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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (5 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852336080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852336080
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.5 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,372,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential RenderMan fast provides a practical introduction to producing images using a RenderMan renderer, enabling the novice user to get the most from RenderMan. By developing an understanding of how scenes are described, animators and technical directors of all abilities can gain access to the power of RenderMan, which has previously been available to the elite of the CG community. With plenty of illustrations and hands-on examples, the author looks at the creation of geometry using RIB, and the C API. He also includes an introduction to shading and the generation of procedural textures using the RenderMan shading language. -Delivers a hands-on introduction to the RenderMan toolset, including reference to currently available implementations. -It is a practical guide to driving RenderMan using RIB, C, and other packages. -Provides tutorials in shading for the novice programmer and animator looking to explore RenderMan further than is possible using GUI based tools. -Includes many examples and plenty of illustrations, 16 of which are in full colour. -Source code is available to readers online. -Relevant text for courses on Computer graphics and animation

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. M. Popoola on 24 Sep 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to refresh my knowledge of Renderman, having not been active in the field for a few years and for this purpose I found the book to be very good.
It soon becomes apparent however, that the book goes no further than to act as a refresher course in using the RIB interface. For those who need a reminder what Renderman does and how to use the RIB interface, you will not be disappointed in this book.
For those who are new to the subject, a more comprehensive text will leave you feeling more satisfied.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is Terrible! 11 May 2004
By "uberska" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is terrible. It tells you how to do the easy things, but nothing more. For harder things, it constantly tells you what is possible to do, but not how to actually do it. I would definately pick up a copy of "Advanced Renderman" or "The Renderman Companion" instead of this book! If you have any graphics programming experience, this book will not help you.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A great book for beginners 18 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Start learning Renderman with this book, its up to date and you can really get going with the information you learn. It has many simple examples you can test and modify yourself including simple RIB scenes, C Api and Shading Language. If you don't know anything about Renderman and want to start learning, this book is for you.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
nice introduction 25 Oct 2004
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gets you started with a lots of short examples. After reading this you'll probably want Advanced RenderMan, but this is a far easier introduction to the RenderMan world.
Poorly produced, rushed to market 18 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book should have never been published in such
haste. The author lightly grazes on important topics,
offering just tidbits but nothing significant. Very few people
use the C API, I don't see any point in wasting space on this.
The images are terrible, lack detail, hard-to-follow and most are in black and white. The 'Suggested Activities', 'Summary'
and 'Related Commands' sections at the end of each chapter are a joke and are merely page fillers. Surprising that Springer-Verlag would let such a low quality publication slip through.
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