Blender is a totally free, open-source software project, initially released in 1998 the software quickly built up a base of dedicated users but wasn’t too accessible to the majority of 3D artists due to its clunky interface and strange way of working, for example, right-clicking to select objects?
However, all this has now changed dramatically with the launch of Blender 2.8, which sports a totally overhauled interface, which is both intuitive and easy to use and a plethora of new and unique tools that every 3D artist needs in their toolbox.
Blender is now a one-stop-shop for all things 3D, having dedicated workspaces for modelling, sculpting and painting, 2D illustration, animation and rigging and even video editing. Obviously with such a vast range of options available the learning curve is still fairly steep but that is the case for most software applications of this type.
Thankfully, because Blender is now probably the most popular free 3D application available today there is an enormous amount of teaching aids available, from free tutorials to more in-depth paid for courses.
So you have just downloaded the incredible Blender, the absolutely free 3D modelling and sculpting software created by the Blender Foundation. You launch the programme for the first time and oh my goodness, where to start? So many options it leads to information overload, you quickly close the application down and give up on your dreams of becoming a 3D Artist forever.
OK, maybe you don’t give up that easily but learning how to use Blender can seem a daunting task at first. Thankfully CG Boost the online Blender training company developed by renowned CG artist and trainer Zacharias Reinhardt has come to the rescue with an amazing set of free video tutorials, that will teach you the fundamentals of 3D design using Blender.
Zach starts off this fifteen part video series with an overview of what this incredible piece of software is capable of, quickly followed by an in-depth look at the interface and how to navigate your way around the various workspaces.
You will then learn all about organic and hard surface modelling, cloth simulations and UV unwrapping as well as texture painting and materials.
Finally, you will learn all about lighting your scene and how to create your final renders.
All in all an excellent introduction to Blender 2.8, complete with all the free resources you need to create the incredibly juicy and realistic apple scene.
Once you have completed the free CG Boost course and become familiar with the basic concepts of Blender 2.8, then it’s time to take your computer graphic skills to the next level with the Blender 2.8 LaunchPad course.
Your instructor for this course as in the free course is the Blender Certified trainer Zacharias Reinhardt.
However, the LaunchPad course will teach you a complete 3D pipeline of working in Blender, with no need to search YouTube endlessly for the things you need to know.
This invaluable course contains over fifteen hours of video content split into bite-sized tutorials that enable the content to be easily absorbed and retained.
For further details of the excellent Blender 2.8 LaunchPad course, please visit CG Boost.
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