Introducing ZBrush Paperback – May 5 2008
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From the Back Cover
Create Hyper-Realistic Digital Models
If you want to take advantage of one of the hottest CGI tools available, Introducing ZBrush is the perfect place to start. Professional Hollywood animator and ZBrush artist Eric Keller dispels any anxieties beginners might have by offering the careful, step-by-step instruction you need to soon feel right at home with this revolutionary software.
Each chapter explains core concepts, then reinforces them with fun, hands-on tutorials that will amaze you with your growing ability to create hyper-detailed, realistic, organic sculptures on your computer. From creating illustrations in 2.5 dimensions to sculpting with digital clay, you'll master ZBrush's powerful tools for creating fantastic images and 3D models for use in animation programs, such as 3ds Max and Maya.
Understand ZBrush's unique painting and sculpting technology
Take a tour of the innovative ZBrush interface and tools
Master 2.5D painting, digital sculpting, and texture painting
Learn how to set lighting, create materials, and render in ZBrush
Go through a production pipeline, from modeling to rendering to exporting models, textures, and displacement maps
Transfer your ZBrush creations into Maya and other 3D applications for use in film, games, and illustration
VALUABLE COMPANION DVD
The DVD includes example files and models to help guide you through each lesson as well as ZBrush Macro scripts and movies to show you the sculpting process used in each chapter. It also includes a trial version of ZBrush 3.1 for the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Learn ZBrush's Material Capture technology to create surfaces from photographs
Work with subtools to create creature sculptures from multiple objects
Use lighting and rendering in ZBrush to create 2.5D compositions
About the Author
Eric Keller has been working professionally as a digital artist and 3D animator since 1998. He is a high-end animator for film, television, and scientific visualization with clients including Disney, ESPN, Warner Brothers, Hewlett-Packard, Sony Imageworks, and ABC, and has created animations for scientific research and visualization at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Harvard Medical School. Eric is the author of Maya Visual Effects: The Innovator's Guide, a contributing author to Mastering Maya 8.5 and Mastering Maya 7 (all from Sybex), and has written articles and tutorials for industry magazines.
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Eric presents his material from the perspective of a digital artist and not as a technical babble dump of the applications capabilities. There are a lot of gems and shortcuts in this book that will help you in your pipeline, and it is a very easy and entertaining read. The book is also divided into 2.5D and 3D sections so you can jump to what you need and not have to machete yourself through a lot of unneeded info to get to what you want.
Some great examples to work on are provided both in a step by step fashion in the book and also as movies on the DVD. Overall I found this book a great read, and good reference to have on hand in my library of ZBrush reference material.
Eric's approach to teaching is the fine balance of telling you how but also why, without over doing it. Irregardless of other reviews, the book itself is beautifully presented, it's not a behemoth A3 doorstop, but rather a neat yet thorough installment, it's ideal for travel reading as well as private learning.
Broken up into bitesize chunks, this book focuses more on the 3D aspect of ZBrush (I recommend buying 'Introducing ZBrush' by Eric Keller, as a prerequisite - although this is by no means essential as this books covers a lot of ground) and has an exciting feature teaching readers about brush design amongst many of the other new and powerful tools found in ZBrush4.
Basically, if you are reading this then you are interested in this book, and with that being said, I strongly advise anyone who is looking to get into ZBrush to get it.
Great book, easy to follow and companion DVD just sweetens the deal.
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