Best Free 3D & Animation Courses

Find the best online Free 3D & Animation Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

AutoCAD 2D and 3D practice drawings

A collection of AutoCAD practice drawings and projects

Created by Jaiprakash Pandey - Co-author of Learn AutoCAD Book

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Students: 111797, Price: Free

Who should take this course:

Any one with little knowledge of AutoCAD can take this course, this is made as a supplemental material for practicing skills learnt in my AutoCAD 2016 complete course of Udemy. 

About this course:

In this course you will learn methods of making actual 2D and 3D engineering drawings along with some representation drawings. 

The course is divided into four sections with each section dedicated to a specific type of drawings. The first section has 2D drawings, sections has 3D drawings, third section has advance 3D drawings like making a gear or a Slotted nut etc. 

The last section has a project in which I have taught method of making a coke bottle from scratch. The lessons include 2D sketching, 3D conversion adn rendering of the bottle.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply skills learnt in AutoCAD to real world scenario.
  • Draw 2D and 3D complex drawings

All the lesson files containing PDF and DWG of drawings with dimensions are included with the respective lesson. 

Learn 3D Modeling: Blender Basics in Under 2 Hours

Learn the Basics of Blender in Under 2 Hours

Created by Josh Gambrell - Sharing my knowledge and constantly expanding it.

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Students: 75220, Price: Free

Learn the basic tools, shortcuts, and important aspects of the popular 3D modeling software, Blender, without any prior knowledge!

Take your first steps in the Blender software!

  • Learn the basic interface of Blender.
  • Learn how to select, grab, scale, rotate, and add objects.
  • Learn the difference between Object and Edit mode.
  • Learn how to render, add materials, and export your models into the Unity software.
  • Create a few basic models with your knowledge.

A great way to alleviate the burden of learning a brand new piece of software.

From the perspective of a complete beginner in the Blender software, this course wil cover the basics and alleviate the burden of learning a new piece of software. Blender is actually a very intuitive piece of software once you get the basics down, and is easy to pick up on the more complicated aspects after learning the basics. Blender is a great piece of software for new 3D modelers and those wishing to be able to create assets for video games. This course will make you feel confident in using Blender as a complete beginner.

Course Overview

This course will cover the very basics for those that have never used the Blender software before. Students who have never used the Blender software before will feel a lot more comfortable with it by taking this course. After learning some new concepts, you will test your knowledge by creating some basic models.

At the end of this course, you should have the confidence to go and further your knowledge in the Blender software. This course was designed with complete beginners in mind, so you should be able to create very basic 3D models and feel more comfortable with modeling in the Blender software.

How to Animate Logos for Companies & Brands

Practical Animation that Brings Logos to Life In 1 Hour or Less

Created by Michael McGreal - Motiongrapher/ Entrepreneuer = Motion-preneur.

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Students: 63514, Price: Free

Ever wanted to make cool animations but don't think you are creative enough?  Or ever wanted to learn "how to make money online" but not interested in mumbo jumbo sales pages? Learn a real skill that provides real value to businesses-- no creativity needed.  Our course will introduce you to the basic elements of motion graphics and teach you how to apply these simple motion recipes to lucrative logo animations.

There are many different ways to make money with motion graphics.  In my eyes, the top three are: 1. Explainer Videos (advanced); 2. MicroVideos for social media (moderate); and 3. Living Logos (beginner).  Most people begin their After Effects career attempting to create a difficult long form explainer video- which almost always leads to frustration and burnout.  Instead, it's better to begin with simple projects and build slowly from there.  Which is why we recommend starting with Living logos. 

Living logos are the easiest (and most immediately profitable) form of motion graphics to begin.  Unlike explainer videos which require in depth knowledge of the entire After Effects Application, Living Logos only require you to master a few simple workflows.  So instead of overloading you with unnecessary information, this course instead focuses on the bare bones.  The basic building blocks of animation that you can immediately apply to paying Living Logo projects.

Extras:

  • Content will always be up to date.

  • Access simple looping GIFs that explain common After Effects obstacles

Introduction to Blender For Beginners

The complete beginners guide to Blender and the world of 3D.

Created by Danan Thilakanathan - Self-taught Filmmaker, 3D Animator and Educator

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Students: 62148, Price: Free

Do you wish to create your own animated film one day? Or perhaps make your own game? But don't how to go about it or where to even start? If so, you may be looking around for cheap (and hopefully free) 3D software.

