Top 5 FREE Blender Tutorials for Complete Beginners (2.8 updated)

Looking for Free Blender 2.8 Tutorials?

Having difficulty finding decent Blender 2.8 Tutorials for free like I was?

Being a student and broke is tough. Being a student, broke and an inspiring 3D designer is even tougher (trust me I know, I’ve been there too).

If you fit into the latter, you probably downloaded Blender,  gave it a go and realized that it’s not exactly the same interface as many tutorials you have came across… wait, what? That’s where this article comes in handy.

Courtesy of https://www.3dart.it/en/blender-2-8-beta-download/

Blender 2.8 came with many new features including a massive new UI update, which makes following any tutorial before (Blender 2.79 and below) very difficult to follow, especially for someone who is completely new to the software.

While this may seem like bad news, there has never been a better time to get into Blender. It is open source and constantly growing and improving. Blender also has a large online community (The largest out of any 3D software most likely) who are constantly putting out new videos and art daily. r/blenderBlendernationBlenderartists to name a few.

Tracking down the perfect tutorials for your needs isn’t an easy task, so I’ve researched and compiled the top 5 best free Blender tutorials for absolute beginners. These tutorials are picked because they are clear, concise and idiot proof for people like myself. They are all great jumping off points for people looking to break into the wonderful world of Blender, without having to spend a dime.  

1. Chocofur's Blender Tutorial Beginner Series

Chocofur has a fantastic Beginner Blender 2.8 series on their channel, where they cover the absolute basics and smoothly transition into more challenging and complex topics in later videos. He keeps his explanations very slow paced and easy to understand for the viewer, making it very beginner friendly as he explains the ins and outs of the revamped user interface.

 

You’ll start off with object selection, learning how to rotate and scale, learning the viewport and lots of other core concepts. I always recommend this playlist as Chocofur does a great job ramping up the difficulty and making sure that by the time you’re done the videos, you’re ready to take on more challenging projects.

 

Chocofur updates this playlist at least weekly, so be on the lookout for more videos being constantly added to this fantastic playlist.


Check out the tutorial HERE

2. Yansculpts 3D Modelling Tutorial for Complete Beginners - Blender 2.8

I highly recommend giving his channel a look. Yan has hundreds of videos aimed at teaching you how to be a better artist, and his Modelling in Blender for Complete Beginners is no different. In this 2 part video series, Yan goes over the basics of Blender by taking you through step by step to model a basic sword. If you’re looking into breaking into the world of modelling game assets and props, this is the video for you. Yansculpts will also take you through the process of basic texturing, an extremely important concept for beginners to learn. I cannot recommend this series enough.


Check out the tutorial HERE

BONUS: Looking to get into stylized sculpting? I've got some free stylized brushes + a tutorial for you as well!

3. Tutor4u's Beginner Modeling Tutorials for Blender 2.8

If you’re looking for a quick and easy tutorial to get into Blender Modelling then this is the video for you. Tutor4u has always had clear, concise and to the point tutorials and this one is no exception. In the tutorial he will take you through the basics in modelling a hammer. To top it off, you’ll learn basic texturing as well.


Check out the tutorial HERE

4. BlenderGuru's 2.8 Beta Overview - Blender Tutorial

People who have used Blender before would be offended if BlenderGuru wasn’t included on this list.

BlenderGuru is the patron saint of Blender tutorial videos. I learnt all of the basics from BlenderGuru’s Beginner and Intermediate tutorials for Blender 2.79, where they take you through Modelling a doughnut and a Coffee Cup. His channel is a cornerstone of the Blender community. Enough said.

Doughnut Deliciousness courtesy of blenderguru.com

BlenderGuru’s new videos are a walkthrough of everything that is new in Blender 2.8, it’s a super useful video. I’d recommend watching the aforementioned walkthrough video and then supplementing it with his old tutorials, which you can check out on youtube HERE. They may be on the last version, but after you have a basic understanding of 2.8, you can navigate his old beginner tutorial easily, as most Blender enthusiasts would tell you it’s a MUST watch.

Check out the 2.8 update tutorial HERE

5. CG Geek's Intro to Eevee Tutorial -Blender

This is my personal favorite tutorial on this list.

Eevee is Blender’s new real-time rendering engine. You can find out more about it HERE.

CG Geek takes you step by step through Blender’s new Real time rendering engine, where you’ll cover bloom, subsurface scattering, lighting, compositing, materials, depth of field and several more new features of Eevee. The end result is a beautiful looking scene. The world of post processing and rendering in Blender is a complex subject, but CG Geek’s tutorial is a perfect jumping off point.

Check his tutorial out HERE

BONUS:

I’ve gotten a lot of requests about books I would recommend as well. Right now, pickings are slim since Blender 2.8 is so new. 

Blender is an open source 3D creation software. With a long history and an enthusiastic community of users, it is the ideal choice for almost any kind of work with 3D modeling or animation task. 

However, if you’re new to this software, its power and flexibility can sometimes be daunting, and that’s when you need this book!

The book begins by introducing you to the all-new Blender 2.8 user interface. 

You’ll discover the commonly used options and tools, such as navigating in 3D and selecting objects. 

The chapters will help you focus on using and manipulating one of the most important windows of the interface, the 3D View. You’ll then learn to use essential tools for working with 3D modeling. To give your models the feel of real-world objects, you’ll understand how to create materials and set up surfaces. 

The book will even demonstrate how to use physically based rendering (PBR) to craft realistic surfaces such as wood, stone, and metal. 

Next, you’ll work with Eevee, a new real-time render engine in Blender. 

You’ll get up to speed with everything from adding motion to objects to making use of Blender’s impressive 3D animation features. 

Finally, you’ll gain insights into creating scenes and organizing them for rendering, along with adding titles and effects with the built-in Blender tools.

By the end of this book, you’ll be able to create 3D models with textures and animations and render them in real-time using Eevee.

What you will learn

  • Manipulate and visualize your 3D objects in Blender
  • Use polygon modeling tools such as extrude and loop cut
  • Apply precision modeling tools like snapping and the 3D Cursor
  • Create materials for Eevee and Cycles
  • Render a scene with the Eevee real-time engine
  • Use PBR textures to craft realistic surfaces such as wood with the Shader Editor
  • Add motion and animation using keyframes
  • Create animation loops using curves and modifiers

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who is just getting started with Blender. You will also find the book useful if you’re an experienced 3D artist or hobbyist looking to get to grips with its features.

Conclusion

Keep in mind this is a small portion of videos in the vast ocean of the Blender community. There are an endless amount of videos out there to keep you occupied and constantly learning. However finding the right videos can be extremely difficult. Fortunately for you, I’ve compiled and organised a collection of Blender tutorials that cover modelling, texturing, rendering, lighting and many other topics for your viewing pleasure over at our Blender tutorials page www.stylizedstation.com/tutorials/blender-tutorials, all absolutely FREE. Enjoy!

StylizedStation

Freelance 3D artist and lover of all stylized art. Owner & Creator of StylizedStation.com

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