33 Blender tutorials to boost your 3D modelling and animation skills

An image from one of the best blender tutorials and the Blender logo
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Blender tutorials are often the best way to get started using this incredible free and open-source 3D software. Blender is a powerful package, so getting started can be a little overwhelming if you're going in cold. And even if you're not a beginner, there are always new things to learn to unlock new creative possibilities or speed up your processes. 

To help, we've rounded up the best Blender tutorials we've found, from novice to pro-level advice. These Blender video tutorials should help you either get up and running or raise your game when it comes to 3D modelling, animation, rendering and composition. You'll pick up fresh tips from expert 3D designers and learn about new techniques (for other options, see our pick of the best 3D modelling software)

We've grouped these Blender video tutorials into three sections. We start with the best Blender tutorials for beginners, but if you're not a novice, you can use the quick links at the top of this article to jump ahead to our intermediate Blender tutorials or Blender tutorials for professionals.

The best Blender tutorials

Blender tutorials for beginners

01. Blender 3.5 beginner tutorial

If you're about to start working with the latest version of Blender (3.5), be sure to check out this helpful Blender tutorial from CG Fast Track. It'll take you through all you need to know to get started with Blender's latest stable version. It's quite a lengthy one, split up into three parts so make sure you set the time aside to watch it as it's absolutely worth it. 

You'll make a sword and a stone animation to learn the skills on the job, and as some students have noted in the comments, it can be exciting and motivating for beginners to start out with something so cinematic rather than the usual "donuts and bananas"

02. Ten Tools Every Blender Noob should learn

This beginner Blender tutorial takes a different approach. Rather than taking a fast-track approach to one complete end-to-end process, it breaks things down into 10 specific tools that Blender newbies need to learn how to use, including applying transformations, the loop cut, array tool, extrude tool, moving the camera and speeding up rendering. It's all presented by an animated Brad Colbow.

03. The basics of realistic texturing in Blender

In this video lesson from Andrew Price, he reveals the secrets of realistic texturing. Discover how to take a texture and create some variations of it, using Photoshop or a Photoshop alternative, then putting them into Blender. Want more? Andrew has a whole host of excellent Blender video tutorials on his YouTube channel.

04. Creating meshes in Blender

In this video, the Blender team run through how to create a mesh – an object made of polygons. Here you'll learn the difference between a polygonal mesh, and a NURBS surface, and why modelling with polygons is a preferable option. 

05. Blender character animation toolkit

Blender tutorials: character animation

Learn the basics of character animation

In this series of lessons, Blender artist Beorn Leonard explains all the fundamentals of character animation in Blender. Highlights include working with timing and spacing, overlapping motion, animation walk and run cycles and understanding IK and FK.

06. Blender Lighting and baking workflow

Get to grips with the complete workflow for setting up lighting for an outdoor scene, in this top-quality Blender tutorial. You'll learn how to bake light for a blazing fast render, taking 14 seconds per frame rather than eight minutes.

07. Greenscreen masking for VFX in Blender

Add some Hollywood flair to your projects. Here you'll learn the basics of masking and chroma keying in Blender – just the thing for mixing real world footage with CG via a bit of green screen action.

08. Introduction to rigging in Blender

Lee Salvemini is kind of a big deal in the Blender community. He worked on Sintel, Elephants dream and spent two years on Star Wars video game titles for LucasArts. In this free video tutorial for Blender Guru, he presents a complete beginner's introduction to rigging. The video above is part one of the series, with parts two and three available on the Blender Guru site.

09. Introduction to camera tracking

Blender comes bundled with an awesome feature called Camera Tracking. Camera Tracking is a process that involves using real footage and tracking its motion so that 3D elements and VFX can be added to it. This tutorial, again from Blender Guru, gives you a complete beginner's introduction to what this tool is and how to start using it right now.