Blender is one such tool. It is a free, open-source 3D software that can do everything from 3D modeling, animation, rendering and game development. The tool continues to grow with newer and more awesome features being added every so often. Their current feature set is packed and rivals the most expensive 3D software today. One would have to see the awesome projects and quality renderings created by people who have not spent a cent.

In this course, you will learn the basics of (nearly) everything in Blender. Without needing to invest a whole lot of time or money, you will learn how to get started with 3D modeling, lighting, animation, sculpting, rendering, and physics to name a few with exercises spread throughout so that you can get your first experience with the software and gain overall confidence along the way. You will be one step closer to mastering Blender.

What's in this course?

The course is aimed to provide a gentle, yet thorough, introduction to Blender 3D so that you will go away with the confidence of working on your own dream projects. We won't just be looking at what each control does and call it done. The course provides a number of exercises (or mini-projects) on all the main components of 3D of which you are strongly encouraged to follow along and get your first experience with Blender. 

Specifically,

  • You will learn how to navigate through Blender and get comfortable with the user interface.
  • You will learn the bare basics of 3D modeling, lighting, animation, materials, texturing, rendering, sculpting, particles and physics.
  • You will work on small easy-to-follow exercises to help solidify your learning and gain your first experiences making something with Blender.
  • You can ask me for help anytime if you get stuck trying to do something.

By the end of this course, you will have completed your first few mini-projects with Blender. Since we cover nearly everything in Blender, this will raise your confidence

With over 60+ lectures, there is so much to learn. Don't let this overwhelm you though. The course is designed to make the learning curve as smooth and as easy as possible so that you don't have to pull out all your hair in frustration in an attempt to learn Blender on your own.

Who is this course for?

This will be perfect for the absolute beginner of Blender and the world of 3D in general. There are no nasty jargon anywhere in this course and everything will be explained in a simple easy-to-understand manner.

You are not expected to know anything about Blender. You can start this course with no prerequisites (as we'll cover how to download and install Blender). If there was one prerequisite, it would be to have some passion for 3D (or whichever project you would need Blender for). That motivation will help push you to master Blender so that your dream movie or game can come to life.

What is the expected outcome after the course?

By the end of the course, you can expect to have a good understanding of the major components of Blender. You will gain experience and hopefully confidence in being able to pull off your own 3D projects without having to pull out your hair in frustration.

After that, the outcomes are endless. As you continue to work on your projects, you start to gain confidence in learning more advanced stuff. At this stage, making movies and/or game projects becomes a thing of reality. You could even meet one of the requirements for a Blender-related job!

Best of all, the course is designed to be flexible and will continue to expand as new features get added in or if you feel that I haven't covered an aspect that you would like to learn.

Basic Animation In After Effects

Learn basic animation, motion graphics and how to add special effects to video in After Effects.

Created by Dara Harper - Digital Arts Educator

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Students: 44632, Price: Free

In this Adobe After Effects CC course, you will learn the basics of animation, motion graphics, and how to apply special effects to videos. This course includes several practice files so that you can follow along with the instructor.

Whether you want to learn how to animate a cartoon character or change colors in a video, "Basic Animation In After Effects" is the ideal online class. Other topics include how to turn a video into a cartoon and tips for applying preset animations and special effects to any video. You will also learn how to render an After Effects project for mobile devices (including the iPad and Android), the web, and Blu-ray disc.

If you're interested in learning After Effects to start your career in motion graphics or if you want to create a unique video to promote your business or if you want to spice up your YouTube page, this class can help you realize your creative goals.

Create Your Own Character in Blender

Learn the Great skill of character creation with Blender 3D

Created by Thomas McDonald - 3D Artist, Designer & Animator

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Students: 41500, Price: Free

In this course we create a simple character in 3D. We quickly and easily apply a rig for easy animation.

We begin by setting up some background images to use as a reference.

This course involves modelling the character from a simple plane so we use the mirror modifier to speed the process up.

We quickly get the form of the character and add his hands, form his ears, model some teeth and even model him a pair of simple shoes. We continue by creating some hair and forming eye brows.

When we are happy with how our character looks we move on and add an armature using an add-on within blender. We position the rig and generate control bones for use in animating our character. We briefly look at weight painting and how much influence some bones have over certain parts of the character.

Create 3D Game Characters: No modeling or rigging required

Create and animate professional-level, 3D game characters without any experience in modeling, sculpting or rigging.

