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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A detailed guide to Mental ray, Photomontage and Verified views Dec 13 2009
By XNOR - Published on Amazon.com
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3DS Max ia a pretty comprehensive and detailed software for architectural modeling - which involves detailed & comprehensive work on various aspects of a creating a architectural diagram, rendering and presenting it.

This book is not a 3DS Max tutorial or a introduction, but for more advanced users.

What this book covers:
- Mental ray : Lighting, shadow ....
- photo montage : Designing elements of a real photo into your architecture
- Verified view : Presenting for planning and marketing

The book does not waste any time and energy in the basics, but jumps straight into practicals from page 1 with screen shots from the sofware with exact instructions on what to click and what to do to get these effects into your architecture.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A well-organized and comprehensive book Dec 7 2009
By buru buru piggu - Published on Amazon.com
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Co-branded with Autodesk, this is a comprehensive and authoritative book on creating realistic, lifelike architectural renderings with 3ds Max and mental ray. Discussion is limited to materials and lighting, so prior knowledge of modeling/CAD is required. It is intended for intermediate to advanced 3ds users only.

The book is well-organized and very easy to follow. Every step is numbered and very clearly described, accompanied by large color screenshots throughout. The menus and buttons are prominently marked with red arrows, underlines, or boxes to show the relevant settings to modify or button to click. The steps are very detailed and specific. Example: Step 12: "In the Bitmap Parameters, Coordinates rollout, change the Blur value to 0.2". Far from being just a recipe book, the chapters go over key lighting concepts and rendering terms and how the different tools and setting affect the final render. Two bonus chapters (PDF) are available for download on the publisher's website, along with all the project files from each chapter.

This is an excellent and practical resource for architectural students and professionals.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
In-Depth Instructions for Mental Ray Dec 8 2009
By Terri J. Rice - Published on Amazon.com
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This is definitely an excellent step-by-step tutorial to achieve very professional looking 3D architectural renderings with 3ds Max and mental ray.

The book is very well laid out. It has numbered instructions to follow along with color illustrations with highlighting in red to follow. So not only do you get the written instructions but the photos with red highlighting and arrows to doubly ensure understanding.

You will be able to achieve any sort of lighting for both interior and exterior, smooth and textured surfaces, and color correction in your finished rendering.

This book walks you through the steps with clarity.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
No-nonsense guide to 3ds Max 2010 mental ray Jan. 1 2010
By Margaret Picky - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is most useful to those who are at least intermediate users of both AutoCAD and 3ds Max Design 2010 who want a no-nonsense instruction manual and reference book for the mental ray toolset.

It uses actual projects as examples and goes step-by-step through menus and screen shots to cover materials, lighting, shading, rendering, photomontage, and Physical Sky Shader. Both day- and night-lighting are covered. Interiors and exteriors, and, most interestingly, an atrium space are used as examples.

The companion website gives additional instruction and information including common errors and "secret" tips.

This is currently (January 2010) by far the best and most up-to-date manual available for mental ray. Software companies should include this level of documentation with their products but they don't, so here it is!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3ds Max Dec 29 2009
By WIZARD D - Published on Amazon.com
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As a veteran user of the program 3ds Max I know that there are always new things that can be learned in the course of using the application.I found this book very helpful when using Mental Ray to create a more realistic rendition of a couple of my previous creations. The details and step by step processes given in this book are clearly written not only for the veteran user but beginners as well. This makes it easier to learn Mental Ray and all of its capabilities.


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