Blender 2.8 Launch Pad

Kickstart your Journey as 3D Artist

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You want to become a 3D artist but you don't know where to start?

This video course is for you.

Everything you need to get started in ONE place.
This course will teach you everything that is important to start your journey as 3D artist. All the crucial fundamental principles, tools, settings and workflows are explained and you will learn a full pipeline to create simple yet beautiful 3D animations, step by step and easy to understand. No need for gathering online videos from different sources to get started.

Suitable for absolute beginners.
You don't know anything about 3D or Blender yet or you just started out? No problem. This course will take you by the hand right from the start and will guides you through the dense 3D jungle. If you have some experience already, this course will help you to fill in the missing gaps and smoothly enter the new and exciting land of Blender 2.8.

Thorough structured.
A whooping amount of 15 hrs of content awaits you. To make this easy to chew, we split the course into 15 chapters and ~200 short videos, mostly between 2 and 10 minutes long.

High quality.
All videos are in Full HD 1080p / MP4 format with English audio and captions. The course is available for streaming and download, including all important project files.

Get help along the way.
We give our best to make each lesson as clear and understandable as possible. If it still happens, that you got stuck at any point, you can ask for help or share your work in progress in the discussion section under each lecture.

Join the community.
Additionally, you get access to an exclusive Facebook group dedicated to our academy students only. There you can ask questions, share your renders and give or receive feedback from us or the other students.


Course Content


Chapter 1 - 3
User Interface, Navigation, working with 3D Objects and more

49 tutorials | ~3:40 hrs running time

Get to know Blender 2.8.
In the first three chapters you will learn how the new complete revised user interface of Blender 2.8 works, how to navigate, how to work with objects in 3D space and much more. These chapters are especially important to get the hang of Blender 2.8 and make the following chapters more enjoyable.

To make this part not too boring, we are doing some small exercises in between, to consolidate what you have learned.


Chapter 4 & 5
Modeling Fundamentals and Exersice

64 tutorials | ~5:05 hrs running time

Hands on guide to modeling. In the fourth chapter you will learn all the important modeling fundamentals, like workflows, tools and how to solve certain modeling problems.

In the fifth chapter we will practice modeling by creating a car and environment assets, step by step.


Chapter 6 & 7
Shading Fundamentals and Exercise

12 tutorials | ~1:20 hrs running time

The 3d world full of color.
In the sixth chapter you will learn all the important fundamentals on how to work with materials in Blender 2.8 (this is called "Shading"). We also take a look into the new "Look Dev Viewport Shading", which allows us to quickly view the 3D scene in different lighting conditions and see all the changes on the materials in real time.

In the seventh chapter we will practice shading by colorizing all assets which were modeled in the previous chapters.

Please note: To keep the content beginner friendly, we won't cover UV mapping and texturing in this chapter. These topics are planned to be added in the future, as a bonus chapter.


Chapter 8 & 9
Particle Simulation and World Creation

11 tutorials | ~1:10 hrs running time

3D world creation made easy. In the eighth chapter you will learn all important fundamentals on how to use the particle simulation, to create moving particles like rain or quickly grow a big forest.

In the ninth chapter we will use these techniques to assemble all previously created assets into a big desert scene.


Chapter 10 & 11
Lighting Fundamentals and Exercise

13 tutorials | ~1:05 hrs running time

Turn on the lights.
In the tenth chapter you will learn all the important fundamentals on how to work with lights in Blender 2.8. We take a look at different light types, important settings, how to use the background to light up your scene and how to work with indirect and volumetric lighting.

In the eleventh chapter we will practice lighting by adding light to the 3D scene created in the previous chapters and in this way generating a beautiful mood.


Chapter 12 & 13
Animation Fundamentals and Exercise

20 tutorials | ~1:50 hrs running time

Bring it to life. In the twelfth chapter you will learn all important fundamentals on how to animate 3D objects, properties and shapes. We take a look at the different editors for animation, keyframe interpolations and animation modifiers.

In the thirteenth chapter we will bring the 3D scene to life which was created in the previous chapters. We will animate the flying car, different camera shots and crashing the car into a rock.


Chapter 14 & 15
Rendering Fundamentals and Exercise

16 tutorials | ~1:05 hrs running time

Put it out.
In the fourteenth chapter you will learn all the fundamentals on how to render and output still images. We will learn more about the render and output settings, and we take a deep look into the new realtime render engine called EEVEE. Besides that, we will also have a quick look at the Cycles render engine for creating high quality renders and the Workbench render engine for creating technical images.

In the fifteenth and last chapter we will render out the final animation and convert it into a video which you can watch outside of Blender and share online with your friends and followers.

The animation you can see below is the final result of this course.


New UV Mapping & Texturing Update


We are currently adding the new bonus chapters about UV mapping and texturing to this course. We'll add over 60 new lessons. 2 out of 5 new chapters are already uploaded. The other chapters will follow in the next few weeks. This update is free for all existing customers.


Free Preview

Below you can see the full course curriculum. All lessons which are marked as “Preview” can be watch for free.

Course Curriculum

  3.0 - 3D Object Fundamentals
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  4.0 - Modeling Fundamentals
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  17.0 - Texturing Fundamentals
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Your Instructor

Zacharias Reinhardt
Blender Foundation Certified Trainer

Getting started into the world of Blender and 3D, can be really frustrating and overwhelming. I know exactly how that feels. When I started with Blender and 3D 15 years ago (in 2004), I had no one explaining to me how all of this works, I had no YouTube tutorials and basically no internet (it was very slow).

