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Crafting 3D Photorealism: Lighting Workflows in 3DS Max, Mental Ray and V-Ray [Paperback]

Jamie Cardoso , 3DTotal
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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10 April 2013
In his latest book, Jamie Cardoso discusses how to perfect your lighting workflow and achieve a high quality, photorealistic 3D image. He covers various different lighting conditions while also looking at how shaders, textures, and rendering tie in to the overall workflow. With in-depth tutorials for both V-Ray and mental ray, this book is a goldmine of essential advice from one of the industry's best architectural artists. Jamie Cardoso is an innovative senior computer artist and author whose first-rate experience has been gained designing and producing work since 1996 for a wide range of clients worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: 3DTotal Publishing (10 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956817157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956817150
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 22.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamie Cardoso is an innovative and intelligent senior computer artist, technologist, author and reviewer, whose first-rate experience has been gained designing and producing work since 1996 for a wide range of clients worldwide. Much of Jamie's work has been featured in books and magazines such as 3DWorld and on websites such as CG Society and 3DTotal. He is also the co-author of the two editions of the successful book Realistic Architectural Visualization with 3ds Max and mental ray and regularly shares his expert knowledge with users through his blog:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was hoping this book would provide me with a big stack of technical hints on getting and tweaking the results I want from a full on render. I've used both mental ray and v-ray for production rendering many times over the years but wouldn't call myself an expert in the mechanics of either renderer - my background is 90% realtime so while I have a good deal of technical knowledge I'm not that well versed in the details of physically based lighting and shading etc.

I wasn't disappointed with regard to the technical stuff at all - it's all there and it's explained very clearly so I struggle to find fault in terms of what I needed from it.

The book assumes a certain amount of knowledge and I suspect it may not lead by the hand enough for genuine beginners but anybody who's attempted to render out something specific (whether they've succeeded or not) should be able to find the buttons referenced.

If I had to criticise anything it'd be the heavy weighting towards arch-vis and creating that specific style of image - for me I'd rather there was more space dedicated to exploring the tweaking of parameters to achieve certain moods but in the book's defence that isn't what it says on the cover and if I want to read about that sort of thing I should be exploring other options.

Overall - very informative, clearly written and full of stuff I didn't already know
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great advises for organized workflow 12 May 2013
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The book is great, although, to be honest, I expected a more in depth approach to the information.
It's a fantastic book for teaching how to set up a smooth and organized workflow for architectural visualization projects,
but it's pretty much a 4 case study tutorials about how to use mental ray and Vray in Arch-Vis, with scarse information
about photography, cameras, complex surfacing and photo-realism theory.
Good for beginner-intermediate users. Not a lot of 'meat' for professional users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3Ds Max and Vray 27 Nov 2013
By Chris
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Its brillant useful to learn improve photorealism for 3D Max design. I'm happy with that. I would recommend this to everyone who has Autodesk 3D Max
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5.0 out of 5 stars From basics to tips and tricks 20 Nov 2013
One of those books that deserves a read from cover to cover. Going over the workflow and settings for it, to all the parameters you'll encounter while doing your interior/exterior renders. It goes well beyond that point with both technical and practical explanation of steps and effects it achieves. Finally a book that talk about mental ray and v-ray at the same time with same results. Beginners will find it enlightening, more advanced users will try to find all the tips and tricks this book is made up of.
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