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Ready to take an exciting leap into the world of 3D CGI? This section contains everything you need to master the fundamentals and achieve amazing results.

As Karl works alongside CGI experts Ethan Davis and Viktor Fejes, you’ll get to grips with two different pieces of powerful CGI software: Blender and Cinema 4D.

In this section, you’ll find a comprehensive A-Z introduction to 3D CGI terminology, followed by an 11-class course covering the basics of Blender.

We then turn to some in-depth demonstrations of CGI product work as Ethan shows you how to use Blender to produce stunning images of watches, bottles, and fragrances.

Next, watch Karl and Ethan go head-to-head in a series of 'photography vs Blender’ shootouts.

Finally, Karl and Viktor introduce you to Cinema 4D, demonstrating the fundamental tools and techniques as they model, light and render a CG wine bottle.

  • 86 Classes
  • 16+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

3D CGI Terminology A-Z

Blender 3D Terms

3D CGI Terminology A-Z

  • 58 Classes
  • 44 Minutes content
  • Level: All Levels

Daunted by depth channels? Confused by caustics? Perplexed by particles and primitives? 

This handy video glossary, presented by CGI expert Ethan Davis, introduces you to the 58 key terms you need to know to succeed with CGI. 

By the time you’ve worked through this accessible guide, you’ll know your vertices from your volumetrics, your N-gones from your normals, and your photogrammetry from your Phong!

Blender Basics

Blender 3D Basics

  • 11 Classes
  • 4+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Blender is a free, open-source 3D creation suite. It covers all aspects of 3D, from modelling, rendering and compositing to rigging, animation and simulation. Learn more about Blender in our ‘Introducing Blender’ blog post.

You can download Blender free at blender.org.

In this 11-class course, Blender expert Ethan Davis introduces you to the key tools and techniques you need to get the best results out of this powerful software.

You’ll cover texturing, lighting, sculpting, simulations, and much more. By the end, you’ll be fully equipped to start having a blast with Blender.

Blender Basics

Blender 3D: Product CGI

  • 6 Classes
  • 4+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

In this series of in-depth Blender demonstrations, you’ll follow Blender master Ethan Davis step by step as he walks you through the modelling, lighting and rendering process.

As Ethan produces incredible ad-style images of products like watches, fragrances and whisky bottles, you’ll learn how to apply a host of useful Blender techniques that will enable you to harness the full power of CGI.

3d cgi vs photoshop

Photography vs Blender 3D Shootouts

Photography vs Blender 3D Shootouts
  • 4 Classes
  • 3+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

In the Blender 3D: Product CGI section, Ethan created stunning CG images of products including watches and bottles.

Meanwhile, Karl used all of his product photography knowledge and lighting expertise to match Ethan’s product CGI results with his camera. You can find these videos in the Product section.

In these shootout videos, you can watch a play-by-play breakdown of the action as these two masters of the visual arts go head-to-head to match one another's amazing work.

An Introduction to 3D Modeling & CGI

Introduction to Cinema 4D

  • 6 Classes
  • 4 Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

In this six-class series, Karl is joined by professional retoucher and CGI expert Viktor Fejes. Together, they introduce Cinema 4D, a powerful and versatile 3D software suite.

Having covered the key concepts of 3D work and provided a guided tour of the Cinema 4D interface, Viktor shows Karl how to model, light and render a 3D model from scratch – in this case, a wine bottle.

For anyone interested in 3D and CGI and keen to try out Cinema4D, this short series offers a fantastic primer.

You can find more classes featuring Viktor in our Advanced Photoshop and Compositing Using Photoshop courses in the Post-Production section.

How our classes work

Once you’ve watched our ‘Lighting Theory’ course, you’ll have a good understanding of the lighting fundamentals applied throughout all of our classes. We’ve specifically designed our videos to act as stand-alone, step-by-step classes, so you can dive right into whatever appeals to you most.

If you’re not sure where you start, check out How to Use Karl Taylor Education, take a look at our learning pathways or simply get in touch.

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Meet Your Tutors

Ethan Davis

Ethan is a professional photographer, retoucher and CGI artist based in Manchester, England. He specialises in creating vivid, detailed and impactful imagery for top brands. Ethan’s combination of photography expertise and CGI skill makes him an ideal teacher for photographers looking to make the leap into the exciting world of 3D.

Viktor Fejes

Viktor is the creative director of Gild Studios, which he founded to realise wonderful and captivating creations for the ad industry. An experienced professional retoucher and 3D artist, he was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2019. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. Commissioned by leading global brands for his precise attention to detail and exquisite control of light, Karl is also known as an instructor who explains complex subjects clearly and effectively. Karl’s unique expertise and commitment to education has led him to work for Hasselblad Camera Company, Broncolor Lighting and Adobe, as well as to appearances on the BBC and elsewhere.

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To help you make the most of our classes, we’ve made it easy to get in touch. Whether you have general photography questions or queries relating to specific classes, our knowledgeable team is here to help you achieve your goals.