All Learning Guides

Find the very best free tutorials and video courses on a range of popular creative and technical subjects, all in one place. What will you start learning today?

With the Design & Illustration learning guides, for example, you can learn important subjects like magazine design or creating Photoshop actions in all the detail you want. Each guide comes with an extensive array of links to other tutorials and courses, so you can start by getting an overview and then dive deeper into the areas that interest you.

And it’s not just design either—you can use these learning guides to become an expert developer, learn new web design skills, succeed in business, and more.

  1. Model a High-Poly RPG in 3ds Max

    3 Posts
    In this mammoth, nearly ten hour long tutorial series, Chris Tate gives you an in-depth, step by step look at modeling a faithfully constructed, photo-realistically precise high-poly RPG launcher and rocket using 3D Studio Max. Throughout the series you'll utilize a wide range of modeling tools and techniques, including many of 3ds Max's edit poly and spline modeling tools.
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  2. Create a New York Subway Entrance in Maya

    3 Posts
    In this three part series, lead video game artist, Ron Davey, will walk you through the process of creating a game-ready environment prop in Autodesk Maya, and also share his personal techniques and thoughts along the way. Ron will begin by modeling the low-poly and high-poly meshes, and then cover UVMapping, Map Baking and Texture painting.
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  3. Javascript from Null

    7 Posts
    Thanks to the wide adoption of libraries like jQuery and Mootools, JavaScript’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years. However, in the process, an interesting thing occurred: many newer developers are learning these libraries without taking the time to actually learn about raw JavaScript techniques. What percentage of jQuery users don’t know how to fade out an element with only raw JS? My guess is that it’s much higher than many would think.
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  4. Incredible Looking Hair Effects in Blender

    2 Posts
    In this multi-part tutorial focused Blender's Hair Particles System, you'll learn some very useful options to use when trying to create cool or convincing hair effects. You'll learn how to add color, light the scene, add a few compositing nodes, and finally how to set up the particle system as a softbody so you can animate it.
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  5. Create a Detailed Zune HD MP3 Player in Cinema 4D

    2 Posts
    Creating convincing product visualizations can sometimes be a daunting task, due to the high level of detail and fidelity the artist must achieve in order to make it believable. In this multi-part, intermediate to advanced level tutorial, you will learn the many techniques needed to model a Microsoft Zune HD.
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  6. Model, Texture, and Render a Photo-realistic Ipod

    2 Posts
    In this two part series, you'll learn how to model, texture and render an 1st Gen iPod Nano in Modo 401. The techniques used here are strictly poly modeling, and can therefore be applied to other 3D packages as well. The main focus is on the modeling and the texturing aspect, while the rendering process will be fairly simple in comparison to professional level renders.
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