What Is Dark Forest?

Dark Forest is a series of tutorials that covers the whole process of creation of a promotional video in which a camera flies through a forest and shows some glowing titles with the beat of a soundtrack. The tutorials go from the inception of the project, its preproduction and organization, through the whole modelling, sculpting, texturing and animation stage up to the render (with Cycles), lighting and compositing! The series is made of 11 Chapters containing 49 videos: Almost 13 hours of tutorials!!

Required Skills

This series assumes you have at least a basic knowledge of Blender Interface and tools. Advanced knowledge is not required at all and everything is explained step by step. As a rule of thumb, if you can follow the free tutorials from blendtuts, you shouldn't have problems following Dark Forest tutorials.

You Can Save It Into A DVD

Even though Dark Forest is only a downloadable product, it's been crafted to fit into a DVD, so you can burn the full course, print the cover designs and put it in your shelf!


I've put all my knowledge together to create a high quality product from which you can learn a lot. While the tutorials show how to create a forest, everything is thought in a way that you can extract the workflow and the essence of the whole series to overcome any other type of project and know what steps you should follow. Also, it includes the Production Files so you can mess around with the .blend files and start at any point of the process just by loading the desired file.


Chapter 1 - Preproduction

Blender Preferences

Chapter 2 - Creating the Terrain

Creating the terrain base
Tileable textures in photoshop
Tileable textures in Gimp
Textures variation
Adding details to textures
Finishing the terrain shader
High Res Terrain - Method A
High Res Terrain - Method B

Chapter 3 - Creating the trees

Tree modeling
Tree unwrapping
Tree base texture
Tree final texture
Seam corrections
Tree sculpt
Tree displacement
More trees (time-lapse)
Some techniques
Tree variations

Chapter 4 - Creating Assets

Creating roots
Creating mushrooms
Creating stones
Creating plants

Chapter 5 - Forest Population (1st Pass)

Setting up assets
Trees population (1st pass)

Chapter 6 - Camera Animation

Camera animation - Blocking
Camera animation - Timing
Camera animation - Refining

Chapter 7 - Forest Population (2nd pass)

Tree population (2nd pass)
Roots population
Stones population
Mushrooms population
Plants population

Chapter 8 - Adding Details

Level of detail animation
Sculpting details in terrain
Building the sky
Creating glowing texts

Chapter 9 - Lighting

Lighting the scene

Chapter 10 - Render Setup

Small tweaks
Render settings
Natural looking noise in Cycles

Chapter 11 - Compositing

Compositing the background
Compositing the mist
Compositing the glowing texts
Color correction
Final details & effects


Also, you'll get the production files: .blend files for every stage of the process, textures, soundtrack...


30 Days Money Back Guarrantee

I'm so confiden't you'll like it and learn so much from it, that I'll refund all your money if you don't, no questions asked! Take it and check it out, and if you're not happy within 30 days, just CLICK HERE to send me an email with your order's info. You have nothing to lose!

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What Do People Say About Dark Forest?

I’ve got Dark Forest with Luke’s Escape Highschool’s Preorder, and I don’t regret my purchase! It’s better than promissed, and I loved to see the organization and clean procedure that a professional like Oliver follows while he works. Furthermore, he doesn’t only show you what to do, but he also explains why he does it that way, which is really helpful to understand the process.
— Abidán Brito (Spain)
Dark Forest is a really in-depth course, covering from the most basic to the most complex with lots of advice in the middle!
— Thomas White (Canada)
Simply amazing! I’ve learned tons of stuff with Dark Forest. I feel I can handle bigger projects now!
— Alena Lange (Germany)
I have been following Oliver’s tutorials on blendtuts.com since 2010, and this is his best work to the date without a doubt! He’s really pushed the limits with Dark Forest and came up with a very professional, deep, huge, and easy to follow course. I’ve always loved Oliver’s teaching style, but Dark Forest is definitely my favorite one!
— Jason Allen (USA)

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