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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Pap/Cdr edition (Aug. 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118022203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118022207
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #516,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Product Description

From the Back Cover

Covers both 3ds Max 2012 and 3ds Max 2012 Design

The book for all things 3ds Max

Whether you're a beginner in search of 3D basics or a veteran animator seeking timesaving tips, the new edition of this perennial favorite is the perfect 3ds Max book for you. Packed with the very latest features, professional techniques, and over 150 step-by-step tutorials, it will help you quickly build your skills. Find out what's new, what's tried and true, and how creative you can get with this must-have guide.

  • Jump right into animation with the new Quick Start tutorial

  • Create optimized procedural substance textures that are a fraction of the size of bitmaps

  • Sculpt and model faster and easier with new Graphite Modeling tools

  • Create custom character rigs with the CAT (Character Animation Toolkit)

  • Send scenes to Mudbox, MotionBuilder, or Softimage automatically

  • Take the guesswork out of rendering with the iray progressive renderer

  • View physics simulations with the new MassFX system

Lay siege to a castle wall and animate with MassFX

Achieve results more quickly with Nitrous viewport options

Create stylized effects with ink, pastel, or graphite

What's on the CD-ROM?

You'll find before-and-after example files for every tutorial in the book, as well as:

  • Unique models and textures to customize for your own designs

  • 13 bonus chapters and 10 bonus Quick Starts from past editions

System Requirements: See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

Also in the Book

  • A 16-page full-color insert highlighting cutting-edge work from 3ds Max artists

CD-ROM Included

  • Examples and content from the book

  • Models and textures you can customize

  • New—10 bonus Quick Starts and 13 bonus chapters!

Full-color Insert

  • 16-page full-color insert with cutting-edge examples

Jump in right away with a new Quick Start

Design for film, TV, games, and visualization

Learn to model, animate, render, and more

About the Author

Kelly Murdock has been authoring computer books for many years now and still gets immense enjoyment from the completed work. His book credits include various 3D, graphics, multimedia, and Web titles, including ten previous editions of this book, 3ds Max Bible. Other major accomplishments include Google SketchUp Bible, Edgeloop Character Modeling for 3D Professionals Only, Maya 6 and 7 Revealed, LightWave 3D 8 Revealed, The Official Guide to Anime Studio, Poser 6, 7, and 8 Revealed, 3D Game Animation For Dummies, gmax Bible, Adobe Atmosphere Bible, Master VISUALLY HTML and XHTML, JavaScript Visual Blueprint, and co-authoring duties on two editions of the Illustrator Bible (for versions 9 and 10) and five editions of the Adobe Creative Suite Bible.

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Very Help full book. i only knew some basics of 3ds Max but now i know more than i asked for.
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Complete and well written. An essential reference book
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HASH(0x9cd561e0) out of 5 stars Comprehensive but no learning effect Feb. 5 2012
By Movienator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought the first 3DS Max Bible in 2003 and that time I gave up to read it. I was hoping that now, 9 years after that experience, the book would have improved but I was wrong. My impression is still the same. Yes, it is very comprehensive and describes almost all features. It covers a lot and the CD ROM includes many chapters and models from previous editions. And still, it is not the quantity that counts but the quality and there the book fails. There is just no learning effect. I can read hundreds of pages but if you ask me what I learned I can't really say. Am I stupid to learn 3DS Max? Well, its a very complex piece of software. But I think that any kind of software can be learned. But the Bible just does not help me. The tutorials are very short, and describe certain features in an isolated way. I just don't get the whole picture. It would be much better to work on a few tutorials which would cover step by step the learnings from the book. The chapters are also somewhat loose and there is no red line, no hand that takes me and runs me through the program. I'm getting lost in the chapters and sometimes I feel that the author himself got lost when writing the book. On the other hand, 3DS Max is very complex and I think its impossible to get the perfect book to learn it. So, as a reference I can recommend it but don't expect to learn much. I think its better to get some tutorials from the internet and learn by doing and if you have specific questions check the bible.

February 2012
HASH(0x9cd56234) out of 5 stars Good book. Makes it easier June 5 2014
By Brandon Andrew Jimenez - Published on Amazon.com
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I want to be a lead video game producer. I got this program "3D's max" when I was 13. It looked all alien to me, it was a damn mother ship control board on my laptop. I sat there messing with everything on my own. During the age of 14 I got the hang of it. I made tons of gun designs and objects without any help or any kind of tutorials! I was on a role. That was Until one day I stopped programming, I got into major problems in reality that caused me to stop. When I became 16 I went back on it, I laughed at all the good things I created. I had quite an imagination and I still do have it, it's even better than before. When went back on it. I wanted to get harder to my program. So I got this book and thanks to this book I made my first video. The video was a music video for a song I made (yes I make songs, no biggie really) and I actually almost cried in joy to create my first 6 second scene for my video. I was jumping all over the place holding this book thanking it's mighty powers.

If you want to become something in the programming field that includes 3D's Max then I suggest this book. I really recommend it. I hope this review really helped
HASH(0x9cd56510) out of 5 stars Damaged Goods Feb. 26 2014
By Dougals Siclari - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is great. However, the seller sent a book with a broke binding. I contacted the seller and they told me to send them pictures of the defective book. I did this. Upon getting the pictures they sent a reply saying that it was mentioned that some damage to the spine was in the description. SOME. This does not mean that the whole book is falling apart due to the pages coming out which is what is happening with this book. I will NEVER use this seller again as they have provided a damaged good product and did nothing but say that it was my fault for buying it knowing it had "some" damage to the binding.

I feel swindled.
HASH(0x9cd56408) out of 5 stars Great Book June 24 2013
By Charles C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great reference book. Not one I would pic personally to learn 3ds for the first time. But the company did an outstanding job in shipping this product to me. I think I received it in like 3 days. and I normally don't get stuff that fast were I live.
HASH(0x9cd565f4) out of 5 stars Required For Class March 29 2013
By p - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only just started reading and working with this book, but feel I will keep it handy for some time to come. It is a great guidance tool as well as the disk that comes with it. Wont be selling it any time soon if at all.