Created by Reallusion Inc - Software Developers & Trainers

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Students: 41207, Price: Free

•This course is designed to teach anyone how to create professional 3D game characters and animations without having to spend months, or years, learning the ins-and-outs of other complicated 3D software. In just weeks, you will be able to get ahead by learning to exploit the power of a real-time 3D engine, in order to maximize your time and project completion. 100% GUARANTEE!

•Different from other 3D tools, the Character Creator tool and iClone are designed for instant creation and visualization feedback. Their unique real-time animation engine give you 10 x faster production speed. Create and morph game characters in minutes with the Character Creator tool, then send them to iClone for fast and easy full-body animation prior to exporting them via the 3DXchange converter to Unity, Unreal or any other video game engine or 3D applications.

•There are free trial versions for iClone 6 PRO, and 3DXchange Pipeline, so users are welcome to download them all in order to go through the entire course. The Character Creator tools is 100% FREE.

•Besides the free tools, students can also download free sample characters and projects to test out the pipeline process themselves. Just visit the iClone Game Character Design Platform page.

How to Make an Animated Movie

In this course I will guide you through the process of making an animated short movie, step by step.

Created by Morr Meroz - Animator

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Students: 38339, Price: Free

In this step by step course I will cover all the steps it takes to make an animated short.

I will go over the process of coming up with a story idea, writing the script in the correct format, creating a storyboard and making an animatic out of it, creating a previz, modeling, rigging, lighting, rendering and even how to animate (I animate an entire shot in one of the videos). I also show my editing process and how I do color correction, compositing and even sound design for the final product.

This course is made out of video tutorials, each covering an individual step of the making process.

Free Blender Crash Course!

Start now to create your 3D Scenes!

Created by Gustavo Rosa - Modelador, Animador e Generalista 3D.

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Students: 37685, Price: Free

The Free Blender Crash Course is designed to give you a first contact with the 3D scene creation universe and with Blender.

Blender is free open source software and is currently one of the world's leading 3D scene creation tools. In this course you will have a first contact with the Blender interface and learn the basics of modeling, materials, lighting and animation. And throughout the course you will produce from scratch a simple flying plane scene.

So sign up now and start your journey to become a 3D artist right now.

FREE After Effects Basics -2D Flat Shadows in After Effects

Intro to After Effects - Learn After Effects Animation with this basic free course

Created by Andrew Pach - Engaged and Passionate PowerPoint & After Effects instructor

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Students: 34607, Price: Free

Learn 3 different techniques to create 2D long flat shadows and add them to your motion graphic compositions. We will take a look and create those popular long shadows which are very popular amongst the designers creating on the current flat design trend. You don't even need to have a project to work on - I have created a few sample animations which you can work on by downloading the attached project file.

The shadows will be dynamic, which means they will react to any movement that will be going on in your composition. I will show you how to save them as a preset for future use, how to link the shadow itself to a null object and much more handy quick tips like that.

A few benefits of this class:

  • Get started with After Effects the right way, learn essential tools & a proper workflow
  • I will touch on topics like precomposing, growing bounds, effects, simple expressions and more
  • We will use the repeater, work on shape layers, create shapes, duplicate layers etc.
  • We will be using only build-in effects
  • You will learn 3 different techniques to use
  • We will save animation presets for future use
  • Modernize your compositions - use it for any project
  • Learn to have fun inside of After Effects with a new technique

...What are you waiting for? Enroll now and let us start applying modern flat shadows to our animations!

Learn Maya – Character Head Modeling for Beginners

This course will open your path towards character modeling.

Created by Nalini Kanta Jena - 3D Character Instructor

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Students: 31736, Price: Free

Explore the wonderful world of Autodesk Maya with
this comprehensive introductory course. Maya is an industry standard 3d
application used to create movies, games and graphics. In this
course you will learn to create a character head.

Learn the fundamentals of character modeling

  • Basic blocking
  • Topology for animation
  • Refining face features
  • Modeling tools
  • Maya hair

Benefits of Learning Maya for Beginners

Maya is an industry standard application that is used by many
high-end productions. By learning it you make yourself more
employable. It has a flexible and wide toolset that can help you
create high quality work quicker. This course is specifically designed
to ease you into Maya, showing you the most common and powerful tools.
It is a project based course that will teach you practical skills that
you can use in your own work. This course comes with all the project
files you need and work in progress files incase you get stuck.

Structure of this course

This course has three sections:

Introduction

In this section you will learn the course overview.

Blocking the head

In this section you will learn How to create the eyeball, nose, mouth, cheek, forehead and skull blocking.

Creating the topology for animation.

