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The Bryce 5 Handbook [Paperback]

Shamms Mortier
1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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May 23 2002 1584502177 978-1584502173 1
Populate barren landscapes with far out vegetation; add clouds, sky, fog, or haze to your world; and learn how to animate environments these are just some of the creative possibilities you can explore with Bryce 5. Bryce 5 has evolved into a powerful 3D tool that combines power and ease of use and provides beginning to advanced users with a plethora of creative options. Using the guidance and tutorials found in the Bryce 5 Handbook, you can master the interface and new tools of Bryce, and take your 3D skills to the next level of mastery. Youíll find helpful insights projects, and practice with a variety of topics and tools, including Primitives, Trees, Metaballs, Booleans, Terrain Models and Objects, the Materials Lab, The Deep Texture Editor, Atmospherics, Lights, Animation, and more. With the hands-on tutorials provided in The Bryce 5 Handbook, youíll increase your 3D skills and learn how to reproduce the awesome power and reality of nature.

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Shamms Mortier is the author of a variety of successful books on graphics, including the Amorphium Pro Handbook, The Poser 4 Handbook, and The Bryce 3D Handbook.

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1.0 out of 5 stars R. Shamms Mortier great artist but bad writer July 20 2003
Format:Paperback
I have never seen or read anything from this author that is good in any way. He took a simple program and turned it into a nightmare I have been using Bryce for years (3 thru 5). I'm an advanced user and I couldn't make heads or tales of what he was even trying to say. If you want a good book that will start simple and work its way up the ladder get (Real World Bryce 4 by Susan Kitchens ) this is by far the best book out there and it works with 5 also not enough diffrence between 4 & 5 to let it bother you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AN AWFUL, AWFUL BOOK May 8 2003
By DARTH
Format:Paperback
IT'S A SHAME THAT THIS BOOK IS THE ONLY ONE ON SALE DEALING WITH BRYCE 5. THIS BOOK IS WORSE THAN THE MANUAL THAT CAME WITH THE SOFTWARE (IF THAT'S POSSIBLE). THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW AND THE WRITER TELLS US RIGHT OFF THE BAT HE WILL NOT BE DEALING WITH BASICS. IF WE DIDN'T NEED HELP WITH THE SOFTWARE WE WOULDN'T BUY THE BOOK IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE BOOK IS NOT WORTH THE MONEY AND THE AUTHOR SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH SOMEONE WHO CAN WRITE.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Book Feb. 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
With the many good books out there related to Photoshop and other graphic programs it is a shame that this book is the only one available for Bryce 5. Someone ought to take this author aside and help him reduce his arrogant attitude related to teaching. It is not OK to tell someone who needs help that the authors instructions are to be at a level for experts and that he is not going to stoop so low as to explain fundamentals.
I rated this book as a 1 and would have given it a 1/2 star if such a rating existed.
I actually found the Bryce 5 instruction book that came with the software to be more helpful than this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars utter crud-o-la Dec 24 2002
Format:Paperback
okay i have this book and now all i want to do is to warn people not to buy this book... read the other reviews on this page (besides the obvious fake 5 star written by the publishing company) and you will see we are all in agreement: "shamms is a sham!" the only thing positive i can say about this manual is that they spelled some the name of the program right. i also bought the poser 4 book at the same time and man oh man is that crud to. your best bet is to stay away from Mortier at all costs. don't let this shmuck make any more money!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away Oct. 20 2002
Format:Paperback
If you are evening considering for a second to buy this book, do one thing first, type Shamms Mortier (the author) into the amazon search engine and arrange the books from their publication date. Scan the titles and note the number of stars his past books have received. He has five 1 star books, twelve 2 star books, and two 3 star books. Surprisely he has no 4 or 5 star books. Shamms has a repuation for writing books of extremely low quality on topics he knows nothing about. He's also infamous for his 'max-the-parameter' style teaching in which he instructs the reader to crank an option to its highest setting to see what it does. He's really a horrible teacher, because he doesn't know the material, doesn't have any artistic ability, doesn't know how to write, and doesn't care about the end product. He also doesn't seem to care about ripping off his fellow man.
So enough about him, how was the book? It [stinks]. If you like to waste your money, there are much better ways.
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