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3D Studio Max Ground Rules Paperback – 15 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; Pap/Cdr edition (15 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766837831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766837836
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,669,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3ds max 4 Ground Rules is not, despite its name and the picture of a green-lawned golf course on the cover, about creating terrain and landscapes with 3ds max 4, Discreet's 3D CG animation package. It's a new series from Autodesk Press, and its charter is to lay the groundwork for new users on which they can build their own projects.

Michael Todd Peterson is an experienced writer and 3ds max user, and the breadth and depth of his experience shows in this book. More than 600 pages and 17 chapters cover everything from the absolute basics to advanced and complex features. Sections cover installing and navigating the interface of 3ds max 4, and there is a bird's-eye view of the workflow in a Max project--using basic shapes to build a model, using models to build a scene, adding detail with textures, lights and particles, adding and animating a camera, and rendering the finished animation to a movie.

Later parts of the book are about modeling. Techniques are discussed for surface modeling, patch modelling, using splines and compound objects, creating editable meshes and using modifiers and how they work with the stack paradigm. The last third of the book is all about animation: an introduction to animation, using Track View, character animation and special effects animation using particles, space warps and more.

For anyone climbing 3ds max 4's learning curve, this is probably one of the better books available. The author's easy style, the use of screenshots, and the rich material on the CD make this book a valuable asset to any Max user. --Mike Caputo

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent for learning the basics of 3ds max 4.its amazing how it makes it so easy to learn and pickup.the easy to read examples and tutorials are a great alternative to all the other command driven books out there.if your looking for a easy to read book and to learn 3ds max 4 quickly.. then this book is for you...
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good books are rare. This is a good book! 5 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even dough I am not new to 3d modeling, I am a new user of the 3ds max4 program. Mr. Peterson's book is well written and I am very happy that I own it. His teaching style is down to earth and the CD (included with the book) is a must have. 3ds max 4 Ground Rules covers pretty much everything that one needs to know to get up and running with this amazing program.
I have found nothing negative about this book and the CD is gold worth. I don't think I need another book for a long time. It covers everything I wanted to do and the information is accurate and easy to follow.
If you are a new user, check it out!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but not a lot detail 7 Aug 2001
By Matt David Rittman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a newbie to 3ds max then this would be a good book for you. I am on chapter 7 of this book and am finding a small fraction of difficulty. This book doesn't get into as much detail as I would have preferred it to. One thing I didn't like was making this robot model. All it really is, is spheres and cylinders. But I guess it's just a newbie book. So let me just say that its not the best book in the world for max 4. Seriously my friends, if you want to start 3ds max 4, there are better books out there than this one. Overall, this book is an alright book to get a novice modeler up and going.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Easy to read, easy to learn 17 Jun 2001
By Michele Bousquet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book makes it so easy to learn 3ds max! The writing style is so easy to read and follow. You can learn quickly and painlessly just by doing the examples. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn 3ds max 4.
Great for absolute beginners 4 May 2004
By J. D. Brindley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
3D , unlike 2D 'photo' applications, reqire that you know a fair deal about the nature of the 3D world and the multitude of features and modeling techniques before you can do anything!
If like me, you don't know your arc from your omni then this book will get you up and running.
Written in a simple language, you'll find that pidgen descriptions eg. 'a row of buttons will appear under the title box. Click the third button from the left, adjust the value to -20.5, then click on the check box to apply this value' - are a godsend when you're sat in front of your monitor and you don't really know what you're doing yet; things are happening onscreen and you feel that you're making progress. Guiding you through the motions helps give you a feel for the program and you can move into the following chapters with a bit more understanding.
Following the tutorials to build and modify a robot forms the main teaching element (as you only really learn by doing). But I would have liked to see more stand-alone examples of the seperate modeling methods, as you can only read so much about splines, sub-objects or modifiers before it all starts to blur.
Overall though, this book seems as good as any for a complete beginner. Though it's value as a reference book once you've worked through it (due to the absence of stand-alone tutorials) could be limited.
If you want to learn 3D but don't know where to start, try here.
Excellent for beginners 17 Dec 2001
By Corey W Jaeckel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read many a 3DS MAX book. -- Well I have tried to read many that is. -- Believe me I have tried off and on for a year or so now. --- This book *truly* is a beginners book that will start you off on the ground level and have you doing things very quickly that are fun. -- I learned more with 3 hours and this book in front of MAX than I had in 3 weeks prior just because this book has a good focus.
Everyone gives everything 5 stars... and I try not to... but then again... I usually only feel inclined to rate things I trully feel derserve high praise. -- This is one of those things.
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