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Blender is the world’s #1 open-source 3D software, free to download and use, forever.

Used on AAA games like Smash Bros (Nintendo), TV shows like Westworld (HBO), and feature films like NextGen (Netflix). NASA engineers use it, too!

CG Cookie has been teaching, building an creating in Blender for more than a decade. 

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No more guessing what to do next. Follow a guided Blender Playlist to build your 3D skills with purpose, step-by-step.

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Blender 3D Modeling and Animation F.A.Q.

Where can I download Blender?

Blender is free to use, free to share, and free to sell your work 3D software. 

Head over to http://blender.org to download your copy. Available on Windows, Linux and macOS. 

What is CG Cookie?

We're a small crew of humans creating tasty Blender training + add-ons for the global Bender community to consume through this online learning platform. Our instructors are here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction to achieve your personal success with Blender.

Stream Blender tutorials, ask questions, challenge yourself with an exercise and share your work in the student gallery. 

Happy Blending! 😎

What are my job prospects as a 3D artist?

3D is omnipresent in today’s world, going far beyond games and movies. Think about advertising, scientific visualization, VR, 3D printing, archviz or product design...the world of 3D is endless, touching hundreds of industries. With it comes a huge demand for competent 3D artists and it’s only going to grow.

Can't I just learn Blender from YouTube videos?

You certainly can! But be aware that you could spend a lot of time searching, watching videos of fluctuating quality, and may end up learning a workflow that's far from optimal. CG Cookie takes the guesswork and frustration out of the process so you can get started learning the right way, right away.

How long until I create my first model?

We give you the know-how, but the rest is up to you and your commitment. If you take your learning seriously and stay on track, you will be able to start visualizing your ideas, regardless of how good they come out, in a few days or less.


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