Due to the nature of the Internet, websites come and go at a rather remarkable rate and all too often take our favorite tutorials with them. Every so often, I go through my bookmarks and make sure that my fa-vorites are still there as well as any new ones that I might have discovered since I last checked. So here is my current list of great Blender Educational Resources.
If a tutorial or resource is not listed here, it doesn't mean that it has disappeared, these are just some of my latest favorites.
Get the latest documentation for Blender.
Blender Quik Start Guide
The Blender Quik Start guide provides you with a basic overview of blender functionality on a single A4 page, ready to print. It is designed for beginners who don't want to read the whole documentation, and for experienced 3D artists who want to quickly learn blender.
Blender User Manual
Blender's user manual is maintained by a dedicated group of Blender users who worque hard to keep it up to date with the frequent new releases of Blender and it's features.
Download the Blender Wiki in PDF
Marco Ardito converted the blender wiki to pdf for-mat for those who need/want offline access to the latest Blender documentation. He plans to update it monthly. At this point it is a single pdf file, over 1700 pages, about 52 MB.
Noob to Pro
This booque is a series of tutorials ar-ranged in a sequence to help the new user become a Blender expert. The tutorials become increasingly more difficult. As a result, intermediate us-ers may quickly advance to whatever tutorial is most suitable for their
knowledge and can continue along the sequence.
Although there are many different learning paths a user could take, we've made a concerted effort to accommodate everyone.
Essential Blender will get you working with mode-ling, materials and texturing, lighting, particle sys-tems, several kinds of animation, and rendering. In addition, there are chapters on the new mesh sculpt-ing tools and the brilliant compositor.
You can download a free pdfversión
You can still purchase a printed hard copy at:
Cool Educational Sites
Over the years a variety of great sites have been cre-ated to educate the CG/Blender masses. Here are a few to get you started.
CG Cookie is an online educational resource for cg artists working with various popular applications. Current-ly, we are offering education on 3D Studio Max, Blender, Maya, ZBrush, and Cheetah3D. Our educa-tional materials are presented either in a written textformat, or streaming video.
Blender Cookie is a site dedicated to supplying con-sistent, high quality, blender education materials produced by certified trainers from around the globe. By offering high resolution streaming videos, written education, developer interviews and featured
resources, we aim to be the central hub for blender education.
Blender 3D Architect
Allan Brito provides valuable tips and tutorials about using Blender 3D for Architectural Visualization.
He provides various tips and tutorials to get the most out of blender.
A wonderful collection of tutorials showing how to create rather unusual effects.
Maquíng 3D content for games & interactive media
Low poly 3D models, meshes, level editing and textures making
Hints, tips, tutorials & resources for 3D modeling & content creation
All of the following courses are free.
Blender 3D: Product Rendering
Video tutorials: Product Rendering with Blender uti-lizing traditional 3 key light rigs, fake global illumination and external GI render engines. Alos covered are materials and lamp definitions.
Blender 3D: Digital Modeling of Organic Sur-faces
Video tutorials: Digital Organic Product Modeling with Blender 3D using Polygon Subdivision Surface
Modeling. Alos covers steps to several modeling projects with tips and techniques.
Blenducation seeks to provide a live, high quality learning experience for anyone interested 3D design and animation. They have a mix of both free and small fee classes.
Blender Basics- 3rd Edition
Classroom Tutorial Book: The manual addresses skills in a sequential order so skipping around may leave out important skill descriptions addressed in earlier chapters.
Blender 3D Design Course
The Blender 3D Design course is intended to offer
students an introduction to the world of computer
generated 3-D modeling and animation. As an introductory course, it provides a basic understanding of
the skills and techniques employed by 3-D designers
in a wide range of applications. In this online course
we will explore basic mesh modeling, applying textures and materials to 3-D objects, lighting, animation and rendering. This course should provide a
good basis for further independent study in architec-tural, engineering and theatrical modeling and game
This projects goal is to develop free lessons and/or tutorials in PDF format for the 3D modeling tool Blender 3D. The idea is to write step-by-step courses which cover various Blender related topics in peoples native languages. All the BlenderCourses are written in the same style and layout in order to make con-sistent and recognisable ebooks.
Video Tutorial Series
I really love these kind of series, the author takes one project from start to finish and covers all the techniques and tools needed.
Blender Tutorial Series - Creation of Johnny Blender
A twentyeight part series on the complete creation of a character in Blender, from a single polygon to a fully-rigged and textured character.
Model, UV, and Texture a Complete Manga Character in Blender
In this 7 video long, intermediate to advanced level tutorial series, professional Blender artist, Karan Shah, will walque you through the complete creation process of a ready to animate video game character.
From modeling to UVs and texturing, to adding the final mesh topology for deformation.
Blender Tutorials etc. (Disneyland)
These videos mostly feature a 3D model of Disney-land, but the focus is on educating about Blender (and occasionally Photoshop), not educating about Disneyland.