Have you ever wanted to be a sci-fi filmmaker? Create your own Star Wars fan fiction in Blender? Or just add a jaw-dropping space render to your portfolio?
Creating artistically pleasing space phenomena can be tricky. Quasars, gas giants, nebulae and black holes - these things can make you and your computer suffer...
After watching this video course you’ll be ready to create even the most complex space phenomena in Blender.
Aidy Burrows - Artist, Overly Optimistic, Lead Instructor at CGMasters.net
Gleb Alexandrov - Caffeinated Artist, Founder of Creative Shrimp Website
- 20+ hours, 1920 x 1080, MP4 format
- 30+Space VFX Tutorials
- 2 Workflows: Procedural and Image-based
- Software Used: Blender 2.77-2.78, Cycles, Krita, Gimp
- Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
We’ll get started by creating simple rocky planets.
Then we’ll experiment with more advanced multi-layered planets with atmosphere.
Have you ever wanted to create a 3D planet, then zoom in and see the beautiful details? Look no further.
We’ll take a look at procedural texturing to create any number of exo-planets. And we'll animate the clouds in a timelapse style.
Procedural Gas Planet
And not to leave gas giants out there in the cold, we have you covered too.
Asteroid from scratch? Easy. Just use the procedural modeling techniques.
Asteroid - Baking Textures
Before creating the vast fields of asteroids, we need to optimize this guy. And bake textures to low-poly model.
Once you have asteroids, naturally you have to fly through them in an asteroid field.
Image-based Spacescape Part 1
We need the fancy backgrounds for our space stuff. Let's paint some spherical space panoramas!
Image-based Spacescape Part 2
How to create a super high resolution space background? Box mapping plus seamless textures. That's how.
Procedural Space Panorama
Bursting with more space panoramas, we’ll take a look at some of our procedural texturing options.
After watching this chapter you'll know how to create convincing nebulae (while cheating a little bit).
We’ve got a procedural animated sun surface to heat things up! HOT!
Learn how to create the brightest objects in the galaxy - quasars. We'll explore one of these monsters, from the accretion disk to the energy jet.
And how about a Comet or with a slight tweak to your colors you have a meteor streaking through the sky.
Like all dramatic conclusions, we end up in a black hole. Where there is no escape. But it does look cool.
WHAT THE ARTISTS SAY?
Sean Kennedy, VFX Artist
"Gleb and Aidy are amazing artists on their own, so seeing them come together for this course is outstanding for those of us who continue to learn from them. I was really blown away by the trailer, and the tutorials deliver on the promise. If you've ever enjoyed any movie with "Star..." in the title, you're going to love this course! The lighting alone is worth the price of admission."
Manu Järvinen, Animator, Illustrator and 3D Modeler
“Great dudes! The Material is quality stuff!”
Sebastien Koenig, VFX Supervisor on Open Movie, “Tears of Steel.“
"During the training you will not only learn how to create beautiful space environments but also get to know a wide range of very useful and versatile techniques in Blender and Cycles, that will help you become a better artist, to boldly blend where no one has blended before!"
James Candy, Classy Dog Films
"I know tutorials, and these are some great tutorials. It's gonna be huge."
Guilherme Henrique, Art Director at Blender Guru
"This is not about creating earth, it's about creating the UNIVERSE, and the universe is huge, just like the amount of knowledge on this course. For anyone wanting to create it's own star wars, this is a good start!"
Reynante M. Martinez, CG Artist/Storyteller/Creator of CMV
"When you need some interplanetary Blender resource, Space VFX Elements is THE best that you can get your hands on. It is pure awesomeness on a cosmic level. Funny, witty, and very educational. A must have!"
Andrew Price, Creator of BlenderGuru
"Unorthodox workflows that can be used to make a variety of things in Blender, not just the topic taught. If you want normal stick to Youtube. But if you want timesaving cheats and unlikely but awesome solutions, get Space VFX."
Greg Zaal, Artist, co-creator of the Node Wrangler add-on, and HDRI guy
"Two of the most skilled and experienced Blender artists join forces to bring you hours of both focused and entertaining training, filled with so many "why didn't I think of that" moments that even veteran Blenderheads will be amazed. In other words: How to become awesome in space."
- Primer Tutorials - Gets you up and running with some key aspects
- Project Files - Get all the finished .blend files from each chapter.
- Extra Assets - Additional textures, models and scenes.
Discover how to use the Micropolygon Displacement feature to take your sci-fi art to the next level. Imagine landscapes, tech panels, alien patterns and other thrilling VFX.
