Blender Getting Started Training Course

0800 156 0777

Professional Blender Training for 3D content creation

Blender Getting Started is a 2 day hands on Blender training course which is run at our London centre. The course gives you the opportunity to learn how to create your own scene in the free Blender 3D software, covering everything from modelling to lighting, texturing, and the actual rendering of the scene.

By the end you will have a grasp of the skills that will give you a good basis to continue from on your own. Expect to have fun, busy, hectic days filled with new things to learn!

While we recommend running the course over 2 days, we appreciate some people might be already comfortable with elements of the software and as such the course and duration can be tailored to your requirements.

Private Tuition (from £495 + vat)

This course is available either as one to one tuition or as a closed course for your team. This can be done at our centres in London and York or your location.

In order to ensure you get exactly what you need, you can speak with our instructors to ensure the course is customised to your needs. Call us free on 0800 156 0777 or LiveChat to speak with one of our team.

The following are some examples of the types of topics you will cover in this Blender course.  The actual topics and order in which they are covered can vary slightly in order to best accommodate the size, ability and requirements of each group.

Blender Getting Started

The Blender Interface

  • Windows
  • Toolbars
  • Scenes


  • Opening
  • Saving
  • Naming
  • Organising

Making and Controlling Objects

  • Adding and deleting objects
  • Selecting objects
  • Moving objects
  • Rotating objects
  • Scaling objects
  • Duplicating objects
  • Using the registration point
  • Using and manipulating the 3D cursor
  • Creating


  • Using layers
  • Moving objects to layers
  • Hiding / Showing layers
  • Layer shortcuts


  • Box modelling
  • Vertex Modelling
  • Sculpting
  • Vertices, Faces and Edges


  • Object mode
  • Edit mode
  • Scculpt mode

Shorcuts and Preferences

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Using a 3-button mouse
  • Blender preferences
  • Blender add-ons

Lighting, Rendering, Materials and Textures

World and Scene

  • Setting up your world
  • Sky
  • Environment lighting
  • Indirect lighting
  • Mist
  • Stars
  • Setting up your scene
  • Units
  • Simplify
  • Scene info


  • Point
  • SunSpot
  • Hemi
  • Area
  • Using multiple lights


  • Types of material
  • Material properties
  • Using multiple materials
  • Naming your materials


  • Mapping
  • Influence
  • Multiple textures
  • Naming your textures


  • Setting up your camera(s)
  • Camera settings


  • Setting up the Cycles Rendering Engine
  • Using the Cycles Render Engine
  • Simple scene rendering
  • Changing your render output
  • Where are your renders saved
  • Render properties

Hands on Lab: Cube Challenge

The Blender Getting Started course introduces a wide range of skills aimed at those who are completely new to Blender, teaching you best practice right from the start.

You will learn

  • How to use the Blender interface effectively
  • How to add primitve shapes to your scene
  • How to do box modelling, vertex modelling and simple sculpting
  • Some of the most useful shortcut keys to enable you to work more quickly
  • About some of the most useful add-ons for Blender
  • How to setup your world
  • How to setup your lighting
  • Basic material setup, using the Blender Internal and the Cycles render engine
  • How to setup your camera(s)
  • How to render your scene

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - All of our instructors are Adobe Certified Instructors.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


Each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our London centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  Both our centres are in areas which offer a wide range of options for lunch.

In London we are located on Upper Street in Islington which is one of London's more popular locations for eating out, offering everything from popular cafe's and burger & pizza bars through to a wide range of restaurants.  In addition we also have an in-house cafe in the building should you not wish to venture further.

In York we are located on the well known Bishy Road, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and you get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed a Highlander Training Course.

Who should attend this course

This course is targeted at those who are looking at getting started with Blender.  You should have good general computer skills, such as the ability to copy and paste, open files and applications and resize windows.  Prior experience of working with Blender in not needed.

Some past comments from delegates that have attended

"Great tutor and good fun to be trained by. Very informative and very well explained"
Director, OneTwenty3Design

"Alex was brilliant, explained everything very well and made sure we were all on the same level before continuing. He went through everything at a good pace."
Studio Designer, Fusion Events

"Really informative and full of great content. An enjoyable two days and looking forward to now getting stuck into the programme at work. It covered all of the things I hoped it would and provided me with the foundation I was hoping for."
Principal Visual Designer, Microsoft

"Alex was friendly and approachable and he was very knowledgable"
IT Teacher, College of West Anglia

"The instructor was very patient and always willing to provide help and guidance."
Teacher, Alsop High School