Refining the head

In this section you will learn How to refine lip

eyes

eye lashes

Refining nose

How to model realistic ear

How to use maya Hair

3D Logo Design using Autodesk Maya

Maya Quick Start Program is designed for beginners who are looking to explore 3D as a future career option.

Created by 3DTraining .com - Learn. Practice. Work.

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Students: 31269, Price: Free

Welcome to 3DTraining.com's Quick Start Video Series: If you are a beginner looking to learn Autodesk Maya, these videos will give you a quick overview of the software to help you decide if you seriously want to pursue a career in 3D.

In this project-based course you will learn:

  • Autodesk Maya's Core Interface and Navigation
  • 3D Workflows (modeling, materials, lighting & rendering)
  • Design your own 3D Logo and get started towards your 3D career!

After this course, you will have created a personalized 3D Logo that walks you through step by step how to work on a project from start to finish such as modeling, materials, lighting & rendering.

Included in this course is a link to download the 30 day trial version of Maya (Courtesy of Autodesk) and approx 60 minutes of training video provided by 3DTraining.com. The average student will complete this course in approximately 2-4 hours.

And if you enjoyed your experience working in the software and you are interested in professional training to find work in this field visit our site and sign up for a free one hour intro class for more information.

Also when you visit our site, don't forget to check out our company news page to see how the 3DTraining unique training methodology has helped our students launch a successful career in the 3D industry.

Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects

You too can make cartoons!

Created by Vadim Daschinsky - General-Animation Studio - Animation for everyone

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Students: 30317, Price: Free

   I want to clarify some details right away: This course was created for the training unit of the General-Animation studio. Every new candidate who wants to become a member of our studio, we send to this course so that he can quickly and efficiently become familiar with our methods of work.

   Many members of our community live in developing countries and have access only to the simplest computers. Taking into account the needs of such students, during training we use the Adobe After Effects of 7.0 version, which does not require high-performance hardware, but at the same time allows to master the basic principles of working with the program.

   The main advantage of our animation technique is that we always try to work as efficiently as possible, to get the maximum result at the lowest possible cost. So if you want to quickly and without special material costs learn the basic methods of creating animation in the Adobe After Effects - then welcome to our course! We will be happy to share our knowledge with you, and you may even want to become a member of our team in order to enjoy some nice bonuses and create cartoons of a charitable and educational nature with us.

    Yes - animation is too high an art to spend it on trifles, so we do not make stupid cartoons to collect views on Youtube. We are engaged in serious things that can really change this world - make it a better place to live. As I understand, these things are first of all the online education and promotion of scientific achievements, advanced information technology, clean energy sources and, in general, new progressive technologies and the brotherhood of all the peoples of the Earth. And our projects are dedicated to this mission.   

   Our main goal is to enable the people of developing countries to join modern computer technologies in order to help them escape from the shackles of poverty and illiteracy. Therefore, in our lessons, we do not use the most modern software requiring a high-performance computer, so that students from developing countries, often having only outdated computers, can also work with us. To such students, we even pay small incentive bonuses to stimulate their interest in computer technology.

   So welcome to our unique experimental course in which information is presented in an entertaining and easy understandable form, as lessons with animated characters who tell you about how make cartoons in Adobe After Effects. If you are looking for a simple and effective technology to create cartoons - this course is exactly for you.

 Basic Animation in Adobe After Effects is something more then just a training course - it's a whole philosophy and lifestyle. It consists in the fact that the main purpose of man in this world is to be a creator and artist. And animation as one of the most popular and affordable kinds of art should help you to fully discover your creative abilities. 

   After Effect allows make animation quickly and efficiently, releasing our creative energy for new achievements in the broadest areas of human activity. Therefore, study After Effects with us, offer your ideas and projects, and we will make cartoons together!

  If you do not already have Adobe After Effects, you can find the studens version of the program in the downloads of our website General-Animation com

HDR Image-Based Lighting in Blender

Watch this crash course and master the complete HDR image-based lighting workflow, 100% Blender

Created by Aidy Burrows - Tutorial Co-Author With Gleb Alexandrov @ Creative Shrimp

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Students: 27506, Price: Free

In this course Gleb Alexandrov from Creative Shrimp shows how Image-based lighting is an opportunity to achieve astounding realism.

If you've just started tinkering with HDR image-based lighting in Blender,
it may seem daunting. So hard to control the direction of light (Gimme
the rim light, you, Blender!). Even harder to avoid a blown-out
background.

On top of that, there seems to be so many things to wrap your head around: High Dynamic Range, 32-bit textures, Tone Mapping...

