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Blender tutorials: 28 ways to upgrade your 3D skills

11. Animate text in Blender

This brilliant text effect Blender walk through comes from the team at tutor4U. The video demonstrates how to make an animation of vines growing to form a word and techniques that might be helpful when creating your own 3D typography. 

12. Model a complex 3D city scene

An illuminated city street at night

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.

13. 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.

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 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.

16. Make realistic bread

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

17. Model a low-poly T-Rex

Low-poly T-Rex on a screen

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.

18. Animate a flame using materials

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

19. 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...

20. 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.

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