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The Carrara 5 Pro Handbook is written for those just starting in 3D, new Carrara users, and experienced users looking for new insights and tips. The book has been completely updated to cover and teach the newest features of Carrara 5 Pro, while exploring new and creative ways to use Carrara. It is packed with a variety of step-bystep tutorials and exercises contributed by industry experts. These hands-on projects progress from basic to advanced and take users from the basics of 3D modeling to the challenges of animation. The Carrara 5 Pro Handbook is structured so that the process of creating 3D illustrations and animations flows logically from one chapter to another. And by using this approach users can easily learn the technical aspects of working with Carrara Pro and achieve a tangible understanding of the workflow involved in creating 3D content. By the end of the book, users will know how to use the powerful tools of Carrara 5 Pro, have new and improved 3D skills, and have gained experience in 3D production concepts.
Posted March 27, 2008
As everyone knows, reading through a 600 page technical manual that gives brief descriptions of how everything works can be a tedious way to learn how to use a bit of software. It is much easier and faster to learn how to use the software by completing a few projects. With The Carrara Handbook you will learn to model, texture, animate, and render a few projects. You can jump right into Carrara and complete the projects in the book without ever reading the technical manual. You'll learn most of what you'll ever need to know as you work through the projects 'except for texturing and lighting, you can never know enough about that'. After completing the projects, the technical manual will make sense and you will know where to look for information not covered by the Carrara 5 Pro Handbook.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2006
This a great book that really fills a void in the Carrara community. While there are many online resources for helping users learn this app, this is the only comprehensive project-based book available (other than the 'Carrara 3 Handbook' by the same author). It is aimed primarily at the intermediate user however, it contains some 3D basics available in the first few chapters to help beginners get up to speed, and some advanced tutorials in the last few chapters that advanced users can benefit from as well. The only reason I didn't give this book a full 5 stars (would have just gone with 4 and 1/2, if B&N let me..) is because there are some cool new features of Carrara 5 that didn't make the book in time for its release. I will say that the upside to this is that we still have a huge book that was released within *just over a month* of the software's release. Learning any 3D app is not easy. This book significantly cuts down on the learning curve with its project-based, easy-to-understand content. If you're looking for a glorified manual, then look elsewhere. If you want an informative, hands-on, content-rich book that makes learning Carrara really fun and practical, then pick up this book. At around $30, you're absolutely getting your money's worth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.