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Figures, Characters and Avatars [Paperback]

Les Pardew
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1 April 2009
This book teaches artists or aspiring artists how to use DAZ Studio, a feature-rich, 3D figure posing and animation tool, to create stunning digital imagery for games and more. Featuring comprehensive coverage of the DAZ Studio software, readers will learn how to create unique digital art and animation with virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, and more. In addition, the book shows how to work with the 3D images and content created in various formats and environments including game engines and software applications. This book is the official guide to DAZ Studio.

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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: 970,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks coherence in instructions 14 Sep 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 17 July 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 17 Nov 2009
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Get start in DAZ studio 14 Aug 2009
DAZ STUDIO is a very good 3D software package which is (1) FREE for the standard 3D program (2) Small charge for the advance DAZ 3D Studio program. This BOOK gets you start in learning how to use all the main commands and setting within DAZ STUDIO.Saves you many hours of work and allows you to get much better results in a short time period.
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