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Foundation 3DS Max 8 Architectural Visualization [Hardcover]

Brian L. Smith
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1 May 2006 1590595572 978-1590595572

Welcome to the world of 3D architectural visualizations using the most powerful and versatile 3D software package on the planet: 3ds Max. In just the last few years, the visualization industry has arguably become the fastest-growing 3D industry, and may soon overtake all others in total number of users. Just as the use of computer-aided design became the norm for nearly all architectural, engineering, and construction firms in the 1990s, 3D visualizations have become standard practice today.

This book takes you through the challenge of learning one of the most complex computer programs ever created, by way of easy-to-follow tutorials and instruction. It specifically focuses on those parts of the program you need to know to produce stunning architectural visualizations.

The intent is not to show you every possible way to accomplish a task, but rather some of the fastest and most efficient ways. At the end of the book, there is a guide to marketing your services, as well as 20 top tips that took the author almost 10 years to learn in a production environment—sometimes the hard way.

3ds Max is a large and complex application, but by learning just the features that apply to visualizations, you'll be learning everything you need to know to get ahead in the industry in the shortest possible amount of time.

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  • Hardcover: 550 pages
  • Publisher: FRIENDS OF ED (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590595572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590595572
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 20 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,199,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Architectural Visualization? 31 Jan 2007
I was initially a little unsure about whether or not to purchase this book, being a little wary of the "Foundation" in the title, but had assumed that there would be at least some useful information in there specifically relevant to architectural visualisations. Unfortunately I was sorely dissapointed.

If you know -anything- about 3D Max then I would advise you to avoid this book. The book pretty much just covers the basics of 3D Max without really going into any specifics of architectural visualisation and there are far better, cheaper books which will allow you to cover the same content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars visualising what?.... 5 Aug 2007
This book will teach you a an introduction into 3d max and has some tips, but there are free tutorials out there online that will teach you the exact same as this book. When I finished this book, I found that there was little to nothing that I could use from it to do my own work... Inactual fact the appoach of learning, through its one main example is limited, narrow-minded and not the best method for doing this kind of work.

To be honest, there are better boooks out there for learning to model and visualise architecture (and are atleast much less expensive).
My verdict... this book is really not worth buying
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1.0 out of 5 stars A complete Joke! 24 Aug 2008
One of the worst series of books ever written, by a complete conman. Totally void of depth, imagination and decency. A glossy manual of aesthetic. Avoid at all costs, and that goes for the complete series. Why waste hours and hours of precious time with a man who sells the periphery of a densely complexed program. Miles short of any relevance to all serious students of architectural modelling. A complete joke Mr. Smith!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginners Guide 14 April 2007
This a great way to get moving on the correct road to Architectural Visualisation. You are brought through projects with detailed 'how and why explainations along the way. Well worth the money for anyone with a little experience wanting to make the next step. This isnt for an experienced user but I doubt someone with years of experience would buy a book with foundation in its title.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a comprehensive guide for architectural visualization 12 Aug 2006
By yu276047 - Published on
The author lacks creativity in presenting effective tutorials for the reader. A simple house and a bunch of exercises on teapots, spheres and other built-in 3ds max objects. While I understand that the aim of these simple exercises is to showcase 3ds max features, he should have at least provided more challenging exercises (geared towards the architectural visualization industry) either at the end of each chapter or at the appendix section of the book. There were no tutorials on how to render an building structure using night-time settings, interior structure using both daytime and night-time settings, somehow the reader would have to figure-out the settings for himself/herself. There were no guidelines on a lot of topics that would be very helpful for people working in the architecture industry for instance there were no examples on how to superimpose a 3ds max building into a photograph (an important feature to showcase the proportion of a proposed building to adjacent existing structures) no examples on how to create lights using manufaturer's specs. and no examples on how to use third party plug-ins such as RPC from archvision to provide vegetation, trees, people, cars in your 3d building model. -Again these topics, you have to learn it on your own. The author has also a habit of applauding a particular 3ds max feature in architectural visualization but fails to provide exercises/tutorials on the other hand (eg. panorama exporter, hair & fur effect for 3d grass). If your local bookstore carries this product, find time browsing it before buying this book. Bottomline, this book is not a good reference for the architectural visualization industry and for people planning to study 3ds max 8.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Title - misleading 12 Aug 2006
By wave_admin - Published on
For people venturing into architectural visualization, this book is not for you. Not enough content for 3d modelling(building) and other architecture related stuff. I quite agree with the other guy that the title should be changed to 'Basic 3ds Max'. However, even this title is not appropriate since the author had not covered many important features of 3ds max. The exercises are so simple and won't help you very much in building up your confidence on 3ds max even after you finished reading this book. The book is expensive and lacks quality. I won't buy a book from 'friends of ed' publications anymore.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource and learning tool. 23 May 2006
By K. T. McPeek - Published on
To my knowledge, this is the first text written specifically for architectural visualization using 3D studio max. This book is very well written and provides an excellent foundation for beginners and an indispensable reference for the more experienced 3D artist. As an architect, 3D artist, and educator, I would highly recommended this book for use in both the classroom and the office.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Architects Tool 25 May 2006
By William P. Dildine - Published on
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This book is succinctly written and specific to the Architecture profession. The author thoroughly covers all pertinent aspects archtectural visualization-- written in such a way that is clear and easily understood.

The author explains the best methods of performing actions and emphasizes shortcuts. The only complaint I have is that the book is black and white and sometimes difficult to see what he is referring to in the a few of the images. Although conceptually his explanations make up for this deficiency. Overall, this book is heads and shoulders above all over books on 3dmax if you're specifically looking for Architectural visualization.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you are a beginner for 3D Max, take it! 17 July 2009
By Mavis Tang - Published on
It is a good reference book for beginner. But if you are looking for advanced skill, it probably not a ideal choice for you. However, it is useful for me. It's like a handbook that help you to check some order quickly.
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