But actually, this workflow is MUCH easier than you might have thought. I promise.

After watching this step-by-step guide, you'll get the super powers to crush the image-based lighting in Blender.

All the project files are included, so you can follow along with video tutorials

Moreover, Greg Zaal has kindly offered us a couple of amazing 2k HDRI environments from the HDRI Haven website.

MECHANISMS AND MOTION – ROBOTICS FOCUS

PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING & 3D DESIGN - Solid Edge; Solidworks; Creo; Blender; AutoCad

Created by John Devitry - Mechanical Engineering and 3D Design

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Students: 26598, Price: Free

Robots use mechanisms to perform a rich variety of tasks and while building a robot in high school can be a lot of fun and a great learning experience, this alone will not prepare you for the introductory class in Mechanical Engineering at the University level.  To move to the next level students need to understand mechanism, 3D CAD and motion.  This is the foundation of Robotics design and countless other areas concerning machine design.  Understanding mechanisms and how they work is a critical part of Mechanical Engineering and Design. This class takes a look at various types of mechanism used to build machines and robots.

Cartoon Character Modeling In Blender

Create a simple 3D cartoony character in Blender

Created by Danan Thilakanathan - Self-taught Filmmaker, 3D Animator and Educator

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Students: 26323, Price: Free

Do you want to create awesome looking 3D characters like the ones you see in movies?

Then you've come to the right place, as you'll learn all the secrets of creating filmic style characters at the comfort of your own home.

What's in this course?

You will use the free open-source 3D software Blender to create a simple cartoony-style character.

Starting from a single vertex, you will create a base mesh, sculpt the details, retopologize, rig, texture, cloth, and add hair. You don't even need to know what these terms mean. You will discover all of this in a learn-by-doing approach.

The course also comes bundled with a FREE 3D character model for you to study and play around with, or even use in your own projects.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for anyone interested in creating 3D characters.

The course also assumes you have a basic knowledge of Blender and its modeling tools.

What is the expected outcome after this course?

By the end of this course, you will have created a fully textured, rigged, clothed and ready-to-animate character in a short amount of time.

There is so much to learn, so enrol now to start your 3D Character Modeling career!

Animatron University – Beginner Course

Animation for the rest of us!

Created by Jesse Bray - Owner/Creative Director @ Mr.Bray Studios

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Students: 25596, Price: Free

Course Description

This Animatron University "Beginner" course is specifically designed for the beginner in mind. In this in depth course you'll learn how make animations with absolutely zero background in animation or design or coding. Learn HOW TO use this FREE Online tool, ANIMATRON to create fun, easy, and exciting HTML5,gifs and short animations that you can share with the WORLD!

With FIVE super comprehensive courses covering everything from "Concept to Completion" learning how to create animation like they do in the biz, to "Social Media", "Editing", "Interactivity" to "Explainer Videos". This beginner course is not only your first steps towards bringing your GREAT IDEAS to LIFE, but also becoming a ROCKSTAR: presenter, animator, marketer, teacher, content creating wiz and more!

Learn and Master "Animatron " in this Comprehensive Course.

  • Create an Animated Selfie card
  • Animated class presentations
  • Tell a three act story
  • Learn online tools to turn your creative ideas to life

Contents and Overview
In over 6 hours of content including 16 lectures and 16 assignments

What are the requirements?

  • A computer with a steady internet connection
  • A free Animatron account
  • A creative mind ready to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to use and create HTML5 animations in the cloud
  • Learn history of animation
  • Learn history of branding
  • Learn how to create a logo
  • Learn how to design social media ready animations and designs

What is the target audience?

  • The absolute beginner
  • People wanting to learning animation and design

Getting started in 3D Animation

Create professional-level, 3D character animations in record time for a variety of applications.

Created by Reallusion Inc - Software Developers & Trainers

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Students: 25501, Price: Free

This course is designed to teach you how to create professional 3D character animations without having to spend months, or years, learning the ins-and-outs of other complicated 3D software. In just weeks, you will be able to get ahead of the game by learning to exploit the power of a real-time 3D engine, in order to maximize your time and project completion. 100% GUARANTEE!

Different from other 3D tools, iClone is designed for instant visualization and digital storytelling. Its unique real-time animation engine gives you 10 x faster production speed by giving-what-you-see without having to wait. It's content-driven director layout is logically defined with Stage, Set, Actor, Animation, Media and Export tabs so that you may easily allocate resources during creation. iClone is not only the ideal tool for studios, live TV productions, and previzualizations but it also allows anyone to be their own director by animating without any hassles of creating content from scratch!

