How to Learn CG and VFX

The most frequent question I get asked from VFX artists starting out is: “How to learn VFX?”


“How to learn CG & VFX”

Where to start learning VFX? In this video I share some tips about 3D and Animation software such as 3Ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and zBrush. I also talk about how to start learning and retain information.

If you take a moment to subscribe I will be sharing lots of advice on how to level up your career, and how to get out of it what you put in. I will also be sharing plenty of tutorials and training on animation, rigging, modeling, texturing, render engines, compositing, keying, tracking, roto scoping, production hardware, behind the scenes as well as visual effects tutorials, particles, fluids, and more.

Also, I have a new FREE DEMO REEL GUIDE. If you want to download the Guide I wrote on How to Make a Demo Reel (from an employer’s perspective) go to

I also have a new 18 hour FREE Live Action Visual Effects City Destruction Class – check out which I just posted this week.

I hope either of these help you. Thanks, guys!


Youtube comments:

Eric Liang
I swear to God you're one of the best, if not THE BEST vfx teacher/guide/mentor there is on youtube! Thanks for everything!! <3
Do you think video editors have a chance of breaking into this industry?
Nabeel Altamash
Do you have a discord group because if we want to ask questions then how will we contact you?
Adilson A.P.E
Even before seeing this video, I did not know what I was going to do in the 3d world, I was confused and wanted to learn everything, but now I know I have and should focus on a specific subject, which will be 3D max modeling, thank you very much for share your knowledge, i hope english is good, i translated the text in google translator, because i speak portuguese.
Roshan Mahawar
Supar sir..
navdeep singh
At 35, I am just starting this career and I am ready to give whatever it takes. Thanks so much 🙏 for your amazing approach. Wish me luck 🤞
jas karan
Hey sir can I learn vfx in 1 year sir can I chance in Hollywood sir what your movie work in Hollywood can u tell me please reply
Pramod Kumar
If I am a beginner in fx then what kind of task should I have taken?
Thanks a lot Allan!!!
Really loved the video! I really enjoyed how you summarized everything at the end of the video. It was a nice way to bring everything in and put a nice bow on it. It would be cool to see some more info graphics in the future in your videos. Keep up with the great videos!
himadri Roy
i had a really complicated question allan!
Umam K
L Deen
Thanks dude, you've really inspired me to take a more agressive learning approach for future learning. Been doing casually for about 4 years now (I'm in highschool) but still trying to keep improving my skills. Thanks for this, you've really helped me develop a plan for the future. Appreciate 'ya!!
Yuvraj Wedding Filmmakers
This video is so helpful!! Thank you so much!
Great stuff as always, as to my methods of learning, I am very much a "Do it by trying" type, so I usually follow video examples along, then start, then restart until I get it wright, then try other project, then come back later and try to do the same thing without needing to follow the initial video/guideline specifically.
Robert Kelly
Very good. One thing I've learned recently is once I've read something I take a time out to ask what did I learn and what do I remember and go back over to remind myself. Also Derren Brown once wrote that in order to remember things you must keep them in your long term memory and the best way to do that is by creating images (more exaggerated the better) for one and linking them if its, say, a list of things. Currently doing this in Rich Voss book where, funny enough, I eventually came across you. Cheers
You and andrew is the best teacher on YouTube!! Thks you so much
Barry Allen
i know it is hard to learn these kind of stuffs because of lack of equipment | software, lack of money to buy those equipment and software, example of these lack are in need of better RAM, Graphic Cards must be better. What should we do?
Thank you sir.... Keep posting videos related to vfx and cgi.... We learn a lot from you.... A big fan of you from India🇮🇳
Adrian Ramirez
This is ridiculously helpful. Some of this I learned the hard way but you opened my eyes to the things that have caused me to go in circles. You're great, keep doing what you're doing