37 brilliant Blender tutorials

11. 17 top tips for modelling a complex 3D city scene

Creating a city scene is hard work, but these tips break the process down

Creating a detailed city scene is no small undertaking, and requires a significant amount of repetitive, and sometimes boring, modelling actions. Rather than just enumerating point by point what he's doing, in this 3D World tutorial Mateusz Wielgus breaks down his workflow into pieces and presents them as a series of general steps and tips that you can easily follow.

12. Create a morph between two shapes

Morphing an object from one shape to another smoothly is an impressive 3D trick to be able to pull off, and in this quick tutorial from Blender Nation you'll learn not one but two different techniques for creating an amazing shape-shifting effect.

13. Create a low-poly abstract scene

A low-poly look is an on-trend aesthetic to aim for, and this tutorial from Blender Skool will teach you everything you need to know about creating a striking low-poly abstract scene. To help you along it includes a finished .blend file to work with, and photo editing nodes.

14. Create a spaceship

In this two-part video-based Blender tutorial from Blender Guru, you'll learn how to model a concept spaceship; how to use your own sketches as reference; and how a combination of modifiers can aid you in modelling. The Blender Guru site also has concept sketches and the finished .blend file to help you get to grips with it. And you can find part two here.

15. Create a 3D cup of coffee

In this complete video project by Oliver Villar on Blend Tuts you'll learn some modelling tricks, and how to create simple and not so simple node materials in the Cycles render engine.

16. Create a realistic planet Earth

This tutorial uses several textures from NASA to create a realistic planet Earth using Blender Cycles. The tutorial from Blender Guru shows you how to create easy texture mapping for spheres; how to use maps to make more convincing materials; how to create a realistic sunflare entirely in Blender; and how to add glow, colour grading and a warp effect in the compositor.

17. Make a Minion

This video tutorial from Blender for Noobs is for intermediate Blender users, and covers the modelling process to create a simple version of a Minion character from the Despicable Me movies. After modelling the Minion, you'll see how to set up the camera, backdrop and lighting to finish off with a render.

18. Make realistic bread

In this easy-to-follow tutorial, discover how to make tasty-looking bread in Blender, using displacement, subsurf scattering and more.

19. Box model a sperm whale

See how you can use box modelling to create complex shapes.

Box modelling is a staple technique for every 3D artist. Learn how to model a sperm whale suitable for use in animation or games work in this simple step-by-step guide.

20. Model a low-poly T-Rex

Create your own Jurassic Park with this easy to follow tutorial

This hour-long beginner tutorial walks you through how to model, uvmap and texture a low-poly T-Rex in Blender.

21. Animate a flame using materials

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Follow this technique to create an amazing flame animation

In this superb Blender tutorial, Bassam Kurdali shows how procedural materials and the software's compositing tools can create movement.

22. Create a Tron-inspired light cycle effect

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C'mon, who doesn't love a Tron light cycle?

Tron: Legacy reignited an interest in the original, ground breaking 1982 movie, which saw geeks everywhere wowed by Tron's CG light cycle sequences. Filmmaker, animator and all-round Blender tutorials supremo Bassam Kurdali shows you how to create your very own light cycle effect in this walkthrough.

23. Create an energetic fire and water scene

Blender tutorial guru Andrew Price returns to show you how to simulate real-world flame and fluid effects. His digital weapons of choice? Enter Blender's fluid and smoke simulators...

24. Create a realistic off-road scene

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Learn to create a realistic terrain for a rally car

Tasks that not so long ago would have taken a long time to learn are becoming much easier to administer with a single click or a dedicated plugin as 3D software becomes more advanced. One of these is moving a car along a predefined surface geometry. In this amazing Blender tutorial, Mike Griggs demonstrates how to create a realistically rough terrain for rallying.

25. How to enhance a game level environment

In this video-based Blender tutorial, 3D expert Christopher Plush shows how to create low-overhead in-game effects that won't tax your players' machines.

26. How to make metallic text

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Create attention-grabbing text with this Blender tutorial

3D typography has a big place in the industry. In this tutorial, discover how to create a big, bold, attention-grabbing title.

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