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31 Blender tutorials that will upgrade your 3D skills

12. 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. 

13. How to speed sculpt in Blender 2.80

Blender tutorials: speed sculpting

(Image credit: Glen Southern)

Most character and creature designers who use 3D sculpting software will often do speed sculpts. These are 10 (possibly up to 30) minute sculpting sessions where you practise blocking out your design as quickly as you can. Blender is great for this and has a huge amount of tools to help you do just that.

This tutorial will explore the speed sculpting tools and will teach you how to do it best on the latest version of Blender.

14. How to create interiors with Blender's EEVEE

Blender tutorials: create interiors

Use EEVEE to get more flexibility and reduce render time and cost (Image credit: Atypique-studio: Contains textures from Poliigon.com - Textures may not be redistributed)

This tutorial from Pierrick Picaut runs through how to use Blender's EEVEE engine to create the interior found in the Noara game teaser. You'll understand how to set EEVEE properly to a render a nice-looking, dark interior scene, and how to deal with its limitations. Picaut will go over some shader tricks, and the use of light and reflection probes.

15. Model a complex 3D city scene

Blender tutorials: 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Make realistic bread

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

20. Model a low-poly T-Rex

Blender tutorials: 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.

21. 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.

22. 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...

23. 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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