Getting Started with Blender

If you're completely new to Blender, here's how to get up and running.

  1. Download Blender for your platform. You'll want a stable release to start out with, as you advance you may download the daily builds, but I've never done that.
  2. Install and launch the application.
  3. Learn the basics of the interface in Blender. I'd recommend the free CG Cookie Blender Basics course. If you want to dive a little deeper, a subscription to CG Cookie is a great idea.
  4. Start off with the simplest of projects: Making a render of a cube. You're probably thinking that it might be too easy, but I promise that you'll appreciate this step on your next project. A failed render is a learning experience, but it can also be a big waste of time.
  5. Bookmark a few sites that fall into these categories:
    1. Documentation
      1. Blender Reference Manual
    2. Forums
      1. Blender Artists
      2. Blender Subreddit
      3. Blender Stack Exchange
    3. Free assets
      1. Blendswap
    4. Art posting sites, inspiration
      1. Behance
      2. Artstation
      3. Pinterest
      4. Walking around outside
      5. Good books
    5. Paid assets
      1. Blender Market
      2. Turbosquid