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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814773
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This books shows excelent pictures in great colors. The exercices shows the step by step settings required to get the best renderings. However, its not a book for beginners.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Quite poor Aug. 3 2010
By Macker - Published on
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Working in the field of architectural visualisation myself, and an avid user of VRay I was looking to extend my knowledge with this book.

The book is more of a walkthrough/step by step guide of the accompanied CD than anything else, it will show you how to create the images that are in the book but only a very few times does it explain *WHY* you are doing the things that it's telling you to do.

It constantly uses outdated methods/materials when there is no need to; such as the shellac material, thus ruining VRays own energy conserving material and potentially producing unrealistic results - something that this very book is aiming to teach you.

I strongly suggest taking a look at "Mastering Mental Ray" by Jennifer O'Connor instead. Yes, I am aware that it is specifically tailored towards Mental Ray and not VRay, but a suprising amount of the information can be ported over to VRay and will certainly give you a far better understanding of the ins & outs of photorealistic rendering than this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Misses the mark May 24 2011
By KWJ - Published on
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I was hoping for an in-depth treatment of 3DS Max and V-Ray in this book, but the material is somewhat outdated, and the author seems to only show you how to create what's on the accompanying CD. The most frustrating part is the "WHY question is never addressed in regards to techniques and procedures. For me, knowing "why" helps me learn the concept and logic of a program. If you know why it does something, then you'll quickly learn "how" it does something else, or how you can develop your own workflow based on knowing the logic of the program.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful, and the work done with 3DS Max and V-Ray is outstanding, but the book should be more than a gallery of the author's work, and should be more about how the reader can take concepts and turn them into renderings. I'm not sure I would recommend this for beginners, and seasoned users would already know the "how" of working with this software.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Amazing May 15 2011
By fortinbras79 - Published on
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While it is true that this book is outdated by a few years (it uses Max 2010 and Vray 1.5) with just the smallest amount of thought, you can figure out the differences. I work in Max 2012 and this book was INCREDIBLY helpful. I've always struggled with V-ray. I took a class on it with little help. This book takes you step by step in how to develop materials, apply correctly, set lights, cameras and how best to render. THIS IS NOT A BOOK TO TEACH YOU MAX. This book teaches the rendering tool Vray.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn how to do photo-realistic renderings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a very good book Dec 14 2010
By Wahbe Moad - Published on
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I agree with the first review.
yes it is a good book , but it will tell steps how to do materials ,but not always telling why you do this?
another thing , the author should review the book before sending to publisher,
1- some options are selected in the figures , but he is not telling to select them in the paragraph.
2- some objects and materials are named in figures , differently as compared in the paragraph.
3- one main thing , in chapter 4 bedroom at night. to start the project, you will import the scene from autocad file , in return to 3ds max file , you will not find layers( 01_wall_glassblocks_glass, 01_wall_glassblocks_joint) , because these layers in autocad file are empty!! for me I took these layers from the completed exercise , import them back to autocad then to the starting file in 3ds max , to begin the project.
Eng.Wahby Moad
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not what I needed March 15 2012
By Christina Paul - Published on
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Looking at the book examples and also judging by some of the other reviews, the information is a bit outdated. For me that was less of a problem on computers at my school where they don't necessarily update the software every year. I have done many 3D renderings of mostly reconstruction of exteriors of archaeological sites, and was looking for a little more applicability in that area. While the book and the included CD were helpful, as a betginner of V-Ray, I was often frustrated in not finding out why I was doing something.

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