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282 3D + Animation courses · 12,332 video tutorials
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  • view course page for Up and Running in VUE

    Up and Running in VUE with Aaron F. Ross

    Create photorealistic animated environments in VUE.

    4h 12m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Mudbox Essential Training

    Artists: Get everything you need to get the most out Mudbox, including its sculpting, texture painting, and concept visualization tools.

    4h 34m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Drawing Cartoon Characters for Animation

    Learn to draw cartoon characters for classical cel animation, digital animation, comic books, or just for fun.

    5h 22m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Substance Designer

    Get started with Substance Designer, the node-based texturing tool for creating high-quality, procedural textures and materials.

    2h 27m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Surfacing an F1 Wheel In Alias

    Take these tutorials on automotive surfacing and learn how to create a production-ready model of a Formula 1 racing wheel with Class A surfaces in Alias.

    4h 3m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max for Design Visualization

    Learn how to visualize your designs—buildings, furniture, landscapes, and more—before they are built with 3ds Max.

    4h 21m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Maya LT

    Up and Running with Maya LT with George Maestri

    Learn the basics of Maya LT 2016, a 3D modeling and animation tool built especially for game makers.

    3h 28m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Tinkercad: Modeling Custom Designs for 3D Printing

    Turn your 3D scans into personalized, custom products with Tinkercad, a free and easy-to-use 3D modeling program.

    28m 43s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Essential Training

    Master features of the V-Ray 3.0 rendering engine and learn how to extend the range of 3ds Max with V-Ray's state-of-the-art tools, such as progressive sampling, skin and hair shaders, and stereoscopic 3D rendering.

    4h 24m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Unity 5: 3D Essential Training

    Learn to build a 3D game in Unity 5, complete with a lush environment, fully animated characters, and some basic interactive gameplay.

    6h 47m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Maya 2016 Essential Training

    Maya 2016 Essential Training with George Maestri

    Learn the essentials of modeling, texturing, rendering, and animating with Maya 2016, the 3D package popular in the feature film, video game, and animation industries.

    7h 39m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Flash Professional: 2015 Creative Cloud Updates

    Stay on top of all the updates to Flash Professional 2015, including HTML5 Canvas optimization, brush size scaling, timesaving timeline changes, and more.

    52m 33s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2016 Essential Training

    Start creating advanced 3D models and animation with 3ds Max 2016. These tutorials cover modeling, animation, lighting, texturing, and rendering with this powerful and flexible 3D toolset.

    10h 44m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Animation with Rhino and Bongo

    Learn how to take your design presentations to the next level by animating them with motion, using Rhino and the V-Ray and Bongo plugins.

    2h 26m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Sculpting a Creature with ZBrush and Photoshop

    Bring creatures from the depths of your imagination to life with ZBrush and Photoshop, in these tutorials from concept artist and Face Off champion Rayce Bird.

    2h 36m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for ZBrush 4 Essential Training

    ZBrush 4 Essential Training with Ryan Kittleson

    Covers the most popular tools and techniques for digital painting and sculpting in ZBrush, and explains how to export models and texture maps to other programs for use in games, film, fine art, or 3D printing.

    2h 58m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Managing Edge Flow in ZBrush

    Managing Edge Flow in ZBrush with Ryan Kittleson

    Learn how to use new polygroup controls within ZRemesher to get good edge flow with less hassle.

    22m 18s
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2016 New Features

    3ds Max 2016 New Features with Aaron F. Ross

    Find out what's new in 3ds Max 2016. Learn how to incorporate the usability, interoperability, and cinematography enhancements into your 3D workflow.

    1h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Maya 2016 New Features

    Maya 2016 New Features with Aaron F. Ross

    Find out what's new and improved in Maya 2016, including new transform, sculpting, and brush tools and the redesigned HyperShade editor.

    2h 28m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating an Interior Scene with Blender

    Learn how to use Blender to model, texture, and render realistic interior scenes for animation and architectural visualizations.

    2h 27m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rigging a Humanoid Character with Blender

    Learn to rig a human skeleton with Blender: creating bones, setting up inverse kinematics and controller shapes, and attaching the mesh to the rig.

    1h 22m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Creating a Captive Sphere with OpenSCAD

    Create a captive sphere model—using just 10 lines of code—and make the object printable with OpenSCAD, the free, multiplatform 3D CAD program.

    21m 24s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Animation Techniques: Creating Smooth Motion

    Make your animations "look" right by creating smooth motion, with these software-agnostic tricks from animation expert George Maestri.

    45m 23s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with RealFlow

    Get up and running with RealFlow, the motion picture industry's standard tool for liquid simulations.

