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Creating a Realistic 3D Backyard

Learn the secrets to creating a realistic 3D backyard scene in Blender.

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Creating realistic 3D environment renderings can be a difficult challenge for any 3D artist to pull off, especially for beginners. If you've ever tried creating your own 3D environment renders and wondered why your renders always end up looking a little...flat, then you're probably missing a number of crucial steps in the modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering process.

This course aims to teach you how to create 3D environments from scratch using Blender. In this project-based course, you will get hands-on experience and create something that most of us are familiar with; backyards. Through the use of references, we will be aiming for photorealistic rendering. (Don't worry if you don't own a backyard, you will still be able to create awesome 3D backyard scenes.)

The course is aimed to be simple and easy to follow so if you are a beginner to Blender or even to 3D in general, you need not be overwhelmed.

What exactly will I learn?

  • You will start off with brainstorming ideas for your backyard scene followed by making use of references and planning your backyard scene.
  • You will learn the concepts needed to create realistic 3D environment renders and carry out the planning of your own backyard scene.
  • You will then work through and model, texture, shade and set up all the assets for your backyard one-by-one with the aim of photorealism. (this includes everything from flowers, trees, fences, grass, etc).
  • You will then combine all your assets in one scene and create your backyard scene.
  • Finally, you will bring your backyard to life by focusing on photorealistic lighting, compositing and rendering.

How will I benefit from this course?

Apart from getting the chance to show off your artwork to friends and family, there are a number of benefits to enrolling in this course.

  • You will gain an understanding of the process of planning a 3D environment scene which will set the foundation for a realistic 3D render.
  • If you are a beginner, you will significantly improve your skills in modeling 3D objects, realistic lighting as well as rendering scenes in Blender.
  • As this course is mostly project-based, you will get hands-on experience and thus, learn essential skills in a very short amount of time.
  • The course is aimed to be fun and easy to follow without much technical jargon, so you will be able to grasp the concepts easily.
  • PLUS You will get the BONUS Garden Asset Pack for FREE to play around with and enhance your own 3D backyards. The pack contains over 50 models that can be imported straight away into Blender and would be useful in any 3D garden scene.


What will happen after I finish this course?

By the end of this course, you will have completed your own realistic backyard scene. You can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the process needed to create 3D environments and the best way to do that is by creating your own realistic 3D backyard scene from scratch.

You will gain motivation, experience and confidence to be able to pull off your own convincing 3D environment projects using the skills and techniques you learn from this course.
You will also have a series of awesome garden renderings to add to your portfolio. A portfolio is a great way to improve your chances of getting a job in the future.

In addition to that, you will also have over 50 garden models that you can make full use of in your next 3D backyard render.

Am I right for this course?

If you're a beginner to Blender or even to the world of 3D in general and you wish to create awesome and realistic 3D environment scenes that make people say "wow", then most definitely you are the perfect person for this course. I will walk you step-by-step everything you need to know to create a 3D backyard scene in Blender. This course may help push you to finding that dream 3D job in a shorter amount of time. Even if you're not really a beginner, there's tons of new content teaching new tips and tricks which may also be of benefit to you.


Added Bonus: The Garden Asset Pack

You will get the Garden Asset Pack completely FREE. This is usually valued at $20 if you were to buy it standalone. The asset pack contains over 50+ models that you can use to build you garden scene in Blender and push your renders to the next level.
Specifically, the pack contains:
  • Fence Set (21 models) - This contains wooden, metal, chain link style fences, etc.
  • Grass Set (5 grass variations) - Every backyard needs convincing and realistic looking grass. The grass models in this set contains the kind of grass that you expect to see in a typical backyard.
  • Tree Set (8 models) - Contains various trees and shrubs that you would typically find in a backyard.
  • Flower and Plant Set (8 models) - Contains various flowers and plants which you could use to help make your renders more eye-catching and appealing.
  • Backyard Prop Set (11 models) - Contains a number of objects that you would expect to find in a backyard such as clotheslines, garden sheds, etc.

All models are conveniently grouped making importing into your scene a breeze. You will also get lifetime updates when new models are added in for FREE, forever!

Alright, I'm in! What next?

Great! All you need to do is press the big green Enrol button and in a few seconds, the course will be yours!

For $25, you will get:
  • 40 easy-to-follow lectures. Future lectures will also be provided to you for free.
  • Support whenever you get stuck.
  • The Garden Asset Pack (usually valued at $20) containing over 50 models to help you push for awesome photorealistic garden renders.
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Your Instructor


Danan Thilakanathan
Danan Thilakanathan

Hi, my name is Danan. I am a Software Engineer by day and a Filmmaker/Animator/Educator by night.

I started out making an animated short film for fun using Blender a few years ago. It was during this time did I realize I had a huge passion for 3D filmmaking. I have spent the past 5 years making animated short films and have learnt a great deal about the entire process of filmmaking and animation.

This is something that I do as a hobby. Animation and filmmaking is something I'm quite passionate about and I spent a few years trying to learn and master this skill. Through heaps of trial and error and researching on my own, I feel I have come a long way. I would now like to impart this knowledge towards others who feel a similar way.

I know very well, animated filmmaking is hard. Very hard in fact. One of my main goals, is to make the learning process easier for other people. Feel free to check out any of my courses and I hope I have helped you in your quest to achieve your dream! :)


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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