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The Essential Blender: Guide to 3D Creation with the Open Source Suite Blender [Paperback]

By Ton Roosendaal (Producer) & Roland Hess (Editor)
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Pages   371
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6.8" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 27, 2007
Publisher   No Starch Press
ISBN  1593271662  
EAN  9781593271664  
UPC  689145716627  

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A guide to the 3D design tool covers such topics as object manipulation and animation, materials and texturing, lighting, rendering, character rigging, and node-based composition.

Publishers Description

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.

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Ton Roosendaal is Blender's creator and the chairman and founder of the Blender Foundation, the non-profit organization that maintains Blender under the GNU/GPL license. He co-authored The Official Blender 2.3 Guide, The Official Blender GameKit (both No Starch Press), and The Official Blender 2.0 Guide (Premier Press).

Roland Hess was born in 1970 and has an academic affiliation as follows - is the leading expert on Blender. He is one of a handful of people who.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
A great beginer book  Oct 31, 2008
I started this book not knowing a thing about blender having just downloaded the application. Today i have animations of atoms with orbiting electrons, gingerbread men waling around the screen and some very nice still art work. A great book that walks you through the different parts and explains why and not just how. The book comes with the blender application and many samples to work with. It is a great book.
Excellent Read- Recommended  Oct 3, 2008
I bought this for my brother who has read many of the Blender guides, This one he said was the best. Great for someone new to blender, but also for someone who is familar with Blender to get a few new ideas.
Get this book.  Sep 29, 2008
For several years, I've been trying to learn 3D animation, but the books I read were hard to follow. So I gave up. When I found Blender's software, I decided to give it one more try. In reading reviews for books, I usually give more weight to the 1 and 2 star ratings, so I almost passed on this book. That would have been a huge mistake. This book is extremely well written, and I'm well on my way to finally learning this stuff. The biggest problem some reviewers had was the poor graphics. Do not let that stop you from getting this book. I wouldn't say they were great, but you can see what you need to see with some close-up viewing.
Great Book, Easy to Learn  Sep 18, 2008
I've only started with the book, but so far everything is incredibly easy
I recommend this book highly. I was a little put off by the problems with the pictures, but the pictures aren't that bad. So to anyone who learns or wants to learn blender this is the book. The other problem with having to read various writing styles is non existant IMHO. Also the problem with, chapters that keep backtracking. It only includes a paragraph about the last chapter you just read, and it makes refrences to it. Thats how it ties it in though. Thanks this site!

Good Start  Sep 13, 2008
This book serves as an excellent primer on blender. Each chapter goes through 1 "Tutorial" Style example of how to model, animate, texture, and other common 3D tasks. Following this is a guide to the tools that are available to take the work deeper, great for reference when working through other tutorials. 3D is a long journey, this is a good start, and blender is a great piece of software to start with for the price (Free!)


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