There is a free trial version that users are welcome to download in order to go through the entire course. Just to be clear, this course is not to promote sales of the software or content, but instead to show users that there are easy ways to create 3D character animations for any use.

Unreal Engine 4 for Architecture – Fundamentals Course

Use the Unreal Engine to create beautiful Arch Viz walkthroughs for Virtual Reality

Created by Hardy Hutajaya - Ordinary Guy with a passion for Archviz

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Students: 24563, Price: Free

At the end of my
course

  1. Students will be able to take
    their Archviz work in 3ds max and transfer them into Unreal Engine 4 to
    make it 'Playable'.
  2. Students will be able to
    understand the general workflow of using the unreal engine 4 for their
    Archviz work.
  3. Understand how to use the
    unreal engine material editor
  4. Students will know the
    different lightings available in Unreal Engine 4

 

Who should take my
course

  1. 3d Artists, Environment
    Artists, Interior Designers, Architects, Game developers getting started
    with UE4.
  2. Not for Advanced Level Unreal
    Arcvhiz Artists.

 

Prerequisites

  1. Basic 3d Modelling using 3ds
    max

Blender Basics

Easy to follow tutorials to learn basic animation in Blender.

Created by Dara Harper - Digital Arts Educator

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Students: 24265, Price: Free

In this Blender course, you will learn the basics of modeling, animation, rigging, lighting, and camera techniques. These easy step-by-step tutorials will show you how to create your own unique animations. 

Whether you want to create 3D or 2D animations, “Blender Basics” is the ideal online class. Other topics include how to create particles and how to render your animations. 

If you're interested in learning Blender to start your career in 3D animation or if you want to create a unique video to promote your business or if you want to spice up your YouTube page, this class can help you realize your creative goals.

Improve Anime Drawings With Leonardo DaVinci Method

Learn how to apply the Method by Leonardo DaVinci to improve your drawings.

Created by 2D Animation 101 Courses - Animation Courses for Beginners

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Students: 23812, Price: Free

Are you interested in learning how you can improve your anime drawings?

Maybe you have tried to draw something from a reference but you didn’t get the results you wanted.

Well, in this course you will learn how to improve your drawings by mastering a method that Leonardo Davinci used himself to become amazing in painting.

He would apply this method to perfect his skills so much that the King of France would call for him.

Now, some people say you need to be born with the talent, that is just bull poo.

Our friend Dany García started with poor drawing skills and she developed.

It took her 5 years to become good, but for you, if you apply what you learn here, you will be able to improve sooner.

Enroll now and learn the Leonardo DaVinci method for improving your drawings.

See you inside.

3D Logo Design using Autodesk 3ds Max

3ds Max Quick Start Program is designed for beginners who are looking to explore 3D as a future career option.

Created by 3DTraining .com - Learn. Practice. Work.

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Students: 23021, Price: Free

Welcome to 3DTraining.com's Quick Start Video Series: If you are a beginner looking to learn Autodesk 3ds Max, these videos will give you a quick overview of the software to help you decide if you seriously want to pursue a career in 3D.

In this project-based course you will learn:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max's Core Interface and Navigation
  • 3D Workflows (modeling, materials, lighting & rendering)
  • Design your own 3D Logo and get started towards your 3D career!

After this course, you will have created a personalized 3D Logo that walks you through step by step how to work on a project from start to finish such as modeling, materials, lighting & rendering.

Included in this course is a link to download the 30 day trial version of 3ds Max (Courtesy of Autodesk) and approx 60 minutes of training video provided by 3DTraining.com. The average student will complete this course in approximately 2-4 hours.

And if you enjoy your experience working in the software and you are interested in professional training to find work in this field visit our site and sign up for a free one hour intro class for more information.

Also when you visit our site, don't forget to check out our company news page to see how the 3DTraining.com unique training methodology has helped our students launch a successful career in the 3D industry.

3DS Max Learn Basics Foundation Course

Start 3D, the right way within 2 hrs!

Created by Anchit Kawaatra - 3ds Max Certified Professional, Founder of CGDeltAcademy

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Students: 20444, Price: Free

If you are viewing this course, you already know that 3DS MAX is an industry standard software for 3D. You can use it for modelling assets related to any industry be it for games, architecture, movies and whatever you can possibly think of.

If you know 1 3D software, you will easily be able to pick up others as and when required. So this course is for anyone who wants to start with 3DS MAX. You may be coming from no 3D background or might have knowledge of other 3D softwares and want to familiarize yourself with the interface on 3ds Max.

