An introduction to the latest version of the popular three-dimensional program explores the new features of 3ds max 6 and explains how to work efffectively through such production techniques as modeling, applying materials and maps, realistic lighting effects, and the art of integrating animation, accompanied by a CD-ROM containing project files. Original. (Beginner)
Create natural fire, earth, air and water without plug-ins
Author: Pete Draper
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Master professional techniques in 3ds max with expert guidance from this unique book and DVD-ROM package! A must have guide for those with 3ds max experience who want to get more out of the base kit this versatile package provides. Save money by finding out how to get the most realistic effects from 3ds max without having to spend more on plugins. This book includes all you need to know to create realistic earth, air, fire and water effects with Discreet's powerful 3ds max animation kit. Inspirational color images cover every page as Pete shares his professional insight, detailing the breakdown of the extensive catalog of visual reference material supplied on the DVD-ROM to ensure your effects are more realistic when working in 3ds max. This information is then used within the body of the tutorials which teach not only how to create each effect, but why we have performed that specific step so that you have a complete understanding of all the processes involved. The free DVD-ROM also contains 5 hours and 45 minutes of free video tutorials in which Pete walks you through additional effects while still maintaining the same quality and format as the tutorials in the book. 'I congratulate Pete on this amazing accomplishment. I am certain that those of you who read this will find it incredibly useful, both as an educational tool and as a volume of reference. I encourage you all to read and absorb the information found within, and use it to help strengthen both your own skills, and to help strengthen and maintain our ever spreading 3D community.' Jason 'Buzz' Busby (www.3dbuzz.com)
Highlighted by a CD-ROM containing sample files and code, tutorials, and selected images and animations, a complete guide to 3ds max 6 reviews the key features of the latest versions of the software, covering such topics as lip sync, facial expression, walk cycles, scene animation, visual effects, materials and textures, lighting, and more. Original. (Advanced)
Developing Skills for 2D and 3D Character Animation
Author: Steve Roberts
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Expand your animation toolkit and remain competitive in the industry with this leading resource for 2D and 3D character animation techniques. Apply the industry's best practices to your own workflows and develop 2D, 3D and hybrid characters with ease. With side by side comparisons of 2D and 3D character design, improve your character animation and master traditional principles and processes including weight and balance, timing and walks. Develop characters inspired by humans, birds, fish, snakes and four legged animals. Breathe life into your character and develop a characters personality with chapters on acting, voice-synching and facial expressions. Expertly integrate core animation techniques with your software of choice featuring step-by-step tutorials, highlighting 3ds Max, Maya and Blender workflows. Adapt the tips, tricks and techniques for unique projects like character design for rotoscoping and motion capture. Advance beyond the fundamentals of 2D and 3D character animation with the companion website which includes short demonstration movies, 2D and 3D exercises and fully rigged character models.
3ds max 6 Essentials: A Real-World Approach is written to take 3ds max beginners from an introductory knowledge base to a level of real proficiency. Using a complete 3D project as your guide, you?ll learn the essential tools and features of 3ds max. Beginning with a detailed overview of the interface, you?ll get an insider?s look into the ins-and-outs of this powerful program. From there you?ll begin working through the practical tutorials that take you through the entire process of creating our real-world project. Starting with the fundamentals of modeling an environment, you?ll learn the critical tools and insightful tips on efficient modeling techniques. Next you?ll learn how to light, render, and output the final project. Throughout the book, you?ll also learn various methods for manipulating the interface controls and how to customize the tools for your own projects. By using this real-world project, you?ll master the techniques and tools needed to create commercial-quality projects. And you?ll have a portfolio piece to help you get started in the 3D field.
Learning Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2008 | Foundation is your shortcut to learning 3ds Max quickly and effectively. You'll get hands-on experience with the key tools and techniques through easy-to-follow, step-by-step project-based lessons, while learning to model, animate, apply materials and render in both the games & design visualization pipelines. By the end of the book you'll have a sense of the entire production process as you work on real-life production examples. Whether you're a game artist or a graphic artist, Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2008 has the tools you need to succeed. Game Artists will gain in-depth knowledge of the world-class Biped character animation toolset, unparalleled polygon modeling and texturing workflow. Design Visualization Specialists such as architects, designers, and graphic artists, will gain the power to visually inform the design process through conceptual exploration, design validation and visual communication. Bonus features included on DVD: . Link to a 30-day trial of Autodesk® 3ds Max® software . Bonus short films and new software feature demos . Autodesk 3ds Max hotkeys reference guide . Free models from Turbo Squid worth $160 . Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2008
Start animating right away with this tutorial-based guide to Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Essentials is your perfect hands-on guide to start animating quickly. Using approachable, real-world exercises, you'll master the fundamentals of this leading animation software by following full-color screen shots step by step. Each chapter opens with a quick discussion of concepts and learning objectives, and then launches into hands-on tutorials that give you firsthand experience and a good start on preparing for the 3ds Max certification exam. You'll learn the basics of modeling, texturing, animating, and visual effects as you create a retro-style alarm clock, animate a thrown knife, model a chair, and more. Whether you're a complete beginner or migrating from another 3D application, this task-based book provides the solid grounding you need in Autodesk 3ds Max 2016. Model your character with polygons, meshes, and more Add motion with simple and complex animations Add color and textures to visualize materials and surfaces Render interior scenes with great lighting and camera placement If you want to learn 3ds Max quickly and painlessly, Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Essentials helps you start animating today.
Turn 3D models into film-worthy digital animations by mastering mental ray rendering once and for all. This must-have guide is the only book on the market to focus exclusively on mental ray in Maya, 3ds Max, and XSI, and it's packed with techniques and insights you can't get anywhere else. Best of all, the book's advanced rendering concepts apply to other rendering software as well, including V-Ray, Brazil, Maxwell and RenderMan. Discover advanced lighting, camera, and workflow techniques that usually take professionals years to figure out.
The book is a quick and easy way to learn modeling, animation, and rendering techniques. The lucid language, illustrations, and step-by-step approach of the book helps you understand and implement 2D- and 3D- modeling techniques on your applications. The overall structure of the book is designed after considering the requirements of the upcoming dynamic animators, digital designers, and professionals. Although the minimum requirement of the book is the ability to read and understand English language; yet, a brief knowledge of 2D- and 3D- terms would be an added advantage for the reader· Chapter 1: Introduction to 3Ds Max 2010· Chapter 2: Fundamentals of 3Ds Max 2010· Chapter 3: Modifiers, Splines, and Reactor· Chapter 4: Modeling in 3Ds Max 2009· Chapter 5: Lights, Shadows, and Cameras· Chapter 6: Animation and Inverse Kinematics· Chapter 7: Character Studio· Chapter 8: Particle Systems and Space Warps· Chapter 9: Rendering