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This book is intended as a travel guide, an atlas to the Blender World. Everything you need to bring your creative ideas to fruition is inside. Developed originally as an in-house tool for a leading European animation studio, Blender is capable of creating broadcast-quality videos and has been used in hundreds of professional productions for major corporations. Find out how you can use the Blender software to create professional 3D graphics packages at a fraction of the cost and size of comparable products. ...
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This book is intended as a travel guide, an atlas to the Blender World. Everything you need to bring your creative ideas to fruition is inside. Developed originally as an in-house tool for a leading European animation studio, Blender is capable of creating broadcast-quality videos and has been used in hundreds of professional productions for major corporations. Find out how you can use the Blender software to create professional 3D graphics packages at a fraction of the cost and size of comparable products. Explore Blender's versatile animation system, contemporary modeling principles, advanced rendering tools, deformation tools, inverse kinematics, and post-production editor. Soon you'll be creating commercials and other broadcast-quality content, as well as multimedia and 3D game content. CD includes full version of Blender V2.03.
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3D has a well-earned reputation for extreme complexity and extreme cost. Blender 2.0 fixes one of these: This remarkably sophisticated 3D suite from Europe is also remarkably free. The complexity, however, remains. Blender is an idiosyncratic beast that doesn't look or act much like any software you've ever used. But once you've learned how to think as Blender thinks, you can do awesome work with surprising efficiency. That's where The Official Blender 2.0 Guide comes in.

This oversize, full-color book brings together tutorials and "microguides" to all aspects of Blender-based 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. You'll learn the fundamentals of mesh modeling, curves, and surfaces; as well as modeling techniques such as dupliverts and lattices. You'll find extensive coverage of materials and textures, including effects such as rippled water, lens flares, and hollowed glass, and how to use Blender's UV-Editor, which lets you map textures directly onto the faces of meshes.

There are chapters on lighting, animation, and particle effects, even a quick overview of Blender's preliminary Python scripting support. Plus, you get Blender 2.03 for Windows 9x/2000, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, even BeOS 4.5 (Finally! Something cool to do with that BeOS box!) (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761535133
  • Publisher: Course Technology, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    blender is a new way to understand graphics computers

    I have readed a lot of books about graphics programming. Reading Norman Lin's 'Avanced Linux 3D Graphics Programing' I started to use Blender. This book is a very good guide to understand what Blender is and what you can do with Blender. I recomend this book to understand what is Blender and 'The official Blender Gamekit' to learn how use and create graphics animations with Blender, but if you enjoy graphics programming, this guide ilustrated new concepts to developd graphics compared with classic programs like 3d Studio, Autocad, Maya. (Blender is plataform independent, source available and the program size is around 1,5 MB, incredible!!!). Every book about Blender are the best purchases that you can do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    This is definetely an ESSENTIAL guide.

    If you don't already have Blender 2, GET IT! You have nothing to lose. Blender is a very powerful program, but it completely abandons Windows. However, this easy-to-use official guide will get you rendering awesome animations in no time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2001

    Great!

    This is one, no the best designed book I have ever read. If you are serious about 3d graphing you have to get this book and the program!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2001

    Great Program and Great Book!

    Blender is an incredibly powerful tool for 3d modeling. some people even say that it rivals 3d Studio MAX. I'm not so sure about that, but Blender is definitely the best piece of software you can download for free! The only real setback to Blender is its interface. It's incredibly hard to use, making this manual a must! Sure, you can try and learn it from net tutorials, but they just don't show you the whole picture. And trust me, no matter how good you are at trial and error learning, this program wont work for you. However, once through the manual, Blender should be easy to use and really powerful. It works like a dream. Good Job!

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