I had to figure out many things on my own which was sometimes really painful and took me a long time. But this doesn't stop me from pursuing my dreams and eventually becoming a freelance 3D artist and coach, making my living with Blender, 3D art and education.

Although it was worth all the trouble in the end, now looking back to my beginnings, I wished I had someone taking me by the hand and guiding me, to understand where to start, how to overcome certain pain points and how to create beautiful 3D art.

In my experience working on client projects as a freelance 3D artist and teaching Blender to companies, freelancers, and individuals for the past 7+ years, I’ve identified typical pain points, that can make your journey unnecessarily hard, when learning Blender.

That’s why I carefully crafted the Blender 2.8 Launch Pad course, so you don’t have to go through the same troubles I had to go through, and make your start into the 3D world less painful and more fun.


What our students say about this course...

Just the BEST course I ever did on 3d and Blender

“I’m a professional online teacher and have produced over 800 videos on Lightroom and Photoshop. So I know a thing or two about teaching online and this course is amazing. I hesitated on buying the course because I have some kind of “ok” foundation on using Blender and was worried that it was going to be boring.

Boy was I wrong. I binged watched all the videos that were available in 3 days, something I had never in the past or only on a TV show like “Games of Thrones”. It clarified so much confusion I had on Blender. I followed along and create my own car and environment, I went for a Model 3 Tesla instead of the old car but loved it.

Zach is for me the best teacher out there on Blender for several reasons:

- He is not too fast nor too slow

- He explains hard to understand concepts in simple words

- Everything is from simple to intermediate

- He uses a lot of funny examples

- His English is super easy to understand, and he is friendly and fun

- Teachable (the system he is using for delivering the course) is also a great experience in watching the tutorial.

If you ever wanted to learn Blender run for it!.”

- Serge Ramelli, Photograph and Online Teacher

Beyond Impressed!

“The Blender 2.8 Launch Pad course is excellent! I highly recommend this course to anyone starting their 3D design journey or upgrading to Blenders new UI. I am a professional 3D print designer and love seeing how his tips relate to my medium. Zach is extremely clear in his lessons and very active in the comments, in case you run into any obstacles. Can’t wait for more!”

- Jayson Wall, CEO @ Print That Thing

As a former teacher, this is one of the best courses I’ve ever seen

“I’ve taught everything from marketing to art and this is one of the best laid out courses I’ve ever seen. I’ve used other courses from across the internet, both paid and free and there’s so much attention to detail that Zach has added to the course.

After completing the course, it occurred to me that I learned 3D modeling, simple texturing, lighting, and animation in a way that has felt way more fun and simple than other courses I’ve taken on those single subjects alone.

Zach pours so much thought into these courses and I’m totally confident that anyone can walk away from this course with a strong grasp of modeling fundamentals and a super impressive animation to share.

I give Zach’s Blender 2.8 Launch Pad course the highest recommendation that I can give.”

- Jeff Ramos, Making 3D Art for Fun

3D with a talented friend

“I have been working in graphic design in a communication agency for over 20 years and I learned 3D on the job. Today, I want to acquire a real skill and release my creativity on Blender. So I took advantage of the release of Blender 2.8 to let me guide by Zach. As always, I take advantage of his teaching talent, the clarity of his explanations and the joy he conveys to each video. It is simply a pleasure to finally understand Blender globally and to be able to become autonomous in my production process. Pure happiness for all who want to become professionals! All with this extra soul of the Blender community.

Just a huge thank you, Zach!”

- Samuel LOUART, Graphic Designer @ Black Yeti


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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I never used Blender before, am I able to follow this courses?
Yes! This course is especially designed to help you get started, even if you don't know anything about Blender or 3D in general.
Do I need a powerful system to run Blender 2.8?
In general, Blender should also run on older systems. But when it comes to rendering, Blender 2.8 makes heavy use of your graphics card, especially when you're working with the EEVEE realtime renderer (what we will do a lot during this course). That's why we recommend to check if Blender 2.8 runs on your computer. Here you can check if your graphics card is supported. We also recommend downloading the latest version of Blender 2.8 and check if it runs on your machine.
Are you covering UV Mapping and Texturing in this course?
To keep the content beginner friendly, we won't cover UV mapping and texturing in the main course. These topics are planned to be added in the future, as a bonus chapter. Stay tuned.
Is this course suitable for advanced Blender users?
It depends. When you feel really comfortable with Blender already, this course is probably not for you. However, if you want to make the switch from Blender 2.7x to Blender 2.8 this course can help you. Also, if you feel that after learning Blender for a while, you are still not able to bring the 3d projects to life which are in your head, this course can help you fill in the missing gaps.
Can I get single chapters independently without buying the whole course?
Sorry, this is not possible.
Does this course work with Blender 2.9?
Yes! The changes from Blender 2.8 to 2.9 won't much affect the course content. The UI of both versions are nearly identical, so you can easily follow. We also try to update outdated lessons. Also, if you get stuck, we are there to help you, just ask your questions in the comment section below the lessons.

Learning Blender and 3D art was one of the best things I've done in my life.

It is simply incredible how powerful this free and open source tool is. It allows me to bring my creative ideas to life, and even helps me to make a living.

Once I reached a certain point in the learning process, I was basically able to open up Blender and create what ever I had in my mind. This is like magic.

Since I can't really put it into words, I want you to experience the same. I'm here to guide you.

Let's get started on this exciting journey to become a 3D artist and learn to create 3D art you can be proud of.

Get started now!