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Elevate Your 3D Designs Lighting and Materials in Blender by Derek Elliott


Release date:2023

Duration:00 h 48 m

Author:Derek Elliott

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

When 3D designer and animator Derek Elliott began exploring Blender, he didn’t realize it would transform his career. Originally a product designer, Derek soon discovered that learning to model and animate within Blender opened up a world of new opportunities—including creating product animations and investment-seeking presentations for companies worldwide. Now, with a community of over 220K across YouTube and Instagram, Derek loves sharing the power of Blender to create dynamic 3D renders.

Derek has spent his entire career refining his Blender skills. Now, he’s revealing how adding lighting and materials to your scene can bring them to life and give you professional-level results. From HDRI lighting to building transmissive materials like glass, learning to utilize high-quality lighting and materials within your 3D work is critical to getting noticed online—and getting freelance opportunities.

With Derek as your teacher, you’ll:

  • Explore the theory of lighting and how it can affect the mood of your scene
  • Create realistic textures using settings  like roughness and metal
  • Use image textures and UV maps for more life-like 3D objects
  • Adjust camera framing and focus to finalize your scene

You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look into Derek’s workflow and techniques to render a life-like scene.

Whether you’re looking for more business opportunities in 3D design or exploring your creativity and design skills within the 3D world, learning about more advanced lighting and materials can help take your career or hobby to the next level.

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