23 simple, useful blender tutorials you may have missed

Over the past few weeks, my inbox has been growing with requests for specific blender tutorials. I’ve met a lot of these requests, but unfortunately I can’t complete them all. So if I haven’t made the tutorial you requested, my apologies.

The good news however is that a lot of the tutorials that have been requested have already been made by other members of the community.

I’ve compiled this list of the most useful blender tutorials that I know of. I’ve gathered these from various sources including vimeo channels, twitter, forums, youtube and other insider sites that I know of.

I hope you can take something from it!

1. Creating a glow and falloff effect

2. Creating an atmospheric effect in Blender’s compositor

3. Animating a Pumpjack using Constraints

4. Destroying a Mesh With External Particles

5. Animating Cracks

6. Learning 3-point Lighting

7. Creating a studio backdrop

8. Adding extra detail with the Displacement Modifier

9. How to create masks in the compositor

10. Using the Array Modifier to create Spin Duplicates

11. Adding custom brush keystrokes

12. How to Download a Test Build

13. Lighting in Blender

14. Creating an eyeball

15. Using Mesh Lighting in Blender 2.5

16. Modeling a Palm Tree

17. Modeling a realtime stone

18. Creating a wooden barrel

19. Terrain sculpting

20. Texture Splattering

21. Setting up a blender spline

22. Creating texture maps of trees

23. How to use Angularmaps

Hopefully there’s something in there you can use! If you know of another blender tutorial that needs some love, post it in the comments and I’ll add it.


About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Sam I. Ibraheem

    dude that’s so sweet of you to give these tutorials kisses

  • Umberto

    I am 74 and am eager to learn Blender for non-commercial purposes. I shall
    be greatly obliged if you could inform me a source where I can DOWNLOAD
    free tuitions/courses for absolute beginners and that I can view them
    OFFLINE. Thanks ubondio@gmail.com

    • Lim Ding Wen

      You could Ctrl-S or Command-S (for Mac) to download the webpage itself. ;)

      • Dude

        ^ It would only download text and image but not other kind of files such as stream videos.

    • Guy Dee

      You can download video tutorials with a browser extension like downloadhelper (www.downloadhelper.net). For playing all kinds of videos I can recommend VLC player, freely available at http://www.videolan.org.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.roff.16 Paul Roff

    I am impressed with you knowledge and speed with which you work Blender. I have a brother and sister who live in Oz, and I’ve been 54 times… love it there! Anyways, I’ve recently been working through some of your tutorials and am having an issue that I cant seem to solve… My particles don’t seem to want to collide with my floor plane… Is there anything that I could be doing wrong… seems pretty straight forward, and I’ve tried a number of different variations, but nothing is working… Is that an issue with the new 2.65a release?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Ryder7.0 Sakhile Lukhele

      I am so not a master of blender (or anything near that) but try clicking the collision button of your floor and on the mesh which emits the particles

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  • Moshe

    Hi, I wanted to watch the tutorials posted, but I guess your video’s have been removed from vimeo… any way to watch them somewhere else?

  • Jonathan

    I watched your video that you did of the collapsing highrise building and have ever since been wondering on how you did the rubble placement. I know that you used the physics engine…I think.. lol I think a tutorial on how to do what you did with the rubble would be a great addition to your tutorial set!

  • Karthikeyan

    Andrew, I am desperately is in need of your help!!!

    I tried the 4th one (“Destroying a Mesh With External Particles”) nearly 16 times and i am not getting the actual result…..

    Suzzane is not breaking immediately after collision but later….even worse it doesnt break but gets “sprayed”!!!
    Can you help or can you put a tutorial on this….

    THANKS a lot….for all the tutorials ( for those you gave and for those to be given)


  • Wasabi

    Hi grate Stuff hire, but i have problems with the “4. Destroying a Mesh With External Particles”, because in Blender 2.55 i dosn’t find any reactor type by the Partikelsystems.

    Also it sems that many of this Tutorials for blender 2.48 and older.

  • Alexander

    hei i just have to say love your tuts, I am 13 years old and I am from Norway, your tuts is so easy to follow, when i grow up i want to be a designer and your tuts have get me startet ;P

  • manshan

    13 is dead

  • http://www.aaronsmithey.com Aaron Smithey

    I’d love to see a tutorial on animating a sky with clouds for an architectural exterior animation. Just the basics on the work flow, how to get something nice and how it would work with real world scale.



  • pixnlove

    And there Andrew goes,
    gathering very useful stuff again,
    won’t you never stop man…
    That is brill!

    thanks again.

  • Chad Kendall


    I am wondering if you could make a tutorial on how to make a DVD case?


  • http://7flex.net/ andre.roesti

    @Jono: You don’t need the Image in a higher resolution, the Title is a Link. Click on it and you will get to a tutorial that explains the whole process. ;-)

  • Jono

    Please can we get the glow and fallof picture in higher resolution cuz it is impossible to read…

  • Ib

    hi, i keep having a problem with d tutorials downloaded each time i want to play it, it keep telling me that the application not found. please what is the right application and how do i download it, thanks.

  • jithin

    Yeah ! That was really useful.

  • preet singh

    i am from india .i like blender too much. in my childhood i hear to much stories and i remember yet. these stories .i want to make these stories to be real. i know blender can full fill it. i read some tut form net always. and by low speed mobile gprs.
    i know one day i be expert in it and .get my dream true.
    preet singh .+919915495173 PUNJAB (INDIA)