMD! When you learn Blender with us, you are learning the fundamental principles that will be useful in any program.

  • What are my job prospects as a 3D artist?

    3D is omnipresent in today’s world, going far beyond games and movies. Think about advertising, scientific visualization, VR, 3D printing, archviz or product design...the world of 3D is endless, touching hundreds of industries. With it comes a huge demand for competent 3D artists and it’s only going to grow.

  • What skill level do I need to start?

    We have courses for a wide range of skills, from a total beginner to advanced artists. Whether you're brand new to 3D, to Blender, or you've already got 3D skills, there's training in our library for you (and we add fresh content regularly).

  • Can't I just learn Blender from YouTube videos?

    You certainly can! But be aware that you could spend a lot of time searching, watching videos of fluctuating quality, and may end up learning a workflow that's far from optimal. CG Cookie takes the guesswork and frustration out of the process so you can get started learning the right way, right away.

  • How long until I create my first model?

    We give you the know-how, but the rest is up to you and your commitment. If you take your learning seriously and stay on track, you will be able to start visualizing your ideas, regardless of how good they come out, in a few days or less.

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