    3h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Bodypaint in CINEMA 4D

    Learn how to use BodyPaint, a subset of UV mapping and 3D painting tools in CINEMA 4D, to texture your 3D models.

    4h 43m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Rendering for Composites inside 3ds Max

    Learn how to use the extensive range of tools in 3ds Max to render out elements for compositing in After Effects.

    1h 50m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Hard Surface Sculpting and Retopologizing in CINEMA 4D

    Learn how to use CINEMA 4D to sculpt and retopologize a lightweight, hard-surface model for complex scenes and animation.

    2h 35m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Modeling a Cartoon Character in Maya

    Learn how to use Maya to model a simple cartoon character that can be later rigged and animated in the program of your choice.

    3h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Camera Animation with CINEMA 4D

    Learn to create useful and unique camera movements (including moves from Hollywood classics) for any type of project with CINEMA 4D.

    1h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Toon Boom Animate and Harmony Essential Training

    Learn to use Toon Boom Animate and Toon Boom Harmony to create traditional animated scenes, complex digital character rigs, and even some cool effects.

    5h 59m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started in 3D and Animation

    Get a simple seven-step overview of the 3D animation pipeline in this introduction for new 3D artists and animators.

    15m 8s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Mike Hathorn: 3D Printing in the Classroom

    Find out how teacher Mike Hathorn is helping students transform from tech consumers to tech creators with a curriculum based on 3D modeling and printing.

    10m 18s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Exploring Case Studies of Texture Creation and Variation

    These case studies show how to create four distinct and highly realistic textures, apply your own variations, and link your custom textures to materials in Maya.

    1h 3m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Houdini

    Artist and animator Scott Pagano introduces the awesome power of Houdini, a 3D animation package offering an all-procedural workflow and node networks for faster and more complex renders.

    2h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

    Build a complete 3D motion graphics sequence in CINEMA 4D Lite, the introductory version of CINEMA 4D included with After Effects CC.

    8h 57m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Modeling a Staircase with AutoCAD

    Learn to master a wide variety of AutoCAD's 3D modeling tools while modeling a complex spiral staircase.

    54m 15s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Formed Concrete

    Takes you through all the steps for creating concrete textures in Photoshop and Maya.

    1h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with mental ray in Maya

    Introduces the basic and not-so-basic features of mental ray, the production-proven renderer of choice for 3D artists and Maya users.

    3h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MotionBuilder

    An approachable and concise introduction to MotionBuilder, Autodesk's motion-editing software

    2h 12m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Granite and Terrazzo for Slabs, Medallions, and Mosaics

    Learn how to mimic the look of granite and terrazzo, two high-end materials for architectural models and visualizations, with Photoshop.

    1h 0m
     
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  • view course page for Sculpting Portraits in ZBrush

    Learn how to sculpt engaging 3D human portraits with ZBrush and these tutorials from digital artist Ryan Kittleson.

    2h 42m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max and Maya Integration

    Integrate Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya to leverage their powers and make seamless transitions between the applications.

    2h 8m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for 3D Scanning with a Camera

    3D Scanning with a Camera with Kacie Hultgren

    Learn to scan a 3D object with your smartphone or camera and the free 123D Catch app from Autodesk.

    53m 53s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Edge Animate Essential Training

    Discover how to use Edge Animate to create interactive designs and animated motion graphics for websites, mobile apps, digital magazines, and ebooks.

    4h 44m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Architectural Rendering with Rhino and V-Ray

    Make your architectural designs more realistic and visually compelling. Learn how to render interior and exterior scenes with Rhino and V-Ray.

    3h 53m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro Essential Training

    Learn to storyboard commercials, features, games, or TV shows with Storyboard Pro. Get tips to speed up your storyboarding workflow and get the most from Storyboard Pro's drawing tools.

    4h 29m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Shingles for Roofs and Siding

    Learn how to build asphalt shingles in a variety of bond patterns with Photoshop and Illustrator.

    57m 50s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for David Lesperance, Digital Environment Design

    CG artist and environmental designer David Lesperance explains how he creates the rich, lifelike backdrops for popular games like World of Warcraft, Halo, Diablo, and StarCraft.

    11m 1s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for 3D Architectural Modeling with AutoCAD

    Take your drawings from 2D to 3D with AutoCAD. Learn to model a building, complete with doors, windows, a staircase, a roof, and surrounding terrain, with AutoCAD 2015.

    3h 12m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Vehicle Modeling in Blender

    Vehicle Modeling in Blender with George Maestri

    Find out how to model an iconic car—the Aston Marton DB5—in the free 3D modeling application Blender.

    4h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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