You are new to Blender ?
And you want to get started quickly ?
Here is some very basic info for you.

How to watch these videos ?

  • Watch a video completely
  • Try to redo what the video shows
  • Refer to the video if necessary
  • Sometimes it may be benefitial to watch a video twice or 3 times before going to Blender.
  • Sometimes it may be better to just open the video and Blender in parallel.

Basically you know how you learn best. So please feel free to watch the videos in which way ever it makes sense for you.

This is my recommended “visit this first” video:

The 1st Coffee Cup tutorial (atoms of modelling)

The 4th Coffee Cup tutorial (what is UV Mapping?)

Tutorials you should watch

The basic training courses for beginners from Blender Cookies are good for first time blender users.

Tools

Weight Tools for Blender 2.68

Weight Tools

Advanced topics

Multiple textures in one UV Map

Multiple textures in a UV Map

Materials & Textures

materials&Textures:

The secret Life of Normals

Face Normals:

Vertex Normals:

Guru Topics

How to merge UV Layers

Shrinkwrap on a rig