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