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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: 3,534,103 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read, but alienating for begginers 26 May 2000
Excellent examples of the power of LightWave 5.6, For the newbie artist/animator these effects are very time consuming and require greet practise and patience. But the included objects and scenes allow any one to try out all the techniques (once mastered) in a worth while enviroment.
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! An indespensible book! 5 Jun 1999
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An excellent book filled with hands on tutorials that really enhance your undertanding of lightwave. There are some mistakes in the book, but the web site has the answers a well as a forum and a place to post work that people who have read the book have done. This book shoudl be included with Lightwave, that's how good it is!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Information de-railed by too many errors 2 Jun 1999
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Wonderful content, great tips, etc.... But so many technical errors that every tutorial in the book turns into garbage (ie millimeters instead of meters or vice versa, x instead of y axis, etc. etc.) Otherwise, with a little logic, the book offers some great tips and tricks.
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