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Lightwave 3D Applied: Version 5.6 [Paperback]

D. Jerrard , J. Tracy , Wheeler S
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Advanstar Marketing Services; Pap/Cdr edition (Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929870484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929870489
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,641,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LightWave 3D Applied is designed to teach users various aspects of LightWave 3D, from basic modeling and surfacing, to advanced techniques used by Hollywood effects studios. These techniques are taught in project form, rather than as individual topics, since real world projects almost always make use of several vaious techniques which are modified to fit the project at hand. One such technique covered in the book is one to bend a straight image into a curve, without editing the image, to create a graduated latitude scale around a desk globe in one chapter, texture the edge of a sword blade in another, and control waves on a water surface in two other chapters.

While the chapters each cover a given topic, they are by no means restricted to that topic. The sword chapter for example, covers not only the building of a sword, but also deals with surfacing metals, creating various gemstones, building and texturing a realistic rock, and using volumetrics to set the mood of the final scene.

Each chapter is designed with both novice and advance users in mind. In most cases, the user completes the projects from scratch, without the need for any pre-built objects from a CD-ROM. Instead, the reader creates everything that is needed for each project, Just like they would have to with their own projects. The book avoids the 'cookbook' or 'paint by numbers' methods of instruction, and instead, gives reasons and insight into why each step is done the way it is, and how & why things work the way they do, as well as a few alternatives. In the process, even a couple hidden bugs in the software are put to good use.

I really enjoyed working on this book, and it gave me the perfect excuse to stretch my skills into new areas and to generally 'let loose' for a change. I chose the topics, not only because they solve common 3D problems, but because they're also challenging and fun to do. Enjoy!

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By A Customer
My LightWave 3D instructor uses LightWave Applied as his official textbook and I can see why. Having looked at all the LightWave books and magazines, I have found LightWave Applied to be the best. I say this because the step by step instructions not only helped me (and our instructor) to accomplish projects without problems, but the authors also went into some of the reasoning for the steps which gave me better insight into what I was doing. Almost as impressive as the book is the CD-ROM. I couldn't believe that most of Dave Jerrard's past Newtekniques tutorials were included on the CD-ROM along with large versions of all the figures that appeared in his columns. It was also a surprise to see some other new tutorials on the CD-ROM (plus objects!). I'm very impressed with this book, CD-ROM, and its strong learning curve that is easy to follow and understand. If I could give it more than five stars I would. Much more. Like my LightWave instructor, I would highly recommend this book. Thank you Dave, Scott, and Joe. Please write more!
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Having just completed a degree in computer animation, this book allowed me to create some of the natural effects that i required, using the fountain and wave tutorials i was able to create the desired water effect i was looking for, whilst the sword in the stone taught me how to build life like stones and objects. If like me your looking to break into the television/film industry the practical advise contained at the back of the book opened my eyes to the industry and what i need to be thinking about as i begin to develop my career.
The tutorials are easy to follow and some great efects can be created, if you want to develop your modelling and texturing skills then this book is the one for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - no - the word doesn't come close! 25 Feb 1999
By A Customer
This book is THE book to have if you are a non-professional and want to improve your skills in Lightwave. The modelling may seem simple, but it is the application over a full project that really sets this book apart. Added to that, you get an on-line forum where the authors are available for feed-back, (which they are very prompt at doing so). The cover CD which doesn't give you all the items you need to build the projects, what's that you say? - There is the point of the book, no short cuts, build, texture with supplied maps, light the scene, study sample images..LEARN!
I don't think I can ever say how much this book has helped me - buy it (even if you have to sell your granny to do so).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm ready for the next one 4 May 1999
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I really hope these authors write another LightWave book. I am thoroughly impressed with their first attempt and the followup that they provide at their website. Yeah, I found a couple of small errors (which I emailed to the authors attention, who emailed back and said corrections had been made in the second printing), but I've found many more errors in other books. While all three authors did a great job, I want to especially thank Dave Jerrard for the depth to his tutorials and the explanations he gave for the steps. I never expected to learn so much in so little time. I think I'll soon be ready to make the move from Idaho to Southern California. BTW, great cover!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta' get it!!!!!!!!! 23 April 1999
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When I took Lightwave we used another book. Then my school switched to this book. I begged the teacher to get me a copy. I am so glad he did. I had ordered this book and was waiting for it to come in. But canceled it as soon as I got a copy. I would have paid $50+ for it. I like it because they "hand hold" you through the tutorials, step by step by step. If you are looking for a book that gets down to business instead of talking about the authors dreams and aspirations that he/she hopes you will get out of there book....BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!
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