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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar; Pap/Cdr edition (1 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598638165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598638165
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would start by saying that in general this book was worth buying. Even though it seems to be just a printed version of the manual available free online.

As a introductory manual to this program however I did feel it fell short of what I have come to expect from instructional manuals. Too often it simply told you to do something without making it clear which button or tool to use or indeed how to use it. The fact that example images were often on the page following an explanation hardly helps either!

Over all I was a little disappointed. I was looking for a book that would start with the assumption I was a complete novice at 3D and take me through to the point where I could then make use of online tutorials and discussion forums. This book seemed to assume I had at least some idea to start with and ended a little short of where I wanted to get to.

One important tip I will pass on to those who are just about to start out with DAZ. If you have already installed the latest version take it off and use the one supplied with the book, along with the free samples. The latest version seems to have a frustrating bug which means a lot of the earlier free stuff will not work on it! If however you use it with the version on the disk supplied it gets updated when saved to a version that does work in the latest Daz rendition. Something I only discovered from hours of trawling the forums.

Another important point is that there are a number of alternative interface views. by this I mean what tools are shown where. The book charges in assuming you are set to the view he is using for the examples. Indeed the fact there are various views is not even mentioned! A classic example of the disjointed approach that can make things needlessly frustrating.

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Daz 3D is a computer 3D artwork package. The basic Daz program is free, unlike Poser for example, with a range of add-ons that can be purchased to customize and improve the package if desired as well as a wide range of content available from Daz. Some other content can also be used but no details of how to load this are given here.

This guide provides basic advice on how to use the programme, along with some useful background information about composition and artwork in general and possible uses of the package. It covers creating scenes, including content, and 'posing' that content. It also outlines the methods for setting up animations and speech within the package.
In the book there is also an example of how to create background terrain using Bryce, a sister program.

The CD Rom provided has a recent version of Daz. It also contains two other programs - Hexagon and Carrera - which can be used among other things to create items for use in Daz and other 3D programs. There is also some extra Daz content on the CD Rom. Windows and Mac versions are both provided.
The purchaser of the book will probably want to download newer versions of the products which certainly now exist for Carrera and Daz 3D. Hexagon is the current release as I write (Version 2.5).

A minor niggle is that sometimes the extensive illustrations provided are not on the same page as the text. It is also definitely aimed more at beginners - no bad thing.

Taken with the online help available this is a useful guide (and the other programs provided more than cover the cost of the book anyway).
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This is a great overview of a very powerful and free(!) piece of 3D editing software. The disc which is included contains all of the files you would need to get started with the software and the book goes into enough detail to get started, before going onto the forums and checking out the more advanced tutorials on the Daz website. A good buy.
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Criticisms first, BUT do read to the end...

What could leave slightly perplexed is that though it is presented as the "official guide", this book is not enough to learn Daz Studio. I also think I found some errors throughout the book (a wrong image, the terms "left" and "right" swapped and few other things).

BUT... I like and respect DAZ 3D since I registered (it is free) with them. The registration allows users to interact with their support staff, use their free programs, download free models and other things.

This book is an overview, with some useful tips about using Daz Studio; it is a good complement for the tutorials and manual you can find on their site, but not a substitute.
The parts I appreciated more are the hints about how to compose a good image, express the emotions of a character and so on. An art student surely knows this stuff, but the average reader probably doesn't.

There is a DVD attached to the book.
It contains Daz Studio 2.3, Carrara 6 Pro and Hexagon 2.5 (the last two are not free applications) along with a lot of 3d models.
The applications need to be unlocked with a code to work. You'll register and get the code for Daz Studio automatically (as it is a free application), while you'll need to contact their support staff showing evidence that you've bought the book to get the codes for Carrara and Hexagon (I sent them a scan of the receipt of the book).
All this stuff is definitely worth much more than the cost of the book. There are Macintosh and Windows versions of all the software on the disc.

My unlucky copy of the DVD was badly burned, and I had some problems in reading it. Finally, using two different dvd-players, I could read all the data on the DVD and copy it to another support.

All in all, If you're interested in Daz Studio and 3d models, this book is highly recommended.
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