Zoom in to the surface of an exoplanet in a step-by-step tutorial.
There's always time to fly through an interstallar nursery especially when equipped with some efficient techniques.
Create the popular sci-fi Wormhole effect. In this video we’ll be relying heavily on procedural animation techniques that works great in real-time.
To make it a bit more interesting lets see what tips and tricks we can pull out to go all innerspace instead of outer-space and simulate bloodcells flowing inside arteries.
10 Essential UV Tricks For Blender
How to save yourself hours of UV pain.
When we start a scene there are several things we almost always change, here we’ll go over these and explain the what and the why so it’s all in one handy reference video.
Start Here - 5.12 MB PDF
SVFX_VideosPart01a_Planets.zip - 4.6 GB
01 - Simple Planet - 1.33 GB MP4
02 - Texture Coordinates (Primer) - 84.4 MB MP4
03 - Advanced Planet - 1.94 GB MP4
04 - Planet Close-up - 1.36 GB MP4
SVFX_VideosPart01b_Planets.zip - 3.5 GB
05 - Oil and Vector Noise (Primer) - 124 MB MP4
06 - Procedural Planet - 2.24 GB MP4
07 - Distance Fog (Primer) - 323 MB MP4
08 - Procedural Gas Planet - 688 MB MP4
SVFX_VideosPart02_Asteroids.zip - 3.1 GB
09 - Asteroid Part 1 - 1.09 GB MP4
10 - Asteroid Part 2 - 503 MB MP4
11 - Asteroid Field - 1.48 GB MP4
SVFX_VideosPart03_Spacescapes.zip - 5.1 GB
12 - Image-based Spacescape Part 1 - 1.62 GB MP4
13 - Image-based Spacescape Part 2 - 755 MB MP4
14 - Procedural Spacescape Part 1 - 1.69 GB MP4
15 - Procedural Spacescape Part 2 - 602 MB MP4
16 - Procedural Spacescape Part 3 - 431 MB MP4
SVFX_VideosPart04_Gas_Sun_Quasar.zip - 4.5 GB
17 - Gas Clouds - 997 MB MP4
18 - Sun - 2.13 GB MP4
19 - Quasar - 1.45 GB MP4
SVFX_VideosPart05_Comet_Scene_BlackHole.zip - 1.9 GB
20 - Comet - 984 MB MP4
21 - Composing a Scene - 444 MB MP4
22 - Black Hole (Bonus) - 488 MB MP4
Extras.zip - 927 MB
Resources.zip - 2.09 GB
Update 1.01 Clouds.zip - 1.1 GB
23 - Clouds Flythrough (Bonus) - 892 MB MP4
27 - Cycles Baking (Bonus) - 274 MB MP4
Update 1.02 Micropolygon Displacement Basics.zip - 3.8 GB
24 - Micropolygon Displacement Basics Part 1 (Bonus) - 1.03 GB MP4
25 - Micropolygon Displacement Basics Part 2 (Bonus) - 870 MB MP4
26 - Exoplanet - Zoom to the Surface (Bonus) - 943 MB MP4
Update 1.03 Wormhole.zip - 4.72 GB
28 - BlenderSetup (Bonus) - 450 MB MP4
29 - WormHoleVFX (Bonus) - 1.83 GB MP4
30 - BloodFlowVFX (Bonus) - 1.48 GB MP4
31 - UVs_Essentials (Bonus) - 980 MB MP4
Gleb's email: http://www.creativeshrimp.com/contact
Aidy's email: https://cgmasters.net/contact-us/
Gleb's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gleb_alexandrov
Aidy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AidyBurrows3D
Gleb's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeShrimp/
Aidy's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AidyBurrows3D/
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The .blend files contained in the Space VFX course are released under Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution. Feel free to use them in your projects. All textures are licensed under Creative Commons 0. Use them however you like, without crediting us.
A decent videocard is recommended, but not required. Aidy did a great job optimizing the techniques with a broad range of hardware in mind (spoilert alert: we were cheating!). In other words, you can run it on a potato.
One exception: the Quasar chapter. It requires volume shaders, so for this one a stronger videocard is needed.
We use Blender throughout the course, so naturally you’ll learn how to make spacey stuff in Blender. So if you plan to apply the knowledge in the other software (say, Maya), this will require additional effort on your side.
This course is aimed at the intermediate skilled users, so we would recommend to have some basic understanding of Blender before embarking on this space journey. The tempo is very fast. Though, we did our best to make it accessible. If you are up to the challenge, give it a shot.
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