Source SDK Hammer Tutorials

These tutorials are massively outdated.

Tutorials are done and now available. They cover basic Hammer skills and concepts, as well as some more advanced techniques.

These tutorials are being created through the use of the following:

  • CamStudio 2.5 Beta 1 – Used to record screen activity. Any recordings done in Hammer are thanks to this software.
  • Xfire – Used to record in-game activity. Xfire is the only high-quality worthwhile game-recording software available, in my opinion.
  • All of the Valve stuff…

This Website is the official location to make sure you are watching original videos from this collection.








Tutorial 1 – Downloading and Installing

Tutorials 1 through 5 cover Hammer fundamentals. If you have any mapping experience, you probably won’t want to waste your time watching all of these.

The map file used in the first 5 tutorials is available for download.

TutorialMap1-5.zip DOWNLOAD


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 1 – Downloading & Installing from Fizzter on Vimeo.This tutorial covers extreme basics—the first download and install of the Source SDK. If you are having issues with installation, or just generally getting started, this is the tutorial for you.








Tutorial 2 – 1st Room and 1st Run thru Hammer


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 2 – 1st Room and 1st Run through Hammer from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This tutorial covers more Hammer basics.  You will create a room, explore the infamous ‘hollow tool’, which I don’t recommend, and get over the initial fear of all the Hammer buttons.








Tutorial 3 – Hammer Button/Function Basics


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 3 – Hammer Button & Function Basics from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This tutorial explores more of the Hammer settings and buttons.








Tutorial 4 – Connecting a 2nd Room & Buyzones


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 4 – Connecting a second room & buyzones from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This video will demonstrate basic brushwork by connecting two rooms.  It will also demonstrate our first non-extreme-basic technique (our first just regular-basic technique), creating a buyzone.








Tutorial 5 – Basic Texturing & Nodraw


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 5 – Basic Texturing & Nodraw from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This video covers texturing basics, including general concepts and how to make them work in the editor.








Tutorial 6 – Fire and Buttons

The map file used in this tutorial is available for download.

TutorialMap6.zip DOWNLOAD


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 6 – Fire and Buttons from Fizzter on Vimeo.In this video, I create some super awesome fire and some buttons to control it.








Tutorial 7 – Lasers and moving objects

The map file used in this tutorial is available for download.

TutorialMap7-8.zip DOWNLOAD


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 7 – Lasers and moving objects from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This video demonstrates lasers and how to make them (or really, any object) move around.








Tutorial 8 – Doors & Breakable Walls

The map file used in this tutorial is available for download.

TutorialMap7-8.zip DOWNLOAD


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 8 – Doors & Breakable Walls from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This video demonstrates how to create doors and breakable walls/objects/whatever.








Tutorial 9 – Basic 2D Skybox

The map file used in this tutorial is available for download.

TutorialMap9.zip DOWNLOAD


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 9 – Basic 2D Skybox Creation from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This video demonstrates a basic 2D skybox and some of the problems presented with these types of skyboxes.








Tutorial 10 – Weapon Spawn Machines and Stairs

The map file used in this tutorial is available for download.

TutorialMap10.zip DOWNLOAD


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 10 – Weapon Spawn Machines and Stairs from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This video gives an example of how to make a Weapon Spawn machine.  (Weapon vending machine, whatever you want to call it…)  It also explores techniques used to create simple stairs.








Tutorial 11 – Ladders, Spikes, Fans, and Traps

The map file used in this tutorial is available for download:

TutorialMap11.zip DOWNLOAD


Fizzter’s Hammer Tutorial 11 – Ladders, Spikes, Fans, and Traps from Fizzter on Vimeo.

This tutorial contains basic instructions for creating ladders.  It also will demonstrate techniques used to create various traps.  This tutorial will specifically create a fan that pushes a player into spikes after it is turned on by a button.