In this course, consider following points before making up your mind:

  • You can get access to this
    software as free trial (limited time) for the time you go through this course.
  • This course is short and to the point as it dives directly into the interface. 
  • It covers most basic concepts of 3D. At the
    end you will be able to create your own small models.
  • This is a project based course.  We will start from the very beginning and move to making atleast 4-5 models with best methods for your understanding. As you will have unlimited access, you may refer to the course anytime and rewind on basics and modelling methods.
  • All course models are available for download, so it is easy to stay caught up with the instructor.  
  • Videos
    are high-quality.  They are presented in FHD with crisp sound to help the student understand
    clearly.
  • All default settings are used in 3ds Max, so the
    student screen will look just like the instructor screen -- no surprises
    or secret short cuts!  This course is very easy to follow.

Points to keep in mind:

  • You
    will have access to the instructor. He will answer questions for
    you directly and help wherever necessary.
  • This course will be updated with small models and shortcuts based on any particular student request or in case the instructor comes up with some assignment for you.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create your own models in 3ds Max
  • Use built in poly modelling tools to create basic 3D objects.
  • Create a about 4-5 models following the instructor from beginning to end
  • Navigate around 3ds Max UI comfortably

What is the target audience?

  • Ideal target audience is beginners, who have no experience in 3D. This course is NOT for you if you are already proficient in modelling, lighting, materials and animating in 3ds Max. Students, aspiring game designers, architects, graphic artists, illustrators, etc. who have not done 3d modelling before, but want to add to their skill set for professional reasons or as hobby, please take this course.
  • Save Time in Face Animation with Cartoon Animator 4 Pipeline

    Learn how to do smooth and organic facial animation that makes your characters look alive (not robotic or fake) in less

    Created by 2D Animation 101 Courses - Animation Courses for Beginners

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    Students: 18569, Price: Free

    In this course I am going to show you how to do really fast facial animation.

    ​After you complete this hour and a half training, you will be able to create character expressions that look organic, alive, instead of robotic and fake.

    And I will show you how to be able to do those animations really really fast, using Cartoon Animator 4 Pipeline.

    Instead of having to draw frame by frame every single drawing for every single change of the face, the position of the eyes, the head, etc… I am going to show you how to set up your characters to be animated by using some very powerful controllers inside Cartoon Animator 4.

    You can even control the acting of your character with Live Motion Capture.

    This course will teach you how to prepare all that, so you can create very smooth animations with good timing.

    So, let’s get started! See you inside.

    Combat Knife 3D Game Asset in Blender and Substance Painter

    Learn to model, UV unwrap, and texture a high quality game asset from start to finish.

    Created by Chris Plush - Blender 3D Trainer

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    Students: 18465, Price: Free

    In this absolutely free step-by-step Blender and Substance Painter training course I'll take you through the entire process of modeling and texturing a combat knife game asset.

    This game development course is beginner friendly but you should have some very basic knowledge of Blender before watching. This course will teach you a lot of different hard surface modeling techniques and modeling tools including beveling, subsurf modeling, and non-destructive modifier methods. It'll take you from setting up a reference photo in the background to completing a high quality, high resolution, 3d knife model for games.

    The course starts off by taking you through creating the high-poly model of the knife that we'll later use for baking normal maps onto a low-poly, game-ready model.

    To prepare our model for texturing I'll walk you through taking our low-poly knife model and UV unwrapping it in Blender. You'll learn how to specify how objects are unwrapped by manually adding seams to edges, how to modify and work with UVs, and how to look for UV stretching to make sure your textures will be applied without distortion.

    After we're done UV unwrapping, I'll show you how to bake a normal map for the knife using Blender in order to make our efficient low-poly knife look more detailed and high resolution. Whether you want to use this knife inside Blender or export it for a game engine like Unity or Unreal, I'll show you how to make sure your model and its normal map look right in all software.

    Then finally we'll pull our knife model into Substance Painter and Texture it. I'll show you how to bake normal maps in Substance Painter too, as they tend to come out a little bit better than in Blender. So then you'll know how baking works in both software. We'll use edge wear generators, smart materials, and other tools in Substance Painter to achieve the final look, and then I'll show you how to render your final knife in Substance Painter. I'll also show you how to export your textures and then set up a material for your knife in Blender as well so we can render it with Cycles.

