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The Essential Blender: Guide to 3D Creation with the Open Source Suite Blender / Edition 1
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The Essential Blender: Guide to 3D Creation with the Open Source Suite Blender / Edition 1

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by Roland Hess, Ton Roosendaal, Tom Roosendaal
 

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ISBN-10: 1593271662

ISBN-13: 9781593271664

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: No Starch Press

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite that is a real alternative to commercially available 3D design software. A cross-platform software package with millions of downloads annually, Blender is now one of the world's most popular 3D design tools.

Although Blender is free, it's intended for design professionals and others motivated to become 3D

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Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite that is a real alternative to commercially available 3D design software. A cross-platform software package with millions of downloads annually, Blender is now one of the world's most popular 3D design tools.

Although Blender is free, it's intended for design professionals and others motivated to become 3D artists. The Essential Blender will provide you with the knowledge you need to help integrate Blender into your work and begin to master its powerful creation tools.

If you've never tried 3D design before, an introductory chapter will familiarize you with relevant terminology and concepts. If you're already experienced with commercial 3D software, The Essential Blender will get you up to speed with Blender quickly.After a tour of Blender's 3D modeling, animation, and rendering capabilities, you'll learn how best to use Blender for these tasks:

  • Object manipulation and animation
  • Mesh and sculpt modeling and shape animation
  • Materials and texturing (including UV unwrapping)
  • Lighting and rendering
  • Particle animation
  • Character rigging and animation
  • Node-based composition

The book is modular in its approach, with each topic addressed independently and accompanied by hands-on tutorial sections.

The combined expertise of key members of the Blender community, coupled with the experience of editor Roland Hess, bring you The Essential Blender -the definitive guide to Blender. You'll find a wealth of 3D design information inside that will help you to unlock your artistic potential and get the most out of Blender.

Includes a Complete Version of Blender 2.44 on the CD-ROM. Covers Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (x86 and PowerPC), Solaris, FreeBSD, and IRIX.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593271664
Publisher:
No Starch Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
With Complete Version of Blender 2.44
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.03(d)

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thelandofthedave More than 1 year ago
Blender is a powerful piece of software. It does amazing things but with a steep learning curve. This book is essential to get over that steep curve. There are a ton of tutorials online about using blender. Most of them will not be useful without the basics of the program. This book covers those and does it perfectly. I found blender and picked this book up. I soon was addicted to using blender. I just finished the book and am now revisting my first clay and hand drawn animations to reanimate them using blender and 3d. I wish i would have found Blender about 20 years ago.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
No other program offers a more advanced 3D software application than Blender. 'The Essential Blender' immerses the reader in the 3D world, explaining everything one needs to know to start 'Blending'. Currently 1/2 through the book myself, I can hardly put it down as each page surpasses the last in artistic design and application.