10. Blender shortcuts: hotkeys you need to know

Blender tutorials: hotkeys

(Image credit: Lukas Walzer)

This tutorial contains shortcuts that are super-useful, and that help to streamline your workflow. They'll allow you to cut out some of the fiddly bits, meaning your texturing process will be much improved. 

Intermediate Blender tutorials

11. What's new in Blender 3.6 beta

Blender 3.6 was made available in beta in May 2023, and while this release mainly focuses on performance improvements, there are also some new features. In the video above, AskNK talks us through some of the highlights, from the UI to rigging and animation, modelling improvements and updates to Geo Node and Viewport.

12. Cut your render time in half in Blender

Tired of waiting forever for your stuff to render? This short but sweet video could help you speed things up. 3D artist Nathan Duck talks you through his process and how he cuts down render time to a minimum, from addressing issues like sample count and denoising data to getting the right hardware in place.

13. Animate text in Blender

This text effect Blender walkthrough comes from the team at tutor4U. It 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. 

14. How to speed sculpt in Blender 2.80

Blender tutorials: speed sculpting

(Image credit: Glen Southern)

Character and creature designers who use 3D sculpting software will often do speed sculpts. These are 10-30 minute sculpting sessions where you practise blocking out your design as quickly as you can. This tutorial explores Blender's speed sculpting tools, and teaches you how to use them.

15. 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.

16. 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 city scene 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.

17. 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.

18. 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. You can find part two here.

19. 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.

20. Make realistic bread

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

21. 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.

22. 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.

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. 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.

Blender tutorials for professionals

25. Create stunning tileable textures

3D image of a house in a misty landscape

Make your own tileable textures with the Dynamic Topology system (Image credit: Future/Pierrick Picaut)

Blender's Dynamic Topology system is, amongst other things, a great tool for creating nice-looking, tileable textures. In this tutorial, Pierrick Picaut explains how to create stylised wooden and stone tileable textures from sculpted surfaces.

26. Rig a 3D vehicle

Blender tutorials: Futuristic combat jet

This vehicle rig makes the most of bone constraints

Discover how the rig for this futuristic combat jet was created, by following this expert animator Dennis Haupt's insights. You'll learn how a bone constraint works in Blender and how to set it up, and also how a bone constraint affects the animation skeleton.

27. Create a realistic water simulation

This Blender tutorial by Andrew Price shows you how to create realistic fluid effects and render it using the new Cycles rendering engine.

28. Make animal fur with cycles and particle hair

Jonathan Lampel demonstrates how to use multiple particle systems to add realistic hair to an animal and how to easily set up a great looking fur material using Cycles' new hair shader.

29. Photorealism explained

"If you're a CG artist hoping to work in the industry, photorealism is the most important skill you can focus on," says Andrew Price on Blender Guru. "It not only helps you to learn and understand how real life looks (a crucial step for creating cartoonish exaggerated styles), but is also highly in-demand for Hollywood, gaming studios and new industries." Price's guide lasts for nearly an hour, but is packed with helpful tips and tricks.

30. Animate a circular swipe

Bassam Kurdali's video explains how to set up a clock face-style swiping action using the popular open-source 3D package. You can also download the accompanying project files for this tutorial.

31. Camera mapping

Here, Andrew Price explains everything you need to know to do camera mapping using Blender.

32. Fun with rigid bodies

Bring the destruction! Andrew Price demonstrates how to go wild with Blender's rigid body simulator, making a chain, a wrecking ball and a load of stuff to destroy in an entertaining manner.

33. Making Materials in Blender

If making 3D materials in Blender seems like a scary idea, 3D artist Nathan Duck is here to show you otherwise. In this 16 minute video he walks you the process of making a procedural galvanized steel material, to show how easy this process is in practice.

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is Editor at Creative Bloq. One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications. Kerrie's work for Creative Bloq involves managing the team and the site's content, developing and maintaining commercial partnerships, and finding innovative ways to bring Creative Bloq's audience the content they're looking for.

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