Learn to Create 3D Animations, Game Art and Visual Effects with Blender

Blender is the world’s #1 open-source 3D software, free to download and use, forever.

Used on AAA games like Smash Bros (Nintendo), TV shows like WestWorld (HBO) and feature films like NextGen (Netflix). NASA engineers use it, too!

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No more guessing what to do next. Follow a Learning Flow to build your 3D skills with purpose, step-by-step.

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With a long-running trainer crew and a tight-knit community, we want to get to know you.

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Make your new knowledge stick. Complete quizzes, take interactive exercises and get peer feedback to skyrocket your skills.

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Our members have gone from beginners to launching gaming studios and landing AAA jobs. Learn real-life studio workflows and do the same.

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

  • Where do I download Blender from?

    Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Download it by heading over to http://blender.org

  • 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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