3ds Max 2011 Bible Paperback – Aug 10 2010
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From the Back Cover
Covers both 3ds Max 2011 and 3ds Max 2011 Design
The best book on 3ds Max, no contest
If you need just one all-encompassing guide to all things 3ds Max, this book is it. Whether you're a beginner looking for 3D basics or a full-fledged animator seeking creative new ways to catch everyone's attention, it's all here. Packed with over a thousand pages of professional tips, loads of savvy advice, and more than 150 step-by-step tutorials, this book will soon have you using 3ds Max like a pro.
Quickly rig and animate complex characters using the CAT system
Paint maps in the viewport using layers with the improved Viewport Canvas
Render previews in a fraction of the time with the Quicksilver Hardware Renderer
Use the Object Paint system to quickly position objects in the scene
Import, edit, and export CAD models using the SAT file format
Work with material nodes in the new Slate Material Editor
What's on the DVD?
You'll find before-and-after example files for every tutorial in the book. The DVD also includes:
Unique new models and textures that you can customize for your own designs
A searchable PDF of the book
System Requirements: See the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.
Also in the Book
A 16-page, full-color insert showcases cutting-edge work from 3ds Max artists
Animate a walking dinosaur
Add CAT muscle objects
Paint with objects
Trial version of 3ds Max
Examples and content from the book
Models and textures you can customize
Searchable PDF of the book
16-page, full-color insert with cutting-edge examples
Get up to speed right away with Quick Start
Think lights, cameras, action—and create!
Render scenes with Quicksilver speed
About the Author
With a background in engineering and computer graphics, Kelly has been all over the 3D industry and still finds it fascinating. He’s used high-level CAD workstations for product design and analysis, completed several large-scale visualization projects, created 3D models for feature films and games, worked as a freelance 3D artist, and even done some 3D programming. Kelly’s been using 3D Studio since version 3 for DOS. Kelly has also branched into training others in 3D technologies. He currently works as a production manager for an upcoming game company.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The book gives some good direction on where to start learning 3dsMax but the Autodesk help is far better at actually explaining things, the Autodesk tutorials are also excellent!
When you finally get to the important chapter on poly modelling, the book really loses the plot, 50 pages describing the 5 million commands all of which are explained in the 3dsMax help file, the book just takes longer to get through. Then the opening sentence of the following chapter says "the previous chapter 'covered' everything you need to know about poly modelling". It probably did, but it taught nothing!
It's too "hands off", the few tutorials which are covered and included on the dvd have too much of the work already done, so you'll complete the tutorial and wonder what the point was? (The DVD includes a heap of tutorial files but hardly any are actually covered in the book.)
It's a big book and i can appreciate the work that's gone into it but it could be condensed right down by cutting out the rambling and getting to the point.
I personally don't see the need for this book as the tutorials and help provided by Autodesk get you up and running WAY quicker with plenty of screenshots to back up what's being said. Unfortunately i had already bought the book and wasted a lot of time going through it before i worked this out.
It is informative although I have 3ds Max 2013 but it still works
5 stars as usual for Amazon which I consider them THE BEST BOOK SELLERS AND THE MOST TRUSTED BOOK SELLERS.
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