Blender Tutorials

Tutorials for Blender 3D focusing on VFX and motion graphics.

Subsurface scattering (SSS) is an essential tool to make organic materials look real. They are probably most commonly used in human skin, but they pretty much apply for any living object, as well as some inanimate ones. Our skin consists of several layers, which all have different colors. Contrary to plastic they are also very heterogenous, meaning they consist of cells, blood, collagen and more. As a result light that penetrates the surface gets scattered.

Ink drops in water are heavily used elements in graphic and motion design. You can create them right inside Blender. And thanks to the Cycles render engine you can create the traditional and more modern variants with ease.

When your mesh gets heavily distorted by deform modifiers, like the armature modifier, the corrective smooth modifier can help you sand off those edges. What we didn't mention in the video is: in addition to combination with other modifiersyou can also relax and blend shape keys with the corrective smooth, using the bind choords option.

For modern presentation it is often helpful to underline important points with an animation. In this tutorial you will learn how to stack objects and animate the result. It is like an array modifier with random offset.

Have you ever run into the situation that you cannot scale anything anymore in Blender? You might have accidentially turned on "manipulate centers only". While this feature is a regular annoyance for beginners, it is actually very powerful. Frederik Steinmetz shows how to use it by example.

Computers cannot generate truly random numbers. Why that is, and why it actually is an advantage for animators is demonstrated in this video tutorial by Frederik Steinmetz. Discover what a seed value is and when and how to use it.

Cycles is a great production renderer, but it currently struggles with one thing: caustics! Thankfully there are other open source render engines available. One is of particular interest for this case: appleseed. This quick tutorial shows how to render caustics in Blender with Blenderseed, the appleseed plugin for Blender.

A lot has changed since we first published the introduction to the animation nodes. So once again Frederik Steinmetz will explain the installation and basic usage of Jacques Lucke's Animation Nodes Addon for Blender.

The mask modifier has received an update in Blender 2.79. Frederik Steinmetz explains all settings in depth and shows example situations where the mask modifier might come in handy.

Using the Animation Nodes addon, a typewriter effect in Blender has become a matter of minutes. Frederik Steinmetz shows you how to do it.

The Boolean Modifier has received an upgrade in Blender 2.78, watch this tutorial to find out all about the modifier and what the changes are.
Have you ever wondered why the boolean modifier does not respect materials of the boolean mesh? Find out all about it, including the difference between BMesh and Carve as well as how to preserve the materials and UVs.

Frederik Steinmetz explains how to download and install Jacque Lucke's Animation Nodes Addon. Outdated! Recent version is here!

Blender is a really versatile program. It can even be used as a replacement for image manipulation programs like Photoshop or Krita in some cases, with the added benefit that real and fake 3D can be combined.

David Mcsween shows how to achieve a classic map travel effect using a path object in Blender and letting a camera follow the path. This is a real world production example.

In the second part of the BlenderDiplom Halloween 2016 series Frederik Steinmetz shows how to use animation nodes to track the rotation of several objects towards another object at once and how to use the setup to easily control further attributes and effects.

This article is about baking normals with the Cycles Render Engine. But it also contains excerpts from our book The Cycles Encyclopedia. This is where you can get extensive information about how normals work internally and what they are used for.

It's Halloween 2016 - scary eyes everywhere - looking at you! Frederik Steinmetz shows how to morph a sculpted mesh using shape keys and how to make objects look towards the camera.

This second BlenderDiplom winter special will focus on a stylized snowflake inside a snowstorm rendered in Cycles. The first part is about easy snowflake modeling and is presented to you by Christoph Pöhler while in the second part Gottfried Hofmann will show you how to render it in Cycles.

Kenneth F. Musgrave came up with an algorithm to create procedural patterns suitable for creating procedural terrain. His results actually exceed this purpose and can produce some very interesting patterns. His methods are implemented in Cycles but they are largely overlooked.

By baking normal maps, you can add lots of details to models without increasing the polycount. Baked normal maps are used a lot in games, but are also useful for animations and still renderings. This tutorial shows you how to bake normals using the Blender Internal renderer.

The Animation Nodes addon for Blender allows you to animate individual letters of a word. This tutorial shows you how by adding a little bit of random movement to each letter using the wiggle node.

Volume scattering is used to create effects like smoke, dust, clouds, sun beams (a.k.a. god rays) and similar things. This tutorial will help you understand everything about volume scatter in Cycles and how to get the effects you expect from it.

The Animation Nodes addon for Blender comes with several nodes to accomplish a wiggle effect. This tutorial explains in-depth all the options and internals.

Blender 2.72 introduced the sun beams node in the compositor. It comes in really handy when creating light rays. Since it is a pure post-pro effect, it can even be applied to images.