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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811932
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 719,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Autodesk's Media and Entertainment division produces award-winning software tools designed for digital media creation, management and delivery across all disciplines: from film and television visual effects, color grading and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive, and design visualization. Autodesk Media and Entertainment is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Kostyrka on 29 May 2010
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I'd never used Max before and I found this book very good as a get you up and going thingy. It was very clear and concise with all stages of the relevant procedure clearly explained.
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By Imab on 17 Dec 2013
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I bought it just when I started to work with 3Ds Max and the way everything it's explained made it easier to learn.
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By Hannahc7 on 28 Aug 2012
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I was given this book by my college for a course. As an overview of 3DS and learning the very basics it is fine, however there are a couple of really annoying issues with it.
1. It is in black and white and often in exercises refers to the 'selected' area which you cannot see in the images.
2. The exercises often say 'adjust this setting to 5.0' or similar but don't explain why you need to do this or what effect changing it will have on the image you are working on.
3. It doesn't always show you where to find a button etc if they have told you previously in the book they assume you know so you have to spend half an hour trying to find it!
4. Even if you follow the book to the page you will not be in a position to create anything but simple shapes.

If you are quite self motivated I would recommend learning through online tutorials and trial and error through practice. Otherwise this book is a good way to get you going but you will still have a lot to learn after finishing.
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This book is great as a newbie to 3ds max. I was recommended this book by my college lecturer and it was a good call. The book is quite meaty, especially when you have downloaded the additional chapters from the cd but the content is great and there are loads of practices to help gain knowledge.

I have been using 3ds max for 8 months now and am constantly referring back to this book during my projects. The lab sessions at the back are a must and again are very clear and will suit someone with no previous 3ds max knowledge.

Despite being a 2010 edition I personally think this is the best book for newcomers to Max.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
not the best book,,, just the best i found so far 2 July 2010
By Zap Zhong - Published on Amazon.com
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the fact that the book is in black and white is a real problem.. it is hard to follow the tutorials that tell you to click on a particular point and you can't quite tell what point they are talking about. Tutorials themselves (if you can get past the B&W problem) are good -- at least until around lesson 16 and 17 where it seems like the author or editor got in a hurry and started missing steps.. at least thats what it seems to me since I couldnt get thru those particular tutorials. But, that said, this book has been a better introduction to me to Max than the Bible series which really threw me some loops. Overall, it just seems that Max doesnt have very many good learning books.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not the complete printed book 5 Nov 2009
By J. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book because it is the Official Training Guide for 3ds Max Design 2010 and it's basically required reading if testing for the Associate or Professional certifications. Unfortunately, the physical/printed book only includes the first 4 chapters of material (Chapter 1 - Getting Started, Chapter 2 - Modeling, Chapter 3 - Lighting and Chapter 4 - Materials). Looking at the 3ds Max Exam Sections and Objectives online, I saw that there was a second part of Chapter 4 (Maps) and also a Chapter 5 - Rendering and a Chapter 6 - Animation that seemed to be missing.

After a little bit of digging, I found that these additional chapters are included on a DVD in the back of the book in PDF format along with the training files. However, if you're like any normal person and want to read these additional chapters somewhere other than in front of a computer, you will want to print these additional chapters out. I brought the DVD to Kinko's and spent an additional $30 to have the chapters printed out and and spiral bound so that I could tab out the lessons and highlight the important ideas with a marker while studying at the library/cafe/etc.

I don't understand the logic in Autodesk not printing and including these additional chapters in the book itself and am pretty disappointed in their decision. The price of the book on Amazon was about $35 but I would have gladly paid $65+ to have the complete book printed in one volume.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Book but it does need color 1 Jun 2010
By Terah Mauricio - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is great for beginners like me and it touches on all the fundementals of a very complex program(and I thought Flash CS4 was complex to learn). My only real displeasure with this book is that it does not have color in the pages so when there is a part of the image that is highlighted, you cant see it or distinguish it against other elements surrounding it. This does make it very confusing at times, but never the less you catch on to the main focus of the lesson. I tried to look for other books on the basics of 3Ds Max but this was the better of them all.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good but could be better 23 Sep 2009
By Jerald O - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm currently half way through this book and have learned a lot. One of my complaints is that they do not inlude color pictures of the examples they give you. It is hard sometimes to see what it is they are talking about because you cannot tell what is highlighted in the black and white pictures. On some pictures it has the text saying "Insert Ex14_09.png" left over on the picture. On some examples I could not replicate exactly what they were doing, I'm not sure if the workflow was correct or if some minor detail was left out of the book by mistake. If your new to 3ds Max this is a good start. I plan on tackling Mastering 3ds Max next.
Black and white screen shot examples pack every chapter 19 Sep 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Learning Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 is a 'must' for any who would learn Autodesk 3ds Max Design in a production environment. Each chapter offers a series of lessons plus a hands-on, real-world lab application to cover both theory and application. The approach teaches how to use user interface and 3D workplace alike, and shows how to apply various lighting effects and design standards for maximum efficiency. Black and white screen shot examples pack every chapter.
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