    Full project using Revit Structure – Basic Modeling

    your first step to learn Revit Structure

    Created by Mostafa Elashmawy - Certified BIM & Revit Professional

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    Students: 17781, Price: Free

    In this course we will use the tools of Revit to model a building using the structural tools Columns, Beams, Foundations, Floors, Slabs

    and also we will take about Reinforcement of different structural elements

    as beginning we will have an introduction to Building information modeling and Revit

    then you will know how to start modelling by adding the levels and grids or to use an Autocad file as an underlay to your work

    next comes adding all the structural elements :

    columns

    beams

    slabs

    walls

    foundations

    then finally we will discuss adding the reinforcement to different types of elements manually or by using the Revit extentions

    Enjoy your first steps with me

    Character Modeling: Master the Anatomy of 3D Characters

    Step by Step Guide to Create 3D Characters in Blender

    Created by Abdelilah Hamdani - 3D Photorealistic Designer

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    Students: 17625, Price: Free

    Character Anatomy: A Great Start to Create Realistic 3D Characters the Right Way

    This Course is for anyone who's struggling with character anatomy

    If you end up with some weird shapes when creating characters, this course will be very useful for you

    You will learn the right way to Create all face parts: Mouth - Chin - Eyes - Nose

    Once you succeed at creating this you will be able to create any character that you want

    3ds max making of subway train

    First part of tutorial series about modeling and lighting subway train interior

    Created by Orkhan Akhmedli - 3d artist

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    Students: 17618, Price: Free

    Detailed 3ds max modeling course. This course is designed to teach whole modeling process of subway train interior step by step. We will cover the modeling of every single part of train. Course shows polygonal and spline modeling techniques. Student will learn how to model clean shapes of anything they want. At the end of this course we will move on to lighting process. Vray lights will be our choice. After adjusting our lights we will do some test renders and finish our course.

    3D Photorealistic Architectural Visualization

    Free Guide For Compositing Architectural Visualization

    Created by Kalin Blagov - 3D specialist, Аn Аrchitect and Enterpreneur

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    Students: 16267, Price: Free

    The course is about Creating Architectural Visualization image and all workflow stages. You will start from Zero and build your projects from the beginning using simple modelling techniques. Going through texturing, lighting, using Proxies and Render Elements you will switch to Photoshop and work on your Postproduction. In the last stage you will learn how yo use masks in Adobe Photoshop and different layers, brushes and adjustment techniques.

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    Course stages:

    The process of compositing amassing photorealistic architectural imagery includes couple major steps you can easily learn by the lessons below.

    1. Idea compositing and getting inspiration

    2. Modeling major concept and aditional details.

    3. Setting up right light and combine it with environment colour and feeling

    4. Rendering settings and Id-channel adjustment

    5. Optimizing render process

    6. Postproduction using Photoshop and Render Elements.

    7. Working with Mask, Saturation, Camera Raw and Curves.

    8. Finalizing the project by final touches using brushes, colour dodge and vivid light.

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    Once when you get all needed tools and find your daily source of objects, inspiration and textures you can go to stage 2 of your growth and build great portfolio. With full skill equipment and focus on what you want to achieve you can easily win each client and give him value he needs.

    A Practical Introduction – Modeling & Animation in Blender

    Take your first steps in 3D Modeling & Animation with Blender - B3D

    Created by Thomas McDonald - 3D Artist, Designer & Animator

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    Students: 15257, Price: Free

    Learn
    to navigate and use some modeling tools that will help you gain a
    strong foundation in this very popular 3D design software Blender.

    Develop
    a strong understanding of the process of modeling in the 3D world.

    • Camera
      control

    • shortcut
      keys

    • Adding
      Material

    • adding
      key frames

    Discover
    your creative side

    Learning
    the basics of Blender will open you to a world of creativity. Blender
    is free, has industry standard tools and has a strong online
    community for help and support.

    More
    and more industries are starting to use Blender with more and more
    small production houses are releasing work created using Blender. This
    will increase greatly over the coming years given the huge
    improvements to Blender with recent releases.

    Content
    and Overview

    This
    course is designed for complete beginners to 3D software. The course
    was created to introduce students to the different modelling
    tools available. If you are a complete beginner to Blender this
    course can help you get started. This course is designed for
    practical learning so students can follow along at their own pace.

    Start
    by enabling Blender’s add-ons. We take a look at using the very
    important camera in the scene. We start with the default cube and
    manipulate it into shape. All these actions leads us to the course
    goal of creating our own animation in Blender and rendering out an
    MP4 video file. This whole production is possible in Blender and all
    the more reason to start your journey today!